Terracotta Pendant Lamps Inspired by Rigatoni Pasta

Terracotta Pendant Lamps Inspired by Rigatoni Pasta

Once you catch the the name of these terracotta pendant lights, it’s not hard to see just how the inspiration shaped the design. Design studio Mentsen designed the cluster lamp series Rigatoni for Hand & Eye Studio with vertical ridges down the sides that mimic similar indentions on the tube-shaped pasta of the same name.

Rigatoni comes in three sizes and with the option of a matte blue finish, and can be hung in clusters or in multiples.

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A Penthouse Apartment in Poznan Gets Revamped

A Penthouse Apartment in Poznan Gets Revamped

A top floor apartment that overlooks the city of Poznań, Poland, went from builder grade and unfinished to being a modern slash industrial space with bold details. Mili Młodzi Ludzie reworked the layout to make better sense and to take advantage of all of the windows, which span two exterior walls. The goal was to have glimpses of the view from the moment one enters the apartment.

They added another design layer into the interior by outfitting the built-in cabinets with geometric door fronts.

The new layout affords an open living and dining room with uninterrupted window views in the corner of the apartment. Since the designers came into the project durning construction, they were allowed to incorporate their ideas more easily, as well as keeping some of the raw, industrial elements that add charm to the space.

The kitchen, guitar room, and guest room can all be entered from either side, which gives the apartment more of an open feel and lets light further into the interior.

So the views weren’t disturbed, the study, which actually functions as a guitar room, has two walls made of glass so the sight lines are kept open.

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Tonelli Design Launches Six New Designs for 2017

Tonelli Design is an Italian manufacturer of glass furniture and just recently they launched six new designs from a group of international designers for 2017. During Salone del Mobile 2017, the brand presented the series of new work, which included mirrors, tables, and storage cabinets, from designers including: Uto Balmoral, Isao Hosoe and Lorenzo De Bartolomeis, Matteo Ragni, Karim Rashid, Giuseppe Maurizio Scutellà and Viola Tonucci. Take a look.

Tonelli Design Launches Six New Designs for 2017

Metropolis is a series of dining and living room tables, side tables, and consoles by designer Giuseppe Maurizio Scutellà. The tables come in a variety of sizes with different materials for the tops, while resting on either extra clear or fumé glass, jagged bases.

Isao Hosoe and Lorenzo De Bartolomeis designed Shoji as a personal wardrobe closet for a hallway or bedroom. A glass structure houses a wooden bench with drawers and a sliding mirror door.

Uto Balmoral designed Welcome out of a combination of marble and glass. The two materials are joined together to form an elegant mirror and coat rack, perfect for a hallway or entryway of a home.

Dooors, by Matteo Ragni, is a sculptural wall mirror made from three layered panes of glass that create a visual illusion by altering the visual depth of the space around.

Ozma is a wall mirror designed by Viola Tonucci with a center circle that references water mirrors used by soothsayers in ancient times.

And lastly, Karim Rashid’s Aperture wall mirror is outfitted with a storage compartment that comes in either pink, white, or black, and a LED light to shine down on your displayed object.

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Designer Marko Vuckovic’s Meditative Take on Time

Designer Marko Vuckovic’s Meditative Take on Time

Serbian designer Marko Vučković cites Scandinavian design and the Bauhaus as motivation and inspiration for his work. And indeed, one can spy the hallmarks of those two influences of modernity across his portfolio. But look ever more closely and there reveals a profound introspective nature sourced from more philosophical inspirations, each promoting the practice of recognizing the profundity of the present. Quotes from the likes of Alan Watts and Thich Nhat Hahn are sprinkled to accompany designs signifying growth or in the case of his timepiece designs, the passing of time.

The Saturn Watch represents an obvious nod to celestial inspiration in form and function, a minimalist timepiece designed to narrow focus into a singular focal point. Though the hour at hand is immediately obvious, demarcating the minutes might prove a tad more challenging:

The watch has 12 digits placed on it. The base is encased with two disks with perforated holes crafted on them. These disks turn around in a clockwise manner in which the holes on the disk plates will inform you about the time of the day.If you consider what most analog chronographs look like, they offer an open view of every second of the day, and what’s intriguing about this object is the way it narrows your focus. Instead of seeing the position of every minute, this watch blocks out the dial of the device, and with two small holes cut into two revolving discs, the timepiece displays two single sets of numbers that show you the exact time.

Even more minimal and designed in service of the sensory is Vučković’s Void meditation device, a wearable focusing upon the present moment. Void owes its premise to traditional meditation bells and gongs of Buddhism (a practice now available in digital form for those seeking meditative audio guidance). Set to sound at intervals, the watch doesn’t serve the purpose of keeping the time, but rather, in the mindful recognition of its passing.

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Taiwan Craftsmanship Meets Scandinavian Design in DESIGNBITE

Taiwan Craftsmanship Meets Scandinavian Design in DESIGNBITE

With influences from Scandinavia and Taiwan, DESIGNBITE is a studio that creates modern furniture that’s designed for small families. With the belief that all the things that surround you in your home should be beautiful, DESIGNBITE creates objects that can be used in multiple rooms and in multiple ways.

The Hexagon System is a fun way for one to arrange the things in their home. This collection can be moved and displayed to fit one’s personal aesthetic.

