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1millimetre x Matter of Stuff at London Design Festival 2016

A joint exhibition and pop-up shop from design studio 1millimetre and online gallery Matter of Stuff was a feature of this year’s London Design Festival, showcasing new works from a range of designers and creators.

Matter of Stuff is a London-based online design gallery and creative studio run by architects Simona Auteri and Sofia Steffenoni. They’ve brought together a community of designers, manufacturers, film makers and story tellers to promote craftsmanship through innovative design pieces.

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1_fibonacci-stone_1millimetre_matter-of-stuff_table_walnutThis exhibition also introduced the SLIT table from 1millimetre, an elegant wooden table supported by metal legs that slide into slits at four points. It’s a strikingly simple design that has a well-deserved place in Matter of Stuff’s lexicon.

Matter of Stuff usually operates as an online platform for beautiful objects, so to see some of these pieces in the tangible world was a treat. However, its online success is living proof that physical showrooms aren’t always a prerequisite for an elegant retail experience – and the added bonus is we get the stories behind the designers with a quick click of the mouse.

Only the finest design and craftsmanship make the cut with Matter of Stuff. The name comes from the raw materials that are the base of everyday object, and the design process that turns them into ‘stuff’.

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1_fibonacci-stone_1millimetre_matter-of-stuff_chair_copper_01millimetre has offices London and Beirut and believes in creating functional design for daily living. Founder Sara Jaafar studied at the Architectural Association and went on to work for Heatherwick Studio before forming her studio. “What I strive to do is create functional, comfortable and beautiful objects that people will use on a regular basis and not create an art form,” says Sara.

It may not be her intention, but we think there’s an art in what she’s creating at 1millimetre. The team at Matter of Stuff clearly agree.

Images courtesy of Matter of Stuff

Sabine Marcelis the Dawn light series

Late risers rejoice! There’s no need to get up at dawn to appreciate this beautiful time of the morning. Thanks to the Dawn light series from Dutch/New Zealand designer Sabine Marcelis, you can enjoy a sense of sunrise at any time of the day or night.

The Dawn light series is a brilliant exploration of the connections between light and colour when the sun, clouds and sky join in a cacophony of hues to break the day. The lights comprise a single white neon tube embedded in cast resin, which amplifies and manipulates colour and its intersection with light. This all serves to highlight the artistry of Marcelis.

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Based in Rotterdam, Marcelis leans towards industrial production and innovative materials and her partnerships with glass artists have resulted in new ways of layering colour onto mirrored surfaces.

“I love resin because of how you can endlessly manipulate it,” she says. “You can make it matte, play with the opacity, or make it super polished to create reflections.”

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Marcelis’ love of this material has led to recent works that involve the manipulation of polyester resin to create striking design objects. In addition to the Dawn light series, she creates giant display cubes that appear to glow around the edges in the right light.

It’s been a busy year for the Marcelis, with three new collections on display at Danish design gallery Etage Projects.  She also collaborated with OMA for the Knoll pavilion at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair and worked with jewellery whiz Gaia Repossi on a new boutique for the brand in Paris.

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Whatever her latest project may be, Marcelis is clearly a shining light on the design horizon.

Prepd Pack by Chris Place and Will Matters

A team of award-winning designers and engineers have a lunch date with a new project set to kick off early this year thanks to a clever idea and a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Prepd Pack is the brainchild of Chris Place and Will Matters, who have taken the humble lunchbox to new streamlined heights with an intelligent design and beautiful craftsmanship. Made from bamboo, the outer case is slim and lightweight with removable modular containers fitting neatly inside to hold individual elements of the perfect lunch. A set of magnetic cutlery is a clever addition and a silicone mat is an extra bonus feature of the slick design.

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When the Prepd Pack campaign finished on crowdfunding site Kickstarter at the end of February, it had raised more than US$1 million .

At the core of the design is a set of removable modular containers, which can be combined in multiple configurations to suit individual needs. The containers are leak-proof and made from the highest quality materials. Eco-friendly, dishwasher safe and made from recycled materials, the Prepd Pack is also doing its bit for the environment and ensuring no waste materials end up in landfill.

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An accompanying app makes it simple to plan and prepare lunches for a week ahead.

