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Bentu Design has recently released a new project called WRECK, a series of furniture and an exhibition of pieces created from wasted ceramics from Chaozhou, China. For the project, Bentu went deep into the daily-use ceramics industry in Chaozhou, where they used broken shards of ceramics to build furniture and sculptural pieces, representative of the disintegration of culture of this ancient city, which supplies 70% of the total daily-use ceramic commodity for the world. The city is modernizing, and therefore some of its rich cultural traditions and old buildings are disappearing, making way for more urban structures. Factories have been transformed into recycling centers for ceramic waste.

The amount of waste ceramics doesn’t just include Chinese ceramics, but also global waste due to government policies on products, globalization and uneven economic development. The recycling plant operations in Chaozhou work to recycle these ceramics, but only a small portion of the porcelain waste can be used, so they’re left with piles and shards of unusable garbage.

In the Camberwell suburb of Melbourne, this heritage house wasn’t the problem. The issue was the outdoor spaces and how they didn’t work for the entertaining-loving owners. Ian Barker Gardens was hired to bring life to the exterior while creating plenty of modern entertaining spaces, which included the entrance garden, side lawn garden, woodland garden, rear garden, pool area, and side courtyard garden.

They were also tasked with designing a pool large enough for their extended family, a playhouse for the kids, a play area for them to run around, space for everyone to spread out, a veggie garden, and a shady tree to rest under. The owners also asked them to update the look of the tennis court and to save as many of the original trees as possible. Many tall orders, but the designers definitely came through.

The designers managed to merge the original architectural style with new modern details that complement each other. The plant choices and materials help modernize the rigid lines of the house for a cohesive and inviting aesthetic everyone can enjoy.

The Bertone Rainbow was an oddball design even 42 years ago when unveiled as a concept car at the 1976 Turin Motor Show. Designed by Marcello Gandini for the Italian-based automotive styling and coachbuilding company, Gruppo Bertone, the attention the Rainbow earned for its sudden abbreviated angularity was only eclipsed by its genuinely cool retractable hardtop design that transformed the car from a coupé into a targa. The trapezoidal concept mostly faded into obscurity – at least amongst the general public – but has since reappeared in new light recently thanks to photographer Clemens Ascher.

London-based photographer and artist Clemens Ascher’s “Of Rainbows and Other Monuments” is a striking triptych that breathes new life into the mostly forgotten peculiar prototype. Colored in vibrant hues of yellow, red, and blue, the Bertone Rainbow attains a fresh graphical presence of a vehicle not from a forgotten past, but hinting of an imaginary future yet to unfold against the backdrop of mysterious monuments and undetermined landscapes.

I dreamt up this surrealistic and graphic world featuring mysterious monuments, the legendary Ferrari Rainbow,...

Toru first caught our eye in 2017 at WantedDesign and since then the Barcelona-based designer has expanded his collection of seating that uses vegetable-tanned leather in experimental ways. Leather is typically used to upholster pieces of furniture but Toru uses the material itself for backrests and seats on chairs and stools. Each piece is handmade by local craftsman using the highest quality of leather that’s tanned with chestnut, mimosa, and quebracho extracts, which helps keep the original raw look and color of the material.

Babu is a floor-based chair that was inspired by travel. The easy-to-move design is made with sheets of leather and brass and it offers a spot to relax and meditate.

The Clop lounge chair features three legs and a folded leather back that was inspired by the simplicity of a clog shoe...

Serena Confalonieri is a Milan-based designer and art director that could easily win “Best Headshot”. A Master’s Degree in Interior Design led to stints at various architecture and design firms in Milan, Barcelona, and Berlin, along with working as an assistant professor in the interior design department at Politecnico di Milano. That foundation naturally led Confalonieri to focus on product, graphic, and textile designing where her work falls somewhere in between, with particular focus on the surfaces of each design. Her Flamingo rug, for Nodus, marked her design debut at Milan Design Week in 2013, which led to collaborations with Italian and international brands like Saba Italia, Swatch, cc-tapis, Archiproducts, .ex-novo, Crate&Barrel USA, Porro, and more. Since then, she’s been chosen for design residencies and workshops in Italy, New York, Mexico, and Portugal, and her work has graced the pages of many magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Corriere della Sera, Il sole 24 ore, Wallpaper, Interni, Ottagono, L’Officiel, Elle Décor. Let’s see what she chose as inspiration for this week’s Friday Five.

