I don’t know if you got word, but last year Society6 launched furniture! The credenzas are our favorite piece because they’re versatile, with two different wood options and two leg colors, plus thousands of possible door prints designed by Society6 artists.
Here are some fun patterns we think will take any room to the next level:
In an ongoing effort to support independent artists from around the world, Design Milk is proud to partner with Society6 to offer The Design Milk Dairy, a special collection of Society6 artists’ work curated by Design Milk and our readers. Proceeds from the The Design Milk Dairy help us bring Design Milk to you every day.
French designer Inga Sempé just launched her first collaboration with Italian design brand Magis. The Vitrail series consists of stained glass-inspired mirrors that aim to bring life to any space much like a window. Sempé also considered Venetian mirrors with smaller mirror pieces framing a center one. With that in mind, she created modern versions using clear and colored mirrors.
The mirrors have injection molded rubber frames that are malleable enough to insert the mirror fragments in contrasting colors. The Vitrail collection includes four formats that can be hung vertically or horizontally, including a small square, large rectangle, and an oval that feature a larger clear mirror center with two colored fragments on the outside. The last design is round with five strips in two contrasting versions – a light grey frame with sections of pastel green glass, and a green frame with mirrors that range from black to light grey. Overall, the collection has a total of eight different mirrors.
Des Érables Residence is a minimalist home located in Montréal, Canada, designed by _naturehumaine. The project consisted of transforming a duplex into a single-family home by connecting the existing building to the courtyard extension via a newly constructed staircase.
The courtyard facade is monochrome with large windows and framed by brick pilasters that extend from the garden into the interior space, further enhancing the relationship between the indoors and outside. The staircase serves as conceptual transition between the old and the new.
Surrounding the main double-height dining area, the spaces were reprogrammed based on degree of intimacy and usage. The main living areas are situated downstairs while the yoga room and master bedroom are on the upper level. The master bedroom features a steel blades screen filter to provide privacy.
Photography by Adrien Williams
The luxury brand Shinola, most often associated with premium watches and leather goods, has set foot into the world of hospitality and it’s making waves in America. With a clear decision to not be clumped into the same cluster of hotels along the East and West coasts, the Shinola Hotel is a refreshing and modern 129-room residence in the heart of Detroit that shows how spaces can look both fancy and familiar.
Designers from Kraemer Design Group and Gachot Studios took an old T B Rayl & Co hardware store and Singer sewing machine shop and created a coherent design aesthetic throughout the interiors filled with warm caramels, deep greens and a “Shinola blue” — a color specially designed by Gachot Studios from a paint chip in the original Singer building.
Shinola saw this project as a way to bring manufacturing back through the industrial veins in Detroit. The hotel, they imagined, would provide jobs for local residents, especially because the leather components for Shinola products (some of which are exclusively designed for this hotel) would be assembled in Shinola’s factory in Detroit.
Shinola and Bedrock worked with creative studios around Michigan to produce and manufacture much of the furniture, wall coverings and accessories that adorn the hotel. Pewabic was tapped to make ceramics, Boom Stone Company for the stone finishes in the guest rooms, and Great Lakes Stainless for the decorative metals in the hotel’s public spaces.
Shinola has received its share of criticism in recent years. The Federal Trade Commission in 2016 ordered Shinola to stop using the phrase “Where America is Made” because certain watches under the brand were produced completely outside the United States.
Nevertheless, the Shinola Hotel has big aspirations. It hopes to become Detroit’s “living room” and do its part in promoting Detroit as a lifestyle destination to domestic and international travelers.
What: Shinola Hotel
Where: 1400 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
How much? Room prices start at USD $225
Highlights: A modern hotel transformed from an old Singer sewing factory aspires to become the “living room” of Downtown Detroit.
Design draw: This luxurious hotel uses made in America furniture, wall coverings, ceramics and stone and bronze finishes to pay tribute to the industrial beat of Detroit.
Book it: Visit Shinola Hotel
Photos courtesy of Nicole Franzen for Shinola Hotel.
At this year’s IDS Toronto, designer Nicholas Hamilton Holmes presented the BLACK ARTS Collection. The work explores a tubular shape that’s been bent, curved, and turned out of wood that’s dyed black. With the pieces being blacked out, the focus becomes the clean forms and silhouettes.
Brazilian Soapstone, black Danish cord, Mongolian wool, and brass are additional materials used to complement the monotone pieces, which include a lounge chair, coat rack, tables, and bookends. Each design is handcrafted using traditional techniques and joinery that make them more durable for actual use.
