Author: Stephanie Dean

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“[This collection] presents studios which generally are not interested in the ‘spectacular’, but rather on problematizing the ‘normal’; studios interested less in the ‘innovative’ and more on the ‘banal’, values usually looked-down upon in design culture.” – Juan García Mosqueda, curator of “HACKING INDUSTRY” All 3D renders by Nazzareno Giannelli, styled by Martin Clausen.  …

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“The city has a very post-industrial nostalgic vibe, a reminiscence of French grandeur, diversity, and political clashes, and this is precisely why I believe the artists from such a special environment come up with a strong message that also translates in the works that you find in FICTIONS.” – Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte, curator of “FICTIONS” All…

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From cow dung to mushroom mycelium to 3D printed sand, this edit showcases examples of contemporary collectible design created from unexpected media. Similar to the unassuming construction and waste materials mentioned in a previous Adorno edit, these makers have looked beyond traditional media to develop practices based around the unexpected. They make use of non-traditional…

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Thinking of the realm of ceramics, objects such as tableware, vases, or sculpture often come to mind. But, what about ceramic furniture? This edit features a selection of tactile, textural, and colourful ceramic furniture from the inventive minds of talented makers. Increasingly prevalent in the last few years, this aspect of contemporary ceramics allows makers the…

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“We have been influenced by an understanding [and] respect for time within all processes to achieve the desired quality of results and the importance of [a] knowledge of the past and inheritance to have a clear vision on the direction towards the future.” – Laura & Gabriela Noriega of Tributo View Tributo’s showroom, including “Your…

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Developing from historic roots in master workshops around the world, this edit presents a selection of designers whose work highlights the beauty of contemporary woodworking. Carved, turned, oiled, lacquered, or painted, each designer emphasises the material knowledge and craft skill associated with this long-held artistic tradition. The resulting pieces show the flexibility of this seemingly…

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“…throughout my creations I want them to set a mood, to convey a feeling. I don’t want you to pass by that object daily and just say, ‘Ah yes, that’s just my lamp’. I want it to make you feel something and hopefully acknowledge its presence.” – Vanessa Singenzia of UAU All images courtesy of…

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On the cusp of functional and decorative, the ten mirrors curated here bring both light and a sense of personality to the spaces they inhabit. They offer a moment of reflection – literally and figuratively – and elevate our living environments in a simple, yet visually intriguing manner. The variety of materials and techniques used…

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“I am often drawn to forms that showcase the material in interesting ways. Sometimes my work ends up cartoonish and sometimes it is brutalist, but I think it always has my design language in it. This is something I don’t consciously pursue, I think it’s just a side effect of my aesthetic values in practice.”…

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Gathering inspiration in unexpected places and seeing the beauty of discarded materials. This edit highlights a selection of design studios who employ a more sustainable approach to material use, developing pieces which juxtapose original material histories with their final, collectible forms. They create an interwoven narrative of old and new, cast away and repurposed. Possibilities…

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“Instead of consistently working within a specific form or function, we seek to communicate the changes that we see in the world and our own behaviours through techniques and materialities that best convey and challenge it.” – Christian + Jade All images courtesy of the designers.   View Christian + Jade’s showroom, including “Gathering Heat”…