Homemade Shade | GOLDSON

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Arnaud Eubelen is a young Belgian designer based in Liège. He studied industrial design at ESA Saint-Luc in Liège and at ENSAV La Cambre, Brussels.
In 2014, Arnaud launched Goldson, a new brand of handcrafted sunglasses. Setting up a collection of six different models coming in various shapes and shades, Goldson reinvents the traditional wooden glasses.
The idea was to use simple and natural materials such as wood, brass and glass in order to simplify the fabrication and assemblage of the object and therefore to allow a homemade production.
Several tools have been designed to achieve this project: the laser-cut frames and branches are bent using wooden templates; the frames are then chamfered and dyed by hand. The whole piece is finally assembled following a new system, without using any screws or glue.
This process enables Arnaud to cut the number of operations usually encountered with conventional building methods, to increase the strength, flexibility and lightness of his glasses and to reduce the cost of this must-have accessory.
And the great thing is: Goldson will come in a new range of exotic wood this next coming month!

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Deep Sea I HAUS COUDEYRE

HAUS_COUDEYRE_Lookbook_credit_Mous_Lamrabat_1 From now on, the fashion label run by Marc-Phillippe Coudeyre and Jan Verheyen will be known as haus COUDEYRE.
This Belgian brand – 100% manufactured in Europe – is here for the modern nomad: a confident, strong woman who is always on the go. haus COUDEYRE always aims for sophisticate simplicty, with a touch of fun. Though themes and inspiration change, colourful designs, happy prints and inspiring textures return each season

Ink, the SS15 collection, is inspired by a sea-faring wanderer, adding a maritime touch. Silky curves, sparkling lurex and eclectic prints are topped off with a summery colour palette of deep-sea blue’s, beachy ivory and sunset orange.

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Up in the clouds I LIPARUS

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Belgian brand Liparus launched five new objects during the last edition of INTERIEUR. Liparus is a design atelier that mainly manufactures contemporary pieces, with an authentic approach and an eye for innovation and quality. Each piece in their latest collection was designed by a different Belgian designer, creating an mixture of genres and styles.
One of them is Brussels-based Damien Gernay, who designed the Nuage table. Gernay’s work is defined by the interaction between spontaneity and control, by soft edges and rough sides. Nuage is marked by creative detailing. A secret manufacturing process creates a blurred, clouded pattern in each table leg . Every leg is different, and therefore each table is entirely unique. The table top is available in three versions: electric blue, white and wood.

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The shadow and the self I GABRIEL ISAK
Gabriel Isak, a young photographer from Sweden, started his photographic journey when his father gave him a compact camera. Ever since, he used this machine to document life around him, often with himself as the subject.
 
His series The shadow and the self is inspired by a quote from Carl Jung: “To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light. Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites, one begins to understand what is meant by the self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle.”
His objective is to bring his experiences to life, in a way that’s relatable to other. He uses his own creativity an combines it with digital techniques. The icy color scheme with grey, black, cool blue and brown underscores his work’s dark mood
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Manual I MICHELE MATHISON

Breaking-Ground Michele Mathison is a sculptor and installation artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Manual studies the the value of common objects, things we use every day and that you can find in places like hardware stores, markets and on the side of the road.
It is interesting that people can regard the same objects in very different ways. By placing mundane objects like spades, picking axes and shopping trolleys in a new context, they are given a new meaning. By combining multiple objects, Mathison creates movement and beautiful sculptures that comment on the ”brutality and integrity” of labour.

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Charcoal I STUDIO FORMAFANTASMA

Charcoal-by-Formafantasma-1 Studio Formafantasma is an Italian design duo based in Amsterdam. Their body of work is characterized by experimental material investigations and by issues like the relationship between tradition and local culture.
In this project, Charcoal, Formafantasma drew inspiration from the tension between the negative connotation of charcoal, causing pollution and destruction, and its beneficent use in healthcare and water purification. Charcoal has been widely used and misused since ancient times. The Egyptians firstly used it as a water and air filter, but it was later banned for causing deforestation and pollution.
With this project, they wanted to highlight the burnt wood’s traditionally healthy aspects. In collaboration with a glass blower and a wood carver, the designers produced a series of jars and wooden water filters made from unusual biodegradable materials.

