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Oh Joy Tile Collection - Joy Cho/Clé

"I have always been obsessed with tile. Both the simple tile in repeat that becomes a permanent wall in a bathroom as well as complex color-filled tile that you might see on the floor of a trendy restaurant. As a lover and creator of patterns in my work, to me, tile has always offered a fun and modern way to introduce pattern into the home. When working on a recent renovation project that required a lot of tile, i wanted to bring oh joy in the the space through our use of tile. I'm so thrilled to partner with clé on our first-ever cement tile collection. Inspired by our usual sense of whimsy and color, the oh joy for clé tile collection, offers moments of whimsy, flashes of color, and endless ways to create pattern in a palatable and versatile collection that we hope you'll love putting in your homes and retail spaces." - joy cho/clé

Posted on January 23, 2018 and filed under product design.

Pantone's Colour Of The Year 2018

"Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets. Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection. “The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute." - pantone

Posted on December 7, 2017 and filed under product design.

Pop Perf Group - Eric Trine

The Pop Perf group originated from a commission for a "C" Style table for a commercial client. The client wanted something different than all the other C tables in the market - most of which use square tubing, and a wood top. They also wanted perforated steel - something I've enjoyed working with for years. Through that commission, we established a visual language using perforated steel, and a bent arch motif. We applied the language to side tables, and a bunch of small accessories including: toilet paper holders, hand towel racks, and bookends." - eric trine

Posted on October 27, 2017 and filed under product design.

Kubison - Levantin Design

"Combining the latest trend of graphic design art direction, with the basic elements of graphic philosophy of Suprematism from the early 20th century quadrangle, a cross and a circle, we have tried to move from a two-dimensional plane of the characteristic features of the two styles, integrating them into one another, creating an abstract image into three-dimensional reality. «KUBIS» - is a way devoid of all content, which can not give meaning to or out of my head." - levantin design

Posted on October 11, 2016 and filed under product design.

Credenza - Patricia Urquiola + Federico Pepe

"Credenza, which in Italian means both a cupboard and one’s belief. It’s a series of furniture in stained glass that is inspired by the windows of holy sites as the ones created by Gerhard Richter for Cologne’s Cathedral. Spazio Pontaccio invited Patricia Urquiola and Federico Pepe to recover the symbolic value of stained glass windows transforming it into contemporary pieces of furniture. The meeting between an antique sacred inspiration and its reinterpretation in the form of design is as well reflected in the production process of the collection. Credenza – characterized by contemporary patterns, colours and materials – is produced in Italy by artisans skilled in the thousand-years old manual technique of stained glass, generally used for the architectures and the decorations of the churches. Besides its functionality, the elements of the collection designed by Patricia Urquiola and Federico Pepe (cupboards, screens and low tables) get in touch with the space also thanks to the light that passes through each element." - patricia urquiola + federico pepe

Posted on September 6, 2016 and filed under product design.

Mush Lamp - Garay Studio

"Mush Lamp is a family of cordless table lights including button, cone and pan. The form is derived from a Mushroom, with a standard base and different head options. The base cylinder, made from natural beech wood houses the battery, LED and mechanisms, while the head in ceramic and wood chips acts as a diffuser to create a warm ambient light that can be adjusted with a dimmer switch to suit the chosen environment. The cordless lamp allows for the freedom of use in different locations within the home, office, restaurants, etc. Mush Lamp projects up to 300 luxes of warm light from its different heads. In its regular mode, its dimmable LED will emit 200 luxes for more than 6 hours on a single charge and will be completely charged in 2 hours." - garay studio

Posted on August 19, 2016 and filed under product design.

Arch Throw - Arthur Arbesser + Hem

"No one dreams up a statement piece like Milan-based fashion designer Arthur Arbesser. Inspired by the stylised repetition of 1930s Italian architecture, the Arch throws bring Arbesser’s signature womenswear pattern to the home. Made from fine New Zealand wool." - hem

Laurent Collection - Lambert + Fils

"While Bauhaus and Modernism continue to be familiar inspirations for the studio, with the Laurent collection, Lambert & Fils takes a distinctly contemporary tack. The studio distills a globe pendant’s duality between sphere and circle to its essence. In keeping with its commitment to working with local, skilled trades, the team called upon the expertise of a Quebec glass blower to craft this latest piece. An adjustable suspension system of wires and anchors allows the pendant’s final form to vary, from a pure, minimalist orb to something more intricate and Art Deco. “Our research focused on the surface and the form. Here, the globe acts as the link between the two,” says Samuel Lambert, the studio’s founder and lead designer. The different variations make it an apt lighting fixture for the home as well as for applications in the public realm where Laurent can really take on its fullest dimension through a rhythmic repetition." - lambert+fils

Posted on June 8, 2016 and filed under product design.

Circuit Collection - Apparatus

"The circuit series creates rhythm with the repetition of pure shapes. A glowing glass capsule nests in a brass shade, becoming a contained form that multiples to construct larger fixtures" - apparatus  

Tadafusa Factory Showroom, Niigata Prefecture Japan - Yusuke Seki

"Located in Tsubame-Sanjo, a blacksmithing town with over 300 years of history, Tadafusa is an esteemed manufacturer of hand-forged knives. The notion of a cutting board shop is also a thread woven deeply into the store concept. While Tsubame-Sanjo area is famous for being a blacksmithing town, knives do not consist solely of blades. The specialized antibacterial carbonization method Tadafusa has developed is represented in the design’s focus on the use of spruce:  carbonized spruce lends exceptional antibacterial qualities to knife handles and cutting boards. It is from this material that the displays and the central table are constructed, and upon which, Tadafusa’s products can be experienced. What appears quite simple and plain at first is actually a refined exercise in behavior design. The standard knife display case was re-envisioned, transforming the customer-knife interface. Commonly seen as a locked case of shallow depth with a large number of implements displayed vertically within has been given a more human scale, the sliding glass doors remain, but the “case” itself is meant to be entered, not merely opened. The thinned-out assortment of knives is at once both more attractive and user friendly, the horizontal orientation more intuitive. The deftly crafted display system of easily adjusted interlocking shelves, custom built by local artisans, offers seemingly endless possibilities. The security zone most often represented by the locked glass case has been rebranded as a zone of reverence. A raised threshold forces visitors into a heighten state of awareness as they enter the area, mimicking those found in shrines and temples. Adjacent the factory, the shop takes as an interior wall a portion of one from the factory’s exterior.  Tadafusa’s shop seamlessly blends notions of danger and precision together with natural elements, elevating the knife of daily use into an elegant showcase for the industry’s resurgence." - yusuke seki