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DESIGN
Handmade Kitchen Goods from Makers & Brothers
For five days, the Irish team behind Makers & Brothers (an online retail site that celebrates making, founded by siblings Jonathan and Mark Legge) recreated their off-the-radar shed in the garden of The Standard, East Village for NYCxDesign. The...
DESIGN
Interview: Odile Decq
Each year Maison & Objet awards a Designer of the Year and the 2013 edition celebrates French designer Odile Decq. Decq's work as an architect and urban planner is well known and has received international recognition with such prizes as the Golden...
DESIGN
Vinegar and Brown Paper
by Elyssa Goodman After working in advertising for over a decade, Britain-based designer Andy Poplar was burned out—he decided to quit his job and be a stay-at-home dad. Then one day, two years ago, he decided to teach himself how to etch glass...
DESIGN
Maison & Objet Autumn 2013: Asian Designers
The continuous blossoming of Asian designers is both evident and spectacular, especially concerning their contributions to innovation. It's no surprise that Singapore will host the inaugural Maison & Objet Asia in March 2014, as this year's Parisian...
FOOD
SHOP
Outerlands & The General Store
Because these two SF locales are neighbors and appeal to the all the same cozy hankerings, it’s best to knock them both off your list at once—they’re well worth a detour to Outer Sunset district. First, we recommend a visit to Outerlands on a Sunday...
DESIGN
Lumio
Offering a discrete, portable and rechargable lighting alternative is Lumio, a book-shaped lamp now on Kickstarter. Inspired by the idea of a modular home that could fold flat for transportation, the lamp is designed to adapt to a multitude of...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video Presents: John Derian
We always strive to discover and document the most phenomenal people, places and things around the globe but there is something extra satisfying when we find a real gem in our own back yard of New York City. In our latest video we visited John Derian...
DESIGN
Maison & Objet Fall 2011, Part One
At the biannual housewares tradeshow Maison & Objet we found many of the winds of innovation blowing from the outdoor arena this year. The contemporary, nomad-like movement reverses the use of indoor and outdoor spaces. When indoor moves outdoor, along...
DESIGN
Oji & Design
Japanese designer Oji Masanori makes everyday living more comfortable, designing a range of objects in various materials that are as refined as they are functional. Graduating with degree in architecture, Masanori seemingly applies those tactics...
FOOD-DRINK
High & Dry
With the High & Dry dish rack, Black + Blum's architectural artistry transcends humdrum household ware into a harmonious form and function showpiece. Intent on turning "something quite mundane into something spectacular," creative partners, Dan...
FOOD-DRINK
Citrocasa Fantastic
Citrocasa, the Austrian juicer barons, have finally made their premier juicers available stateside. Having dominated the commercial juicer market in Europe, they've released a new, significantly smaller product intended for small businesses and residences...
FOOD-DRINK
Pixie
For no-fuss espresso, Nespresso's straightforward operation and effortless cleanup make their machines the maker of choice for many homes and offices. The Swiss company recently made it even easier to get a fresh brew in just seconds with its Pixie...
STYLE
Dagmar Rousset
"The main thing distinguishing Dagmar Rousset from other shops in Melbourne is that it's owned and managed by a fashion outsider–me!" the undeniably fashionable Julia Pound exclaims from her stunning Getrude Street boutique. "The other thing...
DESIGN
MoMA Spring/Summer 2011 Preview, Part I
While the MoMA store's product preview always has us excited for the shopping year ahead, a few designs stood out for their "faux" ingenuity. Below are nine objects cleverly designed to resemble other objects, making for a new way to enjoy an old favorite...
DESIGN
Lilith Rockett
While most artists intend for their work to be enshrined in a gallery or home, studio potter Lilith Rockett wishes to interact with her pieces on a daily basis. In a recent interview with the ceramics artist, Rockett shares, "I would hope that interacting...
TECH
Mydeco
Recently launching stateside, home furnishings aggregate Mydeco combines interactive tech with an extensive network of vendors for a uniquely easy shopping experience. The site—founded by Lastminute.com's Brent Hoberman—uses their finely...
DESIGN
Gabarage
Set in Vienna's design-forward 4th district, Gabarage Upcycling Design repurposes materials from personal and corporate donations—old binders, street signs, film, tennis balls and more—into playful, purposeful modern design pieces. The...
DESIGN
Science Project Pillows
Following the success of her typography placemats and other clever concepts, textile designer Heather Lins' new pillows introduce another nerdy motif, this time taking up illustrations that look lifted from the pages of science textbooks. The designs...
DESIGN
Pigeon Toe Ceramics Spring 2010
A Portland, OR-based company, Pigeon Toe Ceramics produces high-quality ceramic pieces for the home. Fine artist and former graphic designer Lisa Jones takes the homegrown, local aesthetic to heart, hand throwing each piece from clay sourced and...
DESIGN
Vík Prjónsdóttir Blankets
by Richard Prime Causing a stir of excitement at the recent Stockholm Design Week, Icelandic design group Vík Prjónsdóttir showed its latest collection of wool blankets inspired by a mixture of myths, folklore and the lure of nature...
CULTURE
Old Village Hall Boutique
Now popular enough to warrant a a book on the subject, there's no end in sight for the "dark nostalgia" movement that's taken hold of restaurants, hotels and boutiques the world over. New York's East Village just got it's...
CULTURE
Claire de Lavallée Ceramics
by Zeva Bellel Photos by Fabrice Fortin French ceramic artist Claire de Lavallée draws on her skills from her former life as a baker to works her clay into brightly-hued organic shapes. Surrounded by wall-to-wall cupboards, cutting...
STYLE
Twinkle Pop-Up Shop
Before the fashionable yarn brand Wool and the Gang and even before celebs started toting needles, designer Wenlan Chia reinvented knitting with her chunky hoodies and sweater dresses under the name Twinkle. Over the last decade, Wenlan's evolved...
DESIGN
Giant Kolor Beanbags
by Jeremy Brautman French shop and gallery, The Dirty Cream, recently selected a handful of artists to re-imagine that dormitory staple—the beanbag chair. The upshot, Giant Kolor, a series of massive 55" x 70" pillows channels a decidedly...
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