Sleek wooden bathtubs

 

Unique Wood bathtub

Serena bathtub in American walnut

With showrooms in Germany and Poland, Unique Wood Design offers contemporary wooden bathtubs and basins that help bring nature into the bathroom.

With a history deeply rooted in boat building, the Polish company uses a combination of traditional carpentry and specialist modern boat-building techniques to create truly unique, handmade bathrooms.

 

Unique Wood bathtub 2

Nova bathtub in wenge

 

 

 

A shoe inspired bathtub

Sicis shoe bath

Shoe Bathtub by SICIS

Italian mosiac manufacturer SICIS Art Mosaic Factory have introduced a fashion inspired bathtub for all those shoe obsessed fashionistas out there.

The stiletto shoe  luxury bathtubs will be the talking point of any bathroom they feature in and are the perfect tribute to footwear for those with a shoe fetish.

The bathtubs are decorated in glitzy glass mosaics that will certainly add a touch of bling to the bathroom.

Human furniture anyone?

Samal Design human chair

Human Chair by Samal Design

Fusing a futuristic and retro vision of design, which he calls ‘New-Retro-Futurism’, Paris based Belarusian designer Dzmitry Samal has some interest designs in his portfolio.

Speaking about his approach to design he says: “I think that the future of design is in our past experience and heritage combined with modern technologies. I’m a keeper of traditional creative approaches but with the very contemporary way of thinking and using technology.”

His Human Furniture Collection is inspired by the beauty and sensuality of the human form. It features a human chair, two variations of tables, a mirror and a human closet.

Samal design human table

Human Table by Samal Design

Gorenje designed by Karim Rashid

Rashid for Gorenje

The new Gorenje collection designed by Karim Rashid

So if you are looking for a funky oven to sit alongside your daring Gorenje Retro Collection fridge, look no further. The undisputed king of colour, Karim Rashid, had put his stamp on the kitchen.

A minimal fusion of functionality, technology, interactivity, and purity, according to Gorenje, the new collection boasts a full length handle down the side of the appliance, which incorporates a vertical LED light stripe allowing several colour versions.

Commenting on his collection, Rashid said: “I have wanted to design appliances for ages. It was a great exercise in rethinking the banal. Too often we are relegated to tired archetypes. Design is about shaping contemporaneity. Design is critical to our environments, to our daily experiences, our products, our everything. Everything needs to be designed, from our airplane interiors to our shampoo bottles to our money. We need to beautify this planet in every aspect, in every corner of the earth.”

Gorenje goes retro

Gorenje Retro

Revamped Retro Collection by Gorenje

The Old Timer fridges and fridge freezers by Slovenian manufacturer Gorenje has been around for over a decade. But they have been given a new lease of life through a bright new palette of colours and a funky new name – the Retro Collection.

Aimed at consumers who demand a more individual, lively and daring approach to their appliances, the Retro Collection is available in fashionable colours and comes in three different versions – Chic, Vintage and Funky.

They may be called Retro, but fear not, theses modern new appliances are also brimming with state-of-the-art technology.

As nice as they are though, I think I still prefer SMEG.

Flock wallpapers by Barbara Hulanicki

Skulls

Skulls

Barbara Hulanicki has designed these wonderful flock wallpapers for Graham & Brown. The Skulls wallpaper above is a dark, yet mischievous wallpaper. Barbara says she particularly likes the shock effect that this wallpaper has, as people don’t necessarily see the skulls until they take a closer look.

Antoinette captures the image of a young Marie Antoinette in an ornate frame. The paper relects Barbara’s love of drawing and her experience as a fashion illustrator.

Featuring the ultimate fashion accessory and the vice of many fashion-concious women, Shoes will undoubtedly be a popular choice with the ladies. Again inspiration came from Barbara’s background in fashion.

Antoinette

Antoinette

Shoes

Shoes

For more inspiration read my latest article on wallpaper here

Mrs Dalloway for Gorenje

Mr Dalloway by Nika Zupanc for Gorenje

Mr Dalloway by Nika Zupanc for Gorenje

Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc wanted to transform the mundane role and duties of housewives and raise the expectations we have of kitchen appliances by giving this mini-hotplate a new haute-couture image.

The world premiere of the Mrs. Dalloway mini hotplate from Gorenje, reminiscent more of a cult fashion accessory than of an actual cooking appliance, took place at Milan Design Week in May this year where Zupanc had her own solo exhibition at Super Studio Piu.

The item shown in Milan was a prototype, but according to Gorenje it is considering the possibility of mass production. I for one hope so, after all Mrs Dalloway is the ultimate kitchen accessory.

Bond Collection

Bond Collection

Bond Collection

Bond is the new collection of tiles by Turkish manufacturer Canakkale Seramik & Kalebodur in collaboration with renowned Finnish designer Harri Koskinen. Bond is a collection comprised of concave and convex tiles used in conjunction to give a sense of movement to an otherwise flat surface.

Koskinen says he took his inspiration from the natural movements occurring in nature, such as waves, sand dunes and dry cracked earth. The collection is available in ten colour options that reflect  the natural tones of the sun, sea, sand, water an stone.

Bond Collection2

Bond Collection

Luminescent wallpaper

Nature by Ray Charles

Nature by Ray Charles

Swedish designer Camilla Diedrich has a portfolio full of stunning wallpapers. From her Vivienne Westwood inspired paper to spruce up the corners of a room to the psychedelic Indie Air paper which is due on the market in 2010.

I particularly love the luminescent Nature Ray Charles paper which incorporates  fibre optics to great effect. I can imagine that this wallpaper would provide fabulous mood lighting as well as a great talking point.

For more inspiration read my latest article on wallpaper here

Polska! Year

Polska! Year 2009-2010

Polska! Year 2009-2010

Polska! Year started in Spring of this year and will continue through to 2010. It is a joint initiative of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The purpose of the Year is to bring the communities of Poland and Great Britain closer by strengthening cultural relations and establishing new contacts between Polish and British artistic institutions, artists and organisers of cultural events.

Polska! Year comprises over 200 projects presenting the most interesting achievements of Polish culture and showcasing works of the most outstanding Polish artists to the British public. It features exhibitions of past and modern art, concerts of classical, jazz and contemporary music, reviews of feature films, documentaries and animation, theatrical performances, as well as conferences and seminars.

At London Design Festival this year there was a hive of activity showcasing Polish culture. Young Creative Poland from 19-27 September was a group show of the best young designers emerging from Poland and working in furniture design, industrial design, graphic design, fashion, architecture and innovative engineering.

Young Creative Poland

Young Creative Poland

Polska Folk took place at Tent London from 24-27  September and was an exhibition of new work from young Polish designers who have reached back to traditional folk designs, materials and manufacturing processes in making their work.

Polska Folk

Polska Folk

Unfortunately, this year I was unable to take time off from work in order to make the trip to London Design Festival. Both Polska Folk and Young Creative Poland would definitely have been at the top of my list of things to go and see. But fear not, the net is awash with round ups of the designs that were exhibited. I won’t be posting everything here on my blog, but Dezeen has a special feature on Polish design at the moment  so if you are interested I suggest you click here.

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