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Vipp Loft

Vipp Loft, Copenhagen

Vipp Loft, Copenhagen

Vipp Loft, Copenhagen

Vipp Loft, Copenhagen

Vipp Loft, Copenhagen

Vipp Loft, Copenhagen

Vipp Loft, Copenhagen

Vipp, the Danish company most known for their metal pedal bin, introduced in 1939, continues to reach into multiple facets of design, this time with their self-service concept hotel. Rather than a multi-room complex, the Vipp hotel consists of single spaces in multiple locations. Their first, the Vipp shelter, a prefab the company debuted a couple of years ago, is now available nightly, and sits in the Swedish wilderness. Most recently, the brand opened the doors to Vipp loft, a 400-square-meter space atop an old printing factory in Copenhagen, that also houses the Vipp office. Conceptualized by Studio David Thulstrup, the loft frames the brand’s design philosophy, and offers all the comforts of a home, including a fully outfitted Vipp kitchen and dining area, three outdoor terraces, and fireplace. Vipp’s “rooms” have a stocked fridge, bath products by Aèsop, bedding by Aiayu, and the brand’s own organic cotton towels. Vipp plans to add more “rooms” to the hotel line, including Chimney House, a landmark building that was once a water pumping station near the harbor of northern Copenhagen.

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Sculptures by Massimiliano Pelletti

Sculptures by Massimiliano Pelletti

Sculptures by Massimiliano Pelletti

Sculptures by Massimiliano Pelletti

Sculptures by Massimiliano Pelletti

Sculptures by Massimiliano Pelletti

Sculptures by Massimiliano Pelletti

Pietrasanta, Italy-based artist Massimiliano Pelletti’s work contrasts formal sculpture and iconic forms with modern and naturally-existing elements, bringing a contemporary edge (quite literally in many pieces) to classical technique.

As a child, Pelletti learned the craft of marble work in his grandfather Mario’s family workshop; with this basis in traditional busts and human form, the artist shifts the refined, incorporating new elements, or exposing the natural qualities and inconsistencies of the chosen materials; crystalline edges and rough or porous textures speak an entirely different language than the polished.

Pelleti made his debut in 2006, winning the 12th edition of the Biennial of Young Artists from Mediterranean Europe. Since, he has participated in a succession of Italian and international group shows and solo exhibitions, including the Alexandria Biennale in Egypt and the 54th Venice Biennale (as part of the Italian Pavilion). 

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Listening / Viewing: MUTO – Say Nothing (feat. Emerson Leif)

Directed by Lexi Kiddo.

Los Logos 8 from Gestalten

Los Logos 8, Gestalten

Los Logos 8, Gestalten

Los Logos 8, Gestalten

Los Logos 8, Gestalten

Los Logos 8, Gestalten

Los Logos 8 is the latest edition of Gestalten’s extensively curated Los Logos series, covering the latest in contemporary logo design and innovative branding; a thorough reference, as well as an inspiration source. Many of the international works featured are from independent, creative studios or designers that forgo the standard rules of corporate branding and instead apply an artistic and forward-thinking approach to logo design, while still balancing the complicated job of shaping a brand’s public identity. To extend on the design aspect, the book includes interviews that offer insight to the creative process. Los Logos 8 features work by trailblazers such as Hired Guns Creative, BankerWessel, and industry leader Wolff Olins, among many others.

If you are an artist or designer, graphic or typeface enthusiast, or just interested in branding from an aesthetic perspective, Los Logos 8 is a compendium well worth having on your shelf, as it captures the moment in logo design, and thereby acts as a forecaster of sorts for larger trends in the branding field.