The app features a range of recipes and ideas designed to fit in the containers perfectly to minimise food waste. To top it of, the app looks after all calorie calculations and creates a shopping list to help you stock up without forgetting essential ingredients.

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Determined to bring style and efficiency to the lunch hour, this design team is clearly on to a winner that not only looks good but also delivers healthy and nutritional meals one day at a time.

 

Samuel Accoceberry – Porcelain+Stoneware+Wood

French designer Samuel Accoceberry doesn’t need to spell out his talents, but his latest creation, Porcelain+Stoneware+Wood, does exactly that. Designed as topographical characters representing the alphabet, each piece in the collection can be arranged and displayed as strikingly simple sculptures.

Designed in collaboration with three craftspeople – Kristiane Hink, Benoit Obe and Alexander Hay – the Porcelain+Stoneware+Wood collection was created while Samuel was a guest at Nontron research residency for 18 months as part of ‘Residences of Art in Dordogne’.

Just as its name suggests, Porcelain+Stoneware+Wood is made up of 17 individual pieces made from the three materials. Resembling an adult version of a Playmobil, Porcelain+Stoneware+Wood can be arranged and rearranged in different ways to create sculptures that are both intricate and minimalist. It’s a beautiful design that’s fun to play with, too!

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“The aim was to constitute a range of stoneware, porcelain and wooden utensils, imagined as topographical characters, expressive and in contrasting colours,” says Samuel. “Once the alphabet primer was created, you could interactively play with its 17 elements in a myriad of combinations. By dissociating, assembling, superimposing or piling items up, a number of figures were possible, with free creative reign given to the user.”

Simple and practical, the beautiful sculptures also act as stackable storage containers for the home.

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Samuel Accoceberry’s designs are regarded for their simplicity and elegance. He has worked for leading Milanese design studios, such as Paolo Zani, Antonio Citterio and Partners and Rodolfo Dordoni. Throughout his career, the Paris-based designer has also collaborated with many celebrated design companies including B&B Italia, Vitra and Arper. His designs include furniture, lighting, products and urban spaces and his work has been exhibited around world.

Porcelain+Stoneware+Wood spells out the design possibilities when three beautiful materials are combined. It’s a striking design that allows you to contribute to its unique form.

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Antonio Aricò’s Still Alive

Drawing on the masters that came before him, designer Antonio Aricò has taken the concept of still life paintings to a whole new level with the creation of a set of small storage items for organising desks.

Aricò‘s Still Alive set for Italian design brand Seletti includes a range of objects that can be rearranged time after time, allowing the user to paint their own canvas whenever inspiration strikes.

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Using a range of materials, shapes and sizes taken from different contexts, the products include a brass cup, a wooden pencil holder and a glass sphere that doubles as magnifying glass. First unveiled at the Design Miami fair in December, the set is a playful interpretation of an everyday desk organiser and combines functionality with artistic flair.

Rulers are safely out of the way in the tall terracotta pitcher-shaped volume, paperclips and tacks find a home in the wooden vase split into three parts, a porcelain bottle holds a small bouquet of flowers and the intriguing resin pyramid-shaped box can house personal treasures.

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Once you’ve taken the display apart and rearranged it for your own still life, a wooden board with footprints for each object allows you to reassemble it to reflect the original composition.

Arico’s training spans the globe, including a stint at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, where he studied Product Design. His first limited edition collection was in 2012 and called “Back Home”, an illustration of his deep connection to the traditions of the Italian artisanal communities and the country’s strong artistic identities.

Working alongside his grandfather Saverio in the Calabrian town of Reggio, Arico takes everyday objects and transforms them into pieces of art using traditional techniques with a modern twist.

Studio Twocan

A celebration of imperfections in design, sisters Maddie and Becc Sharrock of Studio Twocan create beautiful cement ceramics that reflect the colours of the Australian landscape.

Melbourne-based Studio Twocan is a creative sister act managed by Maddie and Becc. The multidisciplinary design studio specialises graphic design, branding and visual merchandising, put it’s their unique and stunning cement ceramics that are proving to be the true standout.

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Maddie and Becc have refined their range over the past two years. “We are very conscious of the short lifecycle of products in today’s world,” they say. “Studio Twocan is committed to producing good design and using quality materials.”

