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Reference Bookends by Henry Julier

Reference bookends by Henry Julier

Reference bookends by Henry Julier

Reference bookends by Henry Julier

While the bookend might seem like a boring design subject, Henry Julier has improved upon the very practical object in thoughtful ways. The Brooklyn-based industrial designer debuted Reference as part of Norma Studio’s exhibit In Support of Books at the LA Art Book Fair. Designed to support larger, heavy books, as well as vinyl records, with a thicker gauge than the standard sheet steel bookend, Reference won’t flex when faced with the oversized or bulky, and forgoes the old-school design of reliance on downward weight to stay in place. A minimal fold at the top echoes the base, and allows for easy movement.

More at: Henry Julier
Photos: Shengzing Zhang

Piece in Brief: Volvo 142

Volvo 142

Volvo 142

Volvo 140 series in production at their Torslanda plant.Volvo’s 140 series in production at their Torslanda plant.

Volvo 142The stylish interior was was designed with practicality and comfort in mind.

Volvo 142

The Volvo 142 is the 2-door version of the Swedish car manufacturer’s 140 series, introduced in the summer of 1967, and in production through 1974.

The 2-door model followed in the crisp, “brick” shape Volvo’s 140 series introduced, a timeless and decidedly Scandinavian alternative to the bulbous, swollen forms of American cars at the time. During its production period, the 142 saw just a couple of variations in terms of power and comfort, as well as minor design alterations (dashboard and exterior detail, including an update to the now trademark, diagonal-line front grille), the bodystyle enduring. Worth noting is Volvo’s model naming system: the first digit being the series, the second citing the number of cylinders, and the final defining the number of doors.

Slightly lower in price than the 4-door model (144), the 142 had the same technical design, apart from the number of doors; the doors were naturally longer and the front backrests could be folded forward for backseat passengers. Just over 400,000 of the 142 model were built. The 140 series emphasized safety (a Volvo hallmark) and the body was equipped with crumple zones, a hidden roll-over bar, as well as safety belts in the cabin. Because of their very high standard of safety and build quality to withstand Scandinavian winters, some considered the straightforward design of the series to be tank-like, as many consumers expected the superfluous design features of its contemporaries. Nonetheless, Volvo’s 140 series was very successful internationally, the 142, undoubtedly, the most handsome of the line.

The 140 series was designed under the direction of Jan Wilsgaard; when he designed the series, Wilsgaard employed a credo, “simple is beautiful,” this reflected in the restrained, honest design of the car that went on to become an iconic form in automobile design.

More at: Volvo Heritage
Photos: Volvo

Monday Cups by Studio LileSadi & Siebring Zoetmulder

Monday Cups by Studio LileSadi

Monday Cups by Studio LileSadi

In collaboration with Siebring & Zoetmulder, Rotterdam-based Studio LileSadi have designed a collection of stackable ceramic cups for the Dutch interior brand Puik Art. 

Exploring architectural proportions and the golden ratio, as well as geometric elements used by the Memphis group, the Monday cup is thoughtfully executed, while still appearing restrained in design. A soft, tactile effect is created by blending the grey blue or cobalt pigments directly with liquid porcelain before being poured into the mold and finished, a contrast of matte exterior finish, and high gloss interior makes for a refined detail.

Founded in 2012 by the duo of Dinah Smutny and her sister Sarah, Studio LileSadi design products inspired by architecture and practicality; working closely with artisans and small businesses in the Netherlands, they subscribe to the highest craftsmanship to create timeless quality.

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UV by TJOKEEFE

UV by TJOKEEFE

UV by TJOKEEFE

UV by TJOKEEFE

UV by TJOKEEFE  

UV by TJOKEEFE is a light sculpture composed of ultraviolet LEDs, a powder-coated aluminum bar, and woven nylon thread. The piece is designed to be suspended by its thread flat on the wall, or in a corner; the thread reacts to the UV light projected from below, becoming its own light source, emitting a soft orange glow.

