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

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                                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 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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TID Watches Launches No.3 with Silicone Strap and Transparent Case

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/tid-watches-launches-no-3-silicone-strap-transparent-case/design_milk_tid_watches_04/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/06/Design_Milk_TID_Watches_04-810x810.jpg" alt="TID Watches Launches No.3 with Silicone Strap and Transparent Case" /></a>
                                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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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>
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/native-co-combine-craft-design-promote-japanese-taiwanese-culture/design_milk_native__co_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/06/Design_Milk_Native__Co_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Native &#038; Co Combine Craft and Design to Promote Japanese and Taiwanese Culture" /></a>
                                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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CDW17: Experiencing Design at Clerkenwell Design Week

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                                Now that new product launches are instantly disseminated the world over through social media and blogs like this one, design festivals have to try harder to reward those who visit in person, whether that&#8217;s through hyper-local design or live experiences. Clerkenwell, a tiny area of London that gets its own festival due to the sheer number of creatives based there (there are rumored to be more architects per square foot than anywhere else in the world) and its <a href="http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Week</a> is no exception.
Commissioned by our very own Editor at Large, Katie Treggiden, the Curved Twist installation at Desso‘s flooring showroom was created by Kia Utzon-Frank and Faye McCaul, combining Kia’s patent pending Louver Twisting Comb system, a frame made from recycled yogurt pots, and 21,500 dichroic rods that Faye knitted into a screen that changes color depending on the light and angle it is viewed from. It really came alive in natural daylight and had
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Milan Design Week 2017: Färg & Blanche’s Armour mon Armor

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2017-farg-blanches-armour-mon-armor/design_milk_fargblanche_mdw17_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Design_Milk_FargBlanche_MDW17_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2017: Färg &#038; Blanche&#8217;s Armour mon Armor" /></a>
                                Stockholm-based Swedish-French design duo <a href="http://www.fargblanche.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Färg &amp; Blanche</a> are known for their experimental upholstery, which in the past has seen them sew through wood and form objects from molded felt. Inspired by a three-month residency in Japan and in particular by the armor worn by Samurai warriors, for their latest furniture collection, they have been putting metal through their hardy sewing machines.
“We were fascinated by the mix of hard and soft material, and how they attach to each other,” says Blanche. “The different pieces create a shell when combined together, a protection in three-dimensional form. We were also intrigued by the fact that this armour conveyed a strong sense of the personality of these warriors.” For Salone del Mobile, Fredrick Färg and Emma Marga Blanche held a solo exhibition in the former church – now theatre, Teatro Arsenale. They showed a retrospective of their work together with 10 new furniture
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Milan Design Week 2017: Lexus Design Award

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2017-lexus-design-awards/design_milk_lexus_design_awards_07/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Design_Milk_Lexus_Design_Awards_07-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2017: Lexus Design Award" /></a>
                                Now in its fifth year, the <a href="https://www.lexus-int.com/lexus-design-award" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Lexus Design Award</a> was first launched in 2013 to help create ideas &#8220;to build a better tomorrow&#8221;. The competition supports up-and-coming designers across the globe. 2017&#8217;s theme, which drew 1,152 entries from 63 countries, was the notion of contradiction and juxtaposition suggested by the word &#8220;yet.&#8221;
Visitors to the awards ceremony and exhibition of shortlisted entries were greeted by Ancient Yet Modern, a 3D-printed glass installation by Neri Oxman and the Mediated Matter Group. The exhibition went on to reveal the 12 finalists selected by a panel of world-renowned designers and creative mentors including New York Times design critic Alice Rawsthorn, architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, and British designer Max Lamb in November 2016. From those 12, four were selected to develop their ideas into prototypes, and those prototypes formed the main part of the exhibition. Structural Color – Static Yet Changing
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Milan Design Week 2017: Wallpaper’s Temple of Divine Design

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2017-wallpapers-temple-divine-design/design_milk_wallpaper_handmade_11/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Design_Milk_Wallpaper_Handmade_11-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2017: Wallpaper&#8217;s Temple of Divine Design" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.wallpaper.com/tags/handmade" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Wallpaper*Handmade</a> is a must-see part of <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/milan-design-week" data-wpel-link="internal">Milan&#8217;s</a> annual Salone del Mobile and this year things took a turn for the sacred. The show that Wallpaper* editor-in-chief Tony Chambers describes as a &#8220;revelatory roll-out of fine craftsmanship, creativity and contemporary&#8221; was housed in the Mediateca Santa Teresa, a deconsecrated church in the Brera design district and the new location inspired the theme &#8220;Holy Handmade! A Temple of Divine Design.&#8221; In line with many of this year&#8217;s best installations, it certainly provided a moment of calm amidst the chaos, particularly in the case of <a href="http://design-milk.com/le-refuge-the-most-instagrammed-thing-at-milan-design-week/" data-wpel-link="internal">Marc Ange&#8217;s Le Refuge</a> (above).
Outside the entrance, the Volcanic Altar by Sabine Marcelis and Danish-Italian tile manufacturer Made a Mano is made of a glazed lava stone that appears to float on a glass structure. “An altar is a sacred place that brings us closer to the divine,” says NanaKi Bonfils of Made a Mano. “Altars transform actions of everyday life into actions
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Milan Design Week 2017: Ventura Lambrate, Sunshine & Gelato

