2017 Year in Review: Deconstruction

It’s one thing to appreciate beautiful design, but it’s another thing to learn the lengthy process that designers and manufacturers go through to bring a product to fruition. It gives you a new perspective to see the effort put in, and quite frankly, all the blood, sweat, and tears along the way. Here we look back on the 12 designs we featured this year in our Deconstruction column.

2017 Year in Review: Deconstruction

A Look at How Bend Goods’ Betty Came to Be
Bend Goods gave us a look at how one of their newest designs, the Betty Stacking Chair, was born.

How Big Chill’s Retro Fridge Came To Be
The Retro Original Fridge from Big Chill is where it all began so take a look at how this mid-century design came to be.

A Look at the Design Process of Juniper’s Love Me Not Pendant
For this Deconstruction, we checked in with Brooklyn’s Juniper who collaborated with artist and ceramicist Pascale Girardin on the Love Me Not pendant.

How KITE’s High-End Eyeglasses Are Made
London-based KITE is an up-and-coming eyewear brand that’s handcrafted by some of the best Italian artisans and they shared how their frames are made.

Designing and Building a Modern Record Player Console
Chris Salomone of foureyes furniture designed a modern record player console and broke down how it came about in this Deconstruction.

How Carnevale Studio Domesticates Neon and Brings It Inside
For Group 18, Carnevale Studio decided to domesticate neon lights and create a series of five colorful lights for your desk or table.

Poppin Shares How Their Pitch Collection is Made
Poppin took us inside their factory to see how the upholstered Pitch Club Chair and Pitch Sofa are made.

Luxury Goods Brand FEIT Shares Their Shoe Making Technique
In this Deconstruction, luxury leather goods brand FEIT shared a look into the making of their hand sewn leather hiker boot.

Chilewich Breaks Down the Design Process of the Grid Collection
We looked at one of Chilewich’s recent collections, Grid, which takes inspiration from “multifaceted grids found in urban landscapes.”

A Look at the Making of Original BTC’s Hand-Cast, Bone China Fin Pendant
Original BTC took us through the delicate process of how their hand-cast, bone china Fin Pendant fixtures are made.

A Look at WETSTYLE’s Process of Making Composite Bathtubs
Luxury bathroom manufacturer WETSTYLE handcrafts furnishings from beginning to end and they shared the process of making one of their composite bathtubs.

The Design and Manufacturing Process of Skram’s Altai Side Table
Skram took us behind the scenes in the design process to see how the beautiful Altai Side Table comes to light.

The Making of Heath Clay Studio’s Design Series 5: Forming Fables
Ceramicist and head of Heath Clay Studio, Tung Chiang, created Design Series 5: Forming Fables, a show that explores ideas with clay over an entire year.

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A Case of Wanderlust with Society6

A Case of Wanderlust with Society6

You wouldn’t think to look to Society6 for travel inspiration but there are many photographers who share their beautiful photos of amazing (and completely Instagrammable) locations on the site. Here are a few of our favorite finds on Society6 that are inspiring us to take a trip somewhere…

ADVENTURE AWAITS wall tapestry by magdam

Cliffside in Santorini art print by Meredith – The Glass Passage

Cuba house framed art print by chickenorpasta

Outdoor solitude – line art throw pillow by bicone

Infinity canvas print by Igor Ryvkin

Let’s Go art print by NDTank

Boat fun throw pillow by Make it Fun

Live the Adventure art print by Adventure Is Calling

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 The Design Milk Dairy help us bring Design Milk to you every day.

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Karen Gayle Tinney Incorporates Mixed Fiber and Ceramics in Her New One-Of-A-Kind Collection

Karen Gayle Tinney Incorporates Mixed Fiber and Ceramics in Her New One-Of-A-Kind Collection

After graduating from Parsons School of Design and working as a home decor designer for brands like Anthropologie, Kim Seybert and Artistic Tile, designer Karen Gayle Tinney launched her own line in 2015. Her latest collection of one-of-a-kind pieces is rooted in the art of ceramics but Tinney puts her own contemporary spin by incorporating mixed fiber as well. The collection of vessels, wall hangings and pedestals were inspired by extremes – extremes in texture, finish, surface and shapes – and the juxtaposition between super refined and very rough forms and textures.

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Amagansett Residence by Ronen Lev

Amagansett Residence by Ronen Lev

Amagansett Residence is a minimal home located outside of New York City, designed by Ronen Lev. The modern Hamptons weekend home is for a family of six, which will be used throughout the year. The clients wanted a simpler space that would align with the natural surroundings.

The home is situated in a quiet neighborhood in the Hamptons, and serves as a contrast to the bustling city life. As such, the clients wanted the furnishings to reflect this relaxed atmosphere. The atrium, which is characterized by glass panels stacked twenty feet high, features lighting by Apparatus.

Due to the fact that the home is open-concept, the architects delineated each space by using varying materials for the flooring. The focal point of the residence is the hearth, which features a fireplace constructed from a smooth black slate.

