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Jug
Japanese ceramicist and RCA grad Ikuko Iwamoto takes a Buddhist approach to her medium, and her flexible thinking leads to pieces that are both sculptural and functional. These meticulously hand-dotted, slip-cast porcelain jugs—designed for “a bizarre...
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Bitmap Blankets
Part of the "So Sottsass" display at London's Darkroom shop, Zuzunaga's pixelated Bitmap Blankets are a bold abstraction of a physical place. Each of the three cities, Tokyo, Shanghai and Barcelona, are photographed and compressed, then woven with...
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Megatropolis Collection
Brooklyn-based illustrator Mark McGinnis added a creative touch of his local turf to a bone china collection for London design shop SCP. The detailed Megatropolis collection features humorous ruminations on urban living, with each piece decorated by...
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London Design Festival 2014: Fresh Staples
Our previous look at this year's London Design Festival highlighted a few select newcomers for 2014, but equally exciting are the shops, satellite fairs and institutions you come to count on during any city's annual design week. Below are some of...
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Tom Dixon, Maison & Objet's Designer of the Year
by Caroline Kinneberg Tom Dixon might have received an OBE from Her Majesty in 2001, but that hasn't made him blasé about winning other awards. Cool Hunting sat down with him last week at the latest edition of Maison & Objet, Paris' colossal biannual...
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Wrong For Hay's Design and Dine
"Food is a major part of my life," British designer Sebastian Wrong tells us while sitting in the back garden of the new Hay and Wrong for Hay showroom in London's historic St James's neighborhood. Like many urban dwellers, Wrong is also fascinated...
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Fern Cycling Shoes
Tracey Neuls' Fern boot—designed exclusively for Tokyobike—features a rubber sole perfect for pedaling in, and a precautionary reflective strip down the back keeps cyclists stylishly safe while in transit, on or off the bike.
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London Design Festival 2014: 100% Norway Preview
Bergen, Norway, has a reputation for being the rainiest city in Europe, but it’s also one of the prettiest—colorful, historic wooden houses overlook its harbor and the city is set in a picturesque valley surrounded by green mountains. Additionally...
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London Design Festival 2013: Gift Guide
Each year the London Design Festival showcases an impressive range of design concepts coming out of Britain and beyond. Teeming with one-offs and prototypes aimed mostly at prosumers and journalists, the week-long, city-wide exhibition also includes...
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Tube150 Limited Edition Oyster Card Holders
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, TfL commissioned 10 UK designers to apply their talents to an Oyster Card holder. Created in collaboration with Designjunction and Outline Editions, the limited edition range includes...
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Burano Plate
Italian design duo Alcarol highlight the natural beauty of wood that's been affected by seawater and mollusks by recycling old timber poles sourced from the docks in the Venetian Lagoon. Their studio, which also operates as a woodshop and showroom...
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Throw
Wrong For Hay is an aptly named, collaborative collection of furniture and homewares conceived by Danish design label HAY and London-based designer Sebastian Wrong. To further enhance the already-brilliant range, they tapped eccentric fashion designer...
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Race Rocker
Design enthusiasts enjoying the recent resurgence of steel rod furniture should look to that of pioneer Ernest Race. The self-taught British designer turned to metal after WWII forced the country to ration more traditional materials like wood, and...
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London Design Festival 2013: Hunting & Narud
by LinYee Yuan Rough quarry granite, matte steel and a highly polished copper mirror are the elements that make up one of the most visible design objects at this year's London Design Festival. The sculptural Copper Mirrors series from Norwegian...
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Specialty Coffee Map London
London isn't just all about tea. From Climpson & Sons on Broadway Market to Kaffeine near Oxford Circus, there's a palpable coffee culture all over the city. To help navigate the multitude of cafes or discover new roasters, pick up this easy-to-read...
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Pilot Necklace
A "nostalgic take on the futuristic," Jessie Harris' handmade Pilot Necklace is inspired by 1960s sci-fi imagery. Each piece is made to order, and the rose gold plated pendants are shined to an alluringly glossy finish.
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Tortoise Floor Cushion
The doyen of covetable knitted creatures, Donna Wilson celebrates her 10th anniversary this year and has a new collection to mark the occasion. This tortoise floor cushion is as comforting to tuckered-out tikes as it is easy on the eyes for design...
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Warp and Reason Cups and Saucers
British bone china specialist Richard Brendon teamed up with the stripes-obsessed duo behind Patternity to create a hypnotic collection of teacups, coffee mugs and saucers for a perfect marriage of antiquity and modernity. Crafted by artisans in England...
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London Design Festival 2013: Creative Illuminations
Despite the recent infatuation with the Edison bulb, in the past few years there have been drastic improvements made to commercial incandescent lights; from miniature LEDs to the handsome, energy-saving Plumen. And while that remains an exciting and...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Lightning Strikes in the Grand Canyon The majesty of the Grand Canyon is one of the greatest natural wonders in the US—and the world. Even the most pedestrian photographers can capture beautiful images of the two-billion-year-old geological work...
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SodaStream's New Play, Flavors, Vending Machine and More
Things move quickly at SodaStream, particularly since they partnered with Yves Behar's fuseproject. Following the success of their completely redesigned and reengineered Source carbonated drink-maker, the brand has introduced a colorful, customizable...
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Belgraves
On the corner of a quiet street in a neighborhood surrounded by foliage-filled 19th-century squares, stylish lingerie shops and swanky cigar bars sits Belgraves, Thompson Hotels' latest project and one of London's newest designer digs. Aptly named...
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Bon Voyager
While exploring the many hubs at London Design Festival last month we came across "Bon-Voyager," a modest display of creative concept products by a select group of young Korean designers. Supported by Korea Design Membership, a government-run initiative...
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London Design Festival 2012: The Copper Impression
The use of ultra-versatile copper is on the rise, whether inspired by the 204 copper petals forming this year's Olympic torch by Thomas Heatherwick, the promise of the metal's unique patina upon years of use or its ever-increasing street value. The...
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