Monday, September 3, 2007

The World is Full...

...of well designed objects of striking beauty or ingenius functionality.

So starts an article on design team Artenica in the new issue of Good magazine (it is good, you should pick it up if you're interested in design, especially this issue, #006). It goes on to say that this team, Enrico Bressan and Tahmineh Javanbakht, strive for design that goes even beyond that.

"Over the years, we've become more and more interested in sustainability in everything we do. For us, the matter of sustainability is not just the question of the environment, but also of the humans living in the environment". Hallelujah, I say.

What they've done is got some of the best design talent out into areas where local people have a particular skill, worked with those people, and created something that will they can produce using that skill. They sent New York-based Stephen Burks out to South Africa to work with wire-weavers, and they produced the TaTu table and chairs.

Lovely stuff. The tables and stool work as baskets, side tables, all sorts of multi-purpose functions, and elegantly brings urbane and traditional together. You can do some shopping here...
or go to the Artenica website.

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