From bridges joining a city together, to a light fitting made of recycled materials, to walls that create atmosphere, the design world infuses our life at every level. We get to know a few of those responsible for our future.
Making light work
What magic happens when you combine a beautiful design aesthetic with fervent sustainability and truly life changing social responsibility? Graypants.
With their ingenious lights made from recycled materials, the American-Dutch design company is creating a stir. Founders Jonathan and Seth are actually architects by nature, but their passion for creating stunning pieces of furniture and lighting from recycled materials means that their buildings remain in the shadows. The materials, the people who put them together and the wonderful ideas tell a compelling story of design that makes a difference.
Poetry for the walls
For a long time, a purist atmosphere and plain white walls were an absolute must among interior decorators, but today people say this aesthetic feels too cool. Once again, walls are being allowed to tell stories. Where the exterior lines and finishes of a building proclaim a client’s taste to the world, the interior demands a more emotional atmosphere. Creating this is the specialty of Ulrich Welter who’s wall coverings grace the walls of hotels such as the Adlon in Berlin, the Grand Hotel Heiligendamm, and the Negresco in Nice, as well as the haute couture labels Dior and Chanel.
“The choice of wall-coverings offers an intimate insight into the person's character.” Ulrich Welter
They say you should never ask a designer to design a bridge, but instead a way to connect two sides of a river. LA Architect Michael Maltzan does exactly this in a way that not only connects parts of a city divided by a river, but also connects the city to the river. “My work is very concerned with the issues around how architecture can help create a more progressive or positive urban experience for people”. Maltzan’s buildings are microcosms of life. They designed around people and how they move and are all the more beautiful for it.