Coast to Coast Lands in Detroit

                                <em>Special thanks to Madeleine Parsons of <a href="https://goodcolony.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Colony</a> for the following post.</em>
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/coast-to-coast-lands-in-detroit/coast-to-coast-detroit-5-taitstudio-post2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Coast-to-Coast-Detroit-5-TaitStudio-POST2-810x540.jpg" alt="Coast to Coast Lands in Detroit" /></a>
                                September kicked off our <a href="https://design-milk.com/were-going-coast-to-coast-with-colony/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Coast to Coast</a> series with Design Milk where we, <a href="https://goodcolony.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Colony</a>, a NY-based community of independent furniture, lighting, textiles and objects designers, set out to explore the United States in the name of design, discovery and inspiration. Our travel itinerary was set to discover new talent and expressions of American design, art and craft. Up first in the series was a visit to America’s Motor City; Detroit, MI.
Known for its contributions to music (including the late and great Aretha Franklin), architecture, and art the city of Detroit felt like a weighty first stop in the Coast to Coast series with an opportunity to explore the exciting projects and burgeoning business ventures rumored to be unfolding. Our forty-eight hours in Detroit were spent synthesizing the city’s growing developments and their effect on art and design
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Melrose Avenue Shapes up with Bend Goods’ First Ever Showroom

                                <em>The following post is brought to you by <a href="https://bendgoods.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Bend Goods</a>. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.</em>
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/melrose-avenue-shapes-bend-goods-first-ever-showroom/bend-goods-showroom-20/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/bend-goods-showroom-20-810x540.jpg" alt="Melrose Avenue Shapes up with Bend Goods&#8217; First Ever Showroom" /></a>
                                While wire furniture isn’t a new concept, in our opinion, no one does it better than our friends at <a href="https://bendgoods.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Bend Goods</a>. Founded by Gaurav Nanda in 2010, the brand’s collection of original furniture and accessories is instantly recognizable in homes, offices, hotels, retail spaces, and trade shows all over the world. With its signature playful designs and colorful finishes, the collection can insert itself into any space of any kind of style (and if you don’t trust us, a quick Google search will back this statement).
Bend Goods has undergone many changes, including a name change, expanding beyond seating, and setting up office headquarters in a home rather than an office (appropriately called the Bend House – see our video from the first Bend
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Where I Work: Daniel Arsham

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For this month’s Where I Work, we head to New York to virtually visit Miami-born artist and designer Daniel Arsham. His work notoriously bounces between art, architecture, and performance where it’s found a sweet spot that’s all his own. Early on, his work with iconic dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham helped him make a name for himself before co-founding design practice Snarkitecture in 2007 with Alex Mustonen. The studio designs functional objects and large-scale, immersive installations that are monochromatic explorations of visual delight, and oftentimes highly Instagrammable. Arsham’s own work is a portfolio of surreal, sculptural objects, like his highly sought-after limited edition Future Relics that all sold out faster than most people could hit the ‘buy’ button. If you follow him on Instagram, chances are you’ve caught sight of what he’s been up to recently – creating a new body of work for his just opened exhibition called 3018 at Perrotin
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Architectural Digest Names New Creatives Shaking up the Design World

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/architectural-digest-names-new-creatives-shaking-up-the-design-world/arch-digest-creatives-cover/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Arch-Digest-Creatives-Cover-810x667.jpg" alt="Architectural Digest Names New Creatives Shaking up the Design World" /></a>
                                <div id="attachment_354307" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href="https://design-milk.com/?attachment_id=354307" rel="attachment wp-att-354307" data-wpel-link="internal"><img class="size-large wp-image-354307" src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/AD-Creatives-10-cover-810x1072.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="1072" srcset="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/AD-Creatives-10-cover-810x1072.jpg 810w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/AD-Creatives-10-cover-800x1059.jpg 800w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/AD-Creatives-10-cover-768x1017.jpg 768w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/AD-Creatives-10-cover-500x662.jpg 500w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/AD-Creatives-10-cover.jpg 1000w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">October 2018 cover of Architectural Digest</p></div>
There’s nothing like up-and-coming talent to give a boast to the ever-expanding and sometimes stale design world and in October’s issue of Architectural Digest, they highlight a group of international creatives that deserve some much-needed props for helping to buck tradition with their fresh approaches. Here are four of our favorites.

