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Nike Adds a Little Bit of Sole For iPhone Toting Sneakerheads

2 hours 34 min ago

It’s been nearly a decade – June 29, 2007, to be precise – since Apple first released the very first iPhone…and with it came along a whole industry of accessories designed to protect and personalize the smartphone. Call us jaded, but in general we tend to steer toward understated leather cases for those purposes, like Apple’s in-house leather case or Mujjo’s similar leather option; these cases do an excellent job protecting the phone from drops and improve grip/prevent slip thanks to leather’s characteristic tactile texture. But every once in awhile something like these Nike iPhone Cases pops onto our radar and the itch to go kitsch arises.

Fashioned after the outsole pattern of two of the most iconic Nike sneakers – the Air Force 1 and Roshe – the quartet of colors between two styles offers sneaker lovers a way to make their affinity for the Swoosh clearly on display.

The Nike Roshe sole pattern offers a subtle grip compared to the knobbly AF1 design (below).

The Roshe edition offered in Green Glow is $35; a second Team Crimson (red) is already sold out. Air Force 1 cases in Black or Blue are both listed as “Coming Soon” for the same price over at Nike.com. Note: All four cases are sized for the iPhone 7 only, so those of us living large in the 7 Plus world (alongside Android users) will have to stay content with other options for now.

Jouw: Not For the Faint of Heart

3 hours 33 min ago

Jouw is taking the art of dining to a whole new level. At first glance, these might seem more like a strange toolkit, but in fact, it’s a collection of unique cutlery that begs for experimentation.

Steinbeisser brought together renowned artists and chefs to create an eclectic set of flatware that challenge conventional dining. Not only are these pieces works of art, they’re also sustainably made. Each piece is crafted using natural materials that are often sourced locally, and were originally recycled, reused, or found.

Each bite encourages the user to think outside the box and eat mindfully. Good luck!

MUT Design’s Twins Family Grows with New Additions

4 hours 33 min ago

Designed by MUT Design for Expormim, the Twins family began with just two armchairs and has now grown to include a new sofa and footrest, each with their own personality. The pieces have their own unique look but come together to work perfectly as a group. The casual collection is available with fabrics that make it suitable for use outdoors, or they can be brought inside as well as they don’t look like your typical outdoor furniture..

With gentle curves and strong silhouettes, the pieces make impactful statements wherever they’re placed and provide a comfortable sit for the user. High tech, 3D fabrics allow the pieces to be used outdoors, while also being sleek enough to be used inside.

Clique Editions Debuts 2017 Collection of Mirrors

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 19:00

Those who are fans of minimalist designs will love these refined, reflective mirrors made of concrete. Designed by Claudio Larcher and Filippo Protasioni for Clique Editions, they combine advanced robotic technology and Italian design to make their 2017 collection of mirrors.

Inspired by the landscape of The Canton of Ticino, these mirrors utilize local stone, shaped in unique silhouettes that are reminiscent of Persian architecture and Egyptian antiquity. More than just mirrors, each object is a piece of sculptural art giving nod to nature, and brought to life by the most modern of technology.

Best Friends Animal Society Gets a State-of-the-Art Space in NYC

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:00

RA-DA Architects recently gave the Best Friends Animal Society a brand-new, state-of-the-art adoption center in the middle of Manhattan, where they can help raise awareness and hopefully meet their goal of making the United States a no-kill country by 2025. The center will be a place where they can spread the word that around 5,500 dogs and cats are killed every single day in U.S. shelters. Hopefully, their new space will plant a seed for people to learn about the homeless pet population and encourage them to adopt.

The center was designed with gallery-style “homes” that will help educate the public about homeless pets and hopefully make you fall in love so you’ll take one home.

Overall, the design was inspired by Best Friends’ largest no-kill sanctuary in Southern Utah where there are slot canyons. They used a palette of warm colors and natural materials taken from the landscape of that Utah sanctuary. All of the materials are durable so they can easily be cleaned without having to worry about them being destroyed over time.

There’s a round-the-clock nursery where kittens are bottle-fed, a play space for cats, dog suites for sniff holes, play rooms and consultation spaces for potential adopters, and a digital media presence with interactive displays letting visitors connect to animals and rescue groups.

Photos by Ralf Strathmann.

The RISE SCONCE by hollis+morris

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:00

Combining solid wood and metal, hollis+morris created a sconce that casts a soft, warm circumference of light, much like the ethereal light of a sunrise that most of us probably miss while sleeping. The RISE SCONCE, which is handmade in North America, gives you the opportunity to catch the sunrise on the daily from inside your home.

