Contemporary jewellery design is undoubtedly the result of thousands of years of craftsmanship, tradition and research. Contemporary jewellers still use the same precious metals and gemstones as their predecessors, but continue to experiment with techniques, innovate with new materials and create their own unique concepts.
Marti Guixé, Open-End
The work of self-proclaimed ex-designer Martí Guixé (°1964) can aptly be described as ‘beyond design’. Creating new objects he finds rather ‘superfluous’ and ‘boring’; he prefers to concentrate on ideas, systems and living matter such as food and human behaviour. As a ‘global designer’, Guixé constantly travels back and forth between Berlin and his native Barcelona, analyses situations, rituals and movements and proposes radical solutions with a minimum of ergonomics – simple, immaterial, humorous and often iconoclastic.
What do we make at home?
At a time when working from home has almost become the norm, Home Made – Create, Produce, Live looks at how the professional and the private meet in the heart of the home. Bringing work back into the home is not a trivial matter: environmental issues, communal living, new urbanity and relocated production are all part of the challenge.
This book brings together a history of work that illuminates the present and contemporary designers whose projects reflect on a possible home for tomorrow. While some have utopian and poetic ideas about working from home, others take a more pragmatic approach. But all of them bring us back to questions that are as simple as they are dizzying: what is living? what is working? which are approached in this book from the perspective of a joyful creativity.
24 x 17 cm, soft cover with flaps
Also available in French or Dutch edition
Unconstrained, poetic and timeless. That is how we can characterise the designs of Jean-François D’Or. The Belgian Designer of the Year 2013 does not put himself in the spotlight with large showpieces, but with his special talent he leaves his own mark on the field of smaller home and interior accessories such as bowls, lamps, vases, coat racks, door handles, mirrors,… Small touches that in all subtlety colour an interior and at the same time very ‘democratic’ design that can seduce a large public.
Surrealism may be best known as a movement within literature and the fine arts, but the influence of this 20th-century artistic movement in other fields should not be underestimated. Even the world of design and contemporary design does not escape a healthy dose of surreal humour.