Clemens Ascher’s ‘Of Rainbows and Other Monuments’

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/of-rainbows-and-other-monuments/ferrari-rainbow-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Ferrari-Rainbow-2-810x608.jpg" alt="Clemens Ascher&#8217;s &#8216;Of Rainbows and Other Monuments&#8217;" /></a>
                                The Bertone Rainbow was an oddball design even 42 years ago when unveiled as a concept car at the 1976 Turin Motor Show. Designed by Marcello Gandini for the Italian-based automotive styling and coachbuilding company, Gruppo Bertone, the attention the Rainbow earned for its sudden abbreviated angularity was only eclipsed by its genuinely cool retractable hardtop design that transformed the car from a coupé into a targa. The trapezoidal concept mostly faded into obscurity – at least amongst the general public – but has since reappeared in new light recently thanks to photographer <a href="http://www.clemensascher.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Clemens Ascher</a>.
London-based photographer and artist Clemens Ascher’s “Of Rainbows and Other Monuments” is a striking triptych that breathes new life into the mostly forgotten peculiar prototype. Colored in vibrant hues of yellow, red, and blue, the Bertone Rainbow attains a fresh graphical presence of a vehicle not from a forgotten past, but hinting of an imaginary
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The Courant Catch Recharges Phones Faster, Fashionably

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/courant-catch-wireless-phone-charger/courant-wireless-charging-9/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Courant-wireless-charging-9-810x588.jpg" alt="The Courant Catch Recharges Phones Faster, Fashionably" /></a>
                                It&#8217;s funny how fast cables become passé and inconvenient once you get used to placing your phone onto a charger instead of having to plug it in. But wireless chargers still have an Achille&#8217;s heel: <a href="https://www.macrumors.com/guide/iphone-x-fast-charging-speeds-compared/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">charging speed</a>. Brooklyn, New York startup <a href="https://staycourant.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Courant</a> is attempting to narrow and exceed the speed gap – and rather stylishly – with two chargers outfitted with higher-wattage ratings wrapped in the textural luxury of genuine Italian pebble grain leather.
Available in two models, the smaller $80 Catch:1 and larger $175 Catch:3 (where did the 2 go?), both Qi-Certified Fast Wireless Charging platforms are made of matte aluminum base and handsomely wrapped in Italian leather. The chargers are designed to scale for speeds dependent upon the device placed upon it, with 5W/7.5W/10W fast wireless charging available. The smaller Catch:1 seems ideal for a nightstand or smaller side table for overnight charging duties, while we imagine the
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A Commanding Wireless Earphones Design by Dotcom Creation

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/dotcom-creation-wireless-earphones/dp2-dotcom-creations-earbuds-3/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/DP2-dotcom-creations-earbuds-3-810x540.jpg" alt="A Commanding Wireless Earphones Design by Dotcom Creation" /></a>
                                The looped silhouette of the DP-2 by <a href="http://dotcomcreation.net/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Dotcom Creation</a> is unlike any other traditional in-ear or over-the-ear headphones in both form and function. Bucking convention of other wired or wireless earphones, the DP-2 sits just within the vicinity of the ear canal, hanging and held in place by the shape of the human ear, allowing the listener to be audibly cognizant of their surroundings while listening to music or other audio.
Designed by the former head of Creative Product Design Taipei at Sony Mobile Communication, Jun Katsunuma’s obsidian loop earphones design offers the appearance of the bottom half of the Mac Command key (⌘) separated from the whole. Each closed loop opens up with a twist, designed to be worn attached to the ear like hoops earrings. The all-black design is a darker, more ornamental counterpart to the now-ubiquitous and arguably more tech-conspicuous and all-white Apple Airpods. On the ear the
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The adidas Originals ARCHIVE M1 Watch Series

