Home Design and Lifestyle Highlights from Dubai Design Week’s Global Grad Show 2018

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/home-design-lifestyle-highlights-dubai-design-weeks-global-grad-show-2018/dsc07991-copy/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/12/DSC07991-copy-810x541.jpg" alt="Home Design and Lifestyle Highlights from Dubai Design Week&#8217;s Global Grad Show 2018" /></a>
                                In Dubai, the Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah have become the architectural icons of the city&#8217;s strive to become a modern, business metropolis. Sure, one may sit on a balcony of a high-end dessert restaurant overlooking the Dubai Fountain show—the world&#8217;s largest choreographed fountain system— and leave with the notion that the city&#8217;s design culture is focused on grand spectacle. But every year, outside downtown Dubai, in the <a href="http://www.dubaidesigndistrict.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Dubai Design District,</a> the city also hosts the largest annual exhibition of student designs in the world. It&#8217;s not the Dubai you may have first associated with: the old, ancient crafts, souks and spices, or glassy exteriors and metal frames that house corporations. These products on show are modest, crafted by students, and more often than not are created to solve a social problem. This is <a href="https://www.dubaidesignweek.ae/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Dubai Design Week&#8217;s</a> <a href="http://www.globalgradshow.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Global Grad Show</a>.

Designer Michele Varian on How Jewelry IS Design

                                <em>By <a href="https://michelevarian.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Michele Varian</a>, as told to Emily R. Pellerin</em>
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/designer-michele-varian-on-how-jewelry-is-design/michele-varian_out-of-this-world-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/11/Michele-Varian_Out-Of-This-World-0-810x1013.jpg" alt="Designer Michele Varian on How Jewelry IS Design" /></a>
                                <em>Celebrating the inaugural NYC Jewelry Week with “Out of This World,” a shoppable jewelry exhibition co-curated with Adorn Milk through the end of December, with a Design Roundtable on November 13th + designer launch party November 15th. <a href="mailto:erp@emilyraepellerin.com">RSVP</a> </em>
The power of design extends—crisscrosses and runs through—creative industries in their manufacturing, but also by aesthetic application to different product categories. That’s why, as a product designer and home goods retailer, I’ve always had a healthy selection of jewelry in my shop, too. I started out as a fashion designer, so it has been a satisfying way to keep my fingers in the fashion pie. NYC Jewelry Week: The Happenings Just like my design practice has expanded across multiple disciplines, so have the practices of many of the jewelers I carry, which stretch across architecture and product design. To celebrate this expansion
Continue reading "Designer Michele Varian on How Jewelry IS Design"

Favorites from WestEdge Design Fair 2018

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/favorites-westedge-design-fair-2018/westedge-2018-floor/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/westedge-2018-floor-810x608.jpg" alt="Favorites from WestEdge Design Fair 2018" /></a>
                                Another year, another <a href="https://www.westedgedesignfair.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">WestEdge Design Fair</a>, another Milk Stand in the bag! We were greeted with lots of sunshine (that&#8217;s Southern California in October for ya) and modern design at the 6th edition of WestEdge show where our Milk Stand pop-up shop made its second appearance in a row. We scoured the show floor to check the newest trends in furniture, lighting, tech and home accessories and had to round up some of our favorites:

Kelly Lamb

The Women’s Work showcase presented in partnership with Muse by Robb Report featured some incredible women designers including Amy Genser, Antrobus + Ramirez, Avram Rusu, Black Crow Studios, Brenda Houston, Debra Folz, Egg Collective, Gulla Jonsdottir, Kelly Lamb, Londubh Studio, Pamela Sunday by Studio Van Den Akker, and (wh)ORE HAÜS STUDIOS.

Pamela Sunday by Studio Van Den Akker

Londubh Studio

At Prague’s Signal Festival 2018, a Historic City Is Seen in Modern Light

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/at-pragues-signal-festival-2018-a-historic-city-is-seen-in-modern-light/signal-2018_filip_obr_8/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/SIGNAL-2018_Filip_Obr_8-810x540.jpg" alt="At Prague&#8217;s Signal Festival 2018, a Historic City Is Seen in Modern Light" /></a>
                                Earlier this month we traveled to <a href="https://www.signalfestival.com/en/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Signal Festival</a>, the largest cultural event in the Czech Republic, and it&#8217;s not just light art enthusiasts that flock to Prague for this once-a-year event, now in its 6th edition. Signal Festival is to the Czech Republic what Carnival is to Brazil: it&#8217;s a way (albeit nascent for now) for a small nation to come together to observe, appreciate and play in the capital city&#8217;s streets and urban spaces.

