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Boskke Cube wins Red Dot Award

The international Red Dot jury has just announced that the Boskke Cube has won one of the industry’s highest design accolades, the Red Dot award. 
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Following the success of its Red Dot-awarded Sky Planter, the pioneer of ceiling gardening, Boskke, is launching its second product.
The new Boskke Cube is a re-imagining of the humble plant pot. Instead of hiding the organic process of growth, the clear body of the Boskke Cube puts the intricate root system of your plants on display; showing beauty doesn’t only reside above the surface.
The clean, geometric form of the Boskke Cube doubles as a water reservoir, supplying your plants with four weeks worth of moisture through Boskke’s custom “Slo-Flo” slow-release watering system.
Says Patrick Morris, the Boskke Cube’s award-winning designer and 2014 Dyson Fellow:
“We have deconstructed the traditional plant pot and put it back together in a more transparent way — literally. The clear plastic body reveals the water, soil, and roots of the plant, allowing you to witness firsthand the mechanics of the plant’s growth.”

About the studio
New Zealand design studio Boskke has been developing new gardening products that allow urban dwellers to make more of their living and working spaces since 2009.

Their original, Red Dot Award-winning Sky Planter inverted the traditional potted plant, hung it from the ceiling and created stunning displays of air-filtering foliage, flowers and herbs.
“Our products celebrate all growing things, because we know that spaces that sustain plants are beautiful, healthy and bring vitality to the built environment,” says Patrick Morris, Boskke’s creative director.

Best Wishes
The Boskke Team


Mail from El Ultimo Grito

Material Medley exhibition photo

Material Medley Collection, Design Gallery Milan
El Ultimo Grito in collaboration with Design Gallery Milano are presenting new works at Museo Pecci for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile until 14 April, 2014.
Material Medley is a mix of functional and sculptural objects that draw on El Ultimo Grito's fascination with landscapes and natural structures.
Spazioborgogno - Museo Pecci Milano
Ripa Di Porta Ticinese 113, Milano
9-14 April 10:00-20:00 hrs


Mail from Henk Stallinga

Stallinga designs new lighting for UNESCO monument Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam


Henk Stallinga designed the new lighting armatures specifically for the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. The armatures were recently installed throughout the monumental building in which the festive inauguration took place on Monday April 7th 2014.

The former lighting needed to be replaced. The unique UNESCO building from 1903 became too dark and the lighting did no longer comply with contemporary standards. There was poor visibility and the beautiful monumental spaces and original details were hidden in the dark. Stallinga’s armatures unveiled this former stock exchange building and now show it in its full splendour.

With its upward indirect lighting, the armature places itself in the shadow and makes the vaults and colourful details visible.

The armature was designed with careful consideration of the special architecture and the original lighting plan of architect H.P. Berlage: point lights with daylight.

The open structure of the armature displays the original brickwork optimally.

The ceilings of the galleries are beautifully lit, showing their distinct details.

The indirect light is visually restful for the eye.

The indirect light reveals the impressive spacious areas within the building.

Sustainability. The power LED provides five times more light while the consumption remains the same.

The used power LED needs a relatively large heat sink to discharge or remove the heat. Stallinga’s design is special because the heat sink and armature coincide. In fact the heat sink ís the armature.

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