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/adidas-originals-archive-m1-watch/adidas-archivem1-life-4/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/adidas-archivem1-life-4-810x569.jpg" alt="The adidas Originals ARCHIVE M1 Watch Series" /></a>
                                Fancy a wristwatch designed to complement your favorite adidas Originals kicks? The <a href="http://www.adidaswatches.com/us/en/archive"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">adidas Watches ARCHIVE M1</a> alludes to the square digital display designs of the 1970s and 1980s, when the likes of Casio offered LED displays accompanied with chunky and satisfying-to-press buttons. The brand&#8217;s Fall/Winter 2018 collection offers three new colors, each boldly accentuated with contrast colors referencing the brand&#8217;s most popular footwear.
The upcoming ARCHIVE M1 seasonal release joins a previously launched 4-color collection finished in metallics, offered now with the same stainless steel case with hardened mineral crystal attached to a 24mm width, 5-link stainless steel bracelet with a 50 meter/5 ATM water rating. Alongside the ARCHIVE series, the Fall/Winter 2018 updates brings a refresh of new colors to the quartz movement pop-aesthetic PROCESS and the refined minimalism of the DISTRICT.

The ARCHIVE M1’s sculpted buttons and squared case harkens back to the digital wristwatches of the 1970s-1980s, when large

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The adidas Originals ARCHIVE M1 Watch Series

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/adidas-originals-archive-m1-watch/adidas-archivem1-life-4/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/adidas-archivem1-life-4-810x569.jpg" alt="The adidas Originals ARCHIVE M1 Watch Series" /></a>
                                Fancy a wristwatch designed to complement your favorite adidas Originals kicks? The <a href="http://www.adidaswatches.com/us/en/archive"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">adidas Watches ARCHIVE M1</a> alludes to the square digital display designs of the 1970s and 1980s, when the likes of Casio offered LED displays accompanied with chunky and satisfying-to-press buttons. The brand&#8217;s Fall/Winter 2018 collection offers three new colors, each boldly accentuated with contrast colors referencing the brand&#8217;s most popular footwear.
The upcoming ARCHIVE M1 seasonal release joins a previously launched 4-color collection finished in metallics, offered now with the same stainless steel case with hardened mineral crystal attached to a 24mm width, 5-link stainless steel bracelet with a 50 meter/5 ATM water rating. Alongside the ARCHIVE series, the Fall/Winter 2018 updates brings a refresh of new colors to the quartz movement pop-aesthetic PROCESS and the refined minimalism of the DISTRICT.

The ARCHIVE M1’s sculpted buttons and squared case harkens back to the digital wristwatches of the 1970s-1980s, when large

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The adidas Originals ARCHIVE M1 Watch Series

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/adidas-originals-archive-m1-watch/adidas-archivem1-life-4/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/adidas-archivem1-life-4-810x569.jpg" alt="The adidas Originals ARCHIVE M1 Watch Series" /></a>
                                Fancy a wristwatch designed to complement your favorite adidas Originals kicks? The <a href="http://www.adidaswatches.com/us/en/archive"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">adidas Watches ARCHIVE M1</a> alludes to the square digital display designs of the 1970s and 1980s, when the likes of Casio offered LED displays accompanied with chunky and satisfying-to-press buttons. The brand&#8217;s Fall/Winter 2018 collection offers three new colors, each boldly accentuated with contrast colors referencing the brand&#8217;s most popular footwear.
The upcoming ARCHIVE M1 seasonal release joins a previously launched 4-color collection finished in metallics, offered now with the same stainless steel case with hardened mineral crystal attached to a 24mm width, 5-link stainless steel bracelet with a 50 meter/5 ATM water rating. Alongside the ARCHIVE series, the Fall/Winter 2018 updates brings a refresh of new colors to the quartz movement pop-aesthetic PROCESS and the refined minimalism of the DISTRICT.

