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/.
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                                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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Ultimate Lighting Guide: Pick the Right Fixtures for Every Room in Your Home

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Lighting makes all the difference in how we experience a room. Image: Terracotta Design Build

For so many of us, lighting is an afterthought in our interiors. This happens when you think of it as a utilitarian detail of the room, rather than something that adds aesthetic value. When it’s done right, lighting is the unsung element that brings your design to the next level. Our ultimate lighting guide gives you all the info you need to effortlessly light every room in your home. Read our tips and keep them close at hand. You never know when you may need to tweak the existing lighting in your home or to build a new layout from scratch.
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There’s more than one type of lighting out there. Image: Nina Farmer Interiors

Know your options

One of the most common lighting mistakes people make is assuming that one type of lighting — especially
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PANTONE Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

                                With 2018 just around the corner, <a href="https://www.pantone.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">PANTONE</a> made their much anticipated, yearly announcement of their color selection that reigns supreme throughout the design world all year long. They selected PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet for <a href="https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2018"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">PANTONE Color of the Year 2018</a>, which first made us want to listen to Prince all day, and then to search for products that feature the rich, regal color. Take a look at some of our favorite finds we discovered during the process.
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                                1. <a href="https://www.yliving.com/louis-poulsen-panthella-mini-led-table-lamp.html"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Panthella Mini LED Table Lamp by Verner Panton for Louis Poulsen</a> 2. <a href="https://hidratespark.com/products/hidrate-spark-2-0?variant=300271173656&amp;gclid=CjwKCAiA07PRBRBJEiwAS20SIO96GdSxikwbydLebCV0oC6Iz0vZv7_fGJqcusUHA_sG10vsoDPzzRoC-jMQAvD_BwE"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle</a> 3. <a href="https://ae.amara.com/products/ghost-buster-commode-small-violet"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Ghost Buster Commode by Philippe Starck with Eugeni Quitllet for Kartell</a> 4. <a href="http://www.dwr.com/dining-chairs-and-stools/series-7-chair/7318.html?lang=en_US#q=series%2B7&amp;lang=en_US&amp;start=1"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Series 7™ Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen</a> 5. <a href="https://store.moma.org/new/beak-carafe/126052-126052.html?cgid=new#start=1"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Beak Carafe by Tomas Kral</a> 6. <a href="http://www.poppin.com/Campfire-Big-Lounge-Sofa%2C-Purple-102952+%3A+103479.html?prefn1=color&amp;prefv1=Purple&amp;start=12"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Campfire Big Loung Sofa by Turnstone for Steelcase</a> 7. <a href="https://www.connox.com/categories/furniture/seating-objects/magis-spun-armchair.html"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Spun Armchair by Thomas Heatherwick for Magis</a> 8. <a href="https://www.bludot.com/wicket-lounge-chair.html"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Wicket Lounge Chair by Blu Dot</a> <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-328526" src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/pantone-color-of-the-year-2018-ultra-violet-810x652.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="652" srcset="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/pantone-color-of-the-year-2018-ultra-violet.jpg 810w, https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/pantone-color-of-the-year-2018-ultra-violet-800x644.jpg 800w, https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/pantone-color-of-the-year-2018-ultra-violet-768x618.jpg 768w, https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/pantone-color-of-the-year-2018-ultra-violet-500x402.jpg 500w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>
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Kiwari Crane: A Lighting Inspired by Japanese Armor by Bec Brittain

