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Zerezes Sunglasses

«We believe that creating products that last for years and can be repaired is one of the most responsible things we can do as a company to the world»   Zerezes started in Rio in 2012, while we were still studying design. We found an American wooden glasses brand and tried to buy a frame at the time. Unfortunately, they did not ship to Brazil, and with that we decided to try to make our own. This happened when we were at our firsts internships, and we realized that we wanted to chart our own ways, rather than following a path traced by others. Along with this, Rio de Janeiro was “under construction” because of the World Cup, Olympics, and port area revitalization. A lot of old buildings turned into new, and a lot of materials (including woods full of history, with great physical properties and at a zero cost of acquisition), began to appear to us. At that moment we just joined one thing to another and saw the opportunity to turn a simple …

Canoa Lab – Part I

«We think the dizzying speed of the current world keeps us from seeing how really important things are. So TIME was a key element for us, as it is probably the most valuable thing we have.» CANOA started as an idea around October 2015 but it wasn’t until May 2016 when it became a label at an official presentation in an open studio taking place two yearly in Russafa (Valencia). To set the project up we brought to the table our main curiosity and worries. We think the dizzying speed of the current world keeps us from seeing how really important things are. So TIME was a key element for us, as it is probably the most valuable thing we have. And we need it to follow our INQUISITIVENESS, the second inexhaustible and infinite key element of our project. We had just learned two new trades (new for us, old for humanity), and we found out that most crafts require slow and precise ability in order to be developed. From that moment we needed a …

Syzygy Eclipe by OS ∆ OOS

«This physical blocking of the light was an important aspect in our concept, where a total of three different lights demonstrate the three different aspects of a syzygy; transit, occultation and eclipse.» Syzygy Eclipse is a light from the Syzygy series; where each individual Syzygy, (a term from NASA) is translated into a light object. syz·y·gy [siz-i-jee] In astronomy, a syzygy is a straight line configuration of three celestial bodies in a gravitational system. The word is often used in reference to the Sun, the Earth and either the Moon or a planet, where the latter is in conjunction or opposition. Solar and lunar eclipses occur at times of syzygy, as do transits and occultations. We were asked to participate in a group exhibition where all the designers were asked to create a new work based on the theme of the exhibition: Re-appreciation. We read an article in the newspaper about the sun and that the sun was entering a wintersleep for about 70 years; changing the amount of radiation, but just not enough that it would …

Lilies of Forgiveness by Alana Wilson

«I feel we are at the tipping point where there is so much information passing through our worlds and our minds that it is difficult to have moments of natural emptiness, mental space for undirected thought and a balanced connection to the people and places in our lives.»   The Lilies of Forgiveness vessels were produced in collaboration with Régime des Fleurs, a Los Angeles-based fragrance company. I met Alia and Ezra a couple of years ago and we connected on a mutual appreciation and interest in art, history, and nature. Lilies of Forgiveness is a meditation on transcendence. The forms directly reference ancient amphorae whilst the glazed surfaces draw connotations to human skin and the minute details of flower petals – with specific attention to layering to create veins, veils, subtle nuances and a sense of graceful radiance. The vessels were exhibited alongside other artworks and a soundscape with arranged fresh flora at C. Nichols Project in Los Angeles, evoking the convergence of immateriality and visceral humanity. Technically, the glazed surfaces consist of multiple …

Round Chair by Mikiya Kobayashi

«And I think Japanese calligraphy is similar to interior design. We can create a good space, by putting beautiful and functional things on it. Japanese calligraphy has developed my sense of balance when designing.»   The Round chair is for TAIYOU&C. TAIYOU&C. is a brand launched by my design studio in 2016. The story begins at the time I was working at an interior architecture office. Indeed, I was already wondering about furniture suited for contract projects I was working on. Today TAIYOU&C. pursue and make this reflection a reality. Furniture, and chairs in particular, that we conceived for spaces such as hospitals, offices or buildings’ halls respond to specific and essential standards: First, they are shaped to fit harmoniously in the space, even when a numerous amount is arranged. Also, they are easy to use. Not only they are comfortable to sit in but also easy to stand up from. And of course, they are stackable. We are working with wood for its soothing properties makes it a perfect material within our stressful time. …

