Welcome to our journal where we share news, ideas, tips, and insights from our community.
While it’s fair to say that the world as we know it will never be the same again, a rise in online shopping has been one of the silver linings of the global pandemic for retailers and wholesalers alike. As people stay at home more, they turn to the internet to recreate their home or wardrobe, and to renovation projects that had previously been put on the backburner. These are the international trends in wholesale shopping that you need to know about for 2021 and beyond.
Receiving over 18,000 entries every year from designers and design firms spanning 70+ different countries, the Red Dot Design Awards are an annual celebration of the very best the design world has to offer. And while the awards include categories such as Brands and Communication Design, and Design Concept, it’s the Product Design category that they are most renowned for, with those who win the coveted awards guaranteed to go on and join the ranks of international design legends.
We are shining lights on the talent and work of three of our community's Interior Designers: Alexandra Loew, Ana Claudia Schultz, and Cinquième Gauche. They are visionaries with different backgrounds and leaders creating inspiring experiences. We invite you to take a glimpse at their work.
Over the last years, 3D printing technology has evolved so much that it's no longer limited to prototypes. Initially invented to improve the manufacturing process, 3D printing eventually democratized it as technology became accessible to more and more people over time. Real, functional objects are now being 3D printed and used in almost all sectors, such as the medtech industry, automotive and aerospace industry, architecture and construction industry, and design industry.
Traditional and contemporary designs are two distinct styles and approaches that seem mutually exclusive. While the first refers to something that is produced following the long-established tradition and belonging to the old world, contemporary design, by definition, involves trends that are happening today. But what is contemporary here and now won’t be in ten years, but rather something entirely different. This very feature of constant change is what makes contemporary design so dynamic, heterogeneous, and receptive to integrating new ideas with old concepts and knowledge.
Women have always been working and profoundly influencing the design industry, and sometimes even revolutionized it. Still, their role in design has long been under-represented in literature as well as in galleries and museum exhibitions. The same is the case with women artists. A handful of them we know of today have only come to the public’s attention over the last few decades. Intellectuals, society, and the creators themselves began to slowly correct this “failure” of history by giving much-deserved recognition and value to female designers. It’s a start that gives room for optimism.
High-end business is not just about superior quality and selling expensive goods and services. It’s also about making a personal connection with the customers and offering them an exclusive, tailor-made shopping experience. The ultimate goal of every brand is, after all, to have a community of lifelong loyal customers. Although technology plays a role in this, the high-end luxury market has tradition been based essentially on the highly-personalized in-store experience of the purchase. With this year’s COVID-19 pandemic, this practice, so precious to both brands and luxury shoppers, had to be put on hold and at great expense. Social distancing and personal connection don’t go well together.
Our brain loves visuals. Since the dawn of time, visual stimuli have served as an essential source of information for our survival. Scientists say that more than half of the human brain is devoted directly or indirectly to processing visual information. Human eyes are capable of registering 36,000 visual messages per hour, and over 80% of all information that is taken in and processed by our brain is visuals. Text-based content, on the other hand, humans have learned to analyze and utilize only a few thousand years ago. As a result, our brain process visual information more naturally and more efficiently than, for example, text alone, which makes visual content like photography and video one of the key elements in digital marketing for brands and retailers today.
In the rapidly changing global marketplace, particularly due to COVID-19, retailers are having to shift and adapt their business models in order to remain in business. For many, this means selling online, for others it is rethinking physical stores to meet the needs and demands of their customer base. So what can we learn from IKEA?
The process of manufacturing washbasins and other ceramic bathroom products is notorious for being slow, expensive and with lots of formal and physical constraints. Sandhelden aims to change this by using a different approach to manufacturing that allows them to produce incredible shapes at a medium scale without investing on tooling: Additive manufacturing.
What does luxury mean in the 21st century?, what makes a design stand out and remain relevant in its context? these are some of the questions that NONO products make us think about.Form, material, and the interaction of these with the environment are some of the elements that make this company's unique approach to furniture special, we don't have any doubt you will be hearing from them in the future as they continue making waves in the world of furniture and interior design.
If you follow design blogs and magazines it's very likely you have come across Joel Escalona's work before. His distinctive designs are a mix between form and material exploration with a touch of playfulness that gives every design a story to tell that's impossible to ignore.The products celebrate the manufacturing processes behind them, challenge preconceived notions about materials and explore new avenues of form exploration. By looking at Joel's Products you can get a sense of his personality, as every design has a personal touch.
Based in Toronto, 2K1M is an up-and-coming luxury brand that creates stunning furniture pieces for the home. Every design element has been carefully designed and engineered by Naji Mourani, who brings his many years of expertise in Interior Design to products. With a creative recipe of exotic wood grains, rich marble surfaces, and extraordinary Italian craftmanship, 2KM1's designs will definitively won't go ignored when entering a room. Naji gave us a window into his creative process and the vision for his brand.
