Design Finds

From a public protest that uses coloured lights to oppose gentrification, to the new gorgeous releases at Maison et Objet, read the design stories that caught our eye this week.

Tom Dixon’s glass BUMP collection exudes pink and smoky black hues at Maison & Objet

At Maison et Objet 2017 in Paris, Tom Dixon has debuted a collection of borosilicate glass vessels that seek to become ritualistic instruments of every day drinking and serving. ‘BUMP’ includes minimalist vases, a pair of tall and short water glasses, a tea set, and a water jug, each delicately handmade with subtle levels of pink and grey translucency. The family provides a simple and sophisticated way to think about and participate in the ‘alchemical processes’ of tea making, mixology and floral arrangements.

Hay collaborates with Danish chef to create range of kitchen accessories

Danish design brand Hay has collaborated with chef Frederik Bille Brahe to release a collection of kitchenware. The Hay Kitchen Market collection is made up of what the brand terms ‘fundamental accessories’ – pots and pans, cutting boards, plates, cups, glasses and cutlery. When designing the collection, Mette Hay – the company’s co-founder and creative director of its accessories section – enlisted the help of Bille Brahe, a Danish chef, to perfect the range’s functionality. Each piece in the Kitchen Market collection is inspired by Brahe’s industrial-style kitchen, as well as different local cultures experienced by Hay on her travels.

Residents of a Sydney high-rise estate use lights to protest against gentrification

At night, the windows of Waterloo Estate – a unit tower block in Sydney – have been gradually lit up in different colours as part of a public art project that aims to make the community more visible. Triggered by the NSW state government’s plans to redevelop the area, the #WeLiveHere2017 project has been gaining traction over the past few months and will now officially launch on Saturday night.

Five hundred residents in the Waterloo Estate’s 60-storey Matavai and Turanga towers have been given coloured mood lights to hang in their windows. The colour of the lights is intended to express how they feel about the state government’s plans. The redevelopment, which was announced just before Christmas in 2015, will begin with a new metro station that will be located adjacent to the estate. Currently in the master-planning stage, the project will involve relocating at least 3 600 elderly, disabled and low-income residents – a process that is expected to begin in 2018.

Louvre Abu Dhabi finally announces opening date

Long delayed, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is finally poised to open on 11 November 2017. Designed by French Pritzker Prize–winner Jean Nouvel, the museum promises to be worth the wait: Part of the city’s Saadiyat Island cultural district, it will be capped by a star-latticed dome, dappling visitors with varied patterns of sunlight. The collection includes more than 600 artworks, manuscripts, and objects of historical and cultural significance, with more than 300 masterpieces on loan from French institutions.

Barcelona is home to colourful El Equipo Creativo-designed El Mama & La Papa bar and restaurant

Designed by architects El Equipo Creativo and located in Passatge de Pere Calders, Barcelona, El Mama & La Papa is a bold, colourful journey into a world of contrasts: man – woman, white – black, day – night. At dusk, in addition to food and drinks, a burlesque show gives way to an evening of partying and dancing. ‘In “EL MAMA” we want to offer a journey around the world through its flavours; a memory of our planet in every bite. Get comfortable, open your senses and enjoy this unique experience,’ says owner Joan Soler. Housed in an old warehouse, the space offers unique personality due to its structural levels, which have been painted an intense red in a way that unifies the different zones and areas.