origin part II: balance

origin part II: balance/ bcxsy

Origin – our explorations into traditional crafts from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

Lakiya Negev Weaving – an organization of Bedouin artisans, initiated by SIDREH, a non-profit organization focused on improving the socioeconomic situation of Bedouin women living in Israel’s Negav Desert.
Balance – the results of our collaboration with SIDREH and the women weavers in Lakiya.
Balance consists of a series of seven area rugs woven in the Bedouin tradition by the women in Lakiya, Israel. Each rug is hand woven on traditional ground looms using the wool of local desert sheep. From the dying of the yarn to the weaving and final construction, each rug is the result of the collaborative efforts of many of the women in Lakiya. Through a craft that is central to Bedouin social and cultural heritage, the weavers are able to produce an extremely high-quality, durable and beautiful material.
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origin part II: balance/ bcxsy

therapy in a ring


In her words, Rhode Island’s Jane-Marie Ovanin creates forms that “stimulate and soothe, reducing the chaos of thoughts and emotions.”
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sanctuaire

‘Sanctuaire’, a thoughtful design of a metal vase that gives the foliage a restful comfort, designed by Simon Evrard
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leafy base

Leafy base is a hexagon shaped modular marble base to support leafy vegetables outside the fridge with water. Vegetables are tasty, but also beautiful. We found it’s a pity to just stack them in the fridge.
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flat house plants

An exploration of house plants as a category of furniture objects. This project turns them into flat aesthetic props while leaving their whole structure exposed.
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Eden the hanging vase


Eden is a hanging vase that celebrates natural beauty and balance. The pieces are constructed of glass tubes and handcrafted solid brass components.
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seagrass natural light shade

Shade made from natural seagrass by studio Den & Now
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magma jute rug

The Magma Jute collection was designed from the know-how of a traditional Spanish industry, dedicated to the production of cords and fabrics.
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Ikebana ring

The Ikebana Ring is a sterling silver ring that holds a small bouquet of wildflowers. Ikebana is the Japanese art of floral arrangement, based on a philosophy of developing a closeness with nature.
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shine

Shine is a table ware collection, including a plate a bowl and a vase. The concept is to illustrate the unique qualities of silk – the natural shine and the sti_ness of the raw fiber. Shine is a statement to the silkworms who are actually building their transformation cocoons the same way.
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an ode to the broken flower

Who does not know it: For every beautiful bunch of flowers remain often some beautiful but bruised copies around. A beautiful chalice, but a short stalk which no place is found and the flower often eventually will be discarded.
+ Nienke van de Pol

vase with leaves

Martín Azúa continues exploring the relationship between ceramics and nature. The project began in 1999, when for the first time he left porous ceramic vases in the River Urederra in Navarra in order to collect “the natural stain”.
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that’s it packaging

THAT’S IT is a line of experimental packaging made of new, biodegradable algae-based material. this new material stands as an alternative to persistent, non-biodegradable plastic. the material perfectly holds its shape, is waterproof, and protects the product against possible damage.
+ austeja platukyte

epiphytes

The project Epiphytes invites to rethink the relationship with indoor nature in terms of a cohabitation more respectful and attentive to the needs of the plant. It, although domesticated, can be free to express itself in its natural bearing.
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narciso

Narciso is a project which started with the intention of designing some vases, focusing on the functionality of the vase as an object. But what is the function of a vase? They are used to display flowers. Narciso is a collection of six different vases which use mirrors to draw attention to the role of the flowers.
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vase dress

Vase dress by Martin Azua for NumberedHalf ceramic vase to transform a functional flowerpot into a spohisticated vase.
“A vase for living flowers”
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hello haptic

‘Hello Haptic’ is a flash card kit for the blind children to learn various haptical experiences about nature. Visually impaired children are able to self-educate themselves about different parts of nature with this learning aid. They will be properly stimulated about diverse char- acters of nature as well as fulfilling their curiosity through their first-hand tactile knowledge. Each kit is categorized by a location in nature such as the zoo, sea shore and forest.
+ Rhea Jeong

vertical flowerpot stand

Having the natural phototropism as a reference, the vertical flowerpot stand Trees60 is born, from the growth mechanism that plants such as sunflowers have to orientate themselves towards the light.

