Fresh off a Designer of the Year win from Maison&Objet 2018, award-winning Danish designer Cecilie Manz continues breaking the mold in the design world working with major brands, like Fritz Hansen, B&O, Muuto, Duravit, Georg Jensen Damask, Iittala, Fredericia Furniture, and more, creating everything from bathtubs, furniture, speakers, lighting, textiles, objects, and glassware. Her Scandinavian roots prominently show through in each of her designs
<a href="https://design-milk.com/5-influential-women-in-the-world-of-modern-design/round-influential-women-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/03/Round-Influential-Women-2-810x349.jpg" alt="5 Influential Women in the World of Modern Design" /></a> We’ve celebrated women all month long in our <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/friday-five/" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Friday Five</a> column in honor of Women’s History month, but we didn’t want it to end there. While design has long been a male-dominated field, we’re finally seeing the balance shift with more and more notable women not just entering the arena, but taking over and permanently cementing their names in history. Today, we’re taking a look at five influential women in the world of modern design who deserve to be household names.
<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 “orphaned” 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.
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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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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…