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What to Wear on Christmas Day by BrandsExclusive

If there’s one day of the year you want to look and feel a million dollars, it’s Christmas Day. Apart from your birthday, of course – you want to look pretty damn good then too. But there’s something about Christmas that’s special, so you’ll want to wear something special as well. We break down some festive style suggestions to help you get ready for the big day.

Consider your location

Deciding what to wear on Christmas Day will of course be hugely influenced by where you’ll be celebrating it. Will you be toasting Yuletide by a pool or on a beach? Or perhaps inside with air-conditioning pumping? Wherever you plan to be, your location will play a big part in determining your festive style.

Wear something new

There’s nothing like slipping on a brand new frock that you’ve never worn before, and Christmas Day is the perfect time to do just this. If your tradition is to wear a brand new dress on Christmas Day, why not mix it up this year and rock a printed jumpsuit? Or perhaps you rarely wear a dress, which means Christmas is the perfect opportunity. Wear whatever it is that makes you feel as great as you look!

Brighten up

If there’s one day of the year where it’s OK to ditch your black staples, Christmas is it. Opt for something bright and colourful to spread the festive cheer, or play with prints to make a fun style statement. Red and green are obvious hues to go for, but even plum or burnt orange will brighten up your Christmas outfit and instantly put a smile on your face.

Keep it chic

Despite the above advice, there’s also nothing wrong with keeping your look chic and simple on Christmas Day in monochrome hues. Whether you opt for black and white separates or an all-white number, monochrome shades breathe effortless festive sophistication and style. Just be careful with the mulled wine if you opt for an all-white ensemble…

Add some sparkle

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a little sparkle, and we’re not just talking about the bubbly (although we’re certain that will be flowing too). Whether you opt for a pair of glittery heels or go all-out with a shimmery metallic dress, more is more when it comes to what to wear on Christmas Day.

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East-Meets-West Meets Modern: The Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

East-Meets-West Meets Modern: The Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

The Nobu Hotel Shoreditch in London is one of the new hotels that was recently added to the Design Hotels portfolio. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because this property is an extension of the Nobu Hospitality Group founded by world-acclaimed chef Nobuyaki Matsuhisa, award-winning actor Robert De Niro, and Hollywood film producer Meir Teper. Inspired by East Asian design and minimalist aesthetics, the hotel lures guests in with its beautiful interiors, Japanese-inspired amenities and immaculately plated Japanese-Peruvian cuisine.

The architecture was designed by Ron Arad Associates and Ben Adams Architects and features a facade made of glass, concrete, steel, timber and bronze which contrasts against Shoreditch’s traditional brick red buildings. Cantilevered steel beams point east as a homage to the country that gave this hotel its inspirations.

Studio Mica and Studio PCH were both inspired to incorporate Japanese culture, art and philosophy into the interiors but with a contemporary eye. A deconstructed pattern based on an ink painting technique called sumi-e appears on the walls throughout the hotel. Textures like clay pottery, wood shoji screens, traditional patchwork, and charcoal stone help to ground the look while modern fixtures/furniture and brass accents give the hotel a modern feel. Custom-made yukata robes and Japanese tea sets take the place of traditional hotel amenities in the guest rooms.

A back-lit staircase leads guests to the hotel’s restaurant and bar, which features a chef’s table, sushi counter and outdoor courtyard, all of which serves Chef Nobu’s signature Japanese-Peruvian dishes and hand-crafted signature cocktails.

Coming January 2018, guests will able to relax in the hotel’s new spa and wellness center which will offer luxury treatments, steam room facilities and treatment rooms for indulgent Shiatsu massages.

What: Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
Where: 10-50 Willow St, London EC2A 4BH, UK
How much? Rooms start at approximately $198 per night.
Highlights: This is the first hotel in London for the Nobu Hospitality Group which has created a name for itself that’s synonymous with luxury hospitality and fine dining. This Shoreditch location is no exception.
Design draw: The hotel has an East-meets-West aesthetic that was created with a contemporary eye.
Book it: Visit Design Hotels

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SWNA Thinks It’s About Time We Prepare for Emergencies

SWNA Thinks It’s About Time We Prepare for Emergencies

Do you have an emergency preparedness plan? How about an emergency preparedness kit? When emergency strikes the best supplies are the ones easily within reach, so Korean design studio SWNA has designed a kit to keep some basic survival supplies inconspicuously nearby in any room in a most unexpected location: inside a clock.

The Life Clock is first a clock and then a case. Inside the plastic interior hides a a 5-piece emergency relief kit comprised of a lighting rod and condenser to start a fire, a thermal insulation blanket, a small roll of pressure bandage, a whistle, and a yellow SOS banner to catch the attention of emergency crews.

The clock is designed to be openly placed upon a wall or on a shelf for quick and easy access. The choice of bright red and blue exteriors (also a more subtle grey option) makes finding the emergency kit easier.


The Life Clock is available for about $38 online, making it slightly expensive complementary secondary emergency option, but a handsome modern timepiece design in times of calm. But we recommend assembling together a more comprehensive emergency kit suited to your household or office, noting there’s no better time to be prepared than now.

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