Pillow Lamp is the latest project from experimental designers Thing Thing. Fabricated by the artists in their Detroit studio, it is the result of a long exploration into the industrial process of rotational molding. Made from HDPE plastic formed in handmade aluminum molds, each lamp has a unique pattern of wrinkles and creases. The lamp's kickstand is a copper pipe that has been reclaimed from a local scrapyard and polished by hand to a bright sheen. An LED bulb allows the lamp to stay lit for over 25,000 hours. Pillow Lamp is a beautiful addition to any bedside table, desk, or dark corner and shines with a warm, mysterious glow.
About the design team: ThingThing is a manufacturing studio practicing in Detroit. Established in 2012, ThingThing designs processes to work intuitively with materials and methods usually reserved for industrial production. And through this unique authorship develop their sensibilities as a practice. ThingThing makes experimental design for exhibitions, collectors, and consumers. We are four bold designers who are inspired to playfully reconsider design. We love beautiful things. We love to make beautiful things. We love to make things that make beautiful things.
Thing Thing is: Simon Anton,Eiji Jimbo,Rachel Mulder, and Thom Moran.
Gravity Drops, a glass blown carafe designed by Vanessa Mitrani makes an ingenious use of balance from its wooden base.
"Gathered” by using a long rod - or cane - in the furnace where it is melted, the glass never stops flowing. In order to get the right amount to be blown, the rod must be continuously turned so as to avoid the gathered glass leaking onto the ground.
Vanessa Mitrani has inherited from her mother, a lab researcher, a passion for animals as well as the love to experiment and «to do». A student at ENSAD (Paris Decorative Arts University) specialising in furniture design, she happily escapes the classrooms to experience craft techniques in workshops, including glass techniques. It is therefore by «doing» that the designer started working with glass, her professional love affair.
The 2016 iittala color Alto Emerald Kapea Vase will catch eyes with its alluring jewel tone and rich dimension. A modern manifestation of the original Savoy vase, the Kapea (Narrow) is the most slender of the variations. The free-flowing lines of Alvar Aalto's 1936 design are left untouched, but the vase is taken to new heights. Saturated in the alluring jewel tone of the 2016 Emerald color, the 1936 design is as lively as ever. Though the award-winning design's raw beauty seems like an organic occurrence, it requires 7 craftsmen, 12 work stages and 30 hours to create just one of these extraordinary works of art.