Stephan Schmitz on Brutalism

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“To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.”

So said Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, otherwise known as Le Corbusier, who indeed was motivated by pure function. A Swiss architect who lived most of his life in France, Jeanneret-Gris is considered the pioneer of Brutalism, as his Modernist designs evolved to become the monolithic, utilitarian structures with untreated surfaces and rough textures that met Eastern Europe’s infrastructural needs after the second World War.…

How Creators Are Optimizing Quarantine

Quarantine caught us all by surprise. It is our routines that keep us balanced, and when that routine is compromised, things can go awry. Creatives were hit particularly hard by the emergence of COVID-19 — no shows, no open studios, and fewer chances to get noticed. By the same token, the pandemic also presented creatives (and everyone else!) with a bittersweet opportunity to look inside themselves, slow down, and perhaps produce some of their best work.…

Creator Spotlight: Fog & Fury

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Both ancient and modern, Fog & Fury uses traditional Mongolian felting techniques to produce luxe yet durable goods with organic materials and hearty textures. Kelly Colombano, a native of the Bay area, came into felting from a graphic design and tapestry weaving background. When she discovered the unique material, she fell in love with the practice and history. All of her wool felt is custom made to order for a variety of purposes, retaining its natural beauty.…

Creator Spotlight: Kari Kroll

Kari Kroll, a New Yorker in Pasadena, earned recognition by collaging for The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Bon Appetit and The Washington Post. Trained as an illustrator, the abstract painter works in a studio with a mountain view that feeds her fondness of textures and nature. Kari works by commission and leases her pieces for home stagers, interior designers, and corporate use.…

Creator Spotlight: soft-geometry

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Say hello to soft-geometry, the design studio experimenting with form, and finding inspiration in desserts. Designers Utharaa L. Zacharias and Palaash Chaudhary, both “soft personalities,” are the masterminds behind those delightful donut-shaped coffee tables, in addition to some more angular furniture designs. They welcome little failures, which often present new ideas. Based in San Jose, both designers have befriended Slow Design, making sure to never rush an idea or its completion.…

Creator Spotlight: Sunday/Monday

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Wife and husband design team Sunday/Monday honors ancient Indian craftsmanship with colorfully patterned textiles. Based in New York City, Nisha Mirani and Brendan Kramer have partnered with weavers and block printers in Gujarat, India to produce beautiful handmade pieces. Their work is informed by both Indian and Japanese heritage, and the brand is a dream-come-true for Nisha, who was exposed to the practice early in life and sought to preserve the tradition by starting her own brand.…

Creator Spotlight: Doerte Weber

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From her studio in San Antonio, self-taught fiber artist Doerte Weber creates an extensive series of Bauhaus-inspired wall hangings made from unlikely materials, like plastic bags from newspapers and remnants from upholstery fabrics. Her experimentation yields textured weaves of contrasting colors, each with their own distinct personality. Some are arranged into triptychs, while others stand beautifully on their own. She sees her materials as tools for storytelling, a recount of her daily life and current events.…

Creator Spotlight: Kristi Head

Kristi Head portrait

Kristi Head, who is trained as a painter with further expertise in graphic and packaging design, has harnessed her diverse skill set to translate the complexities of the human condition through art. Her works slide between beauty and tension, sometimes marrying the two. A native New Yorker living in Los Angeles, Kristi fuses the muted tones of the concrete jungle with the vibrant flora of Southern California.…

Luxe Lights Made from Mushrooms’ Sustainable Material, Mycelium

Danielle Trofe’s lampshades exist beautifully on their own, but can often be found in organized clusters, hanging from the ceilings of ultra-cool Brooklyn hotels or blending with the white brick walls of minimalist cafes. Their unassuming style and shape is quick to draw a sophisticated eye, but what really sets them apart? They’re made from mushroom roots. 

Trofe is one of very few in the lighting industry creating biodegradable products.…

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