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. 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.
<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>
Kim Herforth Nielsen, of 3XN Architects, shared a look at the firm’s new offices to get an idea of how he and his team work. Where I Work: VOLK Furniture
We’re fascinated seeing how and where designers work as that’s the birthplace of all of their ideas. Not only does our <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/where-i-work/" data-wpel-link="internal">Where I Work</a> column feature their workspace, it shares a glimpse into the designer’s mind and how they work. It’s the end of 2016 so we’re going back through our archives to see everyone we featured this year. <a href="http://design-milk.com/work-kim-herforth-nielsen-3xn-architects/wiw-kim-herforth-nielsen-3xn-4/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2016/01/WIW-Kim-Herforth-Nielsen-3XN-4-600x645.jpg" alt="2016 Year in Review: Where I Work" /></a> <a href="http://design-milk.com/work-kim-herforth-nielsen-3xn-architects/" data-wpel-link="internal">Where I Work: Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN Architects</a><br />
We’ve crushed on the work of the Brooklyn-based VOLK Furniture for several years and were then able to explore the workspace where the furniture is designed and made. Where I Work: Noa Santos & Will Nathan of Homepolish
We spoke with Homepolish co-founders, Noa Santos and Will Nathan, about their workspace, work
Special thanks to Sarah Weinknecht for this interview. Running an independent studio while traveling the world for her projects, Mexico City-based architect Frida Escobedo makes an impact well beyond her own country. Whether it’s a design hotel on the Pacific Coast, a pop-up store for hip cosmetics brand Aesop or a public space – Frida’s work invariably veers between conceptual integrity and well-crafted design. During a stint at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, she received her first public commission – to remodel the La Tallera Siqueiros cultural centre in Cuernavaca, Mexico – and also introduced a proposal for the MoMa PS1 courtyard, taking a radical approach to sustainability. Find out more about Escobedo’s job and place of work in this edition of Where
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<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/05/28/frida-escobedo-aztec-installation-landscape-victoria-albert-courtyard-london/"> <img src="http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2015/05/Frida-Escobedo-installation_Victoria-Albert-Museum_dezeen_sqb.jpg" /> </a> Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has added a series of adaptable mirrored platforms to the <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/va">V&A museum</a>'s central courtyard, referencing an ancient Aztec city built over a lake (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/05/28/frida-escobedo-aztec-installation-landscape-victoria-albert-courtyard-london/" class="more-link">(more…)</a>
On a recent trip abroad, architect and urban planner José Castillo was struck by a conversation with Mexico’s tourism attaché in Asia. Mexican tourism, the attaché remarked, has changed; it was the ancient pyramids and sandy beaches of the country that once drew visitors to it. Today however, architecture and design—and food—prevail.
The issue of food may be of little wonder. Mexican cuisine has indeed become more popular than ever in both the high and low ends of the culinary spectrum, and food in general is not only what one eats for dinner but also a hobby and an obsessive conversation topic. Yet for local design to come to the same level of acclaim and reputation is, at any rate, quite astonishing. It may be, though, that food and architecture are not so far apart. These are both highly creative and productive professions, as well as ones with a rich history, a theory, and many layers of tradition.Continue reading "The Mexican Moment: The Rise of Architecture’s Latest Design Capital"
<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/03/21/sand-shifts-frida-escobedo-installation-aesop/"> <img src="http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2014/03/Aesop-New-York-pop-up-shop-installation-by-Frida-Escobedo_dezeen_3sq.jpg" /> </a> Layers of <a title="Sand archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/sand/">sand</a> that resemble a mountainous landscape will gradually move and change shape for the duration of this <a title="Installations archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/installations-tag/">installation</a> by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo for skincare brand <a title="Aesop archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/aesop/">Aesop</a>'s <a title="New York archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/New-York/">New York</a> <a title="Popup shops archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/pop-up-shops/">pop-up shop</a>. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/03/21/sand-shifts-frida-escobedo-installation-aesop/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>