Seidla by Res Anima

«There might be just a few things which are really meaningful for the individual person, which are carefully selected over a lifetime.» There are not many regions that have their own specialized drinking vessels to offer. The stein, however, is a world famous and esteemed object where Bavarian culture and way of life come together. Such objects act as traditional and regional constants. They thus produce cultural and individual value. When creating our stein, we stayed with the traditional and time-tested original stein, but gave it a modern, back-to-the-basics shape made of fine porcelain. Frankenwald is a region known for the home of the so-called “white gold”. Since the middle of the 18th century, it is said to be one of the most important centers of porcelain production. Hard porcelain from this part of Germany is famous both for its high quality and its exceptional purity. Our Seidla comes from a Franconian porcelain manufacturer with a 100-year-old tradition. Produced with vast experience and loving attention to detail each stein is given its individual touch and …

Armchair Sobro by Ana Prates

«Nature is perfect, I have always been interested in interpreting it. Nowadays there is a growing attempt to approach what we consider to be genuine, natural and takes us back to our roots and memories.»   Cork has been present in my life from a very young age. It is part of the family heritage. I’m a producer, an inheritance left by my father and grandparents. I knew I had a lot to learn about cork, I still have. I wanted to relate to it respecting all its inherent properties and characteristics, its ancestral and emotional heritage. I feel I’ve found the best way to do it … Through design. Thus was born, in 2014, the brand SOBRO. Bearing in mind the creation of a range of products in cork, objects have surfaced from solutions inspired by the origami process, in which I explored the concept of bringing them from a two dimension plan to tridimensionality, testing the limitations of the material. I simplified the design and production process, which allowed me to explore various …

Burel Mountain Originals – Parte II

«Today we are striding towards an awareness of the future and for the certainty that sustainability is the way forward.» Burel Mountain Originals products have a very special soul resulting from their origins and the way they are produced. It all starts with pure wool from sheeps raised outdoors on the slopes of Serra da Estrela mountains. Wool that is sheared manually by the shepherds who raise them and then is handled and washed manually as well. Then this wool is transformed into burel, in a process that takes several phases all made at Burel Factory, our factory in operation since 1947, that today still produces using the same machines and traditional equipment. After the transformation of the wool into burel, there is another one: the transformation of burel into pure design. Most of the process is done manually, the creation of these pieces is based on proposals made by trendy designers and put into practice by our seamstresses who continue to employ soul and love to the product. But it’s not only this that …

Burel Mountain Originals Part I

«From the top, we thought in a special, unique and sustainable project, with a Portuguese soul and our feet at the Mountain that gave us life.» We were in 2010, in Manteigas, in the heart of Serra da Estrela. From the top, we thought in a special, unique and sustainable project, with a Portuguese soul and our feet at the Mountain that gave us life. There was born Burel Mountain Originals, reinventing the value and the wealth of the region, wanting to show the world a proper ancient art suited to modern times, redesigning the tradition, with a unique, colorful and cool design concept. And in a daring tear, we went down the Mountain to move to the frenzy of contemporaneity of the city. Since then, Burel has become a synonym of creation, weaving the future with the threads of the past. And it didn’t stop. Today we walk past the time with constant innovation without ever forgetting the Mountain that gave us the Originality and the knowledge. Burel Mountain Originals family is Burel Factory, Mantecas, Lanifícios Império, Casa …

NDT. Design Brand

«Even though people become more sophisticated each day, there is still a need for authentic and human experiences, and we believe this involves greats moments as parties, dinners or a simple cake baked by grandmother.» NDT.design was founded twenty-two years ago in a small town of São Paulo’s state. A city that has about 15.000 residents, hidden in the heart of Brazil, where people walk around or ride their bikes, where is very normal to see someone riding his/her horse among the cars. I have learned a lot from this lifestyle, and my inspiration comes from my experiences. There is so much pleasure about being around people who live in a simple way and are extremely happy with the little miracles of every day. When I created NDT.Design, I was thinking about the best way of providing that type of feeling with my work. NDT.Design is currently located in the USA, in Florida, where we sell our products on e-commerce such as www.fab.com, www.wayfair.com, www.houzz.com, www.etsy.com, and www.amazon.com. Besides that, we are always looking for important exhibitions such as …