A wall-mounted circle in either brushed copper or brass holds a backlit solid wood disk that reflects an aura of light, creating a magical fixture.

Parallel Universe Collection by Henri Judin

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:00

A self-described maximal-minimalist, Finnish designer Henri Judin focuses on horizontal and vertical lines, along with his love of optical illusions, in his latest collection called the Parallel Universe. Each design was created in pairs with identical measurements and shapes, but with opposing lines – one vertical and the other horizontal – that make them visually and structurally different.

The Liquorice chairs are made of bent, powder-coated steel rods that resemble licorice candy. The rods on the seats and backs are laid out in opposite directions so when they’re stacked, it creates a grid.

The Liquorice shelves follow the same design as the chairs above, with vertical and horizontal rods that look like licorice.

Looking to Op art and optical illusions, the Sun & Moon tables have bases with twisted flat steel bars that form circular illusions.

Photo by Chikako Harada

Saturnus & Uranus cups are a pair of coffee cups that actually have the same measurements and inner shapes, but their exteriors are different. One cup has horizontal lines and the other vertical, creating different visual effects that also double as heat protectors so you don’t burn your fingers.

Photo by Johanna Kinnari /A-lehdet

The y=mx+b lamp is minimalist in design made up of three black bars with the two middle bars being movable. The bottom middle bar folds out to stabilize the lamp, while the top bar can be raised to become a task or reading light.

Hugh Miller Presents The Coffee Ceremony

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:00

Inspired by the daily tea ceremonies in Japan, Hugh Miller decided to create a ceremony of his own — The Coffee Ceremony. Through this, there are actually two ceremonies in one — the making of the pieces and the making of the tools.

The star of The Coffee Ceremony is Coffee Cart no.1, a cart made out of solid British elm wood, with Japanese design principles and Western cabinetry techniques. A very international type of cart. It features warm curves and bamboo weaving by Sagawa Takehiko. The legs and the top were made through splitting and steam-bending timber, while the wheels are made from constructional veneer with solid brass brackets. (Ceramics by Saiko Fukuoka).

The second piece in the collection is the Dining Chair no. 7. Like the cart, the chair has been made from British elm, with brass details and Japanese bamboo. It has hand-cut joints that are wedged in Japanese smoked bamboo and brass bars that keep the chair sturdy. Each seat and backrest are hand carved, further exemplifying the ceremonial theme of The Coffee Ceremony.

Where I Work: Benjamin Hubert of LAYER

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:00

Just in case you’re not familiar with the work of Benjamin Hubert, revisit our archives and you’ll get a sense of his aesthetic and design legacy, as well as LAYER’s. LAYER is the London-based industrial design agency that Hubert founded in 2015 after rebranding himself with a focus on the human experience and high performance. His growing team of 20 is working out of a brand new studio space that spans 3,500 square of a warehouse in Hackney. The flexible interior was designed by LAYER themselves and houses a mixtures of creatives – researchers, industrial designers, UI/UX digital designers, engineers, brand and graphic designers. One of the most memorable aspects are a series of built-in display boxes they use to showcase new products when they launch. In this month’s Where I Work, Hubert takes us through the new space to get a sense of how he and his team of creatives make it all happen.

What is your typical work style?

The normal work day starts early around 7.30, 8am before everyone gets in where I can focus on the day ahead and think through all the projects and do some sketching, too. Then we work intensively until around 7pm.

What’s your studio/work environment like?

Loud music, people chatting, breakout spaces – everyone works together and eats together.

How is your office organized/arranged?

Please see the photos.

How long have you been in this space? Where did you work before that?

We have been here since September 2016. We previously worked in a smaller studio in an old curtain pole factory.

If you could change something about your workspace, what would it be?

We have only just finished the renovation so nothing (yet!), but we will need more desk space very soon.

Is there an office pet?

No.

How do you record ideas?

In my A4 unlined Moleskine – I have a shelf full of dozens of them and typically go through 1 every 2 weeks.

Do you have an inspiration board? What’s on it right now?

We have a wall full of material samples and components of products at the end of the desk area.

What is your creative process and/or creative workflow like? Does it change every project or do you keep it the same?

The process is adapted for each project but typically we run big workshop ideation, sessions at the start and invite the client to be part of, do ethnographic research studies by interviewing and talking to users. This helps us find insights to define opportunities and market space. Then we move into sketching, model making CAD, etc.

