Fresh From The Dairy: A New Color Trend – Mint & Black

Fresh From The Dairy: A New Color Trend – Mint & Black

I recently read about a new unexpected color trend on the horizon for the rest of 2017: mint and black! It really piqued my interest because I hadn’t seen it used in interiors before (at least not so obviously), and now I’m wondering how I can subtly incorporate this color combo into my own (mostly neutral) home. Maybe I’ll just start with home accessories from Society6 first before surprising my husband with a new mint accent wall in our living room…

Modern Elegant Mint, Black, & White Shapes pillow by BlackStrawberry

British Mosaic Mint Boarder bath towel by Project M

Night bloom – moonlit mint duvet by Gale Switzer

Pastel Geo print by BlueBanana

Scandinavian woodland fox forest mint black wall tapestry by Little Smilemakers Studio

Circle in Aqua towel by Stephanie Collins

Triangles Mint Grey comforter by Project M

Ab Linear Zoom With Mint floor pillow by Project M

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The Krysalis Collection by Bradley L Bowers

The Krysalis Collection by Bradley L Bowers

Industrial designer Bradley L Bowers shares his latest collection, this time jewelry, which is based on his vision of what the world of modern design and technology should be making for contemporary people. The Krysalis Collection features bold pieces with geometric shapes that are designed to be noticed by others when worn.

The collection comprises six pieces, including a Thimble Ring, Band Ring, Mini Ring, Full Ring, Ear Ring, and Cuff.

Photos by @pacu.




MoMA Design Store partnered with HAY to create an exclusive collection of essentials for the kitchen, called the HAY KITCHEN MARKET. Hay’s co-founder, Mette Hay, enlisted Danish chef and restaurateur Brederik Bille Brahe to help hand-select the most fundamental accessories for today’s kitchen. Upon opening a café with Frederik during Milan Design Week, they were inspired to analyze what aspects create a useful and intriguing kitchen.

Drawing inspiration from Frederik’s own industrial-style kitchen, the collection combines the vitality and functionality of everyday kitchenware with the passion of HAY design. The collection reinvents and repurposes products readily available from around the world, whether it be glasses from Morocco, water pitchers from India, or sponges from India, all products were skillfully curated for the collection.

The collection also features specially selected products by the likes of BIG-GAME, Shane Schneck, Clara Von Zweigbergk, Richard Woods, and George Sowden. The considerable selection of textures and colors allows for individuals to create an assortment of products customized to their personal preferences.


BMW Rolls Into the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance With the New Concept Z4

BMW Rolls Into the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance With the New Concept Z4

From the early morning coastal fog cloaking the toothy shoreline of the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance emerges a matte orange visage, the fog parted by the creased silhouette of BMW’s latest expression of design. The BMW Concept Z4 roadster has arrived.

Amid early morning gloom, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design Adrian van Hooydonk points out the dynamic and precise lines raking across the ‘Frozen Energetic Orange’ finish of the Concept Z4.

The Concept Z4 presents itself as the 2-seat distillation of the company’s currently evolving design language – a complement and continuation of the foundation set forth by the recently unveiled Concept 8 Series. Imbued with a similar, though not identical, attention to proportions as the Concept 8 – here, BMW aimed for the spirit of a sports car vs. the Concept 8’s more luxury-focused intentions – a muscular dynamism paints the Concept Z4 as a wholly new interpretation of the roadster, demolishing the softer curvilinear silhouettes characterizing previous Z3/Z4 vehicles. It’s like BMW sent the Z4 away for a few months of Crossfit, returning lean, mean, and chiseled with muscle in a state of perpetual tension.

The roadster’s downward predatory front is bookended by a pair of large intakes that continue onward through and out to the car’s cheshire cat wide rear, punctuated by two angular exhausts mirroring the Z4’s sideview mirrors, dash detailing, and center console display framing.

In person, the Concept Z4’s angularity communicates both lateral movement of motion with the perception of verticality accentuating the car’s low-slung posture. One can identify many sections sharing design DNA with the Concept 8 Series coupe, just reduced and lowered in servitude of driving in intimate contact with the road and the elements.

A notable deviation from the Concept 8 is the vertical placement of the Concept Z4’s stacked LED laser headlamps, positioned for an even more aggressive personality in contrast to its more luxe and larger counterpart.

From Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design:

The BMW Concept Z4 in an all-out driving machine. Stripping the car back to the bare essentials allows the driver to experience all the ingredients of motoring pleasure with supreme directness. This is total freedom on four wheels.

Those who’ve followed news about this highly anticipated announcement undoubtedly have read about the partnership between BMW and their Japanese counterparts at Toyota in co-developing the shared platform underpinning this concept car, alongside an upcoming return of the Toyota Supra. When asked about this pairing of companies, BMW’s Adrian van Hooydonk emphasized each of the company’s design teams worked isolated from each other, only speaking later in passing, mostly to admire each other’s explorations in affirmation, not in co-development.

