Rare “Quinta” lamp and room divider by Silvio Coppola, Artemide, Italy, 1970s For Sale at 1stdibs

Nécessaire de Voyage: Byredo’s travel knife is simply amazing!

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Although the project was first presented (to great critical acclaim and public amazement) in 2012 at The Barbican in London, last November’s (second) reprise of the extraordinary ‘Rain Room’ by Random International at LACMA in Los Angeles continues to be one of our clear favorites in sensory design, being some of the most gracious construction we’ve encountered in the last few years. The London-based innovative studio brought its installation to LA via Shanghai, where it was also shown – partly simultaneously with its presence in the USA – during the last months of 2015, proving interest in the work to be worldwide. The highly elegant ‘Rain Room’ is an immersive environment of perpetually falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected. It offers visitors an opportunity to experience what is seemingly impossible: the ability to control rain. The creation presents a respite from everyday life and an opportunity for sensory reflection within a responsive relationship. read more…

Industry Collection vases invoke Art Decò water towers – on Designboom Shop

The amazing work of Germans Ermičs, as shared on Arcademi 

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At the end of last month, Antwerp-based design studio klein launched an impressive new project. Named the klein home collection 01, the studio embarked on an exploration of precision through the process of laser cutting plate steel, combined with the imperfections of natural materials wood and leather. Captured between two industrially tooled plates of steel, natural materials are elevated and expressed for their beauty and warmth of touch. Elegant and robust in its profile, the collection utilizes a single material dimension for its solid parts, allowing the oak wood to seamlessly fit in line with the geometry of the laser cut plate steel. Imbued with both a technical precision achieved through translating a digital 3D model into a computer driven laser and the handworked simplicity in its wood and leather manipulation, the impressive collection positions itself delicately between a high tech and handworked aesthetic. read more…

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There are very few people who have inspired us more than Japanese master Kenya Hara. After his never-ending source for inspiration ‘Designing Design‘ and ‘White’, the visionary force behind MUJI has returned with another insightful gem named ‘Ex-formation’, which was released today – brought to our attention in the latest Currently of our good friend Samuel de Goede. The concept of exformation, to which a chapter was already devoted in ‘Designing Design’, continues to preoccupy the Japanese designer. In contrast to ‘information,’ ‘exformation’ describes how little we really know and thus becomes the starting point for any type of design. Based on a range of projects stemming from Kenya Hara’s teaching at the Musashino Art University, the book describes what ‘exformation’ can look like in design practice and how this concept alters our classic understanding of information design. Following the path embarked on with his first two books, ‘Ex-formation’ continues to explore the void, absence, and indeterminacy in contemporary design through the vision of one of the undisputed icons of modern design. read more…

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Next Friday, one of Belgium’s most exciting contemporary designers, part of this year’s Wallpaper* Magazine Power List, Michaël Verheyden, will find his way from Genk to Antwerpen, where he will open a temporary store in the beautiful concept boutique Graanmarkt 13. One of our favorite stores in Antwerp also houses an excellent restaurant, an apartment for rent and a gallery which for the occasion will also become part of Verheyden’s presence. After Ferry Voorneveld had the honor as a representative of Another Something during the Limblogdesigntour, a month ago, visiting the visionary designer’s studio (soon more on that visit), the temporary Antwerp-based store will underline Verheyden’s unique vision on design once more, perfectly framed within the excellent environment of Graanmarkt 13. The store will house a beautiful selection of interior objects and design furniture, next to newer work of Verheyden – never shown in Belgium before – which will be for sale in the gallery on the first floor. read more…

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We have been following English photographer Alastair Philip Wiper for several years in which he consistently has portrayed some of the most beautiful industrial environments in the most beautiful manner. His eye always finds fascinating beauty in the at first glance practical machinery, whether it are weaving machines, the nuclear research centre CERN or a sonic weapon. Alastair’s latest book is another remarkable collection of images, taking us into the world of Danish innovators Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, who founded Bang & Olufsen in 1925. Named ‘The Art of Impossible’ it features 240 pages – for which Wiper both shot the images and has written the texts – taking the reader behind the company’s iconic logo. Delving into the stories behind each of the breakthrough, historic Bang & Olufsen designs, as well as profiles on the designers behind each innovative creation – the remarkable book forms a both insightful as incredibly eye pleasing book on the cutting edge design house. read more…

La Petite bibliothèque ronde, by Calepino

Soap done well: Brooklyn design firm Pelle have created the ultimate collection, as shared in Wallpaper* Magazine

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We have been following and appreciating the work of Tom Donhou, an independent frame builder based in London, since we discovered it some years ago when the British craftsman was asked to build a bike for the Rapha Continental race. Ultimately the craftsman was invited to take part in that particular race, riding the frame he built for the cause himself. The beautiful two black swallows of the Donhou logo became a regular sight in the films and photographs coming out of the UK Continental rides, and when the idea to create a bike to accompany the Rapha + Liberty launch was first suggested, Donhou’s name was top of the list. Building two bespoke bikes, one for road riding and one for the city, Tom painstakingly incorporated the distinctive Rapha + Liberty print into each frame’s paintwork. Evoking the image of starlings in flight, the 1930s print from the Liberty archive is the perfect match for both Tom’s craftsmanship and the bikes themselves.  read more…

