Best of the Best! Top 10 Posts of 2017

                                As 2017 draws to a close, we&#8217;ve revisited this year&#8217;s archives and consolidated the <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/2017-year-in-review/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">most popular posts</a> just in case you missed something. While we&#8217;ve already reviewed the best of each category, we&#8217;ve taken it a bit further and rounded up the best of the best. Take a look to see which post was the overall most read post on Design Milk in 2017.
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/best-of-the-best-top-10-posts-of-2017/agota-rimsaite-panama-banana-100000/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/Agota-Rimsaite-Panama-Banana-100000-810x539.jpg" alt="Best of the Best! Top 10 Posts of 2017" /></a>
                                10. <a href="https://design-milk.com/panama-banana-a-quirky-rocking-outdoor-hammock/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Panama Banana: A Quirky, Rocking, Outdoor Hammock</a><br />
Look familiar? This hot pink and wood lounging rocker has appeared in a couple of other Best of posts recently, which is no surprise. It’s a fun rocking hammock that lets you rest and then lets you be active by flipping it over to become a soccer goal.
  1. A Minimalist House Designed for a Couple Desiring a Downsize
    A couple in Seattle made the choice to scale back and simplify their lives so they hired Suyama Peterson
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Best Art Posts of 2017

                                From miniature test tube sculptures to botanical prints to an Instagram-worthy museum dedicated to ice cream, we featured just about every kind of art throughout 2017, all of which kept our eyes visually stimulated. Want to find out which <a href="https://design-milk.com/category/art/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Art</a> posts were the most popular this year? Check out the top 10&#8230;
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/best-art-posts-of-2017/wardrobe-snacks-111111/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/Wardrobe-Snacks-111111-810x600.jpg" alt="Best Art Posts of 2017" /></a>
                                10. <a href="https://design-milk.com/wardrobe-snacks-a-project-inspired-by-diners-lacking-a-table/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Wardrobe Snacks: A Project Inspired by Diners Lacking a Table</a><br />
Snack enthusiasts, Pinch Food Design, checked out Wardrobe Snacks, a project inspired by diners eating without the luxury of a table.

Tara Donovan. Detail of “Composition (Cards)” 2017. Photographed by David Behringer © Tara Donovan, courtesy of Pace Gallery

  1. Tara Donovan: Vertical Poetry
    A look at Tara Donovan’s latest wall sculptures that are composed of THOUSANDS of white styrene cards that are individually stacked, glued, and rotated 90 degrees.
  1. Miniature Test Tube Sculptures By Rosa de Jong
    Micro Matter consisted of multiple upside down glass
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2017 Year in Review: Unframed

                                Every month, Design Milk&#8217;s resident art expert, <a href="http://www.thetwopercent.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">David Behringer</a>, pounds the pavement of New York City to check out the best gallery exhibits and art shows he can find. Take a visual gander back at the art he covered in our <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/unframed/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Unframed</a> column throughout 2017 – hint: it&#8217;s all incredible.
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/2017-year-in-review-unframed/matt_johnson_303gallery_01-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/Matt_Johnson_303Gallery_01-810x810.jpg" alt="2017 Year in Review: Unframed" /></a>
                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/wood-sculpture-matt-johnson/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">This is Wood: The Sculpture of Matt Johnson</a><br />
Matt Johnson presented 4 cardboard boxes, 5 rolls of painters tape, 2 broken styrofoam chunks, and more garbage… that were all 100% carved and painted wood.

marked by stigmata, 2017 (detail)

On Pins: Elliott Hundley’s Epic Collages
We took a look at Elliott Hundley’s manically overwhelming collages, which extended so far off the canvas that they were rightfully called “sculptures”.

Tara Donovan. Detail of “Composition (Cards)” 2017. Photographed by David Behringer. All other images captured by Kerry Ryan McFatey. © Tara Donovan, courtesy of Pace Gallery

Tara Donovan: Vertical Poetry
Tara
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Los Angeles Artist RETNA Waxes Poetic About His Public Art Installation For the New RH West Palm

