Milan Design Week 2018: Wellness & Wonder at Wallpaper* Handmade

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2018-wellness-wonder-wallpaperhandmade/design_milk_wallpaper_handmade_10-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Design_Milk_Wallpaper_Handmade_10-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2018: Wellness &#038; Wonder at Wallpaper* Handmade" /></a>
                                Embracing the trend for wellness that is sweeping the design industry, <a href="https://www.wallpaper.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Wallpaper* Handmade&#8217;s</a> theme for their annual Milan showcase of craft and making was <a href="https://www.wallpaper.com/design/wallpaper-handmade-at-mediateca-salone-del-mobile-2018"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Wellness &amp; Wonder</a> with designers briefed to create &#8216;restorative treats&#8217; that were &#8216;dedicated to balancing the beauty without and within&#8217; for exhausted visitors to Milan Design Week. The exhibition was housed within Mediateca Santa Teresa on via della Moscova in the city&#8217;s Brera district.
Australian designer David Caon created Ceremony, a reinterpretation of the traditional Japanese tea ritual accoutrements, comprising two woven recycled PET plastic rugs (with aluminum support) by Christopher Farr and a mirrored table with an interior compartment to hold ice, drinks or snacks. British design studio Pinch created a tranquil space at the back of the exhibition showcasing a wide range of products and furniture. The Sunrise Mirror by Istanbul-based design studio 15 West and Dutch furniture makers Ghyczy creates a fractured reflection to
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Milan Design Week 2018: Ventura Future

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2018-future-ventura-futura/design_milk_ventura_futura_08/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Design_Milk_Ventura_Futura_08-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2018: Ventura Future" /></a>
                                Design Milk favorite Ventura Lambrate is no more, and this year <a href="http://www.venturaprojects.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ventura Projects&#8217;</a> exhibitions were split across four locations, three of which made up <a href="http://www.venturaprojects.com/ventura-future-2018"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Ventura Future</a>, which we set out to explore – here are some of our favorite finds&#8230;
Triangoli is a collection of vases and vessels by Beirut-based designer david/nicolas for Editions Milano – handmade in Italy from blocks of different types of marble to create different colorways and effects. They were inspired by majestic crowns, making them at once serious and playful. On the subject of ‘playful,’ Andrea Maestri’s Ladies and Gentlemen collection is inspired by ‘the bizarre, colorful, hyper decorative world of funfairs and circus.’ This mirror is no exception and is sure to put a spring in your step before you leave the house in the morning. In response to the continuing trend for houseplants ‘Growing plants indoors’ by Dutch design workshop REM
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Milan Design Week 2018: Ventura Future

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2018-future-ventura-futura/design_milk_ventura_futura_08/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Design_Milk_Ventura_Futura_08-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2018: Ventura Future" /></a>
                                Design Milk favorite Ventura Lambrate is no more, and this year <a href="http://www.venturaprojects.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ventura Projects&#8217;</a> exhibitions were split across four locations, three of which made up <a href="http://www.venturaprojects.com/ventura-future-2018"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Ventura Future</a>, which we set out to explore – here are some of our favorite finds&#8230;
Triangoli is a collection of vases and vessels by Beirut-based designer david/nicolas for Editions Milano – handmade in Italy from blocks of different types of marble to create different colorways and effects. They were inspired by majestic crowns, making them at once serious and playful. On the subject of ‘playful,’ Andrea Maestri’s Ladies and Gentlemen collection is inspired by ‘the bizarre, colorful, hyper decorative world of funfairs and circus.’ This mirror is no exception and is sure to put a spring in your step before you leave the house in the morning. In response to the continuing trend for houseplants ‘Growing plants indoors’ by Dutch design workshop REM
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Milan Design Week 2018: Mutant Matter

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2018-mutant-matter/design_milk_franklintill_dutch_invertuals_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Design_Milk_FranklinTill_Dutch_Invertuals_01-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2018: Mutant Matter" /></a>
                                British futures agency <a href="http://www.franklintill.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FranklinTill</a> and experimental Dutch design collective <a href="http://www.dutchinvertuals.nl/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Dutch Invertuals</a> teamed up to create <a href="http://www.dutchinvertuals.nl/exhibitions/mutant-matter/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mutant Matter</a>, an exhibition exploring the future material potential of waste streams – driven by the understanding that we have entered the era of the &#8216;Antropocene&#8217; when human-made materials and processes have become irreversibly intertwined with those from the natural world. &#8220;Geologically speaking, the fruits of the Anthropocene are yet to be witnessed,&#8221; says Caroline Till. &#8220;However, the acceleration of human industry has already made permanent changes to the planet, to the point that artificial geological phenomena are being documented worldwide. As a result, designers are beginning to consider not only the complications caused by these vast ecological changes but also the potential.&#8221;
Ten designers presented concepts that ranged from new materials and re-evaluations of old ones to experiments with recycled objects and repurposed waste streams and entirely new ways of making and
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Milan Design Week 2018: Mutant Matter

