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After a number of domestic and international flights last year, I have to say, packing is truly an art form, one that only improves after many iterations, trials and errors. While a hard-shell carry-on suitcase is my #1 preference, there are times when it seems like overkill to haul a suitcase around, like when you’re going away for just the weekend or an overnight’s stay. In this case, I prefer a duffle bag. It’s simple, malleable enough to fit in tight squeeze places (like those small commuter planes), and much more portable if you have to rush somewhere.

If your resolution for 2018 is to travel more, here are 10 duffle bags that will turn heads at the airport and help get you to your destination in style.

Southern Field Industries Weekender, available at Need Supply
Handmade in Saitama, Japan, this unisex weekender bag is crafted by a small manufacturer that’s dedicated to producing quality, timeless design that are the results of heart and master craftsmanship.

Homelabdesign renovated a flat near Towers Quart in the city center of Valencia, Spain, for a young couple and their baby. Spanning 60m2, the space boasted high ceilings and historic details they chose to restore while giving it a contemporary spin and new layout.

The new layout has a better flow between the rooms and feels more open. One of the family’s requests was lots of storage which is incorporated throughout.

The kitchen is separated from the living room by a new wood and glass wall that keeps the sight lines open while offering definition. Detailed moldings were added to work with the original ones for a more cohesive look. The floors are covered in two materials – wood in a herringbone...

In 2017, Italian furniture brand Adrenalina debuted Italo Pertichini’s SLY seating collection during Milan Design Week and now they’ve unveiled a new color palette featuring Kvadrat fabrics. The curvy design wraps around the user offering privacy from the outside world, with a high back or low back armchair version, as well as high and low sofas, each with a split detail on either side that give a peek to the outside world.

The “magical windows” allow for viewing on the sly with colored strings that lace up to soften the dramatic splits.

With an extremely limited amount of time to walk the floors of the Consumer Electronic Show this year, we had to rely on a hurried pace, quick note jotting, and shoot-from-the-hip snapshots to remember even a portion of the enormous technology on display this year. Even in this rush, Danish watchmaker SKAGEN made us stop to admire what we think might be the best execution of a smartwatch today: the SKAGEN Falster Smartwatch.

Skagen’s catalogue of smartwatches is already well represented by a selection of stylish hybrid analogue watches – designs where the form and function of a smartwatch are kept divided between timepiece and a connected app. But with the announcement of the Falster, SKAGEN pushes all chips in, betting on a digital display future with an Android Wear 2.0 powered wearable.

Outfitted with a fully digital touchscreen display and interface, the Falster Smartwatch offers a high degree of simplicity and modernity at quick glance; the interface incorporates typography and a fresh amount of negative space as the hallmarks of its...

Brazilian furniture designer Vinicius Siega recently launched a new furniture collection for Carbono Design that merges minimalist with a tropical flavor. Each piece in the collection, which includes seating, tables, and vases, seeks balance through mixed materials and changes in visual weight. Siega merges a combination of Brazilian walnut, painted steel, and textiles that result in a versatile collection of functional pieces that lean towards minimalism, all while staying inviting.

We’ve featured the work of young British designer Daniel Schofield for a few years now and with each launch it becomes clear that he’s skillfully carving out his permanent place in the design world. After studying art and graphics, he took an apprenticeship in carpentry that had him building houses and offices, along with restoring historic buildings, which helped drive his appreciation for the small details. Eventually, Schofield went back to school and earned a degree in furniture and product design, where he found his true calling. In just five short years, the award-winning designer has worked with brands like Conran, Benchmark, and Scandium, proving he’s got what it takes to produce beautiful work that’s here to stay. This Friday Five gets a deeper look into the world of Daniel Schofield and how he thinks.

1. Sketching
A bit cliche I know! But it’s something I do daily. I increasingly find myself on trains, buses and planes and find this a good time to think and sketch. I take a small Moleskine notebook with me almost everywhere I go, they do the small plain cahier notebooks which fit well in your pocket and have rounded corners so they don’t...

Located in the 11th district of Paris, Urban Cocoon is a 27 square meter studio apartment renovated by Nathalie Eldan Architecture. Two oversized furniture pieces made of birch were designed to add function and storage by maximizing every inch of space. The light wood and simplicity of those pieces adds to the minimalist feel of the space.

The compact space was outfitted with woven wood screens that slide closed to give the bedroom area some privacy from the seating area and kitchen.

The kitchen has cabinets up to the slanted ceiling and houses the kitchen appliances, laundry, TV, multimedia, and storage. Under the elevated bed, they incorporated additional storage.