Karin Gustafsson, creative director of COS with Studio Swine’s “New Spring” installation \\\ Photo courtesy of COS

After nearly 10 years at European fashion brand COS, Karin Gustafsson landed the Creative Director role two years ago and has quietly driven the brand to an even higher coveted position. With continual collections of minimalist must-haves and ventures into visually-enticing collaborations with up-and-coming artists/designers (see below), it’s no surprise COS has become such a universally loved label with much credit going to Gustafsson herself.

Lee Broom Unveils His Final Installment of Observatory for London Design Festival 2018

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/lee-broom-unveils-his-final-installment-of-observatory-for-london-design-festival-2018/lee-broom-observatory-london-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Lee-Broom-Observatory-London-1-810x981.jpg" alt="Lee Broom Unveils His Final Installment of Observatory for London Design Festival 2018" /></a>
                                Last month <a href="https://design-milk.com/lee-broom-is-set-to-launch-3rd-and-final-installment-of-observatory-collection/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">we shared</a> the brand new pieces that make up  <a href="http://www.leebroom.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Lee Broom&#8217;s</a> third and final installment of his Observatory lighting collection and now the British designer has unveiled images from the exhibition that opens today at Broom&#8217;s showroom in Shoreditch. The <a href="http://www.leebroom.com/exhibition/observatory-milan-and-new-york-design-weeks-2018/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">exhibition</a>, which marks the launch of the London Design Festival 2018, presents the new stellar-inspired lighting collection in the UK for the very first time giving fair visitors an opportunity to tour the transformed showroom for a peek.
To see the Observatory exhibition during the London Design Festival 2018, visit Lee Broom’s showroom in London at 95 Rivington Street until September 23rd.
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Beads Become Clouds: The Art of Liza Lou

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/beads-become-clouds-art-liza-lou/liza_lou_lehmann_maupin_17/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Liza_Lou_Lehmann_Maupin_17-810x540.jpg" alt="Beads Become Clouds: The Art of Liza Lou" /></a>
                                The newest beaded sculptures by L.A. artist <a href="http://lizalou.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Liza Lou</a> are on view at <a href="https://www.lehmannmaupin.com/exhibitions/liza-lou2" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Lehmann Maupin Gallery</a> in New York this month. These may be the most intricate and mesmerizing contemporary artworks this fall… and that’s before you find out how they’re made.

Nacreous, 2018. Photo by Matthew Herrmenn

Nacreous, 2018 (detail). Photo by Matthew Herrmenn

Pyrocumulus, 2018

Pyrocumulus, 2018 (detail)

Each work is made from multiple sheets of hand-sewn white glass beads that are often painted and stained with color. From a distance, they resemble used “paint rags” or old paper towels – that get exponentially more beautiful the closer you look. My (very rough) estimate is that each 14-inch square hold around 20,000 beads. The completed works are composed of a grid of many squares, often layered 2 or 3 sheets deep.

Noctilucent, 2018 (detail)

Noctilucent, 2018

Noctilucent, 2018 (detail)

To achieve the veil-like patches, Liza smashes and
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Friday Five with Edwin Schlossberg

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/friday-five-with-edwin-schlossberg/f5-edwin-schlossberg-esi-design-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/F5-Edwin-Schlossberg-ESI-Design-0-810x755.jpg" alt="Friday Five with Edwin Schlossberg" /></a>
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Edwin Schlossberg is an American artist and designer with an influential career that has spanned five decades, starting in New York City in the 1960s. During his early years, he collaborated with the likes of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, even directing an art film starring Andy Warhol. Despite his ties to that era’s most iconic artists, Schlossberg had no trouble forging his own successful path as an artist and as the founder and principal designer of ESI Design, a design studio with inventive approaches to interactive design. He has an unparalleled ability to transform museums, cultural institutions, and retail spaces into dynamic, immersive experiences, including the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, eBay’s Silicon Valley headquarters, Mount Fuji World Heritage Center, and Comcast’s Studio Xfinity. As an artist, his focus has been on exploring
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Sebastian Bergne and Tokyo Saikai Launch Porcelain Brand Ha’

