Two-faced Furniture | NORELL/RODHE

5 Located in the city of Liepaja in western Latvia, Karosta – which translates as War Port or Navy Harbor – used to be a secret military town for the Russian Empire and later on for the Soviets. After regaining independence in 1991, the population dropped and the city consequently fell into a state of partial decay.

Today however, Karosta’s area remains quite contradictory: characterful Czar-era palace-like buildings sit right next to Soviet-era blockhouses, which makes up the strange yet remarkable identity of the former USSR naval base and continues to draw in tourism as well as a dynamic art community.
In order to revitalize the city, Homemade Dessert, in cooperation with Liepaja City Council and a number of local artists, organized a series of competitions. They invited designers to rethink Karosta’s urban furniture (bus stops, benches, playgrounds …) as part of the third international architecture vision competition on Karosta, Latvia: War town Microtecture.

Stockholm-based architecture studio Norell/Rodhe won the second prize with their entry “Peekaboo”. They designed a series of  clever “spatial conundrums” using the existing housing blocks to conceive new smaller community spaces and to form a framework for cultural interaction. Each piece is displayed across the city and sets up a spatial relation between furniture and sight, as well as furniture-to-furniture.


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Unexpected places I DANIELLE KROLL

DKroll_UnexpectedPlaces_01 Imagine yourself flipping through an old book and suddenly seeing a funky rainbow snake slithering down a hill or two giant swans in a sea bay? These are the magical and wacky creations of Danielle Kroll, a Brooklyn based artist and designer.
It’s hard not to smile when viewing Danielle Kroll’s illustrations. They are full of color and she has a very playful style.
She uses books she bought at thrift shops and old dusty bookstores or saved from the trash. By using these in her paintings, she gives these forgotten books a chance to be seen again. Instead of boring old books they become something magical, with hidden little treasures inside.


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Stadtderzukunft Hansaviertel is a small locality within the central Mitte borough of Berlin, between Großer Tiergarten park and the river Spree. It was constructed for the 1957 International Building Exhibition and was considered a model of modern city planning. Iconic archi­tects such as Wal­ter Gropius, Alvar Aalto, Arne Jac­ob­sen and Egon Eier­mann were invited to design and build the new Hansavier­tel by stand­ards of and in the style of mod­ern architecture.

Matthias Heiderich, a self taught photographer living in Hamburg, made a series about Hansaviertel called ‘Stadt der Zukunft’, focusing on architectural elements and details. With an extraordinary eye for composition, he creates visually intriguing images emphasizing the strong lines and shadows.


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Artist in Residence | TOOGOOD


Faye and Erica from the well-known design Studio TooGood launched their brand new fashion label Toogood this year. With their latest collection of unisex outerwear coming up for Paris Fashion Week, it would be a shame not to mention them.

One of their projects is an installation for Hostem. The mezzanine floor of this London shop was turned into an inspiring surrounding, a place that feels as if Faye and Erica have been using it as an artists atelier to work on their first collection of 10 unique coats. Each coat is inspired by a different kind of worker or craftsman, like a chemist, an oil rigger or a milkman. The installation reflects the vision of the designer coats in a very unique way, in all their hand painted, industrial, raw charm. As their own Toogood manifesto – hanging from the wall – says, they reject “the voracious cycle in which spring/summer is devoured by autumn/winter, and autumn/winter is in turn devoured by spring/summer.”, meaning their pieces cross those artificial boundaries and don’t have a best-by date.

The air around the Toogoods’ breathes something honest and pure, but experimental and daring at the same time, making their brand a beautiful new addition to the fashion world.


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Jean Genies I DAWN DENIM

tumblr_n6pmp2NHFm1tdaw2oo1_1280 You take three German friends, a shared vision and one poem by Langston Hughes. What do you get? A denim brand named DAWN. Under the title It’s a new day, their first collection was recently launched. Don’t expect an extensive wardrobe; what you’ll find is just a small range of perfectly fitting key-items like jackets and jeans. Their design concept is all about patchwork and detailing, and they have been experimenting with premium fabrics and washes to top that off. The highlight of this collection is a special kind of Japanese denim with copper coated weft threads which have gotten a subtle metal shine after washing.
But what lies beneath that splendour is equally important. The jacket linings for instance are made from traditional woven Vietnamese silk, what makes them comfortable to wear. Less is more, definitely not a bore.

