A note on design

“Design is the search for a magical balance between

(…) art and craft; intuition and reason; concept and

detail; playfulness and formality.”

Valerie Pettis

ART & CRAFT

“Inziair” created by the young designer Hippolyte Bachelet, is a living light, flexible and versatile. The lamp lights up, inflates and deflates in contact with the user, thereby varying its form and areas of illumination.

INTUITON & REASON

Which scientist (or lunatic) hasn’t announced a future where cars can fly? Whose science-fiction fantasy did not involve a vehicle with wings? Who never dreamt of owning an extraordinary car that could lift us off the traffic jams?… Well I guess it doesn’t seem so far away anymore…

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CONCEPT & DETAIL

Stéphane Malka is the recent recipient of an AJAP prize – a French distinction by the Cultural Ministry to promote young architects. His concept  imagines ‘the hijacking of a building that is symbolic for its monumentality and its location: The Grande Arche De La Défense. (…) Motivated by the desire to create a new social scenario, the PAR system is a modular complex providing an alternative to the defiant lifestyle, by positioning itself in a permanent state of insurrection. (…) this act of guerrilla architecture sets out to hijack the ‘Great arch of fraternity’

PLAYFULNESS & FORMALITY

The Cheeky offers just about enough reasons for adults to be cheeky again. These stickers are a call to travel and awe (shock?):  ‘Take a stand against monotonous travel with Suitcase Stickers. Designed to stick to anything, they will draw attention to your bag making it easily identifiable and sure to make you some new friends.’

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