Contract furniture brand True Design is preparing to launch three new products at this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2019 in April. The 2019 collection, named ‘True Goes Through’, focuses on functionality and comfort, while also exploring materials and color palettes. That combination leads to long-lasting products that fall into the hybrid category, meaning they could work in commercial spaces or in a home.
First up is CODE, a flexible seating system comprising poufs and maxi poufs that can be arranged into infinite configurations. Designed by Parisotto+Formenton, the poufs break down into simple, informal seats that come together moments of relaxation, conversation, or work.
E-QUO, designed by Orlandini design, lands somewhere between a bench for seating and a fence for leaning while taking a break. The narrow design features multiple seats with USB ports and wiring for charging various devices. It offers a temporary respite for people to recharge while their devices do the same.
Designed by Favaretto and Partners, WAVE is a collection consisting of tea tables, wall shelves, and modular bookcase featuring a dramatic curve that disrupts the typical flat surface.
There’s a reason furniture with clean lines and sharp angles continues to remain popular in the design world and beyond – it’s both simple and functional. OBJEKTE UNSERER TAGE recently shared their Origin campaign at IMM Cologne, and it checks both of those boxes and more.
Since October 2015, each contemporary piece has been made in Germany by detail-oriented hands and skilled craftsmanship that makes all of its features pop. The Origin campaign focuses on both the original and the natural, the things we may be slowly losing as our lives become faster and more unfocused.
Each piece designed by OBJEKTE UNSERER TAGE for Origin exhibits a usefulness and practicality that meet everyday demands while maintaining a great aesthetic. We wouldn’t expect anything less from a brand that stands to design for real life.
See OBJEKTE UNSERER TAGE full collection of furniture and interior accessories at their flagship store in Berlin or objekteunserertage.com.
Catalan design studio Nima Barcelona has launched a new product with the hope of keeping your plants alive for up to three weeks. The Carmen plant pot is designed with a Watair irrigation system that keeps the plant in continuous contact with water and the roots permanently oxygenated. The two-piece pot hides a water tank within allowing you to step away from the plant without the constant need of watering. Whether you have a black thumb or are away traveling, the design-led planter will make everyone think you’ve got it all together.
Along with the practicality of the design, Carmen’s shape takes a different approach than typical pots. The twisted pentagon shape adds a design element giving it a sculptural quality.
Brani & Desi, the Sofia, Bulgaria design studio headed up by Branimira Ivanova and Desislava Ivanova, are not shy about thinking outside the box when it comes to interiors. Their latest project was inspired by the work of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian known for his simple abstract, grid-like paintings in red, blue, and yellow. Breakfast with Mondrian brings those colors to life with bold blocks and lines atop a white background making it feel as if you’re living inside the painter’s head.
The open layout features different zones for each function that are united with lines that draw your eye around. The black elements help ground the space as a passive color while the white activates the colors and makes them pop.
Are you a candy lover? Even if you’re not, you might want to hit up The Gummy Bear Museum landing in San Francisco this summer. The pop-up museum will offer a multi-sensorial art experience for visitors to check out gummy bear artwork and playful installations. To top it off, you’ll get to eat gummy bears and create your own flavor if you so desire. Fresh off of the success of the floating Museum of Ice Cream, comes this temporary gallery where visitors will get to fulfill all of their gummy bear dreams.
To top it off, they’re partnering with non-profit Meds & Food for Kids to help raise money for 170,000 Plumpy’Nuts, ready-to-eat bars for Haitian children suffering from malnutrition.
If your sweet tooth has been piqued, head over to their Kickstarter page to donate money to bring The Gummy Bear Museum to life.
On this episode of Clever, Amy and Jaime talk to lighting designer Pablo Pardo, who was born in Venezuela 3 minutes after his identical twin brother, making him the youngest of 5. His father’s work as a civil engineer took them to Chile until age 7, and then to Ohio. Making remote control airplanes in Dad’s workshop revved up his curiosity and he followed it directly into industrial design. (So did his twin and a sister, that’s 3 in one family!) After some time in both automotive and toy design he found his love of light and he’s been glowing ever since. Listen:
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Artist Emil Lukas works in a range of “common” materials to produce unique series of works that all share a superhuman (and sometimes “non human”) commitment to process. His current exhibition at Sperone Westwater in New York mixes new work from four different series across three floors of the gallery. Here’s each series broken down and why this isn’t one to miss.
Lukas’ thread “paintings” (he calls nearly everything he does “painting” regardless of the material) have always been my personal favorite. In each, THOUSANDS of thin threads stretch across an empty frame, create a smooth ombré into literal thin air. The many colors of threads are all placed “with intention”- which means that rather than relying on a machine or mathematical system, Emil is THINKING and deciding about the placement at every tiny step of the way.
