Introducing Orphan Work: From the Founders of Material Lust

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/introducing-orphan-work-from-the-founders-of-material-lust/orphan-work-1-001-match-striker/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/05/Orphan-Work-1-001-Match-Striker-810x666.jpg" alt="Introducing Orphan Work: From the Founders of Material Lust" /></a>
                                Designers <a href="http://design-milk.com/friday-five-material-lust/" data-wpel-link="internal">Lauren Larson and Christian Lopez Swafford</a>, the duo that makes up New York City-based <a href="http://www.material-lust.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Material Lust</a>, continually <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/material-lust/" data-wpel-link="internal">push the envelope</a> with their forward-thinking vision solidifying their their place in both the art and design world. Their latest endeavor sees the launch of <a href="http://www.orphanwork.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Orphan Work</a>, an anonymous place where &#8220;orphaned&#8221; material can be reimagined into new design objects, like lighting, bookends, candle holders, bottle openers, etc. The clever venture becomes more about the designs and less about the brand behind them. Take a look.

001 INCENSE HOLDER

001 BOWL

001 BOOKEND / DOORSTOP

001 ASHTRAY / DISH

001 REST INCENSE / PEN

001 TRAY

001 CORKSCREW

001/001 BOTTLE OPENERS

001 CANDLE HOLDER

001 SCONCE

001 FLUSHMOUNT

001 PENDANT

001 SEMI-FLUSH

001 FLOOR LAMP

002 CANDLE HOLDER

002 FLUSH MOUNT

002 PENDANT

002 SCONCE

002 REST INCENSE / PEN

002 VASE

003 PENDANT

003 SCONCE

004 SCONCE

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NYCxDesign 2015: Collective Design

NYCxDesign 2015: Collective Design 2015 marks the third edition of Collective Design’s fair during NYCxDesign and this year it included a host of first-time exhibitors, established and emerging talent, as well as returning favorites from around the world. The focus was on design innovation and thinking from the beginning of the 20th century until today. Take a look at some of our favorite finds. Collective15-1-FriedmanBenda-Misha-Kahn NYC-based artist Misha Kahn displayed his quirky, colorful mirrors and sculptural lamp via the Friedman Benda booth, a New York gallery that represents Kahn. Collective15-2-Ingo-Maurer Collective Design showed a series of Ingo Maurer’s work as part of their 2015 Collective Influence exhibition. The Toto table lamps give nod to a certain cartoon mouse we’re all familiar with. Collective15-3-Dana-Barnes Dana Barnes showed a new series of seating called Endolith Casts, which combines concrete with random patches of knotted fibers that reference lichen. Collective15-4-Wexler-Gallery-Kishimoto Wexler Gallery presented Laura Kishimoto’s Yumi Chair II made from ash veneer
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Favorites at the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Favorites at the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show I ventured to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City for the first time this year and it totally lived up to its hype. I couldn’t seem to tear myself out of the MADE section, which featured a selection of independent artists and designers that were chosen to exhibit and showcase their latest wares. Take a look at some of my favorites. ADHDS2015-Faves-1-MADE ADHDS2015-Faves-2-Material-Lust-lamp Material Lust expanded their Geometry is God collection to now include lighting and it’s pretty magnificent. This is the Duat Table Lamp made out of Satin raw steel, just one of their new pieces that we highlighted in yesterday’s post! ADHDS2015-Faves-3-Avo-leather AVO is a New York-based brand founded by Brit Kleinman that takes a whole new approach when it comes to leather. AVO’s hand painted goods include leather rugs and pillows with striking graphic patterns. ADHDS2015-Faves-4-Avo-leather A sampling of the newest pillows. ADHDS2015-Faves-5-Avo-leather-chair AVO collaborated with Seattle-based Ladies & Gentlemen Studio to create the Ovis chair, which reimagines a classic sling chair using a hand painted leather seat strapped to a metal and whitened maple frame. ADHDS2015-Faves-6-DAMM-lighting We’ve featured DAMM’s lighting before and they exhibited some new floor lamps that have three-dimensional looking shades that hang over the bent stem base. ADHDS2015-Faves-7-DAMM-lighting They also had their Artemis arrow fixtures hanging in clusters. ADHDS2015-Faves-8-Rosie-Li-lighting Rosie Li displayed the Lina 20-Light, which is a modular pendant that can grow or contract to work in any space. ADHDS2015-Faves-9-DusenDusen Brooklyn-based Dusen Dusen recently ventured into home furnishings and they showed the brand-new collection of bedding, pillows, and other various textiles in an array of abstract patterns. ADHDS2015-Faves-10-PELLE-candles PELLE Designs had their Spectrum Candles, which are sets of 12 soy wax candles that are individually cast in color and scent gradients that increase/decrease with each candle. They look equally cool all melted down. ADHDS2015-Faves-11-wolfum-wallpaper Los Angeles-based Wolfum launched a new collection of gorgeous, pattern driven wallpaper. ADHDS2015-Faves-12-Bower-mirror Brooklyn-based BOWER showcased their line of Shape Mirrors which are made of layers of glass mirror in varying tints that are joined together to form optical illusions. ADHDS2015-Faves-13-Elyse-Graham-geode We first fell for Elyse Graham’s Geodes back in 2012 and they still captivate me. Their layers of colorful latex paint are completely mesmerizing making me want to sit down and watch the extensive process in which each one is made. This one is sitting on top of her new Drip mirrors. ADHDS2015-Faves-14-Elyse-Graham-geode Graham also displayed a collection of colorful, ballooning vases and her XO Kiss Necklaces (which I’m dying for!). ADHDS2015-Faves-15-Lewis-Mauk-painting Los Angeles-based artist Lewis Mauk (Elyse Graham’s equally talented husband!) showed his line of linear paintings, along with a lamp collaboration with Graham that was inspired by their honeymoon to Thailand. ADHDS2015-Faves-16-Drew-Tyndell I’ve been a huge admirer of Nashville-based artist Drew Tyndell’s collage-like wall sculptures of abstract houses for a while now. They don’t scream “house”, but instead evoke a sense of the subject matter through shapes and materials. ADHDS2015-Faves-17-Drew-Tyndell More Drew Tyndell… ADHDS2015-Faves-18-Kaiser-Suidan-cubes Michigan-based Kaiser Suidan’s cube wall sculptures offer an endless array of arrangement possibilities and each individual cube stands on its own or in masterful
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Geometry is God Lighting Collection from Material Lust

