When 5.5 designers become 5.5 designstudio
On the occasion of their 10th anniversary, 5.5 unveil their 10 new collaborations and their creative studio: the 5.5 designstudio. Focused more on the future than on their past, these 10 new collaborations demonstrate their evolution, reconciling signature design and brand-based industrial design.
10 new collaborations, selection:
QUI EST PAUL? – PLIC-PLAC-PLOC
“The heavy rain in recent months have at least inspired us…”
PLIC-PLAC-PLOC is the sound of raindrops hitting the ground but it’s also the name of garden furniture designed for the brand QUI EST PAUL? Resembling large petals, they incorporate wide peripheral extensions that collect rain to help water your plants. This poetic design makes your plants self-sufficient and turns the furniture contents into little garden. The range currently in development includes 3 sizes of pots, 1 settee, 1 armchair and a coffee table. A watering can designed to resemble an hourglass, filling up naturally at one end and draining at the other, has just been added to the collection.
VEUVE CLICQUOT – TAKE ALONG
“If 5.5 was champagne, we’d all be drinking it!”
The Milan Furniture Show in 2008 and the 5.5’s project “champagne cellar” marked the start of a long-term collaboration with VEUVE CLICQUOT.
Takeaway packaging continues this collaboration with 5 other new products set to come out in 2014 for the Carte Jaune brand and late-night entertainment venues.
Put champagne in a bottle, the bottle in a cardboard box, the box in a plastic bag…, are all stages in shipping a bottle from cellar to home. It is this overpackaging that we have tackled to design VEUVE CLICQUOT’s new packaging. We decided to skip one these stages – the plastic bag – simply by incorporating a handle in the box. But instead of adding a handle to the box, we designed the handle as an extruded section: replacing “more” with “less”.
CERAMICA CIELO – BALL, MINIBALL and SPLOT
“Marcel Duchamps’ Fountain is not a provocation; there is art in a urinal.” Tackling a public urinal appears at first sight to be a thankless task. Having said that, we have all experienced motorway toilets, and without getting into details suffice it to say that we often come out with soaking shoes, feeling slightly nauseous, and saying something must be done. This range of urinals designed to order for the Italian manufacturer CIELO consists of 3 models conceived to facilitate the maintenance of these public objects. The design of the round BALL and MINIBALL provides a precise intuitive target to aim at and prevents splashing. The SLOT is a ceramic stand with, as the name suggests, a slot with a vertical target at the back perfect for aiming regardless of the person’s height.
CERAMICA CIELO – BEACHES
“You can now take a shower on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.” This range of 5 shower trays evokes the destinations where you might want to take a shower. Each one offers a texture and colours connected with a particular beach around the world. Sand symbolizes getaways, holidays, heat, and everything we need to recharge our batteries in these critical times!