Cradle Chair

There is no escaping those innate and early-learned associations – for some, it means sleeping to gentle noises on planes, and for others, the act of rocking tilts us softly into a deep slumber.

Richard Clarkson and company wanted to create a kind of low-tech, sensory-deprivation, sofa-style seat where one can curl up and forget the workaday worries of ordinary life … and perhaps even doze over before you notice you are slowly falling asleep.
While there is art and craft in this object, there is science that went into its design as well. Specifically, research into autistic children and those who suffer from RMD (rhythmic moving disorder) played a crucial role in the shape and structure of the result.For all its theoretical complexity, the final form looks quite simple (and extremely comfortable). A bleached-and-bent-wood framework with unfinished wooden-slat infill is cushioned by a series of coverless pillow strips, making the assembly legible but not overpowering as part of the appearance. The entire piece rocks forward due to wood weight when unoccupied, then lounges back naturally when someone sits in it.


What is important to you…

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you. With help from friends and neighbors, Candy turned the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans into a giant chalkboard where residents can write on the wall and share what is important to them. Before I Die is an interactive public art project that transforms neglected spaces into a constructive places where we can discover the hopes and dreams of the people around us. It is also a reminder to ourselves of what is most important to us. It’s a question that changed Candy after she lost someone she loved very much, and she believes the design of our public spaces can better reflect what matters to us as a community and as individuals.

From the funny and creative to the thoughtful and heartbreaking, people’s responses on the wall were more than Candy could have ever imagined: Before I die I want to… sing for millions, see my daughter graduate, eat a salad with an alien, see the leaves change many times, be someone’s cavalry, straddle the International Date Line, cook a souffle, hold her one more time, make it in the hip hop, help numerous children, see what I’m like as an old man, tell my mother I love her, make peace with Ohio, abandon all insecurities, be completely myself, evaporate into the light… The project was featured in Oprah Magazine, and The Atlantic called it “merely one of the most creative community projects ever.”

After receiving many requests from people around the world, she and her Civic Center colleagues created a Before I Die Toolkit to help you create a wall with your community. Thanks to your passion, this participatory public art project is turning into a global movement and expanding to cities around the world, including Amsterdam, Portsmouth, Querétaro, Almaty, San Diego, Lisbon, Brooklyn, and beyond – see other walls on the project site! You can also take a piece of the dream home with you with a limited edition painting and submit your dreams on the project site. We are currently developing a new site to feature walls around the world, as well as additional resources – stay tuned! The project is growing every day and together, we can design better public spaces in our communities that help us live our best lives.

2011, 41′ x 8′, Chalkboard paint, stencils, spray paint. New Orleans, LA. Self-initiated with permission from the property owner, residents of the block, the neighborhood association’s blight committee, the Historic District Landmarks Commission, the Arts Council, and the City Planning Commission. Installation assistance: Kristina Kassem, Alan Williams, Cory Klemmer, Anamaria Vizcaino, James Reeves, Alex Vialou, Sean Knowlton, Carolina Caballero, Earl Carlson, and Gary Hustwit. Concurrently installed in East/West Galleries. With support from the Black Rock Arts Foundation.

Once the wall is filled, we wash the board with water and start with a clean slate again. We are documenting all responses and some will be included in a book.

Update March 16, 2011 – This out-of-pocket project now has a pocket thanks to the Black Rock Arts Foundation! It will make a big difference, thank you.

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Jenner Studio creates Ketel One Vodka bar | News | Design Week

The consultancy was appointed to the work by Diageo, which owns the Ketel One Vodka brand and a stable of ‘reserve brands’ including Johnnie Walker.

Jenner Studio has been appointed on the strength of the interior concept it developed for the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Terrace at restaurant Plateau in London.

Dutch vodka brand Ketel One is named after the copper distillery kettle it was first produced in, in 1691, ‘Distilleerketel One’.

Jenner Studio founder Christopher Jenner has taken this story and fed it into the design concept, trying to ‘capture the relationship between the craft of vodka-making and that of a master metal craftsman,’ he says.

The branded bar ‘communicates the shape of the distillery kettle’ and has been constructed by heating vertical copper strips individually, which are made malleable and riveted to a wooden and metal skeleton. Copper sheets are then riveted and finally a seamless copper surface with no edges is overlaid, says Jenner.

The bar has been formed in an ‘ergonomic tear drop, which is a difficult architectural shape,’ adds Jenner, who has designed the bar to fit the curvature of the space.

More than 1000kg of copper and 10,000 rivets have been used on the bar and stalls, which have taken craftsmen six weeks to build.

The Gilgamesh design throughout the restaurant space features Indian wood carvings based around the story of Gilgamesh – the first king of Babylon.

Jenner says he had to make sure the two design stories did not appear at odds with each other, ‘so used materials which didn’t clash’.

He is now in talks with the restaurant over the design of a potential private members club on the third floor of the Gilgamesh restaurant

Jenner Studio creates Ketel One Vodka bar | News | Design Week.