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hotel koé isn’t your traditional Japanese hotel. That’s because the concept for the property designed by Suppose Design Office was to launch a flagship shop for the apparel brand koé. The design team proposed that instead of just offering a shop that’s opened during regular retail hours, why not build a hotel and community hub that will bring together locals and tourists alike to experience the koé brand 24/7?

Located in the trendy district of Shibuya known for its music and fashion culture, hotel koé offers visitors a place to grab a good meal and listen to some tunes right when you enter. The first floor consists of a restaurant and pop-up space to feature live music and dancing on the weekends. The racks of koé apparel are simply lifted to create this entertainment space. The grand wooden staircase doubles as seating for cafe and event guests.

There is less than one month to go before the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) officially opens the doors to the largest design show of the year! We are pretty excited to say the least—we’re bringing the Milk Stand again!

ICFF NYC 2018 is the place to be to see the latest and greatest in upcoming contemporary design—if you’re going to any design event, you want this one to be at the top of your list. The international design trade event is housing a whopping 900+ exhibitors from all over the world this year at the Javits Convention Center in NYC to showcase their newest collections.

Register to attend today at no cost.

Here’s a sneak peek of the International design you can expect to see this year…

Astek | Booth #2026

Using the ancient Japanese marbling process of suminagashi, Ukiyo is a contemporary take on the floating ink technique. These designs were handcrafted in-house using traditional ink, water, and paper, then digitally transformed into compelling murals. Like its namesake, each composition is a suspended microcosm, captured before it dissipates.

Designed from the original paintings by Eskayel founder Shanan Campanaro and studio artists Brianna DeVoe White and Olivia Provey, the new Jamma II collection of wallpapers and textiles are inspired by the city and desert of Marrakech. Each of the designs in the series can be printed on wallpaper or turned into non-repeating fabrics for window treatments, upholstery and home accessories. Ranging from faded washes of neutral tones to bolder patterns of maroon and greens, the collection adds an abstract focal point to any room.

We’ve just got back from a whirlwind tour of Milan Design Week and our first stop was, of course, Salone del Mobile, the show that started it all when it was established by a small group of furniture makers in 1961.

Describing itself as a ‘design editor’, Petite Friture (French for ‘small fry’) champions emerging design talent – the Succession collection above is by French-Swedish duo Färg & Blanche.

The Blur collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Nanimarquina is the brothers’ third collaboration with the brand and it’s inspired by the visual effects of stripes which border on strobing.

Alessandro Mendini, who claims to be a terrible...

Swedish furniture manufacturer Blå Station continues to grow their catalog of innovative residential and contract furniture that is bound to keep you comfortable and connected. Just recently, the brand launched a bevy of new designs that combine their Scandinavian roots with a modern aesthetic that might just work in any situation, whether it’s a living room, home office, lobby, or open workspace.

The Bob sofa system, designed by Stefan Borselius and Thomas Bernstrand, launched last year allowing you to merge the small modules into any configuration. Now they’ve added two new modules to the lineup, which now totals seven, resulting in even more combinations. Bob can curve in or out or go in a straight line – the choice is yours.

David Weeks Studio partnered with Senegalese artist and designer Abdou Salem Gaye on an indoor/outdoor furniture and lighting collection that features handwoven surfaces in fun bright colors. The pieces in the WAAW series are made in Dakar, Senegal, using a traditional weaving method with polyester yacht cord on steel frames that make them durable for outdoor use.

The WAAW collection is available as an Arm Chair, Chaise, Low Table, and Pendant, and now in three colorways.

Unlike its sisters Rome, Florence, or Venice, Milan isn’t swathed nor defined by its past. As the capital of Lombardy and the second-most populous city in Italy after Rome, Milan unapologetically defines itself as a city of today: modern and lively, occasionally unsightly in its urbanity, it’s a commercial metropolis more interested in the prospects and possibilities of the future rather than perpetuating the glories of its past. Yes, you’ll find remnants of its Roman past and numerous historical buildings to haunt, but as a visitor it’s more likely you’ll remember Milan for its modern offerings, all painted colorfully by the industries of fashion and design. Milan Fashion Week, MIDO Eyewear Show, and Milano Design Week all unfold here, which makes the possibility a visit will coincide with a global convergence of the design community highly likely, making it one of the few cities that can truly claim design as part of its cultural and civic DNA.