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/artist-retna-waxes-poetic-about-public-art-installation-for-rh-west-palm/rh-west-palm_retna-mural-installation/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/RH-West-Palm_RETNA-Mural-Installation-810x460.jpg" alt="Los Angeles Artist RETNA Waxes Poetic About His Public Art Installation For the New RH West Palm" /></a>
                                <em>Special report by Jesse Bratter.</em>
It’s an idyllic oasis in the heart of West Palm Beach: Lushly landscaped gardens rich with Medjool date palms; Moroccan-tile fountains signaling the Barista Bar, where the handcrafted donuts are as much of a pick-me-up as the coffee; a sun-drenched Rooftop Restaurant filled with verdant olive trees and ingredient-driven fare; and French-marble and Belgian-blue-limestone floors traveling through the intimate loggias of the ever-so-European Wine Vault. And we haven’t even gotten to the furniture yet. Because it is, after all, a furniture store—the new RH West Palm, The Gallery at CityPlace to be exact. And there are four floors and 80,000 square feet showing the breadth of RH’s collection to prove it, from RH Interiors to RH Modern, Outdoor, Baby & Child, TEEN, and RH’s interior design services and hospitality offerings.

SONNEMAN – A Way of Light for Restoration Hardware

While you wait for your table
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The Best of 2017 Design Miami/

                                For the second year, we headed down to Miami Beach to check out <a href="http://miami2017.designmiami.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Design Miami/</a>, a well curated show that exhibits contemporary art and design alongside vintage works. It&#8217;s a great place to discover new talent, as well as beautiful work from the past that you might have never seen before. Take a look at 10 of our favorite things at this year&#8217;s Design Miami/.
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/the-best-of-2017-design-miami/designmiami2018-campana-bros-vuitton/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/DesignMiami2018-campana-bros-vuitton-810x594.jpg" alt="The Best of 2017 Design Miami/" /></a>
                                One of the latest pieces in <a href="http://eu.louisvuitton.com/eng-e1/homepage"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Louis Vuitton&#8217;s</a> <a href="http://eu.louisvuitton.com/eng-e1/art/the-objets-nomades"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Objet Nomades</a> collection is the <a href="http://eu.louisvuitton.com/eng-e1/articles/objets-nomades-at-design-miami"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Bomboca Sofa</a> from the <a href="http://campanas.com.br/en"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Campana Brothers</a>. The sofa is made up of eight cushions in various shapes that assemble together on a frame to form the blue-toned piece. The shades of blue are a nod to the colors of Miami.

Small Chawan Cabinet, 2014

Salon 94 presented the work of Tom Sachs, including pieces from his Chawan exhibition. Sachs’ has often explored space-related themes in his work, especially NASA, which
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Lasers in a Gallery: Rita McBride’s Particulates

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/lasers-gallery-rita-mcbrides-particulates/rita_mcbride_dia_chelsea_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/rita_mcbride_dia_chelsea_01-810x540.jpg" alt="Lasers in a Gallery: Rita McBride’s Particulates" /></a>
                                Sixteen high-intensity lasers cut through the misty air of a dark garage in West Chelsea. The latest work by artist <a href="http://www.ritamcbride.net/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Rita McBride</a> feels like an inter-dimensional wormhole. It&#8217;s beautiful, legitimately dangerous, and it just took Art History to a new level.
Particulates will remain on view in New York at Dia:Chelsea, a former marble-cutting facility, through June. The building looks completely shuttered – enter through the single doorway on the right with the “Danger: Laser Radiation” sign. Besides the lasers, materials are listed as “site-specific particulates, ambient extraterrestrial dust, and water molecules (which I’m pretty sure is just the coolest way to say “regular dust and mist”). I love it.

Rita McBride, Particulates

Rita McBride, Particulates (and me)

Rita McBride, Particulates (detail)

The zig-zagging fence in the room is not to be ignored: It is both legally necessary AND a separate sculpture. Titled Barriers 2017, it consists of
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Loop Installation by COS x Snarkitecture

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/loop-cos-x-snarkitecture/loop_cosxsnarkitecture_7/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/loop_cosxsnarkitecture_7-810x607.jpg" alt="Loop Installation by COS x Snarkitecture" /></a>
                                Loop is an installation located at the Gana Art Center in Seoul, South Korea, created in collaboration between <a href="http://cosstores.com/us/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">COS</a> and <a href="http://www.snarkitecture.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Snarkitecture</a>. The installation features four distinct metal tracks that intertwine throughout the white exhibition space. 100,000 marbles introduced one at a time per every five seconds brings the installation to life.
The marbles are formed in white glass, and proceed along 400 meters of track that is constructed in a light blue powder-coated aluminum. Co-founder of Snarkitecture Daniel Arsham states, “Our intention was to create a contemplative environment with Loop – a space that was not immediately understood upon entering. While we wanted the design to be playful, we were mindful of creating a work that provided an escape. It was important to offer a setting and feeling that were completely new and inspiring to visitors.” The COS x Snarkitecture installation is open between 10am-7pm every day at the Gana Art
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Prismverse: An Installation of Geometrical Tessellated Mirror Walls