Photo by Robert Cook

1. Death Valley Artist Palette, Nevada
I went there a few years ago, and this is one of...

Minimal Mine is a renovation project headed by Maxim Doschinsky and Pavel Voitov of Ukrainian interior design firm ZOOI. The designers merged two apartments – a one-bedroom and a three-bedroom – to create a comfortable, yet modern home for a couple with children, who longed for a minimalist space that was packed with function.

The kitchen, dining room, and living room were combined to form a larger, open space but with an oversized sofa creating some delineation. A cozy palette of neutrals fills the public spaces with hints of color speckled throughout.

The designers’ sketches were translated into these...

This summer, two group exhibitions in New York hide some serious surprises. The first, titled “The Party”  on the 3rd floor of Anton Kern Gallery  in Midtown includes a gifted parrot and a room full of balloons. Even more unexpected experiences await downtown in a multi-location mini-art crawl titled “ON CANAL”. Here are 7 of the most unmissable experiences from those two locations right now – on view until the end of this month.

Martin Creed, Work No. 1190: Half the air in a given space, 2011

Glass doors contain a room packed full of yellow balloons on the 3rd floor of Anton Kern Gallery.  A work by artist Martin Creed titled “Half the air in a given space” is EXACTLY as the title describes – with the balloons enclosing precisely half the air in a given room.  A version of this was on view at the Park Avenue Armory in 2016, but this new little-known showing forgoes the admission price AND wait to get in!

Whether you’re a student shopping for a new laptop or just looking to upgrade your MacBook Pro from 2012 (that might just be me…), the second most important decision you’ll make after deciding how much memory you’ll need to run Netflix, 23 Chrome tabs, Photoshop, and Spotify at the same time is which laptop sleeve to get to protect your beloved new investment. On Society6, not only do you get to support independent artists but you can find a design that speaks your mind or captures your own style. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started…


Orange Grove Laptop Sleeve by greenhouseprints

To mark their 20th anniversary of successful collaborations, Patricia Urquiola designed the Chamfer Sofa for Moroso. The unique design features chamfered corners, removing the 90-degree back angles found on most traditional sofas. The angled corners give a welcoming feeling to anyone that sits down, almost like a hug.

Chamfer consists of five modules that vary in length and depth, and a connector, that join together to form any number of configurations desired, from a simple two-seater sofa to a geometrical formation that could seat a dozen plus.

Gradient Shelf is a bookshelf created by Brooklyn-based designer Henry Julier. The shelves are assembled sans tools and come flat-packed for convenient shipping and storage when needed. The outer framework and folded steel shelves snap together via plastic clips.

Inspired by inexpensive wire shelving often seen in dorms and first apartments, Gradient presents the idea of easy-to-assemble furniture in a more architectural format. Horizontal elements increase in frequency from top to bottom, giving the design its namesake “gradient” effect, while keeping items contained within the shelf.

The sides and back of the shelf are secured by extruded ABS plastic clips, allowing sheet steel shelves to rest inside the structure. The result is a design that can be assembled in less than five minutes by one person, without the use of a tiny allen wrench.

Designed by interior design and branding firm MARKZEFF, the Hotel Kabuki recently underwent a new interiors update that’s inspired by Japanese influences. Mark Zeff, Principal of his eponymous firm, says:

After learning about the culture of the area, and drawing on knowledge of Japanese architecture as well as my own affinity for the beat generation, we were able to reinvent and modernize the interiors of the hotel in a sophisticated way.

While Eastern influences are certainly abundant throughout the hotel’s interiors, there are also many details that pay homage to San Francisco’s music scene in the 60s, its hippie culture, and its counterculture movement of the 60s and 70s.

In the lobby, a black and blond color palette inspired by the Japanese technique of shoutouts sugi ban sets the tone for the interiors. Carbonized black, alligator skin-textured walls are juxtaposed with blond wood floors. A Japanese calligraphy-inspired carpet...

Designed as part of her Master’s Degree final project at the Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts, the DESKter is a sit & stand workstation, by Małgorzata Wojtyczka, that gives you the best of both worlds. Standing desks have been growing in popularity in recent years with all of the news on sitting being bad for our bodies. But, standing full-time isn’t always ideal either. With DESKter, you can switch back and forth as needed for both health and comfort.

The workstation is made for adults and children for use in offices, public areas, schools, and even at home.

DESKter is composed of three pieces – the supporting structure and two bent plywood desktops that can easily move into any of the various positions. If you’re ready to transport the desk or move it out of the way, it folds up and stores the desktops in additional slots. It’s also small enough to fit into a regular car.

It’s funny how fast cables become passé and inconvenient once you get used to placing your phone onto a charger instead of having to plug it in. But wireless chargers still have an Achille’s heel: charging speed. Brooklyn, New York startup Courant is attempting to narrow and exceed the speed gap – and rather stylishly – with two chargers outfitted with higher-wattage ratings wrapped in the textural luxury of genuine Italian pebble grain leather.

