Whether it is finding the perfect gift, booking the stylish hotel, planning your new year resolution, or simply admiring the kitsch family heirloom that adorns the tree, the holidays can be seen as a time where design shines: each object or idea can either make or break tradition. With this in mind, we invite you to join us for The FestiveNESS Design Advent Calendar. More than just a wish list and a bit like a mood board, it is a celebration of the diverse expressions, interpretations, and desires that make up the varied stories of design as well as the spirit of NESS.
Homage by Objects of Common Interest
What is a lightweight, stackable, and copyable seating piece—the monobloc plastic chair—sets the stage for its own performance.
Ph. Stefanos Tsakiris
The Sainte Collection by Lambert & Files in Collaboration with Rachel Bussin
This collection balances opposing forces in a suspended harmony bringing a sense of intimacy and impact.
Ph. Arseni Khamzin for Lambert & Fils © November 2019
Astral Bodies by ENORME Studio
Astral Bodies by the Madrid-based ENORME Studio delves into the world of meteorites, considering how design can bring down-to-earth questions about this unknown territory.
Ph. Javier de Paz García
Future Chocolates by Jisun Kim
Future Chocolates by Jisun Kim are not your classic chocolates: wrapped in their simple geometric design is a possible sustainable path for food.
Ph. Courtesy Jisun Kim
XMAS Donuts by Studio Sabine Marcelis
These decorative tree ornaments reduce waste by using the surplus liquid resin found at the bottom of the bucket.
Ph. Courtesy Studio Sabine Marcelis
Sammanlänkad by Little Sun, Olafur Eliasson, and Ikea
These attachable solar panels are everyday designs that harness the power of the sun and promote sustainability.
Ph. © Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2019
Designers On Holiday
Designers On Holiday raises important questions around sustainability, collaboration and, yes, relaxing.
Ph. Courtesy Designers On Holiday
Daniel Arsham for Friedman Benda
Daniel Arsham builds a kunstkammer and reimagines classic design archetypes.
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Daniel Arsham. Ph. by Daniel Kukla
Ceramic Sculptural Forms by Shozo Michikawa
These sculptures encapsulate time, are a contemporary take on Japanese pottery, and are functional objects.
Ph. Courtesy Shozo Michikawa
A Portable Territory by Urtzi Grau & Guillermo Fernández-Abascal (GFA) with Charlotte Haywood
This temporary installation is a Jewish structure built in Australia on Aboriginal land that raises important questions related to climate change and territory through the use of local and collective knowledge.
Ph. Hamish McIntosh
Chabanel II Collection by Foraine by Atelier Barda
This brutalist-inspired design explores material imperfection and minimal lines.
Ph. Ph. François Olivier Gouriou
OooOoO by Koo Jeong A
This skatepark is a multi-sensory experience of play and participatory design created for Triennale Milan.
Ph. Gianluca Di Loia
BTM Ceramics by Philipp Schenk-Mischke
These ceramics are deformed through a reappropriated vibration plate from the fitness industry.
Ph. Courtesy Philipp Schenk-Mischke
Perturbation by Gaëtan Didier, Derudet, and Ausseresse Jonathan
This object is an exploration of expert material handiwork.
Ph. Courtesy the designers
Feeling shell by Hye Seomoon
This cocoon-like design is a cradle for adults that brings a bit of comfort to our hectic lifestyles.
Ph. Courtesy Hye Seomoon
Formes du vent by Olivier Bacin of LABO Architecture for David Lange
These practical designs take the sand dunes formed by the wind as inspiration.
Ph. VIA, le French design
Flowing Water, Standing Time by Ying Gao
These robotic garments react to the chromatic spectrum and reflect an infinite array of possibilities.
Ph. Malina Corpadean
Passages of Light by James Turrell
James Turrell’s exhibition at Museo Jumex in Mexico raises questions on the relationship between light and emotion.
Amesha Spentas from the Ganzfeld series, 2019 Museo Jumex, 2019, © James Turrell, Ph. Florian Holzherr
Material Exploration by Vincent Schwenk and Vitaly Grossman
These digital textures explore the limits between reality and abstraction.
Courtesy Vincent Schwenk and Vitaly Grossmann
Fold-by-Number Cloth Napkins by Julia Lindpaintner for the MoMA Design Store
These playful napkins encourage a return to the reusable in the everyday.
Courtesy MoMA Design Store and Julia Lindpaintner
New Primitives by Bram Vanderbeke
These sculptures explore classic architectural techniques and the Anthropocene.
Ph. © Luca Beel
PillowPillow by Schimmel & Schweikle
Balancing between the archetypal and the organic, these designs are created with a 3D software and show that digital aesthetics doesn’t always have to be the same.
Ph. Courtesy Schimmel & Schweikle