Tomorrow we will launch our next issue of OKOLO magazine called Vienna Only. Series of articles presents our original view on the best things, people and ideas from the city of Vienna.

One of the article is also on the cult place of the world photographic culture, Leica Shop and Westlicht museum and auction in Vienna. And because we visited Leica Shop in München last week as well, here is the short photographic essay from the German shop.

Tomorrow you can look forward on the Viennese one. Where? In our Vienna Only issue launched at Nová Scéna in Prague.



We love hats, the city of Vienna and poetic work of Tomáš Král, designer and our collaborator based in Lausanne. Everything meets in Tomáš Král`s latest project.

Called Under the Hat, the collection of lamps and bowl is the result of Král`s collaboration with traditional Vienna-based hat maker Mühlbauer. More about this company you can read in our upcoming Vienna Only magazine which we present 2 december in Prague.

Král created the collection for Passionswege project organized by Vienna Design Week. The result pieces celebrate manufacturing tradition of Mühlbauer hats and gives them new conceptual as well as humorist context. Hat changes into the shades and diffusers of the lamps with ceramic body.

Really nice project celebrating craft tradition and history of Vienna as well as contemporary poetic way of creating everyday products.






These two pieces designed by Swedish glassmaker and sculptor Erik Höglund (1932-1998) are extraordinary examples of the mid-century Scandinavian design.

Both come from the period when Höglund collaborated with Boda Nova glasswork, where he revolutionized the art of glass in Sweden of 1950s and 1960s. Untitled (right) is an intimate domestic glass and concrete sculpture with the wooden frame resembled period furniture design. Pendant lamp from 1960 (left) is another great example of combining materials. This time glass with copper.

Photos: courtesy of Wright, Chicago



Ski


From Erik Schedin online concept store, this pair of skis is intriguing product for the upcoming winter season.










It is long time ago, when we were with our friends in Bern, Switzerland and visited this amazing brutalist complex by legendary architectural practice Atelier 5.

Called Brunnadern, the housing estate is located on Brunnadernstrasse in a quiet residential district of Bern. The project is one of the celebrated brutalist works by Swiss architectural practice Atelier 5 which was founded by Erwin Fritz, Samuel Gerber, Rolf Hesterberg, Hans Hostettler und Alfredo Pini in 1955 in the context of modern postwar architecture and influenced by the late modernist work of Le Corbusier especially. Working with the rough concrete, the Atelier 5 work is an example of the pioneering Swiss purity and austerity in an architecture language.

We visited Brunnadern complex early morning in the beautiful sun which highlighted all the lines and nice structures of these four free-standing articulated blocks which form a closed urban housing estate. However architects worked mainly in rough concrete, they created beautiful living environment which is now hidden in the greenery. Gardens are everywhere. From balconies, to the roof, to the courtyard. In the architectural form we can see many original interpretations of the classic features of the international modernist architecture. Windows, window boxes, doors, terrace details, shutters and blinds, “brise soeil” elements, spiral stairs lead to nowhere are only few beautifully designed details.

After almost 40 years in the life, the estate is still very lively and actual. With its fresh greenery, maybe more than never else.










It is long time ago, when we were with our friends in Bern, Switzerland and visited this amazing brutalist complex by legendary architectural practice Atelier 5.

Called Brunnadern, the housing estate is located on Brunnadernstrasse in a quiet residential district of Bern. The project is one of the celebrated brutalist works by Swiss architectural practice Atelier 5 which was founded by Erwin Fritz, Samuel Gerber, Rolf Hesterberg, Hans Hostettler und Alfredo Pini in 1955 in the context of modern postwar architecture and influenced by the late modernist work of Le Corbusier especially. Working with the rough concrete, the Atelier 5 work is an example of the pioneering Swiss purity and austerity in an architecture language.

We visited Brunnadern complex early morning in the beautiful sun which highlighted all the lines and nice structures of these four free-standing articulated blocks which form a closed urban housing estate. However architects worked mainly in rough concrete, they created beautiful living environment which is now hidden in the greenery. Gardens are everywhere. From balconies, to the roof, to the courtyard. In the architectural form we can see many original interpretations of the classic features of the international modernist architecture. Windows, window boxes, doors, terrace details, shutters and blinds, “brise soeil” elements, spiral stairs lead to nowhere are only few beautifully designed details.

After almost 40 years in the life, the estate is still very lively and actual. With its fresh greenery, maybe more than never else.







Here we have the second part of our editorial about the new collection of furniture by Dutch designers Daphna Isaacs and Laurens Manders. This time we preview finished pieces.

Called Cirkel, the collection includes Coffee table 01, Leaning lamp, three Mirrors and Wall lights 01/02. All the pieces, prepared for the solo show at Gosserez gallery in Paris, are based on the motif of the simple Bauhaus forms and lines which meet very personal visual intimate approach of the designers.

For example Wall light looks like a constructivist or futurist 1930s sculpture actualized by its function and very pure emotional materialization. Also the Coffee table looks like a sculpture with its conic-shaped support that functions as a clever storage.

"With their designs they try not to tell what the function is, first comes form and the function is second and it may never come. Nevertheless they have a function in mind if they design an object or a product, but they do not want to make the function to visible. For them design is about form not about function."

Photos by Mike Roelofs










We celebrate new collection of furniture by the Eindhoven-based Daphna Isaacs and Laurens Manders.

Our friends have created collection called Cirkel for Paris-based Gosserez gallery. Today we show you only these drawings of the coffee table, series of mirrors and two types of wall lights. Stay tuned and tomorrow you will see real pieces and you can compare how their ideas came into reality.

Daphna Laurens: "Cirkel", Gosserez gallery, Paris, 24.11.11 - 14.01.12








We celebrate new collection of furniture by the Eindhoven-based Daphna Isaacs and Laurens Manders.

Our friends have created collection called Cirkel for Paris-based Gosserez gallery. Today we show you only these drawings of the coffee table, series of mirrors and two types of wall lights. Stay tuned and tomorrow you will see real pieces and you can compare how their ideas came into reality.

Daphna Laurens: "Cirkel", Gosserez gallery, Paris, 24.11.11 - 14.01.12








We celebrate new collection of furniture by the Eindhoven-based Daphna Isaacs and Laurens Manders.

Our friends have created collection called Cirkel for Paris-based Gosserez gallery. Today we show you only these drawings of the coffee table, series of mirrors and two types of wall lights. Stay tuned and tomorrow you will see real pieces and you can compare how their ideas came into reality.

Daphna Laurens: "Cirkel", Gosserez gallery, Paris, 24.11.11 - 14.01.12