issue forty-seven

From the publisher

Light is all around us in the illuminating edition.

Valentin Spiess shows his wizardry and technical genius at Sochi in our Share story.

In You, Utope bring us clothing that lights our way – night and day and the Switch Light is a clever solar charged concept for a hand-held light.

The String Prototype by Numen/For Use on our cover and the feature in our Play segment shows how an old object can be repurposed to create a new and exciting play environment.

Office spaces are places where digital dreams can 
come to life in our Work segment. Architect, Guto Requena worked with digital culture, brand and identity 
to remake Walmart’s Sao Paolo headquarters.

Inside this issue

Complex by nature

There’s a lot of talk of future times in which we will all 3D-print our objects at home.


Digital dreams

In order to figure out how architect Guto Requena thinks, you should see his remake of a Lina Bo Bardi’s chairs. I had the fortune to see it last year.


In the limelight

Sporty Supaheroe Jacket is a custom-designed jacket with a built-in electronic system to make wearers more visible after dark, created by Utope in cooperation with Fraunhofer IZM/stretchable circuits in Berlin.


Valentin Spiess

There is no global event that Swiss engineering wizard Valentin Spiess of iart has missed.


Strings attached

The Croatian-Austrian design collective Numen/For Use has been designing large-scale interactive works since 1998.


Designer urns

For those looking for a sleek and sophisticated alternative for memorialising their dearly departed, precision-crafted, laser-engraved, custom-coloured cremation urns and keepsakes from US manufacturer Capsule are the answer.


Leave it out

It seems absurd, but as the interest – and the business – of external fittings rises, the offer in furniture often forces consumers to choose between style and function.


Sound solution

When Swedish furniture manufacturer Blå Station approached Stone Designs with a brief of creating acoustic wall panels for indoor environments, the designers at the Spanish design firm didn’t just want to deliver a functional solution but create something beautiful that would inspire and delight.


Beautiful bowls

new nesting bowl set, designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Design House Stockholm, launches at Ambiente fair in Frankfurt 2014.


Compact style

‘Cobrina’ – a word derived from the Japanese expression ‘koburi-na’, used to describe things that are smallish or undersized – is a series of small-sized pieces of furniture that allow space to be used more effectively.


Appliance innovation

How can a domestic appliances company operating in Europe find a way out of the gridlock that globalisation and cheap Asian labour has brought about in the last decade?


The flip side

In an increasingly energy-conscious era where more and more people are seeking out eco-friendly and sustainable solutions in the home, the Switch Light is a welcome find.