From 3D lighting to lollipops: our 10 picks from State of Design 2017 (Berlin)
We visited Berlin design fair State of Design 2017 to explore the vibes of this mad city and discover some beautiful designs
I went to Berlin design fair State of Design 2017 to explore the vibes of this mad city and discover the some beautiful designs. From 3D printed lamps to designer lollipops, passing through nordic candles and a 65m long artwork:
I selected 10 objects that deserve your attention.
1. Luna by Michael Kuhn
A conceptual lighting piece with a lunar surface full of craters and a long light bulb reminding of a magic obelisk.
This was the smoothest concrete I’ve ever touched, it felt like some kind of precious stone.
In between design and an art installation, Luna is a great piece to look at, touch and talk about.
2. Fold by Martina Amebrecht
Some objects are boring by nature, and that’s why I appreciate the effort of a designer who tries to change them.
Martina Amebrecht presents a modern clothes hanger: extremely easy to open or close, pleasant to see and very solid.
3. Rope by Ief Spincemaille
“I am a rope. I am 65 meters long and 30 cm thick. I weigh 196 kg. It would take eleven people to carry me“. The story of Rope spans art, design, and a social experiment too.
It begins in a Belgium prison, where a team of inmates led by Ief Spincemaille builds this large artifact using a custom-built machine.
After a journey in Florence, it’s now time for Rope to get a new life: it’s cut into many pieces to become a playful sofa, a mattress or an armchair, or whatever you want it to be.
4. Bellevue-Möbel by Bellevue di Monaco
There’s a great story behind the captivating sleek, geometric lines of this set of tables and chairs.
The design was developed by the students of Munich’s University of Applied Sciences for Bellevue di Monaco, a center for young and unaccompanied refugees and the people living in the neighborhood.
A great example of design with a social impact.
5. Glastisch by Heike Buchfelder
Glass is a material with endless applications and forms.
This coffee table by Heike Buchfelder is a huge piece presenting natural and irregular shapes on the sides and an interesting uneven surface on the inside: it almost looks like melting ice, delicate and classy.
6. XMOOVE by Licht3
This modern lighting piece responds to 3 important trends in 1 solution:
The lamp expands up to 5 times its smaller size: the user can create different ambiances with one single lamp, from an atmosphere light to a spotlight.
Thanks to 3D printing manufacturing it can be customized by adding company logos or writings on the sides and it’s more sustainable since no waste is created from production but only the material that is strictly necessary is used.
7. Jollypop by March
They look great and taste even better, I guarantee! These funny lollipops are made by hand by a Lithuanian company March.
Each one of them has a different flavor and playful shape. They are made using no color additives, gluten, or GMO, and they’re also vegan-friendly.
8. Eclipse, Crescent & Envelope by Namuos
You can feel the nordic vibes coming from the striking simplicity and minimal touch of these 3 pieces by Lithuanian design brand Namuos.
Founder Rosa K. also seems to have figured out a simple and impactful interior formula, suggesting that homes should not be filled with objects but have only a few, each of them with a clear purpose, and aesthetics and made of natural materials.
9. Calm Edges by RUTRUT Ceramics
The interesting thing about these ceramics creations is their geometric structure is developed with a natural feel: each polygon changes in size and depth, getting bigger towards the top, the edges are not perfectly defined and the top part is also uneven.
This contrast is a real pleasure to see and touch.
10. Aureole by Daniel Becker
A playful interaction, modern appeal, and multiple purposes, what else do you want?
With a simple touch the user lifts up or drags down the aluminum lampshade, while the lightbulb doesn’t move: this regulates the balance of lighting projected towards the ground or on the ceiling.
The lamp we tried was a concept but the final product will be on sale soon.