Tuesday, 12 May 2009

On the Throne at Frankfurt

Teak or Cedar Abby bathtub by Plavis Design

After Ambiente at Frankfurt comes the bi-annual Bogs & Drains tradefair (International Sanitation & Heating). The latest designs and innovations are showcased. Now we like a sleek beautiful bathroom so here are our top spots from ISH this year.

Ondus Digitecture by Grohe

There were definite trends appearing this year, everything is becoming sleek, slender and ultra thin with gentle curves and sweeping lines. This is to appeal to the ladies who usually make the buying decisions with bathroom furniture.

Lb3 by Ludovica & roberto Palomba

There is also a greater tendancy to mix materials. The familiar plastics and porcelain are being set against clean wooden veneers and sleek metal fittings. A more "organic" feel.

Axor radiator by Patricia Urquiola

Inipi sauna by EOOS

Freestanding basin Zucchetti

S01 by NOA

Hiding away the pipes and plumbing is becoming increasingly popular to give a minimalist feel and clean lines.

Roca's W+W washbasin and toilet system

Thursday, 7 May 2009


Ambiente at Frankfurt am Main takes place every February and is a global hub of consumer product development. Within the huge mass of consumerism are the two islands of Talent and Next that showcase companies that design and produce their own ranges. ISAK was invited to attend but could not take the time away from the studio. However, we did swing past to take a look and here are some of the highlights we saw on our swift visit. To start with a wine carrier that carries 2 bottles has got to be good from BUILT NY.
The flat-packed Trask lamp from mioculture impressed as did the extravagant Snug from Pyg-design.

Ceramics were in evidence with cool little tea-pots from Gaetano Di Gregorio and Ou! egg cups from Sagen Ceramics.

The Fennel vase from Sagen has lovely organic lines.
How about a Cubic Chair from Music Rocker as a new gadget.

In these credit crunching times there were a few useful piggy banks available from Donkey-Products and J-Me

And finished off with a candle-lit dinner from Details-Products.

Elle Decoration Wishlist

The ISAK Leaf tray features in June's Elle Decoration Shopping Wishlist as one of the "ten things we simply must have, right now!". We feel very honored nestling up to a Charles and Ray Eames' RAR chair, which has always been one of our classic favorites.

ISAK Leaf cocktail tray £15. Made of Swedish Birchwood from sustainable forest.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Rags to Riches

Harry and Camila are based in Barcelona and have produced a range of gorgeous products over the years. However, we just adore the Felifamily, inspired by their 4 year old son and named after his Chilean grandmother, Tita, Feli, Pocho and Nil.

The products are part made in Guatamala as part of a cultural exchange to integrate poor rural areas into the global village.

I'm sure you will find one to love...

Fun & Function

We have seen these guys' novelty gifts popping up around the design boutiques and gift shows. We enjoy their sense of fun and contemporary cool. You can never have enough wine racks. www.j-me.co.uk