The innovations list

11 July 2018

Our favourite products from the past few months.

1- Foster + Partners has produced a new furniture range, OVO, for contemporary furniture brand Benchmark. Presented in either solid oak or walnut, the collection focuses on simplicity and easy lines. Soft bevels, traditional construction techniques and a foregrounding of the qualities of natural wood make the pieces homely and graceful.

2- Designer Agustina Bottoni has created three cocktail glasses inspired by Milan’s modernist Italian architecture. Named Calici Milanesi, the pieces are envisioned for use in the city’s ritual aperitivo, a city-wide social gathering for an early evening drink. The elegant glasses feature geometric lines, fine materials and are handmade with borosilicate glass.

3- New York’s High Line and its relationship with the streets it intersects is the stimulus behind the H-Line hat, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for the Hat Party, held by Friends of the High Line. The firm’s own 520 West 28th building, which overlooks the High Line, is represented in the interlocking and fluid strokes of the hat’s construction.

4- Swiss cycling brand ASSOS has collaborated with architect-turneddesigner Luis Fernandez to produce a range of limited edition cycling jerseys. Fernandez leant on his architectural background to create items that combine form with function, while the minimalist patterns respond to the Swiss landscape and the primary blocks of the Bauhaus Movement.

5- Lukas Valiauga, a designer and creator of interactive installations, has developed an architecturally inspired mobile app – the Tower Block Game. His website states it is “a playful tribute to a not so playful reality”, as this version of Tetris allows players to build and destroy cityscapes using Eastern European-inspired prefabricated concrete blocks.

6- Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt and the infamous ‘hand of god’ are among the World Cup moments depicted by 20 graphic designers for Weird World Cup, a project by Middle Boop founder Gordon Reid and graphic designer Callum Stephenson. Pieces by various designers, including Mason London and Wade Jeffree, have been printed on to limited edition beer mats; all proceeds go to charity Football Beyond Borders.

7- Petal Pot is a plant pot that reduces waste by growing with the plant it holds, and was the winner in the Design Ventura schools programme run by The Design Museum in London, UK. It is made with Gum-tec, a product derived from waste chewing gum, and is available in three shades of grey.

8- The limited edition SKUM vase, created by architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), for the design collective Mosss, is based on the inflatable bubble-shaped pavilion BIG contributed to the CHART art fair. Made of porcelain and finished by hand, the matt white vase brings the pavilion’s playful form into the home.

9- Carlo Ratti Associati architects has created a mass-market robotic cocktail-maker, Nino, with Ratti’s bartending system Makr Shakr – an updated version of their existing bionic bars. Customers design their cocktail of choice on an app before two robotic arms prepare the drinks from the more than 170 bottles.

1- © Benchmark
3- © Luke Hayes
7- © Richard Heald/The Design Museum
8- © Mosss
9- © CRA graphic team

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