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Capturing the Swedish West Coast with L:a Bruket

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I’ll admit that I was first drawn to L:a Bruket by their unmistakably Scandinavian packaging (nominated for The Swedish Design Award in 2012). I kept seeing photos of the line, but never ran into it here in the States. Finally, I got my hands on a good selection, and looks aside, could not be more pleased with the products.

L:a Bruket is produced in the town of Varberg, on the west coast of Sweden. Sourcing local, raw, and organic materials for their formulations, the small company takes no interest in trends of the beauty industry as a whole, avoiding chemicals or filler at all costs; this rustic but modern approach results in a decidedly Swedish, simple-but-effective line.

L:a Bruket SeaweedPerhaps L:a Bruket’s most interesting product is not so much a “product” at all, but Tångbad: dried, hand-harvested Swedish seaweed. Because this variety, Fucus Serratus, lives by filtering the ocean for nutrients, it amasses large quantities of vitamins and minerals. Possessing many health benefits, including circulation improvement and muscle relaxation, as well as antioxidant compounds that help with the signs of aging and treatment to skin irritation, the seaweed helps to recreate a restorative dip in the coastal waters of Sweden, especially when combined with L:a Bruket’s minimalist white envelope of Havssalt.

Like many of its other exports, Sweden excels in the grooming department (think Sachajuan, Verso, Byredo) but perhaps what L:a Bruket demonstrates so beautifully is that simplicity is the premier luxury.

More at: L:a Bruket

Wing Photographs by Linden Gledhill

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Without more information, the subject of this series of photographs by Linden Gledhill appears unidentifiable: complex metallic patterning and petal-like structure. Amazingly, the trained biochemist has captured the unique and endlessly fascinating details of butterfly and moth wings with macro photography; these very-close shots reveal the intricate, fragile patterns of the insect’s surface scales. With a remarkable range of color and texture, the images are not only inspiring, but eye-opening to the symmetry and otherworldly details of nature we might otherwise take for granted.

More at: Linden Gledhill

Omizubata N House by Iida Archiship Studio

Innovative Japanese architecture firm Iida Archiship Studio has built a strong reputation with modernist structures that are thoughtfully responsive to their surroundings. This example, the Omizubata N House, set within the forested town of Kauizawa, is a weekend retreat that, like Iida’s other work, gracefully balances elegance and minimalism, while taking its immediate environment into serious consideration.

Omizubata N HouseStacked concrete columns support an exaggerated, dissymmetrical roof that extends to create a wraparound veranda and significant outdoor space at the structure’s front. The house’s open-to-nature design is obvious, while still maintaining a good sense of order and just enough transparency.

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Omizubata N HouseInside, the gabled-roof design allows for a double-height ceiling, as well as a lofted study.

Omizubata N HouseWood-clad finishing both references and communicates with the forested environment.

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More at: Iida Archiship Studio
Photos: Iida Archiship Studio

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.

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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.

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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

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

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

Harbour Attic by Gosplan

Just under 400 square feet seems like an unimaginable amount of space to contain two bedrooms, a studio, a living room, a kitchen, and a bathroom; but in the small fishing village of Camogli, Italy, architecture studio Gosplan have devised a functional, transforming space, wherein the room structure serves as its own furniture, and despite the small size, is quite hospitable.

It isn’t news that less clutter equates to better living, and Gosplan’s design is a great testament to that case.

This well-thought, comfortable, and stylish living space should serve as inspiration for all of us, living in large or small dwellings.

More at: Gosplan

Photos: Anna Positano

Plug Lamp by ateljé Lyktan

This smart and very practical design is a collaboration between Sweden’s Form Us With Love design studio and ateljé Lyktan. The aluminum base of the lamp incorporates an electrical outlet, a utilitarian concept that remedies the issue of congested or hard-to-reach wall-sockets. The lamp’s simple form and glass shade offer style without being obtrusive in any way. Depending on your location, the “Europlug”-style outlet can be converted at the wall, making the lamp itself a tabletop converter for imported equipment, or can simply be used with a direct-converter.

$250, available at Scandinavian Design Center

3D Sculptures by Eyal Gever

Eyal Gever, an artist with a history in 3D design and creation, explores disaster and motion through his impressive sculptures. Composed of hanging, multiple layers, that include subtleties like depth and shadow, the sculptures make for a dimensional, remarkably realistic effect. This static translation of cataclysmic events results in a sense of peace and an unexpected beauty in stillness. Gever’s work includes sculptural depictions of a nuclear bomb, a large-scale smoke cloud, and a street explosion, among his other work that plays with form, sudden movement and destruction, as well as material.

More at: Eyal Gever

Cutting Boards by Modern Stump

Aaron Fuller of Portland-based Modern Stump crafts these handsome cutting boards from sustainably-harvested Western Black Walnut. Each piece is unique in shape, and the organic form, as well as straightforward finishing elevates the cutting board to an object of beauty and interest.

Available for purchase at: Tilde.









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