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2018-mutant-matter/design_milk_franklintill_dutch_invertuals_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Design_Milk_FranklinTill_Dutch_Invertuals_01-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2018: Mutant Matter" /></a>
                                British futures agency <a href="http://www.franklintill.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FranklinTill</a> and experimental Dutch design collective <a href="http://www.dutchinvertuals.nl/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Dutch Invertuals</a> teamed up to create <a href="http://www.dutchinvertuals.nl/exhibitions/mutant-matter/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mutant Matter</a>, an exhibition exploring the future material potential of waste streams – driven by the understanding that we have entered the era of the &#8216;Antropocene&#8217; when human-made materials and processes have become irreversibly intertwined with those from the natural world. &#8220;Geologically speaking, the fruits of the Anthropocene are yet to be witnessed,&#8221; says Caroline Till. &#8220;However, the acceleration of human industry has already made permanent changes to the planet, to the point that artificial geological phenomena are being documented worldwide. As a result, designers are beginning to consider not only the complications caused by these vast ecological changes but also the potential.&#8221;
Ten designers presented concepts that ranged from new materials and re-evaluations of old ones to experiments with recycled objects and repurposed waste streams and entirely new ways of making and
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Milan Design Week 2018: Mindful Danish Craft at MINDCRAFT18

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2018-mindful-danish-craft/mindcraft18_exhibition_05/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/MINDCRAFT18_exhibition_05-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2018: Mindful Danish Craft at MINDCRAFT18" /></a>
                                In a shaded courtyard in a corner of Milan, a gentle breeze and quiet music welcomed the weary <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/milan-design-week/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Milan Design Week</a> visitor to stop for a while, recharge and take in some Danish craft. The exhibition was entitled <a href="http://www.mindcraftexhibition.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">MINDCRAFT18</a>. &#8220;The Danish crafts and design scene is very strong right now,&#8221; says curator Ditte Hammerstrøm. &#8220;The participants I have selected are among the very best in their field and able to produce site-specific works for the exhibition venue. They all employ an experimental process and take a unique approach to their materials. As a group, they represent the high level of diversity, innovation and quality that characterizes Danish crafts and design.&#8221;
‘Sakyu’ (Japanese for ‘sand dune’) is a pine bench shaped by a CNC (computer numerically controlled) milling machine and hand-finished with Japanese planers and scrapers. “The wavy pattern is based on sine curves, which can be calculated mathematically and
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Swedish Design Brand Hem Launches New Products at Milan Pop-Up

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/swedish-design-brand-hem-launches-new-products-milan-pop/design_milk_hem_06-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/Design_Milk_Hem_06-810x810.jpg" alt="Swedish Design Brand Hem Launches New Products at Milan Pop-Up" /></a>
                                Stockholm-based online retailer <a href="https://www.hem.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hem</a> is showcasing new product launches such as the Kumo Sofa by Norwegian studio Anderssen &amp; Voll and the Stripe Tufted Rug by modernist fashion designer Arthur Arbesser, alongside a curated selection of the brand’s existing furniture and housewares by designers such as Luca Nichetto and Arthur Arbesser – at Milan pop-up &#8216;Hem Brera Atelier&#8217; (Via Statuto, 8, 20121). &#8220;As a design company founded on the principle of collaboration, we are thrilled to return to Milan with a temporary atelier introducing our latest line-up of designs,&#8221; says CEO and founder of Hem, Petrus Palmér.
Design Milk was in Stockholm in February for a sneak preview of the modular Kumo – Japanese for ‘cloud’ – Sofa. The modular system was designed for efficient shipping (Hem offers free delivery to 34 countries worldwide) by Norwegian design duo Anderssen & Voll. Built around a single module, the Kumo can be
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Interview with Danish Designer Sebastian Holmbäck

