Listen to Episode 51 of Clever: Meyghan Hill

Listen to Episode 51 of Clever: Meyghan Hill

In the latest episode of Clever, metalworker and designer, Meyghan Hill, tells Amy and Jaime how she opted to send herself to military boarding school and then stumbled into a modeling career before empowering herself after a bad break-up by learning to weld. She operates under the provocative and polarizing name of (wh)ORE HAüS Studios, and while it is a play on words, it is also a very powerful conversation-starter, which she then parlays into meaningful dialogue. This episode contains modeling and metal, yes, but no “blue steel” jokes. Listen:


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Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018 Shows Progress at Greenhouse

Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018 Shows Progress at Greenhouse

With the strapline “showing progress” 2018’s Greenhouse – the Stockholm Furniture Fair’s showcase of emerging talent – was as strong as ever. “Greenhouse aims to serve as a springboard for unestablished designers and a platform where exhibitors can reach new audiences and share their visions and dreams,” said a statement from the show. 27 design schools and 37 independent designers and studios were selected from hundreds of applications by a jury comprising designer Jens Fager, interior architect Anya Sebton, architect Monica von Schmalensee and designer John Löfgren.

Let Go by University of Bergen student Imkeliene Boersma will only work when two smartphones are inserted into the slots in its base, encouraging people to put the technology down and really engage with one another. In the meantime, the lamp charges the cell phones, so both parties can get back online as soon as they’ve finished their ‘IRL’ conversation. The lamp is made from ash and an iron PLA composite.

Cecilia Xinyu Zhang was born (in 1989) and raised in Beijing, China and now lives and works in Bergen, Norway, having studied in Sweden. Her SV Side Table can be manufactured from a single piece of metal without any waste, comprising as it does a triangular tabletop mimicked in negative space in its frame. “The table is ideal for use as a coffee table for small lightweight objects, or simply to add sculptural presence in space,” she says.

Valeria Sergienko of multidisciplinary studio Nōme Design, makes these Perception cups from waste materials such as denim, leather, paper, plastic, rubber, styrofoam and glass. “The intention of the collection is to connect people with the natural environment and eliminate negative impact through sustainable, skillful, sensitive design,” she says. “The decline of natural resources increasingly forces me to work with non-virgin materials. Seeing waste streams as a future starting point rather than an endpoint became the mission of this project.”

Hangeraki is a multi-functional hanging rack with swinging parts by Canadian design studio Dear Human, otherwise known as Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell. “Our intent was to animate an ordinary utilitarian object to be more thoughtful and versatile,” they say. “Hangeraki can be used as a towel hanger and vanity in the bathroom, a tie hanger at the office, or a scarf, hat and coat hanger at the front door.”

Continuing with the Canadian theme, Collection 0 is a “sculptural interpretation of the Canadian landscape fused with a Chinese aesthetic while maintaining the functionality and versatility of a living space” by new design studio Hi Thanks Bye. The full collection consists of a shelf-divider, dining chair, side table, rug, bar stool and floor lamp.

Vent by Sarah Hasselqvist and Melinda Urbansdotter is named after the idea of airing things out or getting them off your chest. “It symbolizes the personal gatherings and discussions that arise in a relaxed environment, the way a lounge should be,” say the designers. “The soft, voluminous and playful shapes of our Vent chair came to life when playing with the natural rising shapes of a dough as it interacted with metal structures.”

Student of product and furniture design for some seven years, Linda Loland started her professional practice in 2015 while still studying for her master’s degree at HDK Steneby. “I usually work with our minds’ experience,” she says. “Where the tactile surface and shape will bring emotions to the user – good materials combined with good design create durable products.”

Nikolai Kotlarczyk’s Wompoo dining chair was inspired by the form and colors of Australia’s tropical birds of paradise. Nikolai is an Australian designer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. His work focuses on creating a narrative born of his connection with geography, history, materiality and rituals.

And last but by no means least, Solid Geometry by Troels Flensted is a limited edition of handmade sculptural interior objects. “The collection is an exploration of solid geometric shapes where each interior object is minimalistic, yet bold and colorful,” he says. The colorful flecks in each one are left over from the production process of his Poured Collection, making each one unique.

