Design Stories

Gathering: the rug as a shared space by Bram van Breda

Bram van Breda is a Belgian Designer exploring objects and matters and their active roles in social and cultural contexts throughout his projects. His Gathering rugs series is an extraordinary example of this dialogue, where the final objects reflect the human side within industrial manufacturing processes. The Beginning Bram van Breda: When visiting the weaving…

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Leathered bowls by Junsu Kim

When observing Junsu Kim’s objects, we can definitely notice a different perspective. The objects’ shapes and textures present different layers of a soft yet resistant material: leather. You really have to look closely to notice how this organic material was carefully but intuitively applied through different layers. The result is a series of strong and…

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Organic forms by Konsepta Design

After working 20 years in Art Direction and Graphic Design, Claudia Issa felt the urge to search for something more challengeable. Throughout that search, Claudia discovered how to use her hands in a new way, and as she says, how ‘to enter a new three-dimension, the dimension of the object’. A ceramicist then was born.…

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Vases Collection by Gilles Werbrouck

After working in the Fashion Industry for 4 years, Gilles Werbrouck decided to open his own studio, where he focuses on Knit produced with unconventional material or dead stock collected from fashion designers at the end of each season. The choice of working with Knitted textiles and materials results from their versatility regarding textures, choice of…

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Building Shapes by Anaëlle Renault

Building Shapes is a project developed by Anaëlle Renault, focused on the meeting of two very different materials: concrete and textile. When interacting together, these materials suggest a rich exploration of forms and textures, highlighting both the softness and the hardness, the colorful and the colorless in a single sculptural piece. The beginning Anaëlle Renault:…

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Xiaoying Zhou: Irregularity and uselessness in Ceramics

Xiaoying Zhou is a ceramic artist exploring the possibilities of the form and its aesthetics. Irregularity and uselessness are the most common themes in her work, showing the beauty of unexpected shapes and materials mixed with clay. The Beginning. Xiaoying Zhou: I have studied painting, jewelry design, and product design in which fields I present…

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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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Human Ivory: being adorned by your own gem by Lucie Majerus

While researching abundant and scarce materials, I was intrigued by the amount of meat industry waste and the lack of ivory. Not only elephants have teeth, but what happens to cow and pig teeth? Why don’t we value other teeth as well? When I lost my own wisdom teeth, I kept them and came up…

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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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MY LITTLE ICELANDIC PONY by Emdal Studio

Touch, soft embrace and body memory. These are the matters explored by Signe Emdal – a Danish master artisan and designer in fiber materials crafting soft textile concepts since 2007. It can be said that Signe Emdal’s work transforms ambiances and emotions into material constructions with physical textile tools, focusing on creating a smoother way…

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