Tag Archives: Fredrikson Stallard

Design is Everywhere, Bookmarks Included

Liquid Bookmark image via Kyouei

If something is designed to look like it is melting, bleeding, or dripping, chances are it’s going to tickle us pink at OfTheNow. You saw it when we found French designer, John Nouanesing resin Love Me table and Fredrikson Stallard‘s Loversand It Can Happen Here polyurethane rugs in Drip, Drip Drop…Goes the Furniture? And we have found it again again in the Liquid Bookmark, which gives new meaning to the phrase “bloody good book.”

Each silicon Liquid Bookmark designed by Kyouei Co Ltd. from Japan is made by hand by the designer, and you know what that means, no two bloody/melting/dripping bookmarks are the same. We like that even more.

The Making Of A Liquid Bookmark Image via Kyouei

You can buy a pack of three for $29 USD including shipping (they come in red, white and grey) from Design Boom.

All Three Colours Image via Kyouei

Another fun bookmark is the Help! bookmark by i3 lab from Korea. It’s a cute paperclip style bookmark with two cartoon hands that jut out from the top of your book. You can get these guys from Design Boom for $26 USD including shipping

Help! Bookmarks image via Design Book

Kinda makes you want to head to the library and/or bookstore and forget your ipad or kindle!

Help! Bookmarks image via Design Book


Drip, Drip, Drop…Goes the Furniture?

A few years ago, I was working for a design magazine and I somehow stumbled upon the work of Fredrikson Stallard. The design firm blew me away with its controversial designs. The ones that really grabbed my attention were the rugs.

Now I know what you are thinking, how attention grabbing can a rug be? Well these rugs were made out of polyurethane and are pretty literal statements on industrial/developed society.

“It can’t happen here, but then it did” could not be a more perfect statement for what is going on in the world. The black shiny pool is made to look like an oil spill happened in the middle of the room. This rug may have been designed in the early part of the 2000’s, but it’s message rings loud and clear with the recent BP oil spill.

© Fredrikson Stallard

Next up is the “Lovers” rug. Sounds romantic huh? Well, not so. The Lovers rug is two conjoined puddles of deep red polyurethane that look like the aftermath of a murder scene. No coincidence here that pools of red consist of the average volume of blood in a human body. Creepy yes, but poignant as well, and unfortunately not as shocking as it should be. We are almost numb to the violence we see, and Fredrikson Stallard put it right in front of us.

© Fredrikson Stallard

Now, why do I reference these designs from so long ago—early 2000’s is a long time ago in the design world. Is it because Fredikson Stallard won 2010 Red Dot award? Or because the Financial Times listed one of its tables as one of the 10 best designs of the decade?

To answer simply, no, that’s not why I reference the firm. Last week I stumbled upon a table designed by French designer, John Nouanesing and it conjured up thoughts of Fredrikson Stallard’s rugs. Nouanesing’s table is seemingly dripping/melting  blood or paint to floor and the long streams. Some of those streams end in the table legs.

© John Nouanesing

When I got ahold of Nouanesing he let me know that the table speaks about love and how it makes you happy or sad.

“The glossy red surface shows an almost alive product that seems to be melting of love, and demands you to love it, as it is suffering of that,” explains 26-year-old Nouanesing. “My psychoanalyst would say that the idea came up when my girlfriend left me and broke my heart few years ago.”

That’s what we call dealing with your grief positively!

The Love Me table is made of resin and it should be soon availalble from the french manufacturer Domeau & Pérès Pre-orders and complete information can be taken at info@domeauperes.com.