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The fans I RAW COLOR

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RAW color is a studio based in the Netherlands, working across different disciplines including graphic design, photography, textile … The Fans is an installation created for an exhibition at the LYNfabrikken in Denmark. It consists of a tribune with 15 coloured fans, spread out on three rows. Each blade of the fan has a different color. When the fans start working, the combination of color and motion creates beautiful blended circles.
Because these fans are placed on three different rows they can perform a choreography, on a stage before a pitch blak backdrop. When ‘performing’, the working fans interact with the ones that are standing still creating inspiring and tantalizing motions and patterns.

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Sartorial Santa | MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Top-notch designers gave mister Claus a contemporary spin and updated his wardrobe, fitting for 2015. No fluffy fur and no reindeers but sleek suits and minimal cuts. And if you’re a bit late sending Christmas cards, no worries: you can download the cards for free at Joint London‘s Christmas website.

Merry Christmas!

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First | LAETITIA BICA

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First is the very first monograph of Brussels-based photographer Laetitia Bica. This piece collects years of visual and artistic research of her photographs into a tangible book.
To Laetitia, photography is like a dialogue. Her work is characterized by a playful approach towards reality and creates a new universe of beauty, full of clichés and humor.

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Design Down Under I DANIEL EMMA

DE_BIG_mishmash_chairs_web_o Studio Daniel Emma, hailing from Adelaide, has expanded its scope. While previously focusing mainly on accessories, they have now launched a collection of furniture and lightning – all handmade in Australia.
They started their design studio in 2008, as a way to express their thoughts and ideas through products. Starting from simple shapes and forms, they create unexpected objects. You might know their work from the Wrong for Hay cones and towers. Drawing insight and influence from Australian culture, landscape and everyday life, they look differently at things that seem commonplace at first. The use of material, shapes and colour reflect the diversity and general niceness that is so typical of that land down under.

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Stuhlhockerbank I KRAUD

kraud-public-space-chairs Stuhlhockerbank, by German design studio Kraud, is a series of seating for public spaces. The unusual form of the bench makes people think in an other way about how to sit in a public space. The object seems familiar and yet at the same time surprising, enhanced by a sensual and poetic dimension. It’s giving you the possibility to make an other connection with the public space but also with the people around you. Are you going to sit in front of someone, or are you turning your back at the other person?

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Aura I BJORN VAN DEN BERG

Bjørn-van-den-Berg-Aura-01-e1398591399741 The Aura series is a project by young Norwegian designer Bjørn van den BergAura is a collection of hemispherical shaped mirrors that have been developed using solid aluminium that has been electroplated with copper, chrome or nickel, producing a beautiful finish.
The shape and the material of the mirrors turns the whole of the object into a reflecting surface rather than just one side, like our standard mirrors. When the object is exposed to light, reflections come from the flat mirror surface and from the circular body. This creates different reflections, making you aware of your surroundings and the changes in light throughout the day.

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Sequence Zero I STUDIO HANDS

Naamloos2 Studio Hands is specialized in graphic design and illustration. They design campaigns, identities and publications for all kinds of media. In each project they search for a unique and powerful concept. For Sequence Zero – a creative workspace and co-working place in Arnhem – they designed a flexible signage system. Sequence Zero is a place where people can create in a stimulating environment and, because of the different disciplines that ar at work at the same place,  it’s also a place where cross-fertilization finds place and creative fields overlap. Besides it’s obvious function of pointing out the way, the signing system also functions as a visual representation of what Sequence Zero is.

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Wish you were there | OLAFUR ELIASSON

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You know those interesting and beautiful exhibitions stuck on your wish you were there-list because they’re too far away from your hometown to actually visit? Well, RIVERBED by Olafur Eliasson is one of those. He’s one of those artists/designers/architects who really knows how to represent all of those slashes in his work. He merges spaces and atmospheres together in such an autonomous way that it leaves you speechless.
Imagine yourself taking a walk along the riverbed of Eliassons’ work inside Louisiana instead of wandering around your local forest. Wouldn’t that be a dream?

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Graphic worlds I KHUAN+KTRON

planisphere-personal_o Previous weekend I visited Grafixx, a festival in Antwerp bringing together the most exciting graphic artists, illustrators and publishers.  Among those talented graphic artists was studio KHUAN+KTRON. The studio consists out of Ningtiendo Sehgah (JAP), Mikhail Mitmalkan (RUS) and Steebz (BE).

