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The Architectural Ceramic Comb Fountain by Lily Clark

The Architectural Ceramic Comb Fountain by Lily Clark

Los Angeles-based ceramicist Lily Clark has merged her love of ceramics, water, and hydraulic engineering in an architectural fountain that gives nod to a famed architect and his particular style of building. The Comb Fountain features a rectilinear profile that’s made by slipcasting, hand-building, and extruding parts with 3D-printed dies, revealing a minimalist design that references forms made to control water flow, like buttresses and headwalls.

Clark grew up in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood where Rudolf Schindler’s iconic Frame Houses, houses built using a 4ft grid, were all around. Schindler’s sense of rhythm and scale came through in her drawing, and led to the terra cotta fountains being designed to follow a 2″ grid. Much like the Frame Houses, the Comb Fountain design is beautifully crafted and visually intriguing. And it’s probably equally satisfying to listen to as the water flows through the channels and cascades down into the reservoir.

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From Bank to Modern Hostel in Jyväskylä, Finland

From Bank to Modern Hostel in Jyväskylä, Finland

A former bank in downtown Jyväskylä, Finland, has been converted into a modern hostel by Studio Puisto Architects making use of the empty 1953 building. They skipped the typical hostel go-to of dormitory style rooms and instead created smaller, private bedrooms with public spaces surrounding them. On top of the mini bedrooms, Hostel Jyväskylä offers a full restaurant along with spa and sauna facilities all located in the basement. When the restaurant is closed, guests can relax and cool off there. And to make sure they used all the former bank had to offer, they converted the vault into a jacuzzi for even more relaxation. Overall the hostel boasts a black and white color scheme with wooden details giving it a clean, modern aesthetic that’s hard to pass up.

Above the ground floor reception area, there are three guest room floors that are practically the same. Each floor houses three types of bedrooms – mini rooms along the exterior wall that feature plywood beds taking up a majority of the space, larger bedrooms along the other outer wall, and finally plywood-clad rooms that float in the middle of the space.

Along with the bedrooms on each floor, there are shared bathrooms, seating areas, and kitchens.

They utilized economical materials throughout, including domestic birch plywood for the walls and furniture and linoleum for the floors.

PHotos by Pauliina Salonen and Henri Juvonen.

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The HRDL Vinyl Table Proudly Puts Your Collection On Display

The HRDL Vinyl Table Proudly Puts Your Collection On Display

The Vinyl Table is the handsome handmade creation of part-time furniture designer and professional commercial photographer, Stian Herdal (aka HRDL) – an organic midcentury-inspired, splayed leg turntable stand and storage solution recognizing the one thing vinyl collectors nearly enjoy as much as listening to their records is displaying them.

Made to order using oak and Valchromat (a wood moisture resistant wood fiber panel engineered for higher durability than traditional MDF and individually impregnated fibers using organic dyes for consistent color throughout its thickness), the table’s two-tone design highlights its two most distinguishing features: the sliding tambour door designed to hideaway an amplifier and any cords and cables out of sight, and two rows of storage + display affording space for up to 200 LPs and 45s to comb through when the mood for music strikes.

Herdal’s affinity for vinyl extends to two additional designs, the 30-record Vinyl Stand and the “little brother” Vinyl Stand, Single. All three represent the impressive efforts of a particularly one-man operation crafting custom-made pieces, with skills on full display over at Herdal’s Instagram Stories revealing an impressively outfitted woodworking shop.

The HRDL Vinyl Table can be customized by request, and is available with a 6-8 week lead time, starting at $1,755 with pencil legs or $1,855 with the spider leg option.

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Highlights from Design Tokyo 2018: Be a Scent DJ and More

Highlights from Design Tokyo 2018: Be a Scent DJ and More

Design Tokyo has become the one-stop destination for Japanese designers and vendors, and its profile has strengthened over the years ever since Tokyo Design Week was phased out in 2016. Over 90,000 people attended the 3-day event in Tokyo Big Sight last week. Here are the highlights from Design Tokyo:

Courtesy of Moodo.

Moodo is a smart home fragrant diffuser produced by the Israeli company Agan Aroma. Agan Aroma has been concocting scents for 35 years (many of which are likely used in perfumes you owned!) and they’ve created an IoT home system so you can control the scent of your home.

Courtesy of Moodo.

Moodo works with Alexa and Google Assistant. You can create a unique ambiance instantly by using a smartphone app or voice control. The app also comes with preset families of scents that you can purchase. Shuffle through the scent families so that you’ll be introduced to a new scent every half an hour, or at whatever time interval you prefer.

Courtesy of Moodo.

Courtesy of Moodo.

Courtesy of Moodo.

Courtesy of Moodo.

Yori-So Magnetic Chopsticks. Photo courtesy of Yori-So.

Yori-So’s value mission is “for everyone in the world to enjoy their meals.” Their hybrid chopsticks use magnets to draw the two parts together, making it easier to grip.

Yori-So Magnetic Chopsticks. Photo courtesy of Yori-So.

I tried it, and can attest that it is very easy to pick up small items with a pair of Yori-So’s.

Yori-So Magnetic Chopsticks. Photo by Keshia Badalge.