The bedroom feels private nestled into the corner even with...

German designer Jette Scheib found inspiration from childhood visits to the circus when it came time to design her recently launched Trapeze pendant for Swedish brand Oblure. Trapeze was her favorite act to watch as they swung their bodies around interacting with other performers as well as the audience. The flexible pendant has the same idea allowing you to move the components around for endless lighting possibilities. If a single Trapeze isn’t enough, they’ve designed a system that allows you to connect multiple pendents for a larger fixture.

The half domed fixture allows each side to rotate 360 degrees around giving the option of only uplight, only downlight, half up and half down, and everything in between. Not only does it change how the light is cast, it changes the look of the fixture.

We’ve shared lots of great art from Society6 here on Design Milk but did you know that it also publishes an art magazine? The latest issue of the Art Quarterly No.3.1 just arrived and it’s jam packed with 230 original works from 25 Society6 artists. With this quarterly, you also get the first ever issue of Flipside, a themed art zine just by flipping the magazine over! It features 25 new original works curated from a community collaboration call of 25 different artists. There’s only a limited edition print run of 100 copies so get your copy today!

Debuted at Mexico Design Week 2017, the PL+VV collection is a collaboration between SAVVY Studio and Pablo Limón Design Office that consists of a series of experimental furniture, objects and lighting. It’s a collection created from years of inter-studio collaborations with partners like Candela, an illumination studio, and Más, a design studio specializing in concrete products. By revisiting these past collections, the team is able to reexamine and refine the design process as well as incorporate new elements. The collection is inspired by Brutalist architecture and incorporates a wide variety of materials including fiberglass, colored resin, stainless steel, basalt stone, reinforced concrete, borosilicate glass, vinyl, leather, velvet, oak wood, steel, tezontle stone and molder polyurethane.

Williamsburg Combination is a renovation project located in Brooklyn, New York, designed by General Assembly. A young family wanted the designers to help combine two apartments into one, and create a space that would feel more like a home than a New York City apartment.

Through the combination of apartments, the designers were able to think through how to maximize natural light while creating an airy and comfortable space. The programs were re-arranged, and the living room was opened up toward the rear patio while the designers drastically enlarged the kitchen area on the ground floor.

Throughout the renovation, the designers were conscientious in bringing in local designers to fill the space. As a result, light fixtures, wallpaper, and tiles were all made by local designers. As described by General Assembly, the final result was a clean, open space dotted with moments of design that are particular to this family and their neighborhood.

Have you ever seen a hotel more on brand with the Design Milk aesthetic than the Hotel Mono in Singapore? ;) Designed by studio Spacedge, this 46-room boutique hotel is almost entirely black and white, with very few colors in nude tones to accent the space.

Situated in the Chinatown neighborhood in Singapore, Hotel Mono used to be a series of six 1900s conservation shophouses that Spacedge refurbished and redesigned into the boutique hotel it is today. By using only black and white, Spacedge is able to create contrast using graphic elements and structures in the same color way.

Ivy Ross doesn’t enjoy the same name recognition or cachet as Apple’s Chief Design Officer, Jonathan Ive. But one could strongly argue Ross – not her Cupertino counterpart – is more likely to be remembered as the more influential figure in shaping human interaction with cloud-enhanced technologies as the digital landscape veers toward voice-activated interactivity. As Head of Design for Google Hardware, Ross spearheads the tech giant’s charge into consumer products, injecting the world’s most powerful information technology company with a shot of tactility and emotion identifiably warmer and more human than ever before, yet still undeniably “Googley”.

This past autumn Google announced a cohesive collection of 8 home and mobile devices: the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, the AI-enhanced Google Clips camera, a new Daydream VR headset, the stone-shaped Home Mini and its larger wireless speaker sibling the Max, wireless Google Assistant connected Pixel Buds headphones, and the Pixelbook laptop. Ivy Ross/Photo: Google

The perpetual exploration of online technologies and cloud services continues to percolate from Mountain View, but it’s under Ross’s guidance the company’s hardware has finally calcified a family of products with a cohesive aesthetic...

The Poznań, Poland based interior design studio Oyster were asked to reimagine the offices of multimedia company MOOV with the goal of designing a system of furniture that could move and grow with them. The office spans two floors with the marketing team downstairs and the creative department upstairs and now the different spaces boast a mix of materials to help differentiate between the two.

Oyster created three systems of modular components that could work for everyone out of budget-friendly materials like plywood and white lacquered MDF. The first system comprises the desks/tables, the second is the storage cabinets, and the third makes up the small storage and organizer odds and ends. All of the pieces can be mixed, matched, and moved around as needed should things in the company change or grow, making it a smart choice for any office.

