At Edmonton’s Concrete Cat studio, concrete transcends its mundane reputation and is suddenly recast as the star of the show.
“Bulthaup has always been focused on design and has manufactured without compromise. The level of detailing is the best. Bulthaup goes a little further, a little thinner.”
Devon in southwest England is not the obvious location to find a revolution underway. Yet it is here that husband-and-wife team Justin and Hannah Floyd launched their company, Solidwool, which combines wool with bio-resin to form hard and durable surfaces for chairs, tables, and even eyewear.
Most people know painter Amedeo Modigliani’s famous portraits of sad, eerily empty-eyed women with elongated faces. But have you ever seen them reinterpreted as mosaics?
On the front windows of Whitman Emorson, a strategic design consultancy in Toronto’s west end, dozens of paper stars cascade across the panes. From the street, the celestial bodies look like origami.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: To Omer Arbel, beauty is like a “behind-the-scenes force”, and it is the investigation of this force, and the search for it, that forms the foundation for all of his work.
To most people a faucet is a faucet and that’s pretty much it. But Paul Flowers of Germany’s Grohe waxes poetic about the utilitarian fixture the way some people do about important paintings.
As far as furniture makers go, Andre Jr. Ayotte (who simply goes by Junior) and Mackenzie Duncan, co-founders of the Toronto-based studio JM&Sons, each have odd resumés for the job. They both hand-make excellent condo-sized tables, chairs, and shelving. But neither of the friend ever studied carpentry or woodworking or industrial design.
The utter abstractness of a Mark Rothko canvas or the shocking sparseness of a Donald Judd installation may seem like odd inspiration for a modular kitchen system. Minimalist art, after all, is by its very nature impractical. Our cook spaces, on the other hand, have to perform a multitude of hard, fast, and often messy functions.