Moments of Discovery by Fort Standard

Moments of Discovery by Fort Standard

Moments of Discovery is a new furniture collection created by Brooklyn-based designers Fort Standard. The new work focuses on simple connections that give rise to visually lightweight structures, exploring machined metal components for the first time in the larger scale of furniture.

The exhibition title “Moments of Discovery” references Fort Standard’s co-founders and designers Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings’ collaborative approach to developing a collection of furniture focused on a singular material: metal. Searching for opportunities within the material and the reductive machining processes used to form each component, the duo focused on small but exciting “moments” that offered unique opportunities to create simple connections lending themselves to create larger functional furniture elements.

Ranging from raw brass to anodized aluminum and subtle off-white powder coating, Fort Standard presents an impressive range of materials and finishes across a minimal yet highly livable collection of new work. The majority of the new pieces make up the Strata Collection which includes a coffee table, side table, and low shelf. Strata is a system composed of machined rod components that thread together creating structure and holding captive the precision milled metal plates which act as functional surfaces.

Photography by Brian Ferry.



Over/Under by SP01 X Ladies & Gentlemen

Over/Under by SP01 X Ladies & Gentlemen

SP01, a new Australian design brand that combines down-under cool with tried-and-true Italian quality, will make its U.S. debut with the launch of Over / Under, a concept shop, developed in collaboration with Ladies & Gentlemen Studio. The popup destination will be a meeting hub for NYCxDesign – New York’s three-week, citywide festival of design.

The project marks L&G Studio’s first major interiors project, as the creative studio expands its reach beyond lighting, furniture, and fashion accessories. Over / Under showcases Italian-made indoor and outdoor furniture collections from SP01—a fresh voice in the international design scene—accessorized with never-seen-before pieces from the Brooklyn-based studio.

The creative direction realizes a spatial experience that is part showroom, part stage set, and part public space. Abstracted vignettes juxtapose the warm, grounded, minimal furniture of SP01 with ethereal lighting and sculpture by L&G Studio, exposing unexpected moments through coexisting contrast and likeness.


‘Midnight Oil‘ and ‘Eternal Flame’ LEDs Capture the Flicker of Real Candlelight

‘Midnight Oil‘ and ‘Eternal Flame’ LEDs Capture the Flicker of Real Candlelight

It’s a simple idea executed with fairly simple technology: a small matrix of warm temperature LEDs programmed to dance and flicker like a small candle light flame. Yet in all of its simplicity, it’s enough to fool the eye into believing there’s a real flame inside Mori London’s pair of handmade minimalist glass lamps.

Mori London designer and founder, Moritz Waldemeyer, has a long history of experimenting with the concept of lighting explored through technology, spanning from his spiraling messageboard interactive chandelier for Swarovski and Ron Arad back in 2004 at Milan Design Week, to his most recent work using liquid ink displays to dazzle attendees at the Versace Fall 2017 runway show. The scale of these two new LED lamps – ‘Midnight Oil‘ and ‘Eternal Flame’ – is smaller and more intimate, but showcase the same attention to motion and light as his previous projects.

The realism of the simulated candle light is attributed to a custom algorithm programmed into an Arduino-compatible ARM processor; the flame animation continually and randomly changes with the same unpredictable complexity of real fire. The lamp is rechargeable via microUSB connection.

Mori London (Note: site currently unavailable) was successfully funded as a Kickstarter project, with first batch pre-orders about to ship out to first wave backers. Follow their Instagram for additional news and announcements about future availability.


Mobile, Modern, Modular: citizenM’s Tower of London Hotel

Mobile, Modern, Modular: citizenM’s Tower of London Hotel

Even though the M in citizenM stands for Mobile (as in ‘mobile citizen’), we think it can stand for ‘modern’ too because it’s definitely one way you can describe the hospitality brand’s luxury hotels, including its Tower of London property. CitizenM is reinventing the hospitality experience in ways that makes complete sense given the technology readily available today, such as self check-ins, customizable guest rooms using touch-screen MoodPads, communal workspaces, and more.