Taking some of the most traditional architectural materials such as wood and concrete and transforming them into warm, peaceful accents for home has been Kyle Comeaux's pursuit as a designer. Like monoliths, each of Komolab's designs takes bold precedence in their environment, giving them a sense of peace and wisdom. The designs are stunning sculptures that playing with the dominance of each material, and their contrasting nature. Kyle gives us a peak at his world and passion for craftsmanship and minimal elegance.
It wouldn't be a surprise if, in the next decade, Noom will be synonym of home decor and avant garde design along side of brands such as Cassina, Morosso, or Linge Rose. This rapidly growing Ukraine-based brand creates contemporary furnishing pieces that are true works of art and luxury manufacturing reflections. Inspired by both legendary Bauhaus architects and Suprematism artists, Noom translates function into simple, elegant forms with a palette of metallic finishes that make every piece a lifetime relique. Their story is a true inspiration for new generations of designers who look to create longevity in their work.
In pre-colonial Colombia, natives use to decorate their bodies with gold to honor spirits and deities. This spiritual celebration created a unique craft and expertise in jewelry making that is truly unique to Colombian goldsmiths and artisans who keep the art alive. Luisa Lopez picks up the tiara, creating stunning jewelry pieces that hold the essence of pre-Columbian art while still maintaining a bold and modern approach that keeps evolving in time. Each collection has taken inspiration from different Colombian culture themes, imprinting sophistication and femininity into each design.
Today's textiles are mass-produced at unimaginable speeds and designed to last a few seasons before they are replaced by the next. This is the nature of Fast-Fashion, and it's enabled by low-cost labor and at an incredible toll on the environment. Studio Variously challenges this modus operandi by producing uniquely designed textiles that are ethically made and with the goal to last through generations. Wrap yourself around the beauty of these modern textiles created using traditional techniques.
Created by Riccardo Capuzzo, Aquatic Creatures is a world full of magical illustrations and piano compositions, that seeks to draw attention to a specific place that we must know and safeguard. Fantasy and music are Riccardo's perfect ingredients for creating an alternative world where beauty can be contemplated in its maximum splendor. Aquatic creatures creates an interactive experience between objects, space, food and such as acryglass artworks, plates, wallpapers, and notebooks.
What are the things we really need in life? Food, a roof over our heads, health, and love. While life is more complicated than this, the products in our lives are too, and Mexican-based brand lo Esencial wants to change this. The brand creates elegant, minimal, and efficient products out of natural leather that blends in with the user's lifestyle while standing out as beautiful handcrafted designs. They give us a window into their design world.
What started as a stone facade and interior finishes in Leiria, Portugal, is now one of the up and coming design manufacturers of marble and stone furniture and accessories. Their unique approach to rescuing and utilizing the discarded blocks and leftovers from their larger production to make stunning luxury designs is what they call a "Cinderella" story. They give us a closer look at how they design and manufacture some of their most iconic designs.
For centuries, Silver dominated the world as a trade commodity, from art to currency, investment material, and even medicine. However, industrialization and mass production in materials such as Stainless Steel, Zinc, and other metals much popular and accessible, making Silver and the art of shaping it a rare skill. German-based studio Hebach & Kloes is a creative duo that has mastered the craft of sculpting and giving this metal a much higher value than it already has. Sophie and Jan are a family of artists with a love for sculpting and improving everyday tools with the highest quality standards. From candle holders out of a fairytale to knives so beautiful Michelin chefs will die for. They let us in to take a look at their world, their careers, and process.
It's hard to conceive the idea of transforming concrete architecture, in its massive and heavy presence, into lightweight, functional jewelry; but that is exactly what Belgrade based designers Nina Lazic and Nemanja Viksan of Morf have accomplished. Inspired by ex-communist urban landscapes and aesthetics, Morf brings a new vision of personal accessories that challenge the perception of materials and give users a minimalist yet bold means of expression.
It is easy to get lost in the beauty and presence of the work of Camilo Andres Rodriguez, but behind the satin black textured surface of his work, there is a journey of exploration into the stages of matter and form, to bring out the beauty in the old, the rusted, and the burned. Camilo takes us inside of this process, and the landscapes that bring life to many of his designs.
What started like a dream, became a project that pushed the boundaries between craftsmanship and design. Kawther Alsaffar is the creative mind behind this Kuwait based brand, and she shares with Aztro an insight look at the creative process.
Designer Faye Tsakalides traveled the world gathering inspiration on how people live and dine. When she got back to her hometown, Athens, she set to create the most versatile and elevated collection of tableware and home accessories out of iconic Greek marble. Read her story and how she turned cubes os stone into soft, inviting surfaces that welcome touch.