Photo by Dusan Vondra

This year’s festival took place along three routes: Centrum (the historic city centre), Vinohrady and Karlin. For four evenings, historic sites, palaces and national libraries were transformed by light into modern design installations. For a first time visitor such as myself, it was a rather practical and ideal way to experience a new city and the secret places it holds. Without any notion of where to go and what to
Continue reading "At Prague’s Signal Festival 2018, a Historic City Is Seen in Modern Light"

LDF18: South East Makers Club Puts Deptford on the Map

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-south-east-makers-club-puts-deptford-map/design_milk_south_east_makers_club_14/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_South_East_Makers_Club_14-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: South East Makers Club Puts Deptford on the Map" /></a>
                                Perhaps more than any other part of the London Design Festival, <a href="https://www.southeastmakersclub.co.uk/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">South East Makers Club</a> is what design fairs are all about. Run by a tiny team of just three volunteers and hosted in borrowed space, the venture showcases talent from Deptford – a corner of London many design aficionados might never have ventured to before. &#8220;One of the joys of South East Makers Club is meeting the talented designers, makers and businesses that are based here,&#8221; says co-founder <a href="https://www.simple-shape.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Helen Osgerby</a>. &#8220;There is a genuine shared desire to work together, to collaborate and help one another to realize bold ideas, and perhaps uniquely, to have fun doing it! Everything about the South East Makers Club relies on people being good, kind and generous.&#8221;
Sebastian Cox, who is based in nearby Woolwich, chose the event to launch his Pendean collection. “Batch produced with simple chamfer details in English ash,
Continue reading "LDF18: South East Makers Club Puts Deptford on the Map"

LDF18: Granary Square at the Heart of a Buzzing Design District

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-granary-square-heart-buzzing-design-district/design_milk_granary_square_14/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_Granary_Square_14-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: Granary Square at the Heart of a Buzzing Design District" /></a>
                                The move of <a href="https://www.thedesignjunction.co.uk/en/home.html" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">designjunction</a> away from Granary Square might have left London&#8217;s King Cross bereft during the <a href="https://www.londondesignfestival.com/home" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">London Design Festival</a>, but the relocation of Tom Dixon&#8217;s headquarters and flagship store to the Coal Office together with a raft of pop-up shows for the festival has in fact cemented the area as a buzzing design district.
The square gets its name from a restored granary building at the heart of King’s Cross – now home to world-famous arts college, Central Saint Martins, and the first show was Creative Unions – an exhibition of the work of the University’s recent graduates themed around the idea of design becoming an agent in the dissolution of boundaries. One of the highlights was Cohabits: Furniture Assembly for Two by Erica Jensen – flatpack furniture and assembly instructions designed specifically to suit the characteristics of individual couples interviewed by the designer. Wheels4U by Yaohan
Continue reading "LDF18: Granary Square at the Heart of a Buzzing Design District"

LDF18: From the Weird to the Wonderful – Shoreditch Design Triangle

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-weird-wonderful-shoreditch-design-triangle/design_milk_shoreditch_design_triangle_20/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_Shoreditch_Design_Triangle_20-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: From the Weird to the Wonderful – Shoreditch Design Triangle" /></a>
                                The <a href="https://www.shoreditchdesigntriangle.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Shoreditch Design Triangle</a> is a loose association of shops, exhibitions and showrooms, united by little more than geography, but it always serves up something wonderful, and often something pretty weird too. Starting with the latter, London-based Mexican designer <a href="http://www.fernandolaposse.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Fernando Laposse</a> transformed the entrance to <a href="https://www.citizenm.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">CitizenM&#8217;s</a> Shoreditch hotel into Sisal Sanctum – an outdoor seating area protected by pretty gloomy looking &#8220;giant guardians&#8221; – all entirely made out of sisal, a natural fiber harvested from a species of Agave cactus found in the South of Mexico.
Sitting somewhere on the spectrum from weird to wonderful, the Bürstenhaus Redecker Müseum is an exhibition of brushes by the German manufacturer at furniture showroom SCP. Described by the brand as a “curious world where brooms, brushes and combs take centre stage,” the traveling exhibition combines a series of surprisingly varied and niche brushes with curator Michael Marriott’s playful yet considered descriptions which blur
Continue reading "LDF18: From the Weird to the Wonderful – Shoreditch Design Triangle"

Moroso’s London Showroom Unveiled an Exhibition of Furniture and Textiles by Bethan Laura Wood