While the weather in London isn’t always ideal, we can pretty much guarantee you’ll want to spend some time inside this hotel regardless of rain or shine.

The hotel’s interiors was designed by Dutch firm concrete and features floor-to-ceiling bookcases filled with art, books, and exclusive objects from citizenM’s own personal collection. Limited edition, original artworks by artists like Dominic Harris, Peter Lamb, and Julian Opie also adorn the walls and halls of the hotel.

You can customize your room to your preferences using a touchscreen MoodPad, which controls the television, blinds, temperature, colored lighting, alarms, and more.

Feeling hungry? You can stop by canteenM, a 24-hour grab-&-go style cafeteria with an open kitchen and full-service cocktail bar. There’s also a coffeeM, a coffee and pastries bar, as well as a cloudM, a cocktail bar where you can enjoy drinks on the hotel’s wrap around terrace overlooking incredible views of London’s skyline.

collectionM is the hotel’s a one-stop shop for a curated collection of souvenirs for you to take home, with things like travel accessories, design objects, books, and art from over 20 creative brands available for purchase.

Thanks to a design partnership with Vitra, you’ll be able to relax on a collection of colorful, modern furniture. Furnishings designed by Verner Panton, Charles & Ray Eames, and Jean Prouvé also outfit the space.

Oversized living rooms, communal workspaces and single desks cultivate a community-like environment at the Tower of London where guests are encouraged to work, study, and hang out.

For the business-minded, societyM has a series of eight meeting rooms equipped with free wifi, whiteboards, blackboards, and phones to help you get some work done. There are also Apple iMac stations available for use. Decor like vintage typewriters and Bakelite radios lends themselves to the 1950s inspired aesthetic created by concrete.

Studio Drift designed these unique, material covered lamps that continuously float up and down around the hotel, creating a magical lantern-filled atmosphere.

What: The citizenM Tower of London
Where: 40 Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4DJ, United Kingdom
How much? Rates start at approximately $140 USD for the 370 available rooms
Highlights: Designed specifically for the modern traveler who’s quick, tech-savvy, and on the go, the hotel features details like automatic check-in, check-out, and customizable rooms, making for a comfortable, luxury stay without the penthouse price tag.
Design draw: The interiors at the Tower of London are unlike any other – it’s filled with art and design pieces from citizenM’s own personal collection, as well as exclusive limited edition pieces from various artists.
Book it: Visit the citizenM Tower of London


For Sofa Comfort, Go Deep: New from Sancal

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For Sofa Comfort, Go Deep: New from Sancal

Scientists tell us that we spend nearly 1/3 of our lives in bed. While that may be true, I’d venture to guess that most Americans spend an equal amount of time on their sofas. The sofa is so woven into our lives, that it’s hard to imagine a home without one. After all, your sofa can be your bed, your dining room chairs, your movie theater seats… you see where I’m going.

I’ve thought a lot about this as I’ve been spending the last several months (or maybe year) sofa shopping. At the top of my list of priorities has been to find an ultra deep sofa. Depth is the unsung hero of comfort. I found that out the hard way by making do with a sofa that was a miserly 20″ deep. (Most sofas have a depth of between 21″ and 24″). Those few inches can make a big impact. Too narrow and you’re sliding off during a nap where just a few more inches and you’re sharing a sofa cuddle with whatever pillow, pet or human happens to be near.

And drum roll, please! The latest sofa from Spanish design firm, Sancal makes comfort more than just a priority. Sofa depth gets top billing: 25″ of it. The aptly named, DEEP sofa is designed by Sancal superstar, Rafa García. García has created more than 50 products for the firm and considered its “creative heart.” And when it comes to sofas, he’s something of a connoisseur: he has four in his own house. This piece was intended to satisfy that comfort goal, in the smallest footprint possible while also providing some space to stretch out.

