Shapes In Motion, by Pavel Pavlov
Shapes In Motion, by Pavel Pavlov
“Nature sneaks into the house thanks to this rug made with small, hand woven felt flowers. A rural oasis where you can dream and take a break from the urban hustle and bustle, from the cold pavement and stress of the city. A garden of unique delights that marks its own seasons according to the colour chosen: purples, reds, greens or ecru. A piece that has won multiple design awards, that is not indifferent and invites you to play in its smooth, gentle leaves. It is another sign of the threedimensional possibilities of rugs, with a large dose of subtlety, taste for the exquisite and refinement.
Little Field of Flowers was first conceived in 2005, when, in the cyclical course of design trends, flowery was at the height of fashionability. Nani Marquina says, “We thought it would be nice to work with a designer who excels in floral creations, so we contacted Tord Boontje and asked him to send us a proposal.” (In 2002, Boontje had released his signature Garland lampshade, a paper-thin sheet of metal etched with pastoral outlines that the consumer pops out and forms around a naked bulb.)
Boontje’s studio responded to Nanimarquina’s request with an array of characteristic drawings—ornate winding patterns of flowers, leaves, branches, deer, birds, horses, and dragons—that looked like graphic updates of medieval tapestries. Nanimarquina’s Catalonian production team envisioned the designs as modern-day textured patterns on woven surfaces.
“We ordered the first prototypes in an embossed pattern,” explains Marquina, who works with several Indian manufacturing facilities. The Nanimarquina team instructed the manufacturers to use a traditional rug-making technique called hand-knotting to transform Boontje’s iconic graphics into relief patterned rug samples. In weaving there is a warp and a weft. The weft threads weave over and under the tensioned warp threads, row after row, to create a surface. When hand-knotting woven carpets, the technicians tie knots to the warp threads and use a tufting gun to secure them in a rapid pulling motion.
The resulting samples showed Boontje’s patterns through changes in surface level, but Boontje didn’t like them. “We then understood that he needed more levels of texture, superimposition, and movement,” Marquina says,“so we had to alter our manufacturing technique. Our solution was to make the flower shapes by die-cutting felt and placing the pieces into a thick woolen carpet, all in one shade.”
As Boontje’s signature style is often associated with cutouts, Marquina’s solution was a good fit. Sheets of felt from Rajasthan go into a die cutter, which is essentially a combination of a waffle iron and a cookie cutter. An iron press cuts outlines into shapes. Using Boontje’s designs, the team at Nanimarquina created six flower combinations for the process, connecting a large blossom to a small one with a narrow stem that is then attached to the rug. The team had to simplify some of the flowers’ intricacies to keep the corners clean and resilient. Die cutting takes place at SPN Carpets in Panipat, an industrial town and weaving hub on the massive outskirts of Delhi. “We outsource the die–there are lots of die manufacturers in Delhi,” says Tony Mittal, the factory owner. “The machine is about the size of a washing machine. After we press the flowers, we remove them from the machine by hand. Occasionally we find that the edges are no longer crisp, at which point we replace the die.”
Depending on the size of the rug—they come in three sizes—one or two technicians at SPN operate the loom, which involves painstaking manual labor. “Every two or three lines,” Marquina explains, “we insert a pair of die-cut flowers. They are fixed through a wool thread that is woven between the flowers and the base.” The technicians follow an intricate pattern, much like in knitting, which graphically conveys the intended location of each distinct flower pairing. They can produce one rug in a seven-hour workday. “It wasn’t easy,” Marquina remembers, “to find manufacturers willing to take on this project—it’s quite complex.” Mittal was more than willing. “I really enjoy working with Nanimarquina,” he says. “Every time they give me different kinds of designs to make, and I like the challenge. We feel proud.”
“New York: Night and Day” is an intriguing experimental video in which locations around New York City were filmed in the day and at night, and then digitally combined into day/night composites. The video was created by Philip Stockton, Creative Director of The Barbarian Group.
I traveled around New York City, shooting video of various locations. I ended up with 12 usable locations, ranging from wide rooftop landscapes, to single street corners. I would spend around 4-8 hrs stationary at each location. I would then take the video from day and night, cut it up and combine it back together, to create a mix of night and day in the same shot. Slicing up time is something I am really interested in with video, there is so much information in a given shot, that looking how that changes over time is fascinating to me.
“We need contrast and tension to be able to create” Sam Hecht, of Industrial Facility.
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Industrial Facility was formed in 2002 to explore the junction between industrial design and the world around us. Our office designs objects of varying purpose in relation to their spatial, cultural and performative landscapes for international companies operating in international markets. Clients value our deeper contribution to their design and business thinking and often incorporate resultant project directions into their broader future. Areas of work include products, furniture, exhibitions, transportation and clothing. The office has emerged as one of the most progressive and creative design offices working in industrial design.
