All the timber used in producing Offkut lamps is reclaimed industrial salvage. The three main timber types we use are European Oak, Greenheart, which is a South American hardwood used primarily in marine construction, and Ekki, a West African Hardwood used as railway sleepers. The timber is from a reclaim yard in the South East, and the guys drive out there and select each piece of wood themselves before buying. They tend to go for the least best looking pieces, as they are the ones who have the most character.
The bulbs are long life, the longest burning up to 5000 hours on full power. They are dimmable which extends their life also. All the bulbs come from a small factory in Switzerland, where they are part factory, part hand-made. The carbon filament lights give off a warm, natural glow that is supplemented by knowing they are ethically produced
Offkut’s manufacturing process is in house, by hand, and low energy and low waste. The guys like to think they’re at the forefront of an emergent culture of designer/makers who are bucking the trend and going back to traditional workshop based craftsmanship to produce high quality products.
Our pieces today!
This project springs from Tati’s personal interest in Egyptian, Greek and Roman mythology. In these times people gathered around small tables they could carry with them, and drank wine as we do today.
When designing, Ciclus go beyond functionality, beauty and sustainability. They seek to design versatile objects that tell a story, which interact with people, move them and invite them to reflect. The idea was to design a product made from reusing an everyday waste material which would allow the users to take part in its construction.
Like us at Presive, the aim for Ciclus is to bring people closer to the sensations and emotions which our present-day “dehumanised” lifestyle has left behind. We share the ethos that what you own should be more than just an object.
The chosen “waste material” consisted of wine bottles (the glass and corks), because it forms part of our culture, symbolizing magical moments of union, pleasure, gatherings, celebrations, good food and conversation.
Personal interaction with the product strengthens our bond with it, in addition to inviting the user to reflect on our current lifestyle. We hope you see the importance of these ethos in todays pieces!
Architects often times make the best product designers. They understand functionality and details of design on such a grand scale, that when its shrunk to the size of one product they are able to create something truly unique. ZP Studio was born in 2003 by Eva and Matteo, two former architects based in Florence. Their understanding of space, and its limitations, allows them to create products that pop out from your standard home aesthetics.
ZP Studios new collection is called “Easy Tech” to show how mixing technology, design, and unique materials can create better, more sustainable products. Using PVC material for most of the collection and doing everything by hand has created a mix of unique eye catching design, and sustainable, reusable products. When you take home a piece from ZP Studio its not just PVC, or Polystyrene, you are taking home the spacial difference only an architect can offer.
Colorful, quirky illustrations featuring all kinds of animals with references back to the 80’s and 90’s. Kris Tate lives in a world of geomtrical colour with animals from the forest. She has always loved animals and identifies a lot with them - fawns, cats, wolves, bears, foxes and owls all form her main source of inspiration.
She was born in the city of Guatemala where her native culture inspired her to start creating art. She moved to the UK and is now working in Manchester. When looking for inspiration she looks at pictures of her life, portraits, animals, like a girl lost in the forest.
Today on Presive we present the Austria based brand Papernomad! They make these awesome sleeves made out of several layers of paper and a bio-polymer membrane, combined with cotton-padding, wool-felt-lining and a pull-strap made from linen! The sleeves are designed to meet the needs of modern nomads: identity, mobility and sustainability. Papernomad-covers for electronic devices can be written, painted, stamped or printed onto – anytime and any place.
Papernomad consists of a young and international team: the Australian product designer Christoph Rochna and his friend Mario Bauer combine their creative and economic talents to turn their dream into commercial reality. The recently won the Red Dot Design Award for their iPad sleeve Zattere, an award dating back to 1955 and now one of the world’s largest and most distinguished design competitions with more than 14,000 participations from over 70 nations! Congrats we say!!
When we discovered Papernomad we immediately fell in love with the combination of natural, biodegradable materials and the possibility of making each cover unique - whether it’s a coffe stain, a drawing, quick scribbles or even a phone number. Check out the design contest they held recently where Papernomad users could upload the images of their own designs!
Today on Presive you can find the iPad cover Zattere and the iPhone cover Pars!
Awesome look inside the mind of an artists.
In 2004, Norman Vilalta opened his own shop in Barcelona, where he has worked with members of the royal family, chefs, artists and other prominent figures. Here, Vilalta talks about why creating art remains his most important achievement.
Check out this cool coffee table by Jeff Skierka, made of reclaimed maple, walnut and Lucite. It’s even reversible, like a real cassette tape!
More pics from our Unicbräu Ephemeral Exhibition last week!
As we announced last week we are counting the days for our first exhibition on Thursday! We are hosting it together with Quattria in the amazing Galeria Il.lacions here in Barcelona. We had a chat with the founder of the Galeria Il.lacions, Xavier Franquesa, to learn the story behind this design gallery that has become, in just a year and a half, a reference in design Spain.