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/prismverse-an-installation-of-geometrical-tessellated-mirror-walls/prismverse-chris-cheung-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Prismverse-Chris-Cheung-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Prismverse: An Installation of Geometrical Tessellated Mirror Walls" /></a>
                                Artist Chris Cheung, known as <a href="https://www.instagram.com/honhim/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">honhim</a>, and his team, <a href="http://xex.com.hk/works/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">XEX</a>, created a jaw-dropping, immersive installation called <a href="http://xex.com.hk/works/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Prismverse</a> that might make you feel like you&#8217;re living inside a faceted stone. The trippy, audio/visual experience was designed for skincare brand Dr.Jart+ to delight your senses as you enter and walk through the structure that&#8217;s outfitted with walls of tessellated mirrors.
The installation was inspired by how light passes through a brilliant cut diamond and the resulting brilliance that comes through the top of it. The LED floor and the geometric shapes on the walls work in combination to provide an experience like no other, as if you were transported inside of a diamond.
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Jiyoun Kim’s 24 Dokkaebi Stools Are Inspired by Korean Trolls

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/jiyoun-kims-24-dokkaebi-stools-inspired-korean-trolls/dokkaebi_stool_outdoor_002/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/dokkaebi_stool_outdoor_002-810x507.jpg" alt="Jiyoun Kim’s 24 Dokkaebi Stools Are Inspired by Korean Trolls" /></a>
                                Metal cylinder seats are about the farthest thing you’d find in a park but creative director Jiyoun Kim of <a href="http://www.jiyounkim.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">JiyounKim Studio</a> has found a place for them in <a href="http://www.hangangartpark.kr/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Hangang Art Park in the city of Seoul</a> with a very fitting, fairy tale-inspired reason. The Hangang Art Park was created by the Seoul government to introduce art into ordinary parks. Four artists including Kim were asked to create installations centered on the topic of <em>suim</em> which means “resting.”
For Kim, he decided to create 24 Dokkaebi Stools. A dokkaebi is the Korean equivalent of a troll in European fairytales except that instead of wreaking havoc, a dokkaebi is a joyful spirit that rewards people for doing good deeds and punishes others for doing bad deeds. The stools are made of stainless steel that have been polished to a mirror finish with eight different colorful gradient tops inspired by the colors
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WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/walala-x-play-a-colorful-interactive-installation-by-camille-walala/walala-x-play-camille-walala-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/WALALA-X-PLAY-Camille-Walala-1-810x558.jpg" alt="WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala" /></a>
                                We fell hard for the French-born <a href="http://camillewalala.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Camille Walala</a> last year after <a href="http://design-milk.com/artist-camille-walala-london/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">spending the day with her</a> in her adopted hometown of East London. Now, the artist/designer has created an eye-popping interactive installation, <a href="http://nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/walala-x-play/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">WALALA X PLAY</a>, that&#8217;s complete with her signature graphic patterns, geometric shapes, and bold colors.
Walala was invited as NOW Gallery’s 2017 Design Collaborator for their summer program and she doesn’t disappoint. She created a colorful maze that references the waterways of the Greenwich Peninsula, the curve of the Thames, and the shape and angles of the building. From above, the layout of the installation perfectly mirrors the aerial view of the location. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves within the playful labyrinth of geometries and patterns that are often broken and distorted for visual effect, and challenged to spot the differences. WALALA X PLAY is on display through September 24th, 2017 at NOW Gallery in London.

WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/walala-x-play-a-colorful-interactive-installation-by-camille-walala/walala-x-play-camille-walala-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/WALALA-X-PLAY-Camille-Walala-1-810x558.jpg" alt="WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala" /></a>
                                We fell hard for the French-born <a href="http://camillewalala.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Camille Walala</a> last year after <a href="http://design-milk.com/artist-camille-walala-london/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">spending the day with her</a> in her adopted hometown of East London. Now, the artist/designer has created an eye-popping interactive installation, <a href="http://nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/walala-x-play/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">WALALA X PLAY</a>, that&#8217;s complete with her signature graphic patterns, geometric shapes, and bold colors.
Walala was invited as NOW Gallery’s 2017 Design Collaborator for their summer program and she doesn’t disappoint. She created a colorful maze that references the waterways of the Greenwich Peninsula, the curve of the Thames, and the shape and angles of the building. From above, the layout of the installation perfectly mirrors the aerial view of the location. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves within the playful labyrinth of geometries and patterns that are often broken and distorted for visual effect, and challenged to spot the differences. WALALA X PLAY is on display through September 24th, 2017 at NOW Gallery in London.

WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/walala-x-play-a-colorful-interactive-installation-by-camille-walala/walala-x-play-camille-walala-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/WALALA-X-PLAY-Camille-Walala-1-810x558.jpg" alt="WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala" /></a>
                                We fell hard for the French-born <a href="http://camillewalala.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Camille Walala</a> last year after <a href="http://design-milk.com/artist-camille-walala-london/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">spending the day with her</a> in her adopted hometown of East London. Now, the artist/designer has created an eye-popping interactive installation, <a href="http://nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/walala-x-play/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">WALALA X PLAY</a>, that&#8217;s complete with her signature graphic patterns, geometric shapes, and bold colors.
Walala was invited as NOW Gallery’s 2017 Design Collaborator for their summer program and she doesn’t disappoint. She created a colorful maze that references the waterways of the Greenwich Peninsula, the curve of the Thames, and the shape and angles of the building. From above, the layout of the installation perfectly mirrors the aerial view of the location. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves within the playful labyrinth of geometries and patterns that are often broken and distorted for visual effect, and challenged to spot the differences. WALALA X PLAY is on display through September 24th, 2017 at NOW Gallery in London.

WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/walala-x-play-a-colorful-interactive-installation-by-camille-walala/walala-x-play-camille-walala-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/WALALA-X-PLAY-Camille-Walala-1-810x558.jpg" alt="WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala" /></a>
                                We fell hard for the French-born <a href="http://camillewalala.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Camille Walala</a> last year after <a href="http://design-milk.com/artist-camille-walala-london/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">spending the day with her</a> in her adopted hometown of East London. Now, the artist/designer has created an eye-popping interactive installation, <a href="http://nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/walala-x-play/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">WALALA X PLAY</a>, that&#8217;s complete with her signature graphic patterns, geometric shapes, and bold colors.
Walala was invited as NOW Gallery’s 2017 Design Collaborator for their summer program and she doesn’t disappoint. She created a colorful maze that references the waterways of the Greenwich Peninsula, the curve of the Thames, and the shape and angles of the building. From above, the layout of the installation perfectly mirrors the aerial view of the location. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves within the playful labyrinth of geometries and patterns that are often broken and distorted for visual effect, and challenged to spot the differences. WALALA X PLAY is on display through September 24th, 2017 at NOW Gallery in London.

WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/walala-x-play-a-colorful-interactive-installation-by-camille-walala/walala-x-play-camille-walala-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/WALALA-X-PLAY-Camille-Walala-1-810x558.jpg" alt="WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala" /></a>
                                We fell hard for the French-born <a href="http://camillewalala.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Camille Walala</a> last year after <a href="http://design-milk.com/artist-camille-walala-london/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">spending the day with her</a> in her adopted hometown of East London. Now, the artist/designer has created an eye-popping interactive installation, <a href="http://nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/walala-x-play/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">WALALA X PLAY</a>, that&#8217;s complete with her signature graphic patterns, geometric shapes, and bold colors.
Walala was invited as NOW Gallery’s 2017 Design Collaborator for their summer program and she doesn’t disappoint. She created a colorful maze that references the waterways of the Greenwich Peninsula, the curve of the Thames, and the shape and angles of the building. From above, the layout of the installation perfectly mirrors the aerial view of the location. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves within the playful labyrinth of geometries and patterns that are often broken and distorted for visual effect, and challenged to spot the differences. WALALA X PLAY is on display through September 24th, 2017 at NOW Gallery in London.

WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/walala-x-play-a-colorful-interactive-installation-by-camille-walala/walala-x-play-camille-walala-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/WALALA-X-PLAY-Camille-Walala-1-810x558.jpg" alt="WALALA X PLAY: A Colorful, Interactive Installation by Camille Walala" /></a>
                                We fell hard for the French-born <a href="http://camillewalala.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Camille Walala</a> last year after <a href="http://design-milk.com/artist-camille-walala-london/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">spending the day with her</a> in her adopted hometown of East London. Now, the artist/designer has created an eye-popping interactive installation, <a href="http://nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/walala-x-play/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">WALALA X PLAY</a>, that&#8217;s complete with her signature graphic patterns, geometric shapes, and bold colors.
Walala was invited as NOW Gallery’s 2017 Design Collaborator for their summer program and she doesn’t disappoint. She created a colorful maze that references the waterways of the Greenwich Peninsula, the curve of the Thames, and the shape and angles of the building. From above, the layout of the installation perfectly mirrors the aerial view of the location. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves within the playful labyrinth of geometries and patterns that are often broken and distorted for visual effect, and challenged to spot the differences. WALALA X PLAY is on display through September 24th, 2017 at NOW Gallery in London.

OEO Studio Creates an Immersive Experience for the FLOS Scandinavia Showroom

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/oeo-studio-creates-immersive-experience-flos-scandinavia-showroom/flos-showroom-oeo-29/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/06/flos-showroom-oeo-29-810x540.jpg" alt="OEO Studio Creates an Immersive Experience for the FLOS Scandinavia Showroom" /></a>
                                There are showrooms, and then there are <em>showrooms</em>. The new <a href="http://www.oeo.dk/flos-scandinavia" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">FLOS Scandinavia</a> showroom in Denmark designed by <a href="http://www.oeo.dk/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">OEO Studio</a> is definitely the latter.
WATCH: Located inside an old building that served as a tractor repair workshop, the 500 m2 industrial warehouse showcases the iconic FLOS products in a way that’s playful and immersive. Instead of just using bookcases and shelves, OEO Studio created spatial, architectural elements that function as backdrops or partitions to let the products really shine. For example, a sculptural staircase displays glowing orbs on its steps and charcoal room dividers within the open space floor act as platforms for the fixtures. Perhaps the most attention-commanding element is the small Cover House that’s clad with brick from Danish brickwork manufacturer Petersen Tegl and highlights the beauty of FLOS’ simple, minimalist designs. The numerous juxtapositions – of old and new, natural and artificial light, history and modernity – creates
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British Furniture Designer Sebastian Cox Hails ‘Traditional as Radical’

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/british-furniture-designer-sebastian-cox-hails-traditional-radical/design_milk_sebastian_cox_03/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/06/Design_Milk_Sebastian_Cox_03-810x810.jpg" alt="British Furniture Designer Sebastian Cox Hails &#8216;Traditional as Radical&#8217;" /></a>
                                &#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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Henrique Oliveira’s Devir: An Invasive Sculpture

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                                Artist <a href="http://www.henriqueoliveira.com/"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Henrique Oliveira</a> has been building massive organic sculptures for over a decade: The beam-morphing <a href="http://www.henriqueoliveira.com/portu/comercio_i.asp?flg_Lingua=1&amp;cod_Artista=1&amp;cod_Serie=31"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">“Baitogogo” in Paris in 2013</a>, and the house tumor-like <a href="http://www.henriqueoliveira.com/portu/comercio_i.asp?flg_Lingua=1&amp;cod_Artista=1&amp;cod_Serie=4" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">“Tampumes” in Brazil in 2009</a>. And FINALLY one of his sculptures has sprouted in New York City’s Upper East Side. And it’s A-MAZ-ING.

Devir (detail)

Devir (detail)

Simply put, Oliveira raises the dead. He uses plywood scraps found at construction sites to build temporary twisting organic forms that overtake rooms like beautiful monsters. This single room installation is titled “Devir” – which, as the gallery notes, “roughly translates to the concept of constant change”.

Henrique Oliveira, Devir, 2017

Visitors are encouraged to enter the sculpture (you must crouch/crawl pretty low to get in the back – I recommend it), which feels less threatening and more wondrous.

Henrique Oliveira, sketch for “Devir”, 2017

And I LOVE the address. You will NOT find this in the typical Chelsea gallery district
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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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