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Terracotta Pendant Lamps Inspired by Rigatoni Pasta

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:00

Once you catch the the name of these terracotta pendant lights, it’s not hard to see just how the inspiration shaped the design. Design studio Mentsen designed the cluster lamp series Rigatoni for Hand & Eye Studio with vertical ridges down the sides that mimic similar indentions on the tube-shaped pasta of the same name.

Rigatoni comes in three sizes and with the option of a matte blue finish, and can be hung in clusters or in multiples.

A Penthouse Apartment in Poznan Gets Revamped

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:00

A top floor apartment that overlooks the city of Poznań, Poland, went from builder grade and unfinished to being a modern slash industrial space with bold details. Mili Młodzi Ludzie reworked the layout to make better sense and to take advantage of all of the windows, which span two exterior walls. The goal was to have glimpses of the view from the moment one enters the apartment.

They added another design layer into the interior by outfitting the built-in cabinets with geometric door fronts.

The new layout affords an open living and dining room with uninterrupted window views in the corner of the apartment. Since the designers came into the project durning construction, they were allowed to incorporate their ideas more easily, as well as keeping some of the raw, industrial elements that add charm to the space.

The kitchen, guitar room, and guest room can all be entered from either side, which gives the apartment more of an open feel and lets light further into the interior.

So the views weren’t disturbed, the study, which actually functions as a guitar room, has two walls made of glass so the sight lines are kept open.

Tonelli Design Launches Six New Designs for 2017

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:00

Tonelli Design is an Italian manufacturer of glass furniture and just recently they launched six new designs from a group of international designers for 2017. During Salone del Mobile 2017, the brand presented the series of new work, which included mirrors, tables, and storage cabinets, from designers including: Uto Balmoral, Isao Hosoe and Lorenzo De Bartolomeis, Matteo Ragni, Karim Rashid, Giuseppe Maurizio Scutellà and Viola Tonucci. Take a look.

Metropolis is a series of dining and living room tables, side tables, and consoles by designer Giuseppe Maurizio Scutellà. The tables come in a variety of sizes with different materials for the tops, while resting on either extra clear or fumé glass, jagged bases.

Isao Hosoe and Lorenzo De Bartolomeis designed Shoji as a personal wardrobe closet for a hallway or bedroom. A glass structure houses a wooden bench with drawers and a sliding mirror door.

Uto Balmoral designed Welcome out of a combination of marble and glass. The two materials are joined together to form an elegant mirror and coat rack, perfect for a hallway or entryway of a home.

Dooors, by Matteo Ragni, is a sculptural wall mirror made from three layered panes of glass that create a visual illusion by altering the visual depth of the space around.

Ozma is a wall mirror designed by Viola Tonucci with a center circle that references water mirrors used by soothsayers in ancient times.

And lastly, Karim Rashid’s Aperture wall mirror is outfitted with a storage compartment that comes in either pink, white, or black, and a LED light to shine down on your displayed object.

Designer Marko Vuckovic’s Meditative Take on Time

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:00

Serbian designer Marko Vučković cites Scandinavian design and the Bauhaus as motivation and inspiration for his work. And indeed, one can spy the hallmarks of those two influences of modernity across his portfolio. But look ever more closely and there reveals a profound introspective nature sourced from more philosophical inspirations, each promoting the practice of recognizing the profundity of the present. Quotes from the likes of Alan Watts and Thich Nhat Hahn are sprinkled to accompany designs signifying growth or in the case of his timepiece designs, the passing of time.

The Saturn Watch represents an obvious nod to celestial inspiration in form and function, a minimalist timepiece designed to narrow focus into a singular focal point. Though the hour at hand is immediately obvious, demarcating the minutes might prove a tad more challenging:

The watch has 12 digits placed on it. The base is encased with two disks with perforated holes crafted on them. These disks turn around in a clockwise manner in which the holes on the disk plates will inform you about the time of the day.If you consider what most analog chronographs look like, they offer an open view of every second of the day, and what’s intriguing about this object is the way it narrows your focus. Instead of seeing the position of every minute, this watch blocks out the dial of the device, and with two small holes cut into two revolving discs, the timepiece displays two single sets of numbers that show you the exact time.

Even more minimal and designed in service of the sensory is Vučković’s Void meditation device, a wearable focusing upon the present moment. Void owes its premise to traditional meditation bells and gongs of Buddhism (a practice now available in digital form for those seeking meditative audio guidance). Set to sound at intervals, the watch doesn’t serve the purpose of keeping the time, but rather, in the mindful recognition of its passing.

