Iris Ceramica Group opens first UK showroom in London’s Clerkenwell

Iris Ceramica opens first UK showroom in London's Clerkenwell


Dezeen promotion: Italian ceramic tile manufacturer Iris Ceramica Group has transformed an office space in Clerkenwell, London, into its first showroom in the UK. Read more


Soho House launches interiors collection Soho Home in the US

Soho Home Launches in the US


Membership club Soho House has launched a range of furniture and homeware in the US so that fans of its interior decor can deck their home’s in the same fashion. Read more


Eny Lee Parker presents “lumpy and imperfect” homeware at ICFF 2019

First Hand Collection Part Two by Eny Lee Parker at ICFF New York


Brooklyn designer Eny Lee Parker’s latest homeware includes a mirror that looks like “dripping pancake batter” and donut-like lamps. Read more


Eny Lee Parker presents “lumpy and imperfect” homeware at ICFF 2019

First Hand Collection Part Two by Eny Lee Parker at ICFF New York


Brooklyn designer Eny Lee Parker’s latest homeware includes a mirror that looks like “dripping pancake batter” and donut-like lamps. Read more


Assemble’s Granby Workshop creates slip cast tableware using modular moulds

Granby Workshop ceramics


Granby Workshop, the social enterprise set up by Turner Prize-winning architecture collective Assemble, has launched a range of slip cast vessels as part of London Craft Week. Read more


Neenineen Studio’s Totally Tubular Ceramics Celebrate Cannabis and Caffeine

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/neenineen-studios-ceramics-pipes/neenineen_product_0091/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/04/neenineen_product_0091-810x540.jpg" alt="Neenineen Studio&#8217;s Totally Tubular Ceramics Celebrate Cannabis and Caffeine" /></a>
                                It was while perusing a small curated selection of wares displayed at the newly opened <a href="http://artsdistrictfirehouse.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Firehouse Hotel</a> gift shop in the Los Angeles Arts District when we came upon a tangle of totally tubular creations. The elongated twisting and squiggly shapes, coupled with a playful eye for color combinations elicited the inquiry, &#8220;Who made these?&#8221;

Under the moniker of Neenineen Studio, Los Angeles designer Ninon Choplin hand crafts a selection of ceramic creations colorfully celebrating the joys of caffeine and cannabis.

“When I started playing around with ideas for a new pipe design I got really inspired by old school water park slides. I love the super twisty multicolor ones,” remarks Choplin about the offbeat designs, “You look at them and instantly get a smile on your face and feel like a kid again. That’s the feeling I wanted people to have when they look at one of my

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Old Ceramic Society of Coimbra celebrates its 18th-century structure

8 Succulent Planters to Get Your Indoor Garden Started

                                First we ventured into the world of low-maintenance indoor gardening by sharing some <a href="https://design-milk.com/self-watering-planters-that-will-help-you-get-a-green-thumb/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">self-watering planters</a> that inch you closer to that glorious green thumb. Now we&#8217;re taking it from low-maintenance to almost no maintenance by dipping into the succulent world. You&#8217;d have to be hiding under a rock not to have noticed the popularity of these drought-tolerant plants. They&#8217;re small, making them perfect for apartment living and they&#8217;re easy to keep alive. They&#8217;re also apparently Instagram-worthy as the hashtag &#8216;succulents&#8217; has over seven million photos! Don&#8217;t just scroll through IG looking at them though – head out to your local plant shop and buy some. Once you have the plants, you have to find cool planters which might be as important as the plant itself. We&#8217;re making your life easier by rounding up 8 modern pots and planters for your favorite new plants to live.
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                                1. <a href="https://lightandladder.com/products/walnut-hex-spora"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hex Spora &#8211; Ceramic <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/design-milk/~4/-ynxcqEXZXU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/></div><!--more--> Walnut Trio by Light + Ladder</a> 2. <a href="https://www.wyattlittle.com/store/congruent-planter"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Congruent Planter by Wyatt Little</a> 3. <a href="https://concretelove.com/collections/concrete-terrazzo-planters/products/concrete-terrazzo-planter-1?variant=6877507846189"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Flecked Concrete Terrazzo Planter from Concrete Love</a> 4. <a href="http://www.andrewmolleur.com/goods/esdg8ur9vdq4vknwk4sb157ukjfkgb"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Tripod Planter by Andrew Molleur</a> 5. <a href="https://omceramic.com/collections/featured-collection/products/mono-pattern-on-speckle-planter"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mono Pattern on Speckle Planter in Blue by O-M Studio</a> 6. <a href="https://www.the-citizenry.com/products/mekong-matte-black-planters"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mekong Planter by ZAKKIA for The Citizenry</a> 7. <a href="https://www.ahalife.com/product/149000004775/asymmetrical-hexagon-succulent-tillandsia-planter"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Asymmetrical Hexagon Succulent/Tillandsia Planter by Boyce Studio</a> 8. <a href="https://helenlevi.com/products/5pm-in-january-planter"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Magic Hour Planter by Helen Levi Ceramics</a>

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Mud Australia Celebrates 25 Years with Launch of All-Matte Finish

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/mud-australia-celebrates-25-years-with-launch-of-all-matte-finish/mud-matte-news_styling_violettekirton_photography_seamusphelan9/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/04/Mud-Matte-News_Styling_VioletteKirton_Photography_SeamusPhelan9-810x490.jpg" alt="Mud Australia Celebrates 25 Years with Launch of All-Matte Finish" /></a>
                                Acclaimed handmade porcelain brand <a href="http://mudaustralia.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mud Australia</a> is celebrating 25 years of making with the introduction of an all-matte finish during Salone de Mobile, their first-ever debut at the show. They partnered with <a href="https://calicowallpaper.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Calico Wallpaper</a> and <a href="http://www.ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Ladies &amp; Gentlemen Studio</a> to create an installation, Still / Life, that provides an interactive experience exposing the senses to what lies between stillness and life. The handmade crafts of Calico Wallpaper and Ladies &amp; Gentlemen Studio, along with nature-inspired colors and shapes, paired nicely with the porcelain ceramics of Mud Australia and their timeless silhouettes and organic calmness.