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Mizetto and ADDI Collaborate to Create New Furniture for the Modern Workplace

Mizetto and ADDI Collaborate to Create New Furniture for the Modern Workplace

At this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair, Swedish furniture producer Mizetto debuted their first exhibit in collaboration with multidisciplinary design studio ADDI. Inspired by the ever-changing needs in the workplace, they created three new innovative lines of products: the Arkityp, the Cottage, and the Frame.

The Arkityp is a modern take to the classic (and usually ugly) waste bins found in offices today. This updated version is designed to stand out rather than relegated to the dusty corners of the back office. Made from aluminum, it’s lighter and easier to transport and with its minimalist design, it makes it more appealing to recycle and, thereby, be environmentally-friendly.

The Cottage is a system of three different storage units similar to lockers. Metal black frames add height, space and volume as well as open shelving.

Last but not least, the Frame is a modular storage system that can be configured in multiple ways to create different looks. The system is kept simple with only two types of modules, a 2×2 and a 1×2, but the larger module literally stands out with its wooden frame that casts a beautiful shadow and creates a sense of depth (even though both modules have the same storage capacity).

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Where I Work: Rebecca Atwood

Where I Work: Rebecca Atwood

This month’s Where I Work visits the Brooklyn studio of Rebecca Atwood, an artist and designer with an ever-expanding arsenal of dreamy textiles, wallpapers, artwork, and a just-launched collection of bedding. Over the years the Cape Code native has been carving out a niche for herself with her soothing surface patterns that are bound to put a smile on your face. Based in Industry City, the rapidly growing creative hub of Brooklyn, her light-filled studio is an endless source of inspiration with samples, swatches, and mood boards and today Atwood takes us inside for a closer look at her space and work process. Take a look.

What is your typical work style?

I’m definitely a morning person, and I like to get in early. I am trying to be better about blocking out my days for different projects. I find the more organized I am, the more productive and creative I can be. Being organized gives me the freedom to be creative. I do work on a lot of artwork outside of the office. There’s something about being alone that helps that process.

What’s your studio/work environment like?

Our studio is in this large complex of old warehouse buildings called Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. We have a big (for New York) open space with a wall of windows that lets in lots of sunshine.

I love for everything to be organized, but I can definitely be the one making a mess.

How is your space organized/arranged?

We each have our own desk which are clustered together in pairs on one side of the room—that’s our “work space.”

The wall on that side has tall cabinets with pinnable fronts that act as mood board surfaces. Behind those doors we have storage for all developments and much more.

The other side of the room has two long tables next to one another and is our “creative space.” That’s where we have meetings, lay out ideas, paint and play.

The wall behind the tables is full of drawers that contains memo swatches/samples, as well as my artwork archive. Above it is a big mood board.

Then we have another wall that has more storage with our library, printers, etc. We have a big 18-month calendar made of individual white boards above the storage. All big picture items go on here.

All of our storage is custom as we needed to make the most of our space. My friend, Thomas Sheridan, is an architect and designed it for us, and my other friend and painter, Erik Gonzalez, made and installed everything. It makes such a big difference to have custom storage.

How long have you been in this space? Where did you work before that?

We moved into this space in February of last year but had been in a smaller unit in the same building for three years. Before that I was working out of our apartment.

If you could change something about your workspace, what would it be?

I’d make it bigger and with an office of my own. It would be nice to have areas that could be closed off for creative time and whatnot.

Is there an office pet?

Yes! Karen’s dog Frankie Mae comes to work most days. She’s pretty adorable.

Do you require music in the background? If so, who are some favorites?

We usually have Pandora or Spotify running in the background. Lately, we’ve been really into the Big Little Lies soundtrack.

How do you record ideas?

While we use digital tools internally (Asana, Google calendar, Excel, and Slack) for keeping track of projects, goals and to-do’s, I still need paper for keeping track of things. There’s something that helps me remember better when I physically write something down. It also helps me prioritize what’s important versus the large amount of things I could be doing.

I love MUJI notebooks and sketchbooks. I use this one for keeping notes in meetings, to-do lists, etc., and I use this one for sketching (it takes paint really well).

