“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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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.
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.
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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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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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
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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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.