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/interview-danish-designer-sebastian-holmback/design_milk_sebastian_holmback_05/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/09/Design_Milk_Sebastian_Holmback_05-810x810.jpg" alt="Interview with Danish Designer Sebastian Holmbäck" /></a>
                                <a href="http://sebastianholmback.dk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Sebastian Holmbäck</a> is an industrial, product and lighting designer, based in the Danish capital Copenhagen. He enjoys a good challenge, tries to inject emotion into everything he makes and really just wants a year off – Design Milk caught up with him to find out more&#8230;
What’s the most important thing to know about you? Haha, good question! I think I’d prefer to let others be the judge of that. Tell me about your childhood – what’s your earliest memory of doing something creative? Drawing – I’ve always done it, just doodling away, and still do. It’s a wonderful feeling to just let go and see what streams from your unconsciousness onto the paper. What did you study? I studied design in Copenhagen and wasn’t really happy with my school, but we were a bunch of guys having a good time creating our own space. That was really rewarding, and
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Interview with Danish Model Turned Designer Emil Thorup

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/interview-danish-model-turned-designer-emil-thorup/design_milk_emil_thorup_07/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/09/Design_Milk_Emil_Thorup_07-810x810.jpg" alt="Interview with Danish Model Turned Designer Emil Thorup" /></a>
                                The phenomenon of &#8220;model turned actor&#8221; is so prevalent, it has its own acronym: MTA. Less common is the route from modeling into furniture design, but that&#8217;s the path Danish model and TV host <a href="http://emilthorup.dk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Emil Thorup</a> has taken – one that has led him not only into designing furniture but also into architecture, interior design and art sales. Design Milk caught up with him to find out more&#8230;
What’s the most important thing to know about you? Not the most important thing, but the most peculiar thing is probably that I used to be a fairly successful TV host, and spent my days experimenting on my own body in the interest of the common man. I worked on the biggest network we have, which is the public broadcasting network – and amongst other things, I ‘gave birth’ and had a nipple pierced. Have you always been interested in design? Yes,
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Jimmy Turrell Rescued 1,000 Books and Turned Them into Art

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/jimmy-turrell-rescued-1000-books-turned-art/design_milk_jimmy_turrell_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Design_Milk_Jimmy_Turrell_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Jimmy Turrell Rescued 1,000 Books and Turned Them into Art" /></a>
                                In 2016, Newcastle-based artist <a href="http://www.jimmyturrell.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Jimmy Turrell</a> spotted a job-lot of 1,000 books on eBay and bought them on a whim. They belonged to the late father of the person who was selling them, and he later found out that they were just a day away from being thrown into a skip.
“My girlfriend at the time wasn’t too impressed,” he jokes about the day the delivery van arrived with boxes and boxes of books. It took him over a year to sort through them and decide what to do with them – and he is no longer with the girlfriend in question. Selecting the best of the books, which range from 1920s skiing manuals to vintage scrapbooks of the Norwegian royal family, the artist designed images and quotes to reference memory and rebirth and printed these over the books, combining what he printed and what he printed on fairly randomly.
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German-Finnish Designer Pia Wüstenburg Is Seeking Solitude for a Life and Work with Contrast

                                <em>In the latest of our monthly series profiling designers based in the UK and Europe, our editor at large <a href="http://www.katietreggiden.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Katie Treggiden</a> talks to North German-based designer <a href="http://www.piadesign.eu/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Pia Wüstenberg</a>.</em>
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/german-finnish-designer-pia-wustenburg-seeking-solitude-life-work-contrast/design_milk_utopia_and_utility_11/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/03/Design_Milk_Utopia_And_Utility_11-810x810.jpg" alt="German-Finnish Designer Pia Wüstenburg Is Seeking Solitude for a Life and Work with Contrast" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.piadesign.eu/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Pia Wüstenberg</a> was born in Germany to a Finnish mother and German father, studied in the UK and has lived and worked in Finland and Germany as an adult. Today, her rural studio in North Germany enables her to draw on all those cultural influences to create nuanced work that is suggestive of all three.
“I grew up in Germany, but my Mum was in love with her home country, and still is today, so we were frequently packed up and carted off to Finland” she says. “My childhood was strongly influenced by a feeling of ‘Heimweh’ [a German word for ‘unaccountable homesickness’] – regardless of where I was, I missed the other home. I grew up acutely aware of the differences
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SFF18: Kasthall Launches the New, Celebrates the Old, and Embraces the Different

