Vincenzo De Cotiis's newest furniture collection, which is coated in rainbows, includes hand-crafted tables, stools, and lamps whose color and materiality pay homage, in an abstract way, to the designer's love for Japan.
The Italian design duo Zanellato Bortotto set out to produce a series of works dedicated to collectors and their passion for objects, with metal pieces produced by De Castelli and a rug from cc-tapis. The result is ‘Labirinti,’ a range of six pieces that nod to cabinets of curiosity; even empty, they each possess a magnetism that calls out to be filled.
A feeling of urgency pervaded this year's Dutch Design Week. It was clear from many of the works on show that the focus of the designer is shifting; no longer is good aesthetic judgment and a well-designed clever product the aspiration. Ego and vision are going out of style, to be replaced by attempts to understand the inter-connected systems in which design sits.
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: an explosion of color in our current must-see art exhibitions, an affordable new housewares series by Philippe Malouin, and four very different takes on wooden furniture, including the table above.
In 2018, French ceramicist Léa Munsch traded Paris for Lorraine, and a new studio in a former factory that’s perched on a river in a forest. There, she has been particularly called to draw inspiration from nature — producing unglazed stoneware pieces that preserve the texture, imperfections, and color of her raw materials.
As much as Italian design sometimes feels like an oppressive shadow from under which every other design movement will eternally struggle to emerge, we can't deny that it's also an eternal wellspring of inspiration — as a budding adult we loved its plastics, in our mid- to late-20s it was Memphis, and these days we find ourselves coveting pretty much everything Cini Boeri ever made. Last week we happened across a perfect reminder of this, in the form of a 2016 AD Germany shoot styled by Studiopepe and celebrating the best of Italian design, both then and now.
The Flavour Is So Strong — Anton Alvarez’s second solo exhibition at the Stockholm gallery Larsen Warner — opened last week, situating Alvarez’s hyper-colorful, texturally striking sculptures within a peaceful white setting at the gallery’s new space in Ostermalm. Alvarez has always been interested in formal instability, and these new objects — a continuation of his work with a kind of automated ceramic extrusion — challenge our perception of weight as well as gravity, while embracing the imperfections inherent to the process of transforming wet clay inside a kiln.
Peopleographer, the Dusseldorf firm that produces films for brands, has good reason to want to show off its office space: It was designed by the Berlin studio Vaust, and it looks more like a contemporary art gallery than a cubicle farm.
In a strange twist of fate, we had a story on the recent resurgence of legendary lighting designer Ingo Maurer on our calendar for today, even before we'd heard of his passing at the age of 87. We had of course followed Maurer's work over the course of our 15 years in the design world, but we had never gone in for Maurer's more purposefully kitschy designs. But to focus solely on those works is ignore Maurer's sheer breadth of output, and to dismiss a collection of his lights that has recently begun to feel more contemporary and relevant than ever.
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week, a kitchen in Barcelona that has us green with envy, a modern-day ode to Atelier Brancusi, sculptures that defy gravity, and more.
"Is this even a house?" we wondered to ourselves when we first saw images of this renovation in Madrid, undertaken by the Spanish architects Lucas y Hernández Gil. Called CASA A12, the duplex home — once a deep and extremely dark space — has been turned into a kind of futuristic fantasy wonderland.
Doodles are often unguarded and pure expressions of the subconscious — in other words, quite the opposite of a typical design object released into the world. But this week, the Milan-based contemporary rug brand cc-tapis joined forces with Faye Toogood on the launch of a collection of bespoke rugs in homage to — and based upon — the act of the doodle.
We've always been fans of exhibitions that put furniture in conversation with art, but often those exhibitions are a solo affair. On view currently at Galerie Derouillon in Paris, though, is an exhibition in which an artist and a furniture designer instead riff on one another's work: Called Conversation, the exhibition features furniture made by the French designer Frédéric Pellenq and paintings and objects by artist Alexandre Benjamin Navet.