Journal

A chronicle of people, places, happenings, and creations we admire.

DONDOLO by Enrico Marone Cinzano

As he continues on his passionate mission of sustainability through art and design, designer Enrico Marone-Cinzano has created a clever "complication" in the form of "Dondolo" (Italian for rocking chair).  This piece, composed of car parts and various mechanisms that translate into comfort, place, and innovation has an immediate and powerful visual impact.  

The Designer's Description:

Considering I come from Torino, the car manufacturing capital, it only made sense that at some point I would extend my work to the automobile industry. I went scavenging through car junk yards and found that the aftermath of that industry produced a wealth of beautiful and extremely well made products which could be re-utilized into making furniture, hence the birth of 'Dondolo'. It's a rocking chair with a foot in the past and one in the future. Still benefitting from the factory-issue moving parts, the original leather Alfa Romeo 166 seat reclines and heats at will, powered by an eco-friendly gel based battery which can be charged with any power outlet. By means of two periscopic arms, it has the added comfort of providing a swinging, retractable work table to rest your laptop, and an efficient dimmable warm-toned LED light, housed in what was a beautiful metal FIAT 500 vintage headlight. I am adding an extra layer to the proverbial cake, by lining the bottom of the retractable table with a EMF and radiation protective fabric, which will mitigate the damage one incurs from using a computer at such proximity to the body. Lastly, for some finishing touches and to replace the molded plastic parts, I used hand embossed recovered leather from the furniture industry, replicating the pattern of car tyre marks, which look almost like natural crocodile patterns. Everything was sourced and made in Turin itself. A complex project but one that made alot of sense: back to my roots. 

To find out more about this amazing piece, head over to www.enricomaronecinzano.com

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Mark 57: August / September 2015

One of our favorite architecture and design publications is Mark.  In issue #57 Monica Zerboni investigates OMA’s Prada Foundation, the Mother of all Epicenters, where all Prada culture is created, tested, perfected and exhibited.  Acting virtually as a museum on the old industrial side of Milan, the Fondazione is also a bastion of art, media and creativity.  This among other projects by Herzon & de Meuron, Projekt Praga, Swedish firm Schmitt Hammer Lassen's public library in Aarhus, their concert hall in Malmö, L.A. architect Eric Owen Moss' Pterodactyl building, Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s new Broad Museum are feature in the August-September issue.

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Photos: ©Frame Publishers, 2015

Krona o Stjärna Brand Intro Line

We've just released a new line to celebrate not only our official store launch, but the the 4th of July as well.  Each iteration is made of combed cotton for optimum fit, breathability and comfort and emblazoned with our popular crown and star insignia.

Krona o Stjärna Brand Intro Line

$24.00-$26.00

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Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A2

©Bang & Olufsen

©Bang & Olufsen

Bang & Olufsen return with another innovative offering in the Bluetooth speaker segment.  The BeoPlay A2 is beautifully detailed and has 24-hour playback capability. With True360 sound technology the "sweet spot" is wherever you place it . Clocking in at 1.1kg (2.5 lb.), it's sturdy without the bulk or heavy weight. The BeoPlay A2 comes in an assortment of colors and a 3-year warranty.

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