KHUAN+KTRON makes colourful, meticulous infographics, illustrations and layouts. They create beautiful graphic worlds with an extreme amount of detail. Let your eyes feast on the colours and beautiful illustrations, keep looking and you’ll keep finding new things.
Their work has been feautured in magazines such as Wired UK Magazine, De Tijd, Weekend Knack,…

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Whiffs of fashion I AGONIST

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Scandinavian usually reads a a synonym for minimalism, but in the case of AGONIST we’re reaching the borders of haute couture rather than entering the world of wooden furniture and tasteful design. And that’s actually no surprise considering the forces behind the label have a history in fashion. AGONIST is founded by Christine and Niclas Lydeen, partners in life and creativity. Christine is the one with a background in fashion, who decided to trade her Parisian life for a future in Sweden. That’s where and when she met Niclas, an Art Director and visual artist. The two hooked up and decided to focus on perfume instead, baptizing their label AGONIST, as in agony or pain. A pretty ironic tongue-in-cheek name considering the fact perfume exalts nothing but delight. They operate under the poetic tagline: “Unique fragrances embraced by handcrafted Swedish glass”.

So far, AGONIST has launched a series of nine scents that are ranged from ethereal to audacious, approaching the art of smell like an intriguing spectrum. Bearing in mind their professional history, Christine and Niclas consider the packaging to be equally important as the perfume itself. You can opt to have your scent bottled in limited handmade crystal bottles in their sculpture line or to take it with you in a more subdued uniform spray bottle. The latter are uniform, but every scent is recognisable through the variable colour of the small droplet on the bottom of the flask. It subtly relates to the colour of their more extravagant counterpartyed art bottles. The fragrances are therefor color-coded. The bottle label provides a full list of ingredient notes. In short AGONIST is about perfume as a multi-sensorial statement-piece. There’s something mesmerizing about them, maybe because those bottles hold something that is just as intangible and beautiful as the Northern Light.

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Moving Mountains I SYRETTE LEW

7 Moving Mountains is a collection by Hawaiian-born but now Brooklynite Syrette Lew. She designs bags and jewelry in her own studio, but her speciality is furniture design.
The objects in this collection balance between useful simplicty and playful quirkiness. Geometric shapes and spunky colours give them a modern, minimalist vibe with a twist.  The name Moving Mountains is a tribute to the Hawaiian archipelago and its “imperceptible movement northwestward”: the island are constantly moving up north.
All objects are made of handcrafted woodworking techniques, in combination with black steel. Lew uses wood, because there’s a familiarity to it that no other material has. This makes it a perfect material for at home, and adds a sense of timelessness.

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Cartons and Coffee beans | CARL KLEINER x ICA

CK_ICA-fastigheter_construction Carl Kleiner has added yet another clever series to his oeuvre. Miles away from the usual supermarket ads – blatant colours, loud slogans, big logos – he kept things clean and simple for ICA. He created playful scenes that evoke the of surroundings of a supermarket, using products that you can find in the store. Milk cartons, broccoli, pasta, sugar cubes and coffee beans all play their part in these miniature worlds.

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Sleek | NON

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NON is a new Polish fashion brand, launched by Anna Dobek and Agata Macios. Its debut collection consists of five sleek, timeless pieces. These high-quality, minimalistic garments can be combined at will, creating a perfect base for your wardrobe. Clean cuts and seemingly simple lines will make you stand out in the chicest way.
Each piece is made from fine merino wool – which is sure to keep you warm – and is produced in Poland under decent social, environmental and ethical circumstances.

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Cooking techniques | THINGK

CLOGK Considering electronic devices are becoming more and more influential in our lives, Italian design studio Thingk are looking at ways to adapt technology to a more natural model of interaction, based on touch, voice ­recognition and physical gestures. Fed up with boring looks, poor quality and a lack of innovation, the first two products in the GK series combine sleek design with innovative technology. The clock and scales are controlled by simple hand movements, making it easy and natural to use.

Resting on one side, the LED numbers of GKILO function as scales, displaying the weight of the objects you put on top.  When you flip it over, the lights will display the current time. You can easily reset the scale or adjust the time by hand motion.
The second object – CLOGK – acts as an eye-catching paperweight or accessory, but when activated it also functions as an analog clock or a kitchen timer.
Both the GKILO and CLOGK have a wireless connection to a mobile app, expanding their options: when weighing an object on GKILO, users can utilize the app to identify the object as a specific food item. The app will use the food type and weight to estimate cooking time, and transmit the information to CLOGK, setting it into timer mode. This connection between products allows for seamless and simple interaction.

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