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/morosos-london-showroom-unveiled-an-exhibition-of-furniture-and-textiles-by-bethan-laura-wood/bethan-laura-wood-moroso-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/Bethan-Laura-Wood-Moroso-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Moroso&#8217;s London Showroom Unveiled an Exhibition of Furniture and Textiles by Bethan Laura Wood" /></a>
                                During the <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/London-Design-Festival/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">London Design Festival</a>, Italian brand <a href="http://moroso.it/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Moroso</a> presented at their Clerkenwell showroom new furniture and textiles by <a href="http://www.bethanlaurawood.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Bethan Laura Wood</a>. The <a href="http://moroso.it/london-design-festival-2018/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">exhibition</a>, entitled Mono Mania Mexico, was a dramatic display that filled the two-story showroom which was the perfect way for it to make its UK debut. The work brings Wood&#8217;s trips to Mexico to life through bold colors and expressive patterns, most inspired by the stained glass windows found in the new basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Her vision of that building, along with a nod to the embroidery from traditional Otomi textiles, led to the vibrant series that was unveiled.
The exhibition features new fabrics, furniture, and rugs (in collaboration with Golran) that were designed by Bethan Laura Wood for Moroso in partnership with Italian textile house, Limonta. Photos © Adam Dale.
            <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/design-milk/~4/L6BQp305Um8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

LDF18: 100% Design – Now in Glorious Technicolor

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-10-years-va-stories/design_milk_100_design_04-3/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_100_Design_04-1-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: 100% Design – Now in Glorious Technicolor" /></a>
                                It&#8217;s amazing what a colorful carpet can do – <a href="https://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">100% Design&#8217;s</a> bright approach to its flooring seemed to light up the whole show, with a stronger selection of brands and a better mix of features, showcasing new design talent and innovative ideas, than in recent years.
Print and textile designer Diane Bresson was part of the Design Fresh – a selection of new talent partly curated by Barbara Chandler and partly an edit of the graduate show New Designers. Diane’s colorful wallpaper fitted the general vibe of the show perfectly. “I am interested in the relation between craft and technology and in exploring how they can be combined together to create playful and dynamic patterns,” she says. London-based Emma Chesterman (otherwise known as Dead Mary’s) designs “furniture for life” such as In Memory – the chair bench combo above – the chair is angled so the person sitting on
Continue reading "LDF18: 100% Design – Now in Glorious Technicolor"

LDF18: 10 Years at the V&A and Other Stories

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-10-years-va-stories/design_milk_va_brompton_02-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_VA_Brompton_02-1-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: 10 Years at the V&#038;A and Other Stories" /></a>
                                2018 marks the 16th <a href="https://www.londondesignfestival.com/home"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">London Design Festival</a> and the 10th consecutive year of working with the <a href="https://www.vam.ac.uk/festival/2018/london-design-festival-2018?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIv93U2NvW3QIVhbTtCh2Q4wjcEAAYASAAEgLju_D_BwE"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Victoria and Albert Museum</a>. &#8220;I still have to pinch myself that they let us come and play in their museum,&#8221; said the director of the London Design Festival, Ben Evans. &#8220;It&#8217;s a very special relationship.&#8221; Senior curator Vicky Broackes added, &#8220;We have a very exciting programme here at the V&amp;A and it is stunningly, notably, international.&#8221;
Before even setting foot inside the museum, the first installation to be housed in the new Sackler Courtyard was MultiPly – a collaboration between the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) Waugh Thistleton Architects and structural engineers Arup. The installation, a cross between a maze and a treehouse, demonstrates the capabilities of cross-laminated timber (CLT) to solve both the environmental crisis and the housing crisis. “This is a live experiment – we’re testing, learning and feeding back
Continue reading "LDF18: 10 Years at the V&A and Other Stories"

LDF18: Hole & Corner Champion Craft at the London Design Fair

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-hole-corner-champion-craft-london-design-fair/bcp_design_milk_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/BCP_Design_Milk_01-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: Hole &#038; Corner Champion Craft at the London Design Fair" /></a>
                                The phrase &#8216;hole and corner&#8217; means &#8216;a secret place or a life lived away from the mainstream&#8217; and seemed a fitting description for the British craftsmen and women that were the focus of the <a href="https://www.holeandcorner.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">independent magazine by the same name</a> when it was established five years ago. However, the phrase can also mean &#8216;insignificant&#8217; – and today nothing could be further from the truth, as evidenced by the <a href="https://www.londondesignfair.co.uk/features/british-craft-pavilion-0"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">British Craft Pavilion</a> curated by the magazine&#8217;s editors for the <a href="https://www.londondesignfair.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">London Design Fair</a> (formerly known as Tent).
Based in St Ives in Cornwall, Dor & Tan create quiet homewares made from local clay using sustainable production methods. “The story of Dor and Tan began with a desire to break away from the disposability of modern life, to create objects with a more personal connection,” they explain. “We want our items to become cherished memories, that favorite cup you always pick when boiling
Continue reading "LDF18: Hole & Corner Champion Craft at the London Design Fair"

