Author: Danti

Listen to Episode 46 of Clever: Joe Gebbia

Listen to Episode 46 of Clever: Joe Gebbia

In this episode of Clever, Jaime and Amy talk to Designer, entrepreneur, and Airbnb co-founder, Joe Gebbia, who was known as the “art guy” in grade school when he started his first business selling illustrations of Ninja Turtles. Then, while pursuing dual design degrees, he founded his first legit startup with RISD’s basketball team, The Balls. Now as the leader of innovation and ideation at Airbnb he’s focused on exploring new attitudes of sharing and trust. Oh, and don’t tell him he can’t do something. He will go to extremes to prove you wrong. Listen:

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from Design MilkDesign Milk https://design-milk.com/listen-to-episode-46-of-clever-joe-gebbia/

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A Family House in Givatayim by THISISIT Architecture & Design

A Family House in Givatayim by THISISIT Architecture & Design

Spanning 150 square meters, the GV House was bought by a young family looking to update the early 1980s residence located in Givatayim, Israel. They hired THISISIT Architecture & Design to handle the renovation that involved designing an interior that better worked for their lifestyle.

The couple’s goal was to use materials that would respect the integrity of the house while also giving it a fresh update. A brass faucet and baseboard in the kitchen were used to match the thin brass bars that were installed within the terrazzo floors and concrete stairs like grout. The black cabinets and countertops offer a modern contrast to the brass details.

Just off the kitchen is an enclosed sunroom that captures lots of sunlight and leads to the backyard.

Brass furnishings bring a cohesive feel throughout the main floor.

The bathrooms also benefitted from brass detailing adding a polished finish to the newly updated spaces.

On the floor with the bedrooms, the terrazzo was replaced with warm wood floors to create a cozier feel.

Photos by Matan Katz.

from Design MilkDesign Milk https://design-milk.com/a-family-house-in-givatayim-by-thisisit-architecture-design/

Meet Jean-François Bussière of Atelier Bussière

Meet Jean-François Bussière of Atelier Bussière

At the 2018 IDS Toronto in January, we will again be sponsoring their Maker section, which helps give a platform to designers, makers and brands who are innovating, making a difference or creating design that betters our lives. The Maker section is perfect for businesses that have manufacturing capabilities, and are looking to expand distribution, and we are lucky to be part of the process of choosing them. We talked to Jean-François Bussière of Atelier Bussière:

Jean-François Bussière

How did you get into design and making?

Atelier Bussière has existed since 2010. Until 2016, with a team of 25 employees, we were manufacturing granite, marble and quartz countertops. Since we started manufacturing countertops in 2010, I always wanted to create and manufacture different objects and furniture with the stone slabs leftover that we were not able to reuse to manufacture into countertops. I could not accomplish this dream to create stone furniture and objects because we were extremely busy making the countertops that we were selling at that time. Last year, one of our competitors made us an offer to buy our list of employees, our list of clients, our order book and our slabs inventory. When the transaction was completed, I found myself alone with a workshop, different equipment to transform stone, tons of slabs leftover and this unique opportunity to start a new business where I can finally create what I always dreamed of: granite and marble objects and furniture!

How long has your design studio been in business and how has it changed over time?

Since the summer of 2016, I have been working on this wonderful project to transform Atelier Bussiere into a business that designs and creates cool and unique things with stone.

How many people work with you at Atelier Bussiere?

We are a small, amazing team of three, including myself.

As a small business owner, what are some of the challenges that you face?

My biggest challenge is on the sales side and recognition. It’s a second start for Atelier Bussière, so everything is new for me: new industry, new products, and new clients. My challenge is to let people know that we exist, and that we have some amazing products to propose! That’s the main reason why I am going to be in Toronto in January.

You say your products are hand-crafted. What kinds of techniques are you employing in building each piece and are you using any modern technologies?