Becc is an experienced graphic designer and Maddie is an artist. Believing that two heads are better than one, they combine their talents to create a range that borrows equally from the design and arts world. “We challenge the ordinary, and each other, in design and production,” they say.

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Studio Twocan’s range includes cement ceramic pots, candleholders, floor lights, vases and pendant lights. The sisters use found objects to create the moulds and then pour the concrete into then. Every piece is individually handcrafted and coloured with stunning, intense pigments to create an organic layering effect, which is inspired by the colours of the Australian landscape. Each piece is polished with natural oils, creating a beautiful satin finish that conserves their brilliant colour.

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Maddie and Becc choose to work with cement for its ‘raw and unpretentious honesty’ and they view their designs as a celebration of imperfections. “We enjoy using cement as the finished work is vibrant and tactile, and this is a surprising contrast to the raw, cold, heavy-dutyness of the commercial material,” says Maddie.

Studio Twocan manage to turn imperfections into something close to perfection. Their work shows the wonderful possibilities that arise when two talents are combined.

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YStudio

There was a time when you could tell a lot about a person by their handwriting. Today, what it really shows is that we all spend too much time at a keyboard. Prized penmanship is almost a thing of the past, but this Taiwanese design company is determined to bring it back!

10313386_609336382506820_30193001740708736_nYstudio formed in 2012 with the aim of exploring vanishing cultures. Central to this is good old-fashioned handwriting, and they create beautiful pens and other writing implements to help reignite our love of stationary. Their designs are durable and minimalist – they make you want to hand write a letter to your loved one.

ystudio-brass-stationary-collection-4-960x640Ystudio believe that our modern way of life makes for a cold and convenient world. “We are devoted to exploring vanishing culture, as the tranquility and warmness in these past memories are the very living attitude modern people are eager to establish,” they say.

df8d69f3a2b94fd6e59bb7c63c49736d_thumbThe studio meticulously crafts pens from raw materials such as copper, brass and wood. There are elegant sketching pens, mechanical pencils, rollerball pens, pen cases made from brass and wood and beautifully simple brass paperweight discs. Far from your average plastic ballpoint, these are the kinds of treasures that you keep and pass on to the next generation. Ystudio refer to them as ‘artifacts’.

Ystudio-Copper-and-Brass-Writing-Instruments-Mechanical-Pencil-672x372Ystudio also reimagine objects of the past. They take film cameras, which have either ceased production or are beyond repair, and remodel them into beautiful modern lamps. “We believe that to fix an old product is not just to fix its old function,” they say.

Foto_24By applying a modern twist to traditional objects, ystudio breathe new life into objects that we once relied on and now rarely value. They’re worth writing home about.

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Dulux Colour Forecast 2016

Distant planets, 70s sci-fi style and the mysterious depths of the ocean – these are the key inspirations behind Infinite Worlds, one of four trends in the Dulux Colour Forecast 2016. Each trend is represented through beautifully styled images and Fibonacci Stone’s Bedrock terrazzo tiles create a strong anchor for the designs of Infinite Worlds.

dulux-colour-trends-2016-retro-remix-lisa-cohen-20150902183451~q75,dx1920y-u1r1g0 (1)The Dulux Colour Forecast draws on a range of influences – from international design to music, fashion and pop culture. The broad theme for 2016 is ‘Design Age’ and Dulux called on influential makers to create bespoke products for its latest forecast.

dulux-colour-trends-2016-future-past-lisa-cohen-20150902183028~q75,dx1920y-u1r1g0 (1)Dark shades dominate the Infinite Worlds palette and Elise Cakebread created bespoke colours in her Pile High Club floor cushions to represent them. Flashes of brilliant reds, pinks, coral and space-age metallic create bold contrasts to the dark hues. The bright accents are used to represent celestial objects such as planets, moons, exploding stars and colourful creatures of the deep.

dulux-colour-trends-2016-bio-fragility-lisa-cohen-20150902182653~q75,dx1920y-u1r1g0 (1)Our Bedrock terrazzo tile perfectly complements the colours of the Infinite Worlds palette. It features a spectrum of blue-brown tones, ranging from pale powder blues through to dark matte browns. These colours are blended with a deep grey concrete base to create a strong, natural tonal palette that works beautifully in interior spaces.

dulux-colour-trends-2016-infinite-worlds-sitting-lisa-cohen-20150902181855~q75,dx1920y-u1r1g0 (1)The three other trends in the Dulux Colour Forecast 2016 include Bio Fragility, which features subtle hues inspired by natural and living matter. Porcelain Bear created the elegantly balanced Porcelena bowl to represent the trend.