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/sebastian-bergne-and-tokyo-saikai-launch-porcelain-brand-ha/ha_flower-vase-sebastian-bergne-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Ha_flower-vase-Sebastian-Bergne-1-810x539.jpg" alt="Sebastian Bergne and Tokyo Saikai Launch Porcelain Brand Ha’" /></a>
                                British designer <a href="http://www.sebastianbergne.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Sebastian Bergne</a> and Japanese pottery company <a href="http://tokyosaikai.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Tokyo Saikai</a> have partnered to launch a new porcelain brand called <a href="http://haporcelain.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Ha’</a>. The collaboration merges a modern design aesthetic with traditional porcelain making methods from southern Japan to produce objects that allow new ways to enjoy cut flowers and plants.
Ha’ aims to help us live more thoughtfully despite an ever-changing world around us. The ceramic products are designed to be coveted as one does with family heirlooms, but also intended for people to use them in such a way that reflects how we live with plants and flowers today, in smaller spaces and perhaps with only a single flower stem or leaf. Fruit are micro vases designed with a small hole at the top to hold a found leaf or cut flower. Their apple-like forms come alive with color and really come to life when a bit of nature is added. Available
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The Art Quarterly No.3.3 from Society6 Is Here!

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/art-quarterly-no-3-3-society6/society6-art-quarterly-3-3-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/society6-art-quarterly-3.3-1-810x540.jpg" alt="The Art Quarterly No.3.3 from Society6 Is Here!" /></a>
                                The latest <a href="https://society6.com/product/society6-art-quarterly--no33?curator=designmilk" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Art Quarterly</a> from <a href="https://society6.com/?curator=designmilk" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Society6</a> is now here! If you didn&#8217;t know, every quarter Society6 releases an art magazine that curates original artworks from the community&#8217;s thriving collective of up and coming artists. Their last two issues featured a second magazine called Flipside that you can view simply by flipping the Art Quarterly over.
The Art Quarterly No.3.3 includes another 195 artworks by 25 Society6 artists and, as a fun twist, the Flipside issue contains 25 coloring book versions of the original artworks so that you can put your own imprint into the magazine. A box of Society6 crayons is included with your order. This quarter’s edition has a limited print run of 500 so get your copy here! Photos by Jonathan Chu. In an ongoing effort to support independent artists from around the world, Design Milk is proud to partner with Society6 to offer The
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6 Optical Illusion Wallpaper Ideas

Once seen as an outdated addition to a home, wallpaper is coming back in a huge way. From trendy new ideas like scratch and sniff wallpaper to hyper-modern stylings, wallpaper is no longer the interior design no man’s land it once was. And one of the most unique ways to tap into wallpaper’s full potential is to use optical illusion wallpaper. Optical illusion wallpaper creates a visual trick to make you think the space is something other than it is. For instance, a realistic wallpaper design might feature a trail stretching into the distance to give the room a more spacious feel. With wallpaper, the possibilities are endless, since you don’t need to hire an expensive artist to create the style with paint. Take a look below to see how designers are using wallpaper to transform rooms.
Optical Illusion Wallpaper Library Style

Get a library feel without the expense of all those books. Image: B&R

Optical Illusion Wallpaper Nature Art
Optical Illusion Wallpaper Pier Design
Optical Illusion Wallpaper Fairytale Design
Optical Illusion Wallpaper Gold Pattern
Optical Illusion Wallpaper Drawing Design
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Desktop Wallpaper: September 2018

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/desktop-wallpaper-august-2018-2/designer-desktop-september2018/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/designer-desktop-september2018-810x511.jpg" alt="Desktop Wallpaper: September 2018" /></a>
                                Since we&#8217;ve been highlighting wallpaper, textile and pattern brands this year for our <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/designer-desktops/" data-wpel-link="internal">Designer Desktop</a> series, we thought it was only fitting to include an artist from <a href="https://society6.com/?curator=designmilk" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Society6</a>! Society6 has really broadened their range of wall art this year since they&#8217;ve added <a href="https://society6.com/posters?curator=designmilk" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">posters</a>, <a href="https://society6.com/wall-hangings?curator=designmilk" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">wall hangings</a>, <a href="https://society6.com/wall-murals?curator=designmilk" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">wall murals</a> and <a href="https://society6.com/wood-wall-art?curator=designmilk" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">wood wall art</a>. At affordable prices, you can find unique and original art to add to your space that you won&#8217;t find at big box retailers.
We discovered Brazil-based graphic designer Ygor Dimas while searching Society6 for new wall mural designs. His 3D abstract artworks are bold and graphic, drawing your eyes in every which way to discover a new detail to artwork. DESKTOP:  1024×768 \\ 1280×1024 \\ 1680×1050 \\ 1900×1200 \\ 2560×1440 MOBILE: iPhone 6/7/8 \\ iPhone 6/7/8 Plus \\ iPad See more designs by Ygor Dimas here.
See more wall murals from Society6 here. View and download past Designer Desktops here.
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Creating a Luxe Look for Less with Stone Art Coasters from Society6

