30 creatives and professionals alike gathered at FORT to discuss how to best create a platform where creatives could cross pollenate with ease. Willow and Niche cooked up a delicious feast. Good peeps. Good food. Good stuff. FORTgoods.
Ever wonder what to do with scraps of scrap wood? Last month we put them to good use by making necklaces and earrings from the little bits we had left over. We were really inspired by all of the unique designs created in our WORKSHOP Wooden Wonders! It was incredible how each person came up with a distinct vision and just went for it. We had to offer one of the workshoppers a place to stay the night after working on her piece an hour after the workshop ended;). A special thanks to Emma Holland Denvir for coming into FORT and sharing her craft with us. Sign up for this month's WORKSHOP at http://captivatingcandles.eventbrite.com/
A collection of these wooden shapes were chosen by each participant to combine into an arrangement for each design.
Once they had the pieces the sanding and drilling began.
Gotta love the Aussies. 'Muskwood is a boutique print design company, which translates delicately hand drawn sketches into unique wallpaper and textiles. With a desire to create inspiring interiors that reflect a sense of freedom and originality, a rich collection of evocative prints are released every four months, which are available on the Muskwood website.'
Bunch Magazine is not your run of the mill, glossy pictured, way to pass the time. Bunch curates a wide variety of creative types into a collection for to each of us. They permeate "different social circles, bridge the gap through a shared experience, and provide a perfect snapshot of everyone's individual stories." Here are issue one and two. Issue three features yours truly.
Rimanku textile at FORT now:). These beautifully hand-woven Peruvian piece can be used as a bed/floor spread or displayed as a tapestry. These textiles are crafted from a blend of llama and alpaca wool that is hand-spun/hand-dyed using only natural materials.
No wonder everyone is tryna 'get up on that paper'. LOOK what you can do with it! Each of these items (including this paper wallet) is handcrafted with various grades and shades of paper by Los Angeles-based artist Vincent Tomczyk. His solo show debuts on May 4th, 2013 at Gallery 825. See you there:).
In an age where everything is 'green', eco friendly, and recycled, we at FORT tip our hats to LONDON FURNITURE CO. They go beyond the normal reclaimed timber yards and sustainable/renewable resources. All materials used are salvaged from waste, meaning that most materials used in the products have been diverted from landfill. Kudos.
Days were filled with walking up and down the aisles of the Dwell on Design Conference. And sure, there were neat doodads like the smoke screen machine that would allow you to holograph your very own reincarnate of Tupac, but better yet, there was an introduction to The Senior Design Factory. http://www.senior-design.ch/313-0-Senior+Design+Factory.html (will need to click translation). What these crazy Swiss kids got going on is a way to bring the youth and elderly together exchanging experience and vigor to jointly produce some pretty awesome creative projects. Makes you want to stop by your local senior home huh? ;)
Orla Reynolds, inspired by all the set changes from her ballerina days, has brought to us an ingenious way of creating new spaces at a moments notice. Tables and chairs can be tucked away for a quiet night and pulled out for a party. So awesome.
Thijme (9), Julian (7) and Maris (7) sons of Lucas Maassen, a Dutch designer, have a pretty cool after school job. They are employed to paint the furniture hand built in their father's factory. Their contract states that they are paid 1 Euro per piece of furniture painted and are limited to a 3 hour work week due to Dutch child labour laws. With so many chairs to get through in so little time, the boys tend to paint pretty fast giving the final aesthetic an honest childlike approach to 'finishing touches'. Needless to say, FORT is now open to the idea of adoption;).
Architect: Hufft Projects Location: Missouri, USA Principal in charge: Matthew Hufft Design Team: Adam Crowley, Dan Brown Lighting: Lightworks Consultant: Herman & Associates Area: 500 sq.ft. Completion: 2010 Photographs: Mike Sinclair
Cris Merino, Isa Merino and Carol Montpart are the directorial team behind The Plant Journal, a biannual magazine based in Barcelona, Spain. The Plant Journal’s editorial statement describes the publication as:
Besides providing botanical contents in a simple, personal and cozy way, The Plant Journal offers to plant lovers a new look on greenery by featuring the works of creative people who also love plants. As a curious observer of ordinary plants and other greenery, the magazine presents a monographic on a specific plant and brings together photographers, illustrators, designers, musicians, writers and visual artists, both established and emerging, from all over the world, to share with The Plant Journal their perceptions and experiences around plants.
20 colors, 7 models and 21 variations for 80 chairs, 10 deckchairs and 10 tables - these are the figures of the Marni project for the 2012 Salone del Mobile (Milan Furniture Fair). Chairs and tables made in limited series and sold exclusively in the Marni Boutique at Via della Spiga 50 during the fifty-first edition of the Milan design week.
All products are handmade by Colombian craftsmen using salvaged materials: concrete reinforcing bars for the structure and colored plastic pipes for the seats and backrests. The colors and color combinations were chosen by the Marni team.
What is it about children that allows for them to see the potential in things most adults would thrown out? Kids have an incredibly instinctive gravitation towards recycling. They use their imaginations to turn cardboard boxes into spaceships and Styrofoam balls into snow. My friend Nirvan found and filmed this awesome kid named Caine. See what he did with his father's scraps.
At 1:42 pm yesterday (in a moment I didn't find odd at the time) I was woefully hugging a chair. It had just been purchased by a woman who needed it to complete the feng shui-ness of her bedroom. Apparently she needed this particular chair in order to bring a man into her life. You know, to balance out her femininity with a bold chair so that masculine energy would feel at home with these surroundings. Hmmmmm…. anywho, I had never had it in my home but I did love having the option to do so at a whim:( Its high back and bright color make me happy. Good-bye to you chair, you golden fountain of joy
if you have some time, spend a day at the Huntington Library Sam Maloof exhibit on display until 01/30/12. it is extraordinary to see so many of his pieces together at once and to sit in one of his chairs (they have for you) is to know good design. crafted from hardwood and with signature pointy endings, although beautiful, Maloof's pieces rarely scream comfort to the eye. once in them however, the lines contour to your body's every need and the stress it carries, is relieved as if in the arms of the best masseuse!
Maloof was a California native, born one of nine to Lebanese immigrants. self-taught, even in the height of his career, Maloof always humbly held the title of woodworker on his card. his handmade furniture now is displayed in many of the major museums across the nation. in his early years he out of necessity designed and built most of his home and furniture using salvaged materials. this experience is what gave way and led to his cherished career.