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.
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.
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 !
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.
After last year's success with our ten fictional characters from the international say hi to_ community... We bring you a whole new crop of followers - eccentric as ever, and their Holiday Wishlists.
We will launch one gift guide per day starting on November 29th spanning until December 8th.
Ever wonder what industrial materials, south korean objet design, neon signs and pink bubble wrap juxtaposed against pink gravel looked like inside of a shop, in the center of Paris looked like? Have a look.
After a quiet summer working diligently behind the scenes, I am very proud and eager to announce and introduce you to a few very exciting opportunities and projects we've been working on and have been invited to participate in for September.
Thoughtful and intelligent in using new techniques and methods on otherwise familiar surfaces, David has grown to be one of the most exciting designers coming from Sweden in the past few years. Check out his futuristic innovations.
Juxstaposing materials to present the connection between nature and humanity, Francesco Pace of Tellurico creates a collection of objects that highlights Lebanese history, society, and environment. His stunning work reflects the evolution of our relationships between each other and the world around us.
Young Rotterdam based product designer, Jeroen van de Gruiter, seems to find a very fine balance between innovation and beautiful pieces well suited to a gallery or to a home. His thoughtful approach to solid forms and the perfect hue to compliment that, really caught my attention.