Their hope is that people with disabilities or a weaker grip are able to use these chopsticks and can eat more comfortably. Also, given that a 2014 survey showed that a mere 4 percent of Americans are comfortable with chopsticks, this could be your go-to when you’re preparing Asian meals but want to serve them with chopsticks that are friendly to all.

Photo by Keshia Badalge.

Sc & Sc have created the world’s first carbon pot. The carbon pot retains heat evenly and can be used on the stove and then served as a dish. Mr. Shintaro Katayama, a Michelin-star chef (pictured above), has used the pots for 5 consecutive years to serve his famous dishes. The pot won an award at Design Tokyo this year.

Photo by Keshia Badalge.

Photo by Keshia Badalge.

Peters Pantry has created digital sensing smart measuring cups and scales so you can weigh ingredients with greater accuracy. The front facing digits make it easy for you to pour water, for example, from the top without having to stoop down to see the measurements on the side at eye level like a traditional measuring cup.

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Friday Five with Mavis Wiggins

Friday Five with Mavis Wiggins

This week’s Friday Five features interior designer Mavis Wiggins, the Studio Creative Director and a recently appointed Managing Executive of TPG Architecture, a New York City-based practice we’ve featured before. Over her 30+ years in the field, eight of which with TPG, she has amassed an eclectic portfolio of workplace designs with a specialty in creating impactful financial services spaces. Her highly sought-after expertise rewards clients with everything they asked for and everything they didn’t know they wanted or needed, some of which include HBO, Assured Guaranty, NEX Group, BDT Capital Partners, Swiss Re, and many more. Read below to see her thoughtfully curated mix that displays her love and appreciation for art and design.

Soundsuits by Nick Cave, 2012

1. Nick Cave
I was first introduced to this artist during a performance in Grand Central Station. In reading about the upcoming show, it seemed an unlikely venue for such a futuristic sounding exhibit. It proved to be the perfect arena for the larger-than-life dancing figures darning sound suits that were both ancient and somewhere from a time yet to come.

Quilt by Lucy Mingo from 1979 \\\ Photo by Bill Volckening

2. Quilts of Gee’s Bend
Dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, the Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers was a small group of African-American women in Alabama who created hundreds of patchwork masterpieces. I was first introduced to their original and powerful craft by the exhibit assembled by the Whitney Museum of American Art. I was struck by the amazing sophistication of graphic interpretation and composition, and found the exhibit to be very unique and powerful. I was compelled by the brilliance of their abstract art that was realized from poverty, and has been celebrated by generations.

Russel Wright, “American Modern” Dinnerware, 1937, courtesy of MoMA

3. Russel Wright
I love Russel Wright’s mantra that “Good design is for everyone,” depicting his commitment to bringing design to the masses. I admire the superb simplicity of his work, including his Residential collection which I find to be both functional and beautiful.

Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum

4. Art Smith Jewelry
As a lover of jewelry, I appreciate the beautiful composition of materials and form of Art Smith. Inspired by surrealism, biomorphicism, and primitivism, his jewelry is dynamic in its size and form, in that it’s known for being big and bold. In my opinion, his work strikes the balance of elegant art with craft.

Photo by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

5. Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety”
One of the most powerful exhibits I’ve ever experienced was the installation Kara Walker created for Creative Time in 2014. Made of bleached-sugar, the massive sculpture is larger than life. Crafted in the former Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the 35-foot tall sphinx pays homage to slavery, which Walker titled: “A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant.”

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10 Modern Poufs That Will Have Your Feet Propped up for Maximum Relaxation in No Time

Poufs are like the modern version of the ottoman – they provide extra seating or a spot to prop your feet up without being oversized or clunky. They’re easy to move around to any spot you might need it and they’re great for filling a dead space in a room. Plus, if you want to get one with a bold fabric or pattern, it’s much less of a commitment than something like a sofa where you’ll be stuck with it for many years. Poufs come in all shapes and sizes, and their prices run the gamut – meaning there’s one for any space and any budget. Here are 10 modern poufs we’d love to add to one of our rooms.

10 Modern Poufs That Will Have Your Feet Propped up for Maximum Relaxation in No Time

1. Poppy Pouf by Nina Jobs for Fogia 2. Ruff Pouf Low Pouf by Romero&Vallejo for GAN Rugs 3. Tunisi Diamante Pouf by Rosita Missoni for Missoni Home 4. Multicolor Wool And Recycled Silk Pouf from World Market 5. Bon Pouf Cube by Hem Design Studio for Hem 6. Fields Pouffe by Lena Bergstrom for Design House Stockholm 7. Pouf Round by ferm LIVING 8. Sumo Pouf by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen 9. Knitted Graphite Pouf from CB2 10. Five Pouf by Anderssen & Voll for Muuto

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Sylvie Godel Creates Stacked Vases From Bowls Found in China

Sylvie Godel Creates Stacked Vases From Bowls Found in China

Swiss porcelain artist Sylvie Godel lived in Jingdezhen, China, during an artist residency and during that time noticed piles of discarded bowls and plates all around the city. That led Godel to begin collecting them, and with additional plates purchased, she made stacks to create plaster molds to slipcast. The finished bone china vases, called Piles, give nod to the city’s tradition of producing porcelain art, while also honoring the bowl as an archetypal object that dates back to the beginning of civilization.

Photography © Christiane Nill

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