Design Stories

Vinte cinco com vinte cinco, cinquenta by Rita de Almeida Martins

Vinte cinco com vinte cinco, cinquenta starts with a common everyday object – the flower pot. Here, its function is reduced, enlarged, transformed or even canceled, and represented in twenty-five jars and twenty-five cylinders.

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Wearable Nature by Sarah Bourke

An exploration of natural forms, curves, and shapes similar to the evolving forms in nature, combining Australian and exotic hardwoods with sterling silver. Sarah Bourke’s work is a Jewellery manifesto for the Australian native flora and all its natural beauty. The Importance of Nature and SustainabilitySarah Bourke: Natures role is a very important part of my design and making process.Each…

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Wiid Design: Portuguese cork in South African design

Traditional handcrafting with avant-garde techniques Wiid Design: My concepts come from a conceptual and artistic environment, an angle on various topics of contemporary culture, with a focus on traditional handcrafting in combination with avant-garde techniques. By combining handcrafting and specialist techniques, we transform materials into life-enriching and durable objet d’art. I appreciate the craftsmanship and…

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Pilar Tables: The layering of color by INDO

The beginning INDO: The Pilar Collection takes a lot from the Ikat Credenza (image on the left). In a way, it was a further development and refinement of the making and wood dyeing process. The Ikat Credenza explored the making of ikat fabrics. While the use of rich and vibrant colors such as indigo invoke the…

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Bouquets rugs: the Mexican soul by Mestiz

Bouquets suggest a new type of rug arrangement, freeing the forms, and letting them go in different directions but at the same time working as a whole. With our new collection, we seek new possibilities for textiles traditional techniques in Mexico, made by a new generation of craftsmen who are exploring new possibilities in form,…

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Momo: a ready-to-use modular solution by Irena Übler

The new Momo collection is a continuation of the Como series that resulted from clients’feedback towards our modular concept and products. COMO – cork modular – is a shelving unit with a hexagonal shape composed out of assembling parts, a simple tool-kit aiming to inspire people to assemble their own furniture and make them part…

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Helga Ritsch Ceramics: Vessels as a mirror of soul

Helga Ritsch is a Swiss ceramist who began her work as an independent ceramic artist in 1998. The main focus of her work, as she says, is ‘to find a suitable vessel for the relationship between outside and inside. A topic of her life’. One of the singularities of his work is the use of a small…

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Between natural and man-made: Babylon Light by Ryan Taylor

Imagine that you could fuse light with plants in one object, an interesting combination that could translate a natural solution to a growing need: being close to nature. The Babylon Light is a light fixture created by the Canadian designer Ryan Taylor with a purpose: to take advantage of the light from the lamp and…

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Ishinomaki Lab: Pushing the horizons of DIY

Starting for the community – The Story. Ishinomaki Lab: The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake really took a toll on Ishinomaki. A coastal town, the ensuing tsunami devastated a way of life that had been taken for granted up until that point. When our founder Keiji Ashizawa came to Ishinomaki to see how he might…

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Made by Rain: Textile register of rain fall by Aliki van der Kruijs

Is it possible to wear the weather? That’s what the Dutch artist Aliki van der Kruijs asked herself. The result is a concept in which rainfall is recorded on textile, called ‘Made by Rain’, where she developed her own technique: pluviagraphy. Following this technique, the textiles form a collection of weather data: a growing collection…

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