Desktop Wallpaper: November 2018

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/desktop-wallpaper-november-2018/design_milk_2560x1440_v2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/DM-Wallpaper-1811-2560x1440-featured-810x456.jpg" alt="Desktop Wallpaper: November 2018" /></a>
                                November marks the start of the crazy holiday season so we thought we&#8217;d bring you a nice soothing backdrop for this month&#8217;s <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/designer-desktops/" data-wpel-link="internal">Designer Desktop</a>. Designed by Brooklyn-based Rachel and Nick Cope of <a href="https://calicowallpaper.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Calico Wallpapers</a>, this <a href="https://calicowallpaper.com/product/aurora-ray/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Aurora Ray wallpaper</a> captures the colors and feelings of the rising sun over the Atlantic.
Aurora Ray is also available as a fabric at Cope, Rachel and Nick’s newer textile and home goods line that includes fabrics, candles, and pillows.

Lindsey Adelman Studio, photo by Lauren Coleman

Green Townhouse designed by GRT Architects, photo by Nicole Franzen

Whether in a room, entryway, or on your phone or laptop, Aurora Ray instantly brings on a sense of calm upon first look. DESKTOP:  1024×768 \\ 1280×1024 \\ 1680×1050 \\ 1900×1200 \\ 2560×1440 MOBILE: iPhone XS \\ iPhone XS Max \\ iPad Pro See more designs from Calico Wallpapers here. View and download past Designer Desktops here.
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Wrensilva Fades to Black With Limited Edition Black Tiger Loft Console

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/wrensilva-black-tiger-loft-record-console/c1-wrensilva-black-tiger-loft-console-blk/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/C1-Wrensilva-Black-Tiger-Loft-Console-Blk-810x541.jpg" alt="Wrensilva Fades to Black With Limited Edition Black Tiger Loft Console" /></a>
                                San Diego-based <a href="https://wrensilva.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Wrensilva</a> have staked their reputation designing <a href="https://design-milk.com/wrensilva-loft-mid-century-style/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">tastefully realized throwback</a> audio console systems outfitted with streaming and connected accoutrements of modern audio systems for years now. Though they make larger models, it&#8217;s always been their handsomely compact Loft model that has appealed to our space-efficient tendencies, offering nearly anyone a stylish means of adding a turntable without worrying about where to fit it. Their latest release celebrates their 2nd anniversary with an <a href="https://wrensilva.com/collections/stereo-record-hifi-consoles/products/black-tiger-ltd-edition"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">ebonized American White Oak finish system</a> announced with an <em>extremely</em> limited run.
The limited edition ebonized Loft will only see a run of 100 units before being retired. Wrensilva kept the Loft’s compact size intact (28″W x 33″H x 18″D), alongside the 300 watts per channel delivered by the company’s own Wrensilva Class D output amp (featuring IcePower by Bang & Olufsen). Sonos WiFi mesh streaming adds an easy way for existing Sonos users to incorporate vinyl into
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Mui Proposes a Calmer, Peaceful Approach to IoT

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/mui-a-calmer-peaceful-approach-to-iot/mui-iot-7/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/mui-iOT-7-810x400.jpg" alt="Mui Proposes a Calmer, Peaceful Approach to IoT" /></a>
                                Even before the mass adoption of mobile devices and IoT devices, technologists were already envisioning how to design technologies to evade the sense of unease caused by an invasive relationship with our devices. Written by two Xerox PARC scientists in 1995, <a href="http://people.csail.mit.edu/rudolph/Teaching/weiser.pdf"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">&#8220;Designing Calm Technology&#8221;</a> laid the groundwork for technologies operating in our periphery without the constant invasiveness we&#8217;ve sadly become accustomed to living with today. A Japanese team of technologists seem to have taken the message to heart, designing <a href="https://mui.jp/#en"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">mui</a>, an organic interactive interface equipped to allow us to stay calm and carry on without disconnecting.
Designed to soften the “noise” of a perpetually connected modern life, mui proposes a calmer flow of information invited into the home, integrating both a tactile and visual interface hidden into a 14.2″ length of sanded sycamore, cherry, maple or ash wood. Unlike other smart home devices, the wall mounted panel of
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Friday Five with Oliver Heilmer