Some products are manufactured with the help of a CNC that we own. But other products are 100% handmade. Mainly, we cut and polish the stone and we also glue stone pieces together to create, for example, the BOX table. We use a mix of technology and traditional techniques and tools to create our different design products.

How has modern technology (if at all) helped your business – either for manufacturing and/or marketing?

We have a CNC, so this piece of equipment gives us a huge capacity of production and helps us to cut stone in different shapes that we couldn’t do by hand. Efficacy, precisions and speed are what modern technology has brought to my business.

You work with many materials… What is your favorite material to work with?

Marble and granite, obviously! Like the uniqueness of each piece of stone that we cut in the workshop, every piece that we create is unique because every stone is unique.

What is the most challenging piece of furniture you’ve ever made and why was it so?

I always try to make a simple design that puts the beauty of stone first. There is no specific piece that comes to mind where I told myself: “no, I am not gonna be able to do it!” I think because I am new in the furniture business, I like to start with simple design and leave the spotlight on the stone. In the future I plan to be more ambitious and take more risks design-wise.

People are more and more interested to buy local, buy something meaningful and unique to live an experience; that’s what design can fulfill.

What piece will you be bringing to IDS Toronto in January?

The BOX table—the top of the table stand on four simple black metal legs and the top of the table is a box made of marble or granite. What I like about this piece is the stone looks light! Also, I’ll be bringing a few other pieces from my collection, specially different kind of tables.

What’s unique/interesting/different about Canadian design? In other words, what makes Canadian design, Canadian? 

From my humble point of view, Canadian design is not well known yet. But things change. People are more and more interested to buy local, buy something meaningful and unique to live an experience; that’s what design can fulfill. I think more Canadians appreciate the originality, the functionality, the innovation and the quality of Canadian design and that’s good news for all of us, because we create and fabricate some amazing Canadian furniture!

Visit Atelier Bussière online at atelierbussiere.com. Register for IDS Toronto here.

from Design MilkDesign Milk https://design-milk.com/meet-jean-francois-bussiere-of-atelier-bussiere/

Executive Objects: Minimalist Tabletop Objects That Follow a Specific Design Manifesto

Executive Objects: Minimalist Tabletop Objects That Follow a Specific Design Manifesto

Richard Clarkson Studio launched a new collection of homewares called Executive Objects that are made for the tabletop. The items in the collection follow a manifesto that stems from the studio’s design style and ideology, stating that each object must be:

1) minimal in style
2) geometric in form
3) honest in material
4) elegant in simplicity
5) sculptural to the core.

Check out this slightly meditative video to witness the attention to the tiniest of details:

Bloc is an unassuming brass square that opens bottles or can sit elegantly on your desk as a paperweight as it weighs about 15 oz (ideal for popping open a cold bottle at the end of the day).

Spoke is a flat pack fruit bowl that resembles a bike wheel as its design was inspired by the spoke-hub mechanism.

Poise is a self-balancing cement + brass candlestick holder that is both strong yet delicate when paired with a long candle, like a dancer en pointe.

Nodes are brass wall-hooks that can be installed independently or in multiple configurations (in rows, lines, asymmetric clusters) to fit what you choose to hang on your wall, like an art gallery.

Last but not least, Lean is a bookend that clamps to tabletops and only locks into place once books are leaned against it.

To purchase an item from the collection or to learn more, visit Richard Clarkson.

from Design MilkDesign Milk https://design-milk.com/executive-objects-minimalist-tabletop-objects-follow-specific-design-manifesto/

Stove: A Small, Functional Stool That’s Also Comfortable by Gabriel Tan

Stove: A Small, Functional Stool That’s Also Comfortable by Gabriel Tan

After spotting Stove at an exhibition in New York last year, Blå Station partnered with designer Gabriel Tan to add it to their collection. With people downsizing and smaller homes becoming more of the norm, the same can be said for restaurants and bars also, Tan asked himself, “What is the smallest functional chair, that could still be comfortable to sit on?” Seeking an answer, he explored the Shaker movement and came up with a three-legged chair that was inspired by the Shaker stove.

