Yes, a Loudspeaker, not Loudspeakers, plural, as we used too name these things (if we wanted to listen to music in ‘stereo’. But that’s a different and historical story). Back to the topic of this post. The ‘One Smart Speaker’ is designed by the Danish HAY company for Sonos, in a limited edition in cute colors. We’ll categorize this product as Friendly Design. Same as everything else we’ve seen at HAY during the Milan Designweek 2018.
(images via hay.dk) Sonos are supposed to produce good loudspeakers so we, at Mimi Berlin, say: Auch Haben!
HAY and Sonos
“HAY and Sonos explore the role of colors, sound and design with the new HAY Sonos One Loudspeaker. Continue reading →
The presentation by the brand Magis was one of our favorites at the Salone del Mobile 2018 furniture fair in Milan. We, at Mimi Berlin, are always drawn to the designs produced by Magis, but this time it wasn’t so much the chairs, stools and tables we liked; it was the stand-design itself we favored. Huge classisistic columns, embellished with perspex and metal cubes in brown/orange/pink tones, stood in the middle of the large and open space, which ended at a wall wich had several fake arcs in it. In total: a postmodern delight from the 21st century.
The D is from Driade wich presented opposite of Magis.
Stand design by Note Design Studio
‘Cyborg’ chair series by Marcel Wanders.
‘Cyborg’ chair by Marcel Wanders for Magis
Detail of the ‘Déjà-vu’ stool by Naoto Fukasawa.
Stool ‘Bureaurama’ by Jerszy Seymour.
Porte-Manteau/Coat-hanger Four Leaves by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby.
Mirror series ‘Vitrail’ by Inga Sempé
New: Mirror series ‘Vitrail’ by Inga Sempé
When we did our research later on, we read that Magis had won a Salone del Mobile.Milano Award and that: “The exhibition design project at the Salone was a product of the collaboration between the company and Note Design Studio in Stockholm.” Congratulations to both companies! Continue reading →
Shake it! How lovely are these chairs with fringes?! Munna design created a series of furniture with these loooong fringes. They also created a pouffe, or stool, and a sofa. These ‘fringes’ designs are part of the ‘Time Collection’ by Munna.
Munna is a Portuguese brand, since 2008. See more furniture available from: munnadesign.com
For a couple of months now, we’ve been noticing all sorts of images made with curtains on the interweb. Yes curtains, not your average ones but curtains used in a special manner, then photographed, sometimes with people. The first one we noticed was the image by Patty Carrol from her Draped series, which are great! After that one we started noticing more images with the same vibe; didn’t save them all but one. Subsequently the idea on how to embellish Mimi Berlin’s HQ with curtains came up. It was in the same way we later saw on Edwin van Gelder‘s instagram: a picture made at Fondazione Prada. Funny how that works: ideas.
Have a nice day! xoxo Mimi
Life Reading by Patty Carrol
by Patty Carroll
Images via & about: Anonymous Women the Draped series by Patty Carrol (see more pattycarroll.com) Do make sure to visit her site!!!
“The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied.” is a transmedia exhibition project, the result of an ongoing, in-depth exchange between writer and filmmaker Alexander Kluge, artist Thomas Demand, stage and costume designer Anna Viebrock and curator Udo Kittelmann”(read more fondazioneprada.org)
The other day we stumbled upon a lovely pouffe, a design from the new furniture brand Vivolli (since 2015); It has the in the shape of an eyeball. It can be lifted up at the “eyelid”; you can put your hand under that part.This little gem comes in 3 vibrant color-variations and is made in a velvet like fabric (in two sizes 40cm and 60cm in diameter.) We think we need the larger size, it seems more functional, sitting wise. (is that an understandable word combination? if not: sorry our native language isn’t English. But you knew that already ofcourse….)(photo taken at the x-bank in Amsterdam)
Vivolli has 4 chairs only for sale. The eyeball is the one design we really like, probably because of it’s surreal vibe. The three other designs are very different from this little seater, and a bit too eighties and unfriendly in design for us. The pouffe is available online at Vivolli webshop, the smaller size in store at the X-Bank in Amsterdam. Continue reading →
Textiles heir Stephen Courtauld and his wife Virginia bought Eltham palace, in the south east of London, as their main residence in 1936. The Courtaulds lived there from 1936 until 1944. Before the couple moved into the palace it was transformed (and revamped) into a 1930s design dream in combination with the remains of a royal, medieval palace. The Courtalds hired the architects Seely and Paget for this job. We guess you have to see it in real life to appreciate this palace….Anyways it’s decadence galore!
The Courtalds portrait painted by Leonard Campbell Taylor in 1934
Virginia Courtauld’s bathroom, one of many original interiors to survive from the 1930s. The walls are lined with onyx, with gold mosaic tiles in the bath niche.
The interior of the entrance hall, created by the Swedish designer Rolf Engströmer
Royal heritage: The Great Hall of the palace was refurbished in the 1930s, saving what had been the childhood home of Henry VIII