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Lynea Plug Lamp by Human Home

Lynea Plug Lamp by Human Home

Lynea Plug Lamp by Human Home

Lynea Plug Lamp by Human Home

Lynea Plug Lamp by Human Home

Lynea, by Los Angeles-based studio Human home, is a lamp designed to imitate hardwired lighting, but instead of requiring an electrical installation, is simply anchored by, and directly plugs into a wall outlet, making for a seamless design that offers the appearance of a floor lamp or wall sconce, while also saving space.

Consisting of aluminum hardware that is floated off the wall by a wooden peg, Lynea features milled brass accents and is topped by a blown opal glass globe. Each lamp is handcrafted in-house at Human home, in the Arts District of Los Angeles, and is available in flat black or white powder-coated finishes, in 28” or 40” height options.

More at: Human home

Sushi Isono (Sapporo) by Jun Igarashi Architects

Sushi Isono by Jun Igarashi Architects

Sushi Isono by Jun Igarashi Architects

Sushi Isono by Jun Igarashi Architects

Sushi Isono by Jun Igarashi Architects

Designed by Japanese firm Jun Igarashi Architects, Sushi Isono is an quietly elegant restaurant located in the Odori Park neighborhood of Sapporo, Japan.

The restaurant is arranged into multiple spaces, each offering a special ambiance, from private dining areas, to counter seats perfect for engaging with the chef. Thoughtfully placed arches and architectural features allow for harmony and flow throughout the interior, while maintaining privacy for patrons. Heavy use of light wood paneling, accompanied by minimal decoration and a contrast of wood and concrete flooring, make for the perfect, non-flashy palette to present Isono Naohiro’s highly-regarded cuisine.

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Photos: Jun Igarashi Architects

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide ’17

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide ’17

1. Ann Ringstrand’s earthy, but beautifully inviting Gather fragrance features notes like incense, cypress, and cedramber, $215; 2. Phaidon’s The Japanese Garden is a thorough and historical exploration of the Japanese garden in art and culture, $70; 3. Horse Brand Co.’s naval knife w/brass handle is inspired by traditional Scandinavian maritime knives, and is entirely handmade in Brooklyn, $195; 4. ROE’s white sturgeon caviar is sustainably farmed in California, crafted by hand, and forgoes the oft present preservatives or borax found in European caviars, $150; 5. Consisting of a brass base and a hand-dipped glass globe, Jordi Canudas’ Dipping Lamp is the perfect blend of modernist design and ‘70s California vibes, $275

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide ’17

6. Kikori whiskey is distilled in Japan, made from 100% rice, and aged over three years, $50; 7. The School of Life’s Walden candle is subtly fragranced with natural notes, referencing the quiet life of Henry David Thoreau, $50; 8. More important now than we ever anticipated, a donation to the ACLU helps the organization respond to threats to our civil liberties, blocking attempts to suppress free speech, the denial of reproductive freedom, rejection of immigrant’s rights, racially-based practices in the criminal justice system, among many other fights, donation; 9. Designed by artist and Acme founder Adrian Olabuenaga, this metal rollerball pen & mechanical pencil set look like iconic No. 2 pencils, but write like the fine instruments they are, $74; 10.  Menu’s minimal brass candle cube, designed by Erik Olovsson, looks as striking alone as it does in a group, $75

Listening / Viewing: So Much Light – Full Body Mirror

Directed by Jane Qian.

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.

More at: forét

Listening / Viewing: Com Truise – Propagation

Directed by Will Joines & Karrie Crouse.









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