“A part form the initial planning, the iconic level achieved is surprising” – Javier Arregui García
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sensorial brushes

Blink, tickle, stroke, scratch, sweep emphasizes on different body senses through a set of peculiar brushes. Marble sculpted pleasure tools, the sensations are enhanced with ordinary and unconventional materials such as eyelashes, brass nails, feather and hay.
Photos by Karen Kalou
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cuddle stool

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Cuddle is a stool created not only to enjoy a sitting on it but providing a shelter for your feet. Have a seat on it while working and enjoy the warmth of an wool upholstered cave laying underneath.
Or even better… have a seat on your sofa and rest your feet on this woollen nest.
+ Alex Quisite

texture memory

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Memory game suitable for all, also for blind and autistic children. The game consist of four boards and 20 pieces with 10 different textures of different levels in difficulty to recognize them. The game is for 1-2 players. Tasks can be modified and personally adapted.
+ Pani Jurek

chandelier Maria C.S.

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Maria S.C. chandelier is made from laboratory test tubes, set in two plywood bands. This surprising material and geometric shape makes this lamp both classic and innovative. The double glass cylinder recalls Art Deco forms in a unique contemporary way.
+ Pani Jurek

ma-ce-ta

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Ma-ce-ta is composed by three pieces that jointly placed create a nice combination. In addition, if we place several pieces together, we get a tridimensional area that fits to any individual garden area.
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monolithe

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The door knob is a nickel square-shaped object with a hole at its centre, resulting in an inverted semi-sphere. The curvature of this semi-sphere, as well as its colour, oppose the brutality of the item.
A bevel edge with a slight inclination creates a space between the door and the door knob where the hand can be placed.
+ joachim froment

liv vases

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Liv is a series of vases and torches made of mouth blown glass. The different shapes inspires a varied and playful use, and works well both individually and in groups. The vases are made of transparent glass. This gives the flowers light, and the user a full view of the content, while at the same time defining the space around it. The lantern comes in both transparent and dark cobalt blue glass.
+ kristine five melvaer

table & fence

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Table and fence was based on the research of affordance and was made to create a field to gather people to around it in social activity. The fence sits around the table for people to
lean on, and it also suggests to them to share the table space with others. By reducing the room for personal using with a narrow top rail on the fence, the sharing space expands.
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nato pots

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Life born in the heights, through leafy branches protected by the strength and vitality of mud. Nato, revalued the properties of the earth to give birth to quality of abundant nature, beautifying it delicately coated by organic forms.
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vísa, stefnir and blær

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Goals and dreams are often hidden and hard to reach. The concept is subjective and based on the act of dowsing which is an old method for searching for anything invisible or hidden. The tools, Vísa, Stefnir and Blær, have Icelandic names that describe the act of heading toward something and how energy flows like a soft breeze. The tools were inspired by the modern world of witchcraft for the quest of seeking hidden aims. The tool captures the goals and dreams where it transforms them into energy and leads it out into the world. The tools are personal accessories that the user can keep around his neck or close by.
Project by Elísabet Kristín Oddsdóttir

coal rug

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20/30 refers to a standard calibre of coal. The idea of a rug imposed itself naturally just like a bag of nuggets strewn on the floor. This surface offers a sensorial upheaval by confronting what is commonly known and what is perceived in reality. This intriguing piece borders between design and plastic intervention with a touch of irony while raising essential questions for our future.
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a nomad jacket

nomad jacket / Lou Moria

A multi-use jacket that can be utilized for gathering throughout the entire day and serve all his or her needs. This is a modern interpretation nomadic life. The ancient hunter-gatherer culture ruled the world until humanity moved to agricultural societies.
It’s equipped with features for every weather and environmental need: backpack pocket – to collect larger objects, knife, a place to collect small and delicate things, gloves for protection from the cold, dirt and thorns, hood that can easily becomes a scarf and magnetic-milestones which can mark your way.

