The Differences That Keep Eley Kishimoto Together

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                                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

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                                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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Kirsty Whyte and Paul Tanner Create Timepieces in Their Spare Time as Freedom to Exist

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/kirsty-whyte-paul-tanner-create-timepieces-spare-time/design_milk_freedom_to_exist_fi_0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Design_Milk_Freedom_to_Exist_FI_0-810x810.gif" alt="Kirsty Whyte and Paul Tanner Create Timepieces in Their Spare Time as Freedom to Exist" /></a>
                                London-based product designers <a href="https://www.kirstywhyte.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kirsty Whyte</a> and <a href="https://www.mrpaultanner.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Paul Tanner</a> designed their first timepiece after Kirsty couldn&#8217;t find a watch small enough for her delicate wrists – or at least one that wasn&#8217;t covered in branding or diamontes. They had spotted a gap in the market: between fashion-driven overtly feminine watches and masculine, hyper-connected digital watches, there was space for something classic, understated and quiet – and <a href="https://www.freedomtoexist.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Freedom to Exist</a> was born. &#8216;We wanted a little space away from the overwhelming noise of branding and technology,&#8217; says Kirsty. &#8216;We believe freedom is the freedom to choose, to fall in love, to wear what you want, how you want to. It is the Freedom To Exist.&#8217;
The first Freedom to Exist watch was the 30 Edition, named after its 30mm case – the watch Kirsty was looking for but couldn’t find. ‘While we were on the hunt for a watch for me,
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Made in London: Johnetté Taylor

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/made-london-johnette-taylor/design_milk_johnette_taylor_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Design_Milk_Johnette_Taylor_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Made in London: Johnetté Taylor" /></a>
                                This is the latest in our <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Made-In-London/" 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 leather bag-maker <a href="https://www.netteleathergoods.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Johnetté Taylor</a>. &#8220;Being a creative person, it becomes really difficult to go along with how things are supposed to be,&#8221; she says. &#8220;You start to realize that: &#8216;I could be creating something that allows me to make my own money, which allows me to make my own decisions.'&#8221;
Inspired by the migrations of her native American and African American ancestors and a school trip to England, France and Spain aged just 16, Johnetté moved to London when she was 20 to learn more about design. “My impression from a young age was if you’re not where you want to be, find the place you’d like to be,” she says. “From the day I landed at Heathrow Airport in 1998, the world opened up
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Made in London: Johnetté Taylor

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/made-london-johnette-taylor/design_milk_johnette_taylor_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Design_Milk_Johnette_Taylor_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Made in London: Johnetté Taylor" /></a>
                                This is the latest in our <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Made-In-London/" 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 leather bag-maker <a href="https://www.netteleathergoods.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Johnetté Taylor</a>. &#8220;Being a creative person, it becomes really difficult to go along with how things are supposed to be,&#8221; she says. &#8220;You start to realize that: &#8216;I could be creating something that allows me to make my own money, which allows me to make my own decisions.'&#8221;
Inspired by the migrations of her native American and African American ancestors and a school trip to England, France and Spain aged just 16, Johnetté moved to London when she was 20 to learn more about design. “My impression from a young age was if you’re not where you want to be, find the place you’d like to be,” she says. “From the day I landed at Heathrow Airport in 1998, the world opened up
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Surface Pattern Designer Kangan Arora Is Branching Out

                                <em>In the latest of our monthly series profiling designers based in the UK and Europe, our editor at large Katie Treggiden talks to London-based designer <a href="https://www.kanganarora.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kangan Arora</a>.</em>
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/surface-pattern-designer-kangan-arora-branching/design_milk_kangan_arora_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Design_Milk_Kangan_Arora_01-810x810.jpg" alt="Surface Pattern Designer Kangan Arora Is Branching Out" /></a>
                                Born in Northern India and resident in London, surface pattern designer <a href="https://www.kanganarora.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kangan Arora</a> takes inspiration from everywhere and, as a result, her work is every bit as bold, vibrant and colorful as you might expect.
She was born in Ludhiana, a city known for its hosiery mills and industry, where her family still runs a textiles business originally established by her great-grandfather. “From a really young age I was surrounded by beautiful fabrics, embroideries, and prints,” she says. “I remember going on buying trips with my dad and helping him choose stock for the showroom and feeling quite pleased that I had made a small contribution and my opinion had counted.” Despite this early start, it was by no means a foregone
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Made in London: Chris Keenan

