Premiere: "Stranger" by VOWWS
With their journey beginning in Sydney, Matt and Rizz of the Australian/Iranian duo VOWWS are now settled in LA and casting sublime, carefree West Coast temperaments into their shadowy, distortion-filled pop songs. Through bold spunk, they wrote...
1920s German Light Bulb Voltage Tester Bar
Restoration Hardware has replicated a 1920s-era lightbulb tester found in Germany and turned it into a bar cart for the vintage-industrial-minded decorator with a penchant for booze. The Sputnik-shaped iron orb hinges open to reveal bottle shelves...
Adam Štěch Providing arguably the most comprehensive collection of salvaged modernist design from the former Czechoslovakia or Eastern and Central Europe is Prague-based Nanovo. Founded by Adam Karásek and Jiří Mrázek...
Anyone who has wrestled with the trauma of a tiny city apartment has had to endure small, dim lights or, at the very least, a lack of accessible outlets. Cooper Union graduate Dennis Murphy combined his love for interior design with what he calls...
Designer Nicole Messina combines unconventional materials to create edgy accessories with a whimsical twist. Inspired by frequent childhood trips to hardware stores with her father, Messina became fascinated with reinventing industrial materials...
Studio Visit: Miya Ando
The anodization of aluminum—a process common in everything from carabiners to satellites to medical equipment—is yet another factory method to fall under the provenance of fine art. Miya Ando's work, created through a process of dip...
Balancing a spare, industrial aesthetic with the richness of fine jewelry, designer Laura Wass has opened up an interesting niche for herself in the market. With Fall 2012 she has launched WXYZ, a focused line of "DNA" and jacks bead necklaces, rubber...
Zilla Spring/Summer 2011
Sylvia Pichler, a young Italian architect, prefers designing handbags over skyscrapers. Drawing on industrial materials typically reserved for insulation, interior decoration or even air filtering, Pichler creates curiously elegant bags under the...
The Index Ltd
Tucked away on an anonymous street in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood, the storefront and gallery The Index Ltd is almost as rare a find as the objects it harbors. The space—home to the work of Jonathan Roquemaure—represents the culmination...
Strawser & Smith
Located in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood, Strawser & Smith specialize in home furnishings repurposed from America's industrial past. The newly minted shop boasts a meticulously edited collection, primarily sourced from defunct industries of...
Photographer Alejandra Laviada
Mexico City most often conjures visuals involving a profusion of bright colors and bustling energy, possibly even tacky souvenirs or dice hanging from rear view mirrors. While her hometown's influence is mildly apparent in her work, Alejandra...
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Borrowed a stapler? Typing a personal email? Filing your nails from inside your office? Of course, you don't want gawkers watching your every move. As office space becomes tighter, we're crammed in closer quarters without an ounce of privacy...
Matt Proctor and AixÃ© Djelal are Portland based cast aluminum artisans who create a range of one-of-a-kind decoratives and architectural elements. AixÃ© describes their work as "molten lava frozen in space," and...
NatureMill Automatic Kitchen Compost Machine
The NatureMill automatic compost machine is designed to sit unobtrusively in your kitchen. Its aesthetic may be neutral, but it's a small price to pay for the huge benefits it providesâ€”an estimated landfill savings of more than...
Flexicomb by PadLAb
As one might deduce from its name, Flexicomb is a new flexible, honeycomb-shaped material with a million possible uses. The design, conceptualized by PadLAb's Dan Gottleib while in architecture school, consists of thousands of synthetic polypropylene...
Core77 Reports on CES
Core77, the Industrial Design Supersite, was also present at the global electronics spectacle we know and love as CES. Sure, it was a few weeks ago, but there was just so much to see that you can't possibly be done trying to get the details. Offering...