The week before last Tiana and I attended the Nautral Products Expo West to check out the great designs being produced in the natural products category. We divided our findings into: Health & Beauty, Pet, Food, Kids and Baby, Household and Cleaning Supply, & Beverage packaging. We will also be spotlighting some of our favorites as features (with more photos and information) in the coming weeks.
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West 21st House is a sustainable family residence designed by Frits de Vries Architect and located in Vancouver, Canada. Outdoor patios and gardens at every level define this home and ensure a good indoor-outdoor connection. Here is more from the architects: “Designed and oriented for passive solar usage the project also employs ultra high efficiency windows, solar hot water heating and a high performance heating / cooling system, including heat recovery that allow the home to operate with low energy consumption. The careful selection of appliances, plumbing fixtures, and lighting also reduce energy and water consumption. Interior elements, such as flooring and millwork, include recycled materials and low/no emission finishes. Planters on the roof reduce heat reflectance and rainwater runoff”. The interiors pay tribute to modern design and inspire openness and flexibility. Have a look!
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Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art (pronounced mat-haf) is a new modern art museum in Doha, Qatar. Its mission is to showcase modern and contemporary art from the region, shifting existing perceptions of arts practice in the Arab world, and provide a forum for dialogue and scholarship. An existing building, in the traditional style, was redesigned by French architect Jean-François Bodin and the new branding was handled by the Dubai office of Wolff Olins with typography by Tarek Atrissi Design.
Branding for art organisations, particularly museums and galleries, have an almost universally accepted visual language, code, or style. Some of the more adept branding practitioners have managed to confound those expectations recently, but overall there’s a way most art galleries look and behave — it tells us ‘we are very serious, our walls are very white, the pictures are hung very straight, there is a very expensive gift shop at the end’.
Mathaf manages to sit comfortably amongst this world, whilst pulling off a slight twist. Its identity is almost wholly expressed through typography, and attention has clearly been lavished in this area. As someone with little to no expertise in Arabic typography, I’ll refrain from making too many comments on that aspect, other than to say this is probably one of the more pleasing English / Arabic double version logo I have seen to date. As simple a trick the left/right swap may seem, it’s sensitive, refined and elegant whilst retaining a link to the hand rendered essence of Arabic script. But then again, what do I know…
What’s with the squiggle? Across the English and Arabic logo versions, the ‘a’ or ‘ha’ characters respectively, are replaced by the hand doodled character. It’s a neat element that creates an even stronger link between the two logo versions, though I wonder if the typography could have that done that job on its own. But on deeper reflection, the squiggle also does a great job of introducing the creative, chaotic element of artistic expression, into what might otherwise had been a very clinical logotype indeed.
The squiggle sets up other elements throughout the identity using handwritten typography, which balances rather well with the perfection of the bespoke typeface. Some vibrant, poppy colours sprinkled in and the overall feel communicates a contemporary, worldly organisation firmly grounded in its rich cultural history. Unfortunately the jarring way that big grey box Jean-François Bodin plonked over the facade is another matter, but it does show the simple left/right alignment flip of the logo coming together in one place to show an Arabic museum with a western outlook. Or is it an Arabic outlook for a prototypically ‘white cube’ western art museum?
Like the infamous scene from Pulp Fiction, Wolff Olins are an adrenaline shot straight to the heart of the Brand New community — their work is heavily commented on, fiercely debated, loved or loathed. Often I’ve found the identities that garner the most controversy on launch, end up being the most appreciated, and imitated, over time. I can’t help but think this identity won’t cause much controversy at all. Really, it’s all very nice and well sorted out. This identity would look good in Shoreditch, the Bowery, Shibuya or Paddington. Anywhere people look at art and take themselves seriously while doing it. As for Doha, well I can’t really comment, but I imagine it’d work there too.
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Description from Sticks and Stones Furniture:
Sticks and Stones Furniture creates signature designs fusing wood and concrete, showcasing the tensile beauty, strength and motion latent in the two materials. Working with reclaimed wood products and recycled materials; Sticks and Stones products convey a modernity that appeals to the lifestyle and design of West Coast living.
Sticks and Stones is a fusion of wood and concrete furniture, showcasing the strength, elegance and pliability of its materials. “We design and build simply stunning pieces to enhance live and work spaces and we enjoy what we do,” Roland Benesocky, wood designer.
The Squamish, BC based company prides itself on the belief that business can be successful, sustainable and ethical. Sticks and Stones hires locally, sources over 90% of materials from within 100 miles of Squamish and donates 1% of sales to Me to We.
Sticks and Stones is a collaboration between Yves St Hilaire and Roland Benesocky, two designers with a passion for life who value ethical business practices and superb craftsmanship. It was serendipity that brought Yves and Roland together. Each was working in their area of expertise when a conversation started in the back lane about fusing wood and concrete and making beautiful furniture. From there Sticks and Stones was born.
Roland “Sticks” Benesocky, a graduate of the Fine Furniture Program in Victoria has always been attracted to wood as a working medium and how he’s able to bring forth the design from the wood. An avid mountain biker, Benesocky has had many opportunities to gather inspiration from the natural world, especially living in Squamish, BC “The outdoor recreation capital of Canada.”
“If a piece is going to be built well enough to last for many years, then the style of the piece must also be current many years from now. Clean lines, good proportion, and choice materials all point to timeless design,” states Benesocky.
Yves “The Stone “ St Hilaire has been an entrepreneur for most of his life. After working with concrete commercially he started toying with the idea of bringing concrete inside the home, as he was witness to its versatility as a design material. From there, the artist within came out. St Hilaire states that “design to me is a balance between the outcome, the function and the correct use of mediums. I also like to keep in mind the life cycle of a piece – where the material comes from, whom it’s designed for and how long it will last. “
Yves and Roland are proud of their creations and the story behind each piece. “It seems the growing trend is to have locally created, artfully designed pieces that are made with planet earth in mind,” says St Hilaire “and that makes us extremely happy.”
Visit the Sticks and Stones Furniture website – here.
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Forgive me, forgive me! Time has been running away from me like mad. Lots to share, meatier post coming soon, but for now, MAE WEST. Because she’s stylish, fabulous, and has one-liner quips (see post title) that far surpass even Karl the Kaiser’s. And that’s no small feat, right?
Oh! And the image of the sofa is Salvador Dali’s famous lip sofa (there’s an image below). It was modeled off of Mae’s mouth. Could you tell?
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