The ARCHIVE M1’s sculpted buttons and squared case harkens back to the digital wristwatches of the 1970s-1980s, when large

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A Minimally Modern and Modular Kitchenette for Millennials

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/minimally-modern-modular-kitchenette-millennials/yu-li-assembly-13/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/Yu-Li-Assembly-13-810x456.jpg" alt="A Minimally Modern and Modular Kitchenette for Millennials" /></a>
                                It seems particularly ironic my friend who is a technologist and founder of the gastronomical virtual reality experience, <a href="http://www.projectnourished.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Project Nourished</a>, has lived in a Downtown Los Angeles industrial space for the last several years sans kitchen. He told me he&#8217;s made it work out of necessity, using a combination of a portable inductive cooktop and a utility sink on wheels. I definitely thought of his past predicament as I helped him move last week to a new place outfitted with a legitimate kitchen, thinking how the challenge of cost of rent versus available space can require sacrifices such as his while living in many of the most dense and expensive cities.
Royal College of Art graduate, Yu Li’s portable kitchen concept Assembly addresses this growing need amongst young professionals struggling to meet the desire to cook against the limitations of space. Li envisions an inductive-technology cooking surface nearly as svelte
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Xbox Adaptive Controller Plugs into Making Gaming More Accessible

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/xbox-adaptive-controller-accessible/xbox-adaptive-controller-7/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/Xbox-Adaptive-Controller-7-810x456.jpg" alt="Xbox Adaptive Controller Plugs into Making Gaming More Accessible" /></a>
                                The late designer <a href="http://hillmancurtis.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Hillman Curtis</a> once said, “The goal of a designer is to listen, observe, understand, sympathize, empathize, synthesize, and glean insights that enable him or her to ‘make the invisible visible.’ By this standard, the <a href="https://sway.com/dtKPzODa2Lh0YFEY?ref=Link" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Microsoft Xbox Inclusive Tech Lab</a> has achieved notable success, designing a solution for a segment of the population too often ignored: the 30 million gamers with physical disabilities. The result of their studied efforts is the <a href="https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/accessories/controllers/xbox-adaptive-controller"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Xbox Adaptive Controller</a>, the most inclusive gaming console controller ever designed.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller – XAC for short – is one part controller, another part peripherals hub. As its name implies, the XAC adapts according to the needs of its user, a lap-size rectangular angled slab offering giant and easily accessible buttons mapped for the A and B buttons. The more interesting and useful feature is hinted by the line of symbols embossed across
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A 3D-Printed Garment Envisions an Underwater Future

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/3d-printed-amphibious-garment-amphibio/jun-amphibio-01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/jun-amphibio-01-810x515.jpg" alt="A 3D-Printed Garment Envisions an Underwater Future" /></a>
                                Designer and material scientist <a href="http://www.junkamei.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Jun Kamei</a> is looking ahead toward solutions to help people adapt to the sea level rise caused by climate change, predicted its effects upon between 0.5 &#8211; 3 billion globally along some of our most populous cities. His vision <a href="http://www.junkamei.com/work#/amphibio/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Amphibio</a> is a 3D printed amphibious garment designed to work with, not against, the possibility many of us will increasingly live in close proximity to water.
Designed at the Royal College of Art in collaboration with the RCA-IIS Tokyo Design Lab, Kamei studied how aquatic insects use a thin layer of air trapped across their carapace, a super-hydrophobic surface that operates as a gas-exchanging gill. Noting this evolutionary adaptations, Kamei developed a special porous hydrophobic material engineered to allow underwater breathing by extracting oxygen from the surrounding water while also removing accumulated carbon dioxide in similar fashion, forming what might appear as entomological-inspired haute couture.
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The World’s First Digital Art Museum Opens in Tokyo

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/worlds-first-digital-art-museum-tokyo/mori-building-museum-9/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/MORI-Building-museum-9-810x540.jpg" alt="The World&#8217;s First Digital Art Museum Opens in Tokyo" /></a>
                                It&#8217;s almost surprising the <a href="https://borderless.teamlab.art/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mori Building Digital Art Museum: teamLab Borderless</a> is the first dedicated digital art museum in the world – a 107,000-square-foot venue recently opened in Tokyo and conceived to transcend &#8220;the constraints of material substance&#8221;. Augmented reality, digital art, and the spectacle of made-for-Instagram exhibits have already proliferated across galleries and museums around the world. But the new digital art museum may be the most spectacular of them all.
Divided into five distinct zones and “painted” alive using 470 Epson projectors powered by 520 computers, each interior is blanketed as hyper-colored landscapes of augmented reality. The influence of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors and Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams is visible throughout, with an element of the surreal pervading, perhaps referencing the tessellated and fragmented realities formulated by Google’s artificial neural network. The sum of the experience is intended to engulf visitors in awe and wonder, trading away the subtle for the
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Orbit Brings an Element of the Tangible to Digital Music

