Wakufuru Brings Sound Absorption to Wood Tables and Benches

Wakufuru Brings Sound Absorption to Wood Tables and Benches

Mealtimes can get loud, especially if you have boisterous children or a larger family, which is why restaurants tend to have deafening tones of chatter and music. Johan Kauppi created a way to bring sound absorption to the table without anyone even knowing it in a collection for Glimakra of Sweden. Wakufuru consists of solid wood tables and benches that disguise sound absorbers underneath their surfaces to help minimize noise in the home or in public spaces.

Three layers of sound absorbing materials underneath the wooden surfaces helps it to be absorbed instead of being amplified, almost like a reversed loudspeaker.

From Kauppi:

Wood as a material, always contributes with a natural warmth in interiors. I wanted to find out if solid wood furniture could also reflect some of the sound atmosphere that is experienced in forests.

Using advanced CNC-milling, the corner design works for each piece, all made from ash, so that they can all be constructed in the same way, no matter the size. Gilmakras’ history of wood production and Kauppi’s design ideas resulted in minimalist solutions for interiors that need the sound dialed down a notch.

Photo by Patrik Svedberg

Photo by Patrik Svedberg

Photo by Patrik Svedberg

Photos by Johan Kauppi except where noted.

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Friday Five with Brian Patrick Flynn

Friday Five with Brian Patrick Flynn

NKBA K+B Insider Brian Patrick Flynn is an Atlanta, Georgia based interior designer, production designer, and set decorator. The once full-time television producer discovered his love of designing residential interiors, quickly gaining a following and an impressive portfolio to boot. Looking to merge his television past with his burgeoning design career, Flynn launched his own production company, Flynnside Out Productions, which does everything from home makeovers, DIY projects, weddings, showers, and renovations. On the side, you can even spot him contributing to HGTV.com, where he’s also a featured designer. This week, Flynn shares a mix of intriguing places and people where he finds inspiration for his Friday Five.

Photo by Rustic White Photography

1. Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland is my favorite city on the planet. There are so many unforgettable things about it unlike anything else in the world: row houses and roofs covered in super bold colors, from kelly green and electric blue to sunshine yellow and fire engine red; gorgeous black and white murals painted along the sides of buildings—and then the humpback whales breaching in the water. There’s really no reason to ever think about locking your doors.

Photo by Daniel J. Collopy

2. Rose Bowl Flea Market
My favorite place to shop is the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA. Although I’ve relocated from the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles back to Atlanta, I still have all of my furniture from my home in LA. Pretty much the entire living room was sourced on Saturday mornings between 6:30am and 9am.

3. Chris Burkard’s Instagram
Adventure photographer Chris Burkard’s Instagram feed is something I cannot live without. I even have alerts on my phone that tell me when Chris has posted a new image. The reason I have become such a globetrotter myself (I travel about 8 months of the year all over the planet) has to do with how brilliantly he captures far away places most people would never consider going because they’re not warm and all about the beach. He goes to Greenland and Iceland and Finland and Russia and the Faroe Islands and discovers the most stunning scenery that doesn’t even seem like it could exist on this planet.

Photo by Drake + Anderson

4. Caleb Anderson
The gorgeous interior design work of Caleb Anderson with New York City-based design firm Drake + Anderson really inspires me. Caleb is a total classicist but he puts things together in this remarkably pared-back and unexpected manner, which is a perfect testament to the art of expert editing. A lot of times I look at Caleb’s projects and feel I learn a lot from them.

Photo by Christina Wedge

5. Greenland
As an interior designer, I’m constantly intrigued by the arctic island country of Greenland. It’s nearly uninhabitable due to its super rough terrain, jagged, rocky surfaces and the fact that 80% of its land is covered by an ice sheet. Yet, through smart design, Greenlanders inhabit it by setting up flat-packed kit houses on stilts that have formed small fishing villages coast to coast. And to make things cheery during the harsh gray winters, they’ve painted the houses in super bright primary colors, which also identifies the professions of each homeowner, many being ecologists, hunters or educators.

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My week with a Men’s Luna by FOREO by BrandsExclusive

Here at Brands Exclusive HQ we have become completely obsessed with the FOREO Luna facial cleanser! So when they offered us to road test the Men’s Luna handheld device, we decided to enlist the help of our menswear buyer Ross to be a bit of a guinea pig and provide a male perspective.

Here’s his take on one of our favourite beauty gadgets.

Brands Exclusive: Why did you want to start using a FOREO Men’s Luna?

Ross: After a spending many weekends at the beach during Sydney’s summer season, I’d noticed my skin was starting to look a bit irritated and not as fresh as it usually was. Our Brands Exclusive beauty buyer, Jess suggested I give the FOREO Men’s Luna a go – and after doing some research on my own accord, I decided to give it a whirl.

Brands Exclusive: Have you ever used anything like this before?

Ross: I’d never used anything like that before, and to be honest I was a little hesitant at first!