Not only does Stove solve the size problem by being fairly compact, it can also be hung on a peg or a rail (which Tan also designed) until it’s needed again, thereby saving space.

While teaching a summer class in 2012, Studio Gorm’s John and Wonhee Arndt shared with Tan their trips to the Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts. That led to a visit and a workshop plan that would invite designers to the village where they would design new products inspired by the Shaker movement. That workshop turned into an exhibition during New York Design Week, which is where Blå Station discovered Tan’s Stove design.

Photo by Erik Karlsson

Photo by Charlie Schuck

Photo by Studio Periphery

Photo by Studio Periphery

from Design MilkDesign Milk https://design-milk.com/stove-a-small-functional-stool-thats-also-comfortable-by-gabriel-tan/

The Making of Heath Clay Studio’s Design Series 5: Forming Fables

The Making of Heath Clay Studio’s Design Series 5: Forming Fables

Ceramicist and head of Heath Clay Studio (the experimentation division of Heath Ceramics), Tung Chiang, recently launched Design Series 5: Forming Fables, the fifth show that explores ideas with clay throughout an entire year. This year he chose to create hand-formed ceramic animals and trees that illustrate the stories that go along with the collection. Throughout the year-long project, he spent time brainstorming ideas, fleshing out shapes and glazes, and honing the process of making the final pieces – all in he made over 100 one-of-a-kind pieces for the show. For this month’s Deconstruction, they take us through the process of how this storied collection came to fruition.

Tung Chiang in the Heath Clay Studio in San Francisco \\\ Photo by Eszther Matheson

Continuing to explore what design means to Heath, Tung Chiang, a well trained designer, gifted ceramicist, and head of the Heath Clay Studio, presents Design Series 5: Forming Fables. It’s the fifth presentation of Heath’s special Design Series show exploring the possibilities of designing with clay, this year focusing on hand-formed ceramic animals, painted vignettes, and the moving, and oftentimes funny stories behind them.

Tung’s animal sketches \\\ Photo by Heath Ceramics

To start, Tung spent time sketching animals. When designing, his focus is on a wide range of design that allows him to think as broadly as he can. The Design Series is about exploration; Each sketch represents a different idea of how to capture the expression of an animal or the stories behind them.

Tung’s collection of animal figurines line his shelf in the Heath Clay Studio \\\ Photo by Renee Zellweger

Tung is an avid collector of animal figurines from around the world. Many come from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and some are his childhood toys. He enjoys having items he loves around him as he begins a project.

Tung’s sketch of “My Tree” \\\ Photo by Heath Ceramics

Design Series 5: Forming Fables includes over 100 hand-formed ceramic animals, along with paintings. Here’s a focused look at how one of Tung’s pieces came to be.

The story of “My Tree” according to Tung: “Each of these animals is born under a tree which they call their own and look after their entire life. One fox has a tree that’s dying, and is past the point of recovery. A neighboring squirrel offers a helping hand by sharing its seed collection with the fox. The seed later sprouts, and is under the fox’s care. Turning to you, these animals ask: which tree are you protecting?

I like the story, and the form itself. The tree forms offered more variety whereas animals have established looks — a dog had to look like a dog, a cat like a cat. The trees were almost like spirits I could explore.”

Heath’s proprietary clay \\\ Photo by Heath Ceramics

The Heath Clay Studio uses the same proprietary clay that Heath Ceramics founder Edith Heath developed in 1948. The clay fires at a lower temperature for a longer stretch of time, ensuring durability.

Tung at the wheel, beginning to form a tree \\\ Photo by Heath Ceramics

Tung usually throws with the sketch nearby, but with this tree design, the form allowed for flexibility, letting him throw freely with just the abstract memory of trees in mind.