Geometry is God Lighting Collection from Material Lust Material Lust. What can I say? We’ve long admired their bold Geometry is God collection and by that I mean, desperately want to acquire each and every piece. The New York City-based duo, Lauren Larson and Christian Lopez Swafford, continue to throw down with an extension of their edgy collection which now includes lighting. The design pair continues to perfect their aesthetic of high design with bold lines, rich materials, and heavy symbolism, which they manage to merge together into thought-provoking, eye-catching, and touch-worthy, functional sculptures. Material-Lust-Lighting-2-Crepuscle-Table-Lamp Crepuscle Table/Floor Lamp Material-Lust-Lighting-3-Crepuscle-Table-Lamp Material-Lust-Lighting-4-Crepuscle-Table-Lamp Material-Lust-Lighting-4a Material-Lust-Lighting-5-Crepuscle-Floor-Lamps-Black Material-Lust-Lighting-6-Crepuscle-Floor-Lamp Crepuscle Floor Lamp Material-Lust-Lighting-7-Crepuscle-Floor-Lamp Material-Lust-Lighting-8-Crepuscle-Floor-Lamp Material-Lust-Lighting-9-Crepuscle-Floor-Lamp Material-Lust-Lighting-11-Duat-Table-Lamp Duat Table Lamp Material-Lust-Lighting-12 Material-Lust-Lighting-13 Material-Lust-Lighting-14 Material-Lust-Lighting-15-Khnum-Table-Lamp Khnum Table Lamp Material-Lust-Lighting-16 Material-Lust-Lighting-17-Khnum-Sconce Khnum Sconce Material-Lust-Lighting-18 Material-Lust-Lighting-19 Material-Lust-Lighting-20-Sloux-Semi-Flush Sloux Semi-Flush Material-Lust-Lighting-21-Sloux-Semi-Flush Material-Lust-Lighting-22 Material-Lust-1-Vanishing-Chair-Front They also just recently released the Vanishing Twin Chair, which sees a rebirth of the Pagan Chair they launched in 2014. Material-Lust-2-Vanishing-Twin From Larson:
The concept behind the Vanishing Twin has to do with the fact that there were always two twins, two Pagan Chairs, but one was born. In the beginning we had intended to do one subconsciously knowing there were always two. This being almost a rebirth in a more soft extrusion of the original metal.

