Exploded Chair – Joyce Lin

The ubiquitous form of a wooden chair is called into question by artist and designer Joyce Lin with her “Exploded Chair”. Lin’s chair is a “response to themes of inter/dis-connectivity with our environment”, and is an unanswered question of the relationship between materiality and permanence. By encasing the separate pieces of the chair in acrylic boxes, commonly […]

Step into Kinfolk magazine

Every few months we look forward to being greeted by a gorgeous cover of Kinfolk magazine. The toothy paper, natural lit photos and bold composition are always a delight for our senses. The Design Issue The magazine founded by Nathan Williams and Doug Bischoff  in 2011 is based out of Portland.  It features photo essays, […]

Norman Kelley: Young Artists to Know About

Does one have to design a building to be called an architect?  Perhaps, but then there must be something else, a certain je ne sais quoi that makes the design more than the sum of its parts.  One group of architects continually prodding into these questions is the practice of Norman Kelley.  Founded by Carrie Norman and […]

Pezo Von Ellrichshausen: Simple Forms, Complex Spaces

Architecture’s interpretations are as varied as the individuals who practice it.  The world’s second oldest profession is kept alive by a constant stream of new designers offering fresh insights into the realm of space.  Two such architects are the duo of Maurizio Pezo and Sofia Von Ellrichshausen of Chile.  In their writings they speak of […]

A childhood fantasy come to life: Sweden’s Treehotel

We are enamored with the Treehotel located deep in the forrest of Harad, Sweden. The Treehotel lives at the very tip top of what feels like the whole world, Harad and is an excellent resting place for travelers on their way to see the Northern Lights in the nearby Arctic Circle. Owners Kent and Britta Lindvall commissioned […]

Sony Glass Sound speaker

The best design has some element of surprise, which is why we were delighted to come across the Sony Glass Sound Speaker.  This is the most untraditional bluetooth speaker we have ever seen.  The glass cylinder is able to transmit sound that is crisp and clear and is reported to capture the human voice with surprising […]

Portraits in Threads

Cayce Zavaglia has taken her skills as a painter and applied it to portraiture through embroidery.  She has been producing her photo-realistic portraits for several years. She has been showing the back or ‘verso’ of her works after she discovered that the resulting patterns yielded a captivating result worth sharing several years ago . Taking […]

Bringing Birchbark to Modern Design

Turning birchbark into a usable material is an age old Siberian craft.  Anastasiya Koshcheeva has used the material to create the ‘fabric’ for her Taburet stool. Although she has been applying the wood in different applications, in her stool she sews and folds it to create a faceted seat which when viewed from alternate angles […]

A Documentary a Day

As the winter weather rolls in, thoughts of indoor pursuits rise.  We came upon this curated list of documentaries that focus on those that have impacted the design and art world as well as films that hone in on a particular field.  A great way to spend an evening. Here are some of our top […]

When Clay Gives Way to Stone

While still in their soft state, a stone is placed on the edge of a clay vase.  The weight of the stone shapes the clay, forming a natural curve in response. Each piece is signed, numbered, and its formative stone is presented with the finished product.  The pieces are designed by Martin Azúa and produced in […]