Do you have an inspiration board? What’s on it right now?

We have many in the studio! I need lots of surfaces to pin up ideas—I like to have a space for general inspiration as well as specific projects.

What is your creative process and/or creative workflow like? Does it change every project or do you keep it the same?

I like to make time just to make things. I think that’s often when my best ideas come, as opposed to filling in a hole we need in a collection and creating artwork to fit. That isn’t to say I don’t create designs I like within those constructs—because that’s an important part of the process—but without time spent just making, it wouldn’t evolve the same way. I paint on the weekends, draw on the bus, and steal moments where I can. It’s rare when I can devote a whole day to just creating artwork, and I am constantly trying to make more time for it.

At the beginning of a collection I go back through artwork I’ve created, sketchbooks, and other various inspiration pieces in my “library”—it might be a printed menu I liked the color of, something from a design book or magazine, or things I printed off of Pinterest. I also pull out our color bins and start playing with the palette. This is the start of the mood board.

Then I like to sit with it and edit. I’ll be doing other work and come back to it—pin something up, take something else down, write a note so I don’t forget an idea.

Everyone in the office gives input on the final designs and colorways.

What kind of art/design/objects might you have scattered about the space?

We have a lot of fabrics, books, ceramics and general props for shoots. We’re always shooting something so I’m constantly bringing pieces from home to the studio and vice versa.

Photo by Rebecca Atwood

Are there tools and/or machinery in your space?

We don’t have too much in the way of tools and machinery. Mostly art supplies, brushes and that sort of thing.

What tool(s) do you most enjoy using in the design process?

Paint and paper are my go-to tools. I think it’s important to mix up your materials and try new things too though. I recently started drawing with markers while traveling and hadn’t used them in years. It’s been fun to play with them and see what ideas come working with a different medium.

Let’s talk about how you’re wired. Tell us about your tech arsenal/devices.

For my desk:
iMac desktop computer
Wacom tablet (I have a hard time even using a mouse anymore—although I do have one)
External hard drive for backup

For the office:
Two printers. I wish I could find a good printer. We haven’t figured that one out yet.
A scanner that ideally would be bigger, but it does the job.
Cannon 5D camera

Oh and of course, I have an iPhone as well.

What design software do you use, if any, and for what?

We mainly use Photoshop and Illustrator for design work. Everything starts out as a hand done process. I paint, draw, collage, marble and play. Then it’s time to refine prints. They get scanned in, cleaned up, and put into repeat. I test out the scale, color and flow of a pattern.

For running the business, we use Quickbooks for bookkeeping, Unleashed for inventory, Hubspot for sales, and the usual with Word, Excel and whatnot.

New Rebecca Atwood bedding

Is there a favorite project/piece you’ve worked on?

That’s so hard to pick! Honestly, my favorite thing is usually the next thing. It’s the thing I’m working on that can’t yet be shown. We just launched our first bedding collection, which is now available on our website.

Do you feel like you’ve “made it”? What has made you feel like you’ve become successful? At what moment/circumstances? Or what will it take to get there?

That’s a hard question. I think part of being a creative is always thinking about what else you can be doing—how can you make better work, more change, more good. I’m always asking myself, how can we do this better? There are always challenges and new goals. At the same time, I do realize how important it is to value what you have and the progress you have made. I’m so thankful to have such an awesome, hardworking team who cares. We also work with wonderful people on press, photography, copy, graphic design, bookkeeping and more. Working with great people on work you love—that’s the dream.

Tell us about a current project you’re working on. What was the inspiration behind it?

Currently I’m starting on designs for Fall 18. I just got back from a trip to Japan, which will definitely be influencing the collection. It’s early to say what will develop, but I’m excited and enjoying the process. I’m thinking richer colors, multi-color prints and texture.

What’s on your desk right now?

Papers, notebooks, a mug of tea, brushes, pencils, pens, and fabric – the usual mess. I wish I could keep my desk cleaner.

Do you have anything in your home that you’ve designed/created?

My home is filled with things I’ve designed—it’s really a testing ground for ideas. Usually there are wallpaper ideas taped to the walls and fabric strike offs draped over the sofa.

