As Laure and Abby mentioned, the AT:LA team, joined with the other editors from AT, have been perusing the aisles of ICFF this weekend. Like Abby posted, we noticed a lot of designers utilizing found objects for their pieces. Another piece that caught our attention were these "FROSINE" glasses by Michelle Ivankovic for UMBRA...
"Vintage glasses are softened an unified with a coating of steam to solidly capture abandoned items... The soft finish blurs the line of the products useful existence and allows it to live again as a new design..." The glasses will be available in sets of four and each set will be completely random with sizes varying between 6" an 10" tall. We're not exactly sure how the steam process they used is done (it reminded us of the same finish the Tord Boontje "transglass" pieces have) but the samples they had at the show were incredibly smooth and quite beautiful.
What Michelle Ivankovic did with these glasses could be great inspiration for any other mismatched collections you might have. For example, painting a group of mixed chairs the same color will unify them into a cohesive look. The FROSINE glasses are expected to be available in May of 2008. There was a bunch more great ideas from the UMBRA folks which we'll be blogging about soon. Stay tuned!
Transglass by Emma Woffenden and Tord Boontje