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(De)sign of the Times

In the enchanting world of design there are always new, surprising developments that stimulate our senses and broaden our view. From ecological lamps to absurd art objects; these four designs reflect the creativity of some contemporary designers.

From vase to lamp

The French designer Lucas Zito wants to design ecologically responsible, but believes aesthetics are at least as important: one thing should not dominate the other. During his studies in Eindhoven he developed his Buoy Lights Collection, lamps printed from corn starch. That is translucent and light. The tallest lamp weighs less than three kilos. Initially Zito designed vases, but the transparency of the material naturally led to lighting fixtures. By stacking vase shapes on top of each other, high and low floor and table lamps were created. They have vertical ribs that not only strengthen the shape, but also have a pleasant decorative effect. All ribs are at an angle of 45 degrees, so that larger and smaller volumes fit seamlessly. It is the principle of the gearbox and that explains the name: Buoy comes from buoyancy, which means buoyancy. The lamps are available with a plug or rechargeable battery.

Absurd design

Under the title The uncomfortable she unravels everyday utensils and gives them new looks, so that they are no longer commonplace and unusable. The Greek designer Katerina Kamprani makes you look differently at objects that are so obvious. “My goal is to make people laugh. And I want them to be confused for a moment, until the brain realizes that there is something wrong with the design. Absurd design makes us think.”

First you sit on it, then you lie in it

Joiner Jan Gerritsen has designed a box that accompanies you on your life journey – and beyond. As life progresses, the use of the coffin can be adapted to suit needs. It can serve as a bookcase, bench or storage box. And finally as a coffin. First you sit on it, then you lie in it. By the Coffin Couch By using it for a lifetime and giving it a prominent place in the home, the taboo surrounding death is broken. Something abstract that has always been there is transformed into something tangible.

Coffin Couch by Jan Gerritsen | Photo: Wisse Comforter

Distant echo

To keep the memory of her deceased parents alive, travel photographer Marianna Jamadi looked for urns that would fit into her interior. When she couldn't find anything in the existing range, she decided to design them herself. Partly inspired by the many ritual funerals and cremations that she photographed during her travels, she designed a sculpture in which she 'stacked' a vase, an urn and a candlestick. The deceased can be remembered and honored through comforting rituals with candles and flowers. The urns are fired in small batches at the Menat Studio in Mexico City, using local materials. They are available in three sizes to suit the interiors of different parts of the world. The urns bear the name Kunokaiku, a combination of the Indonesian ancient ('old') with Finnish kaiku ('echo'), which means something like 'a distant echo'.

LXRY List 2024

LXRY List 2024, the annual wow magazine with innovative items and surprising addresses, a list that inspires and points to the future. A future in which the physical world threatens to get stuck and the virtual world is increasingly finding its feet. Digital initiatives are popping up everywhere, from works of art painted with data to Louis Vuitton's first sellable NFTs. Fortunately, there are also plenty of initiatives to protect the physical world from worse. Such as the production of plant-based cheese by a stainless steel cow and the exhibition Space farming in the Evoluon, which heralds the start of a food revolution. The barricades are also being climbed in the field of climate. For example, artist TINKEBELL uses Tata fabric to make negative prints of the flora that is doing its best to survive in the heavily polluted area around this factory. A horrible story, beautifully depicted. There is also plenty of attention for this in this edition of LXRY List beautiful stories. Such as that of Reinier Kempenaar, who, convinced that the way of farming his parents and grandparents did is not future-proof, transformed the family farm into a restaurant. This is how De Dyck was born, where 95 percent of what is served comes from its own vegetable garden and orchard. Celebrating life is also possible without leaving too deep a footprint in the clay. Be inspired by the carefully selected 186 addresses and items in this LXRY List 2024.

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