This is the first interview of many about the people collaborating with Presive, so stay tuned for more! And of course, we hope to see you all on Thursday, find all the details here.
Xavi, we love the idea of Il.lacions as a gallery dedicated exclusively to design. Tell us a bit about how this idea was born, who are the people behind it?
The idea of Il·lacions was born almost 15 years ago. There were two attempts before but none of them worked out in the end. Imagine that the name Il.lacions was decided more than 10 years ago.
The idea of the gallery came after visiting Berlin, Paris and London in a very short time interval. These cities filled us with optimism and desire to start something, to move forward with our ideas. The initial idea was to have our office for interior design and architecture (www.stnex.com) open to the public, with a small space that show ideas or special objects. But in Berlin, where the rents are very low, we saw that this “space” became, in many design studios, something big, perfect for exhibitions and events. This way you achieve attracting people and creating an impact. After 4 months of searching, on the 23rd of April, Saint Jordi’s Day, we discovered our fantastic space. At that time it was occupied, but we said, “it has to be ours” … I passed by almost every week and finally on July 31st I saw that they were emptying so I rushed inside and ask for the owner. The following day it was ours.
During the development of the idea we saw that in Barcelona there wasn’t any design gallery as those in London, New York or Paris … The “alleged” capital of design, world leader in the 90’s, the city with more designers and design students per meter square in the world, Barcelona could not continue without a gallery specialized in design. Someone had to dare to expose mainly design; graphic, fashion, product, furniture, any of its disciplines. Furthermore, being the first gave us an advantage.
Now I carry the gallery. Maria Ruivo helps me with the graphic communication and in the last months we are creating a parallel society together with Paula Karelic, the perfect partner to commercialize the work of Carles Riart and, I hope, the one of many of our designers around the world. It’s incredible!
You are based in the neighborhood of Raval in Barcelona, what made you choose that location?
Raval has the energy of a neighborhood with humble origins who has to fight like Cinderella to be recognized and well considered against others more glamorous and touristic areas. We are getting there little by little. It is the heart of Barcelona, which also has its value. We are next to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), the FAD and the CCCB. Our street is almost pedestrian, quiet and very nice. We strive for great atmosphere and when we have no presentations it serves as an additional room to accommodate guests! Sometimes we match the inaugurations with Openhouse and we “occupy” all the street Notariat with design and culture. Our neighborhood has that ambiance of North Marais in Paris (where Merci is) or Redchurch in London (in Shoreditch, East End) - a concentration of good design and trends very concentrated.
How does the selection process of designers for Il.lacions work?
When we started the project we had a “wishlist” that had to show our personality and our “approach” towards the world of design. We wanted the best of our local designers and excellent examples from abroad. I think we made it. We have brought Miquel Subirás, Carles Riart, Tomas Kral (who designs for Paloma Cañizares, PCMDesign), we are in contact with Josep Abril, together with whom we’ll one day do something nice, or Txell Miras, who will probably do something for us in October. We had Sarah Böttger from Germany, who gave us a lesson in commitment and good design, with simple ideas brought to the limit, the sublime.
By having created a good reputation and some recognition, many local designers stop by our gallery to show their work and we have been very pleasantly surprised, like with Thomas Keis or Caroline Swift. Each one develop from a very personal point of view, their work and make special and unique objects. They have all been a success. Lately, we are considered a reference in the city, by criteria, by location, trajectory. We realize that we are the preferred choice of many designers. Almost every day we receive a proposal, but unfortunately we can not satisfy them all. Imagine that right now we have the gallery full until mid-October!
What are some of the difficulties you have encountered along the way, and how have you overcome them?
We have encountered the usual difficulties when starting a business. Everything doesn’t move as fast as you would like and time passes very quickly. We have done great things, almost suicidal, but we didn’t work them properly to get the most out of them. We were missing the time to slow down and reflect, relying too much on courage and desire. Looking at it with some distance, we should have thought things over a bit more. What more? Never celebrate the opening of an exhibition when Barca plays, whether it’s Champions League or the Spanish League. Check the timing well in advance! And do not miss any of them, because you might end up alone. Or if you’re lucky with some intelligent women who are not interested in football.
What is your dream for the future, how do you see Il.lacions in 5 years from now?
We would like to be a reference in the world of design galleries. But in the pragmatic sense of the idea that when people think of a design gallery in Barcelona, they’ll think of Il·lacions, because we’ve been able to show the good design that can be found here and that it has nothing to envy to the one from any other part of the world. That it’s simply ours and because of that different which makes us love it.
Finally! The day has come to announce our first exhibition, UnicBräu: An Ephemeral Exhibition, in collaboration with Quattria and Galería Il·lacions. We are super excited and hope to see you there on Thursday the 17th at 19.30!
And stay tuned because next week we’ll be sharing interviews with the participating artists and designers here :)