These idealists might say they’re simply after fun and switching up traditions, but they mean business and take pride in showcasing intelligent, multi-beneficial creativity. They believe that responsibly produced high-quality fashion should come at an affordable price, not at a humanitarian or ecological cost. Every piece is manufactured in their own factory in Saigon, Vietnam. They practice what they preach, and work there themselves. To give back to society, they are also supporting the Vinh Son Montagnard Orphanage and the adjoining Sewing School, investing in the future of the local children and their eduction.

DAWN is not run by smart talking CEO’s, but by clever designers with the good kind of dirty hands who assure you that every piece you buy comes with transparency about the supply chain and the guarantee of humane working conditions for every person involved in the DAWN-story. Economists may call that a win-win situation, quality-seekers think of it as a showcase of beauty that comes from the inside as well as the outside.





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Untitled-2 Giles Miller Studio specializes in the creation of innovative surface and interior design projects. Both playful and experimental, the surfaces they create are composed of small identical handcrafted elements, usually made out of metal, wood or ceramic, and placed side by side at varying angles. This process results in stunning textures that react to light in distinctive ways, creating  pixelated compositions that marry architecture with beautiful interior finish. All their projects are designed in-house, manufactured in the UK and assembled at Giles Millers’ studio space in Spitalfields, London. Among their clients, some of the world’s most prestigious brands, such as British Airways, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Selfridges, Stella McCartney, The Metropolitan Hotel, or London Design Museum. A.S. Untitled-4 13-Surface-Design-Giles-Miller-Studio-yatzer Untitled-6 Untitled-5 Untitled-1

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A glimpse of what’s coming | TRAVEL STORIES

Not only our passion for travel, but mostly our curiosity to discover new things is the driving force behind our newest travel series. We’re often missing the real look and feel of the place. To truly show what a city is all about, to convey the real look and feel of a place, we proudly present our latest project: the travel report according to Baroness O.
In short day-to-night videos we want to make you feel like you’ve been there with us and like you’ve had a taste of it yourself.

After a few months of preparations we’re very proud to present our very first report, New York. During our stay we dive into the underground of the city to discover the newest things.
With an inspiring city guide as a result.



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Satisfaction Guaranteed I LINA FORSGREN

IMG_6415-2_905 Lina Forsgren is a multidisciplinary graphic designer, illustrator and art director based in Stockholm. In Satisfaction Guaranteed she shows us how we created a society that is built on consumption and that most of the time we think about life through products and services.

This project consists of a film, printed fabrics, a magazine liting the 50 top selling words and several 3D objects. What we see is how our society is brainwashed with marketing strategies. It emphasizes how surrealistic our reality has actuallybecome.


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Contains pig I PIG 05049

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In Belgium the concentration of pig livestock is amongst the highest in the world. Yet we rarely see pigs because they are raised in large production units and only visible when transported to the slaughterhouse. Afterwards different parts of the pig get shipped throughout the world and become part of objects we use on a daily basis. You could say pigs have become invisible in a globalised system. Not only as a living animal but also as a part of a new processed good.

This is the reason why Dutch artist Christien Meindertsma choose a pig as her research subject. She spent three years researching all the products that can be made from one single pig. Every page of Pig 05049 contains a new product shown at their true scale with additional information placed at the bottom of the left page.  The cover of the book is made out of pigs skin with the stud worn by the pig attached to the spine.

It is remarkable to discover how many products contain parts of a pig. Some products we all know and easily recognise such as different cuts of meat, bacon, hamburgers, sausages, dog food …  Amongst some of the more unexpected results were: cosmetics, ammunition, cigarettes, paint, chewing gum, candy, wine, pudding, beer …  Pig 05049 connects one pig to producers, products and finally consumers. It illustrates the disconnection we have with the products we use.


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Monster Mash | HELL’O MONSTERS

detail-the-wheeljpg As a kid, where you afraid of monsters hiding under your bed? Jerôme Meynen, François Dieltiens and Antoine Detaille probably weren’t. Proof: their alter ego’s Hell’O Monsters. Since their first meeting in the late 1990′s, this Brussels collective has evolved from a trio of committed graffiti artists to passionate illustrators who focus on sculpture, installations and wall drawings.

