Scholten & Baijings Design Grid Knit Cushions for by TextielMuseum

Scholten & Baijings Design Grid Knit Cushions for by TextielMuseum

Scholten & Baijings have collaborated with label by TextielMuseum on a collection of cushions featuring an eye-popping, grid-like pattern. The Dutch design duo created the Grid Knit pillows with their signature style of visually enticing colors and geometric patterns made using the computerized knitting machines at the TextielLab. The colorful ‘grids,’ which kind of resemble a chain link fence, are made from various colors, including fluorescent ones, that are knitted onto soft 100% merino wool that makes up the pillows.

Since the label had worked with the designers before, they invited them back and the cushions will be a part of the ‘Simply Scandinavian – Nordic Design 1945-2018’ exhibition. The Grid Knit pillows come in four color ways and in two sizes, and will be available in October at the TextielShop in the museum, online, and various international shops.

Photo by Freudenthal Verhagen commissioned by TextielMuseum

Photos by Tommy de Lange commissioned by TextielMuseum, except where noted.

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Friday Five with Jeff Johnson of The Arrivals

Friday Five with Jeff Johnson of The Arrivals

This week’s Friday Five lands us in New York City, spotlighting Jeff Johnson who began his career as an architect after earning a BA in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a M.Arch with honors from Pratt Institute. After his schooling, he headed to the Netherlands for four years heading up large scale commercial projects in Europe and Asia, specifically the HVA Amsterdam and The Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore. Johnson’s architecture career has landed him at prominent architecture firms including UNStudio, ASYMPTOTE, and MESH, all preparing him for his current venture as the Creative Director and Co-Founder of The Arrivals. Johnson launched the NYC-based outerwear brand along with Kal Vepuri in Fall 2013 after his searches for design-focused outerwear that could stand up to multiple Amsterdam winters came up short. Once he landed back in NYC, he gathered a team of people and set out to break the mold of traditional, boring outerwear that does nothing but shield you from the elements. They launched the first collection in Fall 2014 via their online-only model featuring architecturally-inspired pieces that yield the same high-end quality found in brick-and-mortar stores. Each piece is thoughtfully designed with a strong focus on both form and function. Read on to see what he lists as five of his favorite things.

1. Braun FP 30 film projector:
Before I knew his name or implications on the functional design movement as a whole, my fascination for Dieter Rams and BRAUN products was absolute. Growing up in the mid-80s, I remember watching family films from this futuristic looking piece of equipment that was part movie projector, and surely part time machine. I loved everything about it, from the use of brushed aluminum to its ability to instantaneously project images from the past with elegant ease through its two oversized retro-futuristic reel-to-reel tape mechanisms. Coining the term “Less but Better,” the understanding of restraint and expression in Braun’s work fascinated me early on and continues to inspire my design approach toward creating function driven products with an element of wonder.

Photo courtesy of hyponik

2. Trouw Amsterdam
Anyone that has spent time working within a prominent international architecture firm understands that hours can be demanding, with late nights turning into later mornings and weekends disappearing completely. Having spent four years at UNStudio, Amsterdam, finding a counterbalance to blow off a little design-steam was imperative and came in the form of underground shows at Trouw, the abandoned newspaper factory turned 24-hour Deep House music venue located in East Amsterdam. Everything about this venue screamed gritty European house scene, from the echoed reverberation of the sound system on the bare concrete walls, to the eclectic swaths of Amsterdam’s youth, synchronously bobbing their blonde heads to each indiscernible track. Like all things too good to be true, the venue was eventually shut down, but for a few sweet years provided myself and countless others with a little glimpse of Amsterdam’s experimental music scene.

Photo by Anthony Little

3. Cycling
I began racing road bikes when I moved out to Boulder in 2001 to attend the Environmental Design program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Shortly after moving to the “other” mile-high city, I quickly picked up my first road bike and immediately caught the cycling bug. For four plus years, be it sun, rain or snow, I spent nearly every day-lit hour on that saddle, often spending 4-6 hours in some sort of pain induced rhythmic trance, riding through the rolling foothills of the rocky mountains. Graduating in 2005, the twists and turns of Colorado’s highways feel like a lifetime ago, yet they left me with a deep appreciation for the therapeutic simplicity and quiet focus of endurance sport. Cycling remains my moment of zen where I find a calm contrast from the craziness of everyday life.

Photo © Ezra Stoller/Esto

4. Marcel Breuer, Architect
Whether you find his work to be inspiring or intimidating, Marcel Breuer has undeniably shaped the perception of modern architecture. Typified by his heavy-handed concrete works of the Brutalist Era, Breuer’s work speaks to his unyielding ability to challenge familiar vernaculars with modern building materials. For me, his bold design philosophy reminds me that every project is a manifestation of its time, place and purpose.