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We are very impressed by recent discovery; Copenhagen-based gallery Etage Projects, where since October a new selection of specifically created works by Swedish designer Fredrik Paulsen are on display. Named ‘Stoned’ the creations’ departure point is the famous Swedish stone quarry ‘i Öland’. Paulsen has been exploring and examining the unique qualities of the rose colored stone from the quarry and used it as the main material and inspiration for his exhibition. With his series, Fredrik Paulsen is taking a much more experimental approach towards this new body of work – allowing the material to dictate its form and function. The title reflects not only the stone as the main material in the work but the sensory and open-minded artistic process that Paulsen took in the creation of the work. read more…

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We recently became familiar with Danzo Studio, being a new addition to the collection of Tico Oudhuis’ KOHEZI platform. The company was founded in 2013 in Taipei, Taiwan by designers Wei-Lun Tseng, who graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven and I-Han Chen who finished her education in Sweden at HDK in Gothenburg. Starting up as an entrepreneurial design brand, the duo aspires to present superior design products to the world and with their five Landscape collection of aluminium alloy organizers they have created a set of designs marrying rugged beauty and pragmatism. The collection consists of diversified habitats specified for all tabletop gadgets and/or accessories. In the different designs function always follows form, with each box lid being outfitted with a particular terrain scene. The series contains five choices of terrains; each provides unique functions for various uses. read more…

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We are big fans of Ghent, Belgium-based CASE STUDYO, which since its foundation has been producing numerous limited edition products/pieces of art with some of the most exciting creatives minds from all over the globe. We discovered the platform some years ago through Andy Rementer’s People Blocks, after which the project really took off with everything they have been putting out flying of the shelves in no time. Two days ago CASE STUDYO presented its first collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist Cleon Peterson. The unique graphic aesthetic of the artist always roots in a 2D world of chaos, violence, sex and drugs, which the artist perfectly translated into a sculpture of 23 centimeter made out of white porcelain. Named ‘Destroying the Weak’ two violent characters symbolize the essence of Peterson’s work: the struggle of power.  read more…

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After last year’s impressive debut of the New York-based inspirational boutique of limited edition design, objects and art named Chamber, this month the second annual collection, given the moniker ‘Human | Nature’, opened its doors. Curated by celebrated photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman who, just as his predecessors Studio Job, has worked closely with Chamber’s founder, Juan Garcia Mosqueda, in shaping the year-long project. With his curation for Chamber Collection #2, Andrew Zuckerman explores the theme of how the natural world interacts with man’s living environment as expressed through objects of design, art, and various types of ephemera. Zuckerman’s collaboration with Chamber draws on a broad array of sources, including Japanese aesthetics, ethnographic art, and biomimetics, in the service of creating a collection of objects that reintroduce organic forms or concepts into designed spaces. When in New York city this is a must see! read more…

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On the 26th of September the inspirational  ‘The Bauhaus #itsalldesign’ exhibition opened at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein. The exhibition encompasses a multiplicity of rare, in some cases never-before-seen exhibits from the fields of design, architecture, art, film and photography at the Bauhaus. At the same time, it confronts the design of the legendary German school with current debates and tendencies in design and with the works of contemporary designers, artists and architects. In this way, the exhibition reveals the surprising present-day relevance of a legendary cultural institution. Bauhaus artists and designers featured in the exhibition include Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky and many more. Contemporary participants include the works of Olaf Nicolai, Adrian Sauer, Enzo Mari, Lord Norman Foster, Opendesk, Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius, Alberto Meda and Jerszy Seymour. We can’t wait to visit this extraordinary overview. read more…

The lovely new Aesop store in Milan, as featured on Superfuture

Nice Tangram like cityscape by 22 Design Studio – available at Designboom Shop

London’s Sleekest Spa, Courtesy of David Chipperfield. As shared on Remodelista

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Today a new online store – created by Concern and based on the SUPERMODELS exhibition which took place in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam last year – will officially launch for the public under the moniker Dutch Design SUPERMODELS. For the interesting endeavor, clearly inspired by the fascinating exhibition, an exclusive collection of 3D printed miniatures was created to be sold, based on more than 100 iconic Dutch designer chairs. In the collection one will finds designs like the ‘Knotted Chair’ by Marcel Wanders, the ‘Relax Chair’ by Ineke Hans, the ‘Aluminium Chair’ desktop by Piet Hein Eek and some of our favorite chairs every created; the ‘Berlin’ and ‘Crate’ chair by Gerrit Rietveld. If you always wanted to own some of Dutch Design’s greatest heritage pieces, from now on the chance is here to own one of these icons, as a 1:6 miniature that is. read more…