“Working with Industrial Facility is straight forward. We work with international companies of all sizes in a wide ranging set of industries, from tableware & kitchen products to furniture and lighting, electronics and appliance design. Recently, we have also found ourselves tackling projects for interiors, public furniture, medical devices and exhibitions. All of our worldwide clients share a belief in making things better, which invariably helps to make life better too. To help to understand the structure of Industrial Facility and how we work, we have put together answers to ten common questions put to us.”
Discover more of Sam Hecht and Industrial Facility here.
Rhye: “The Fall”
The Ring Ruler addresses one of the most elemental structures in the physical world– the circle. Up until now, the primary tool for creating circles is the needle compass, which pivots on a sharp, centered point. While this method has remained practically unchanged for hundreds of years, we believe there is a better way. We think the solution lies in a more natural, circular gesture. Why not use a circle to create or measure a circle? Using this method of an expandable/contractable measuring ring, we are now able to provide metrics that have never before been possible in a single tool– namely DIAMETER, ARC LENGTH/CIRCUMFERENCE and even DEGREES.
The tactile feel of sizing the Ring Ruler by hand, snapping into place, and tracing the pencil along its curved profile is not only faster and far more satisfying, but it also allows for a much greater degree of control with respect to line consistency. That’s because we’ve managed to keep the writing instrument where it belongs– in your hand.
The principle behind the concept of the Ring Ruler is based on the very essence of π (pi). Many people know pi as the infinitely long number that starts 3.14159… but it is simply the direct relationship between circumference and diameter. More specifically, it is the arc length of a single increment of diameter, be it inches or centimeters. This property is uniquely illustrated with this tool in that the first unit of diameter in either scale equals 3.14 (pi) –hence, pi is literally baked into the Ring Ruler– allowing for the exclusive set of metrics it provides.
Whether you’re an artist, designer, architect, engineer, teacher, woodworker, quilter, craftsman or student –or you’re just taking a geometry class– the Ring Ruler might prove to be a handy little tool to have in your arsenal. Useful for anything ranging from technical drafting to pattern-making to bowl decorating, it is also easily used with pencil, pen or marker.
We believe drawing circles should be easy; and learning about circles should be fun. The level of simplicity with which the Ring Ruler is handled and used opens some exciting possibilities with students and children of all ages. Teachers who may have been reluctant to hand out pointy compasses to young children can now encourage kids to actually play with these flexible, circular rulers. As much as we all love digital applications, there is a visceral stimulation with physical, hands-on instruction that creates stronger connections and invariably leads to greater understanding of fundamental concepts.
In addition to creating perfect circles on the fly, the Ring Ruler also measures circles and 3D objects like cylinders, spheres and cones. In fact, it is really the first and only tool for actually measuring circles and arcs that does not involve calculation.
We’ve also recently added the ability to measure a full 360º, making the Ring Ruler the ultimate protractor! In order to accurately measure degrees, we must use a fixed diameter, to create a quadrant system– much like a clock. The markings indicate the snap-in point and the baseline is essentially formed at the 3:00 and 9:00 positions.
The creative factory is a collective of designers reclaiming control over their creations. Within an empty factory in Eindhoven they create their individual production line, their machines, tools and products, while establishing relationships with the community around them. The creative factory suggests an alternative to industrialization, production and consumption.
Line 02 by Thomas Vailly is a versatile and low tech way to produce fluid and organic plastic shapes. Latex sheets are like numeric surfaces, and can be stretched, scaled and blown to create an infinity of fluid volumes. Line 02 is a dialog between 3D-modeling, rapid prototyping, craftsmanship and design.
“The PROFILE CHAIR was our answer to everything we didn’t like about folding chairs. Folding chairs are shy, coming out only when extra seating is needed. They are ashamed of their cluttered leg regions, complicated actions, and cheap materials.
The PROFILE CHAIR folds on a single axis. This cuts down on intersecting lines and gives the chair a minimal profile that takes up less visual space when open, and less physical space when closed.
PROFILE CHAIR is a chair that you can use everyday. The powder coated steel and solid larch make it equally at home indoors and outdoors.”
The Sound of Stenciling
The painting featured in the video is titled ‘And I’m Not Going To Take This Anymore’. Photos and more details about the piece can be found at
A more affordable screen print of this piece will be available soon and if you want to be the first to know of it’s release, you can sign up to the carrier pigeon list at pahnl.co.uk/contact.php
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This beautiful lamp is the coming together of Australian designer Tom Allen and Spanish eco-design company Lucirmás. Ticking all the green boxes with its upcycled, recyclable, sustainable materials, the design first previewed at Salon Internazionale del Mobile 2012 in Milan has now hit shelves.
Made in Barcelona, removable 5 litre glass oil or wine bottles are placed on top of a beech timber base with the whole piece illuminated by a low energy Plumen lightbulb with an impressive 8 year life span. Check out the production and finished lamp in full over at the gallery and find the Dama here.
Breakbot - One Out Of Two
Timelapse video of artist Patrick Vale drawing the view of the Manhattan skyline from the Empire State Building.
Music - Moanin’ by Charles Mingus.>