TJOKEEFE, the studio of Michigan-born designer TJ O’Keefe, was established in 2010. With a mission of exploring design and creating powerful objects through compelling minimalism, TJOKEEFE has produced furniture and objects guided by geometry and graphic presence.

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Findings on Light from PARS’ Atlas of Creative Thinking

Findings on Light from PARS’ Atlas of Creative Thinking

Findings on Light from PARS’ Atlas of Creative Thinking

Findings on Light from PARS’ Atlas of Creative Thinking

Findings on Light from PARS’ Atlas of Creative Thinking

Findings on Light from PARS’ Atlas of Creative Thinking

Findings on Light from PARS’ Atlas of Creative Thinking

Light is essential to maintain life, the strongest and fastest form of energy; this common, yet mysterious phenomenon has captivated creative thinkers for millenia. As the third volume in their Atlas of Creative Thinking, PARS, the arts and sciences organization led by art historian Hester Aardse and poet Astrid Alben, Findings on Light (designed by Joost Grootens) invites more than fifty artists and scientists to discuss the specific, albeit broad topic of light.

A collection of research and artworks, ranging from humorous, to beautiful and complex, even disturbing, Findings on Light brings new reflection and vision to the compelling subject. “We stipulate only two formal requirements,” PARS says. “Each response, whether it be a note jotted down on a beer mat, a formula, a dialogue, an essay, poem, sketch, a piece of sculpture or a piece of string, has to be in the language of the author’s discipline and relate to the subject.” Consequently, the outcomes are as diverse as their authors and creators.

Based on the idea that creativity and curiosity are fundamental to both art and science, PARS introduces new ideas, research, and artistic explanation to topics that are often under-considered but fundamental to our daily lives, the first two titles of the series being Ice and Elasticity. In addition to their books and compositions, the organization curates events that mix art and scientific experiments.

35,00 €, Lars Müller Publishers

MONO by Mae Engelgeer

MONO by Mae Engelgeer

MONO by Mae Engelgeer

MONO by Mae Engelgeer

MONO by Mae Engelgeer

The MONO collection, by Dutch designer Mae Engelgeer, is inspired by vintage kimonos found during travels in Japan. The specific colors, and often graphic shapes seen on kimono linings are artfully translated to Engelgeer’s textiles, applied to blankets, cushions, and tea towels. Refined color stories, from shades of blush, to metal-inspired greys and ultra-brights, in materials like mohair and merino wool, are woven at TextielLab in the Netherlands.

More at: Studio Mae Engelgeer
Photos: Lonneke van der Palen

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide ’16

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide '16

1. Lucetta Magnetic Bike Lights, $20; 2. Japanese Cast Iron Skillet, $84; 3. Mexico from the Inside Out (chef Enrique Olvera), $60; 4. Bäska Snaps, $30; 5. Byredo Incense Candle, $140

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide '16

6. Surf Odyssey, $55; 7. Kid O Go Car, $14; 8. Verso Super Facial Oil, $195; 9. COS Raw-Cut Wool Hat, $35; 10. ILA Wildflower Honey, $35

Holiday Giveaway: Van Cleef & Arpels Moonlight Patchouli – CLOSED

Moonlight Patchouli by Van Cleef & Arpels

Moonlight Patchouli by Van Cleef & Arpels

Often associated with 1960s counterculture, patchouli’s history in fragrance goes back much further. Notably from Indonesia, essence of patchouli has been appreciated for centuries, in many fragrance-driven iterations. Starting as a means to prevent moths from damaging fabrics, it was common for silk traders of the “Orient” to pack trunks carrying their fabrics with dried patchouli leaves; during their long travels to Europe, silks and cashmeres took on the patchouli aroma, and the specific, exotic fragrance went on to distinguish authenticity. The lingering fragrance of patchouli acted as an indicator of true “Oriental” fabric, and was so desired by the affluent, that English and French garment makers went as far as scenting their imitations with patchouli to be accepted in the marketplace.

