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Lighting by Lukas Peet

Lukas Peet is a Canadian designer who received his industrial design training at the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. This year’s winner of Canada’s The Design Exchange Emerging Designer competition, Peet practices in several fields, receiving much recognition for his elegantly minimalist lighting designs.

Lukas Peet, Rudi

One of Peet’s most iconic designs is the Rudi series. Produced in collaboration with New York City-based manufacturer Roll & Hill, Rudi consists of bent metal tubes holding dimmable cold cathode lamps. The form resembles fine jewelry, and the light is suspended by its own cord, simply knotted at the top.



A couple of Peet’s latest designs include Slab, a flat LED pendant, produced in a variety of surfaces (shown in felt), as well as Button, a tiltable LED pendant that hangs from a nylon rope through holes in the lamp itself, just like a button.


While Peet’s striking table lamps are only prototypes, their studied, timeless designs are certainly worth mentioning. Specular and Diffuse merge beauty and function; Specular, inspired by specular reflections and rays of light, illuminates both table surface and ceiling, without the blinding effect of a bare bulb. Diffuse, a smaller-scale lamp, is composed of a ceramic base and a simple mirrored bulb to produce a warm table or desktop glow.

With many outstanding lighting designers emerging of late, Lukas Peet is certainly one to keep an eye on. Though this is just a brief introduction to one facet of his work, Peet’s imaginative, but practical designs have a stamp and direction all their own.

More at: Lukas Peet Design

Viktor & Rolf Monsieur FW14

In the city, sometimes the least expected but practical clothing combinations can make the most sense sartorially. Take for instance the chic, carefreeness of a suited man off-the-clock, perhaps just leaving the gym, still donning his tailored trousers cuffed over sneakers, and with a perfectly fitting sweatshirt on top; it can work very well. This amalgamation can also go terribly wrong: a full suit with a baseball cap, women on the train in stockings and their “comfortable” sport shoes, etc., business-meets-sport it isn’t an easy game to play. The good news is, Viktor Horsting and Ralf Snoeren know exactly what they are doing.

The two have made it clear that they love grey flannel; it has been a staple in past collections, and after decking their new Saint-Honoré store in the material from head-to-toe, they use it as a canvas for a major portion of their Fall 2014 menswear collection. Forgoing soft-spoken, ultra-traditional suiting, the material has been reinterpreted with an infusion of sport. The athletic theme could easily read as excessively playful, something Viktor & Rolf have a reputation for siding with, but this is restrained in all the right places: athletic tape seals seams, sweatshirt material find its way into suiting, and sneakers that err on the side of sport, not fashion, look smart.

Their continued collaboration with fellow Dutch artist, and founder of the hip street label Rockwell, Piet Parra, has resulted in a successful execution of a fashion formula that isn’t entirely new, but rethought. The collection certainly is not old-fashioned office or evening wear, but we know that isn’t the target. These are pieces for the creative gentleman that is allowed a little experimentation in the wardrobe department; nothing dusty here.

More at: Viktor & Rolf

Blub Clock by Duncan Hellmers

Australian designer Duncan Hellmers has created a new way of telling time that blurs the lines of time itself. His Blub clock’s modernist but retro-evocative design consists of a solid anodized aluminum base that houses four glass Nixie (neon gas) bulbs displaying the time in a comforting, old-school fashion. An indicator at the front can be configured to flash with the seconds, glow continuously, or only during p.m. hours. In addition to the time, the device can also be shifted to modes that present the date or temperature.

More at: Blub Kickstarter

Design Classic: Nikon 28TI

With the trend of premium compact film cameras in the early 1990s, makers such as Contax, Minolta, and Ricoh were at the top of the movement with sturdily built models that featured prime lenses and more advanced features for photography enthusiasts. Nikon entered this market in 1993 with the 135 film autofocus 35Ti model, followed by the all-black 28Ti, a year later.

The name referring to its 28 mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens, and titanium body, the camera not only employed advanced Nikon technology and a premium lens, but a unique design that far exceeded the aesthetics of its competitors.

The 28Ti’s elegant, aerospace-quality titanium casing lends to the camera’s utilitarian appearance, in addition to being very strong and lightweight. The 28Ti’s most iconic and unique feature is the top plate that features an analog, watch-style series of gauges that inform the user of such details as focus distance, exposure compensation, and aperture. At a time when much cheaper to produce, LCD displays were the standard, these analog meters were a new way of employing classic mechanics to offer an intuitive, one-glance experience, not to mention the ability to operate the camera at waist level.