What kind of design objects might you have scattered about the space?

Our shelves are lined with hundreds of models, prototypes and factory samples.

Are there tools and/or machinery in your space?

We have a hand tool workshop and below our space is a huge machine shop we use for more involving prototypes and rigs.

What tool do you most enjoy using in the design process?

Our brains, getting good people together to think through problems to identify game changing opportunities.

Let’s talk about how you’re wired. Tell us about your tech arsenal/devices.

We have banks of both PC’s and Macs running most software.

Is there a favorite project you’ve worked on?

Always the current project, we are working on some really exciting things at present so it is difficult to choose – we are working a lot in tech so the hardware and software projects are super interesting right now. We enjoyed the wheelchair project GO we worked on recently, too.

Do you feel like you’ve “made it”? What has made you feel like you’ve become successful? At what moment/circumstances? Or what will it take to get there?

We are very much still on the path to becoming the agency I have in mind – we are fortunate though to have a really hardworking and talented team here at LAYER that are helping to deliver on some great projects, which is also helping the growth of the studio.

Tell us about a current project you’re working on. What was the inspiration behind it?

We are excited about the future of IOT and wearables and their convergence right now – it is a rapidly moving space and we are developing a number of new tools to change the way we live and how tech aids that.

Do you have anything in your home that you’ve designed/created?

My home is full of all the prototypes from projects – a lot of lamps, tables and chairs! (a few too many I think!)

Forces by Jill Malek x Visual Magnetics

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:00

Wall covering gurus, Visual Magnetics, are no stranger to collaborations, as they’ve worked with the likes of Visibility, Dusen Dusen, and now with Design Milk, where they’ll be a huge part of our Milk Stand Popup shop at this year’s ICFF. Now, they’ve partnered with award-winning designer Jill Malek to launch Forces, a collection of visually stunning wall coverings for the workspace.

Besides bringing colorful patterns to the walls, this collection adds a layer of functionality. The wall coverings have a central strip of Visual Magnetics’ writable dry-erase surface sandwiched between them, elevating the look of any workspace.

Each of the walls is decked out with the brand’s patented Invisilock technology, which allows the surface to hold 3D objects using its interlocking magnetic polarities.

The collection features six patterns – Draw, Ferro, Fields, Magneto, Squared, and Static, in a total of 18 colorways.

Strass Residence by Matt Fajkus Architecture

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 18:00

Located in Austin, Texas, the Strass Residence is a 2,924 square foot, L-shaped home designed by Matt Fajkus Architecture. The design of the house is such that it lives harmoniously amongst the other houses in the neighborhood, while giving the homeowners the modern home they desired.

The rear of the home gives way to a two-story private wing that was built away from the front of the house to keep that facade minimized.

Right in the crook of the L-shape is an old tree that was already there and kept protected.

The main living space is large and open, leading right into the backyard via massive sliding glass doors. It gives the illusion of an even bigger interior and keeps the inside filled with light.

The slanted roof line creates a double height ceiling in the open kitchen area.

Photos by Atelier Wong Photography, Twist Tours, and Anna Katsios.

Regular Company Debuts Non-Regular New Products at Salone Satellite 2017

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 17:00

Regular Company, a multidisciplinary design studio from Croatia, debuted a mini collection of new items that combine modern design with cutting edge technology. Using 3D printing and CNC carving, they explored process and materials with these new objects that were exhibited at SaloneSatellite 2017.

The h.3 chair is simple, yet impactful. It focuses on contrast — creating opposition in different ways. Whether it’s the cold architectural shape against the feminine, warm, backrest, the inspiration for the chairs comes from everyday metal structures.

The T.I lamp is a minimal lamp that is a take on the archetypal desk lamp. It has a simple mechanism that makes it easy to cast light in many different directions.

Next, this marble pestle and mortar has an intriguing modern shape, which turns a functional item into a sculptural object for the home.

Along with the pestle and mortar, they also created a set of marble serving trays, where they explore traditional craftsman techniques to create unique finishes on the stone. These finishes result in a special patina that develops after a few uses.

Lastly, the metal candle holder is meant to invoke memories of the past. It gives nod to old school portable candle holders, with a simple and poetic shape.

Stan Stands Out From the Standing Desk Crowd

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:00

Standing desks tend to fall into two categories: large and expensive or cheap and makeshift (think: laptop sitting on top of a stack of books and boxes). The Stan by Twikit falls in a sweet spot in between those two, a laser-cut standing desk made in association with the user’s exact height for optimal ergonomics. Think of it like 3D printed shoes manufactured for perfect fit…but for working standing up.