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/made-london-chris-keenan/design_milk_chris_keenan_02/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_02-810x810.jpg" alt="Made in London: Chris Keenan" /></a>
                                This is the latest in our <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Made-In-London/" 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 ceramicist <a href="https://www.chriskeenan.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Chris Keenan</a>, who began working with clay in his mid-thirties after a 12-year acting career, when he began a two-year apprenticeship with <a href="http://www.edmunddewaal.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Edmund de Waal</a>. &#8220;I bought pots from Edmund to begin with because I wanted to make a connection with something,&#8221; he says. &#8220;I grew to love using and living with his work and when I learned that he was considering taking on an apprentice I wrote to him to make my interest clear. If I wasn&#8217;t going to act anymore I wanted to be taught to make pots by Edmund. I was his first apprentice, I knew nothing – he had to teach me from scratch.&#8221; Chris set up his own studio immediately after completing his apprenticeship – that was 1998 <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-322135" src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-810x810.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="810" srcset="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-810x810.jpg 810w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-100x100.jpg 100w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-800x800.jpg 800w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-768x768.jpg 768w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-300x300.jpg 300w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-500x500.jpg 500w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-320x320.jpg 320w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-110x110.jpg 110w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>
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Online Design Store Hem Opens Stockholm Showroom

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/online-design-store-hem-opens-stockholm-showroom/design_milk_hem_08/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Hem_08-810x810.jpg" alt="Online Design Store Hem Opens Stockholm Showroom" /></a>
                                Online furniture retailer <a href="https://www.hem.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hem</a> has opened its first showroom in the heart of the Swedish capital.
Located on the ground floor of a brass-clad art museum, the glass box is surrounded by the green space of Vasaparken and showcases the brand’s latest collections, which include collaborations with designers such as Philippe Malouin, Max Lamb and Luca Nichetto. Originally established as One Nordic in 2012, Hem is one of the online pioneers in the furniture and home accessories market. “There is all this beauty [in the design industry] that normal consumers and the rest of the world never takes part in,” Hem founder Petrus Palmer told Design Milk. “It doesn’t really trickle down into the rest of the community, and they are left with few options, and low quality options. I wanted to do something that was both beautiful and accessible, so I started what was to become Hem.” Petrus
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Interview with Danish Designer Anker Bak

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/interview-danish-designer-anker-bak/design_milk_anker_bak_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_01-810x810.jpg" alt="Interview with Danish Designer Anker Bak" /></a>
                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/?attachment_id=313034" rel="attachment wp-att-313034" data-wpel-link="internal"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-313034" src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="810" srcset="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-810x810.jpg 810w, http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-100x100.jpg 100w, http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-800x800.jpg 800w, http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-768x768.jpg 768w, http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-300x300.jpg 300w, http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-500x500.jpg 500w, http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-320x320.jpg 320w, http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-110x110.jpg 110w, http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></a>
Danish designer Anker Bak is one of a crop of new designers third-generation furniture company Carl Hansen & Søn is collaborating with to create new products to sit alongside their iconic back catalogue. Design Milk caught up with him to find out more… What is the most important thing to know about you? Things take time, and that is the mantra I try to live by. I try to be patient and not hurry things. That comes naturally to me now, but for ten years I struggled with it – maybe it is learned. I try to create so many designs but the goal for me right now is to stop and live out in the fresh air for three months, then I feel I can design something again. I have bought a small camper van, so I am going to a yoga retreat in Sweden then to Amsterdam for
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Interview with Danish Designer Anker Bak