Frame helps one rearrange their beloved, small objects so that they can be on display.

The Big Hug Series: Kitchen Aid, is not the big brand we know today, but named so to express how each object in the series helps make the kitchen cozier and more efficient. With the kitchen oftentimes being the most social place in the house, these objects and utensils exemplify that soft, cozy, feeling.

In Big Hug Series: Small Furnitures, each piece is a simple and poetic way to increase functionality within a small home. From small mirrors to tables to hangers, this mini collection creates a small interior in tight spaces.

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Friday Five with Ayse Birsel

Friday Five with Ayse Birsel

Born in Izmir along Turkey’s Aegean coastline, Ayse Birsel grew up soaking in all her homeland had to offer, which perfectly meshed age-old practices with modern ideas. From 1981 to 1985, she studied industrial design in Turkey’s capital of Ankara at Middle Eastern Technical University before being granted a Fulbright scholarship to attend Pratt Institute in New York City. Before long, Birsel co-founded Birsel+Seck, an award-winning design studio she set up with her husband, Bibi Seck, where they’ve worked with brands like Herman Miller, GE, Nissan, Tiffany & co., Colgate Palmolive, and Philips. Most notably, the New York-based designer worked with Herman Miller on Living Office, a concept that aims to enhance the workplace for people and aids in companies getting their goals met. Fast Company even chose her as one of the world’s most creative people! For this Friday Five, Birsel shared five people that inspire her, accompanied by a sketch she did of each one of them.

01. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. On being a woman. Her writing, fiction and non-fiction, is unparalleled. She inspires me on what it is to be a woman today. Her, ”We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.”, is taped to our mirror at the entrance of our home, where we raise 2 teenage daughters.

02. Debbie Millman. On designing conversations that matter: I listen to Debbie Millman’s Design Matters podcast, now in its whopping 12th year, in the shower, walking to the subway, on the bus. You know how you wish you could be a fly on the wall when your heroes talk, well that is how I feel when I listen to Debbie and her guests, my favorites including Maira Kalman, Steve Heller, Amanda Palmer, Brian Koppelman, Caroline Paul and Roz Chast. List goes on and on—273 episodes are available online.

03. Paola Antonelli. On being a design oracle. Lecturer, MoMA curator, author. In the universe of design, she is the north star. You know how Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” Well, Paola is that singular person who can connect the dots in any which way she sees them and be right, every time. Obviously I am a fan.

04. Lady Gaga. On living an original life. “Houston, America, World, dad, mom, hello!”. Gaga’s message of inclusion with these 6 simple words and both the intimacy and universality of it, while singing, playing instruments and dancing in front of millions at Super Bowl half time, made me realize this woman is a super hero. Mine.

05. Zeynep Tufekci. On deciphering technology. AKA Technosociologist, she is my go-to source for understanding the social impact of technology, on politics, surveillance, ethics, as she holds Facebook, Wikileaks, Twitter to the fire. Her NYTimes opinion pieces usually make me want to cry with frustration or my own naiveté. Just read her latest here, Does a Protest’s Size Matter? She is fearless.

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4 Breathtaking Caves and Treehouses You Can Rent in NSW by BrandsExclusive

How boring is doing the same thing every time? If you’re tired of camping, you’ve rented one too many holiday homes and hotel rooms, and you’re ready to take your vacation experience to the next damn level, have we got a treat for you.

Who knew NSW was home to such magical spaces as sprawling treehouses and stunning caves? And better yet, who knew these dreamy spaces were available for us to rent as accommodation this whole time?

Treat yourself or a loved one this winter, and rent one of these incredible natural spaces for a weekend away like no other. You’re welcome!

The Enchanted Cave, Bilpin

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Dear God, we’re wondering why humans ever evolved out of the caveman stage. This breathtaking cave is built on a natural clifftop rock platform, with a secret entrance through a tiny round doorway straight out of Hobbiton. Here you’re surrounded by nature, in quiet seclusion, with all the comforts and beautiful scenery you need. Light a fire, take a bath in the spa, or just lay in bed and gaze out the windows.

The Den Treehouse, The Pocket

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Just 20 minutes away from Byron Bay is this incredible treehouse secluded in a valley and surrounded by lush virgin rainforest. Shower out in nature with stunning views of the sprawling treetops and nature reserve below you. Enjoy nature hikes and trails, and go for a swim in the nearby waterfall. Play on the outdoor swing, hang out with the pony, baby chicks, and natural wildlife, and enjoy amazing sunrise views over the Pacific Ocean.

Treehouse, Blue Mountains

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This is a luxurious treehouse for the elite, with sprawling 360° views of stunning Blue Mountains scenery. Nestled high up amongst the treetops and surrounded by 600 acres of private wilderness, this treehouse is everything you dreamed of as a small child. Built from natural materials, with a jacuzzi spa, kitchenette, fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows wrapping the space, this is where to go to completely get away from everything and reconnect with nature.

White Cliffs Underground Motel, White Cliffs

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We’ve dreamed of living underground since we first learned about Coober Pedy, but this underground lodge is not so far away. In the searing heat of Outback NSW, find refuge underground, surrounded by Earth and away from ambient lighting and noise. With all the usual motel facilities – without all the digital distractions – these dugouts will have you sleeping in peace and comfort away from the external world.

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