Our friends and great designers Daphna Laurens created these two trophies for prestige Dutch art history prizes.

Created for Jan van Gelder and Karel van Mader prizes given to the exceptional work of Dutch art historians, these two objects made out of wooden base, metal and acrylic layers, symbolize motive of time and deep research of art historians.

The result is the small intimate artificial landscape of history, time and deep art history knowledge. One of the prizes is completed with the counterclockwise ticking clock represented the historical aspect of art history profession.

The prizes were commissioned by Vereniging van Nederlandse Kunsthistorici (Association of Dutch art historians).

Moretti's chimney at Paris La Defénse contains 672 fibreglass tubes weighing 27 tons and with a diameter between 3 and 30 centimetres – 1200 kilos of multicoloured tubes. Warm and cold tones according to Chevreul’s theories.
Moretti's chimney at Paris La Defénse contains 672 fibreglass tubes weighing 27 tons and with a diameter between 3 and 30 centimetres – 1200 kilos of multicoloured tubes. Warm and cold tones according to Chevreul’s theories.

This fashionable jewelry watch was designed by French artist Raymond Moretti for Vacheron & Constantin, the oldest watch manufacture in the world.

Called Kallista, watch was designed by Moretti in 1979 and with 118 diamonds covered the gold structure became the most expensive watch that year. Designed in the fashionable decorative and robust style of the 1970s, Kallista watch belongs to the highlights of the Vacheron Constantin history founded in 1755. Much more about Vacheron Constantin you can read in our upcoming publication on Lausanne and its creative scene. Stay tuned and find out more.

We love collaborations that are born with passion, good feeling and friendship. That is also a collaboration between our very own furniture label ACE from Lausanne and father of the famous design duo, Bouroullec brothers.

“Mid April last year, in the Basso Bar of Milan, Erwan Bouroullec imparted to us that his father Gabriel, a young retiree, had been devoting his time for a few years to making wooden spoons. In a small wood working shop in his Brittany house, he sculpts each board, branch or scrap of wood that he finds, to give birth to a spoon, always unique," one of the founders of ACE Camille Blin talks about this unique collaboration.

From the beginning ACE is interested in the production of simple wooden furniture and accessories. So the idea of production of a series of unique "not designed", but just made wooden spoons was very attractive for them. The collaboration was born and Gabriel Bouroullec produced many naturally curved spoons for ACE until today.

"Impatient to discover this production in real life, we met Gabriel shortly after in his sons’ studio in Paris. During this interview, he revealed a series of spoons, each of a different shape made in wood of many species. He showed us how he sculpted them and how their design was related to the veins in each piece of wood he held in his hands. A collaboration between Gabriel and ACE became obvious because the spoons seemed both different from our line in their design but in the end very similar in their radical approach," continues Camille.

We are very happy to announce our solo show in collaboration with our very own Depot Basel.

The exhibition OKOLO OFFLINE shows the motivation and dedication of the Czech group and research how digital content and connections can be transferred appropriately into an analogue environment. It will be a physically experiencable mosaic of purely internet-created insights and connections.

For the exhibition at Depot Basel, 25 blog articles from OKOLO spanning over the past 5 years were chosen and made tangible in the form of objects, graphics, films and photos. Visitors will be able to look into the work on projects of the group created in both an on- and offline environment, and buy creations by OKOLO during the exhibition. Additionally, Adam Štěch, Jakub Štěch, Matěj Činčera and Jan Kloss will launch their series MINUTE, a succession of short films on design history, at Depot Basel.

Swedish designer Gunnar Ander (1908-1976) designed these candlesticks during the 1950s as abstract artistic objects using metal and glass. Working for Lindshammar glasswork, Ander created many decorative objects from glass and metal in postwar period.

During our Lausanne visit this week, we have visited MUDAC with the amazing exhibition of everyday objects from the collection of Franco Clivio.

Creator and lecturer Franco Clivio collected various daily life objects found around him for many decades. Now, part of his collection travels around European museums and we have visited it at the MUDAC, Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains in Lausanne. Exhibition called No Name Design is a diverse selection of anonymous objects of all types, functions and sizes.

Designed by Jean Puiforcat, these 1930s clocks are the finest examples of French geometric art-deco style.

We love French decorative modernism of the 1930s more and more. Complex rectangular shapes of the objects remind us postmodern aesthetic as well as its popular comeback today. One of the masters of French art-deco is Jean Puiforcat, fourth generation of Puiforcat brand founded in 1820 and specialized in silverwork production.

Jean Puiforcat pushed the production further to avant-garde movement during the 1920s and 1930s. Round clock were created by Puiforcat in 1932 and are re-edited now by the company. Other two clocks composed of silvered metal, brass and white-veined grey marble were designed for Hour-Lavigne around 1930 and were sold at Christies auction in Paris in 2011.

Image Cortesy of Puiforcat and Christies.

We are more than happy to invite you on Reload the Current Page exhibition by our favorite London-based designer Michael Anastassiades held in Point Centre for Contemporary Art at Cyprus.

Reload the Current Page explores what Anastassiades calls the “contemporary anxieties of the modern Cypriot”. In this installation he celebrates the optimized freedom of creative expression offered by the gallery space, while remaining consistent with his design principles of subtraction, complexity and simplicity. Inspired by natural landscapes and cutting-edge technology, Anastassiades creates a series of objects embodying personal experiences and anxieties. Materials, forms and titles allude to the sociopolitical events that have recently defined Cypriot society and, at the same time, suggest more symbolic, nuanced connections; the artist amplifies the ambiguity evoked by his objects, which remain free from any nostalgic or didactic references.

Point Centre for Contemporary Art
31 January - 26 April 2014
Tue- Fri 11:00 - 18:00 | Sat 11:00 - 15:00
The exhibition can also be viewed by appointment outside opening hours

BMW together with creative consultancy Designworks USA completed new bobsled for USA Olympic team for upcoming Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Lead by designer Michael Scully from Designworks USA, the project fort USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (USBSF) aims to deliver a fleet of six new two-man bobsleds, applying the automaker’s world-class design and engineering expertise to help Team USA chase its first Olympic gold medal in the event since 1936.

Documentary Driving on Ice about the developing of the design and final product will be released as well.

We have visited Cologne in Germany some time ago, where we have found several examples of brilliant modernist sacral architecture. One of them is this church of St. Engelbert.

Built between 1928−1932, the St. Engelbert church is a masterwork of Dominikus Böhm (1880 – 1955), who was specialist for sacral architecture. Father of more famous Gottfried Böhm, who also designed many churches around Germany, built churches in Cologne, the Ruhr area, Swabia, and Hesse. Many of his buildings are examples of Brick Expressionism. The finest example is St. Engelbert in Cologne, which is formed by the puristic arched volumes made out of brick. Inside you can find calm white space, where architect re-interpreted the grandiosity of the classical architecture through generous minimalism.