Milan Design Week - Best Immersive Installations and Concepts

Milan Design Week - Best Immersive Installations and Concepts

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.

kinder MODERN presents 'Before & Be After: Growing Up Design with Lucas Maassen & Sons'

kinder MODERN presents 'Before & Be After: Growing Up Design with Lucas Maassen & Sons'

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.

Milan Design Week 2018 - Design Gems

Milan Design Week 2018 - Design Gems

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 !

Milan Design Week 2018

Milan Design Week 2018

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 !

BANNACH: Architectural Tables channeling Abstract-Minimal Forms and Memphis Color Palettes

BANNACH: Architectural Tables channeling Abstract-Minimal Forms and Memphis Color Palettes

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.

Milan Design Week 2018 - What to See

Milan Design Week 2018 - What to See

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.

Reykjavik seen through the lens of Swedish Photographer, Tekla Severin

Reykjavik seen through the lens of Swedish Photographer, Tekla Severin

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.

March_ AD 'MADE' Design Show, New York

March_ AD 'MADE' Design Show, New York

This weekend is one of my personal favourites, Architectural Digest 'MADE' Show. Here at say hi to_, we love to discover the next generation of innovative, up and coming designers and creatives first and that is exactly what you will find at MADE. Known for launching the careers of more than a few of our favourite American furniture designers, the AD 'MADE' show is a must visit if you are in New York and you are interested in finding the 'next big thing', before anyone else does.

March_ District Design Dialogue Holland Village, Design Singapore

March_ District Design Dialogue Holland Village, Design Singapore

We have been invited to visit, participate in and work with the District Design Dialogue – Holland Village project at Singapore Design Week 2018 this year in March. The initiative, which is helmed by innovative local design agency Hjgher, is a series of imagined shop installations forged to showcase the local creative talent and build the local design community through workshops, events, and talks. 

March_ Collectible Design, Belgium

March_ Collectible Design, Belgium

Collectible Design, a brand new fair hosted in Brussels, Belgium is dedicated to collectible design furniture pieces and is exactly what (we) and Europe needed. Finally, we will have a place to go and explore a curated selection of the most compelling contemporary designers and galleries in the heart of Europe.

say hi to_'s Design Guide to South Korea

say hi to_'s Design Guide to South Korea

Between the bright neon lights, gritty artsy neighbourhoods in Seoul such as Itaewon and Seongdonggu, the outgoing and hospitable vibes from the local people - Seoul has quickly become one of the most inspiring creative capital cities globally. I wanted to highlight a few of game-changing creatives coming out of Seoul at the moment, locally grown lifestyle brands by young entrepreneurs and some of my favourite spots to check out when I am in town.

Bower x The Arrivals

Bower x The Arrivals

The Future Perfect has long been a champion of some of the most innovative contemporary designers and artists coveted by interior designers and collectors in the US and around the world. Leah Ring pays a visit to chat with founder David Alhadeff

France | January

France | January

Goodbye 2017, finished are the times to eat ourselves into oblivion. Now it's time to get back onto the horse and out of hibernation. I hope that you have a wonderful 2018, full of surprises and beautiful discoveries. Here is a selection of designers, who are still relatively under the radar but who are sure to shine in 2018.

The Tale of Tomorrow

say hi to_ The Tale of Tomorrow

I may spend most of my time featuring the most innovative and industrious up and coming designers of today/tomorrow but if you have ever seen my personal instagram account then you would know my hobby off the clock is visiting modernist buildings and architecture. I am a full on addict.
Thankfully, living in Paris, I am in an epicenter of incredible architecture, hiding in-between and around the beautiful haussmannian city.

I recently had an instance, when visiting an obscure part of the city to visit a modernist apartment complex, being confronted by the securty guard while trying to get into the locked front door. Our coversation went something like "Madame, why are you trying to get into the building, do you live here?", "Well no monsieur, the lobby is just so beautiful - I really wanted to take some photos actually ...", "This lobby...? I look at it every day and never thought of it as beautiful... Uhh sure.. you can come in". Giving me that 'Freaky American girl' (but still intriguing) side glance I know all too well.