Often overlooked, but still regarded as one of the best compact cameras in both design and technology history, the 28Ti set standards for future models not only by Nikon, but other manufacturers. Unfortunately, its high price and slower operation speeds resulted in poor sales, leading to the camera’s discontinuation in 1998.

The 28Ti model is not entirely rare, and can still be found on the secondhand market, many still “new-in-box” condition; however, because of its design qualities, novelty features, and enduring strength as a relevant, exceptional camera, high prices are to be expected.

A good place to start: Nikon 28Ti on eBay

Ion Hotel

Outside of Reykjavik, very close to the Unesco World Heritage Site Thingvellir National Park, sits Iceland’s Ion Hotel. Billing itself as an “adventure hotel” the Ion’s location makes it perfect for exploring Iceland’s otherworldly geography, with access to hot springs, glaciers, and a perfect vantage to view the Northern Lights.

Designed by Minarc, the hotel is built with a prefabricated panel system, that not only incorporates recycled materials, but is designed to maximize energy efficiency. The architecture is perfectly suited the the lava fields and stark surroundings, and its suspended-by-pillar construction is an homage to Iceland’s first settler, Ingólfr Arnarson, who, according to legend, en route to Iceland in the year 847, threw his pillars overboard and sailed to where the gods took him ashore.

Hot springs provide geothermal heating, and extensive use of natural light minimizes the need for artificial. With just 46 rooms, a restaurant, and a spa, the hotel is full-service, but with a disconnected, aligned-with-nature approach. In addition to its subdued external appearance, Minarc has thoughtfully incorporated natural materials throughout the hotel, such as recycled wood furniture, lamps made from lava and found-wood, and indigenous birch wood details; in the rooms, images of Icelandic animals stylishly and minimally serve as wall art.

An immersive position in Iceland’s visually arresting wilderness, paired with the luxuries of excellent design, local food, and hotel comforts work together to create an experience that is not only sure to encourage relaxation and health, but an exploratory admiration of nature’s wonders.

More at: Ion Hotel

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

1. Papabubble Hard Candy, $15; 2. René Redzepi: A Work in Progress, $60; 3. Massimo Vignelli Clear Mug, $12; 4. Pat Kim’s Soap on a Rope, $16; 5. Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush, $7

6. Acne Studios Pajama Shirt, $320; 7. A Lab on Fire Perfume, $110; 8. Gabriela Artigas Tusk Ring, $195;
9. Lite+Cycle Vetiver Pillar Candle, $36; 10.Takahiro Kurashima: Poemotion 1, $25

Ami SS14

With the Palais de Tokyo staged as a 1950s airport terminal, Alexandre Mattiussi presented his Spring 2014 collection for Ami; a direct nod to the traveling man.

This man-on-the-go was either headed out on vacation or returning from one, combining his polished, practical travel wear with perhaps a piece or two from his journeys. Those tailored, simple staples, artfully mixed with tropical prints and camouflage, remind us that Ami is all about separates; that is to say a collection that can be mixed easily with other pieces from the line (or your closet), but one that lends itself to an uncomplicated pulled-togetherness, Mattiussi’s hallmark.

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Photos: Ami

Water Drops by Heinz Maier

The life of water has long allured photographers; from the motion of a droplet, to its unbelievable fluidity (refer to Alberto Seveso‘s ink and water pieces). However, it is hard to match the striking work of Heinz Maier, a German photographer who employs macro photography and a specific DIY system to photograph the dyed drops he choreographs. The resulting stills of unusual, organic form, appear as graceful as fragile glass sculpture.

More at: Heinz Maier

Demi Lamp by Mattias Stenberg

Designed by Mattias Stenberg, Demi Lamp is a sculptural glass form that consists of two domes joined by an aluminum band. Lit by LEDs from the inside, the resulting light is a warm, subtle glow, complemented by the naturally reflective quality of the glass, which is mouth-blown at Vet Hut, the workshop of Design House Stockholm. The graceful, modern design is available in two sizes and variations of clear or green glass.

More at: Design House Stockholm

Available for purchase at: Loft Modern

Bally Menswear SS14

In 1952, Bally sponsored the Tour de Suisse, a major source of inspiration for Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler’s Spring 2014 collection. The bicycling theme carried from an update of an archive cycling shoe, to the technologically-advanced materials used. This sport-minded collection nicely intersects function and luxury: smartly fitted, but totally moveable, with a handsome palette that works beautifully with the materials, ones we are all too used to seeing in plain black or obnoxious neons.

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Photos: Bally

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