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The Belgian Designers Making Candy-Colored Furniture in Their Backyard

Though now partners in work and life, Jef De Brabander and Kathleen Opdenacker of the Antwerp-based Nortstudio arrived at where they are via two very different paths: He’s an industrial engineer, she’s a graphic designer. No wonder, then, that the work they’ve produced since joining forces in 2016 has exhibited such a symbiotic relationship between color and form.
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Meet Elisa Ossino, the Milan-Based Designer and Stylist Who’s Suddenly Everywhere

This will come as a shock to no one, but the Milan design scene can be a little insular. Some of the best things don’t make it past the border, or even beyond the chic artery of Via Solferino for that matter. And unless you speak a bit of Italian and are ordering the right magazines from abroad, it’s not always apparent who’s making waves in the city. Take, for example, up and coming Italian designer Elisa Ossino, an architect and stylist who, after more than a decade of working diligently within the Milan design scene, is finally charting international waters.
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The Antwerp-Based Artist Making Sculptures in an Abandoned Ceramics Factory

Ceramic artist Harvey Bouterse had never touched a lump of clay before he walked through the doors of the Antwerp-based porcelain company, Perignem, eight years ago. “I had been collecting their pieces for a number of years,” the Surinam-born, Dutch-trained designer explains, “and wanted to have a piece signed, so I looked up their office and stopped by.” What he found was a ceramics factory — almost entirely out of use — with an atelier and workshop stocked to the brim with glazes and clay dating back to the 1950s. He's been working there ever since.
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VIDIVIXI Have Us Wondering: Is Everyone Cool Moving to Mexico City?

The latest transplant is Mark Grattan, a Pratt grad who founded his firm VIDIVIXI in 2014 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, but who moved to Mexico City now more than two years ago. We met Mark briefly during his time in New York, but based on the sophistication of the new collection VIDIVIXI debuted this week, we're now dying to get to know him a bit better.
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Suprematist-Inspired Vases and Lights by An Emerging Ukrainian Design Studio

Over the past few years, we've had many designers cite the Russian Suprematist Kazimir Malevich as an influence — but never before did those designers actually hail from Malevich's hometown of Kiev, Ukraine. "When you live and work in the city where Malevich was born, studied art, and taught at the Art Academy, and when you even have a workshop on the street that bears his name, it’s only a matter of time until his presence starts to inspire your creation," say Arkady Vartanov and Kateryna Sokolova of NOOM, a new, Kiev-based studio launching its first collection of Malevich-inspired vases and lighting at this weekend's Maison & Objet.
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This Modular Furniture Collection Might Unglue You From Your Phone

Kusheda Mensah is a British-born Ghanaian designer, based in London, whose Modular by Mensah Mutual collection began from the realization that face-to-face interaction is deteriorating from the rise of social media. As an "artistic remedy," Mensah developed 20 interlocking modular pieces of furniture, representing the closeness and connection shared between humans, as well as the human form itself.
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Seven Designers to Watch from RCA’s Ceramics & Glass Program

Is the Royal College of Art London's most important ceramics incubator? When we look back on years of covering the design school's graduation show, our favorites have invariably come from that school's department of Ceramics and Glass. So this year, we cut right to the chase, and are featuring our favorite projects from the program.
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The RCA Grad Who Hacked a Piece of Gym Equipment to Create These Slumped, Ceramic Vases

For Philipp Schenk-Mischke’s recent Process Plug-Ins project, the designer looked at traditional modes of manufacturing, assembly, and use, and introduced physical "plug-ins" that might distort the final outcomes. For his BTM Ceramics — a collection of distorted, high-gloss vases — the still-wet, malleable pieces are placed on a body vibration plate and gently jiggled into more slumped, organic forms.
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