Their artworks are like hand enlighted manuscripts that have been sieved through the filter of street art, resulting in a delicate and fresh visual style. What you’re looking at are intricate drawings that border between medieval fairy tales and surrealism.
Hell’O Monsters have created their own fantastic world that is populated by hybrid characters hovering between human and animal. They sprout from the well-known exquisite corpse-method that was made famous by Magritte, Dali and others: a text or drawing that is continuously written or drawn by various people, resulting in a senseless (but original) ending. The quirky figures invented by the Hell’O Monsters are literal cadavres exquises; strange beings that look like they have been assembled from various (body) parts.

Doctor Frankenstein himself surely couldn’t have done a better job. All the mesmerizing spookiness that sprouts from their pens is mixed with colourful humour, and the occasional flash of an acid smiley that is popping through. These 3 modern monks (or should we say: monksters?) could be called lovechildren of Hieronymus Bosch and Tim Burton. No wonder why that when you’re watching these strange figures performing their danse macabre, you could almost hear Camille Saint-Saëns’ music rolling out of the pictures.


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Count on your fingers | JOOOLRY

p_MG_4186-CUT-8_800_800 JoOoLRY is the – what’s in a name – jewelry line founded by Cho Hyunjung. From her studio in Stockholm, she experiments with what jewelry is and what it could be. She is driven by the interaction between the wearer and what she is wearing, how they experience and sense the connection between body and object.
One of her most wearble collections is 0,1,7,8,9. The geometric shapes and combinations all go back to one of these numbers. Stripped from context and details, what remains are minimalistic yet sturdy shapes. Their size gives them a playful touch, and makes them a perfect focal point on anyone’s fingers. 


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The Swiss duo Bastien Aubry and Dimitri Broquard started their collaboration as a graphic design studio named Flag. Feeling limited in the graphic medium, they started a search for something new, which they found something in ceramics. Combining design and art, they explore the world of possibilities in ceramics. Les Cruches Molles shows a collection of clayed anthropomorphic ceramic forms. Because of their background in graphic design, they weren’t restricted by the  rules of ceramic art, allowing them to experiment without boundaries. The jugs have been sabotaged until they became dysfunctional objects of everyday life. Their work is very expressive, humorous and poetic at the same time.

Aubry and Broquard used the surface of the cups as a canvas, painting them with the traditional blue Delft color and combining classic landscapes and knights with car accidents, weird faces and other absurd scenes.


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Up in the air | FLOTO+WARNER

10476-8757698-f_w_006 Even tough these images might look just a tiny bit digitally enhanced, they definitely aren’t! Colourant is a series of images by Cassandra Warner and Jeremy Floto – the photographing couple behind Floto+Warner – who captured these images by shooting faster than the human eye: at a speed of 1/3,500th of a second they can capture time and make ‘the ephemeral become eternal’ by freezing the action. The liquids now seems to float in mid-air, almost like sculptures, with each its own special effect and unique touch. And a nice bonus: the colours used are water-based, non-staining and non-toxic, not only making them look good but also making them environmentally friendly at the same time.


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Stationery Compositions | PRESENT & CORRECT

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Stationery was never an overly exciting phenomenon, but thanks to Present & Correct, it’s all changing. You will want to reorganise your desk everyday, and reboot your pencil case while you’re at it. As both founders are graphic designers, you will not be disappointed: mundane, daily objects will start a new life as pieces in an imaginary grid on your desk, or anywhere else.

Not only do they advertise new products in exciting compositions, they have also started a side project called Stationery Compositions. It’s a treat for the eyes, and an inspiration for a boring day at the office.

Also, some important dates you don’t want to forget this month, courtesy of P&C :
3 Forgiveness Day / 8 World Cat Day / 10 Lazy Day / 13 Left Handers Day / 16 Bratwurst Day / 28 Bow Tie Day

And let’s not forget the most important thing – it is a actual shop in London. So make sure to write it down for your next trip (and leave some space in your suitcase).




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Shimmering reflections | JOHN T HOGAN

1 John T Hogan is a Seattle based artist who dedicated his whole artistic practice to the medium of glass. Creating sculptural compositions or functional artefacts, his work stands between art and design.
As a matter of fact, Hogan collaborated with Ladies and Gentleman Studio, and he also worked with the designer Eric Ginder and lately, with the Irish artist Karen Donellan on the project J/K.
Hogan’s interest is to depict the optical qualities of glass. Experimenting with shapes, textures, colours, and using light to play with transparency and shimmering reflections, his creations offer a large range of possible pictorial compositions that never stop surprising.