The “photographs” of Wang Ningde are pure light, or more accurately, pure shadow. Each is created from over a thousand rectangular film transparencies attached horizontally, like rows of tiny awnings. Each cell drops a shadow beneath, forming a complete work of art that is both sculptural and intangible.

Thicket No 4, 2017

Currently working and living in Beijing, Ningde is presenting 10 of these medium-defying works in a show titled “Form of Light” at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York through February 17th. And it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

Polarized Could No. 5, 2017 Polarized Could No. 5, 2017 (detail) Polarized Could No. 5, 2017 (detail)

On closer inspection, these are...

Flexibility has found its way into the workplace just like it has in the home with multipurpose furniture. With more time being spent in open offices, airports, waiting rooms, and lobbies, it’s easy to get overstimulated from the chaos and increased interaction with others. That being said, Aggestrup designed a series of seating that introduces a level of privacy that’s often missing from public scenarios as a way to help stay focused and more present. The #80 collection aims to simplify our lives and to change up how we think and use both private and public seating.

Working with experienced craftsmen in Denmark, each piece is handcrafted with a steel frame and woven seat and backrest that’s higher than most for added privacy. The seating has a visual lightness with thin lines comprising the base and structure. The straps wrap around a wooden frame which adds a level of warmth. Overall, the #80 seating components feature clean lines while also focusing on comfort in order to elevate your private time spent sitting on them.

Come Spring 2018, TRIMM Copenhagen will be releasing a new collection of seating for the outdoors. Not your typical range of outdoor furniture, the Connect Mattress and Cushion collections are designed to be used right on the floor. If you’d rather not get down on the ground, they also fit a standard wooden pallet or you can also build your own frame, too. The idea is to create a relaxing place for reflection and informal gatherings that’s also comfortable and easy to reconfigure.

The colorful cushions come in two sizes and are outfitted with smart magnets that allow you to connect them together in any variation. The Connect Mattress Big has the same measurements as a pallet, which you can use individually or stack as high as you like, letting you use a single cushion for the seat. Attach more than one mattress together for a longer seat or lounger, and you also have the option of adding the Connect Mattress Small, which measures the size of a half pallet. The Connect Mattresses perfectly pair with the Duo Color Cushion and the

Olha Wood was hired to design a new project for a former client whose mother had bought an apartment in a new concrete building in Kiev, Ukraine. The AFM Interior was designed to focus on the views with a colorful interior, indoor garden, yoga space, and room enough for two sofa beds to house overnight guests.

They positioned the main living area by the long expanse of windows to increase natural light and to enjoy the skyline views. Right underneath the windows is an embedded garden which adds greenery to the views even on the 28th floor.

Instead of walling the apartment off, they designed partitions that help divide the spaces up without closing them off. Cherry wood panels form the living room and pair nicely with the pink sofa and yellow chairs.

Japanese clothing retailer UNIQLO revealed their latest collaboration and this one takes them all the way to Finland to partner with iconic Finish design house Marimekko. The UNIQLO x Marimekko special edition collection includes nine items featuring bold prints inspired by nature and urban lifestyle, designed by Marimekko pattern designer Maija Louekari.

The collaboration is a fitting one, as both brands aim to create products that enhance daily life, and with Marimekko’s beloved prints mixed with UNIQLO’s casual styling, it’s a no-brainer. The collection marks a brand-new print design and includes t-shirts (2 styles, 10 colors/patterns), French-sleeve blouses (1 style, 3 colors/patterns), wide cropped pants (1 style, 3 colors/patterns), short-sleeved dresses (1 style, 4 colors/patterns), French-sleeve dresses (1 style, 3 colors/patterns), canvas sneakers ((1 style, 3 colors/patterns), and bags (2 styles, 5 colors/patterns).

A 30-something couple, their two kids, and golden retriever decided to set down roots in Nir Am, a small kibbutz in southern Israel, despite the elevated level of danger in the region. The modern slash industrial house was designed by Zarta Studio, with SHTAIGMAN in charge of the minimalist interiors.

The home spans 220 square meters over two stories with just enough detail to give it a cozy and livable feel. To give it an industrial look, they incorporated raw materials, like concrete, wood, and metal, with exposed beams and polished concrete floors.

The monochromatic color scheme is broken up with worn brown leathers and distressed wood. Much of the furniture was custom built for the project, including the long credenza in the living room, the coffee tables and metal shelf by the entryway.