April 07, 2020
Inspirations can come from anywhere. For multidisciplinary designers Victor Lefebvre and Mei-Lan Tan, the richest sources of inspiration are the artisans around the world who apply age old skills to create unique objects. The designers founded UMÉ Studio as an ongoing collaboration with these artisans, combining their expertise with a contemporary design aesthetic to create a collection of products which feels utterly modern yet deeply rooted in tradition.
Concrete, for example, is a collection of 104 concrete cast bowls, their individual personalities expressed through their different shapes and colours. Erode is a hand cast soap, made with a blend of aromatic and therapeutic ingredients and shaped like the stiff peaks of a freshly whipped meringue, their tactile ridges and slopes inviting users to touch and rub. We also like the monolithic organic forms of the Henge concrete bookends, the ethereal Paper steel tables and the Sake Tampo. The latter is a set of 3 silver cups, each with a slightly different spout to reflect the use of specific vessels for specific ritual and religious functions in Indonesia, where they were hand-crafted.
This evocative and thought provoking collection is a beautiful showcase of craftsmanship today, which, from what we can see, looks to be in a wonderful state.
Craftsmanship is the starting point of many great designs, such as the My Beautiful Backside sofa from Moroso, the Memories rug from Golran and the Vanilla Noir The General Study Table from Scarlet Splendour.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
December 15, 2020
American artist-designer John Eric Byers cites, amongst others, Donald Judd and Richard Serra as sources of his inspiration. The influence of these American masters of minimalism are clear to see from the furniture he has created.
October 08, 2020
Detractors of minimalism often decry the cold, impersonal nature of the style. However, when executed intelligently, minimalist designs can be surprisingly expressive. The furniture collections of designer Niko Koronis is a case in point.
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