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/sff18-kasthall-launches-new-celebrates-old-embraces-different/design_milk_kasthall_07/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/Design_Milk_Kasthall_07-810x810.jpg" alt="SFF18: Kasthall Launches the New, Celebrates the Old, and Embraces the Different" /></a>
                                Swedish rug brand <a href="http://www.kasthall.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kasthall</a> launched four new rugs for Stockholm Design Week, won an award for an existing rug and collaborated with <a href="http://www.stellarworks.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Stella Works</a> for a showroom display. &#8220;We are slowly adding new carpets into the grand collection of Kasthall,&#8221; says creative design advisor and co-founder of <a href="http://www.claessonkoivistorune.se/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Claesson Koivisto Rune</a>, Ola Rune. &#8220;We are trying to lead the trends, find new techniques and make new yarns. I think if we do that we will continue to have a legacy.&#8221;
All four new rugs were designed by Central Saint Martin’s graduate and in-house designer Maja Johansson Starander. The first, Freyja, is hand tufted with a chunky wool which is felted and twisted into its final curly form. “Freyja is a textile interpretation of moss and lichen, of stone, soil and mineral,” says a statement from the brand. The tufted loops are left uncut at different heights to create an uneven surface,
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SFF18: Swedish Norm Form Uses Design to Challenge Power Structures

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/sff18-swedish-norm-form-uses-design-challenge-power-structures/design_milk_norm_form_06/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/Design_Milk_Norm_Form_06-810x810.jpg" alt="SFF18: Swedish Norm Form Uses Design to Challenge Power Structures" /></a>
                                An exhibition at the <a href="https://arkdes.se/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design</a> entitled <a href="https://arkdes.se/en/utstallning/norm-form/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Norm Form</a> examines the unequal power structures caused by gender, cross-gender identity or expression, ethnic origin, physical functionality, sexual orientation, religion, faith, age, social class and what the curator rather elegantly titles &#8216;family constellations&#8217; – and examines the power of design to highlight or even rebalance them.
Curated by Karin Ehrnberger, Camilla Andersson, Maja Gunn, the first showcase was of products that are designed differently by gender from those for babies all the way up to adults – the result was quite shocking, both in terms of how young gender stereotypes are forced onto our children and how many products are needlessly gendered. “Have you ever wondered why ladies and men’s bikes look different?,” says a statement from the museum. “Or why a drill and a mixer have completely different looks? This groundbreaking showcase contains works by some
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Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018 Shows Progress at Greenhouse

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/stockholm-furniture-fair-2018-shows-progress-greenhouse/design_milk_greenhouse_10/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/Design_Milk_Greenhouse_10-810x810.jpg" alt="Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018 Shows Progress at Greenhouse" /></a>
                                With the strapline &#8220;showing progress&#8221; 2018&#8217;s <a href="http://www.stockholmfurniturelightfair.se/greenhouse?sc_lang=en"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Greenhouse</a> – the <a href="http://www.stockholmfurniturelightfair.se/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Stockholm Furniture Fair&#8217;s</a> showcase of emerging talent – was as strong as ever. &#8220;Greenhouse aims to serve as a springboard for unestablished designers and a platform where exhibitors can reach new audiences and share their visions and dreams,&#8221; said a statement from the show. 27 design schools and 37 independent designers and studios were selected from hundreds of applications by a jury comprising designer <a href="http://jensfager.se/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Jens Fager,</a> interior architect <a href="http://sebton.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Anya Sebton</a>, architect <a href="http://www.white.se/employee/monica-von-schmalensee/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Monica von Schmalensee</a> and designer <a href="http://www.formuswithlove.se/people/john-lofgren/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">John Löfgren</a>.
Let Go by University of Bergen student Imkeliene Boersma will only work when two smartphones are inserted into the slots in its base, encouraging people to put the technology down and really engage with one another. In the meantime, the lamp charges the cell phones, so both parties can get back online as soon as they’ve finished their ‘IRL’ conversation. The lamp
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New Launches and Collaborations – Highlights from the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/new-launches-collaborations-highlights-stockholm-furniture-fair/design_milk_stockholm_furniture_fair_07/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/Design_Milk_Stockholm_Furniture_Fair_07-810x810.jpg" alt="New Launches and Collaborations – Highlights from the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018" /></a>
                                In 2017, over 40,000 people visited <a href="http://www.stockholmfurniturelightfair.se/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Stockholm Furniture Fair</a> from more than 60 different countries. The numbers for 2018&#8217;s show are not in yet, but it felt bigger and better than ever before with Guest of Honor Paola Navone. &#8220;Paola Navone is one of today&#8217;s most interesting and outstanding designers,&#8221; says Cecilia Nyberg, the show&#8217;s project area manager. &#8220;We admire her creativity and eclectic aesthetic, as well as the amazing breadth of her output. Whatever she chooses to do, she always manages to create a unique atmosphere.&#8221; And her installation (above) was indeed a riot of color and curiosities.
Swedish brand Voice launched A New Standard overseen by their designer and creative consultant Mattias Stenberg who says he wanted to create “the fundamentals of the modern home.” Agda by Swedish design studio Front for Ire Mobel employs classic materials, but by exposing the weaved textile straps and metal
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The Differences That Keep Eley Kishimoto Together