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                                With digital devices and appliances of every sort now featuring a touchscreen, Belgian designer Senna Graulus noticed a discrepancy between the purported element of touch offered by current technology versus the experience of interacting with genuinely tactile objects. The <a href="http://sennagraulus.com/work.html"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Orbit</a> music streamer offers a rotational dial system based upon the influence of two planetary bodies upon one another, in turn reintroducing what was lost in the migration toward an increasingly touchscreen existence.
Composed of two components – a cylindrical controller “dial” and a base – the Orbit’s primary function is accessing and controlling a listener’s digital music playlist. Streaming playlists are accessed by picking up the top cylindrical controller and placing it alongside the base within its orbit.

A variety of materials like felt and aluminum were explored for optimal tactile satisfaction between user and device. The base is weighed down with cylindrical sheets of lead to add some perceptible heft

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Design Milk Travels to… Amman

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                                The seven main hills of Amman stand sentinel to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, one buzzing with the telltale signs of modernity at its core accompanied with the haunting hum of antiquity interspersed along its periphery. Tourists arrive in droves for short stays here within the capital of Jordan before heading out with plans for days to be spent floating weightlessly upon the saline buoyancy of the Dead Sea or navigating the achingly beautiful narrow passage into the heart of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra by foot. But in doing so, visitors forgo the opportunity to explore a city beginning to embroider the tapestry of its ancient past with a emerging art and design scene.

WHERE TO STAY

Motivated by hunger, my first morning in Amman was spent huffing and puffing up and down a series of serpentine streets, each interconnected to a see-saw
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Drip Offers a Perfect Pour-Over by Way of Robotics

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/drip-pour-over-robotics/drip-gallery-03/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/drip-gallery-03-810x428.jpg" alt="Drip Offers a Perfect Pour-Over by Way of Robotics" /></a>
                                Robots are already making us <a href="http://www.creator.rest/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">hamburgers</a> and <a href="https://www.spyce.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">bowls</a> with automated consistency, so why not coffee? Bubble Lab&#8217;s under-the-counter coffee system <a href="http://www.bubblelab.com/drip"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Drip</a> aims to bring similar calculated convenience to the realm of coffee with a fully automated pour-over system accessible with the touch of a button.
The Drip system is mesmerizing to watch, especially in tandem as shown above, exhibiting an uncanny similarity to the automated movements of robots utilized within auto factories, but miniaturized for barista activities. The countertop dispenser is engineered to automatically recognize the proximity of a pour-over cone+carafe placed underneath its extended aluminum arm. Drip calculates the diameter required for precise pour-overs, using a camera and proprietary algorithms to choreograph its movements for the ideal amount of water heated to an optimal temperature to slowly dispense over coffee grounds. We still prefer preparing coffee by hand, but the theatrics and precision of the Drip makes for a
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Ceramicist Eunbi Cho’s Invisible City of Clay

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/eunbi-cho-invisible-city-of-clay/eunbi-cho-5/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/Eunbi-Cho-5-810x551.jpg" alt="Ceramicist Eunbi Cho&#8217;s Invisible City of Clay" /></a>
                                Inside a small studio located at an armpit intersection conjoining the Los Angeles State Historic Park with one of the city&#8217;s most defiantly industrial zones, ceramicist <a href="https://www.eunbi.us/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Eunbi Cho</a> has been busy conjuring the skyline of an imaginary city. Piece by piece, the LA ceramicist has diligently composed a cityscape once only mapped by memory, inspired by a 1972 Italian novel about imaginary cities.