WHERE TO STAY Photo: Hotel Viu Milan

Hotel Viu Milan
Decorated in greys, beige, and browns, the Hotel Viu embodies many of the same shades of color associated with the generally overcast weather that looms over Milan throughout the year – but stylishly so. Each of the...

The Stockholm-based Monica Förster Design Studio continues collaborating with Bosnian furniture brand Zanat, who just unveiled the Sana dining chair during Salone del Mobile. The solid wood chair is both lightweight and stackable and with its curved backrest hugging you, it’s ideal for dining. The chair’s inner curve is sculpted for maximum comfort while the outer side is hand-carved with a textured pattern for added visual interest. Plus, it gives the chair a modern, handcrafted quality.

The chair is suitable for residential or commercial situations and it comes in various color combinations of the frame, backrest, and seat.

If you’ve watched the movie Lucy and was in awe when Scarlett Johansson’s character turned into a living, breathing, sculptural computer, you might get the same feeling when you see these 3D printed chairs. During this year’s Milan Design Week 2018, Nagami presented four exceptional chairs designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, Ross Lovegrove and Daniel Widrig to highlight the possibilities of computational design and large-scale robotic 3D printing.

Nagami, a brand new Spain-based company, wanted to explore innovative ways to design furniture beyond its functional purposes, so it collaborated with the brightest minds to imagine those designs.

The Bow and Rise...

Italian designer Luca Nichetto brings his own approach to the traditional spherical lampshade with his mouth-blown glass lighting collection called Gèmo. Designed for Parachilna, the Spanish lighting manufacturer known for bold collaborations with designers like Stephen Burks, Jaime Hayon, and Neri&Hu, the shades appear to have been deconstructed and rebuilt with a faceted shape and a textured surface.

Gèmo, which means ‘yarn ball’ in Venetian dialect, shows up in the shade’s shape and texture looking as if string has been wrapped around like a ball of yarn leaving linear imprints behind. The lines on the surface are made using a technique called ‘molatura’, where artisans engrave directly on the glass. The striped texture is highlighted when the dimmable light is turned on and emphasizing the grooves.

When invited to create an exhibition for Salone, London-based design studio Raw-Edges imagined a light installation inspired by synchronized Israeli Horah dancers. Horah comprises 30 slowly spinning lights made of cast glass leaves that “dance” in sync within Milan’s Spazio Krizia.

The lights come in a variety of colors and sizes and consist of curved glass leaves perfectly spaced apart on a black base. The repeated curves of the glass and the gentle rotation of all 30 pieces creates a captivating display that proves the power of repetition always draws the eye in.

With such a large turnout expected for Milan Design Week, German startup Containerwerk used the opportunity to present their modern concepts for micro living. As available land grows scarce and the cost of housing continues to rise, creating affordable living options is critical and what better way to do that then going smaller and thinking outside the box. Containerwerk answers the growing need by purchasing used sea cargo containers (i.e. shipping containers) and reimagines them into really cool spaces most anyone would love to take up residence in. At Tortona Design Week, Containerwerk is shows off two living concepts exhibiting all kinds of architectural possibilities.

They use a multi-patented insulation method to turn the metal containers into livable units. Containerwerk also utilizes automated and serial manufacturing in order to increase the amount of units they can make at a reasonable cost.

The modules can be used as student housing, hotels, co-working spaces, and apartments.

OSW, the Berlin-based design studio recently founded by Oleg Pugachev and Johannes Grune, just launched their first product at Salone Satellite. The Bento Tray is a series of low, stackable tables inspired by Asian floor culture that adapt to the daily needs of modern times. Whether you have limited space or just want something modular, the tables can be used individually or combined into any configuration.

The Bento Tray comes in four sizes, with the smallest working as the perfect laptop desk or a dining tray for one, while the larger sizes can be used as coffee tables, side tables, or even a desk, that people can gather around for a meal or to play a game.

Despite its ubiquitous nature, the electric ceiling fan hasn’t changed all that much since engineer Philip Diehl invented the first one in 1882. The 3-5 blade configuration is commonly delivered with uninspired and dated designs. Though there are a few modernized smart home connected models available today, there’s nothing quite as full-featured as the ceiling fan imagined by Korean industrial design student, Hyojeong Lee. Her Fan Tone concept serves triple duty as a ceiling fan, HEPA filtration system, and air quality monitoring device with a noticeably updated personality.