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the monstera magnifica and monstera fugiens

Monstera Magnifica / tim van de weerd

The Monstera Magnifica and Monstera Fugiens are two special plant pots that revitalize every room and house plant. The Monstera Magnifica is the high, lofty implementation of this playful design, Monstera Fugiens shows the houseplant as a running away object in space.
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landscapes within

Landscapes within / Wiktoria Szawiel

…so I dreamt about places, and I dreamt about landscapes, and I recalled familiar memories of sounds, views, feelings. From those little notions of a space, of light, of atmosphere, my project emerged. I aimed to capture the beauty and the spirituality of an eastern landscape within a physical object.
The collection includes chair, side table, stools and various vessels.
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lotus float table

lotus table / industry plus


Float is an exquisite illusion for the home – a levitating lotus pond supported by a trio of intertwining stems. Each table is unique, containing an arrangement of lotus leaves sourced from South East Asia. Behaving like a giant plano-convex lens, Float creates many surprising optical and visual effects. Everyday becomes a magical affair, as reality appears to distort around this table.
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undergrowth

Undergrowth / Alcarol

Mosses and lichens are very primitive organisms that grow in damp places, including rocks and trees. They form the lowest layer of forest vegetation and are equipped with chlorophyll giving them a green colour of varying degrees of intensity. alcarol recovered some logs from the undergrowth of the Italian Dolomite mountains and cut planks that preserve the natural edges with their native populations of plants, which are embedded in a resin resembling the water that generated their life.
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plantation

Plantation / Alicja Patanowska


The plantation was established because of the need to find a remarkable, almost symbolic use of what has been abandoned. The result is a porcelain object that rests in a common glass and which allows the observation of the growing process of plants, both its stem as well its root.
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disposable shoes

disposable shoes / Lou Moria

The shoe is constructed from layers of canvas with perforated marks on the shoe that allow the user to cut out different parts that get dirty or torn, to reveal the new layer underneath.
Number of layers in each section was determined by regions with a high tendency to wear away.
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milo lamp by lightovo

Milo lamp / lightovo


The flower inside the glassy hat, on a pedestal, where we can celebrate its presence and observe how it grows.
The glass closing was designed so that the interior was equipped with good air circulation and you could take the plant out effortlessly and take care of it.
The lamp is made specifically for pot plants that need a lot of light to function and grow.
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experimenta

experimenta / Giuseppe Bessero Belti



The Experimenta vase explores and reinterprets the classic kerosene lamp.
Experimenta is composed of a cylindrical container for the water, glass collected from old lamps, a ring and a series of adapters to fix the glass to the vase and make it more stable.
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reversed leaves

Reversed volumes / mischer traxler


Reversed Volumes – leaves are part of the Reversed Volumes collection designed by mischer’traxler for PCM.
Reversed Volumes are shaped by capturing the imprint of vegetables/fruits/leaves and an existing bowl or plate. The imprints of three different species of leaves (diffenbachia, ficus elastica, monstera), all varying in style, size and colour form the leaf-plates.
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the phytophiler

the Phytophiler / Dossofiorito


The Phytophiler: a series of hand-thrown terracotta pots on which functional appendices are installed, suggesting possible gestures and daily care for the plants that inhabit our living spaces.
These additional elements represent attempts to interact with the domestic world of plants, through methods and sensibilities that are typical human acts.

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off centered

Off centered / Lutyk


Items from the “middle” of the table defiantly lean out over the edge of the table. This was possible to achieve by adding a counterweight in the opposite side, inserted into the plywood.
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Is it possible to be a revolutionary and like flowers?

Is it possible to be a revolutionary and like flowers? / camille henrot

This project is a translation of an entire library into ikebana. According to Japanese tradition, ikebana was originally created to “console the soul”. The form of a piece of ikebana, its colours and the choice of flowers used constitutes a form of language. The function of consoling and language – two aspects shared by books and flowers – are the starting point.
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combo

combo / giorgia zanellato


How to use the carbon fiber to enhance the sound properties?
By making it as a sound amplifier, without electricity it is able to amplify the music you choose from your music player. The cork base creates an insulated part that helps to direct the sound in the direction which is amplify. It’s possible to use it indoor and outdoor.
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grow pots

grow pots / hallgeir homstvedt

The rounded silhoute of the Grow pots balance on an apparently ordinary piece of wood. The shape of the pots grow from the tangent point and all the way up, providing plenty of internal space to grow herbs and plants. The grow series is ideal for a little home garden of herbs and creating various installations with the pots.
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sky deck

Sky Deck / Torafu

This is a small table made to hook onto handrails, and it uses just enough pieces of wood to do so. You can put your mobile phone or a radio on it while you hang out your laundry, or it can be used as a counter when you have a beer on your balcony on a nice day. Floating in the air, sky deck stretches a narrow balcony space out by just a little bit, into the city beyond.
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