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Danish designer Anker Bak is one of a crop of new designers third-generation furniture company Carl Hansen & Søn is collaborating with to create new products to sit alongside their iconic back catalogue. Design Milk caught up with him to find out more… What is the most important thing to know about you? Things take time, and that is the mantra I try to live by. I try to be patient and not hurry things. That comes naturally to me now, but for ten years I struggled with it – maybe it is learned. I try to create so many designs but the goal for me right now is to stop and live out in the fresh air for three months, then I feel I can design something again. I have bought a small camper van, so I am going to a yoga retreat in Sweden then to Amsterdam for
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Interview with Danish Designer Anker Bak

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/interview-danish-designer-anker-bak/design_milk_anker_bak_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_01-810x810.jpg" alt="Interview with Danish Designer Anker Bak" /></a>
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Danish designer Anker Bak is one of a crop of new designers third-generation furniture company Carl Hansen & Søn is collaborating with to create new products to sit alongside their iconic back catalogue. Design Milk caught up with him to find out more… What is the most important thing to know about you? Things take time, and that is the mantra I try to live by. I try to be patient and not hurry things. That comes naturally to me now, but for ten years I struggled with it – maybe it is learned. I try to create so many designs but the goal for me right now is to stop and live out in the fresh air for three months, then I feel I can design something again. I have bought a small camper van, so I am going to a yoga retreat in Sweden then to Amsterdam for
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Interview with Danish Artist and Designer Naja Utzon Popov

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/interview-danish-artist-designer-naja-utzon-popov/design_milk_naja_popov_07/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Naja_Popov_07-810x810.jpg" alt="Interview with Danish Artist and Designer Naja Utzon Popov" /></a>
                                <a href="http://najautzonpopov.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Naja Utzon Popov</a> is the first female &#8216;solo artist&#8217; that Danish furniture brand <a href="http://www.carlhansen.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Carl Hansen and Søn</a> have worked with (they also work with design duo Strand + Hvass – Christina Strand and Niels Hvass), and she has designed their first serious foray out of furniture and into textiles. Design Milk caught up with the Danish artist, designer and ceramicist to find out more&#8230;
What is the most important thing to know about you? That I’m not only a designer but also an artist. My two creative worlds run parallel to each other and cross over. I wouldn’t really consider myself a designer or an artist, it is more a creative process. Your grandfather is Jørn Utzon, the Danish architect responsible for the Sydney Opera House. Your mother is Lin Utzon, an eminent Danish artist, and your father is the acclaimed Australian architect, Alex Popov. Tell me about the influence
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Made in London: Daniel Heath

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/made-london-daniel-heath/daniel-heath-wallpaper/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/daniel-heath-wallpaper-810x456.jpg" alt="Made in London: Daniel Heath" /></a>
                                This is the latest in our <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Made-in-London/"  rel="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’s video is about British surface pattern designer <a href="http://www.danielheath.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Daniel Heath</a>. With the strapline &#8220;salvaged and crafted artisan surfaces,&#8221; Daniel hand-draws his historically inspired illustrations before applying them to everything from wallpaper and fabric to reclaimed slate tiles and antique mirrors mounted onto coffee tables.
Now based in the heart of East London, Daniel moved to the capital to study at the Royal College of Art. “The main influence this time had on my work was the idea that someone with training in textile design can apply their knowledge to other outcomes,” he says. “I worked with a lot of different people on a range of projects, often simultaneously. I remember running up and down the stairs because the lifts would be out of action and the departments are split across
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Behind the Scenes at the Carl Hansen & Søn Factory

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                                Design Milk was lucky enough to be given a &#8216;behind the scenes&#8217; tour of the <a href="https://www.carlhansen.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Carl Hansen &amp; Søn</a> factory in Denmark&#8217;s Gelsted by third generation owner Knud Erik Hansen.
“Carl Hansen was started in Odense by my grandfather,” Knud Erik Hansen explained. “He felt the best way to support a big family was to have his own business, so from the minute he had finished his apprenticeship, he started. He wanted to supply a first-class product at a decent price, and people liked him, so he was quite successful – he built up a nice business.” That was in 1908 – and over 100 years later Carl Hansen and Søn is still dedicated to making first-class products at a decent price. The company achieves that today in the same way its founder did a century ago, by combining traditional cabinet-making techniques with the most up-to-date machinery of the day.
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British Furniture Designer Sebastian Cox Hails ‘Traditional as Radical’

