BD Barcelona Design: Unique Shapes, Kissing Lips and a Monkey

The current outdoor furniture line of the Spanish manufacturer BD Barcelona Design shows that this company is still cherishing art over industrial or architectural designs.

Monkey Table

This table in the shape of a cute little primate, holding a tray, is designed by Jaime Hayon, who continues to be one of the most recognized Spanish designers on the international panorama. The table is made of solid architectural concrete and is suitable for indoors and outdoors. Its form is created by a mould based on a drawing by Hayon.

Bench B

Reminiscent of the famous Barcelona chair from 1929, the Bench B was created by the award winning simplistic designer Konstantin Grcic during his time at the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome. The wrought iron benches which furnish the parkway of the academy’s premises inspired him to this aluminum bench.

Dalilips

This classic pop art furniture is actually designed by the most influential surrealist ever: Salvador Dalí. It is the famous sofa in the shape of a mouth which the artist created together with Oscar Tusquets in 1972 for the Mae West room of the Museum Figueres. Over forty years later it is still one of the most eye-catching and flamboyant outdoor pieces around.

Side Table B

Fitting for in- and outdoors, the Side Table B is a complimentary match for Bench B. The solid table is made of a single block of architectural concrete with polymeric resin.

BDLOVE Bench

The Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove has created public seating that has all the character of exuberantly lively sculpture, with forms designed to engage the emotions. And its very generous dimensions allow it to seat up to ten people at once, as well as making children having a whale of a time. It is made from rotation-moulded polyethylene, a 100% waterproof material that is dyed during the manufacturing process to suggest an infinite spectrum of attractive colours.

Further information: bdbarcelona.com

iPot: furnished with green

iPot is a modular planting system that lets creativity reign. It is produced by the design studio Supercake, based in Milan and Cagliari.

iPot is a simple way to arrange plants in outdoor and indoor settings, to create “little home gardens”, with the possibility of storing books and other objects. The flexible structure of iPot is assembled by combining lightweight elements via interlocking tubes and joints with attached planter bags to hold the greenery. Made from cotton, teflon or linen bags allows your plants to take center stage, on the iPot shelf system or off. The waterproof internal layer of iPot bags, allows you to put directly your plants in the soil.

A modular, freestanding, lightweight and flexible structure: The assembly takes place through a series of combined elements that interlock each other (tubes and joints), and you can play around with the various add-ons, such as: bags to hold the plants and other objects, like shelves, aquariums and lighting.

From a single pot to the creation of complex structures, it is possible to devise “ad hoc” configurations for each environment and needs – infinite forms, but also a wide range of materials and colors for all its accessories.

Further information: ipotdesign.it

Reclaimed – Outdoor Furniture in Harmony with Nature

For the production of the outdoor collection “reclaimed – living in harmony with nature” not a single tree has been cut.

The furniture company RS Interior GmbH from Germany has developed a new collection of sturdy and natural looking seats and tables for outdoor living. The philosophy of this range is based on up-cycling and the cradle-to-cradle® concept. This means that the materials used are viewed as nutrients circulating in a restorative way. Every piece is handcrafted and unique.

The furniture is made from 60 to 100 years old wood (pine, elm), which originates from old doors, roof rafters, planks, windows and other used timber. Each part of the timber is different in color, surface, and appearance.

Connections of the individual parts of the furniture are made – where it is feasible – with dowels and pins. Nails are generally not used, because they cannot provide for a permanent and stable connection. Where it is not possible to connect the wooden parts with dowels and pins, stainless steel screws guarantee a permanent connection.

The collection had its debut at the spoga+gafa 2014 in Cologne.

Further information: reclaimed.de

Kettal: Metal Garden Furniture to Relax

The new Mesh collection by Kettal shows that it is possible to create a warm atmosphere with garden furniture made with industrial materials.

It recalls architectural facades, which filter the surrounding environment without stopping the light and air flow. Industrial and natural materials, hard and soft surfaces, transparent and solid volumes are putted face to face in order to create this family of outdoor furniture based in contrasts.

The expanded metal used for backrest of the sofas and tables gives a feeling of lightness, and at the same time become the support for wooden and marble tops and cushions. The slight bending of the sofa arms give a delicacy to this industrial frame, inviting the user for a nap. The solid wooden base of the sofa and the voluminous and comfortable upholstery resembles the memory of a comfortable living room translated into an outdoor atmosphere.

Further information: www.kettal.com

 

Bang Bang Tents: Solar Powered Through the Festival Season

Bang Bang Tents give campers and festival visitors the chance to charge their devices wherever they are.

Rob Bertucci, former MTV presenter and Australian expat, has been to festivals all over the world. On his trips he noticed that “every field at every festival had green or blue tents for as far as the eye could see, making it impossible to find your way back to your tent after a night on the razzle. And more annoyingly, your phone battery is always flat, making it almost impossible to meet up with people or post smug pictures of yourself having fun, to Facebook.” These impressions led him to the invention of Bang Bang Tents, solar powered shelters, which allow you to charge your everyday devices, whether it’s mobile phones, mp3-players, cameras, speakers or lights.

Each Bang Bang tent comes with a 5w solar panel, a lithium storage bank and several mobile phone/USB charging adaptors that connect many low voltage devices. They are made with lightweight materials and super strong fabrics and, according to the makers, can be set up super easy.

The Bang Bang tents have flashy, colourful patterns, providing stylish alternatives to the plain colours of most tents. Candies, butterflies and natural stones are some of the available patterns. The tents provide space for up to four people.

Whether backpacking, weekending, mountaineering or at a festival, Bang Bang Tents allow all campers to capture their experiences with their phone or a camera and to enhance them with their favourite tunes.

Further Information: bangbangtents.com