Georges Zigrand's Blog

Hartlepool shows the way

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Very robust and beautifully simple coastal path signage between Hartlepool Headland and Crimdon Dene, North East England

Dutch pride

Posted in Branding, Products & furniture, Retail environments by zigideluxe on 06/01/2015

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Nation branding, according to KLM

Lego style outdoor furniture for the almost grown-ups

Conventional tables and chairs wouldn’t have worked that well for the terrasse of my local hangout. The cultural centre Carrérotondes in Luxembourg, with its concerts, exhibitions, kids theatres and parties required a flexible way of sitting (and drinking). The Lego principle gives plenty of options on how to configure the modules, leaving it up to the user and the moment to choose how to use them.
Materials: Custom designed male & female rubber connectors combined with water resistant low-cost plywood.

Photo © Sven Becker

Photo © Sven Becker

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Chainsaw massacre

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Tree & chainsaw = very nice steps

The art of spinning

Posted in Engineering beauty, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 09/10/2014

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It seems you have to travel to central Paris to find somebody still able to master this craft! See also this short documentary showing the process: http://vimeo.com/85024259

The future has landed, a long time ago

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Engineering beauty, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 20/08/2014

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A beautiful 70’s swimming pool on a camping site in Larochette, Luxembourg.  The cherry on top of the cake: Half the building rotates and slides open in good weather.
Vintage on a different scale!

Functional beauty

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Engineering beauty by zigideluxe on 03/06/2014
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Access ramp, port of Calais

A beautiful ride

Posted in Branding, Street furniture & public realm by zigideluxe on 21/04/2014

Anybody who lives in London knows the difference between mediocre and fine public transport design. The classy post-war route master got replaced 10 years ago by terrible double decker buses made from cheap materials, ugly colours and a few poor ‘design’ elements until the once again beautiful and specially for London designed new route master finally made it in large numbers onto the streets last year or so.
The new route master (designed by Thomas Heatherwick) shows that good design can make all the difference in the experience of traveling on public transport. Besides the important iconic outside design and the fuel efficient engine my point is that beautiful detailing and good quality finishes are also essentiel.

Especially in cities where the private car usage is still an option (like in Luxembourg, where I’m from) and where you want to get people out of their own cars you have to create an alternative that is not only faster, cheaper and more ecological but it also needs to be a beautiful ride. If the public transport experience is mediocre because of poorly designed interiors & exteriors (with maybe some customised colour scheme if you are lucky), then people will still want to use their own cars..

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Photo © Thomas Heatherwick

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Chop chop

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 16/04/2014

Chopping bloc at the Drimos Taverne in Crete, made from a single tree trunk, blood red.

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Ornament is not a crime

Posted in Branding, Products & furniture, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 29/01/2014

A fine example of integrating branding and decoration into a technical part of a Triumph bicycle from the 50’s.
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Max Planck Institute, Luxembourg

Posted in My projects, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 29/12/2013

Some images of my latest interior & furniture design  project for the new offices of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law located in the Weicker Building in Luxembourg-city.

The building itself was designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects, a building with a very specific formal identity. The challenge was to find a suitable visual language that fits the architecture and, at the same time, cover all the functionalities and representative needs required by this prestigious client – all of this within a framework of a EU wide open tender procedure. The result is a mix of products from high-end furniture manufacturers and a range of custom-designed objects to ensure a coherent visual language and quality throughout the building.

Developed in collaboration with Teisen-Giesler Architectes
Client: Max Planck Insitute Luxembourg
Office & library surface: 4500m2
Max Planck reading roomMax Planck meeting cornerMax Planck double office space Photos © Christian Mosar

Engineering beauty

Posted in Information graphics, Signage & environmental graphics by zigideluxe on 21/11/2013

Information graphics from the 50’s

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Look at me, look at me

A bit of fluorescent tape and you’ve got attention, even if you have been around for hundreds of years.
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Outdoor furniture – extra bold

Designed for outdoor spaces like nature reserves, parks & forests, this seating range is composed of large & chunky shapes with very simple profiles. The large – single piece – wood parts are made from locally sourced oak trunks with a simply sawn finish to resist weathering and vandalism. Due to its thickness, the wood can be sanded down if damaged but can also happily live with the added texture.
The wood profiles and tubular powder coated steel tubes are both an integral part of the structure and form objects with a strong visual contrast between natural and man made materials. The simple & sculptural shapes should integrate well in natural environments, yet stand out enough to be noticed for its quality.

Outdoor furniture range Outdoor park bench Outdoor lounge chair Outdoor picnic table

The right type of scale

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Retail environments by zigideluxe on 11/09/2013

Scale-style tiles on a fishmonger shop front in Paris… convincingly simple and an impeccable contextual solution!

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