Available in two models, the smaller $80 Catch:1 and larger $175 Catch:3 (where did the 2 go?), both Qi-Certified Fast Wireless Charging platforms are made of matte aluminum base and handsomely wrapped in Italian leather. The chargers are designed to scale for speeds dependent upon the device placed upon it, with 5W/7.5W/10W fast wireless charging available. The smaller Catch:1 seems ideal for a nightstand or smaller side table for overnight charging duties, while we imagine the Catch:3 as a desk or landing pad for keeping a wallet, keys, watch, and other smaller accessories dependably always in the same place while the phone is being charged.

New York City-based David Weeks Studio designed the Lorre sculptural installation comprising 3D-printed kinetic lights and cable that explore the connection between space, light, and material. The wireless lights are suspended on copper cables where the conductivity of the cable lit them up allowing each shade to be moved as desired.

Each light is made of nylon plastic that was printed using selective laser sintering making them lightweight. Their simple forms delicately cling to two thin cables resulting in a minimalist lighting display that can be continuously rearranged.

The WEEK-END collection is a range of outdoor furniture designed by Studio BrichetZiegler for Petite Friture. The oval shapes of the backrests are filled with horizontal slats that are juxtaposed with the connected vertical slats to become the seat of the chair. The collection makes an overall graphic statement with the perpendicular stripes and the negative spaces they create.

The WEEK-END collection consists of 3 stacking chairs, including the Chair, Armchair, and Bridge, the stacking Bench, stacking High Stool, and multiple tables, including the Coffee Table, Square Table, 2 Rectangular Tables, and a High Bar Table. Basically everything you’d need to create various setups for any outdoor space. Each piece is lacquered aluminum and is available in five colors: Black, White, Ultramarine Blue, Matt bordeaux, and Yellow.

Situated on a corner lot in Brighton, Australia, the Quarry House exudes a strong curbside presence with its bluestone exterior. The residence, designed by Finnis Architects, boasts a minimalist aesthetic with its subtle color palette and rectilinear that’s accentuated by the lines of the stone grid.

The wooden soffits continue through the interior of the house covering the ceilings with linear strips of wood. The warm wood used alongside the bluestone makes for a balanced use of materials.

We’ve featured the architectural and interior design work of Sergey Makhno Architects in the past and now the Ukrainian design firm is showing another side with their product designs, particularly the Bijou Lamp + Table, designed by Sergey Makhno and Igor Havrylenko. Composed of stone, marble, and steel, the combination piece takes on a sculptural feel with its elegant stem bisecting the stone base to curve up and hold its marble tabletop. The minimalist design pulls double duty with its reserved silhouette making it fit in to about any situation.

The steel stem is flexible, rotating 180 degrees so its integrated LED light can be directed where it’s needed. The floor lamp would work residing next to a sofa or chair, but also living beside a bed where it would double as a bedside table and reading light.

Recently Detroit was designated as the first UNESCO City of Design and to celebrate, the Design Core Detroit is transitioning the Detroit Design Festival from a week-long series to a month-long design extravaganza! From September 1st to 30th, there will be events, special projects, and competitions all throughout the city to celebrate the best of Detroit design.

The full schedule is available at but here are some of our favorite highlights:

At the Shinola Canfield flagship store on September 7th, a presentation by NEXT:SPACE + TOM GIBBS STUDIO in partnership with DetroitIsIt and Shinola will explore how design practices of iconic designers like Charles & Ray Eames and Florence Knoll are being implemented by today’s designers including Alex Drew and NO ONE, Nina Cho, Colin Turn, Hunt & Noyer, and more.

Drinks and design? Now you’re speaking our language. On September 13th, hosted by Design Core Detroit and presented by the Platform, the Drinks x Design: Design Crawl takes you through Detroit’s iconic Fisher Building for a night of immersive experiences, music, and hors d’oeuvres.

Malmo-based design studio Swedish Ninja, headed up by Maria Gustavsson, recently released two new products that merge metal bases and cork with colorful flecks to spice up your interior (or spice up your life if you want to get that song stuck in your head. Both the Notebook Cabinet and Bench will be part of the Swedish Design Pavilion at this year’s London Design Fair in September.

First up is the Notebook Cabinet which is designed to store your stuff inside while highlighting photos, inspiration, or clippings on the outside, like a notebook. The doors are covered in practical cork, but not just any old cork. This cork has confetti-like bits of color mixed in giving it a fun, playful appearance.