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PAS PERDUS rugs by Charlotte Jonckheer

«I believe that in a society which is more and more digitalized, people go back to objects that they can grasp.» PAS PERDUS are nature inspired rugs, designed for pacing up and down. To be explored barefoot. ‘La Salle des pas perdus’ literally translates into the hall of lost steps. The expression traditionally refers to the large hall in courthouses where people wait for their trial or verdict; nowadays it is also used for public waiting rooms. Similarly, this carpet invites people to pace up and down while they wait, make phone calls, think or worry. Horsehair, wool, cotton, and chenille in various lengths and patterns create a tactile surface that prickles the senses – especially when you take off your shoes. The black surface does not reveal its variety at first sight, but rather adds an element of surprise to the experience. The rug is hand tufted and developed at the Textile Museum Tilburg and the horsehair is bundled at the Handweverij Tilburg with much care and attention. The jacquard weaving is done with great precision at EE labels. …

Eclipse table by Ventura Lab

«The eclipse table involves people in order to make them investigate surfaces, feel the different textures and use them according to their understanding of the object.»   The table was named for working with different layers at different heights that overlap. This overlapping of the layers with the whole black color of the table and its rounded ends comes from the inspiration in the natural eclipse phenomenon. With a minimalist and functional design, the product absorbs an abstract concept of nature and transforms it into a geometric object with a simple functionality. In a second moment, the poetic concept stays in the background and gives space for the valuation of the furniture’s surface, which stimulates the user’s touch and perception about the differences between the materials that compose it. These different sensations transmitted by the coexistence of the steel surface and the wooden surface are closely linked to the daily experiences and repertoire of people’s lives, which through affective memory tend to feel a more emotional attachment and warmth in the texture of the wood and …

Wood composite basins by Woodio

«Our water-resistant wood composite is also a choice for ceramic materials which as an industry is very heavy on the environment.»   Definitely Woodio’s own material innovation: the water resistant solid wood composite.  Our ecological and sustainable material is the very core of the brand. Bringing wood into bathrooms is something very different and modern. For us, it is the way to show how innovative Woodio is as a brand and how innovatively and sustainably wood can be used today. Our water-resistant wood composite is also a choice for ceramic materials which as an industry is very heavy on the environment. Our products are designed and produced in Finland. Always with a focus on design. This means local sourcing and aiming to create beautiful yet functional products for everyday use. We feel that Woodio really stands out compared to other bathroom collections and brands available at the moment. Our founder Petro Lahtinen is Doctor in Chemistry and he has been working with wood-based solutions also before. Woodio is his expression to show woods possibilities as …

7 cool and sustainable kids (and baby) brands

Practicing sustainability is definitely a daily effort, a hard one in the age of consumerism. The importance of embedding sustainability in our children’s life is like a second chance after we had all messed up protecting our world. But practicing sustainability and teaching sustainable values lays our children’s foundations for an environmentally responsible adulthood. Fortunately,  and thanks to the efforts of all of us, it’s never been easier to find eco-friendly and organic baby products that remove harmful chemicals and toxins from our homes, while helping the planet, too. We chose 7 cool sustainable products, so you can give your little one a healthy and eco-friendly start. 1. MALUORGANIC Maluorganic is a sustainable brand for all kids regardless of gender or race, made of soft 100% organic durable fabrics, ensuring your child’s comfort and wellbeing. This kid and earth-friendly clothing brand from California has a minimal style for super cool kids. Our favorites: Twirl Mulholland Dress in Black and the Mulholland dress in dusty lilac.     2. MAMUCONCEPT Minimalism and an imperishable Classic, modernity, and tradition: products that could stay with your …

Ceramic and Pre-Hispanic Clay by Uxiii

«The world moves so fast now with technology and capitalism that we might find ourselves with a shared feeling of wanting to slow down and sometimes creating something that not always “works”.» As creatives, sometimes we tend to seek perfection in everything we do. My ceramic work has become that place where I can escape from perfection, where I can let myself go. Everything started as a personal need to create.  “El barro de Ticul” is a clay that comes from a community outside Merida, Yucatán, México where I’m based. The clay is like a Terracotta kind of clay, but with a very particular color and texture, I would say it is unique. It was like love at first sight. The only thing is that it was far away from perfect, It was rough, dirty, and filled with impurities. So I made my first vessel, crooked, and kind of funny looking, to me it seemed like it could walk. The process begins by searching locations around the Península to extract the materials. The help of the …

