Here a living room is given a cosier niche by using 3 large, low maintanance plants as a divider to the entry way at the rear.
A plant podium and a tall side table are used so that three medium sized plant are given a heirarchy, and each plant can be seen individually, while making a strong diagonal together.
The motif is reprised with the use of ivy on the coffee table. This kind of creeper plant is perfect for a coffee table in front of a TV, as it provides a lot of green...
Sol Calero made a big splash on the general Berlin public with her nomination for the prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie in 2017, and although she didn't walk away with the prize, her installation made a lasting impression on almost everyone who saw it. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since.
Amazonas Shopping Center, 2017, installation view Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin. Photo: Trevor Good
The spaces and atmospheres she creates are multi layered and complex, but also appear superficially appealing, even if other, darker themes are lurking beneath the surface, much...
Memento Amare = Remember to love.
Valentines day is coming.
If it was up to us, it would be about finding one or more people you really cherish, spending a night in, with all phones locked in a box, steaks frying gently on a cast iron skillet, giving each other full, undivided loving attention.
However, for some of you, it might be a good idea to arrange a little phyisical token of affection, or treat yourself, as a little memento amare.
Because you can always count on a helping hand from us, we will ship all of these little beauties...
As designers, a large part of our work is visual, spatial or physical, which leaves a lot of time for consuming audio content while we work.
We thought we'd share 4 very different podcasts with you that feature female voices prominently that we listen to while we work, because we believe that women are sometimes overlooked in the tech-heavy world of podcasts.
These podcasts have nothing to do with design (that might contaminate our own work) but instead open up a world for us of far away people and big ideas that are inspiring in a more indirect way.
To mark the 100 year anniversary of the Bauhaus we are looking to the only female master that the Bauhaus produced, the legendary textile designer Gunta Stölzl.
Her work is a source of constant inspiration for us, but rather than boring you with our fanboy fawning, I'm just going to intersperse the incredible wikipedia timeline of her life (edited) with our favourite works of hers, and you can get an impression of a remarkable life, full of adversity and triumph.
- 1914-1916 Studies glass painting, ceramics and decorative painting at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Applied Arts) in Munich
Channa Horwitz puts a soft human touch to rigorous geometric studies, with an almost child-like sense of simplicity cutting through the complexity of the subject.
Author Chris Kraus put it best with her great profile on Art Forum.
But we just love looking at the stuff. Gets us every time.
We reccomend that you use the relative calm of November to think of the 5 people closest to you and take the time to think of the small tokens of affection that you think might put a smile on thier face and inject a bit of beauty into thier day to day.
Before the hysteria of Christmas kicks off, and everyone is dashing about with something for everying, this is an opportunity to be specific, thoughtful, and possibly even economical.
Here is our staff pick of 5 treasured gifts for close friends and family:
Wilson Bentley (1865 - 1931, Vermont, USA) was a farmer in freezing Vermont who had a beautiful and productive obession with snowlfakes.
At the age of 15, in 1880, he was given a hobby microscope by his mother, and he quickly began examining snowflakes, holding his breath so they wouldn't melt, pushing them on to slides with feathers.
Within 5 years he had managed to attach his camera to his microscope, and that's when he could share his observations with the world.
We now know that the ice crystals that make up snowflakes...
Donald Judd is known for his flawless sculptures:
you've seen them in any museum of modern art. To us as architects and designers, they are always slightly reminiscent of 'too perfect to be true' furniture, the shelves that you could never hang that straight or keep so free of clutter.
However, the pieces become much more interesting when examined in the context Judd's architectureal space.
Whether it's the play of crisp desert light on these aluminium boxes on display in Marfa:
or the surprisingly rough, textured finishes on show here in...
You may have heard of the movement to banish tech from the bedroom, it has been around since about 2014. We here at the studio have tried various variations on the theme from time to time, and suggest the following revisions to the dogma, to make it easier to stick with.
Sometimes the answer to too much tech is more tech.
Get a nice quiet alarm clock. Braun is the classic to beat.
- 1kg waxy potatoes
Boil the potatoes until done (approx 20 mins), drain and then halve or quarter the potatoes (depending on size).
Set them aside.
Make the dressing with:
- 100ml cider vinegar
- 100ml olive oil
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 200ml vegetable stock
Dress the still steaming potatoes and allow to cool, the potatoes will soak in the dressing, and the starch will ooze out and thicken the dressing.
- 150g speck (or fried bacon lardons)
The world cup is here, and for most of us that means fiddling with TVs and projectors and tending the grill in the back yard.
For those of us for who have had enough of cheap sausages, this is a simple and also economical alternative. (chicken wings are something of a by-product of the leg and breast preferences of most consumers) Perfect for big groups.
The principle is simple: chicken wings already have the fatty skin that makes them succulent and crunchy on a grill: all you need to do is help the flavour along by pre-marinading...
Hot and cool, dusty and clear music from far away places, with a strong dash of funk, for dreaming of the desert.
Today we present a hero close to home: Beyza Özler. In her Wild Heart Free Soul store, also known as Beyza's Temple, Beyza has selected heartbreakingly beautiful vintage Kelims from all over Turkey.
The combination of her excellent eye, and the rich tradition that she is drawing from leads to a tightly edited selection of the most perfect colors and patterns, as a well as a real sense for place, that could be described as spiritual, if that's what you're into.
Beyza has a showroom on the...
This isn't so much a recipe as a reminder: now is the time of year to enjoy the fresh, cooling hangover-proof daytime drinking classic, the white wine spritzer.
For the classic spritzer, you just need some cold fresh white wine, Bergdolt does an excellent Grauburgunder (Pino Grigio) but a Weissburgunder (Pino Bianco) or Riesling are also great as a spritzer. Remeber that the water is important, something with a full, aggressive sparkle, low sodium content, and always from a glass bottle, never plastic.
We will be serving these at our opening on the 28th of April, courtesy of our...
A fresh playlist of contemporary love songs for a bittersweet seduction. Enjoy alone, with a new flame, and old love or with good friends.
Cy Twombly was an american artist whose romantic symbolism cuts through the abstract canvases he created.
Very much a creature of his time, the influence of his cohort of American abstract expressionsts is clear, but something timeless shines through all of that.
This image from his studio south of Rome reveals his engagement with a sort of shared cultural memory, that for us really shines through his canvases.
Cy was short for Cyclone, in case you were wondering.