Recognizing we’re not all the same height, Stan is manufactured specific to an individual’s height. The ergonomic scale of its snap together, all-wood laptop stand design aligns screen with the user’s eyes, while providing a surface for an external keyboard. And because Stan requires no hardware/tools for assembly, Stan is conversely easily disassembled or moved as needed, the desk equivalent of a folding bike. It’s the perfect solution for someone who wants the ergonomic option to work on their feet without losing the square footage normally associated with larger standing desks or for temporary workspace duty.

As of now customization is limited to a single standard standing desk model, but three additional styles are planned to be released in time, including a foldable, compact, and even sitting position laptop stand. Additional information and pricing available at Stan by Twikit.

Coming soon: foldable laptop desks. Additionally, customers have the option to personalize any of the desks by uploading a graphic or logo from the Twikit site.

From top left to right: foldable, sitting position, compact, and standard.

Waveforms: The Latest Collection from SONNEMAN – A Way of Light

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:00

SONNEMAN – A Way of Light has a way of pushing lighting beyond just function by adding an artistic layer and turning them into sculptural pieces. For 2017, they’ve just added the new Waveforms collection that falls right in line with their ever-growing catalog of fixtures.

The Waveforms collection includes two pendants – a deep bell and a widened dome – along with a sconce variation, that each feature undulating edges that reveal light on the interior surfaces. The pendants come in several sizes and finishes, like satin black with a satin white interior and satin white with an apricot interior.

Waveforms will make its debut at this year’s ICFF in NYC.

A Kitchen Faucet That Works Hard (And Looks Good Doing It)

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:00

The following post is brought to you by Brizo. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.

When it comes to inspiration, the Brizo design team excels at looking outside the kitchen and bath realm. From a vintage bar cart paired with a Frank Lloyd Wright building to the Bauhaus design movement, this team sees a unique application in almost everything. So, when they were tasked with improving on the traditional movement of the kitchen faucet, they turned to a design object that knows how to move: the classic Luxo lamp.

This iconic architect’s lamp was invented in 1930 by an English automotive engineer who specialized in the design of vehicle suspension systems. George Carwardine invented a spring that could be moved easily in every direction but remained fixed once placed in a position. George realized that his new high tech spring could be the answer to his lighting woes and the resulting lamp has been beloved by architects, designers and tastemakers ever since.

Like its design classic lighting forefather, the Articulating Kitchen Faucet with SmartTouch® Technology by Brizo® is the answer to kitchen frustrations. There’s  nothing that you touch more frequently than the kitchen faucet, and its important to have one that works with you. (If you’ve ever been elbow-deep in bread dough, you’ll get the appeal.) This new design combines a jointed arm that allows the spray wand to be positioned virtually anywhere around the sink

The resulting design is a faucet with a much greater range of motion than a traditional pull-down kitchen faucet. The entire piece easily moves up and down, but for bigger kitchen jobs (bring on the paella), you can undock the spray wand. Brizo is known for finding new ways to improve the standard home technology. In this case, the wand locks to the dock using patented MagneDock® Technology, which keeps the spray head perfectly aligned (and gives you that satisfying snap when it locks back in place).

But the biggest tech update to this new faucet is the optional SmartTouch® Technology, which allows water activation with just a simple tap anywhere on the faucet base, handle or arm for maximum flexibility and functionality. It’s easy to use, but also helps to conserve water by activating flow only when needed. “The wide range of motion and enhanced control of water flow brings increased flexibility to the kitchen and delivers on the Brizo brand’s dedication to blending form with function,” said Celine Garland, Brizo lead industrial designer.

So once you’ve ticked all the functionality boxes, you can turn your attention to the form and how it fits into your kitchen decor. The articulating arm faucet is an option in two Brizo kitchen collections: The Artesso® Kitchen Collection, which is inspired by early 20th century metal works and is a warmer take on the industrial aesthetic. In this collection, the articulating faucet is available in three finishes: Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel and Venetian Bronze.

Then there’s the Solna® Kitchen Collection, inspired by contemporary Scandinavian furniture (with a name to match—Solna is a Swedish town). The articulating faucet is available in Polished Chrome, Brilliance® Stainless and a Matte Black finish. (Did someone say matte black—yes, please!)

Whatever your finish of choice, this is a faucet guaranteed to be your kitchen workhorse. Eyeing the Julia Child class recipe for sole meunière? Bring it on.