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Geometry is God by Material Lust

Geometry is God by Material Lust Besides sharing a really cool Friday Five with us and featuring the first part of this collection earlier this year, Material Lust continues to explore “Pagan and Alchemical symbolism and ancient geometries”. The duo finds interesting ways to re-imagine these symbols while remaining true to the original aesthetic in a series they call Geometry is God. Each piece is not only sculptural, they’re functional, too. Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category Tree of Life Ladder Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category Portmanteau Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category Pagan Candelabra Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category Alchemy Table Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category Pagan Chair Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category Ankh Hand Mirrors Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category Retort Vanity Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category Alchemy Alter Candelabra Geometry is God by Material Lust in main home furnishings art Category






Friday Five with Material Lust

Friday Five with Material Lust Material Lust is a New York City based design studio with Lauren Larson and Christian Lopez Swafford at the helm. The pair met while in school at Parsons School of Design and related to the fact that they were both brought up by mothers who were both painters, raising them with a solid arts foundation since childhood. Both are self-proclaimed “artists masquerading as designers” who sometimes lean towards a more thought-provoking and provocative aesthetic. They call it Oppressionism, “for the combination of heavy-handed theatrics, high design and its exploitation of uncomfortable and often pornographic imagery.” We call it awesome (check out their work we recently featured here). For this week’s Friday Five, the duo shares with us five sources of inspiration. Friday Five with Material Lust in home furnishings art Category 1. Zana Bayne
An example of a fantastic designer taking a strong vision and concept and turning it into beautiful, high-quality work. Zana Bayne’s designs have a “no compromises, no dumbing down, fully refined” attitude that we can’t help but to admire.
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2. Carl Auböck
We fetishize metal objects and there is no finer combination of craftsmanship, history and modern design then Carl Auböck. While working in his father’s workshop in the 1920s, he went to get a design education at the Bauhaus. He returned to the workshop with his new perspective on design and created some of the most covetable pieces imaginable. You can find many blatant copies of Auböck’s work but none measure up to the perfect proportions of the originals.
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3. Tamara Santibañez
Visual Artist/Tattoo Artist Tamara Santibañez is one of the coolest people in NYC. Her work has references to Punk, Metal, Occult, Bondage, Biker, and Chicano cultures, just to name a few. This type of work is always in danger of becoming “camp” but Santibañez uses a refined filter cultivated from her extensive Art and Design education to elevate her work to another level. Santibañez actually lives the lifestyle of the work she creates and that empowers us to do the same. 4. The Industrial Music Scene in L.A.
We are interested in all sub-cultures and how they begin and thrive. One that is happening now in L.A. is the renewed interest and experimentation with industrial music. Bands like 3TEETH and Youth Code are reviving a scene that had become bogged down by formulaic bands seeking underground success. “I am going to do what I love and let the chips fall where they may” is what we imagine these bands saying to themselves while creating their calculated visuals and sound.
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5. Les Lalanne
This is a husband and wife team that know how to work together. Their work has a refined elegance and maturity that comes from being peers of Brâncuși, Max Ernst, Man Ray, and Marcel Duchamp. Les Lalanne blurs the boundary of Art and Design by creating beautiful pieces that do not ignore functionality.






Alchemy Adulation: Material Lust

Alchemy Adulation: Material Lust

It’s funny, I’ve been thinking that alchemy was starting to appear as a trend lately and—BAM—Material Lust sends me an email about their recent works that are clearly influenced by this ancient idea of science-meets-magic.

Their Pagan Chair and Alchemy Table are made of matte black powder-coated steel. The Pagan Chair has a seat made of smoke Lucite and the table features a beautiful geometric slice of polished brass. Makes you wonder how these could be used… deep in a dungeon somewhere where philosophers are mixing magical powders and making elixirs…

Alchemy Adulation: Material Lust in home furnishings Category

Alchemy Adulation: Material Lust in home furnishings Category

Alchemy Adulation: Material Lust in home furnishings Category

Alchemy Adulation: Material Lust in home furnishings Category

Alchemy Adulation: Material Lust in home furnishings Category

Alchemy Adulation: Material Lust in home furnishings Category

Alchemy Adulation: Material Lust in home furnishings Category