Monthly Archives: February 2019

Poltrona Frau X Ferrari: Italian Legends Come Together

Meet the Cockpit chair, a contemporary hybrid office chair that brings together Italian brands Ferrari and Poltrona Frau. The two industrial philosophies joined forces to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Maranello car maker, Ferrari. Cockpit chair is an office chair that captures the excitement, speed and dynamism of the driver’s seat, as well as a passion for racing, a wonderfully comfortable piece that offers a first class experience thanks to the backrest and seat that support movements and good posture. With a blend of automotive know-how and the culture of living, the Cockpit was created by the design team overseen by Flavio Manzoni, which designed has designed recent Ferrari models including the LaFerrari Aperta, the GTC4Lusso and the 812 Superfast, its iconic profile launches itself into the space enveloping its body. A 3D structure, an amalgam of aesthetic beauty and ergonomic perfection applied to...

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Italian Design Legend Alessandro Mendini Leaves the World in Colors

When we think of Italian designer Alessandro Mendini we remember what we know today as ‘Pop Art’. He was one of the first designers in the 60’s to rebel against rationalism, through the deconstruction of his work. His “radical design” emerged very colorful pieces, full of cultural, ironies and controversial references. Alessandro Mendini, an architect, designer, painter and architecture and design theorist, was born in Milan in 1931. He gained international renown in the Sixties of the XX century. We will always remember his work, his colors and his playful pieces… here are just a few… His ‘Proust Geometrica’ chair for Cappelini His K2 Sofa for A Lot Of Brasil… His mosaic coffee table-seating bench for Bisazza… His colorful sculptures for Venini… His playful wine opener for Alessi… His stools for Kartell… And so much more… May Your Soul Rest in Peace...

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L’Avenue at Saks Designed by Philippe Starck Now in NYC

The long awaited L’Avenue at Saks designed by Philippe Starck opened its doors this month at the luxury retailer’s Fifth Avenue store in New York City. The pinnacle of a major renovation of the flagship, L’Avenue at Saks is more than just a department store pit stop. L’Avenue at Saks is the summit of French elegance and sophistication right in the heart of New York City. The Saks team dreamt of recreating the magic and wonder of the iconic L’Avenue restaurant in Paris and called upon Jean-Louis Costes and Alex Denis to reinvent the famous spot, creating a new genre for New York. Starck and Costes relationship dating back to 1984 with the ground-breaking launch of the Café Costes, Philippe Starck was the obvious choice for the project. “L’Avenue at Saks is elegance, sophistication, femininity and timelessness. Starck explains: “It is made up of two...

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Dokter and Misses Turns Traditional Cabinets Inside Out

‘Practically Everywhere’ is a show inspired by the creative disorder and decay of urban ecosystems. As part of this year’s Southern Guild program, Dokter and Misses‘ new collection of cabinets turn traditional furniture inside out and decorate them with dysfunctional clutter… to overwhelm the viewer while exploring themes of over-saturation, disruption and unconscious actions and reactions.     Inspired by Tramp Art and the notion of needing to be busy, Practically Everywhere aims to communicate the feeling of being in an environment rather than the actual environment itself.     Ever responsive to their local surroundings and Joburg’s inner city, Hugo and Taplin conceived of this collection as an abstracted study of the urban ecosystem as it adapts to and is overtaken by natural forces. Where others might see decay and ruin, the designers explore the evolving beauty as nature reclaims the city.   Hugo...

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Five Hundred Years Later and Leonardo Still Inspires

Leonardo is widely considered one of the greatest artists of all time, and 2019 marks 500 years since his death. His drawings, in which he explored fields as diverse as botany, anatomy, portraiture, design and the nature of the world around him, continue to fascinate. To celebrate, UK’s Royal Mail just released a 12-stamp set featuring some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most beautiful and intriguing works. The drawings featured on the stamps were chosen to coincide with the 12 exhibitions, ‘Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing’, taking place in 2019 across the UK – one drawing from each of the 12 exhibitions is featured on a stamp. Leonardo da Vinci was one of history’s greatest polymaths – a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and map-maker who also pursued the scientific study of subjects as diverse as human anatomy, the theory of light, the movement of...

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Virgil Abloh Designs evian’s First Reusable Glass Bottle

evian launches its first refillable glass water bottle, designed by the brand’s creative advisor for sustainable innovation design, Virgil Abloh. The reusable bottle was unveiled during New York Fashion Week 2019. evian collaborated with beverage brand SOMA for a limited-edition 17oz. water bottle made of glass and comes with a bamboo lid. The bottle comes with a white, protective silicone sleeve features ‘evian‘ branding printed in gray, and ‘RAINBOW INSIDE’ written vertically within Abloh’s signature quotation marks....

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