The show features 2 circular thread works for the very first time, both nearly 80-inches in diameter with bowl-like concave back that results in a the illusion of infinite space behind the matrix of thread. And in a possible wink to the navigational directions in their titles, “twin orbit south” is displayed on the lowest (ground) floor, and “twin orbit north” is featured on the highest (3rd) floor.
Multiple polka-dot paintings are created by casting bubble wrap in white plaster and painting the circles individually with acyclic paint.
The surface on each work bulges outwards at the center, as if the weight of the plaster pushed the thin plastic outward on the frame. The effect of concave “bubbles” bending across a convex whole is surprisingly mesmerizing in person.
In a few of the works, like “for more” (below), popped bubbles result in attention-pulling blanks in the pattern.
Emil Lukas is most notorious for his larvae paintings – a process which involves personally raising fly larvae at specific times of the year under necessary weather conditions, then allowing them to drag wet ink across a surface, often directed by light and shadow.
And if you’re curious or concerned, ArtNet did an in-depth interview a few years ago about the whole process, where Lukas does mention the eventual fate of the larvae (they’re unharmed):
“From the time they are larvae until the time they pupate, I intervene at this little interval,” he says. “We make these paintings, and then the larvae are outside again; they hatch, they fly away—they fly all over the community.” (via ArtNet)
His newest work in the larvae series is titled “the location of possible and impossible moves” comprises 40 individual panels.
Though his other series don’t include living crawly things, it’s difficult not to think about various insects and arachnids when seeing them all together. For me, the threads suddenly resemble insanely-complex spiderwebs and the bubble wrap can feel like technicolor honeycombs. I think it’s less a direct “insect inspiration” (I don’t think he’s ever mentioned it) than a shared process of accomplishing something magical: Thousands of tiny “moves” that add up to an unbelievable and complex whole.
Emil’s “stacks” are square columns measuring 6-7 feet tall that are composed of multiple individual works stacked on top of each other.
They function both as sculpture when displayed in the gallery AND a massive unbound book (for the owner only). The future owner can lift off the top frame and place it upside-down on the floor, as if turning a page. The process is repeated with every layer until the sculpture is re-stacked and fully reversed. Each stack can include smaller versions of the bubble wrap, thread, and larvae paintings, along with new experiments in an even wider range of materials. Even without seeing each individual works (don’t touch the sculptures), peaking between the cracks and recognizing larvae trails and other favorites is plenty entertaining.
The joy of viewing the art of Emil Lukas is not just the electric visual buzz of color and pattern, it’s also imagining the unseen process and performance of the thousands of decisions that are held in each work. If you’re in New York, it’s well worth a visit to all 3 floors before the show closes this week.
Christiane Lemieux has been a prominent fixture in the design world going on two decades since she founded lifestyle brand DwellStudio in 2000. After 13 successful years, she sold the business to Wayfair in 2013, remaining on as Wayfair’s Executive Creative Director until 2016. The Parsons grad has written two books, Undecorate and The Finer Things, as well as contributing to Architectural Digest, Apartment Therapy, Editor At Large, and more. The entrepreneur then brought her expertise to television co-hosting and judging “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” a furniture design competition show on HGTV. Just recently, Lemieux launched a new venture – The Inside – an online, direct-to-consumer furniture brand that makes fashion-forward upholstery more accessible. This month’s Where I Work visits Lemieux in her 2,800-square-foot studio in Tribeca’s design district to see where she creates.
What is your typical work style?
My workspace is wherever I can be on my phone or laptop. When I have a big project I love to set aside time at the office but am juggling so many things, work is wherever I am. I often hop on calls in transit or send emails on the go. Prioritizing time with my kids is really important to me, so I make sure not to have anything scheduled so I can pick them up from school – and then get back to it at home while they do homework! So mostly I am working from home at off hours.
What’s your studio/work environment like?
I love a calm, clean space but one that is also very inspiring. Being surrounded by my team is where the best ideas happen, so I love that we are all in one office around a long table together. We love having an organized space that fosters creativity – so there are swatches of our latest collabs out, inspiration boards, art and design books so inspiration is always within reach.
How is your space organized/arranged?
At The Inside we work in an open atelier style – basically a long desk where we all sit together. This allows for free-flow creative sessions with is essential to start-up life! We have our own office area that is a part of a co-working space, so if we need to mix it up we head to the cafe where they are always mixing up fresh snacks and drinks which is a plus.