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/creating-luxe-look-less-stone-art-coasters-society6/society6-stone-coasters/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/society6-stone-coasters-810x405.jpg" alt="Creating a Luxe Look for Less with Stone Art Coasters from Society6" /></a>
                                Adding touches of stone, marble or terrazzo to your home can create a dent in your wallet but you don’t have to choose between that luxe look or your bank account. <a href="https://society6.com/?curator=designmilk" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Society6’s</a> artists have created tons of patterns that look just as good as the real thing, if not better, and these <a href="https://society6.com/coasters?curator=designmilk" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">super affordable coasters</a> will definitely jazz up your coffee table or dinner party. Best of all, you’ll never have to google “how to get red wine stains out from my expensive marble coasters.”
Marble Rose Coaster by Nature Magick Terraza Coaster by Galaxy Eyes Mosaic 2 Coaster by Mareike Böhmer painted terrazzo 2 Coaster by LEEMO TERRAZZO Coaster by J3 Productions

Terrazzo Turquoise Pattern Coaster by Sylvain Combe

GOLDEN MARBLE TRIANGLE Coaster by MINIMAL MEET ME IN THE WOODS Coaster by Malavida Gold City Coaster by Elisabeth Fredriksson Turquoise & Purple Quartz Crystal Coaster by TheQuarry In
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Creating Your Best Portfolio with Gracie J of The Editorial Nail

                                <em>The following post is brought to you by <a href="https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/trackclk/N718679.1204842DESIGN-MILK.COM/B20626624.227653967;dc_trk_aid=425888314;dc_trk_cid=105231546;dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment=;tfua="  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Squarespace</a>. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.</em>
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                                As any visual artist can tell you, being able to show off your work to potential customers and fans is a huge part of a successful business plan. Thankfully, <a href="https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/trackclk/N718679.1204842DESIGN-MILK.COM/B20626624.227653967;dc_trk_aid=425888314;dc_trk_cid=105231546;dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment=;tfua="  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Squarespace</a> is able to help out with their professionally-designed site templates as well as their all-in-one capabilities that can assist with your domain(s), building your site, and now: marketing with specialized email campaigns that will be made available to all users in the next few weeks.They can literally help you do it all, including build a show-stopping portfolio that will show off your best work with <a href="https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/trackclk/N718679.1204842DESIGN-MILK.COM/B20626624.227653967;dc_trk_aid=425888314;dc_trk_cid=105231546;dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment=;tfua=" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">their website builder</a>. Squarespace is a one stop shop for getting your business off the ground and looking like you’ve been at it for years.
You may be familiar
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Meditate with Plush Floor Pillows from Society6

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/meditate-plush-floor-pillows-society6/society6-floor-pillows-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/society6-floor-pillows-1-810x405.jpg" alt="Meditate with Plush Floor Pillows from Society6" /></a>
                                Do you meditate? When I make time for it, meditating helps me immensely to unwind from a day’s work, recenter myself and reassess how I’m feeling and what I need. Even 10 minutes of meditating can change my mood for the rest of the day! If you’re looking to meditate more often, I’d suggest <a href="https://www.headspace.com/about-us" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Headspace</a> (the free basic lessons are great if you’re just starting out) and a cool looking <a href="https://society6.com/floor-pillows?curator=designmilk" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">floor pillow</a> to help establish a routine. <a href="https://society6.com/?curator=designmilk" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Society6</a> has cushy <a href="https://society6.com/floor-pillows?curator=designmilk" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">floor pillows</a> that are specifically overstuffed and plush so that they never lose their shape, which means no sore bottoms for you while you get your meditation on. Here are some of my favorite designs from the community’s collective of artists:
Seeing Eye Floor Pillow by Luciena Exhale Floor Pillow by Alyssa Hamilton Art Yellow Modernist Floor Pillow by Madeline Louise Sea Floor Pillow by Vickn All-Seeing Eye Mandala –
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Stine Mikkelsen’s Solid Formations Is Part Furniture, Part Sculpture