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/kiwari-crane-a-lighting-inspired-by-japanese-armor-by-bec-brittain/bec-brittain-kawari-crane-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/Bec-Brittain-Kawari-Crane-1-810x605.jpg" alt="Kiwari Crane: A Lighting Inspired by Japanese Armor by Bec Brittain" /></a>
                                New York based designer <a href="http://www.becbrittain.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Bec Brittain</a> launched the Crane series of lighting last year through a solo exhibition at <a href="http://www.patrickparrish.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Patrick Parrish Gallery</a> and now she&#8217;s presenting a new edition that explores curved glass. The original crane-like lamps featured straight borosilicate glass tubes, while the new <a href="http://www.patrickparrish.com/contemporary/collection/item/1520"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kiwari Crane</a> incorporates curved glass that was inspired by Japanese armor helmets.
On display at this week’s Design Miami/ in the Patrick Parrish Gallery booth, the Kiwari Crane comprises a bronze base with the organic lights floating above, taking on a sculptural quality. The fixture is part of an edition of only seven.
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Lighting Made with Aluminum Aerospace Parts and Wood by Alper Nakri

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                                Los Angeles-based artist <a href="https://anconcept.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Alper Nakri</a> created a series of five lamps based on his concept &#8216;Maybe&#8217; where each piece has a story to tell. The <a href="https://anconcept.com/aero-series/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Aero Series</a> joins World War II era aluminum aerospace parts with walnut wood to explore the idea of repurposing. Behind each design, Nakri has crafted fictional stories as a way to get you to think differently about objects you use and to inspire you to dream up alternate stories of your own about them. The main components of each fixture are parts produced by and for California&#8217;s Lockheed Corporation, which closed in the 1970s resulting in the inventory landing in junkyards. By utilizing these 1940s aeronautical parts and turning them in light fixtures in 2017, Nakri connect the pieces to their history.
Aero No: 01 \\ Table lamp LISTEN:
Germany. 1944. Pasadena born fighter pilot Markus Elber plunged his Lockheed P-38 straight into a barrage
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2017 Gift Guide: For the Person Who Has Everything

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                                We all know them and we all love them. You know who they are – that person who is just impossible to buy for, the one you dread shopping for because they just seem to have everything. Since you can&#8217;t just mark them off your gift list, you might as well dive in and get them something cool, perhaps something they wouldn&#8217;t buy for themselves. We wanted to take some of the stress off your plate so here are 10 gift ideas for *that* particular person.
Black Minimalist Knife by Grovemade \\ $109
A pocket knife is nothing short of practical and this Japanese Higonokami inspired knife is sleek, compact, and lightweight, making it a great gift for that person who’s hard to buy for. Daypack by AMENT \\ $100
One can never have enough bags, especially a durable, smart-looking backpack that holds all of your gear. This pack is
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Kuu: A Reversible, Moon-Inspired Pendant Light by Elina Ulvio

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/kuu-a-reversible-moon-inspired-pendant-light-by-elina-ulvio/kuu_pendants_elina_ulvio-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Kuu_pendants_Elina_Ulvio-1-810x608.jpg" alt="Kuu: A Reversible, Moon-Inspired Pendant Light by Elina Ulvio" /></a>
                                <a href="http://elinaulvio.fi/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Elina Ulvio</a> is back with a series of reversible pendant lights that were inspired by the moon. <a href="http://elinaulvio.fi/KUU-reversible-pendant-light" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kuu</a>, which is Finnish for &#8216;moon&#8217;, are designed to provide direct and indirect light by simply rotating the pendant&#8217;s inner circle. Thanks to its wireless connection, the light can rotate endlessly within its oval enclosure.
The lamp can rotate throughout the day as the light changes with passing time and it can go from direct to indirect depending on your needs. Not only does the light change, the fixture’s appearance does too with the round and crescent shapes evolving, much like the moon does. Kuu will soon be launched by Danish brand Mater. Photos by Karin Ulvio.
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Kuu: A Reversible, Moon-Inspired Pendant Light by Elina Ulvio

