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Mirrors by BEN & AJABLANC

«The collection’s peculiarity is based on the compositional cohesiveness of the pieces, that allow the juxtaposition to work.» With our collection of mirrors partnered with silk fiber, we were exploring the mirror as both functional and sculptural object through the use of juxtaposition, shape, and form. In this case, it is the hard, cool properties of mirror paired with the light, warm, airy qualities of the hand-spun, hand-painted silk.  At the heart of the studio is the use of natural elements and rich materials creating work that celebrates design frisson – an elegant balance of beauty and functionality. This Mirrors’ collection is based on the compositional cohesiveness of the pieces, that allow the juxtaposition to work – it’s not enough to pair dissimilar materials; the work overall must reflect a wholeness and completeness within the disparate parts. That is the challenge and, we think, the success of these pieces. The EOS Mirror is named after the ancient Greek goddess of Dawn, exploring the relationship between the functional and nonfunctional elements of objects, including the utility of a mirror …

Classics of Danish Design: Iconic Chairs by Arne Jacobsen

Who was Arne Jacobsen? Arne Jacobsen received his education at the School of Architecture of the Copenhagen Academy of Arts, where he later became a professor of architecture. Arne Jacobsen’s early works were inspired by Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, but soon Arne Jacobsen developed his own style, in which his love for botany, his knowledge of proportions and his love of nature are recognizable. In 1930, Arne Jacobsen founds his own architectural office and joins forces with the architect Flemming Lassen. Four years later, Arne Jacobsen starts working with the Danish furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen. Arne Jacobsen intended to manufacture furniture industrially in a quality that was previously only possible through the craft. At the end of the 1950s, Jacobsen achieved a high point as an architect designing the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, now called the Blu Royal Hotel. Arne Jacobsen determined the design of the building down to the smallest details, based on his style principles: professional, rational and modern. Not everyone valued the formal language of Jacobsen, his …

À Capucha by Raquel Pais

«The novelties we introduce are intended to make a sustainable, functional and beautiful item that proudly takes its place in contemporary life.» À Capucha! was born from the passion for a place where life lingers, where things are still handmade. A place that comprises centuries of tradition, where knowledge is shared by grandparents and grandchildren. Their hands create objects that are born from the refinement of tradition, so they can be reinvented in a modern and global environment. And so we did, we found in tradition the most perfect design process: the capucha – the age-old refinement of a technique and a form for a specific function. We decided then that we had to tell the world about it!  To create our capuchas we work closely with local artisans in a constant exchange between design and production. We explore the technique of handwork in burel, trying to understand its potential and limits. This artisanal process gives us the freedom to test and iterate in an immediate way, which allows us to create unique pieces, or small runs, which …

Biophilia in Design

According to biologist E. O. Wilson, Biophilia is an “innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world”. This concept was introduced in 1984, underlying the relationship between us, humans and nature, studying how nature can make us happier human beings. As this is not new, urban Architects have been exploring this concept, knowing that our future relies mostly on urban spaces. The intention of this concept is ultimately, to connect the “outdoors feeling” back to interiors where nature communicates through different objects. This is a giant world of possibilities in different areas and disciplines. As a result, the tendency for major brands is probably to adopt this concept as mere visual stimulus, with the recreation of materials and textures as fake objects’ reproductions, to achieve a more commercial area. In this article, we’ll just say no to that option, suggesting more natural approaches to design and giving you some key points relevant to Biophilia’s concept. Natural Materials: Choose natural organic materials, such as wood, stone, or local materials available in your region. Prioritize artisanal elements …

Colonia by Yosuke Matsushita

«Original products are difficult to design and produce because of our modern technological developments and society’s demands.» ‘Colonia’  is made from “rosin”, a traditional material used for many fields, and “melamine sponge” that is modern material. In ‘Colonia’ I focused on certain properties: rosin (that melts and becomes solid when it is cooled), and melamine sponge (that has a high absorbability and workability). The results are exquisite textures, colours, a slight scent of pine and soothing tones like glass contained air. Molds are unnecessary, and the process results in a beautiful and natural shape curve made by tied sponge, with details controlled both by people and natural phenomenon. There is no need to prepare any particular environment and special skills to make this product. It means that people of all ages can be creators, having the pleasure and being surprised by the results. You cannot control its quality like in general mass products. In spite of this, each piece of ‘Colonia’ has a character barely seen in current mundane products. I hope it can bring valuable experiences of making things, as a …