LDF18: The London Design Fair Provides an Eclectic Mix of Craft and Design

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/?attachment_id=355127" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_Shoreditch_Design_Triangle_22-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: The London Design Fair Provides an Eclectic Mix of Craft and Design" /></a>
                                Likened by one design commentator to a &#8216;Moroccan bazaar&#8217; the <a href="https://www.londondesignfair.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">London Design Fair</a> (formerly known as &#8216;Tent&#8217;) is an eclectic show, sprawling across three floors of the Old Truman Brewery in London&#8217;s East End, with work spanning disciplines and exhibitors ranging from recent graduates to fully-fledged design companies and even entire countries – the acoustic panels above were part of the Finnish Pavilion &#8216;Nordic Happiness&#8217; by Icelandic industrial designer, Katrín Ólína, for Finnish design house <a href="http://www.madebychoice.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Made by Choice</a>.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Lunar Chair is by Falmouth University graduate Felix McCormack. “This chair is about a commitment to simple geometry and really exploring the nuisances of what makes a chair comfortable,” he says. “I called it Lunar because of the hanging circular seat; it’s actually an ellipse to accommodate the curve of the backrest but is a perfect circle when you look at it straight on
Continue reading "LDF18: The London Design Fair Provides an Eclectic Mix of Craft and Design"

LDF18: 100% Forward Highlights New Talent

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-100-forward-highlights-new-talent/design_milk_100_design_14/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_100_Design_14-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: 100% Forward Highlights New Talent" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/100-forward"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">100% Forward</a> is a new section at <a href="https://www.londondesignfestival.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">London Design Festival&#8217;s</a> trade show <a href="https://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">100% Design</a>, curated by design journalist Barbara Chandler who asked seven established designers, each of whom launched their career at 100% Design, to nominate seven rising stars. &#8220;Since 100% Design started in 1995, our stellar UK designers have created a world-famous design industry, and continue to do so,&#8221; says Barbara. &#8220;But all industries need new talent. Who better to spot it than the successful design entrepreneurs who launched their careers in the ‘90s at 100% Design?&#8221;
Surface print designer Ella Doran, known for her pioneering use of digital print technology, nominated Kyla McCallum’s origami and pleat inspired homewares (above). “I first met Kyla at designjunction in 2013,” says Ella. “I was struck by her display of folded and pleated papers, which seemed to echo in 3D form a similar source of inspiration to my
Continue reading "LDF18: 100% Forward Highlights New Talent"

IDS Vancouver 2018 + Design from Around Vancouver

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ids-vancouver-2018-design-from-around-vancouver/ids_vancouver-surface-depth/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/IDS_Vancouver-surface-depth-810x595.jpg" alt="IDS Vancouver 2018 + Design from Around Vancouver" /></a>
                                I always love attending <a href="http://vancouver.interiordesignshow.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">IDS Vancouver</a> because they do a fantastic job of showcasing local design, and the Van design scene is one not to be missed. Beyond just the trade show, there&#8217;s been an expansion of exciting offsite shows and events surrounding IDS that demonstrate the growth of this design scene.
We sponsored The Mix, alongside LA Design Festival, which paired an LA designer with a Vancouver-based designer resulting in some great conversation and exhibitions offsite and some beautiful vignettes on the trade show floor. Featuring Hinterland (Van) x Bari Ziperstein (LA) and Ben Barber (Van) x Another Human (LA). Beautiful and fun cardboard booth space by Matthew McCormick. I loved the Finnish design booth, curated by Susanna Björklund, titled “What the HEL from Finland“! This particular bathroom vignette in the DXV-powered Open Studio / Retreat area was my favorite. Designed by Angela Robinson Interior
Continue reading "IDS Vancouver 2018 + Design from Around Vancouver"

Celebrating NYC’s Architecture and Design with Archtober’s Month-Long Festival

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/celebrating-nycs-architecture-design-archtobers-month-long-festival/277fifthave_teasercrop_final3-2-hor/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/277FifthAve_TeaserCrop_Final3-2-hor-810x540.jpg" alt="Celebrating NYC’s Architecture and Design with Archtober’s Month-Long Festival" /></a>
                                <a href="https://archtober.org/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Archtober</a> (pronounced ark-tober) is a month-long festival in New York celebrating architecture, design and the city that created it. The event, now entering its eighth year, is organized by the Center for Architecture in collaboration with 60+ partners and sponsors across NYC’s five boroughs to bring you an exciting month of activities, programs, exhibitions, tours, talks, competitions, and parties.
You can grab a printed Archtober Guide available at the Center of Architecture, McNally Jackson Books, Housing Works Bookstore, and The Strand or visit Archtober for the full calendar of events but here’s a sneak peek of some of the events we’re excited for:

Buildings of the Day – October 1: One John Street, designed by Alloy \\\ Photo by Alloy/Laurian Ghinitoiu

One of the most popular attractions is the Festival’s Building of the Day where an architect will lead visitors on a walking tour to some of NYC’s new construction
Continue reading "Celebrating NYC’s Architecture and Design with Archtober’s Month-Long Festival"