From finding interesting properties to invest in and develop to managing concept to creation down to every last detail including furniture and then sales - I wanted to know how these talented renaissance women worked. Development properties, private residences, hotels and restaurants - they have a hand and experience in it all. We sat down to chat about how they run their business, the types of projects they work on, how they got started and the details of their day-to-day workflow of their projects. Let's have a look at what it is like to run a multidisciplinary full service design and architecture studio with Electric Bowery.
Let's have a look at how the 15m2 MINI LIVING Urban Cabin was tailored and translated by local architects to fit cultures in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Beijing. We'll also have a look at the next phase of the program, which will actualize all of these concepts by creating a functional co-living building complex in Shanghai this spring.
From exhibitions on the history and evolution of craftsmanship in design to a working lab showcasing the process of art restoration in a myriad of different mediums, workshops with master artisans from British bookbinders to French couturiers showcasing their craft and a final exhibition showcasing ‘the best’ of Europe in craftsmanship in design. After hours of discovery, I picked out some highlight from the Venice based event about European Craftsmanship in Design.
What do you get when you have two Canadian brothers coming from a background in construction and industrial manufacturing collaborate on a collection of object design? Dazzling pieces of furniture, that are one of a kind, in colour runs that make us dream! The Toronto based Susan for Susan, existing out of brothers John and Kevin Watts, make exclusive furniture and objects with a focus on industrial materials and manual manufacturing.
Designer Amélie Riech is the creative director and founder of the brand Uncommon Matters, under the label she creates jewellery and objects that will satisfy all your aesthetic needs at once. From architectural chokers and bracelets to geometric rings that are coloured in a stunning array of pastels, We adore the pieces by Uncommon Matters.
You might have heard about Danish designer, Stine Mikkelsen, and her experimental objects. Her geometric structures are tastefully simple and are made of fascinatingly intricate materials. Her priority in design actually lays with the materials, which comes from her background in textile design and the intensive research she does for each collection. Stine experiments with the raw materials drawn from her inspiration and creates the new, this process gives her object a truly natural touch.
From graphic design to the design of murals, carpets, vases and furniture - Alex Proba is multidisciplinary designer who can literally do it all. She has a defining eye for colour use that is charmingly delightful and the stunning avant-garde patterns Alex creates feel new and yet somehow familiar.
We are in love with collectible Object and Set designer Valentina Cameranesi and the world she is able to create. Her work is tender but modern and brings us a refreshing take on classic Italian design. Being influenced by Italy and its abundance of history and design and the appropriation of 1980's and 90's culture makes her work feels very authentic yet contemporary with a sensual twist.
The latest collection of Swedish object designer Jonatan Nilsson, which we fell in love with, exists out of ombre coloured blown glass vases. They are uniquely textured by the wooden molds he uses to shape them in, which echoes an Image of ripples in water. The different forms of the vases come from the rearrangement of the molds; they take on many different shapes and forms and are truly beautifully expressive.
Paris Berbère has a captivating collection of Moroccan Berbère rugs procured straight from the source. What is interesting with this brand, as well as the reason why we chose to feature a brand instead of a creator, is the curation of the carpets collected. The owner has an amazing eye and is able to source and show us bold colours and prints we've never seen before.
Each design week and global design fair holds different expectations and characteristics. Milan Design Week, the mother of all global design weeks, makes us burn with anticipation not only to discover all of the new designers, collections and pieces but to be WOWed by the conceptual immersive environments and installations.
Eindhoven-based Lucas Maassen & Sons and New York based Lora Appleton have been collaborating from the very beginning, launching kinder MODERN's inaugural collection together in 2013. Fast forward to 2018 and the two, or five rather, have come together once again for their most recent collaborative exhibition and collection Before & Be After: Growing Up Design with Lucas Maassen & Sons.
We saw thousands of design pieces during Milan Design Week - there were, however, a number of pieces and collections which we could not get out of our mind. This year we discovered an upcoming trend of iridescent finishes, functional sculptures, and form following process. We put a few of those favourite design gems here below !
After digesting all of the incredible installations, pieces, designers, and concepts we discovered during that epic week in April, we came to the conclusion that there were too many gems for one article. Follow along in a four-part series of the best of Milan Design Week 2018 below !
German based furniture brand’ inagural collection of tables, UNO, takes inspiration from Abstract-Minimal artists like Josef Albers and colors from the Memphis movement. We talk to founder Moritz Bannach about his creative process and the new collection.
We sat down with the founders to come up with a must-see list of exhibits here in Milan for the Design Week. Have a look at our picks below and check in on The Design Release's mobile website this week to see where all events are taking place and when.
Swedish photographer, Tekla Severin, developed her iconic bold and colourful style, feeling uninspired by the minimalistic white and beige abyss of Swedish interiors. It was only natural that she would find inspiration in Iceland's eclectic and vivid structures. Have a look below at Reykjavik through Tekla's lens.
How does a country so small, churn out more creative ideas and talent per capita than groups of larger countries combined? Have a look at our Design Guide to Iceland