5. Weekend Warrior
Admitted weekend warriors, my wife Lotte and I booked a long weekend trip to Morocco while living in Amsterdam. Upon our arrival in Marrakech, we immediately decided to hop into a grand taxi (posh name for vintage Mercedes taxi with wooden doors) and make the trek up to Imlil, as small outpost as the base of the High-Atlas mountains in Northern Morocco. 30km into our 2-day hike and completely out of our element, our tour guide smirked at my wife and I asking us what we did for a living, as if to inquire, what the hell are these two lanky folks doing on a 12,000ft glacier in jeans and Nike Fly-Knits. I was lucky enough to find my partner in crime while living in Amsterdam, and feel extremely blessed to share our weekend adventures with each other, giving us a little perspective on the bigger picture and our small part in it.

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A Modern, Modular Extension Added to a Weatherboard House in Melbourne

A Modern, Modular Extension Added to a Weatherboard House in Melbourne

Around the back of a weatherboard house in Melbourne is a new, two-story modular extension, named Ivanhoe, designed by Modscape to transform the lives of the homeowners. Instead of moving to a new house to meet their needs, the growing family chose to add the light-filled extension that visually connects the interior with the private backyard.

Floor-to-ceiling windows offer unobstructed views of the landscaped yard and neighboring trees. The dining room benefits from cornerless sliding glass doors that make it feel like you’re eating outside.

The extension is clad in sustainably-sourced Blackbutt wood and Colorbond Diversaclad which result in a beautiful contrast that’s elevated by the curved battened screen. Besides adding modern character to the home, it provides shade from the sun, as well as privacy for the upstairs master suite.

A new, double-height entryway was created in the middle of the home right between the new and existing parts of the house. A circular skylight above fills the open staircase with daylight.

The large, minimalist kitchen has a similar feel to the black and wood exterior but with additional white surfaces for a lighter feel. The open layout allows the entire family to interact even while doing different tasks

The extension was constructed within a factory to avoid disrupting the clients more than necessary. When it was complete, they moved out for just four weeks so Modscape could come in and demo and prepare the original house for the module installations, which only took one day!

The project incorporated lots of eco-friendly solutions, like solar passive heating and cross ventilation, double glazed windows, extra insulation, a 2,000L rainwater tank, energy-efficient lighting, water efficient fixtures, reverse cycle heating and cooling, and a gas fireplace.

Photography by John Madden, courtesy of BowerBird.

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Keep Cool + Hydrated with Society6’s New Can Coolers

Keep Cool + Hydrated with Society6’s New Can Coolers

We still have another two and a half months before the official end of summer – consider this your wake-up call to finally make time to head to the beach if you’ve been putting it off! To make sure you’re staying cool and hydrated during these warmer months, Society6 launched can coolers to keep your drinks ice cold when you’re on the go!

With their wrap-around artwork and double-walled stainless steel construction, these coolers are both eye-catching and practical. Just drop your 12oz can in, twist on the plastic top, and sip until finished. I would use them even if I’m not heading outside (I have a tendency to forget I have an opened cold drink and only realize it when it’s turned lukewarm, yuck) and they make a great addition to throw into any goody bag you’re making for parties! Here are a few of my favorite can cooler designs that look cool (pun absolutely intended) next to the pool or on your desk:


malibu coast / california by mauikauai

Indigo Plant Leaves by PrintsProject

Zest by Florent Bodart / Speakerine

Ocean by Morgan Schilke

TOUCAN tropical toucans by Magic Dreams

Beachfront palm tree soft pastel sunset graphic by LebensART

Summertime by swanderfulthings

Rainbow ray by Picomodi

Palm Leaves Green Vibes #4 #tropical #decor #art #society6 by Anita’s & Bella’s Art

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Louis Poulsen Celebrates 60 Years of a Modernist Classic

Louis Poulsen Celebrates 60 Years of a Modernist Classic

Few designs have endured with such quiet visibility as Louis Poulsen’s PH 5. Its unmistakable silhouette is often seen in homes modern and traditional, in universities and libraries across the globe, and always seems to find a place within the newest restaurants and most luxe hotels. Movie and television cameos are frequent. In the pantheon of lighting, undoubtedly one or two PH 5s would be found glowing overhead.

In celebration of the design’s 60th anniversary, Louis Poulsen invited Design Milk to tour their factory in Vejen, Jutland, Denmark, affording us the opportunity to learn more about the light’s storied past, relevant present, and the planned future of the company’s most popular lighting design…with even a chance to build one.

The five-shade PH 5’s immutable cultural presence can be attributed to its perfect realization of form serving function, a 100% glare-free light emitting evenly both downward and laterally, with a recognizably agreeable presence whether on or off. Just as diamonds are traditionally associated in celebration of a 60th anniversary – a matrimonial symbol of enduring permanence – beyond a few structural tweaks and the addition of several fashionable updates to colors, Poul Henningsen’s 1958 design has remained mostly unchanged in its six decades of existence.

Stills from “Philosophy of light”, a recording with Poul Henningsen explaining the philosophy behind his lighting designs.

Henningsen’s obsession with glare-free lighting eventually led the architect-turned-designer to adopt a scientific approach to the challenge. A logarithmic spiral became the foundation of his solution to diffuse light evenly while softening the degree of shadows produced within its proximity, with each shade measured in diameter and curvature designed for this purpose. His research also resulted in the addition of small red and blue shades inserted to supplement the color in the part of the spectrum where the eye is least sensitive – the red and blue areas – subduing the light in the most sensitive areas of vision, specifically the middle yellow-green range.