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/kuu-a-reversible-moon-inspired-pendant-light-by-elina-ulvio/kuu_pendants_elina_ulvio-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Kuu_pendants_Elina_Ulvio-1-810x608.jpg" alt="Kuu: A Reversible, Moon-Inspired Pendant Light by Elina Ulvio" /></a>
                                <a href="http://elinaulvio.fi/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Elina Ulvio</a> is back with a series of reversible pendant lights that were inspired by the moon. <a href="http://elinaulvio.fi/KUU-reversible-pendant-light" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kuu</a>, which is Finnish for &#8216;moon&#8217;, are designed to provide direct and indirect light by simply rotating the pendant&#8217;s inner circle. Thanks to its wireless connection, the light can rotate endlessly within its oval enclosure.
The lamp can rotate throughout the day as the light changes with passing time and it can go from direct to indirect depending on your needs. Not only does the light change, the fixture’s appearance does too with the round and crescent shapes evolving, much like the moon does. Kuu will soon be launched by Danish brand Mater. Photos by Karin Ulvio.
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Plumen’s 3D Printed Ruche Shades Combine Beauty with Practicality

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                                We’ve seen over and over again how <a href="http://design-milk.com/?s=3d+printing" data-wpel-link="internal">3D printing technology</a> is changing the design world but there’s still the hesitation from those who don’t believe 3D printing can replicate the nuances of human touch and therefore is “lesser” than traditional methods of production. <a href="https://plumen.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Plumen</a> wants to change that perception, starting with <a href="https://usshop.plumen.com/collections/ruche-3d-printed-shades" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ruche</a>, their newest range of made-to-order shades to complement their designer, energy efficient light bulbs.
In partnership with designer and engineer Hook Phanthasuporn, Plumen set out to create a product that reaps the benefits of 3D printing without lacking the delicacy of human craft in an algorithmically generated product. The result was the Ruche shades, designed to look like something plucked straight from nature. Ruche is made up of multiple strips that resemble leaf forms. These strips alternate between each other in a semi-enclosed, bulbous form. From top down, a Plumen bulb would be barely visible but
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Etage Projects at Salon Art + Design

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                                For this year&#8217;s <a href="https://www.thesalonny.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Salon Art + Design</a>, <a href="http://www.etageprojects.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Etage Projects</a> commissioned exclusive works by <a href="http://sabinemarcelis.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Sabine Marcelis</a>, <a href="http://www.guillermosantoma.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Guillermo Santoma</a>, <a href="http://www.fredrikpaulsen.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Fredrik Paulsen</a> and <a href="http://softbaroque.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Soft Baroque</a> to create a contemporary interior that celebrates the colors and lifestyle of the modern city and post-digital existence.
Neon rings circle shells of deep amber glass for the Chandelier by Sabine Marcelis. The sculptural tall mirrors are held up by the Dutch designer’s signature candy resin blocks. Guillermo Santoma’s freewheeling and eloquent style manifests itself in a lush cream sofa, juxtaposing the two-sided chaperone chair structure with a super modern amorphous form in rubber. Fredrik Paulsen’s side table and console turn the spotlight on a brand new and unique technique that combines anodized aluminum with his signature rainbow tie-dye. Soft Baroque features crushed and black nickel-plated side table and vase/lamps, playing with ideas about stereotypes in gender aesthetics, material expectations, and shifting values. Black nickel
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Renegade x Design Milk Spotlight: Gantri

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                                When looking at the exhibitors at the most recent Renegade Craft Fairs, we kept going back to one: a small design brand based in San Francisco called <a href="https://www.gantri.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Gantri</a>. Made up of a team with backgrounds in economics, engineering, and industrial design, their lighting is sleek and beautiful. So beautiful that we chose them as our Design Milk Spotlight exhibitor at this weekend&#8217;s <a href="http://www.renegadecraft.com/fairs/new-york-holiday"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">New York Renegade Craft Fair</a>, so be sure to stop by and see them in the Design Milk Spotlight. I talked to Gantri CEO Ian Yang about how Gantri came about and what&#8217;s next for the brand:
Who are you? Tell me more about you. We’re small team of designers, engineers and 3D printing geeks working out of a warehouse in the Mission District in San Francisco. We have a pretty diverse crew but we’re all super passionate about making design more accessible. I’m from Shanghai originally,
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