Tag: Design

the magic within: swatch’s new timepiece debuts anti-magnetic materials

there is always something magical with swiss horology. this is literally the case with the latest watch design, ‘flymagic’, by swatch. it premiers their paramagnetic nivachron hairspring innovation which decreases the negative impact of the everyday environment’s magnetic fields on its mechanics. all images courtesy of swatch made from a newly […]

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FREITAG introduces lightweight accessories made of recycled plastic bottles

FREITAG ventures beyond its trusted truck tarps to launch a series of bags that feature a new material. appropriately called tarp on PET, the zurich manufacturer combines its signature tarpaulin with a textile made from 100% recycled PET bottles. the ToP line makes its debut with a new multipurpose drawstring style, dubbed the CINNAMON, […]

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vito nesta’s grand tour collection reveals more indian, egyptian, and brazilian style pieces

‘the grand tour’ is italian designer vito nesta’s story of a long journey, sometimes real and sometimes idealistic, inspired by itineraries of the young renaissance, which finally reaches a figurative maturity as a sensory and emotional tale. the collection, which nesta extends from time to time, now features even more dishes, cushions, and fabrics. […]

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hästens unveils linen collection by lars nilsson under a sky of paper cut flowers

hästens (read designboom’s interview with CEO jan ryde here) has unveiled its latest collection of bed linens in collaboration with fashion designer lars nilsson. during stockholm design week, the luxury swedish bed manufacturer transformed the city’s eric ericsonhallen church through a dreamy presentation where paper flowers hung above pastel-hued linens […]

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Reflections on letterhead collecting, with accompanying (gorgeous) samples

Steven Heller calls himself a “letterhead” — that is, someone who collects letterhead (compare with “Deadhead”); his brief reflections on his passion for Design Observer and interesting and well-observed, but they’re not a patch on the actual samples of beautiful, bygone letterhead from his collection. Letterhead collectors are not a monolithic cult. […]

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alex israel reveals color gradient collaboration for RIMOWA

premium luggage brand RIMOWA reveals details of its latest collaboration, a candy-hued collection with multimedia artist alex israel. the limited edition suitcases feature vibrant gradients inspired by the artist’s sky backdrop paintings, a series of skyscapes airbrushed by a hollywood studio crew that does backdrops for film. images courtesy of […]

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seungyeon shim adapts a korean traditional oil lamp for the contemporary setting

‘onyang lamp collection’ is a series of lamps designed with the goal of creating contemporary objects that interact with the materials and collections used in the architecture of the onyang folk museum. the project is based on onyang folk museum by architect itami jun (1937-2011) and seokchul kim (1943-2016) in […]

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NIKE’s biketown ‘wraps’ celebrate black history month with traditional african designs

in celebration of black history month, the NIKE-sponsored bike share system, biketown, released its first ‘culture collection’— a fleet of bikes designed by company color designer marcellus johnson. the five biketown bikes are be available in portland, oregon, and feature a wrap design, inspired by NIKE’s 2019 black history month collection. […]

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lumme lamp by joanna laajisto mimics the delicate beauty of water lilies

translating to water lily in english, the ‘lumme’ lamp series is the latest lighting design from finnish interior designer joanna laajisto. its soft shape was highly influenced by the lakeside nature of her holiday home in karjalohja, finland. ‘diving through the water lilies and looking at the leaves against the […]

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ryuichi kozeki updates the construction of wooden chairs in ‘wedge’ collection

in an attempt to update the construction of ‘simple’ wooden chairs, japanese designer ryuichi kozeki has created a prototype series with a distinct wedge-shaped part that connects the back and seat, creating a curve that perfectly supports the small of the back. presented at the greenhouse during this year’s stockholm […]

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nadja zerunian hides deadly poisons inside beautifully crafted objects

dinner is served! but beware of the ten carefully composed place settings by vienna-based designer nadja zerunian. entitled ‘Dinner, Darling!’, the series appears seductively beautiful featuring intricately crafted objects, but actually contains poisonous substances and life-threatening toxins. images by mark glassner ‘Dinner, Darling!‘ comprises eleven 300 x 300mm trays, each […]

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design indaba festival 2019 preview: activism takes center stage

design indaba 2019: the annual conference bringing together internationally-acclaimed architects, designers, emerging talents, critics, and art enthusiasts, dedicated towards showing how creativity can make a better world, returns next month. the festival brings with it a crop of international speakers, 20 of which have already been announced, whilst exposing 50 ‘emerging creatives’ from south […]

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Overtime: Jan 21 – Jan 27

Posted by YESNIK, January 27, 2019 More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Sterling Ruby’s massive sculptures to go on display in Dallas. Frieze Art Fair unveils artists, films and talks for inaugural L.A. event. Snarkitecture’s pop-up installation brings beach season to Chicago’s Navy Pier. Tupac Shakur’s erotic artworks […]

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jesper waldersten paints flowing figures that swim in the dark blue walls of portal bar

stockholm-based studio claesson koivisto rune has completed designs for portal bar, intended to be a ‘mischievous’ younger sibling to its main restaurant. in contrast to the dining area which adopts a typically scandinavian approach with light wood and light grey walls, the bar is unmistakably dark and moody with abstract art guiding its […]

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Google Chromecast ambient mode UI changes are rolling out to more users

This won’t be the most important thing you’ll read all day, but we’re getting so many tips about it that we had to write a post. Back in April 2018, Google was spotted testing changes to the Chromecast ambient mode/home screen, and the new UI is now rolling out more widely. Most people probably won’t […]

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iris van herpen uses laser cutting techniques to create 3D anamorphic couture

dutch designer iris van herpen takes inspiration from celestial maps and outer space galaxies with her latest collection, which she describes as an ‘evolution of the human shape’. herpen’s latest haute couture collection titled ‘shift souls’, presented at palais des beaux-arts in paris, features eighteen looks with ‘concentration on dissected and voluminous layering’. […]

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