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Black, White and Green | ESPOO x BARONESS O.


Baroness O. and espoo teamed up to give a glimpse of what will be up during the next months. espoo’s top-notch brands and objects proved to be the perfect setting for an O.-treatment: minimalism, simplicity and contrast injected with a little bit of fun.

The combination of black and white is something that will never go out of style. Both colours complement and enforce each other, but together they also form the perfect background to make other colours pop even more.

Wrapping paper by HAY – Wire Bin by  MENU - Cushion Triangle by Ferm Living - Cushion Sticks by Ferm Living - 60 Stool black by Artek –  60 Stool white by Artek


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Pictures by Charite Smet.

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Spring Cleaning | PUTPUT

PUTPUT3 Spring Cleaning is a series of photographs in which mundane, simple objects are made a whole lot happier by placing them in a colourful, playful setting. Sponges look like yummy ice creams and gloves become a fresh bouquet. If only real cleaning would look so cheerful!
The series was shot by a Swiss/Danish duo called PUTPUT, who operate in conceptual photography, art, sculpture, styling and design and whose works are as cheery and good-humoured as their name lets on.



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Unfamiliar World | KENZO X TOILETPAPER


Are you ready to embark on a journey out of the ordinary? Because we are taking you somewhere you’ve never been.
Well, we aren’t, but Kenzo’s new campaign will do even better than that. For their Autumn/Winter ’14 collection, they once again collaborated with the weird, eccentric and colourful Toiletpaper Magazine‘s creatives – Maurizio Cattelan, Pierpaolo Ferrari and Micol Talso – to create a campaign (and collection) inspired by David Lynch’s work. Everything you will see is slightly distorted, unusual, with colours as bright as ever.
It creates a never ending story, with no specific beginning nor end, but each chapter seems to represent a part of the collection. New characters appear and the rooms change, creating an atmosphere that wraps itself all around us and lets us discover this new unfamiliar world.




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Tiny Little Creatures| ESPOO x BARONESS O.


Baroness O. and espoo teamed up to give a glimpse of what will be up during the next months. espoo’s top-notch brands and objects proved to be the perfect setting for an O.-treatment: minimalism, simplicity and contrast injected with a little bit of fun.

Photographers Mads Hagedorn-Olsen and Anders Morell have a passion for creepy, tiny, winged creatures. They’ve collected, prepared and photographed selected types of beetles and butterflies, of which they created a series of prints. The insects have been photographed with a high-end camera to reproduce the colours and details of the animals most convincingly.

Poster by Hagedornhagen -  Colour Platter by Karimoku New Standard – Folia Lumina Lamp by Ontwerpduo - Visu Chair by Muuto – Cube Terrarium by Glaskas – Signs Coat Hanger by Karimoku New Standard – Twins Building Blocks by HAY

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Photography Credits by Charite Smets.

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Trompe l’Oeil | ESPOO x BARONESS O.

DSC_2574b Baroness O. and espoo teamed up to give a glimpse of what will be up during the next months. espoo’s top-notch brands and objects proved to be the perfect setting for an O.-treatment: minimalism, simplicity and contrast injected with a little bit of fun.

In 2009, Karimoku, a manufacturer of wooden furniture from Japan, launched KARIMOKU NEW STANDARD. International design talents brought innovation and playfulness to the table, which - combined with the know-how and craft of Karimoku – lead to a collection of highly functional objects that are suited for everyday use in our modern, urban society. A table by Scholten en Baijings or a chair by BIG-GAME offer timeless quality and eye-catching originality.

The objects of KARIMOKU NEW STANDARD are made of solid Japanese hardwoods like maple, chestnut and oak.
In an attempt to preserve and revitalize Japanese forests and stay in touch with the local industry, the hardwood is gained from low-diameter trees that previously remained underused, ending up mostly as wood chips for paper pulp.
Karimoku’s tradition derives from a deep understanding of craftsmanship, bound together with innovative technologies to build furniture that meets the highest requirements of quality and sustainability.

Marble Wall Clock by Menu - POV Candleholder by Menu -Agnes Vase by Normann Copenhagen - Stool by Karimoku New Standard  -  Silent Vase by Muuto - Flow Jug by Muuto - Crushed Bowl by Muuto

Photography Credits by Charite Smets.

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