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/friday-five-with-oliver-heilmer/f5-oliver-heilmer-0-headshot/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/F5-Oliver-Heilmer-0-headshot-810x540.jpg" alt="Friday Five with Oliver Heilmer" /></a>
                                <em>Munich-born <a href="https://design-milk.com/listen-to-episode-52-of-clever-oliver-heilmer/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Oliver Heilmer</a> is a car designer that grew up fascinated with auto design, especially tractors from his grandmother&#8217;s farm. His passion led him to study at design schools in Munich and Pforzheim before kicking off his professional career with the BMW Group&#8217;s Advanced Design team in 2000. Right out of the gate, he cut his teeth heading up the design of the BMW 5 Series before being promoted to BMW&#8217;s Head of Interior Design in 2013, a spot he held for 3 years. A move to Los Angeles in 2016 brought a change of scenery as well as a new role as the President of Designworks, a BMW Group Subsidiary where he oversaw the design teams of the North America, Europe, and Asia studios, along with the company&#8217;s strategy. Just over a year ago, he landed back in Munich after being appointed the Head of <a href="https://www.bmwgroup.com/en/brands-and-services/mini.html"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">MINI</a> Design where he&#8217;s <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-357801" src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/F5-Oliver-Heilmer-1-family-810x1080.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="1080" srcset="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/F5-Oliver-Heilmer-1-family-810x1080.jpg 810w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/F5-Oliver-Heilmer-1-family-800x1067.jpg 800w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/F5-Oliver-Heilmer-1-family-768x1024.jpg 768w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/F5-Oliver-Heilmer-1-family-500x667.jpg 500w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/F5-Oliver-Heilmer-1-family.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>
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Sonos Play:5 Beastie Boys Edition Brings on the Ill Communication

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/sonos-play5-beastie-boys-edition/sonos_play5_beastieboys_extended/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/Sonos_Play5_BeastieBoys_Extended-810x540.jpg" alt="Sonos Play:5 Beastie Boys Edition Brings on the Ill Communication" /></a>
                                In its original monochromatic matte black or white iterations, the <a href="https://design-milk.com/sonos-play5-simplicity-born-conflict/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Sonos Play:5</a> was designed to live within the home with a minimalist and understated presence. The limited edition <a href="https://www.sonos.com/en-us/limited-edition/beastie-boys-play-5"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Sonos Play:5 Beastie Boys Edition</a> is something entirely different, landing with a bolder and graphic refresh by way of San Francisco-based artist, Barry McGee.
Renowned for his visual bouillabaisse of West Coast graffiti, typography, and found object mix media installments, artist Barry McGee takes a simpler and graphic approach with the Play:5, using the speaker grille as a blank canvas for a bespoke linear typeface created just for the Beastie Boys. McGee’s past work shows a similar affinity for red lines. All proceeds from sales of this limited edition will be donated to support Peace Sisters and Little Kids Rock in the name of the Adam Yauch Foundation.
Beastie Boys always adapted their style to each moment, and the albums get better with time.
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Sonos Play:5 Beastie Boys Edition Brings on the Ill Communication

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/sonos-play5-beastie-boys-edition/sonos_play5_beastieboys_extended/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/Sonos_Play5_BeastieBoys_Extended-810x540.jpg" alt="Sonos Play:5 Beastie Boys Edition Brings on the Ill Communication" /></a>
                                In its original monochromatic matte black or white iterations, the <a href="https://design-milk.com/sonos-play5-simplicity-born-conflict/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Sonos Play:5</a> was designed to live within the home with a minimalist and understated presence. The limited edition <a href="https://www.sonos.com/en-us/limited-edition/beastie-boys-play-5"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Sonos Play:5 Beastie Boys Edition</a> is something entirely different, landing with a bolder and graphic refresh by way of San Francisco-based artist, Barry McGee.
Renowned for his visual bouillabaisse of West Coast graffiti, typography, and found object mix media installments, artist Barry McGee takes a simpler and graphic approach with the Play:5, using the speaker grille as a blank canvas for a bespoke linear typeface created just for the Beastie Boys. McGee’s past work shows a similar affinity for red lines. All proceeds from sales of this limited edition will be donated to support Peace Sisters and Little Kids Rock in the name of the Adam Yauch Foundation.
Beastie Boys always adapted their style to each moment, and the albums get better with time.
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At Prague’s Signal Festival 2018, a Historic City Is Seen in Modern Light

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/at-pragues-signal-festival-2018-a-historic-city-is-seen-in-modern-light/signal-2018_filip_obr_8/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/SIGNAL-2018_Filip_Obr_8-810x540.jpg" alt="At Prague&#8217;s Signal Festival 2018, a Historic City Is Seen in Modern Light" /></a>
                                Earlier this month we traveled to <a href="https://www.signalfestival.com/en/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Signal Festival</a>, the largest cultural event in the Czech Republic, and it&#8217;s not just light art enthusiasts that flock to Prague for this once-a-year event, now in its 6th edition. Signal Festival is to the Czech Republic what Carnival is to Brazil: it&#8217;s a way (albeit nascent for now) for a small nation to come together to observe, appreciate and play in the capital city&#8217;s streets and urban spaces.

