Wednesday, June 28, 2006


a stickler for good design, ikea-ps captures creativity for a song. i especially adore the black PS ELLAN CHAIR which is made of wood chips and plastic. for the DIY-challenged, the website proudly proclaims, 'no tools required' for assembly. the website is a jovial interplay of graphics and animation, i.e., cute :)

thanks john!

Friday, June 16, 2006

creative 'inter' change?

read the following via: i've cut and pasted the actual set of commentaries posted on the same on.

Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue has good design in his genes. His mother, Betty Cobonpue, founded a furniture design and manufacturing company in the Phillipines in the early seventies, where she gained a reputation for her innovations in the use of rattan. Kenneth left the islands to go to Pratt Institute for Industrial Design and has been back in his native region for nearly ten years, integrating his traditional design heritage with his industrial training.

The Segovia chair (pictured above) was inspired by Dutch designers Rud Thygesen and Johnny Sorensen. It was made for a special exhibition in Manila re-interpreting Danish designs using indigenous and renewable materials. The seat is woven with natural manila hemp (abaca) twisted around fine strands of wire and the structure is made of native mahogany.

comments (five): from article's original thread

awesome…kavita (email) - 01 10 05 - 08:09
Kenneth Cobonpue has done some interesting pieces, but the chair you featured above is a very strong “inspiration” (copy) of a famous danish design called the King’s Furniture from Fredericia. The designers that should be credited are Rud Thygensen & Johnny Sorensen. It is only fair to pay credit where credit due. The designers are still alive and living in Copenhagen. You can find there work at
Christian Black (email) (link) - 01 10 05 - 21:38

Christian. Thank you so much for pointing that out. I was unaware of Fredericia. I am going to try to send Kenneth Cobonpue an email and find out whether he has created this as something openly inspired by the Danish dedsigners…It’s a mystery at this moment to both Jill and I! I most definitely want credit to be given to the appropriate recipients, and the elder designers are clearly the first. The process of creating “knock-offs” of classic designs is a delicate one, and can obviously be problematic. I’ll pass on whatever I find out as soon as I can.
Sarah (email) - 02 10 05 - 00:37

For readers interested in Christian’s inquiry as to the source of this design, the following is from Kenneth Cobonpue:“The chair that you have on your website is inspired by Rud Thygesen and Johnny Sorensen. It was made for a special exhibition with some friends in Manila re-interpreting Danish designs using indigenous and renewable materials. In that exhibition, credit was given to the original designers. In my interpretation, the seat is woven with natural manila hemp (abaca) twisted around fine strands of wire and the structure is made of native mahogany. Where it is under my control, credit is always given to the original designers.” Sarah (email) - 02 10 05 - 00:37

hi, just curious about kenneth cobonpue’s piece “segovia” chair which is definitely a danish “inspired”piece…is the exhibition he mentioned documented? may i know what’s the name of the exhibiton? when and where it took place?if i make an alvar aalto “paimio” chair and replaced the wood with another material, say mahogany – does it make it worthy to call it my design? and give it a new name and then sell it in my website?please let me know what your thoughts are on this topic. thanks! doug (email) - 08 12 05 - 18:48

Thursday, June 15, 2006


Lucille Tenazas [extract]

The work of San Francisco designer Lucille Tenazas lies somewhere between the rigour of design and the freedom of art. Tenazas believes it is possible to solve the client's communication, while also addressing her own language. The inherent tension between art and design is an issue that designers since the Bauhaus have sought to address in one way or another. Like their predecessors, contemporary graphic designers use well tried problem-solving methods in their work, but few are able to reconcile these with self-expression. One designer who has succeeded in establishing a union between the two is Lucille Tenazas, whose work achieves an effective symbiosis of rationality and creativity. Tenazas herself is adamant: 'You can have both in the work. Design is the only field in which science and art are merged.' Tenazas is national president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), earned her BFA in Manila, MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art. (Teal Triggs/

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006


prada in upscale aoyama (japan) has probably been one of the most artistically photographed archi structure for the past several months. it's another masterpiece of the tandam herzog and de meuron.

