Lost & Found for Flowers for Slovakia

To tell the stories of Slovak heritage in the language of masses

Lost & Found is an original set of furniture and interior accessories. The basic creative process of the selected students this time was linking the traditional Slovak folk furniture types with unmistakable aesthetic of Vitra elements.

Benches, tables, storage cabinets, or even a cradle underwent a thorough renovation so that they could be not only be visually appealing, but above all functional. The perceptive observer will recognize, however, in non-traditional connections also working tools, originally designed for the processing of hemp and flax, winding of yarn, churning butter, kneading dough or butchering.

Poetics of Slovak folk art and craft is thus materialized in unique authorial “ready mades” carrying message of everyday object being used more than 100 years ago. Through a sensitive and intelligent intervention the selected new pieces acquired a new, current meaning and at the same time they did not stop telling a story. It is becoming more and more attractive even for a global-minded user who is hungry for added value in order to be able to establish a long term relationship with the given object and thus to establish the reason to retain him in his/her home as long as possible.

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Pass it On by Flowers for Slovakia

Lucia Tomaschová – The Untouchable

The collection “Pass it on” outlines historical timeline of Slovakia through evocative objects, telling stories of both bygone and today’s outstanding personalities, who contributed to changing their era. Young designers, architects and jewellery makers pay tribute to outstanding characters of Slovakia.
The objects represent achievements and tell life stories of pioneers from diverse fields ranging from art, architecture, politics or music to sports. The collection puts together selected fragments of Slovak history, since the year 820 till nowadays. You will learn that a Slovak can become the king of Madagaskar, or invent a parachute, discover a comet or get nominated for Nobel Prize for literature.

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Silvia Gálová – The Pump
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Wellspring & New Manantial by Martín Azúa

Manantial and the Wellspring are an invitation to discover and get to know natural processes. It proposes the reproduction of an ecosystem by means of soil, stones and plants able to give back to water its natural balance. It is not an easy task, it takes time and dedication, maybe a whole life.

“Like water drops which fall in the interior of a cave purified and enriched by the life cycle of water”

Designed by Martín Azúa and made with the collaboration of the ceramist Marc Vidal.

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Auto Assemble Food

Creating what you eat: a table with standardised food elements (walnuts, dates, figs, pommegrante, ham, cheese, bread) is set up. With no systematic guidelines or diagrams the elements are freely assembled in palm-scaled hors d’oeuvre, each piece experimenting with taste as much as with form.
The compositions are then photographed, documented and instantly printed as a reference for future re-creation. Reverse Autoprogettazione.
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Oltu by Fabio Molinas

OLTU is like an organism that takes advantage of the heat produced from the back of a fridge, which in today’s fridges is wasted energy, and uses it to help to cool the “totem” of vegetables via cooling by evaporation.
The heat rises and affects the double wall of the clay containers, which, with the help of the water contained between their walls, is able to lower the temperature thanks to the heat extracted from their interior, recreating the ideal atmosphere for the needs of each group of vegetables.

OLTU is also a sustainable product because, as part of its functioning does not depend on energy, costs are minimal and, most importantly, each item is kept fresher. It is an industrial product with a strong educational component for the user:

Each person can now know about the needs of vegetables and preserve them in a more responsible and natural way.
Are we sure we are storing our food properly? How many times have we thrown rotting vegetables away?

Nowadays we are obsessed with storing everything in the fridge, but what few people know is that this is not always the best way to keep food fresh.

Fruit and vegetables require a set of conditions which, according to their needs, help to keep these products fresher for longer.

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Taste of Wood by Antonio Arico

Taste of Wood is a funny eulogy to olive oil, to olive wood, and to wooden furniture and the artisanal techniques used to finish and preserve it. As we all know, olive oil can be used to polish and preserve the olive wood as well.

Sitting beneath an olive tree, you can dream of tasting some incredible Calabrese olive oil, but not only! You can also think about your furniture and start polishing it with passion.
Tasty Chair plays with the iconic ideas or archetypes of kitchen furniture. It represents a traditional kitchen stool with a detachable back that can be used as a chopping board. The little accent on the side can be used to take off the back or to hang your bag or your clothes on.
A little teaspoon, a soft sponge, an oil dispenser… a tender family of products dedicated to serving olive oil, to you, your table or your chair. The collection Taste of Wood plays on the theme “eatable materials” but without losing the essential ideas of utility and quality in all the products.
The glass container reminds us of an industrial but somehow natural oil can. Generally used to preserve a big quantity of good oil, the glass oil can could also be displayed on the table in your living room.

An aesthetic mix between an oil cruet and a bottle with a glass funnel to decant olive oil.

The tasting glass is blue for one practical reason, to hide the color of the oil so the judges and the consumers aren’t influenced when it comes to the tasting. The glass dispenser has a little beak on the side to make it easy to pour the oil. A frosted glass cone protects the oil from dust and light. An upside down pierced funnel made of glass and textile becomes an elegant sponge, useful to polish wood with the olive oil.

Material: olive wood and glass

words and images by Antonio Arico

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Origami Humidifier by The Worst Hazard

Inspired by how crushing a ball of paper gives it flexibility, structure, porosity and character, a large sheet of paper is creased in orderly grids into a hemisphere with each grid facing outwards to optimise surface area for diffusing and evaporating water.

quirks / organic geometry exploration

calligraphy paper
hand creased

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Kitchen Lab by Nienke van de Pol

“With Kitchen Lab, I want people to learn that plants and herbs at our doorsteps have preventive and curative medical properties. By exploring Kitchen Lab you will find how easy it is to make your own self care remedies for everyday ailments. The ingredients needed can be found in your kitchen and garden. Today’s circumstances force us to take the initiative when it comes to our health.
Consisting of 5 sets with differing preparation methods, the Kitchen Lab is color-coded for foolproof ingredient mixing, each set referencing a Dutch recipe book entitled “Zelf is het beste kruid” (which loosely translates into “Itself is the Best Spice”). The book is filled to the brim with oils, tinctures, syrups and ointments created from our own backyards.
During my research, I discovered that food could [provide] a better health. Many people lost the knowledge and they aren’t aware of it. I hope we get back to the basics and start using what nature offers us.”
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Second Chances by Tour de Fork

Second Chance Collection by TourDeFork

The collection was born from TourDeForks recent research into the reuse and recycling of raw Kitchen materials.

Second Chance is inspired by local Italian folk tradition and ritual, which has always tried to find a use to what could be “food waste”, suggesting new utilities and reveling the hidden potential, of what could easily end up in the waste bin.

Reinterpreting ancient gestures through modern form, TourDeFork created a collection of objects that offer a Second Chance of employment to food waste.

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A Nomadic Future imagined

Dutch firm Studio Makkink & Bey has created a collection of furniture for a nomadic future including a backpack that becomes a sofa bed, a carrycot that becomes a table and a walking cane that turns into an illuminated screen.
The pieces depict a future scenario in which the individual travels light and stays comfortable.
The three objects utilize natural materials and animal fibres combined with multiple uses, they are expandable, foldable and lightweight furniture to travel with, as they traverse boundless interiors – our shrinking world.

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The Now & Then project

The Now/Then project examines where modern day products originate and how they affect our environmental footprint. These 24 products are explorations to show people where products come from and what a sustainable alternative might look like. What are the changes we can make today to make sure there will always be a tomorrow? This is a stepping off point for thinking: Every decision we make impacts the world around us.

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