Freshly thrown object with clay tools \\\ Photo by Renee Zellweger

Two of the trees after throwing \\\ Photo by Heath Ceramics

After the pieces are thrown, they are cut off from the wheel and allowed to air dry for a day before trimming the feet.

Trimming \\\ Photo by Heath Ceramics

Trimming is done when the clay is leather hard. This is the time to create the feet of the piece.

Winnie glazing a Bud Vase as a test \\\ Photo by Heath Ceramics

The shape of the Heath Bud Vase is ideal for glaze testing and experimenting. Tung worked with Heath’s master glazer, Winnie Crittenden. Winnie has been working with Heath for over 40 years and is also Edith Heath’s niece. Glazes in Design Series 5: Forming Fables are in earth tones like green and brown, along with experiments in texture and patterns.

The popular Bud Vase wall in the Heath Clay Studio \\\ Photo by Heath Ceramics

Throughout the years, Tung has collected his glaze experiments and pulls them from the wall when thinking about future glaze applications and firing techniques—glaze is not only about color.

The bisqued animals are measured by square inch \\\ Photo by Heath Ceramics

By experimenting with glazes on the Bud Vase, Tung discovered a useful formula when trying to figure out how to best apply glazes to his hand-formed animals. The ratio of glaze by gram per square inch allowed him to apply glazes on more complicated shapes.

Glazing the tree with spray gun \\\ Photo by Heath Ceramics

At Heath Ceramics, most of the glazing is done by spray gun. It requires a long training process to achieve the even surface on each piece.

Tung and Winnie at the kiln, happy with how the pieces have fired \\\ Photo by Heath Ceramics

As each piece from Design Series is unique and the result of the glaze firing is always unpredictable, often times he will not know what may come out until the firing is done. Opening the kiln is always a nervous but exciting moment.

The final result of “My Tree” \\\ Photo by Renee Zellweger

“My Tree” is one of many pieces Tung created for the show. The work ranges from playful to serious to moving to sophisticated, bringing to life the story behind each animal, whether a bird, cat, three legged-dog or the like. Most are original, hand-formed pieces: a hummingbird, made in memory of one that hit Tung’s window, fainted, and flew away from the palm of his hand, reminding him of life’s fragility and strength. And some are adaptations of Heath pieces, like covers for Heath bowls in cat and fish form. This show explores Heath’s take on decorative objects and takes inspiration from children’s books and fairy tales.

Photo by Renee Zellweger

Photo by Renee Zellweger

A glimpse of other finished pieces like sleeping foxes, hummingbirds, and cats in Heath bowls.

Photo by Renee Zellweger

Photo by Renee Zellweger

Photo by Renee Zellweger

Photo by Renee Zellweger

Photo by Renee Zellweger

from Design MilkDesign Milk https://design-milk.com/the-making-of-heath-clay-studios-design-series-5-forming-fables/

PANTONE Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

With 2018 just around the corner, PANTONE made their much anticipated, yearly announcement of their color selection that reigns supreme throughout the design world all year long. They selected PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet for PANTONE Color of the Year 2018, which first made us want to listen to Prince all day, and then to search for products that feature the rich, regal color. Take a look at some of our favorite finds we discovered during the process.

PANTONE Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

1. Panthella Mini LED Table Lamp by Verner Panton for Louis Poulsen 2. Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle 3. Ghost Buster Commode by Philippe Starck with Eugeni Quitllet for Kartell 4. Series 7™ Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen 5. Beak Carafe by Tomas Kral 6. Campfire Big Loung Sofa by Turnstone for Steelcase 7. Spun Armchair by Thomas Heatherwick for Magis 8. Wicket Lounge Chair by Blu Dot 9. Merkled Coat Hook by Merkled Studio 10. A22 Carry Suitcase by Raden 11. Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones by Beats by Dr. Dre 12. Geo Vacuum Jug by Nicholai Wiig Hansen for Normann Copenhagen

from Design MilkDesign Milk https://design-milk.com/pantone-color-of-the-year-2018-ultra-violet/