Photo by Dusan Vondra

This year’s festival took place along three routes: Centrum (the historic city centre), Vinohrady and Karlin. For four evenings, historic sites, palaces and national libraries were transformed by light into modern design installations. For a first time visitor such as myself, it was a rather practical and ideal way to experience a new city and the secret places it holds. Without any notion of where to go and what to
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Joe Doucet Designs for the Future of Dining with 3D Printed Hybrid Vessels

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/joe-doucet-designs-for-the-future-of-dining-with-3d-printed-hybrid-vessels/joe-doucet-tablescapes-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/Joe-Doucet-Tablescapes-1-810x578.jpg" alt="Joe Doucet Designs for the Future of Dining with 3D Printed Hybrid Vessels" /></a>
                                New York designer <a href="http://joedoucet.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Joe Doucet</a> was commissioned by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum to participate in an exhibition that explores dining experiences in different times called <a href="https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2018/10/05/cooper-hewitt-presents-tablescapes-designs-for-dining/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">&#8220;Tablescapes: Designs for Dining&#8221;</a>. Along with Mary Ping, Doucet was asked to imagine the future of dining where speed and efficiency are key, as well as factoring how space is decreasing with approximately one billion people added to the population every 10 years. With that information in hand, he designed a <a href="http://joedoucet.com/index/#/tablescapes/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">collection</a> of hybrid vessels that can be used for cooking, serving, and food storage, thereby cutting down on the need for lots of extra kitchen items that not only cost money but require potable water to wash them.
Each piece in the Tablescapes collection is 3D printed, including the cutlery which can be customized in scale and handedness (left or right handed) for additional practicality. The multifunctional vessels have lids that can double as
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Joe Doucet Designs for the Future of Dining with 3D Printed Hybrid Vessels

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/joe-doucet-designs-for-the-future-of-dining-with-3d-printed-hybrid-vessels/joe-doucet-tablescapes-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/Joe-Doucet-Tablescapes-1-810x578.jpg" alt="Joe Doucet Designs for the Future of Dining with 3D Printed Hybrid Vessels" /></a>
                                New York designer <a href="http://joedoucet.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Joe Doucet</a> was commissioned by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum to participate in an exhibition that explores dining experiences in different times called <a href="https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2018/10/05/cooper-hewitt-presents-tablescapes-designs-for-dining/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">&#8220;Tablescapes: Designs for Dining&#8221;</a>. Along with Mary Ping, Doucet was asked to imagine the future of dining where speed and efficiency are key, as well as factoring how space is decreasing with approximately one billion people added to the population every 10 years. With that information in hand, he designed a <a href="http://joedoucet.com/index/#/tablescapes/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">collection</a> of hybrid vessels that can be used for cooking, serving, and food storage, thereby cutting down on the need for lots of extra kitchen items that not only cost money but require potable water to wash them.
Each piece in the Tablescapes collection is 3D printed, including the cutlery which can be customized in scale and handedness (left or right handed) for additional practicality. The multifunctional vessels have lids that can double as
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Hightower’s Elemental Collection Aims to Change How We Work

                                <em>The following post is brought to you by <a href="https://hightoweraccess.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hightower</a>. Our partners are hand picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.</em>
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/hightowers-elemental-collection-aims-to-change-how-we-work/hightower-linden-table-kona-perch-seating-teton-round-table-kona-pouf/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/Hightower-Linden-table-Kona-Perch-seating-Teton-round-table-Kona-Pouf-810x540.jpg" alt="Hightower&#8217;s Elemental Collection Aims to Change How We Work" /></a>
                                When envisioning work environments of the future, there&#8217;s a tendency to limit discussions framed mostly in accordance to &#8220;Internet of Things&#8221; technologies – a top layer added onto and into spaces. But there&#8217;s also a concurrent evolution happening right now in furniture, with the industry anticipating the functions and flexibility required of digital workspace, thoughtfully <em>and </em>aesthetically. The Elemental Collection by <a href="https://hightoweraccess.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hightower</a> exemplifies the migration away from yesterday&#8217;s yawn-inducing tropes of &#8220;office furniture,&#8221; infusing an approachable modern aesthetic facilitating connectivity and connection within the workspace with a rare attention to shape, texture, and color.
Building upon the foundation of their most recent 2018 Spring/Summer Collection, the origins of the Elemental Collection bring together talented designers from Copenhagen to California, all unified by a soothing
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SOL Motors Pocket Rocket Is a 50mph Urban “Noped”

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/sol-motors-pocket-rocket-is-a-50mph-urban-noped/sol-motors-noped-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/Sol-Motors-Noped-1-810x530.jpg" alt="SOL Motors Pocket Rocket Is a 50mph Urban &#8220;Noped&#8221;" /></a>
                                If you&#8217;ve ever wondered what it would be like riding on top of a bazooka, look no further than the <a href="http://sol-motors.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Sol Motors Pocket Rocket</a>, an aggressively styled &#8220;noped&#8221; hailing from Stuttgart engineered to rocket forward at speeds up to 50mph powered by an 8.5hp electric motor.
Making its official debut at the INTERMOT International Motorcycle Fair in Cologne, the SOL Motors Pocket Rocket’s unusual large aluminum tube design is functionally driven, encompassing the noped’s removable 220V battery power source and an internal computer compatible with both iOS and Android apps. Each end is capped by LED lights: a 6-bulb headlamp up front, and a circular array of rear brake lights and turn signals in the rear. The design is reminiscent of Vanmoof e-bicycles, sharing a similar large tubular top tube design, exaggerated even further into artillery-sized proportions. Hydraulic braking system with regenerative brakes helps this compact personal vehicle eke out a range of up
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