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/stine-mikkelsens-solid-formations-part-furniture-part-sculpture/aybar_solid-formations-bench_stine-mikkelsen-06/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Aybar_Solid-Formations-Bench_Stine-Mikkelsen-06-810x540.jpg" alt="Stine Mikkelsen’s Solid Formations Is Part Furniture, Part Sculpture" /></a>
                                Danish designer <a href="http://www.stinemikkelsen.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Stine Mikkelsen</a> was inspired by Italian geology when she designed <a href="http://www.stinemikkelsen.com/portfolio/solid-formations/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Solid Formations</a>, a collection that blurs the line between furniture and sculpture. She developed two new composite materials that use marble and volcanic ash as the primary materials to create various sculptural objects, furniture and fixtures. The result is a collection that resembles the shapes and textures found in natural landscapes and geometric formations created by humans. Because the material or production method in Solid Formations can’t be intuitively deducted, the collection encourages us to engage in a dialogue of discovery with the objects.
This collection is exclusively represented by Aybar Gallery in Miami, Florida.
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Listen to Episode 66 of Clever: Lawrence Azerrad

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                                In <a href="http://cleverpodcast.com/blog/ep-66-lawrence-azerrad"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">this episode of Clever</a>, Amy and Jaime talk to graphic designer Lawrence Azerrad, a native of Los Angeles, who grew up drawing pictures and fighting the inferiority complex that comes with being a “normal” in the city of stars. Since then he’s designed iconic album covers like Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, won a Grammy for the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition box set, and authored &amp; designed a book, Supersonic, about the fabulous style of Concorde. Turns out having his head in the clouds, playing amongst the stars, is right where he belongs. Listen:

Supersonic: The Design and Lifestyle of Concorde

Album cover for Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”

The Voyager Golden Record book, Boxed Set, LPs and Slip Mat

Poster commemorating the travels of Voyager through our Solar System


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The Milk Factory is Finally Open!

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                                Hey y&#8217;all. Since ICFF, we&#8217;ve been cooking up something fun. As you may know, we have our popup, <a href="https://design-milk.com/milk-stand-popped-up-again-icff-2018-video/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Milk Stand, at ICFF</a> every year, but this year we actually <a href="https://design-milk.com/milk-stand-popped-up-again-icff-2018-video/milk-stand-2018-design-milk/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">had our own little booth</a> selling fun stuff like tees, totes, pins and stickers (thanks <a href="http://designcrushblog.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kelly</a>!). Lots of people were asking how to buy them after the show, so we finally got around to making our own online shop, obviously named <a href="http://shopmilkfactory.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Milk Factory</a> (what else?!?!). Our launch collection includes all the stuff we had at ICFF and <a href="https://shopmilkfactory.com/products/focus-tee"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">an extra t-shirt</a> we made for the super popular &#8220;I just really need to focus on my design right now.&#8221; Most of the products are proudly screen printed in Pittsburgh, and we hope to have more coming out in the future, but let&#8217;s see where this crazy rollercoaster ride takes us. (Oh AND we ship internationally!) Happy shopping!
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WRECK by Bentu Design: Wasted Ceramics Get a Second Chance

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                                <a href="http://www.bentudesign.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Bentu Design</a> has recently released a new project called WRECK, a series of furniture and an exhibition of pieces created from wasted ceramics from Chaozhou, China. For the project, Bentu went deep into the daily-use ceramics industry in Chaozhou, where they used broken shards of ceramics to build furniture and sculptural pieces, representative of the disintegration of culture of this ancient city, which supplies 70% of the total daily-use ceramic commodity for the world. The city is modernizing, and therefore some of its rich cultural traditions and old buildings are disappearing, making way for more urban structures. Factories have been transformed into recycling centers for ceramic waste.
The amount of waste ceramics doesn’t just include Chinese ceramics, but also global waste due to government policies on products, globalization and uneven economic development. The recycling plant operations in Chaozhou work to recycle these ceramics, but only a small portion of the
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