A quartet of examples of Cho’s “Made for Play” catalog of geometric ceramics. Cho’s sense of humor adds a colorful veneer to the serious skill required to realize forms intended to be used daily.

Cho has steadily gained the attention of ceramic lovers locally and globally for a body of work characterized by its energetic combinations of colors drawn from traditional Korean textiles intermingled with a bizarro-geometric sensibility in the same vein of Ettore Sottsass. Under the banner of “made for play”, each of Cho’s pieces operate with
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Slide Borrows From Smartphone UI to Keep Things Cool and Minimal

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/slide-smartphone-ui-fan/slide-fan-13/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/SLIDE-fan-13-810x521.jpg" alt="Slide Borrows From Smartphone UI to Keep Things Cool and Minimal" /></a>
                                &#8220;Slide to unlock&#8221; – It&#8217;s a command now practically synonymous with our interactions with smartphones. But what if you applied the same user interface to access something entirely different without a screen interface? That&#8217;s exactly what Korean designers Hooseong Lee and Beomsic Jeon have explored with <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/67028273/Slide-Air-circulator?tracking_source=curated_galleries_list"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Slide</a>, a design concept that blows away preconceived notions of what a fan should look like and how it operates.
Slide a finger across a screen, and access to your phone is granted. Swipe up on the front surface of the Slide, and the bowl-shaped air circulator slides upward from a previously hidden horizontal position to a range of angled positions, offering an upward and outward directional flow. Though Dyson fans have long tilted with a similar sliding design, the Slide offers a clever divergence from nearly every other household tabletop or floor fan by abandoning the verticality required to move air from one
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Wardrobe.NYC’s “Anti–fast Fashion” Sport Collection

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/wardrobe_nyc-sport-collection/wardrobenyc-sportcapsule-8/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/wardrobenyc-sportcapsule-8-810x577.jpg" alt="Wardrobe.NYC&#8217;s &#8220;Anti–fast Fashion&#8221; Sport Collection" /></a>
                                As someone who has long harbored dreams of cleaning out their closet and starting completely anew with a capsule wardrobe – a collection of essential, complementary, and interchangeable pieces of clothing that work together no matter their combination – <a href="https://www.wardrobe.nyc/collections/02-sport-man"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Wardrobe.NYC&#8217;s</a> 10-piece set Sport collection seems an awful temptation to turn a musing into reality.
Conceived as an e-commerce-only venture by designer Josh Goot and stylist Christine Centenera, Wardrobe.NYC launched with an introductory made in Italy, 8-piece collection of tailored silhouettes cut from a minimalist eye. The “anti–fast fashion” ethos of the original collection for fashionistas looking to simplify their lives continues into the realm of athleisure wear for both men and women. The second round comes by way of a monochromatic, pre-packaged 10-piece collection priced at $1,500. To keep things simple and costs down, shoppers are limited to only choosing a size per item; no additional colors or styles are offered.
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Louis Poulsen Celebrates 60 Years of a Modernist Classic

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/louis-poulsen-celebrates-60-years/louispoulsen-factorytour-3/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/LouisPoulsen-FactoryTour-3-810x559.jpg" alt="Louis Poulsen Celebrates 60 Years of a Modernist Classic" /></a>
                                Few designs have endured with such quiet visibility as <a href="https://www.louispoulsen.com/usa/featured/ph-5/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Louis Poulsen&#8217;s PH 5</a>. Its unmistakable silhouette is often seen in homes modern and traditional, in universities and libraries across the globe, and always seems to find a place within the newest restaurants and most luxe hotels. Movie and television cameos are frequent. In the pantheon of lighting, undoubtedly one or two PH 5s would be found glowing overhead.
In celebration of the design’s 60th anniversary, Louis Poulsen invited Design Milk to tour their factory in Vejen, Jutland, Denmark, affording us the opportunity to learn more about the light’s storied past, relevant present, and the planned future of the company’s most popular lighting design…with even a chance to build one. The five-shade PH 5’s immutable cultural presence can be attributed to its perfect realization of form serving function, a 100% glare-free light emitting evenly both downward and laterally, with a recognizably agreeable presence whether on
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Louis Poulsen Celebrates 60 Years of a Modernist Classic

