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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

Folded by Johan van Hengel

Folded by Johan van Hengel

Folded by Johan van Hengel

Produced by Muuto, Dutch designer Johan van Hengel’s Folded wall storage system is a sophisticated shelf of sorts, that suggests a simple paper fold in the material of powder-coated steel (available in three sizes and four colors). The pocketed design features hooks at the bottom, and is practical as storage or a piece for object display, suitable for any room, even as clever bedside storage.

With his studio based in Rotterdam, van Hengel’s designs marry utility and style, with a focus on function, material, and technique.

More at: Muuto, Johan van Hengel

Perch by Wesley Walters & Salla Luhtasela

Perch by Wesley Walters & Salla Luhtasela

Perch by Wesley Walters & Salla Luhtasela

Perch by Wesley Walters & Salla Luhtasela

The Perch stool, by Wesley Walters and Salla Luhtasela, is the winner of the first FDS Award, arranged by Finnish Design Shop; it is being brought to production and market by Finnish furniture manufacturer Nikari.

The graceful form of Perch perfectly suits its material, in natural or black-stained oak, with three svelte legs and a clever footrest; the design recalls Japanese aesthetics and is modern but timelessly straightforward. Inspired by an old wooden door handle in Helsinki, Perch was originally made for the duo to use during exhibition of their wares.

Aalto University students Wesley Walters and Salla Luhtasela collaborate on minimalist wood and ceramic designs, influenced by Scandinavian and Japanese design history, under the name Kaksikko, Finnish for duo or twosome.

More at: Finnish Design Shop
Photos: Riikka Kantinkoski, Pauliina Salonen, Chikako Harada

Serpentine by Osloform

Serpentine by Osloform

Serpentine by Osloform

Serpentine by Osloform

Serpentine by Osloform

Shifting the image of modern tech devices, Serpentine, by Norwegian design studio Osloform, is a minimalist stereo that acts just as much as a design furniture object as it does a high-end audio system.

Comprised of two speakers and an amplifier (available in grey or green), the beauty of Serpentine lies in the details, as much as it does the lack of extraneous design. The application of industrial materials in a luxe manner includes the exterior casing, which is made from Valchromat, a resin-bonded, dyed wood fiber product, a superior upgrade of MDF, that has a tactile finish that is modern in composition, but reminiscent of old-school design materials. A single brass volume knob echoes the handsome brass speaker screens.

A 2 x 50W IcePower from Bang & Olufsen amplifier, RIAA phono preamp, as well 10cm Tang Band bamboo-paper-cone drivers, confirm that the “heart” of Serpentine matches its elegant exterior. At the back, a simple connection panel includes a buffered line input for digital sources, as well as phono-in.

“For us, sound quality, usability, and aesthetics are equally important qualities in such a product.” said the designers.

Osloform is a design studio and production company consisting of four young Norwegian designers: Camilla Akersveen, Åsmund Engesland, Christopher Konings and Henrik Waarum. Though the team have worked and studied in different fields, they share a love of materiality that is illustrated in their minimal, finish-driven designs.

Serpentine is priced at 28000 NOK (around $3500 USD).

Photos: Istvan Virag
More at: Osloform

House in Mikage by Sides Core

House in Mikage by Sides Core

Osaka-based architecture and design studio Sides Core designed this straightforward, adaptable house in Mikage, a residential area on the outskirts of Kobe, Japan.

The two level, timber-framed house sits on a raised plot, making for a parking space in front, privacy from the street, and direct landscape views to the south. From the outside, two wood-lined square openings hint at the layout: one being a sheltered balcony on the upper level, where two bedrooms and a bathroom are placed, and on the ground floor, a terrace that connects to an open-configuration living, kitchen, and dining space. The architects conceived the dwelling as a series of “containers,” making for a flexible arrangement as the family’s needs change over time.

“Simple containers made of quality materials are the easiest to use,” said the architects. “You don’t grow tired of them, and they bring out the best in whatever is inside.”

House in Mikage by Sides Core

House in Mikage by Sides Core

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