SLASH THAT

'/' is a participant friendly product. Though I say friendly tentatively, since this product encourages you to use it as a method for venting frustration - yet, it is not a punch bag or a squeeze ball.. It is a beautiful interior lamp.

The lamp is designer Motica's interesting new concept designed for Romanian furniture brand Ubikubi.

In designing this lamp, Motica asked himself a few questions:
- “When an object is designed?”
- “When an object is precious, particular?”
- “What is broken and what is new?”
- “What means the result of a mechanical intervention (more or less violent on an object)?”


The result of thinking about these questions is the “/” Lamp, an object that gives the owner a subjective and personal choice as to whether they want to interact with it, change it or keep it as-is. Inspired by construction sites and industrial facilities, “/” is made of reinforced concrete, cork, and birch plywood and uses an LED. The lampshade is made by pouring concrete into a silicone mold, over the wire mesh. It’s then air dried and polished. 


"By breaking the lamp you are becoming the designer of a unique object," 


"By leaving it unbroken, you choose the serialised object because you like it as it is. So you are taking a very subjective decision." Dragos Moitca

PRACTICALLY BEAUTIFUL

Theres some thing striking about the Bowl Collection. Something thats unique and surprising, something 'un-bathroom-like'. The weight and proportions of each piece are all so different in form but similar in tone. This is because French designer Arik Levy’s Bowl Collection of bathroom fixtures was “conceived as a piece of jewellery, persecute preciousness in every little detail that makes each object."

The material that generates this glinting purity are thin metal pieces of aluminium, brass and copper, marble detailing and white ceramics. Cage-like storage compartments made from copper or powder-coated metal are incorporated into a series of freestanding and wall-mounted wash basins and tables, while copper frames add definition and additional functionality to the wall-mounted and freestanding mirrors.

AN ART PIECE FOR YOUR NECKLINE

I’ve long been a fan of the modern heirloom pieces of Pigeon Toe ceramics and so when I heard they had launched a line of jewellery, it was kind of exciting. Pairing string and cotton with ceramic pieces creates a unique collection of modern, wearable sculptures. Lisa Jones is the founder and creative force behind the ceramics brand and has said Pigeon Toe’s jewellery line came about by experimenting with making ornaments. You can evidentially see the cross over/inspiration/style from the ceramics to the beautifully handcrafted and tribal-influenced pieces.

BREATHE SOME LIFE INSIDE

There's something special about the effect an injection of the living and breathing can inflict upon a space.. from the simple placement of a pot plant to an all encompassing living wall, once a living object is introduced an instantaneous and rather indescribable energy is created. A kind of drama that a man made object, however beautiful, useful or treasured cannot possibly emulate. I believe a certain amount of this is down to the fact a plant is unpredictable. We are familiar with our interiors - they are pretty static, they are designed, we titivate, but essentially they are visually consistent.. plants flex and grow in sometimes surprising ways. The shape can change, flowers bloom, scents release. Some are predicable changes, others sometimes frustrating, like how a flowering plant inevitably drops its beautifully constructed bloom. But its the surprise thats so joyful, the holistic act of the living that no matter how hard a designer may try, can never quite be captured from a 'designed' environment. Here's a couple of good examples of how plants can become more than 'just' a pot plant.

The idea for this is rather wonderful.. a personal fresh air desk system that feeds plants hydroponically (in a nutrient mix rather than soil). It was developed by Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Julio Radesca de Carvalho as his final year project. Can you imagine having herbs or even vegetables at your desk? A little whiff of peppermint perhaps for that early afternoon energy slump?

Sky Planter By Patrick Morris 

The Sky Planter is Patrick Morris'€™s award-winning design which turns indoor gardening on its head and allows you to grow plants upside down.

The plants are watered via an internal reservoir system to feed water directly to the roots. There is much less evaporation so requires less watering, and no drips or ring marks on surfaces. A plastic mesh holds soil in place so there is no mess.

Apparently plants do not 'mind' at all being grown upside down. In fact they benefit from a constant supply of water and from plenty of air around their leaves.

THE COVERBOY

CoverBoy by German designer Alex Valder is a bookcase for all those of us who never really got the hang of bookcases and just tend to pile books on top of each other on the nearest surface.

Reminiscent of a flyer or promotional postcard holder, CoverBoy is made from steel wire, is 57cm wide, 71.5 cms high and comes in RAL 7016. So anthracite grey.

Books, records, CDs, postcards, whatever, can be added via gaps on the sides and it has three storage levels.

The advantage of CoverBoy over a conventional bookcase is, as the name cleverly implies, the covers of the books are presented to the room. Thus allowing you to display the book covers as, if not always art, then definitely as part of the rooms decoration concept. 

