Craft vs Technology

Although purist designers may lament the advent of technology, the friendly chaps at London’s Vitamin studio are embracing it by combining traditional craft and cutting edge production techniques. These Element Vessels combine CNC and Rapid Prototyping mixed with traditional processes that include wood turning, glass blowing, metal turning and Glass cutting with materials that include silver, polished steel, marble, American black walnut and cork.  A limited edition of these stacked vessels were based on children’s stackable toys.

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Feeling Finnish

Alhtough Finnish Iittala are famous for their glassware and crockery, their new strategy is to expand into interiors for the home. With this in mind this year has seen the launch of a series of new products  including this contrasting concrete and glass Leimu lamp by up and coming Norwegian but London-based designer Magnus Pettersen  . These modular plywood Vakka boxes (second below) are also another product from their push into homewares . Concrete is a hot material in home accessories design at the moment and was everywhere at September’s Maison Objet in Paris.

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