Brands Exclusive: What did you think the first time you used it? Describe the process.

Ross: It was simple and easy to use as the device vibrates each time you need to change the area you’re cleansing. The results were immediate! Literally, after the first minute of using the FOREO Men’s Luna, my skin was silky smooth, and not mention, clean as a whistle.

Brands Exclusive:  It’s now been a few weeks of regular use – what do you think?

Ross: I’ll definitely keep using it. The fact that the battery lasts for such a long time is a huge bonus as well, as in this world it seems like everything has to be charged constantly. One less thing to worry about, just grab and go!

Brands Exclusive: Would you recommend this to a friend?

Ross: Absolutely!

Want to try it out for yourself? Shop FOREO on sale today.

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Fashion is about dreaming and making other people dream. – Donatella Versace …

Fashion is about dreaming and making other people dream.
– Donatella Versace
Available at Palazzo Collezioni Boutique Sydney…

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Jet Away to Island Life In Ibiza at the San Jose Eco Hotel

Jet Away to Island Life In Ibiza at the San Jose Eco Hotel

Did you know that the best time to visit Ibiza is between April to October? With spring just around the corner and temperatures on the rise, I’ve been day-dreaming about taking a trip to this island in Spain for a tropical getaway to the San Jose Eco Chic, a luxurious property that’s a part of the Creamhotel’s portfolio of vacation rentals in Ibiza.

You can’t ask for a better getaway than this one. Located in the prestigious community of Vista Alegre, this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom villa is set on a picturesque cliff overlooking the Porroig Peninsula and Formentera.

One of the best features of the villa is that it has private access to a small bay (!!). However, if you don’t feel like taking a dip in the sea, the villa is surrounded by a lush garden and has an infinity pool accessible directly from the living room, cultivating that popular design concept of open space living.

The interiors exudes a warm, minimalist and luxurious aesthetic with furnishings selected and made by designers around the world. The home has everything you would need to get comfortable (as if that’s such a hard feat in a location like this), including a 24/7 security guard; a fridge, stove, oven and barbeque to prepare family meals; an integrated audio system; internet/wifi; and a Balinese-style pavilion next to the large terrace outside.

What: The San Jose Eco Chic
Where: Carrer Puig Del Mar, Ibiza, Spain
How much? Contact the villa for seasonal property rates
Highlights: The San Jose Eco Chic is a minimalist villa that will instantly get you acclimated to “island life.” Because this is an actual home property and not a hotel, you’ll have everything you need for your tropical island getaway to have it feeling like home (that is, a very luxurious version of home).
Design draw: The villa was designed with a very Balinese-inspired feel that’s very in line with island life, but it’s also very modern in decor, furnishings, and amenities. Trust me, this is definitely not a rickety shack in the middle of the ocean.
Book it: Visit the San Jose Eco Chic website

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Time to Spring Forward With Society6

Time to Spring Forward With Society6

This is a PSA that Daylights Saving Time is finally here! On Sunday March 12th, set your clocks one hour forward and get excited for all the extra daylight you’ll now have. In remembrance of that hour of sleep we will lose but in celebration of the official start of Spring, check out these cool wall clocks from Society6’s collective of artists and designers…

The Time Is Now wall clock by Javier Jaen

COFFEE TIME wall clock by Matt Waring

Time Goes Bye wall clock by DrewVisuals

Time and Journey (To a Place I’ve Never Been Before) wall clock by Norman Duenas

Time Flies wall clock by I Love Doodle

Time wall clock by Moremo

Time wall clock by Hanna Kastl-Lungberg

Gallifreyan Clock (Plain) wall clock by NephiDraws

Kiddy Clock (English) wall clock by The Cutie Prints

In an ongoing effort to support independent artists from around the world, Design Milk is proud to partner with Society6 to offer The Design Milk Dairy, a special collection of Society6 artists’ work curated by Design Milk and our readers. Proceeds from The Design Milk Dairy help us bring Design Milk to you every day.

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Interlocking Leather Rugs by Elvis & Kresse for FLOR

Interlocking Leather Rugs by Elvis & Kresse for FLOR

FLOR has been the go-to destination for carpet tiles for what seems like eons now and while designing your own carpet is really fun, sometimes you want a straight-up area rug. As FLOR continues to expand their offerings, they’ve chosen to collaborate with incredible designers, like Elvis & Kresse, a duo based in Kent, England. The British design studio are known for their wicked ways of turning reclaimed materials into luxury goods. They collect the finest, vegetable-tanned leather off-cuts from a host of manufacturers and are using them to create the Elvis & Kresse for FLOR collection.

The collection includes a trio of rugs, Black, Caramel, and Brown, composed of smaller, interlocking pieces of leather that might have been rejected as scraps before. Elvis & Kresse look at those imperfections as added texture giving the rugs different variations from piece to piece.

They believe “leather is forever” and when you bring one of their rugs into your home, you’ll be able to cherish it for a long time. The leather will mature over time and gain a natural patina for an even richer look.




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