The first thing you’ll notice is the Fan Tone’s 3-tier design, which gives every bit the impression of a Dyson air purification device styled by HAY. A 3-blade circulator is purposed to bring air through a floating ring perforated with intake grills. Air is then moved through a HEPA filter membrane, finally upward/outward to discharge at the top. Anyone with a ceiling fan can attest how much dirt and dust can accumulate in short time circulating interior air; by combining circulation with filtration, in theory the Fan Tone should result in cleaner interior air and less dirty blades.

YOY, the Tokyo-based design studio known for their sheet paper lighting and canvas that turns into a chair, just launched five new projects at Milan Design Week marking their 7th year showing there. Their exhibition, called Fictionality, unveiled two new lighting designs, a wall clock, a lyric speaker, and a series of stools.

PAINT is a series of lighting that appears to be a blank white canvas until it’s switched on revealing a paintbrush mark highlighted by the LED light.

While IKEA has been known to launch some pretty cool collaborations, like with HAY and Tom Dixon, their latest came as a bit of a surprise. A good surprise, that is. Starting in May, IKEA U.S. is releasing a limited edition collection designed with Los Angeles based fashion designer Chris Stamp, of West Coast streetwear label, Stampd. The SPÄNST capsule collection is geared towards the younger, design-driven consumer living an active, urban lifestyle, with everything from storage pieces, lighting, a skateboard rack, a basketball hoop, hoodies, and IKEA’s inaugural skateboard, to name a few.

The monochromatic, fashion meets furniture collection will allow you to bring the same style and pride you rep when you’re out in the world, to your home allowing you to display your favorite clothes, sneakers, and hobbies.

BFDO Architects renovated the 20th Street House, a 20-foot-wide wood frame townhouse that came with a tiny side yard and front and back extensions. They revamped the layout and modified room sizes by cutting into and expanding the volume in certain areas. In the front, a covered porch and mudroom were carved into the volume allowing the door to be set perpendicular to the street. This prevents visitors from walking right into the main room, as with most row houses.

The architects incorporated skylights, corner windows, and floor-to-ceiling windows to bring in much needed natural light to the end unit. The back extension was enlarged to 15-feet-wide making way for a new kitchen and office nook.

To ensure the newly lightened front portion remained that way, the stairs were moved to the other side and are now lit from an above skylight.

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kaschkasch looked to Danish streets, particularly street signs, for inspiration when creating their latest product – the Marselis floor and table lamp designed in collaboration with HAY. The circular head of the lamp rotates around to direct the light vertically, while the stem rotates on the base to change the direction.

The light is housed in a tilting circular disc giving you the option of indirect light or direct task lighting. On the back of the disc, there’s a light switch with three dimming options.

The lamp’s body is made of die cast aluminum with a powder coated finish and the flat panel light is encased in an injection molded polycarbonate opalescent lens.

There may be no industry witnessing as swift and dynamic a transformation as the one happening within cannabis. Legalization across numerous states has sparked companies to reinvent the trade from one covertly shared to now overtly marketed. The change is nowhere more evident than in the packaging, industrial design, and even interior decor associated with cannabis – all increasingly removed from the stoner culture of yore and designed to appeal with the same design language popularized by health and beauty products, craft spirits, and tech brands. We’ve rounded up a selection of designers and brands we identify at the forefront of Cannabis 2.0, each bringing counter culture openly to the counter top.

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LA-based cannabis boutique MedMen has established itself as one of the biggest players in cannabis retail, complete with a Manhattan flagship (1 of 18 retail locations) and a 45,000 foot factory in Desert Hot Springs, California. The 800lbs gorilla in the room now can also claim to publish one of the most notable new cannabiz publications – a quarterly magazine created in partnership with Paper magazine focused on pot as pop culture, reflecting a notably different take on “high concept”. Ember is free with any purchase at all...

For me, the most compelling sight to see in order to jumpstart a work day is a clean work desk with zero to minimal clutter, but it can be hard to maintain that state of minimalness throughout the work week. With the OLLLY designed by Pavel Vetrov for Zegen, everything you need to comfortably work and maintain a clean workspace is built right into the sleek, multi-functional desk.

The OLLLY, winner of a Red Dot Award, is equipped with one small and compact drawer for simple storage. On the surface, grooves to store everyday office supplies and built-in stands for phones and tablets help keep the workspace clean. Lastly, special cut-outs on the far side of the desk help to maintain unsightly wires and cables.