This enigmatic porcelain coffee cup and saucer by the young designer Xu54 based in Shanghai, is stunning in its simplistic form. The cup seemingly floats just skimming the saucer below, the set look frozen in a beautiful state of equilibrium. The design is made all the more realised with the strict mathematical diagram which complements the form completely.
When it is design is explained as a representative for the trajectory of love, the partnership becomes more apparent and the set is given a warm feeling. This clever addition of the simple clean graphic lightens up the sets soft but cold minimal facade. The discreet but rather originally styled handles are aeronautical in appeal though as with all of “Zero Gravity’s” features, not is all as it seem, the design is actually inspired by angel wings.
With each little insight more become clear and Zero Gravity finds a new life as soft romantic design that somehow incorporates its sleek contemporary allure with ease.
The design is very strong, holding many elements in a very controlled harmony that allows each one to flourish. It effortlessly manages elements of geek cool, contemporary trend and it’s also rather fun and refreshing. How it manages to hold a strong contemporary design aesthetic whilst performing a balancing act of different characters is something I always love in design. I love its bold form and magical qualities, the transformation of such a simple functional item to something with such a large character for me makes it a wonderful piece of modern design (even if you can’t use it titled, well at least till your half way down your drink).
Nottage Design: Pool Tables and Games Room Equipment
Australian designer Craig Nottage and business partner Edgar Polanco are the founders and creators of one of the slickest pool table and games room companies in the world, Nottage Design. The innovative designs of Nottage and his invention of the glass top pool table combine to make some of the most attractive pool tables that serve as not only as a functional games table but as a pretty amazing bit a modern design.
The combination of open mechanisms and high contemporary framing design establish the table straight away as a design feature. This is without mentioning the most striking feature of the table a 15mm thick, transparent, toughenedglass top. Plus if you’re feeling really flash the tables come with an ambient light as well.
Although this sounds at first like an extremely bad idea the creators have tested the product and designed it to replace the slate of a standard table. The glass actually lets balls travel the same speed as an average clothed table and also allows for putting spin on the ball. The company boast that this quality remains the same for the life of the table.
The table would fit into any bachelor pad or into any modern games room and with the cool styling it would be perfect for a modern bar as well.
This the G-1 and is the company’s flagship table.
Cleveland Art creates functional household, shop and hotel furniture from recycled vintage industrial surplus. It seamlessly fits both contemporary and traditional interiors, the combination between simple minimalistic shapes and work worn steel, wood and glass gives the furniture a complete immunity from time. They scream both modern and old simultaneously somehow without competing for which has the loudest voice.
The strange dual life these designs hold continues as you consider that they uncannily resemble minimalist sculptures fit for any art gallery and an old GYM bench or factory employee’s coat hook. This tandem existence is nothing short of genius.
I personally love these designs there is a strong masculinity which is perfect for a city apartment, and could work extremely well in contrasting against feminine designs. With the right use of these the designs you could create a perfect androgynous harmony in a space, or go all out masculine and have your space harder and grittier.
Bend To Use: Harry Thaler's Pressed Chair
Pressed Chair is aluminum which has been pressed with the shape for a chair. When bent into shape they create a stackable, sturdy but light weight chair. Taken from a single 1 m2 sheet of 2.5mm thick aluminum, the design uses minimization of materials which makes the project far more sustainable. Though not wanting to waste materials Thaler has cleverly designed a three part stool made from the scrap after the chair is cut. These pieces are easily held together with screws and fit in perfectly with the chairs.
The designs are modern, cool, and functional with the added bonus of having that green leaning without throwing it in your face. These are the kind of designs I could easily see in mass production with a year or two, they would work on both a house hold and industrial level. With the ability to be customized and production options being expansive, these chairs could come in any colour or even be made as more of a design statement perhaps by printing images onto the aluminum sheet before it is cut. The potential for this idea is huge. I feel that Harry Thaler is definitely one to watch out for.