CoverBoy can be ordered from www.details-produkte.de.

THE VENACULAR PITCH

There's a nostalgia about a how a pitched roof, a chimney and some perfectly positioned windows come together as an elevation. Really, thats all a house needs to be to please our inner child's eye. And what's so lovely about a simple pitched roof construction are the shapes they in-turn create on the interior.

The Shingle House, Dungeness, Kent  - NORD

The Shingle House is designed by a young Scottish practice, NORD (Northern Office for Research and Design), who responded to the natural drama of the site with a simple monumental black house, finished in tarred black shingles on the outside and in a contrasting start white palette of concrete and timber within.

It is part of a series called '' which is a scheme initiated by writer Alain de Botton to create a series of vacation homes in picturesque locations, designed by prominent architects.

H House, Sóskút, Hungary - Budapesti Műhely

This farmhouse by architects Budapesti Műhely is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Hungarian peasant house. Like the older houses, the building is set back from the road by approximately 50 metres and features a pitched roof that follows the peasant architecture’s symmetrical, 41-degree form. The structure of the house is formed from 12-metre-wide modules, which split rooms into two rows with a corridor in between.

Other Notable Pitched House Architecture:

1. Carrera's Farmhouse Barn by Arnau Estudi d'Arquitectura

2. Barn House by Mimo Studio 

3.  House in, Weert, the Netherlands by SPOT Architecture 

4. The Balancing Barn by MVRDV 

5. French country house by Arba

6. SIP House, Chile by FOAA and North architecture

LIKE SLATE SHINGLES ON A SCOTTISH BEACH..

... are what the colours of the tiles on this beautiful Folly by Assemble remind me of.  Handmade concrete are what they are - giving a scaly facade to this collaborative workplace building designed for artists in east London. Assemble, are a design & architecture collective based in London. At the heart of Assemble’s working practice is a belief in the importance of addressing the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which spaces are made.

Their projects have a common theme of adaptability to them.. they are lightweight, and look easily assembled and demountable. They also have an air of tangibility to them.. Its refreshing to see architecture look so playful and accessible - to see the points of assembly and build, in a profession that usually is so impenetrable and slick! 

Hurraayyy to Assemble and their assembly of beautiful things to make some very beautiful spaces.

Check out their past projects called 'Cineroleum' and 'Folly for a Flyover' for an insight into their nostalgic, convivial style ... 

Candy Colours

For our first collection we have chosen some bright and funky contrasting colours, we've named these colour combo's 'The Candy Collection' The colours are reminiscent of American Diner tones and like the products that are famously retro like the Smeg fridge.

Trends come and go but one interior design trend that doesn’t seem to let go at all is the mid century, 50s design. However, at the moment, this trend is BIG! Our lamps co-incide perfectly with this funky trend, big name brands like Zeitrium and Arper have recently launched collections in a variety of soft hues. 

There were three major color trends in the 50s; pastel, modern and Scandinavian. Pastel colors that were particularly popular were pink, turquoise, mint green, pale yellow and blue. Modern colors were clean and bright and included vibrant yellow, electric blue, orange, red, black and white, and Scandinavian colours provided a canvas for letting the brighter colours pop.

Auxilium At Salone Del Mobile 2014

Last week saw the city of Milan over taken in its annual influx of design mania, Salone del Mobile 2014.

.. And we are proud to say that last week, Auxilium became a part of this monumental design festival.

We launched our first collection 'The Candy Collection' in Zona Tortona, along side many big brand names such as Corian, and Rio Design, and our beautiful lamps held their own!

A big thanks to the warm welcome we received at our first exhibition of Auxilium Salvage products, here's to many more years!

Please check out the photo's below to see our lamps basking in the Milanese sunshine.

AND.. WELCOME TO AUXILIUM'S DAILY FUEL !!

 

 

So, the first post! ... and it's to give you the low down on 'why the blog'???

 

Well... Simply, we wanted to share with you guys what excites us at Auxilium.

 

We are subject to hundreds of images on a daily basis that are fuel for our visual minds.. we hope through blogging we will develop a simple library of beauty... a way to collect a moodboard of Auxilium's food for thought. We like the idea it will become a realtime moodboard too.. a way to watch how we flex and grow our ideas from the point of conception, today on 15th July 2014 until..... well, lets see hey?!

 

We are hoping for the blog to become a good tool for us to use too.. to become the only port of call for inspiration, an antidote to the endless searching through... 'Where was it I saved that article again !!?....'

 

We can become a one-stop-shop for beautiful inspiration on products and spaces.. for YOU and for US.

 

Enjoy and let us know what you're thinking...

Aux