Friday, October 26, 2007

Retired Tires

The amazing Campana Brothers, who love to be inspired by street life, have designed these Transneomatic container bowls for Artecnica as part of their Design With Conscience Project. The thoroughly cleaned and sealed old scooter tyres form the frame for the wicker work created by artisans in Vietnam. What an inspiring project!

I enjoy collecting vintage design books. I love to see how trends and ideas repeat themselves over the years - often returning, but in a different form.

So I had to chuckle - and be inspired - when I was paging through High-Tech - an Industrial Style and Source book, published in the USA in 1978. I found this design by architect Paul Rudolph - Car and Tractor tires - upholstered in Elastic!

6 comments:

janine de waal said...

I just LOVE these white tyres! They somehow just look soooo SOFT - as though one can just fall into one and have a little cat-nap...

Heloise Bottomley said...

I have to say I think the wicker tyres would look great on a deck & I bet they're all springy (a throw back to my youth I suspect)

de vliegende koe said...

Trends repeat themselves indeed, in decoration and fashion, but I love to see the little added details to make them up to date. Those wicker tyres are intriguing!

Estelle said...

Denise, you are amazing to make those connections. I had naively never realised that these trends also repeat - I thought it was only fashion that goes through cycles.

laissezfaire said...

wow...never knew that Paul Rudolf did such funky designs back in the 70s!

Barb McMahon said...

Hi, Denise! Just dropped in to check out your blog - and this post is just the kind of thing I love!

Great blog! And thanks for your kind comment on mine!

I'll check back often.