Core77 contributors Bruce and Stephanie Tharp will be in Milan next month as a part of Tuttobene:
This years edition of Tuttobene presents five international and eighteen Dutch design studio's. Objects on display vary from a cupboard made of domino, a table constructed out of garden hose, lampshades of horsehair to a porcelain computer. What these items share is the sustainable quality of their design. The common denominator is determined by its ecologically and socially sound production and use.
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Umbrellas for the Civil but Discontent Man designed by Bruce and Stephanie Tharp of Materious.
"Sigmund Freud contends that aggressiveness is a fundamental human instinct whose inhibition is a necessary obligation of social life. These umbrellas combine a symbol of gentlemanly refinement--the full-sized, black umbrella--with an element from more manly sword-bearing times. The umbrellas offer brief psychological respite from the dictates of social amiability.
Next also designed by Bruce and Stephanie Tharp of Materious.
Next is a clock that addresses smokers addiction and their association of time with their next cigarette. But rather than a mere marker of this connection, it can also be used to regulate cigarette consumption. Place the cigarettes in the holes for the desired smoking times, and remove to smoke."
Adieu designed by Bruce and Stephanie Tharp of Materious along with Greg Bethel.
"Adieu is a set of ceramic gas-fireplace 'logs' for the ardent modernist. The six individual 'logs' are cast from the legs of past furniture styles like Queene Anne, Shaker, Chippendale, and Colonial. Set within the fire, they mark a derision for, or weariness of, our stylistic past."