Design and the art of Hygge

Almost all of us are familiar with the Danish term Hygge, when we accidentally leafed through the bookstore a book about this Danish concept, or after reading an article about Scandinavian lifestyle. Nevertheless, it will be advisable to go to the root of the term: HYGGE: [mass noun] A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture) Oxford Dictionaries. After understanding the definition, we can ask ourselves: how do we get to this feeling? First things first: Hygge definition might be subject to reinterpretation, accordingly to our times and needs. In this super-connected world, constantly online, the feeling of well-being is just not simply be lying on the couch with the TV on and texting our friends about the last gossip. But maybe it does mean, to have enjoyed reading a book indoors on a rainy Sunday or to have a meaningful conversation, in a creative and comfortable environment, great food, and most important, no WIFI. Without forgetting the importance of close friends, the environment plays a fundamental …

CMYK by OJEAM Studio

«Our work is based on our different perspectives and visions of the world and that is how we find our balance»   OJEAM Studio has two designers behind the scenes: João Abreu Valente and Maria Pita Guerreiro. Our work is based on our different perspectives and visions of the world and that is how we find our balance. The studio was founded in 2015 inspired by a shared passion to explore the gap between two opposites: experimental and commercial approaches of design, aiming to find a harmony between them, in different contexts. CMYK is a set of carafe and glass that plays with the topic of light and colour making with the three primary colours: Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow to create new colours when stacked. The transparency of the material is used to mix the colours by overlapping layers of the coloured glasses on top of the already coloured bottle until reaching the ultimate colour Back. CMYK belongs to the Project OFF PORTUGAL from Glass Cares exhibition that presented the experiments of ten Portuguese designers with the country’s traditional …

Artificial Formations by Davide Ronco

«Concrete, the most widely used material in the world after water, is an evident manifestation of the human imprint on our planet.»   The relation with the user is something that goes further than just functionality and shape. To get closer to this and learn more I decided to enroll my self to the master with the focus on ceramic materials. These years of studying and researching changed the way I see the design and its power. Emotional design especially is a branch which I’m really interested in and lately, thanks to my latest studies and experiences, I started diving more into the world of installation, art, and crafts. The ‘Artificial Formations’ project is the outcome of this journey and represents where and how I want to act in the world of design. Working and researching the materials, properties and especially the expressions and story of the objects and their materials. ARTIFICIAL FORMATIONS We consider a bird’s nest as nature, then how should we consider the products of our civilization? We often consider “Nature” everything …

A Boi by Ana Maria Gomez

«By reinterpreting the elements of iconography, the traditional ways of making the textiles are reinforced in the present time.» A: I.pron. clí. Prefijo de tercera persona. Third person conjugation Boi: s. Manta (vestido prehispánico). Plaid (pre-Hispanic “dress”) A boi: his plaid I have always been fascinated with the role of iconography in textiles among different cultures. Since the traditional looming machine allows a limited set of structural combinations, it could be assumed that most iconography consists of combinations of three basic shapes: diamond, triangles, and crosses. What’s interesting to me is to recognize how each culture appropriates these symbols in different contexts. Some years ago I started a textile collaboration with William, a traditional handicraft artisan from a small town in the Altiplano cundiboyasense of Colombia: Cucunubá, Cundinamarca. William is proud to be part of the people that perpetuate an ancestral textile tradition over many generations in this land. So important for the region of Cundinamarca that the spindle is one of the symbols in the town’s heraldry: this artifact occupies a place of privilege …

Moya by Anastasiya Koshcheeva

«Birchbark’s versatile qualities such as durability, flexibility, tear strength, breathability, and antibacterial properties make it one of the most fascinating natural materials that never cease to inspire us.» With great care and attention to detail, we manufacture products from natural birchbark that bring contemporary design and a tested handicraft tradition in harmony. We source our birchbark from the endless Siberian taiga and let its natural beauty unravel to the fullest with the help of clear shapes and playful colours. Our products link the uniqueness of a natural material with the precision of modern technology. Since its foundation, it has been MOYA’s pursuit to explore the fascinating qualities of birchbark, and to celebrate them on a daily basis by developing functional product solutions. We are convinced that good design makes life better. MOYA was founded in Berlin by the Russian-German designer Anastasiya Koshcheeva and means “mine” in Russian. Since 2012, Anastasiya has been passionate about connecting the ancient Siberian handicraft from her homeland with clear contemporary design. Since the very beginning, it has been our aim …