If you could change something about your workspace, what would it be?
The office is everywhere, so I wouldn’t change a thing!View this post on Instagram
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Is there an office pet?
I have 2 kittens at home that get into everything especially the keyboard!
Do you require music in the background? If so, who are some favorites?
We use Alexa and all call out favorites. It gets eclectic fast!
How do you record ideas?
On Trello the stack rank tool.
Do you have an inspiration board? What’s on it right now?
Yes, I am always taking and gathering inspiration for our new collections, I work closely with our head designer, Danielle, to hone in on the next trends for The Inside and we have a pin board together as a tangible working point for what is coming up!
What is your creative process and/or creative workflow like? Does it change every project or do you keep it the same?
As a constant student of design, I am continually inspired by the industry and designers pushing boundaries around the world. Research is a big part of my process, one glance through my Instagram feed and you can see the trends I am interested in and I love taking inspiration from great design minds. My research constantly feeds into all of my various projects – whether it is work for The Inside, books I am writing or for future projects I am dreaming of.
What kind of art/design/objects might you have scattered about the space?
I have collected a trove of design resources we keep in the office – from design books, art books, color swatches and fabric collection – our own swatches, vintage objects, really anything inspiring and design related to help push our creative processes.
Are there tools and/or machinery in your space?
Our favorite tool in our office is our Cricut. We use it all the time to make folders with die-cuts.
What tool(s) do you most enjoy using in the design process?
We sketch and pin up mostly. We pin up digitally too.
Let’s talk about how you’re wired. Tell us about your tech arsenal/devices.
The thing about the new office is everything is in the cloud or wireless. We have cellphones, computers and a wireless printer. That is it. We are mobile and can work from anywhere at anytime.
What design software do you use, if any, and for what?
We use the whole Adobe suite.
Is there a favorite project/piece you’ve worked on?
I am so excited about the new Christene Barberich collection! Her vintage aesthetic mixed with craft inspiration was a really fun vision to work with and I have long admired her as an entrepreneur and force in the fashion industry.
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?
Part of being an entrepreneur is never feeling settled or like I have finally “made it”, when I get too comfortable my wheels immediately start turning to the next project I can start or how I can push where I am. Working hard and putting a good team around is how you get your best work.
Tell us about a current project you’re working on. What was the inspiration behind it?
We just finished our first round of funding which is the project I am most proud of currently! Excited to grow the business – expand the team, delve into new collaborations and partnerships and push the boundaries of what The Inside can offer our customers – which is and always will be, exciting design at prices that don’t make you fall off your chair. My goal is truly to make great design accessible to the masses so basic beige is not the only option, and am thrilled to see where this year takes The Inside toward that goal.
What’s on your desk right now?
My laptop, water, my iPhone and sunglasses and a stack of expenses for my accountant.
Do you have anything in your home that you’ve designed/created?
All of it. From the ground up! This is my second home company so I have that covered. Next time I am going to start a fashion brand because I could use some better clothes :)
For a young couple and one of their mothers, Sim-Plex Design Studio designed a clever co-living situation to accommodate them and their beloved pets. The flexible design gives the couple, mother, parrot, and cat partially private and partially communal spaces to make everyone happy, while allowing them to come together when desired.
The living room and master bedroom are outfitted in light maple wood and grey, while the dining room/kitchen and mother’s room are decked out with white oak as it’s lighter and further away from the window.
Located in Hong Kong, the 453-square-foot residence provides private bedrooms for both the couple and the mother at opposite ends of the communal space for added privacy. The pets weren’t ignored though. The couple’s parrot gets a prime spot by the large window in the living room. When it’s time for it to come out of the cage, they pull the sliding glass door closed to keep it contained and to prevent too much contact with the cat.
When any of the adults want more privacy, they can shut the sliding glass door to create division. The living room was raised up on a platform to incorporate storage underneath.
Under the window cabinet are four stools that can be pulled out and used in the dining room.
A kitchen table hides away in a cabinet and pulls out easily when needed. A litter box is hidden within that same cabinet keeping it out of the way.
A collaboration between Portland-based designer Kristine Morich and Clayhaus Modern Tile has resulted in a collection of geometric ceramic tiles. The Signal Tile collection comprises six tile designs that can be combined and arranged into endless repeats or patterns.
The dimensional linear patterns are designed to allow for all kinds of possibilities to create small or large format motifs to personalize any space. Depending on how they’re arranged, the final layout can be either playful or modern, and possibly both. See below to check out just how many configurations are possible.
Photos by Ian Stout, courtesy of v2com.