“The Concept Z4 is through and through an expression of BMW design, a conclusion that could only emerge from our company’s heritage and focus. Toyota’s car will be something entirely different and represent their goals, but this is completely a declaration of BMW design,” explained the always amiable van Hooydonk.

Those seeking specifics about performance will have to make due for now knowing the eventual production vehicle will be a rear-wheel drive partnered with a straight-six engine; thankfully a manual transmission option will be available, allowing roadster aficionados to enjoy driving old school in a very new school ride.

An expansive bonnet stretches out backward to the car’s wide rear fender flares.

The Concept Z4 will most definitely see alterations to its aspirational expression in its journey from concept to production, hopefully with only minimal changes to what we like most about its new aggressive personality. BMW insists this show car is close to what we’ll see racing across roads eventually as a 2019 year model, a definitive teaser rather than a wildly explorative concept. With two-seater roadsters becoming an increasingly rare automotive commodity for sports car enthusiasts, we’re excited the segment will soon be served by a design that promises to look as exciting as it drives.


Porcelain Bear Unveils Lighting Range Inspired by Acrobats

Porcelain Bear Unveils Lighting Range Inspired by Acrobats

Porcelain Bear unveiled a series of lights called Acrobat that are suspended by a hanging trapeze, taking inspiration from the aerial performances acrobats are known for. The four piece collection merges the simplicity of Bauhaus design with the sophistication of Brancusi’s 1923 Bird in Space sculpture to result in imaginative fixtures that have you envisioning an actual person doing tricks on a high wire.

Double Act allows for two components to be balanced on one shared “trapeze.”

Back Flip features a curved, 90 degree bend with two translucent porcelain shades reaching out from each side.

Forward Bend is slightly more complex than the Back Flip with its 180 degree curved metal bar, which has two parallel shades extending down.

Flat Bar is the most simple with a single bar extending out on both sides.


What We’re Excited for at This Year’s 100% Design Show

What We’re Excited for at This Year’s 100% Design Show

100% Design is the largest trade show in the UK for architects and designers and the cornerstone event of London Design Festival. This year, the show is returning for its 23rd edition in Olympia London from September 20-23. There’s a lot to see and do, as the show is covering five distinct sections: Interiors, Workplace, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Design & Build, and Emerging Brands. If you’re not registered yet, get a ticket here!

Every year, there’s also a theme that gets reflected across the show’s installations, features, talk programs, and show design. This year’s theme is “Elements,” which will cover overarching themes like fundamentals of design to the nitty gritty like the nuts and bolts of a product.

Mairi Helena

Emerging Brands will spotlight the freshest ideas from new, up-and-coming talents. Fun fact: the platform has been the launchpad for leading designers such as Ella Doran, Tom Dixon, and Barber Osgerby! This year exhibitors include Odddot, Thirty Line Design, Mash.T Design Studio, Citradi, and Mairi Helena.



The Workplace section is not one to be missed if you’re fascinated with how design affects productivity, creativity, and the experience of the workplace itself. Design in the workplace is growing globally so you’ll see innovative advances in desks, seating, acoustic panels, storage systems, lighting, and flooring from brands like Alki and Okamura. Swedish designers Lintex will be showcasing their writable surfaces for the first time to a UK market. The Arper Bloggers Lounge will also return for the second year to host informal discussions regarding workplace design.



Mambo Unlimited

Interiors will cover everything from furniture and lighting to fabrics and accessories from brands all over the world. You’ll see mid-century modern and art-deco inspired designs from brands like Mambo Unlimited, Due, and Mullan Lighting, as well as new collections in upholstery, furniture and lighting by Bow and Arrow, Andy Thornton Ltd, and Wooklikes. It’s no surprise that Pad Home, Designheure, Jetclass, and Turnstyle Designs will also be there – they’ve exhibited at every 100% Design since its inception!


Bow & Arrow

Concrete LCDA

Expect to see new advances in the realm of Kitchens and Bathrooms, a space that’s growing due to the demand of the hospitality and interior design trades. Eco-friendly and materials that demonstrate harmony with nature is a trending theme, so you’ll see Esthec Terrace’s sustainable terrace system at the show. You’ll also find new collections in ceramics and tiles from brands like Apicer and Concrete LCDA.



Design & Build is the largest of the five sections and will feature a materials showcase, surface innovations, technology and home automation. Exhibitors include Grestec Tiles, Sky-Frame, Domus Faces, and Ermetika srl, with Timbertherm exhibiting for the first time with its wooden floor heating.

Grestec Tiles

Excited? We definitely are! Be sure to register so you can experience it all. Register here.

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