Booken reinvents the idea of a bookcase in a unique, unexpected way, taking into account the evolution of the book in the last years, from physical artifact to e-book. Raw Edges worked on the idea of the book as an object that becomes usable material, transforming and reinventing its function, creating a multifunctional object that serves simultaneously as a side table, shelf and bookcase.
Inspired by the idea that people don't usually re-read the novels they have on their shelves, Raw Edges sought to use books as a support surface. "Obviously they can always be used and read, but simultaneously they assume a new function," Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay point out. A light wooden structure allows all books to be hanged, transforming the bookcase from a vertical element into a horizontal one.
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Created in natural ash wood, or with a strip at the base decorated in green, iron grey, cherry-red and China blue colours, the TWB collection comprises a stool and a bench which appears to be crumpled paper: the particular construction procedure and filling of the product renders each piece different from all the others.
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, OKAY studio and friends decided that the guests could benefit from a little light hearted dinner time foolishness. Each table center plays or encourages the guests to play with their food (hurling it across the room at the other guests, piling it up in the middle of the table, wearing it on their heads…). The 12 of a kind table centers reflect a playfulness with typologies that is at the same time both familiar yet unexpected. Designed by Raw-Edges: Let’s Play the William Tell A tableware arrow & bow game made out of Italian bread sticks and apples. Cream Shooter A Medieval look alike cream shooting machine. The magazine made out of leather and filled with extra thick cream!!!read less
Renowned design due Raw Edges has designed the Kvadrat stand for the Stockholm Furniture 2013. ‘The Picnic’ features a massive wooden construction of Dinesen Douglas Fir and a textile installation consisting of 1,500 straps made out of a selection of twenty different Kvadrat textiles.
The stand is build out of two main elements: the wooden structure and the textile straps hanging from the ceiling. The wooden structure functions as display for the Kvadrat swatches and corresponds with the appearance of a wooden cabin. Made from Douglas Fir from the Danish floor company Dinesen, the horizontal wooden panels have been angled in such a way so it can hold the textile samples allowing the visitors a closer look.
The impressive textile installation resembles vertical roof tiles and create a three dimensional volume. Functioning as a space divider it was inspired byweeping willow trees, creating an intimate space within the big exhibition hall.
This hanging lamp consists of a cork outer shell to which one or more ultra resistant tyvek® paper shades are fastened. You have the last word on how Pinha looks, by choosing the shade(s) from among different shapes and drawings available. Function-wise, you can also decide on the direction and range of the light, according to where the shade is pinned. Cork's low thermal and electrical conductivity ensures that you can handle the lamp's shell in perfect safety.read less
After winning the Designers of the Future Award the design duo have collaborated with Established & Sons for a second time following on from the international success of Stack launched during Milan 2008. Established & Sons LIMITED will house an innovative installation of oiled oak herringbone parquet brick flooring. Taking a time-honored floor type, Alkalay & Mer have developed the traditional finish by staining the individual bricks from a pallet of 15 different colours. By taking an everyday product and twisting the core element of it they have developed a very characteristic mosaic design.read less
Stripes arrangement is a common element in iconic benches. Many of the very common archetype benches happen to be shaped in this way. Stripes are also the fundamental element in textile check/plaid pattern where they arranged together in a vertical and horizontal fashion. Making a graphical connection, Raw-Edges created this large set up of different wood benches that interlocked to each other perpendicularly in order to achieve a Plaid/Check patterns. Actually… this project is great an excuse to play with combination of colours textures and materials.
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A pattern is generated and when assembled, the resulting void is filled with foam. Just as a suit is altered to fit the client, the furniture is custom made and adapted to fit the user be they tall, short, skinny or fat. The process is unconventional in terms of industrialised furniture, in that it proposes a construction technique without a mould. The pattern itself becomes both the defining surface and the mould. In a sense it is a reversal of upholstery in which normally a skin is applied over the stuffing.read less
Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay have chosen one of the ultimate symbols of high quality, brightly coloured, highly finished plastic, which during theirs and many childhoods typified homes across the world. Fisher Price toys with their plastic properties of durability and myriad shape and colour possibilities were seen on every nursery floor, a positive symbol of a plastic manufacturing age. In this modern twist on a beloved design language, with Plastica Nostalgia Raw Edges have created works which look like they are plastic, brightly coloured and highly finished, but are in fact made from carefully crafted beech wood. Plastica Nostalgia’s emotional value lies in the treasured memories the old pieces of Fisher Price plastic evoke. These elements assume a new life at the centre of a piece of contemporary furniture. Plastica Nostalgia has ‘Alice in Wonderland’ qualities as the scale of our childhood toys, now dwarfed by adulthood, regain some of their stature in this sympathetic environment.read less
The ground floor is covered in oak parquet arranged in a multicolored pattern created by Israeli designer Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay for Established & Sons. Architect: APA Londonread less
Pinha proposes a playful approach to lighting through personalization. This hanging lamp consists of a cork outer fixture to which a printed-paper shade is fastened. You have the last word on how Pinha looks, by choosing the shade from among different patterns and drawings. Function-wise, you can also decide on the direction and range of the light, according to where the shade is pinned. Cork’s low thermal and electrical conductivity ensures that you can handle the lamps shell in perfect safety. Making things even more interesting is the fact that the shade and its placement can be changed at will, according to your mood, the task you are performing or the ambiance you want to set.read less
