When I first found Garance Vallée's instagram account, I felt like we were living in some sort of strange parallel universe. For her, a chic French girl living in New York City and for me a New York Girl living the cliché dream in Paris. A renaissance woman of various talents; an architect, an illustrator, a furniture designer and fine artist on top of super model looks and an earthy down to earth disposition - Garance has it all. Studying architecture in Paris and finding inspiration from the Bauhaus and Memphis movements, her background informs a very specific and unique style in her illustrative work.
Projects inspired by architecture of course and working in ‘micro-architecture’; design objects, furniture…. I specialised in scenography during my studies so I really love the way of constructing drawings or images setting a scene with objects.
Paris based photographer, Valentin Fougeray’s refined vision allows him to create surrealistic still life photographs with a rough touch of reality and a contemporary aesthetic. His ability to make the ordinary, such as blacktop and tin foil seem, mystic, exotic and sometimes disorientating - is what has us coming back for more.
Atelier François Pouenat, a family run atelier, was established 130 years ago in Varennes, France and works in everything from aligning with independent designers to develop objects restoring historic buildings. We were excited to have the chance to sit down and explore how an Atelier like AFP work with young designers on developing projects and manufacturing by taking questions directly from our design community.
Inari is a chain smoking psychic from Helsinki who has a love for interesting textures and materials. She has somewhat of a cult following not only limited to Finland, but all over Scandinavia.. One would think she must have excellent psychic abilities, for those to travel far and wide to see her but it could be said that her eccentric personality and taste could be more part of her allure than anything.
David is a graphic designer who works with DJs in Detroit and loves to have a clean minimalistic home and workplace to keep his mind clear while designing. Always dressed in black Commes des Garçons and Martin Margiela with his trusty pair of light grey Nikes - he likes to add small pops of color in his accessories as long as they come in clean, simple lines. Always late for every appointment (when getting stuck in his headphones and creative mode, so he says) his girlfriend Ida keeps getting him time keeping objects in hope that he will get the hint.
Tia is an Australian expat living in Berlin with a small coffee shop in Prenzlaurberg. She spends her Sundays at Maur Park searching for vintage modernist pieces and wandering Mitte’s design shops for unique one-of-a-kind objects for her coffee shop and home. With a playful spirit she is oftentimes drawn to bold colors and minimalistic organic shapes. The color palette of her coffee shop, a mix of contemporary pastels and neutrals and burnt vintage hues - she has a quite specific holiday Wishlist this year.
Have a look at what is on this Retro Australian Coffeeshop owner’s Holiday Wishlist this year...
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.
With his digital art Andrés is able to create a wonder world of the highest aesthetics. He creates tension with his use of texture, juxtaposing soft carpets you want to bury yourself in against dreamlike metallic objects. The colours are nuanced and even if these images are digital, he plays with a sense of movement and liveliness. His work makes me fantasise of my dream house decorated with the most enticing objects and interiors.