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FIFA handroll

Tenmyouya Hisashi, the only Japanese artist selected as one of the 14 artists for this year's FIFA World Cup Germany´Ż¬ Official Art Poster 2006. This Japanese artist whom the world cast a spot on, is domestically known for his out-law, anti-establishment style:challenging those established concept of 'Japanese traditional art',the borderline drawn between 'contemporary art' and 'street art', and the categorization of painting from illustration. Proclaims himself as the "neo-traditional Japanese artist",he has won much acclaim in both street magazines and in high-art museums, domestically and internationally.≒Near Equal series, the documentary film series that features one of most influential artistof the time in Japan in each series, proudly presents Tenmyouya Hisashi in this fourth series.Having featured the top Japanese artists: Daido Moriyama (photographer), Makoto Aida (contemporary artist), and Katsura Funakoshi (sculptor),this documentary film reveals the artist's nerve-brakingly meticulous creative production processes, against his bold, daring comments and works. The film also covers some of the Japanese iconic figures as Horiyoshi,the third generation descendant of the legendary Japanese tattooist, and many others. From Street to High Art Museum: Samurai Spirit in the art worldMoving from being a counter culture street art icon to"introduced-as" the contemporary high-art artist in Whitney Museum of American Art,the film shows HIGH and LOW sides of artist, art world, and Tenmyouya Hisashi's Japanese samurai warrior spirit!!

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seating pretty

the anemone and threesome chair by ann pamintuan.


Tuesday, June 13, 2006

green gem

Squak (pronounced “Sk-wak”) Mountain Stone™ is a paper and cement-based composite that is pre-cast for various uses. Squak Mountain Stone™ is lighter per cubic foot than standard concrete and, due in part to its unique proprietary composition, Squak Mountain Stone™ does not use rebar or other reinforcing steel.


oedipus rem

"I do not respect Mies," he writes. "I love Mies...
Because I do not revere Mies, I'm at odds with his admirers."
--rem koolhaas

savoir 'fare'

heirloom rice grown on the rice terraces of the Philippines featured at cendrillon. cendrillon is a manhattan based restaurant that has been in the forefront of filipino style haute cuisine.

Monday, June 12, 2006

r&y augousti

hand-cut suede purse by paris-based husband and wife team ria and yiouri augousti. ria hails from the southern region of the philippines.

summer flip

a subtle flip over your old humdrum flops....nice.

garbage in, garbage art

rusty discards and abandoned refuse can exhibit aesthetic appeal, as pete jimenez’s works are put to prove. producing sculptures of various sizes from scrap metal and spare parts collected through junk shops.


beijing olympic stadium by herzog & de meuron

Architectural Summary

The new National Stadium is located on a gentle rise in the centre of the Olympic complex. It is conceived as a large collective vessel. An undulating composition of high and low elevations moderates the bulk of the vessel and gives it a dramatic sweeping form. The stadium's appearance is pure structure. Facade and structure are identical. The structural elements mutually support each other and converge into a grid-like formation – almost like a bird's nest with its interwoven twigs. The spatial effect of the stadium is novel and radical and yet simple and of an almost archaic immediacy, thus creating a unique historical landmark for the Olympics 2008. The stadium is conceived as a large collective vessel which makes a distinctive and unmistakable impression both when it is seen from a distance and from close up. It meets all the functional and technical requirements of an Olympic National Stadium, but without communicating the insistent sameness of technocratic architecture dominated by large spans and digital screens. The spatial effect of the stadium is novel and radical and yet simple and of an almost archaic immediacy. Its appearance is pure structure. Facade and structure are identical. The structural elements mutually support each other and converge into a grid-like formation, in which facades, stairs and the roof are integrated. Visitors walk through this formation and enter the spacious ambulatory that runs full circle around the stands. From there one can survey the circulation of the entire area including the stairs that access the three tiers of the stands. Functioning like an arcade or a concourse, the lobby is a covered urban space with restaurants and stores that invite visitors to stroll around.The stands are designed without any interruption to evoke the image of a bowl. This evenly constructed shape serves to focus attention on the spectators and the events on the field. The human crowd forms the architecture. The facility provides good comfort, excellent views and a superb atmosphere. It will generate crowd excitement and drive athletes to outstanding performances.

The Exterior Shell – Inflated Cushions as a Filler

Just as birds stuff the spaces between the woven twigs of their nests with a soft filler, the spaces in the structure of the stadium will be filled with inflated ETFE cushions. On the roof, the cushions will be mounted on the outside of the structure to make the roof completely weatherproof. Whilst the rain is collected for rainwater recuperation the sunlight filters through the translucent roof providing the lawn with essential UV-Radiation. On the facade, the inflated cushions will be mounted on the inside of the structure where necessary, e.g. to provide wind protection. Since all of the facilities – restaurants, suites, shops and restrooms – are all self-contained units, it is possible to do largely without a solid, enclosed facade. This allows natural ventilation of the stadium which is the most important aspect of the stadium's sustainable design.

The Sliding Roof – the Lid of the Tin

The sliding roof is an integral part of the structure of the stadium. When it is closed, it converts the stadium into a covered arena. Just as a tin is only complete with a lid, the roof, whether closed or open, is an elementary part of the whole. With its own structural logic, it is also a grid-like formation that forms a waterproof shell together with the inflated cushions.



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