To maintain that small footprint, García kept the arms and back narrow. He created a beveled edge on the back cushion so that it has the illusion of disappearing, yet provides enough support to stand up to a Netflix binge. But don’t let the apparent simplicity of the sofa fool you: DEEP is one of the firm’s most customizable products.

There are a variety of sofa accessories available that allow the user to adapt the piece’s ergonomics to their own needs. There are quilted arm cushions that can be combined with lumbar supports and headrest cushions (with fabrics by Paul Smith). It’s a throw pillow lover’s dream.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t draw your attention to the sofa’s unique leg design. From the front elevation, they are subtle and hardly noticeable (in fact the piece looks a bit as if it were floating). But from the side, it’s a whole other story. (They are available in both gold or carbon colored). Those little details make this piece feel special.

García has said that he finds designing a sofa to be one of the greatest challenges for a furniture designer. There are so many sofas in the world, so in order to create one that’s really different, you have to put in a lot of sleepless nights. I’d venture to guess that he wasn’t early to bed when designing DEEP. This is a sofa that checks all the boxes.

Learn more about Deep and all of its possible configurations at


Tokyobike Launches Series of Limited-Edition, Designer Bicycles

To launch its first Designer Series, tokyobike enlisted three award-winning designers – Calico Wallpaper, Everything Elevated, and Joe Doucet – to each create a bicycle that reflects their unique design aesthetic. Each designer took a different approach and the results are a trio of limited-edition bikes that you can proudly sport around town knowing you’re one of the few that owns one. Each bicycle is available in limited edition via custom order in tokyobike’s Nolita store or online.

Tokyobike Launches Series of Limited-Edition, Designer Bicycles

Brooklyn-based Nick and Rachel Cope of Calico Wallpaper translated their Aurora collection of wallpaper, which has an ombre finish representing dusk and dawn. The frame is designed for a comfortable, everyday ride with added details meant to pay homage to French porteur bikes of the 30s.

Using a special chemical passivation process, Everything Elevated’s bicycle features a gold-ish, chromated color pattern, which they’ve used on some of their products, that also strengthens the metal. It’s topped off with Japanese handlebars that are reminiscent of the first bikes used for racing on tracks.

And lastly, Brooklyn-based Joe Doucet designed the perfect bicycle for the indecisive rider – one side is grey and the other side is white. The bike’s grips and saddle are handmade in Italy with half organic canvas and half vulcanized rubber, completing the design’s split personality.


Minimalist Outdoor Gym Inspired by a Mountain in Sweden

Minimalist Outdoor Gym Inspired by a Mountain in Sweden

Inspired by Kebnekaise, Sweden’s tallest mountain, Johan Kauppi and Nina Kauppi designed a minimalist outdoor gym for Nola that lands somewhere between sculpture, public furniture, and landscape architecture. Kebne consists of five individual, peak-like structures built for various types of exercise, strength training, and stretching, for the entire community to enjoy.

The three-dimensional frames become stations for the different types of exercises with diagrams attached showing how each one is to be used. Since each of these components are fixed, there’s no continued maintenance as with regular gym equipment that contains weights, cables, and counterweights.

Kebne can be used as a destination or meeting spot for people of all fitness abilities to use and enjoy, from the beach, park, school, or recreational area. Just like the mountain that inspired the collection, it’s meant to be inclusive.

Kebnekaise mountain in Swedish Lapland

From Johan and Nina Kauppi:

We wanted to create an intuitive, informal and social outdoor gym, which also had its own identity, shape and story. We like to consider Kebne both as units for furnish landscapes, as well as exercise and activity equipment. The intention is to give architects and city planners greater opportunities to furnish locations with both functional and social added values. Airy figures that can both embellish and interact with urban public spaces and landscapes.

The equipment is made from 38mm steel bars that are electro-galvanized and powder coated in three colors: bright yellow, rusty red, and anthracite gray.

Photos & illustrations by Johan Kauppi & Nina Kauppi.