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/differences-keep-eley-kishimoto-together/design_milk_eley_kishimoto_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/01/Design_Milk_Eley_Kishimoto_FI.jpg" alt="The Differences That Keep Eley Kishimoto Together" /></a>
                                From a chance meeting during a New York internship to collaborations with everybody from Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen to BMW motorbikes, Eastpak bags and Duvel beer, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto have been &#8216;printing the world&#8217; together since the 1990s as <a href="http://www.eleykishimoto.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Eley Kishimoto</a>.
“I went to New York on my internship year and that was where I meet Wakako, who was there interning at the same time,” says Mark. “This of course had the biggest impact on my life direction and the work we have produced together ever since.” In 2014, British newspaper The Guardian described them thus: “Mark Eley is Welsh and emotional; Wakako Kishimoto is Japanese and shy,” and it’s their differences that Mark credits with their success. “We are different in many ways – culturally, socially – but it is these attributes that have kept us together creatively for over 25 years.”
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Bean to Bar – Meet London’s Single Origin Chocolate Pioneer

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/bean-bar-meet-londons-single-origin-chocolate-pioneer/land-chocolate/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/01/land-chocolate-810x648.jpg" alt="Bean to Bar – Meet London&#8217;s Single Origin Chocolate Pioneer" /></a>
                                Phil Landers makes single origin chocolate from an old furniture workshop in London&#8217;s Bethan Green. &#8220;My earliest memory of chocolate is my dad telling me off for eating too much,&#8221; says the founder of <a href="http://landchocolate.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Land Chocolate</a>. Having spent most of his twenties working for the BBC and eating too much low-quality chocolate, a trip to Central America changed everything.
“The whole chocolate thing was never in the plan, it was just one of those things that happened by chance, but it became one of those obsessive things that I wanted to do. Nothing was going to stop me.” Having learnt the basics in Central America, Phil honed his craft with chocolatiers like Paul A Young and the Mast Brothers and then set up on his own in 2016 in an old furniture makers workshop in Bethnal Green. Today, Phil buys cocoa beans from Honduras and Nicaragua, paying more than twice
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From an Orphan Saucer to a Thriving Business – Richard Brendon Reflects

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/orphan-saucer-thriving-business-richard-brendon-reflects/richard_brendon_design_milk_fi-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Richard_Brendon_Design_Milk_FI-1-810x810.jpg" alt="From an Orphan Saucer to a Thriving Business – Richard Brendon Reflects" /></a>
                                British designer <a href="https://richardbrendon.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Richard Brendon&#8217;s</a> career started with a beautifully simple idea to solve the problem of the &#8216;orphan saucers&#8217; he saw for sale at Notting Hill&#8217;s <a href="http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/the-market/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Portobello Road Market</a> after their matching teacups had been lost or broken. &#8216;I noticed that many of the antiques dealers had piles and piles of tea saucers, some of them really spectacular, and I felt it was such a shame that they were sitting there; unused and irrelevant,&#8217; he says. &#8216;I spent a long time coming back to the idea of these ‘orphan’ saucers and finally had the idea of pairing them with reflective cup – the design is reflected back and the saucer is brought back to life.&#8217; This simple idea formed Richard&#8217;s Reflect Collection launched at his graduate show and one of the brand&#8217;s most popular collections to this day.
Richard’s interest in ceramics began at an early age. ‘My mother
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Made in London: Thomas Von Nordheim

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/made-london-thomas-von-nordheim/design_milk_thomas_von_norheim_06/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/Design_Milk_Thomas_Von_Norheim_06-810x810.jpg" alt="Made in London: Thomas Von Nordheim" /></a>
                                This is the latest in our <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/made-in-london/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Made in London</a> series of films about London-based makers by filmmaker <a href="http://williamscothern.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">William Scothern</a>. This month&#8217;s video is about London-based tailor <a href="http://www.vonnordheim.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Thomas Von Nordheim</a>, who was inspired to embark on his career when he coveted a friend&#8217;s fake fur coat that he couldn&#8217;t afford and decided to make one for himself – he took an old coat apart and used it as a pattern. &#8220;I did things as I went along and of course made a lot of mistakes, but in the end it looked quite good.&#8221;
Thomas von Nordheim learned his craft during a three-year apprenticeship with Dusseldorf haute couture salon Lore Lang. “I didn’t enjoy my apprenticeship full-stop,” he says. “But in retrospect it is the best thing I’ve ever done, because it laid a solid foundation for everything I know. It took me another ten years to know what I
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