Wolf&Rita

Wolf&Rita is a brand that originated in the heart of a family business started 35 years ago. The brand belongs to a shirts manufacturing mill, which has evolved into a company able to provide a wider range of products. «Our focus is to present collections which are fashion orientated but also with a strong identity that can easily be connected to the brand. We have a strong ethical approach and try to respect everyone involved in the production chain. Our fabrics and trimmings are locally outsourced and the workers in our company all live in close distance of our facilities. Our motto is “Locally sourced, globally worn”» Wolf&Rita collections are designed for kids but thinking about adults fashion. One could say that 90% of W&R styles could also be done in adult sizes and still look pretty nice. The inspiration behind the collections is usually outsourced in different art movements, artists and even music. It is a “work in progress” each season, combining designs and ideas both of  Claudia, the designer and Carlos, the photographer.  After choosing a theme, they start working on the prints and the collection starts to take its shape. It is a slow but quite pleasing process in …

Palorosa Bags

«Palorosa has a social impact determined by the desire to keep alive local craft techniques, enhancing them through a contemporary vision.»   Palorosa’s vision is to create a sophisticated and minimalist, recognizable aesthetic. An aesthetic born from the union of two cultures, Italian and Guatemalan, architectural and industrial, artisanal and rural. Starting from the origins of a product, a market basket, we wanted to abstract it from its context, without losing its nature and functionality. The basic line of products accompanies you into your journeys and discoveries: you can go everywhere with a basket. The brand uses with care and attention colors and shades, with local materials, mostly the plastic threads, from primarily recycled plastic. Color becomes material which is kindly interwoven into the Palorosa objects and accessories. Since the beginning of the project, the aim has been to study a technique strongly linked to its history, to learn the details and improve them, through a gradual approach on the creation. Palorosa started at my home with an artisan, and since then, we built a …

Grid by Willem van Hooff

«In this project, I show the metal grid in order to highlight its aesthetics. Together these pieces of furniture represent a city landscape. Celebrating the invention of reinforced concrete 150 years ago.»   My inspiration comes from the contrast of a construction site. Reinforced concrete is still the main contact of nowadays architecture. The technique is based on concrete cast around a metal grid. This connection gave humans the ability to work in an impressive big scale, it changed the world of architecture and, hereby our surroundings. Nevertheless, there is one always hidden: The metal grid. It has only been used for its strength inside the concrete. After experimenting, I found a way to let the metal outgrow the concrete, in the casting process. And it turned the composite inside out. Bringing the metal grid to the surface, and giving it a complementary aesthetic function. In this project, I show the metal grid in order to highlight its aesthetics. Together these pieces of furniture represent a city landscape. Celebrating the invention of reinforced concrete 150 …

Cuco Handmade Furniture

«The Collections are composed around the primitive elements (like the themes of NEST and EARTH) that compose the natural world and reflect the patterns of construction that inspire us.»   Cuco Handmade Furniture is a new concept for objects inspiring a closer relationship between human and nature. It was the reflex of a desire to create furniture and objects defining our living space atmosphere. It started 3 years ago with a partnership between two architects who wanted to explore common references. I have an architectural education with a more sensorial approach, passing through experiences with “landart” and architectural practices. Our approach was guided from the beginning by a strong sense of experiencing the pieces, not only in a functional but also in an emotional way. In that sense, it was essential the contact with local crafts and materials from the Portuguese countryside transformed with care by skilled artisans. Other interesting point of view was that imagining the construction of these pieces allowed us to think in a simple assemblage process without any mechanical fixing, just …

Flats Exclusivas

«In every process is respected its time and cost, so on average, it takes 30 days for each production to be ready.»   ‘Flats Exclusivas’ is a minimalist brand of basic, timeless shoes, handcrafted in small quantities. The production counts on the expertise of the best professionals of the area in São Paulo working with premium raw materials. In every process is respected its time and cost, so on average, it takes 30 days for each production to be ready. The brand relies on the concept of Art Shoes: artists who create interventions in each model of flats. They are limited series, numbered and signed. As Mariana Cassandra, the creator of the brand, explains, “Exclusive Flats were made to last, to inspire and to cross fads. Like a work of art.” All models are created by Mariana, who conducts and monitors the whole production process, entirely handmade, as well as all the research of raw materials and products, using only top quality materials, as well as the artists and collaborators. They are people with incredible …