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                                &#8216;Traditional as radical&#8217; was the title of <a href="http://www.sebastiancox.co.uk/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Sebastian Cox&#8217;s</a> Master&#8217;s thesis in 2010, and it&#8217;s a phrase he&#8217;s recently revived as the strapline for his British furniture design business. But what does it mean? &#8220;I explored coppiced hazel as part of my master&#8217;s degree in sustainable design at Lincoln University,&#8221; he explains. &#8220;I was using this ancient means of woodland management to create contemporary, designed objects with the potential to change the way people engage with the materials they choose to furnish their homes.&#8221;
When he was studying, bamboo was all the rage due to its sustainability – it is fast-growing and self-replenishing, but having grown up amongst British woodlands, Cox couldn’t help but wonder if the trees on our doorsteps couldn’t offer the same environmental credentials. “I can remember thinking, I’m sure coppicing produces the same result,” he says. Forests in Britain have been coppiced for thousands of
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TID Watches Launches No.3 with Silicone Strap and Transparent Case

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                                Swedish design studio <a href="http://www.formuswithlove.se/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Form Us With Love</a> has once again collaborated with Stockholm-based <a href="http://tidwatches.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">TID Watches</a> to create the third iteration of the brand&#8217;s distinctive timepieces. The TID No.3 is a lighter, optically transparent version of the form set by TID No.1, which slides onto a silicone strap.
“Our venture with TID Watches is built on a desire to experiment and challenge our designs. No.3 is a material reset, taking the silhouette and stripping it down to a skeletal structure, which could be seen as an interesting measure to any design,” says John Löfgren, Form Us With Love creative director and co-founder of TID Watches. The case of the new 38mm watch is made of a thermoplastic material developed in Switzerland called TR90. It is durable and lightweight and waterproof, marking a sportier transition from their previous steel cases. “By introducing a clear material, our ambition is to
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Made in London: Allan Baudoin

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                                This is the latest in our <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Made-in-London/" data-wpel-link="internal">Made in London</a> series of films about London-based makers by filmmaker <a href="http://williamscothern.com/"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">William Scothern</a>. This month&#8217;s video is about shoemaker <a href="http://www.allanbaudoin.com/"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Allan Baudoin</a>. Originally trained in computer science with a Masters Degree in business, this former Apple employee became an independent shoemaker out of a desire to do something with his hands and re-connect with a traditional craft.
Born and raised in Paris, Allan moved to London in 2007. He took a pair of shoes to be repaired one day and discovered that the man who repaired them also made shoes. They get talking and soon a business partnership was formed. “I said, okay, if you can make these shoes, I’ll just handle the business and everything will be easy,” he says. “It just turns out, it’s not at all like this.” He soon found himself getting involved in the making side of the business
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Native & Co Combine Craft and Design to Promote Japanese and Taiwanese Culture

                                <em>In the second of our new monthly series, profiling designers based in the UK and Europe, our Editor at Large Katie Treggiden talks to London-based designers and curators <a href="https://www.nativeandco.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Native &amp; Co</a>.</em>
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                                British-Japanese Chris Yoshiro Green and Taiwan-born Sharon Jo-Yun Hung met while studying on the art foundation course at London’s Chelsea College of Art. They both went on to study product design at Central Saint Martins and bonded over their shared love of cultural projects that were perhaps more conceptual than commercial – Sharon’s graduate project focused on the social identity of Taiwan’s indigenous tribes, while Chris explored the rituals of Japanese funeral ceremonies. “Looking back, I think our tutors noticed that we were a team, but were a bit perplexed by our ideas,” laughs Sharon.
As products of a course that, at that time at least, was more focused on training designers for industry, their path since graduation hasn’t
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