Porcelain Creations by Nathalie Derouet

A set of astonishing creations by French artist Nathalie Dérouet. I’m not one to bring across many artistic works, as I’m quite a functional individual and don’t admire a gallery setting for a number of reasons, but often I find myself taking inspiration from forms in this category (even if it be from a distance). These porcelain pieces are exceptional and quite architectural, smooth exteriors like walls, reminding me of the surfaces that some of …

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Golden Arber Sculpture by Harry Bertoia at the 510 Fifth Ave Building

This morning I was diligently researching Harry Bertoia, mainly reading more into his life story and his works. I read on the Harry Bertoia blog that his daughter Celia, who also runs the Harry Bertoia website, had recently set up a Facebook page to house information on up and coming events involving Harry’s works and also a place for fans to congregate. This led me onto finding this fantas …

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Form by Brian Franczyk

Over the weekend I bumped into the portfolio and photographic works of Brian Franczyk, it was a nice surprise as I had browse through the different sections of his website and found some stunning shots in general. A series of particular interest was one titled “form” which mainly involved photography of design led objects, for example here in this post we can see the PK 11 chair designed by Poul Kjærholm and also the plywood lounge chair by …

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Selection of Work from Kengo Kuma & Associates

Browsing through their webpage today I was finding it a real struggle to pin down just one project that I wanted to share from Kengo Kuma & Associates architects. Their portfolio was too good not to be shared though, so as a solution I’ve pieced together a selection of work they’ve put together over the past few years, something which I’m sure will inspire many of you. I think sometimes it’s hard …

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Architecture and Details by Tadao Ando

I’ve been meaning to write a short article on the brilliant Tadao Ando for a little while now, he’s an amazing architect with a classic eye for form and structure. I’m not sure how I actually came across his works in the first place but I’ve had quite a fascination with materials and the contrast you get from mixing man made and natural elements into one space, even if you incorporate it into object or environment. Another thing I also admire about …

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Sori Yanagi, Kitchen and Tableware

Today I found myself exploring the life and works of one of the most famous product designers in Japan, Sori Yanagi. It was sad to hear when he passed away at the age of 96 late last year, but at the same time I couldn’t help but marvel in his achievements and stature. An incredible human being that played an important and fascinating role in Japanese modern design, helping to kickstart the economy after World …

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Selection of furniture from Finn Juhl

In a bid to keep my mind off the shop for a moment, I went on a search for a little design inspiration this morning and ended up visiting the work of the late, great Danish designer Finn Juhl. Finn was known as an architect, industrial and interior designer as well as a master of furniture. As one of the leading figures that helped to define what Danish design is to us all today, it is both his vision and multifaceted career that we …

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Objects of Empathy by Miya Kondo

A little while back I consciously decided to take my foot off the gas on the ceramics front, in view of keeping our content diverse. However the craft element of pottery has continued to inspire me daily, especially some particular pieces which embody the design ethos often found in Scandinavia and Japan, this being less design evoking more substance. Many of you will know that German designer Dieter Rams has been a big inspi …

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Khoi Vinh, On the Grid

I’ve been studying the grid for quite a while now, at first I thought it was just relative to the web design field but as time’s gone by I’ve found it’s taken on a role not only in my design self but also in my lifestyle choices. Whether it be art, ceramics, film, or even clothing, I’m intrigued to see the form of order, logic and law within an item, product, space or concept. This is most important to me and has really opened up my eyes …

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