Henningsen’s other iconic light unveiled the same year – the significantly larger PH Artichoke pendant – shares a similarly engineered anti-glare form, but purposely requires 72 adjustable leaves to achieve the same feat succinctly realized with just five shades in the PH 5. In either case, no matter the type of bulb installed, the light diffuses with a uniform and flattering reach, the hallmarks of all PH lights.

Our tour began within the multi-story Louis Poulsen Copenhagen office and showroom, where Poul Henningsen’s influence and profile still glows throughout.

The PH 5 pendant has been refreshed over the years with a contemporary range of colors, alongside the addition of the PH 5 Mini.

Verner Panton’s Panthella Table, another Louis Poulsen classic, emits a similar soft and indirect light to Henningsen’s light, though obviously benefitting from its table bound application.

An earlier predecessor to the PH 5, the PH 3 ½-2 ½ Table lamp (shown here in a contemporary finish) was designed in 1928 with Henningsen’s three-shade system. The design set the groundwork for the development of future PH designs.

An array of original wooden production tools on display at the Louis Poulsen showroom in Copenhagen.

It’s one thing to digest the historical context of a design as a presentation, a wholly different experience to witness the manufacturing process in person. With this in mind, the Louis Poulsen team transferred us from the center of Copenhagen and across to the the bucolic peninsula of Jutland to Vejen to their manufacturing and packaging facilities. There we’d meet the production team responsible for shaping metal, glass, and cord into the iconic profile of the PH 5 light and numerous other lights and lamps.

Spinning aluminum shades of the PH 5 requires precise attention partnered with a great deal of physical strength necessary to wield the large tools factory artisans use to scrape away layers of metal.

Tools are personalized to each individual task, and also by/for its user.

A noticeable deal of care and craftsmanship remains at the heart of the Louis Poulsen manufacturing culture; in contrast to the artisan approach to assembly, the logistical system in place within the factory is mechanized and computerized for optimal production schedules and delivery.

The tour eventually concluded with one of the Louis Poulsen assembly line team showing off their dexterous assembly skills, transforming individual components into a light ready to package and ship in just a few minutes.

We wish the same could be said during our attempt to assemble a PH 5 ourselves. The process requires a great deal of finessing individual parts in coordination of one another, all without scratching or bending parts that tend to move in reaction to a push or pull. Eventually under the guidance of a skilled assembler, we completed a single pendant in the same amount of time 10+ are readied.

We were told Poul Henningsen’s motivation for designing the PH 5 was to create a light adaptable to then still emerging technology of incandescent bulbs, an idea which seems apropos today as lighting migrates toward LEDs. With its soft shadows and glare-free illumination, the PH 5 remains as relevant today as then, prepared to serve a new generation who may consciously or unconsciously appreciate the light’s flattering output while snapping a selfie or a food photo under the lamp’s iconic glow.

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Soma Launches Brew Bottle for Coffee and Tea on the Go

Soma Launches Brew Bottle for Coffee and Tea on the Go

Soma, the masters of sustainable water filtration, just introduced their first product for coffee and tea drinkers. Since a lot of people can’t live without a coffee or tea in their hand, Soma designed the 12 oz. all-in-one Brew Bottle as a way for the average person to make expert brews at home or at the office, and then take it on the go with them.

The Brew Bottle is made from BPA-free, double-wall borosilicate glass that helps maintain the temperatures of both hot and cold beverages. The reusable bottle is outfitted with a stainless steel filter that can be positioned in two ways – one for pour over brewing and the other for immersion brewing. The mesh filter prevents coffee and tea sediment from entering your brew while letting natural aromatics through for the perfect taste.

The best part is that it all happens within the same portable bottle, whether you want to brew your favorite pour over, cold brew, or tea. If you want hot coffee or tea, add your favorite coffee grounds or loose leaf tea and fill with hot water. If you’re more of a cold brew person, combine coffee grounds with water in the Brew Bottle and then refrigerate overnight. For iced tea drinkers, brew your tea and then stick it in the fridge until you’re ready to drink.

The Soma Brew Bottle can be purchased here.

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HODINA x Minimalissimo Unisex Minimalist Watch

HODINA x Minimalissimo Unisex Minimalist Watch

HODINA x Minimalissimo have created a unisex minimalist watch that will have a limited production run of 300 timepieces. HODINA, which means “hour” in Ukranian, was started by a watch repair specialist starting at the age of 18.

Minimalissimo, an established magazine dedicated to minimalism in design, wanted to create a timepiece that reflects both the brand’s minimalism ideology with Minimalissimo’s distinctive design influence. The watch case design is inspired by a smooth rock that you would find at the shore of an ocean.

The brushed dial is inspired by raw industrial steel materials, and feature contrasting white on black hands to highlight was is most important; time and date. The bands are constructed of fine Italian leather, and the case is made of sapphire glass.

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