In our living room, the blinds are our Painted Stripe fabric in Gray/Tangerine. We have two sofas—one pullout in our Waves fabric in Blauvelt Blue, and our big comfy sofa we recently replaced the seat cushions with the Cut Up Dot fabric in Taupe. I can never seem to decide on pillows, but we always have a few.

In our bedroom, I have a wall of curtains in the Petals pattern in Taupe to create a closet. Our blinds are made from the Speckled fabric in Taupe.

Photos by Tory Williams, except where noted.

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A Lakeside Holiday House Nestled into the Steep Hillside

A Lakeside Holiday House Nestled into the Steep Hillside

Sky House is a holiday home nestled into the steep land on the edge of Stoney Lake in Canada. It was designed by Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster as two rectangular volumes, one cantilevered on top of the other, with the upper one bridging itself over the lower one.

The lower volume houses the bedrooms while the upper floor contains the public areas of living that overlook the lake.

The facade is clad in durable, low-maintenance materials like reflective standing seam metal roofing and petrified wood.

Inside the main structure, vertical skylights and south-facing windows and sliding glass doors open the interior up by maximizing daylight. White walls and ceilings are paired with a colorful peacock blue, including a glazed brick socle that holds the wood stove.

The concrete floors, which were treated with a black stain, help with passive solar heating during the winter months.

Photos by Doublespace Photography, courtesy of v2com.

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New Launches and Collaborations – Highlights from the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018

New Launches and Collaborations – Highlights from the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018

In 2017, over 40,000 people visited Stockholm Furniture Fair from more than 60 different countries. The numbers for 2018’s show are not in yet, but it felt bigger and better than ever before with Guest of Honor Paola Navone. “Paola Navone is one of today’s most interesting and outstanding designers,” says Cecilia Nyberg, the show’s project area manager. “We admire her creativity and eclectic aesthetic, as well as the amazing breadth of her output. Whatever she chooses to do, she always manages to create a unique atmosphere.” And her installation (above) was indeed a riot of color and curiosities.

Swedish brand Voice launched A New Standard overseen by their designer and creative consultant Mattias Stenberg who says he wanted to create “the fundamentals of the modern home.”

Agda by Swedish design studio Front for Ire Mobel employs classic materials, but by exposing the weaved textile straps and metal tubes, Front founders Anna Lindgren and Sofia Lagerkvist have given it a contemporary expression. “To do something that looks simple is often very difficult,” they say. “In this armchair, no material is hidden, which makes it very honest and environmental.”

Tala is a British brand combining eco-credentials with design. Founded by four friends while they were studying at the University of Edinburgh and met resistance to LED lights from architects concerned about their aesthetics, the brand sets out to create “beautiful and sustainable bulbs.”

The Cinema Easy Chair by Gunilla Allard for Swedish furniture brand Lammhults was first shown at 1993’s Salone del Mobile in Milan and is now celebrating its 25th anniversary in style with a footstool, sofa and complimentary table to complete the collection.

This wall organizer is Danish brand Ferm.Living’s answer to Dorothee Becker’s Uten.Silo, designed for Vitra in 1969 and made of ABS plastic. This wooden take on the same idea seems more appropriate for Scandinavia and today’s eco-conscious times. It works equally well above your desk, next to the front door or in a small bathroom as a space-saving option.

Sebastian Wrong (above left) returned to the role of design director at Established & Sons in March last year, five years after leaving the company he co-founded to focus on other projects. The stand at the fair was showing existing products, with five new ranges to be previewed in London in March and then launched during Milan Design Week in April.

Kirstina Dam Studio is a Copenhagen based product and interior design practice. “Decoration Circle is a great graceful object perfectly suited for ornamentation or displaying your flower decoration,” says its eponymous founder. “Geometric, uncomplicated and artistic even without flowers, it is made of solid brass and brilliant steel.”

And Danish furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Søn launched the result of its collaboration with American designer Brad Ascalon – the Preludia series of tables and chairs for the contract market including chairs that clip onto the underside of meeting room tables to enable easy vacuuming underneath and the bar stools and high table pictured.

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