Two legendary design manufactures associated with two modernist heroes Alvar Aalto and Gio Ponti have presented very nice illustrated cards showing their collections at Salone del Mobile this month.

Finnish brand Artek has unveiled beautiful cards made out of natural paper with simple illustrations of products ranging from Aalvar Aalto's 1930s furniture and lightning to Ilmari Tapiovaara's Kiki lounge chair (1960) and 10 Unit System chair by Shigeru Ban from 2009.

One of our biggest surprises at Salone was a presentation of newly relaunched Fontana Arte, the company, which was founded in 1932 by Gio Ponti. The brand was specialized for production of glass lightning, as well as furniture and accessories. After years of decline, the company has launched fresh lightning collection including designs by Andreas Engesvik, Constance Guisset, Form Us With Love and others.




Two legendary design manufactures associated with two modernist heroes Alvar Aalto and Gio Ponti have presented very nice illustrated cards showing their collections at Salone del Mobile this month.

Finnish brand Artek has unveiled beautiful cards made out of natural paper with simple illustrations of products ranging from Aalvar Aalto's 1930s furniture and lightning to Ilmari Tapiovaara's Kiki lounge chair (1960) and 10 Unit System chair by Shigeru Ban from 2009.

One of our biggest surprises at Salone was a presentation of newly relaunched Fontana Arte, the company, which was founded in 1932 by Gio Ponti. The brand was specialized for production of glass lightning, as well as furniture and accessories. After years of decline, the company has launched fresh lightning collection including designs by Andreas Engesvik, Constance Guisset, Form Us With Love and others.


Doors from Bracco pharmacy, Milano, 1950s
Doors from Bracco pharmacy, Milano, 1950s
Doors from Bracco pharmacy, Milano, 1950s
Doors from Bracco pharmacy, Milano, 1950s
Doors from Lorena hotel, Grosseto, 1961
Doors from Lorena hotel, Grosseto, 1961

Just recently we have returned from crazy week in Milan and we are back with our online magazine.

Going around our favorite Como lake, we have remembered modernist architect Ico Parisi (1916-1996), who was active there during the second half of the last century. He is also creator of this amazing architectural/graphic doors.

The first one comes from 1950s Bracco pharmacy in Milan and also features in our very first OKOLO magazine. The door represents Parisi postwar sculptural organic style, which highlights in aerodynamic handle.

In 1961, Parisi with his wife Luisa has designed interiors of Lorena hotel in Grosseto including the another and little bit different door. The style of both architects developed towards new simple poetic visuality and upcoming radical design. The door features laminate, glass, steel and cast bronze handle. The caricature face like shape of the door represent early conceptual attitude in design and resembles us faces from the paintings of the late surrealist Max Ernst, among others.


Our fashion guru Nigel Cabourn has a new website and this jacket is one of the hotest pieces on it.

Short Taped Smock is inspired by Cabourn's recent trip to Japan, where he discovered an inspirational vintage Naval smock. "The short taped smock, which is new for Spring 2013, is reminiscent of those worn by early 20th century explorers. Like those pieces it is made in 100% cotton but with the added luxury and performance of Ventile®, and the hand knotted waxed cord uses traditional leather pigs nose cord locks to secure the hem and hood," says Cabourn.

Image Courtesy of Nigel Cabourn

Ash





Our friend, Polish designer and curator Maria Jeglinska, has designed new collection of wooden lightning and accessories to present it on Salone del Mobile in Milan next week.

Called Ash, the collection comprises of wall light Eclipse, table lamp Mushroom, which remains us our favorite Antonín Hepnar's Amanita lamp from 1953 and Superbowl bowl. "I wanted to work on lamps that almost had no forms,” says Maria about her collection made out of ash wood and resulted in very purist and natural shapes. Maria has collaborated with Polish traditional woodturning craftsman to highlight the tactile as well as visual qualities of the wood.

The series is exhibited at EDIT by DesignJunction at La Pelota venue on Via Palermo.


We fall in love with this extremely elegant dress designed by Austria-born and California-based fashion designer Rudi Gernreich (1922 — 1985).

Gernreich devoted his entire life to fashion design, which highlights during the 1950s and 1960s in his career. Gernreich created everything from the knit bathing suits and sportswear, to miniskirts, vinyl and plastic clothing as well as scandalous topless swimsuits for which is most famous. This piece comes from 1953 and highlights in minimalism and delicate knitting pattern.


We fall in love with this extremely elegant dress designed by Austria-born and California-based fashion designer Rudi Gernreich (1922 — 1985).

Gernreich devoted his entire life to fashion design, which highlights during the 1950s and 1960s in his career. Gernreich created everything from the knit bathing suits and sportswear, to miniskirts, vinyl and plastic clothing as well as scandalous topless swimsuits for which is most famous. This piece comes from 1953 and highlights in minimalism and delicate knitting pattern.






Our friend and collaborator Klára Šumová has created these Pendants for Vienna-based manufacture Bakalowits during the last year Passionswege project.

Read her statement about the project below:

Five finely crafted chandelier pendants, varied in size and material. Made in collaboration with Bakalowits, a sixth generation Viennese chandelier-maker.

Bakalowits chandeliers traditionally use metal as a main structural component, serving a secondary, supporting role to the crystal pendants. The materials have been switched in this project, with metal becoming the primary focus and treated for its refractory behaviour. The pieces highlight welding, plate coating, banding and polishing—all techniques used by the family during the production of their pieces.

The newly designed pendants have each been swapped for a crystal counterpart on Bakalowits chandeliers throughout important Viennese institutions. Locations include the Austrian Parliament, Austrian Opera, Café Wiemar, Vienna City Hall, Vienna Musikverien, Hofburg, Imperial Hotel and Hotel Kaisserwasser.Five finely crafted chandelier pendants, varied in size and material. Made in collaboration with Bakalowits, a sixth generation Viennese chandelier-maker.

Bakalowits chandeliers traditionally use metal as a main structural component, serving a secondary, supporting role to the crystal pendants. The materials have been switched in this project, with metal becoming the primary focus and treated for its refractory behaviour. The pieces highlight welding, plate coating, banding and polishing—all techniques used by the family during the production of their pieces.

The newly designed pendants have each been swapped for a crystal counterpart on Bakalowits chandeliers throughout important Viennese institutions. Locations include the Austrian Parliament, Austrian Opera, Café Wiemar, Vienna City Hall, Vienna Musikverien, Hofburg, Imperial Hotel and Hotel Kaisserwasser.

Photos by Michal Šeba








We are very happy to announce that our OKOLO Mollino book is included in Annual book published by our favorite blog Its Nice That.

The book, published at the end of the last year, includes the best of the year featured on Its Nice That online blog during the year of 2012.

Many thanks to Its Nice That!







We are very happy to announce that our OKOLO Mollino book is included in Annual book published by our favorite blog Its Nice That.

The book, published at the end of the last year, includes the best of the year featured on Its Nice That online blog during the year of 2012.

Many thanks to Its Nice That!