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-17-ventura-lambrate-sunshine-gelato/design_milk_lambrate_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Design_Milk_Lambrate_01-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2017: Ventura Lambrate, Sunshine &#038; Gelato" /></a>
                                Smaller than usual, but no less perfectly formed, the 8th edition of <a href="http://www.venturaprojects.com/ventura-lambrate-2017" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ventura Lambrate</a> saw 128 exhibitors from all over the world flock to this undeveloped corner of Milan to showcase their wares. There was sunshine, there was gelato, and there were new designers – Ventura Lambrate is <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/milan-design-week/" data-wpel-link="internal">Milan Design Week</a> at its best. (Above: concrete vases by <a href="http://amandalilholt.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Studio Amanda Lilholt</a>)
In Progress by Petter Fjellman-Lätt was part of the HDK – Academy of Design and Crafts exhibition entitled Almost Complete – it highlights every stage of the making process within the finished object. Function… Is In The Eye of the Beholder by Lydia Kumlien was part of the same exhibition, and shone a light on the interface between object and user, where the user defines the function of the piece. And the final collection from the same show was called Together Stools, in which Helen Johannesson has designed three stools
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Milan Design Week 2017: New Blood and Old Hands at SaloneSatellite

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2017-new-blood-old-hands-salonesatellite/design_milk_salone_satellite_mdw17_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Design_Milk_Salone_Satellite_MDW17_01-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2017: New Blood and Old Hands at SaloneSatellite" /></a>
                                2017 marks the 20th anniversary of <a href="http://www.salonemilano.it/en/stay-connect-with/salonesatellite/SaloneSatellite.html"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">SaloneSatellite</a>, the part of Salone del Mobile dedicated to new talent. The show was established in 1998 by Marva Griffin Wilshire to bring the work of designers aged under 35 to the attention of both visitors and exhibitors at the main show. It is a must-visit event in its own right, and this year there was the added attraction of a special anniversary celebration comprising special-edition pieces designed by acclaimed international designers whose careers started at Satellite.
Helsinki-based Studio Finna comprises Anni Pitkäjävi, Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä and Sarianna Niskala. Their gorgeous room-set style stand at Satellite included their own work as well as the Keto rug made in collaboration with Tytti Laitakari and glassware made in the Nuutajärvi glassblower village by glassblowing students from Tavastia. The polyester-coated steel Daze Side Table and Wove Chair are by Studio Truly Truly, a Netherlands-based studio established by
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Milan Design Week 2017: The Highlights

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/mdw17-milan-design-week-highlights/design_milk_mdw17_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Design_Milk_MDW17_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2017: The Highlights" /></a>
                                Another sunny April means another <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/milan-design-week/" data-wpel-link="internal">Milan Design Week</a> – the annual Italian celebration of furniture and product design that draws crowds from across the globe. Before we get started with more in-depth posts on individual shows and installations, here is a flavor of some of the highlights from this year&#8217;s festival.
Definitely one of the most Instagrammed installations this year, was Jaime Hayon’s Stone Age Folk for Caesarstone. It was housed in the Palazzo Serbelloni and inspired by “flora, fauna and folklore” with references to the 1851 Great Exhibition’s Crystal Palace. “I hope, with this very graphic and folkloric installation, to put a smile on people’s faces,” says Hayon. He certainly did that. La Pelota is always a favorite destination during Milan Design Week and this year played host for the launch of Hermès’ latest homeware collection, including a cast bronze table by British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, and
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Article Launches New Bedroom Series and New Cozy Accessories

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/article-launches-new-bedroom-series-and-new-cozy-accessories/article-lookbook-5-january-2017-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/01/Article-Lookbook-5-January-2017-2-810x540.jpg" alt="Article Launches New Bedroom Series and New Cozy Accessories" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.article.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Article</a>, best known for affordable, mid-century modern designs that work with any home, recently launched their latest lookbook, complete with a new bedroom series and more accessories.
Their latest bedroom series consists of two different lines, the more industrial-style Taiga and classic mid-century modern Culla. The frames are made from wood — where Taiga has metal accents, and Culla has a fine finish. Both feature full, queen, and king frames, as well as matching nightstands and dressers. To complement their newest offerings, Article also launched a series of cozy accessories, lush with different textures and patterns. From sustainable seagrass baskets to planters, each piece is meant to enhance and build upon what one already has in the home.
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