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/louis-poulsen-celebrates-60-years/louispoulsen-factorytour-3/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/LouisPoulsen-FactoryTour-3-810x559.jpg" alt="Louis Poulsen Celebrates 60 Years of a Modernist Classic" /></a>
                                Few designs have endured with such quiet visibility as <a href="https://www.louispoulsen.com/usa/featured/ph-5/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Louis Poulsen&#8217;s PH 5</a>. Its unmistakable silhouette is often seen in homes modern and traditional, in universities and libraries across the globe, and always seems to find a place within the newest restaurants and most luxe hotels. Movie and television cameos are frequent. In the pantheon of lighting, undoubtedly one or two PH 5s would be found glowing overhead.
In celebration of the design’s 60th anniversary, Louis Poulsen invited Design Milk to tour their factory in Vejen, Jutland, Denmark, affording us the opportunity to learn more about the light’s storied past, relevant present, and the planned future of the company’s most popular lighting design…with even a chance to build one. The five-shade PH 5’s immutable cultural presence can be attributed to its perfect realization of form serving function, a 100% glare-free light emitting evenly both downward and laterally, with a recognizably agreeable presence whether on
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Episteme Blurs the Lines Between the Real and Unreal

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/bart-hess-aesop-episteme/aesop-myer-lp-inset-fragrance-image-desktop-2560x1440px/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/Aesop-Myer-LP-Inset-Fragrance-Image-Desktop-2560x1440px-810x456.jpg" alt="Episteme Blurs the Lines Between the Real and Unreal" /></a>
                                Dutch conceptual artist <a href="http://barthess.nl/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Bart Hess&#8217;</a> body of work reflects a mind envisioning the human body as potentially incomplete – an optimal and personal platform for technological enhancements yet to be fully explored. His latest work, <em>Epistēmē</em>, a video installation produced for skincare brand <a href="https://www.aesop.com/au/episteme" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Aesop</a>, spans more than sixty meters, exploring the nebulous borders between the physical and the digitally-enhanced.
Hess’ fascination for depicting the body through the veil of technological advancement is explored as a poetic collection of scenography in Epistēmē – the Ancient Greek word for knowledge and understanding – an indirect evocation of Aesop’s line of skin, body, hair, and personal care products. Color, movement, and form are combined with the ambient soundscape composed by Ricky van Broekhoven into various theatric sequences exhibiting the skin as a biological interface between body and the environment. Pieces of paper, layers of foil, julienne of film, and pools of watercolor are digitally manipulated,
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The HRDL Vinyl Table Proudly Puts Your Collection On Display

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/hrdl-vinyl-table/hrdl-turntable-3/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/HRDL-turntable-3-810x494.jpg" alt="The HRDL Vinyl Table Proudly Puts Your Collection On Display" /></a>
                                The <a href="https://hrdl.no/products/the-vinyl-table" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Vinyl Table</a> is the handsome handmade creation of part-time furniture designer and professional commercial photographer, Stian Herdal (aka <a href="https://hrdl.no/pages/om-hrdl"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">HRDL</a>) – an organic midcentury-inspired, splayed leg <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/turntable/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">turntable</a> stand and storage solution recognizing the one thing vinyl collectors nearly enjoy as much as listening to their records is displaying them.
Made to order using oak and Valchromat (a wood moisture resistant wood fiber panel engineered for higher durability than traditional MDF and individually impregnated fibers using organic dyes for consistent color throughout its thickness), the table’s two-tone design highlights its two most distinguishing features: the sliding tambour door designed to hideaway an amplifier and any cords and cables out of sight, and two rows of storage + display affording space for up to 200 LPs and 45s to comb through when the mood for music strikes. Herdal’s affinity for vinyl extends to two additional designs, the 30-record Vinyl Stand and the “little brother” 
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