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The Perfect Sweatshirt (and more . . .): forét

forét Copenhagen

forét Copenhagen

forét Copenhagen

forét Copenhagen

forét Copenhagen

As the seasons change and the weather gets cooler, nothing sounds better than the crunch of snow under your boots and the comfort of the perfect cozy sweatshirt. Founded in 2014 by two childhood friends, Copenhagen-based forét has you covered; the label forgoes the trends of fast-fashion, and is rooted in simple, timeless designs (made from 100% organic cotton) that allude to the Nordic outdoors. From workwear-inspired shirting, to bona fide outdoor gear, forét’s collection is built on garment quality, and as the label is relatively new and growing slowly, you can be sure you won’t see it on every passing person.

forét’s concept store (Ved Glyptoteket 6, 1575 København V) carries their namesake collection, as well as practical everyday goods.

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Listening / Viewing: Com Truise – Propagation

Directed by Will Joines & Karrie Crouse.

Acrobat Lighting by Porcelain Bear

Acrobat Lighting by Porcelain Bear

Acrobat Lighting by Porcelain Bear

Acrobat Lighting by Porcelain Bear

Acrobat Lighting by Porcelain Bear

Australian design studio Porcelain Bear’s latest lighting series, Acrobat, is inspired by the gracefully dangerous moves of aerial performers. The modular lighting fixtures, available in multiple metal finishes, feature lit translucent porcelain arms, supported by a metal trapeze, which is suspended from a minimal ceiling plate. The ingenious shades employ LED technology which is diffused by the porcelain to create a warmer glow. The Acrobat fixtures are available in multiple bent-metal configurations as well as Flatbar, which simply consists of a balanced bar with shades at opposing ends.

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Photos: Porcelain Bear

Listening / Viewing: Angels Dust – Tears

Directed by Anthony Cedric Vuagniaux.

House for a Photographer by FORM / Kouichi Kimora Architects

House for a Photographer by FORM / Kouichi Kimora Architects

House for a Photographer by FORM / Kouichi Kimora Architects

House for a Photographer by FORM / Kouichi Kimora Architects

House for a Photographer by FORM / Kouichi Kimora Architects

House for a Photographer by FORM / Kouichi Kimora Architects

House for a Photographer by FORM / Kouichi Kimora Architects

House for a Photographer by FORM / Kouichi Kimora Architects

House for a Photographer by FORM / Kouichi Kimora Architects

House for a Photographer by FORM / Kouichi Kimora Architects

House for a Photographer by FORM / Kouichi Kimora Architects

House for a Photographer by FORM / Kouichi Kimora Architects

House for a Photographer by FORM / Kouichi Kimora Architects

House for a Photographer by FORM / Kouichi Kimora Architects

Designed by Kusatsu-based FORM / Kouichi Kimora Architects, House for a Photographer is a live/work space that joins a photographer’s studio with residence.

Situated on a road that runs through the countryside of the Shiga prefecture in Japan, the construction is placed directly opposite the village shrine. At front-facing street view, there are no windows, but a minimal exterior of mortar and galvanized steel sheeting, which reflects dull light.

Inside, the house is filled with plays on light and shadow. A courtyard brings a surplus of natural light and connects the spaces, allowing for an indoor/outdoor mood that connects the house with nature. Wood finishing warms the more private areas, and instead of segmenting the space to rooms with specific function, it was designed to be dynamic and accommodate how the resident lives, rather than follow the traditional tenets of residential structure. A place to not only make work, but display, the home features a full gallery, and the light-filled convertible living area also functions as a photo studio.

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Photos: Yoshihiro Asada, Norihito Yamauchi

Ultraviolet Break of Day by Marcus Wendt

Ultraviolet Break of Day by Marcus Wendt

Ultraviolet Break of Day by Marcus Wendt

Ultraviolet Break of Day by Marcus Wendt

Ultraviolet Break of Day by Marcus Wendt

Ultraviolet Break of Day by Marcus Wendt

With a case of jet-lag induced insomnia, London-based photographer Marcus Wendt found himself photographing the streets of Hong Kong, Shenzen, and Seoul at the strangest hours. From the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, to Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei “The World’s Greatest Electronics Market,” the images evoke a quiet and equally chaotic dimension most of us will only have the surreal pleasure of seeing in photographs.

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