So when I found out there was a book centered around this very topic, I had to get my hands on it. I thought I knew all of the spots in Paris but Gestalten's The Tale of Tomorrow had a plethora of amazing buildings all over the world from Niemeyer to Le Corbusier and beyond.

Still having nice weather, I invited Coco, a dear friend and our Special Projects Manager, over to my house for a picnic to have a look at where we could check out next weekend.

 
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 Lixht Tray and Yield Design Pitcher

Lixht Tray and Yield Design Pitcher

Tiptoe table legs and marble tabletop, Lixht Trays and Yield Design Smoked Gray Glasses

 
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Top 5 Spots in France to Visit From the Book

 

I. Les Espaces d'Abraxas, France

Nestled away in Paris' surrounding 'Banlieu', or suburbs, you will find one of the most magnificent examples of social housing project architecture on the planet (in my humble opinion). Famed Spanish architect, Ricardo Bofill, was commissioned to map out this three piece social housing complex in 1978. If I can recommend a must see architectural day trip while visiting the city of light, I would highly recommend Les Espaces d'Abraxas.

 

II. Les Arcades du Lac, France

Growing up in New York, I wouldn't have imagined social housing projects and incredible architecture in the same sentence ... but I have learned that here in France, they are some of the city's most impressive and unique structures. Second on our list is, Les Arcades du Lac, another social housing complex designed by Bofill in the early eighties. It is said that he had envisioned to create a 'Versailles' for the people, and to offer a contrast between the new housing of the 1970s and 1980s and the earlier Le Corbusier-inspired housing projects of the 1950s and 1960s.

 

III. Siège du Parti communiste français, Paris

Now we get to my personal favourite architectural gem in ALL of Paris, the Communist Party Headquarters, or PCF for short en français, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. You may have remembered my article about North Korean Interiors and my semi-controversial views and love for communist architecture here. Say what you like but leaving politics aside, those communists have damn good taste. Built in 1971, this stunning building is somewhere between modernist space ship and the seven wonders of the design world. An absolute must see for any archilover, this space is open to the public on the third weekend of September for the 'Journées européennes du patrimoine' or by reservation by mail.

 

IV. Palais Bulles, Cannes

If you are a modernist architecture fanatic, fashion enthusiast or happened to see our series of Palais Bulles inspired prints by Jonathan Niclaus, chances are you are already very familiar with this iconic home in the South of France. Featured in endless fashion photoshoots and host to Dior runway show, this home designed by Hungarian architect Antii Lovag is an organic, modernist masterpiece. Built between 1975 and 1989 near Cannes, the home was bought by French fashion designer Pierre Cardin in 1991. Interested in making it your home? It has since gone on the market for a cool three hundred and fifty million euros if you have some spare cash on you.

 

V. Les Choux de Créteil

Last but not least we have the apartment complexes just outside of Paris, 'Les Choux de Créteil', or the Cauliflowers of Créteil. Created in 1974 - the architect, Gérard Grandval, was undoubtedly inspired by the fact that this land was previously used to grow the majority of vegetables feeding neighbouring Parisians. These ten cylindrical buildings are regarded as a symbol of 1970's French architecture and a must see if you have a bit of time to explore when visiting Paris.

 
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Denmark | January

Denmark | January

Winter has taken over Copenhagen, which is a perfect occasion to visit some extremely cool design companies and artists. This month you’ll find anything from clothing brands, kitchenwares to furniture designers. I really hope, that you’ll enjoy this month’s round-up as much as I enjoyed making it.

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | X. The Minimalist

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | X. The Minimalist

Ezra grew up in Tel Aviv to two hardworking parents perhaps poor in material wealth but rich in good taste in minimalistic design. He loves everything about sleek and simple Scandinavian forms but prefers when he can find them with a touch of unexpected color. Thanks to his success he is excited to finally spoil his lovable parents this year with a few Minimalistic design pieces. 

Have a look at what this Israeli Minimalist hopes to get one of these 8 nights of Hannukah this year.