Chris Granneberg is an independent Industrial Designer working with several world renowned brands from his studio in Los Angeles. His clients include Netflix, Pepsico, Uber, Gantri, Lifetime Brands, Nambé, Revlon and Harry's. His work focuses on Product design, experience design and design strategy.
Sushir Kadidal is a designer and strategist with 14 years of experience. With an Undergraduate degree in Architecture and a Masters in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, Sushir has worked as an Architect, Industrial Designer, Landscape designer and Interior Designer finding the links between our experiences through all those scales.
New York City based Industrial Designer, Consultant and Educator, Dana D'Amico creates work that evokes effortless simplicity. Blending urban elements with influences from nature, Dana's modern, refined style comes from a respect for both material and form. Providing services including, design, art direction, sourcing, team building and education, Dana expertly balances a successful career in design with her role as an
Patrick Abbattista is the founder of one of the leading online design publications, DesignWanted, born in 2015 in Milan, Italy. Bringing together his passion for the design industry and a background in marketing, he created a one-stop resource for professionals, students and curious minds with the aim of supporting good design and bringing the unknown in the known; but, above all, sharing stories. Stories by design.We invited patrick to comment on some of his favorite designs from our community.
Passionate about Design, Creativity, Strategy, Innovation, and the impact those topics have on people's life and the industry in general. I´ve been working in the Industry of Design for about 15+ years inside companies like MUMA, Curve Id (New York), and Corona.
Dana Aljouder is the creator of ADANA Design Portal & Consultancy in Kuwait. Architect by education, interior designer by profession, Aljouder collaborates with several artists and architects, and she is currently working on high end residences and artistic projects. Dana Aljouder graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor's of Architecture. As part of her education, she studied architectural urbanism in Rome and furniture design in Copenhagen. Aljouder was an academic researcher on the Kuwaiti Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2014.
If you are looking for a birthday gift, we know it can be difficult to find just the right product for someone you appreciate. That is why we have gathered a series of high-end design pieces for people of any age, preference and lifestyle. Choose your gift from a variety of products starting with the most characteristic apron for the greatest cook, a geometric pen for the creative one, a cake stand for the baking enthusiast or a pair of earrings for the fashionista.As always, count on us to find unique pieces from some of the best design brands the world has to offer.
High end design is all about the details, creating experiences that bring calm, serenity, intrigue, and sometimes joy to the people that use them. These products will stand out on any occasion because of their elegance, innovative use of color, materials, and sophisticated forms.
The concept of jewelry we all know: Necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets... These are objects that are constantly being revised, reinterpreted, and even reinvented by designers and brands from around the globe.Check out some of their proposals.
Our children's rooms have a special soul, they carry a tint of happiness and joy no other place in the house can express. With careful selection of color, design and decor we can enhance the room's personality even more, making the space even more fun and enjoyable for our kids. We have gathered some of our favorite pieces for you to make the most of the space where imagination has no limits.
What are brides looking for their big day? Products that, just like their love, will last forever. Bridal registries are now not a one-store stop, but multiple with services like Zola. How to make it to this exclusive list? Contemporary designs the couple can see passing along to the next generation.
Summer is just around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited about it. Imagine the BBQs with friends, the 4th of July celebration by the pool, or a simple family gathering in the backyard while enjoying some drinks. That is why we made a careful selection of products that will help you host a summer event at home. Take a look!
She, who gave you life or accompanied you through it, should always have got the best. Give customers a selection of thoughtful products that say, "I love you, Mom." Because we know it is pretty challenging to choose a gift for her, we have gathered a selection of pieces that will simplify the process. They have been selected based on their different personalities and lifestyles.
A dedicated workspace at home helps you set aside distractions and focus on your work. We have selected twelve pieces to intensify your work habits while also making your home office aesthetically pleasing and inviting. Check them out!
We have gathered a selection of curated pieces for the man who taught you to ride a bike, helped you with your math homework, and is always there to cheer you up. To celebrate Father's Day, we have chosen designs that perfectly match different personalities, lifestyles, and passions.
Now that many of us are spending more and more time at home, we have become more aware of the importance of a design accent that can bring new energy to our space. We have carefully picked some of the most thought-provoking and dynamic designs we think everyone should consider for their home. Enjoy!
One of the oldest designs in the world, the vase remains to be more than just a vessel for flowers and decor, but a trigger of joy and sophistication that fills every space beauty. We picked twelve of the most striking designs from our brands, with various styles, materials, and colors.
With the holidays quickly approaching, we have rounded up some of our favorites gifts for men. However, these gifts aren’t limited to just the holiday season. From the beer lover to the wine aficionado, the business traveler to the techy our list comprises classic and timeless gifts that can be given year round.