As the latest addition to the Collection Extraordinaire library of fragrances, Van Cleef & Arpels is bringing the elegance and mystery back to patchouli, with Moonlight Patchouli. An ode to the iconic ingredient, the fragrance has been refined to patchouli’s truest properties, whilst retaining the exotic nuance. The earthy (but not “dirty”), camphorated fragrance lends itself to both sexes, and translates how it is worn in tones of rich wood and leathers, and non-aggressive herbal and floral suggestions. The “moonlight” aspect frames the patchouli in a heart of Bulgarian rose and powdery iris, leading to a suede accord base note; a sophisticated arrangement of masculine and feminine.

I’ve been wearing Moonlight Patchouli since its release, and perhaps the most obvious way to describe it is elegant; the blend is smooth and atmospheric, and while I can appreciate bold tones, those here are haunting and indirect in their reveal. Moonlight Patchouli doesn’t have any reason to put on a show; but under the skilled hand of perfumer Sonia Constant, the blend is exceptionally balanced, something that can’t often be said for patchouli-centered fragrance.

As a premiere jewelry house, Van Cleef & Arpels avoids gimmicks and pull no shortcuts on the bottle design: classic in form (echoing the other Collection Extraordinaire fragrances), in black lacquer, with subtle, handsome details.

Van Cleef & Arpels’ Collection Extraordinaire is a compilation of scents that each highlight a specific fragrance from a modern, poetic approach. The house of Van Cleef & Arpels was, in fact, the first to introduce its own line of fragrances (the debut scent called, fittingly, First). Today, Collection Extraordinaire sets a new standard for nature-based, finest quality fragrance; from incensy, velvety Bois D’Iris, to sunny, white floral California Rêverie, the collection explores the natural world’s scents through thoughtful composition and artistry of perfume.

Moonlight Patchouli (2.5 oz. EDP, $185) is available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus.

 


 

For your chance to win a full-size (2.5 oz. EDP) bottle of Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Moonlight Patchouli, as well as a 40-hr burn time Van Cleef & Arpels perfumed candle (both beautifully packaged, excellent gifts for yourself or someone that appreciates fine fragrance), simply submit your information and answer the question below. You’ll be entered in the week-long giveaway, ending December 12, 2016, with a winner chosen at random and notified via e-mail to confirm shipping information. Note that when using the form, if you opt to use Facebook (instead of manual entry) to provide your name and e-mail address, this method will NOT post to your wall or retain any other information. This giveaway is limited to United States address-holding entrants, the prize will ship directly upon address verification. Happy holidays, and good luck!

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Polar Wall Light by Ross Gardam

Polar Wall Light by Ross Gardam

Polar Wall Light by Ross Gardam

Polar Wall Light by Ross Gardam

Polar Wall Light by Ross Gardam

The latest release from Melbourne, Australia-based designer Ross Gardam, the Polar wall light, is an extension of his Polar desk lamp design. The wall light consists of a minimalist, circular disc that sits on a hinge, allowing the shade to pivot up or down, directing the output; an anodized gold ring acts as the base for mounting.

Polar is available hardwired or with cord, in two sizes and several finishes, each lending a different sensibility to the design.

More at: Ross Gardam

Cottage Stool by Dino Sanchez

Cottage Stools by Dino Sanchez

Cottage Stools by Dino Sanchez

Cottage Stools by Dino Sanchez

A non-imposing, finely-crafted design that lends itself to many environments, the Cottage stool by Dino Sanchez works as both seating and a table for objects. Available in varying heights and wood options of bleached maple, cherry, or oak, the stools were designed as part of Sanchez’s 703 Cottage in Cape May, New Jersey, a home that acts as a showroom and exploratory design space. The Cottage stool is entirely USA-made and sourced, each marked as part of a numbered edition.

More at: Dino Sanchez
Photos: Dino Sanchez









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