Taiwan Craftsmanship Meets Scandinavian Design in DESIGNBITE

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:00

With influences from Scandinavia and Taiwan, DESIGNBITE is a studio that creates modern furniture that’s designed for small families. With the belief that all the things that surround you in your home should be beautiful, DESIGNBITE creates objects that can be used in multiple rooms and in multiple ways.

The Hexagon System is a fun way for one to arrange the things in their home. This collection can be moved and displayed to fit one’s personal aesthetic.

Frame helps one rearrange their beloved, small objects so that they can be on display.

The Big Hug Series: Kitchen Aid, is not the big brand we know today, but named so to express how each object in the series helps make the kitchen cozier and more efficient. With the kitchen oftentimes being the most social place in the house, these objects and utensils exemplify that soft, cozy, feeling.

In Big Hug Series: Small Furnitures, each piece is a simple and poetic way to increase functionality within a small home. From small mirrors to tables to hangers, this mini collection creates a small interior in tight spaces.

Friday Five with Ayse Birsel

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:00

Born in Izmir along Turkey’s Aegean coastline, Ayse Birsel grew up soaking in all her homeland had to offer, which perfectly meshed age-old practices with modern ideas. From 1981 to 1985, she studied industrial design in Turkey’s capital of Ankara at Middle Eastern Technical University before being granted a Fulbright scholarship to attend Pratt Institute in New York City. Before long, Birsel co-founded Birsel+Seck, an award-winning design studio she set up with her husband, Bibi Seck, where they’ve worked with brands like Herman Miller, GE, Nissan, Tiffany & co., Colgate Palmolive, and Philips. Most notably, the New York-based designer worked with Herman Miller on Living Office, a concept that aims to enhance the workplace for people and aids in companies getting their goals met. Fast Company even chose her as one of the world’s most creative people! For this Friday Five, Birsel shared five people that inspire her, accompanied by a sketch she did of each one of them.

01. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. On being a woman. Her writing, fiction and non-fiction, is unparalleled. She inspires me on what it is to be a woman today. Her, ”We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.”, is taped to our mirror at the entrance of our home, where we raise 2 teenage daughters.

02. Debbie Millman. On designing conversations that matter: I listen to Debbie Millman’s Design Matters podcast, now in its whopping 12th year, in the shower, walking to the subway, on the bus. You know how you wish you could be a fly on the wall when your heroes talk, well that is how I feel when I listen to Debbie and her guests, my favorites including Maira Kalman, Steve Heller, Amanda Palmer, Brian Koppelman, Caroline Paul and Roz Chast. List goes on and on—273 episodes are available online.

03. Paola Antonelli. On being a design oracle. Lecturer, MoMA curator, author. In the universe of design, she is the north star. You know how Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” Well, Paola is that singular person who can connect the dots in any which way she sees them and be right, every time. Obviously I am a fan.

04. Lady Gaga. On living an original life. “Houston, America, World, dad, mom, hello!”. Gaga’s message of inclusion with these 6 simple words and both the intimacy and universality of it, while singing, playing instruments and dancing in front of millions at Super Bowl half time, made me realize this woman is a super hero. Mine.

05. Zeynep Tufekci. On deciphering technology. AKA Technosociologist, she is my go-to source for understanding the social impact of technology, on politics, surveillance, ethics, as she holds Facebook, Wikileaks, Twitter to the fire. Her NYTimes opinion pieces usually make me want to cry with frustration or my own naiveté. Just read her latest here, Does a Protest’s Size Matter? She is fearless.

10 Modern Things to Elevate Your Next Picnic

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:00

It’s officially summer for many of us, which means dining al fresco under (hopefully) blue skies is finally a possibility. Even better is taking your meal somewhere other than your patio for a completely different experience. We’re big fans of picnics so we thought we’d scope out some goods that would make a good picnic great. Check out these 10 modern finds that will definitely raise your picnic game up a few notches.

1. Picnic Lounge by Fatboy 2. Knife, Fork & Spoon Set by Bambu 3. UMA Sound Lantern by Pablo Designs 4. Compostable Tumbler from Wasara 5. Baggy Winecoat by Jakob Wagner for Menu 6. GIGI 1 Liter Bottle by bkr 7. Cheeky Party Snack Plates 8. Bottle Opener from Areaware 9. Portable BBQ Suitcase from Kikkerland 10. All Weather Bag by Baggu

A Solid Case for Concrete on Society6

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 19:00

I’ve been seeing a lot of concrete products over on our sister Instagram @designmilkeveryday and love that this material is currently trending. There’s something cool about seeing the raw, industrial material applied to accessible modern design versus on the ground or in architecture. On the subject of accessible (and while we’re at it, affordable), Society6 artists have been applying this material to their designs. I love that there are so many items you can choose from, whether you’re looking for a new clock or a new shower curtain, there’s something on Society6 for all your home needs. Here are a few of my favorite products:

Simply Kintsugi Ceramic Gold on Clay Pink art print by Simple Luxe

Concrete notebook by Coconuts & Shrimps

Painting on Raw Concrete throw pillow cover by Cafelab

Raw Concrete and Black Leather wall clock by Cafelab

Abstract – Marble, Concrete, Rusted Iron throw blanket by Santo Sagese

Gray Stone shower curtain by Wall Threads

Geo M15 rug by Leandro Pita

Concrete Autobahn beach towel by Poetic-city

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 Design Milk Dairy help us bring Design Milk to you every day.

“Nerdvana”: A Creative, Colorful Office in Portland for Data Nerds

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 18:00

When 300 self-proclaimed “data nerds” at software analytics company New Relic needed a new place in Portland to call their work home, they brought in IA Interior Architects to make their very own “Nerdvana” happen. After strategizing together, IA based their design on the company’s core values: accountable, BOLD, passionate, authentic, connected, and frictionless.

The office is broken up into various sections to house everything from larger groups to individuals, all with comfort in mind. Whether they prefer to lounge in a chair, prop up on a window seat, or stake claim at a worktable, there are plenty of options for any scenario. There’s even a realistic looking fire pit for the ultimate in coziness. Not to be ignored are the incredible 360 degree views of Portland, which include Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, the Willamette River, and several bridges.

Since many people ride bicycles in Portland, an installation of bikes on a graphic wooden map of the Portland bridges welcomes guests, along with guest bike parking for anyone visiting.

Portland’s weather can often be gloomy, but IA incorporated vibrant colors into the design scheme to create a colorful and creative space that’s bound to combat the less-than-perfect weather.

Murals and quotes by celebrated scientists and mathematicians were designed by the IA Environmental Graphics Design team to welcome and educate those who visit the office.

Photos by Christian Columbres.

Lena Beigel Creates a Unique Way to Experience Food

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:00

German-based designer Lena Beigel explores a new way to plate and experience food in her project called Supertaster 2.0. Triangular dishes in varying heights, which fit within wooden trays, can be configured in any way you prefer to represent the tasting experience you want to have.

The dishes with the highest height are meant to house the foods with the most intense flavor, with the shortest pieces reflecting the mildest. Once the dishes are arranged based on the visual you desire, a culinary experience begins.

Lindsey Adelman Studio Shines a Light on New Works at Afterglow

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:00

During NYCxDesign week, Lindsey Adelman Studio hosted the public Afterglow show at her gallery to showcase new works created by her, as well as designers Mary Wallis and Karl Zahn. Inspired by the idea of an afterglow, a meteorological term for that magical rosy light that appears in the sky during twilight, the three designers created light fixtures that are modern, physical interpretations of the beauty of this natural phenomenon.

Mary Wallis is a Senior Designer at Lindsey Adelman Studio and designed Edie to be romantic, rebellious, and wild, all at once, with a design that can blend into a modern home or old-world spaces.

Like her other works, her Empire chandelier explores the theme of beauty in fragmentation.

Karl Zahn’s Kingdom fixture definitely commands attention in a room and resembles a plant found in nature. This idea is apparent in the rational yet wild design (like a Fibonacci sequence found in succulents). Karl currently holds tenure as the studio’s Design Director.

Lindsey Adelman’s own Cherry Bomb collection of fixtures aren’t to be missed. With bulbous orbs connected to willowy, slender branches from which metallic fringes descend, her sconce and chandelier fixtures look like something you’d find in a mossy forest.

Photos by Lauren Coleman.

The C-Light Collection by Bower

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:00

The C-Light Collection is a minimalist lighting collection created by Brooklyn-based designers Bower that are made from oil rubbed bronze finished metal tubing and custom satin blown glass globes. The C-shaped fixtures are available as a sconce, floor lamp, single pendant, and double pendant.

The C Floor Lamp is a freestanding lamp anchored by a simple circular metal base. Thin black metal tubing extends to hold the C-shaped fixture of the same material, offset by satin blown-glass globes, which illuminate its ends. The C Sconce curves around a bisected circular base, offering a surprising sculptural element at home in any interior space.

The Single Pendant C Light can be oriented to either the left or right, creating a versatile complement to any room’s existing architecture and accompanying design. The Double Pendant C Lights are offset, hanging at different heights with the C-shape’s open ends facing each other for a sculptural effect.