Mud primarily showcased their new series of matte porcelain that offers a more durable finish for commercial use and features an earthy aesthetic through a palette of ink, sand, steel, citrus and milk. The new all-matte finish interplays beautifully with Mud’s minimal aesthetic to showoff the timeless design and functionality of their pieces.

“We’re thrilled to make

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Malou Palmqvist’s sculptures defy the “fundamental laws of nature”

Malou Palmqvist Vases


Geometric shapes balance precariously atop misshapen forms in this abstract sculpture series by Swedish designer Malou Palmqvist. Read more


Joachim Fritschy & Yann Bommelaer – House renovation, Thonex…

Joachim Fritschy & Yann Bommelaer – House renovation, Thonex 2017. Photos © Alan Hasoo

Four Designers Explain Why Ukrainian Carpets and Crafts Could Be the Next Big Thing

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/four-designers-explain-why-ukrainian-carpets-and-crafts-could-be-the-next-big-thing/l1038170/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/02/L1038170-810x539.jpg" alt="Four Designers Explain Why Ukrainian Carpets and Crafts Could Be the Next Big Thing" /></a>
                                Ukraine&#8217;s design scene opened its doors to a group of journalists and design experts for the very first time in an expedition organized by Victoria Yakusha of <a href="http://faina.design/en"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FAINA</a> collection. Yakusha invited Roberto Baciocchi, legendary architect for Prada&#8217;s stores and an interior designer and art curator; Anna Lina Leno of <a href="https://annaleena.se/studio"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Annaleena Studio</a>; Madeline Asplund of <a href="http://asplundklingstedtinterior.se/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Asplund Klingsted Interior</a>; and Laura Snood of <em>ICON Magazine</em>, to experience the unique technologies used to make crafts in the Ukrainian countryside.

Ukraine Design Expedition

“While talking to my European colleagues at professional exhibitions in Milan, Paris, London and Stockholm, I realized how little they know about Ukraine and absolutely do not understand who we are. At the same time, I heard many times about the interest in booming Ukrainian contemporary design, as of something new that could soon set global trends,” Yakusha said.

Yakusha worried that these techniques were not being passed down,

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BNAG’s Body Buddies ceramics champion body diversity

BNAG’s surrealist Body Buddies ceramic collection champions body diversity at Nomad St Moritz


German design studio BNAG encourages us to celebrate our flaws with a collection of lumpy nose vases and pink nipple clocks, exhibited as part of this year’s Nomad collectible design fair. Read more


Donut Pipes by John Quick are designed for smoking cannabis

Donut Pipes by John Quick


College graduate John Quick has created a collection of donut-shaped pipes, with ceramic glazes to resemble frosting, for smoking marijuana. Read more


Terracotta tiles create shelves in Kengo Kuma-designed Camper store in Barcelona

Camper store in Barcelona, designed by Kengo Kuma


Concave terracotta tiles form a scallop pattern across the walls of this Barcelona shop, which Kengo Kuma has designed for footwear brand Camper. Read more


Overglazed: The Sculpture of Brian Rochefort

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/overglazed-the-sculpture-of-brian-rochefort/brian_rochefort_van_dorn_waxter_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/01/Brian_Rochefort_Van_Dorn_Waxter_01-810x725.jpg" alt="Overglazed: The Sculpture of Brian Rochefort" /></a>
                                <a href="https://brianrochefort.net/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Brian Rochefort&#8217;s</a> sculptures are an explosion of clay, texture, and color. His latest works are on view in New York at <a href="https://www.vandorenwaxter.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Van Doren Waxter</a> in an exhibition titled <a href="https://www.vandorenwaxter.com/exhibitions/brian-rochefort2"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">“2030”</a>.

Tulipe, 2018

Installation, Brian Rochefort “2030” at Van Doren Waxter, New York

Rochefort’s process involves firing, glazing, breaking, rebuilding, and RE-glazing ceramic vessels multiple times until, in his words: “as many glazes as possible until I can’t fire anymore.”

A distinct visual element of Rochefort’s work (beyond the chaos of glaze layers) is a smooth color gradient on each vessel, achieved with an airbrush on one of the final layers. Also worth noticing are the globs or streams of melted glass that drip down a few of the craggled forms.

Clam, 2018 (detail)

Born in 1985, Brian Rochefort grew up in Rhode Island and attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) before moving to Los Angeles where he

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Flensted Mouritzen adapt heritage plaster technique to make sculptural Revolve objects

Flensted Mouritzen adapt heritage plaster technique to make sculptures


Danish design studio Flensted Mouritzen has created a running mould machine that makes sculptural plaster objects with mottled surfaces. Read more


Brexit mug by Lee Cartledge is completely useless

Brexit mug

North Yorkshire potter Lee Cartledge has designed a commemorative Brexit mug that cannot be used and therefore “sums up the whole Brexit negotiations”. Read more

Ceramicist Reiko Kaneko creates flavour-boosting plate collection

Ceramicist Reiko Kaneko creates flavour-boosting plate collection

Reiko Kaneko’s plates for applicant manufacturer Neff explore how the colour, shape, texture and weight of crockery can intensify perceptions of flavour. Read more

Artek and Heath present limited-edition tiled furniture in 1960s setting

A fictional meeting between Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and American ceramicist Edith Heath formed the basis of a collaboration that combines their designs, displayed in an installation by LA studio The Archers. Read more