Exclusive-Look-at-Dulux-Colour-Forecast-2016-YellowtraceRetro Remix features an experimentation in colour combinations, where acid bright hues clash with muted tones. Grazia & Co designed the David Ottoman and Bowie side table, together known as the Bowie Remix, for this theme.

Exclusive-Look-at-Dulux-Colour-Forecast-2016-Yellowtrace-01The Future Past trend sees steampunk merging with modern design. Deep and decadent traditional hues are modernised with the addition of mustard, pink and purple. For this theme, Dulux looked to Emma Leah, master perfumer from Fleurage, to create an intriguing room scent that is bold yet refined.

Exclusive-Look-at-Dulux-Colour-Forecast-2016-Yellowtrace-13The Dulux Colour Forecast is an inspiring glimpse of the beautiful colours to come. We’re excited to see Fibonacci Stone featured among the influential themes.

Images courtesy of Dulux

Artist + Designer Julie Thévenot

With a background in the Parisian art world, designer Julie Thévenot works from her studio in Brooklyn to create large-scale wall hangings, jewelry and objects with a difference.

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Thévenot received her Masters of Fine Art from the National Superior School of Decorative Arts of Paris but decided to call New York her home. Her jewellery designs are a distinctive mix of hand-dyed sequins, leather and gold plating, but it’s her wall hangings that really catch the eye.

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Thévenot works alone in her studio, creating her designs by hand. “Sometimes I have something in mind and it doesn’t come up right away as I imagined,” she says. “Sometimes I am very persistent and it finally works, and then other times I keep it in a part of my brain and one day when it becomes more realised, I start to work on it.”

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With a mix of wood, metallic thread and leather, Thévenot wall hangings have a slight 70s feel. Her Stardust hangings are like characterful pendants for your wall, with a mix of materials that reach 24 inches in length.

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Her Sixzero series of hangings feature a circular wooden frame that surrounds a row of colourful, metallic fringing. Thévenot considers them to be like jewellery for your wall. “I wanted to have some objects that are not gallery pieces and not industrial design but a mix between them, more like lifestyle pieces,” she says. “When I started those ‘jewellery for walls’, I didn’t really see anything like it. My style is a mix between minimal, 70s, contemporary aesthetic, and 80s/90s colours.”

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Whether it’s jewellery you can wear or jewellery for your wall, Thévenot does things differently. “When creating, there is a big part that is intuition and what I feel like making, that is the result of my music, movies and travel influences,” she says.

We hope she continues to blaze her own trail.

Images courtesy of juliethevenot.com and Pinterest 

Cling Hanger by HANGDSGN

Clothes hangers are a practical household item, but they’re rarely applauded for their looks. The Cling Magnetic Clothing Hanger changes all this, bringing a stylish twist to the traditional wire hanger.

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Designed by Chicago-based HANGDSGN (which is an acronym that stands for “Home of Aspirations N Great Design), the Cling hanger provides a minimalist and space-efficient way to hang your clothing – minus the hook. The simplicity of its design allows your clothes to be the star attraction of your wardrobe and the magnetic feature also eliminates the frustration of your hangers getting tangled together.

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Lightweight and slender, the Cling hanger is made from durable ABS plastic and each hanger is fitted with Neodymium magnets at its apex. The magnets are strong enough to hold just over a kilogram in weight and have a life span of up to 10 years.

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The appeal of the Cling hanger is not only its streamlined look. It also helps to relieve weight pressure from your clothing rack so it won’t buckle under the weight of your sartorial collection.

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The Cling hanger does not dispense with a hook altogether. Instead of placing the hook at the top of the hanger, the hook is a detachable feature at the bottom and can be used to hold ties or scarfs. You can also attach the hook to a wall and hang your keys from it.

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HANGDSGN are funding production of the sleek Cling hanger through a Kickstarter campaign. The designers aim to “create products that inspire or put a twist on every day objects.” The minimalist style and space-saving efficiency of the Cling hanger shows that they’re off to a good start.

Images courtesy of HANGDSGN