Author: Stephanie Dean

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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”…

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“I commit to the materials I work with and the knowledge gained from these relationships cannot be experienced by just experimenting on a superficial level. I think of them as sacred and each one will reveal itself in its own time.” – Eurico Humano   View Eurico Humano’s showroom, including “Banco Tronco” Material research and…

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“I believe every work of art or design, especially collectable design, must show an emotion; must have a strong animistic approach. We need to feel the storytelling behind the creation.” – Waldick Jatobá, curator of “MATERIAL ORIGINS”   View the full “MATERIAL ORIGINS” collection, including Luiza Caldari’s “Iris” Wall Tapestry Reflecting on the contemporary Brazilian…

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“…the ‘Windows of Design’ project highlights creatives that express a unique philosophy through their work and objects that represent a viewpoint towards design that is not purely stylistic. I wanted the items in the installation to create a dialogue with each other that was not only in harmony, but also in debate and contrast.” –…

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“It is always refreshing to admire how designers translate the richness of ancient materials and techniques into forward-looking pieces. Tradition is timeless and all-around, and the thoughtful work of all of these designers is proof of that.” – Ana Elena Mallet & Pilar Obeso, collection curators View the full collection for “The Material Language”, including…

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As objets d’art, these ten select pieces spark interest, draw the eye, and bring personality to a space. At a moment when we are spending more time at home, intriguing and versatile pieces of collectible design can enliven and complete your home environment. Within the collectible design world, objets are not necessarily functional, though some…

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Functional art finds itself in a space where utilitarian objects – furniture, tableware, and lighting, among others – take an aesthetic turn, emphasising both the functional and artistic qualities of design. Rather than purely design objects, functional art is practical and focuses on usability in everyday life. These pieces do not compromise on aesthetic value,…