“Two lines with 15° slant are cut into the surface and a sheet of metal is inserted into each in order to have the wooden drawer then simply wedged between them.” Anna Bates, Icon Magazine October 2007read less
The skirt keeps its glamorous look when it's deflated on the one hand, and on the other it inflates into a kayak with the right amount of volume to carry a grown up woman. I wanted to raise the question of emergency and beauty and to explore whether they can meet each other.read less
For Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay of London-based Raw Edges, emphasizing the structural qualities of the fabric meant deconstructing it. “The tricky thing about Hallingdal 65 is that it is beautiful as it is,” says Yael. “It just needs to be spread out to reveal its qualities.” Like much of their work, the process was one of experimentation. “We started with trying to ‘break’ it, or more correctly to ‘un-weave’ it, while trying not to ruin its original exquisiteness,” explains Shay. The warp and woof threads arrangement allowed the pair to unravel and release threads from within the woven fabric, creating a hollow sleeve inside its surface. The designers then placed two layers in different colours on top of each other and re-stitched them together using transparent plastic strip. As a result, a colourful rim had appeared from the other layer, reminiscent of the selvedge that can be found as the hem of raw fabrics. Usually only found decorating the edges of a textile while on the roll, the selvedge is generally cut from the fabric and not part of an end product. In this project Raw Edges is celebrating it, and have used the linear elements of the fabric to dictate the form of an armchair. The fabric is stretched to the structure of the armchair by these newfound “unravelling parts”.read less
Alcantara®, is a flat material that mainly comes in solid colours. Laser-cutting Alcantara® in various colours and then placing it in layers one on top of the other results in multi-colour pattern combinations that can be applied in many products. The process can almost be compared to screen printing where each layer is printed in only one colour, but colourful results can be achieved by adding many layers together.read less
Used computer monitors filled with animation cascade from the cabinets, mixing species and specimens in a most unnatural way. The hand drawn animation by Oscar Narud draws its inspiration from the Natural History Museum's collections. Supported by Bloombergread less
Most usually a chest of drawers consists of an exterior frame, back panel and series of individual drawers with runners. The height of the unit is limited to the size of the frame and the drawer can only be opened in one direction. Stack escapes these formal confines through the application of an entirely new arrangement. These individual, multi-coloured, floating drawer units make use of a centrally placed frame. Upon this a tower of drawers that can be pushed and pulled in both directions is built. The random and irregular pattern created by the positioning of the drawers creates a rich and wonderful spectacle of colour and kinetic form. Stack can be appreciated as a sculptural object as well as an entirely functional, practical item of furniture. Stack is offered in two standard sizes and three colour palettes as well as wood veneer finish. Best in Furniture Design, Homes & Gardens Awards, 2009 Elle Decoration International Design Award – Stack Best Furniture Winner
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It is an elegant small work place, which is excellent for working on a laptop for instance, and it can be retracted to form a closed box, half the size of the table top. The Deskbox represents a new typology in Arco's focus on tables, which is an area of specialisation that sets the company apart from others. Continuous research often leads to new inventions and solutions. This design from Raw Edges originated from the project Arco Okay 2011, where Arco challenged ten designers to develop new ideas, based on the production possibilities of the company. Desk Box is based on the parallel mechanism from earlier sewing boxes, which Arco used to produce a long time ago.
The folded structure acts as a mould and as an "upholstery"; after being shaped the empty paper chair is steady enough to hold its form and enable polyurethane casting.read less
Raw-Edges folds and re-folds DuPont™ Tyvek® to create a series of plush seats. The method of pleating allows the flat, non-elastic material to become a springy, three-dimensional cushion when filled with soft polyurethane foam.read less
“Creating a tangible texture is one of the challenges when designing ceramics tiles”, state the two young designers. “Looking around us, almost every object has its own particular texture, whether it’s a natural or a handmade material. Rather than designing new textures by ourselves, we have reached a print effect and created our reference tactile library by placing plasticine on objects and materials we thought were interesting. To our surprise , it were the textures taken from textiles which have leaded us to define the new collection Tex. The shape of the tile is a simplified enlargement of the basic knitted stitch: when looking carefully into a knitted textile, a repetition of stitches can be seen aligned in symmetric rows next to each other. This rhombus can be arranged in The collection has ten different colors, each of which contains a group of three shades. This triple shade mixture was inspired as well by textile design, re-creating the feel of the different tones of the yarn. To enhance the surprise effect and to increase the creativity and personalization, the three shades will be placed randomly in the packages; by this, when installing Tex, arbitrary arrangements could be achieved. On the other hand, in addition to the single tiles installation, premade patterns of TEX will be arranged on a mash similarly to mosaics settings. These 40x70cm mashes will allow locating graphic elements in particular places on the wall or on the floor (for instance, as a frame to the room, a central element or a linear pattern). The production of TEX is artisanal and enables a large multiplicity of textures, the verity of colors and the tactile qualities of the glaze. In addition, the colorful and natural glaze applied on a white ceramics creates an irregular effect in certain places, while a more saturated one in others”
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Very useful during morning rush hour at home! The solid wood cabinet is built on tall legs and features two drawers. The innovative aspect of this cabinet is the fact that the drawers can hinge, making it possible to open both at the same time, which is impossible with a conventional set of drawers.