Oskar Peet and Sophie Mensen of OS ∆ OOS studied together at Design Academy Eindhoven, “but we didn’t really see each other at the beginning”, explains Oskar. It wasn’t until Sophie returned from a residency in Estonia that the pair met at a party, and the rest — in both love, and design — you could say, is history.
After working together on a number of projects, they quickly realized that instead of invoicing one ...
On an uncharacteristically warm April day, we meet Bonaventure Ndikung at SAVVY Contemporary. Dressed in a two-piece suit with a colorful cravat, the erudite curator and biotechnologist certainly cuts an imposing figure — but conversation quickly reveals a generosity of perspective equal to that of his renowned intellect.
The paintings of Hong Kong artist, Chris Huen Sin Kan, give lyrical form to the trivial moments of everyday life. Delicately executed, his large-scale canvases seem to breathe with life: depicting his wife and son, their pet dogs and pot plants in and around their home.
Lou Reed once said, “If Stefan was a movie, he would get five stars.” He wasn’t wrong. Since announcing the opening of his studio Sagmeister Inc. with a crass joke (featuring his digitally enhanced member) in 1993, the serial provocateur has been artfully challenging the conventions of commercial design with work that is sometimes offensive, most often delightful, and always, somehow, ahead of the curve.
On the edge of the Derwent River, a gestural structure rises from the Tasmanian earth, casting a red glow across its water. GASP! (Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park) is a public space whose creation was part of the re-imagination of an area of shoreline by Room 11.
Fahrani (Fa’) Empel is difficult to define. Heavily tattooed, head partially shaved and hair flecked with grey—her loud aesthetic seems to bely her level-headedness and the calm of her personality. Born in Jakarta, the Indonesian model and designer has lived across the globe, but of all the places the itinerant creative has been, there are only two she calls home: the jungles of Bali and the calm backstreets of Berlin.
In a world over-saturated with pornography, eroticism designed without the hetero-male gaze in mind has become a rare pleasure. Odiseo offers one such space—a print publication that is intelligently breaking ground by offering a genderless and artful prism through which to view the world of sex.
Emily Winter and Matti Sloman aren’t from Chicago—but that hasn’t stopped them from calling it home. In this bustling arts city, they have founded a creative studio that challenges conceptions of craft, industry and what it means to create. Their studio is The Weaving Mill.
What feels like only a hop, skip and jump from Basel is Weil am Rhein. A sleepy town in the south of Germany whose rolling hills are home to around 30,000 people and the Vitra Campus; a site where design, architecture, and history meet. We spoke with Vitra Design Museum’s director Mateo Kries, and curator Jolanthe Kugler, about the unique nature of the campus and Charles and Ray Eames—who, as it turns out, are far more than just the designers of your favorite chair.
Conversations with Morgan Ashcom flit thoughtfully from the writing of William Faulkner to 3D printing, concepts of time and the VHS skate recordings of his youth. The Virginian photographer certainly has a way with words, but as his stories echo around his studio—a former factory in Charlottesville—you slowly understand why their considered narrative arc suits photographic form best.
Historically belied as misanthropic, the brutalist estates that emerged in response to the housing crisis of post-war Europe were emblematic of a new style of modernism that promised a utopian future, which for many, never arrived.
Off the coast of Italy, an island of politics and parable rises from the caldera of a now extinct volcano. The mythology of Ponza was born in the shallows of Grotto della Maga, the postulate home of Circe, the evil sorceress of Homer’s Odyssey. Throughout history it has been a place of refuge and exile: In 39 AD Nero Caesar was banished and beheaded...
Adrift in a navy wash of ocean at the end of the world is Tasmania; an island buffered by the southern seas and the notorious Roaring Forties, 240km south of mainland Australia. It is a land of extremes; dry expanses of shrub give way to impossibly tall eucalypt forest, moorland edges on cliff faces and wild rivers surge through some of the largest areas of temperate rainforest in the southern hemisphere.
Behind the counter, deft hands delicately fold stems and buds into antique cut glass vases—a pandemonium of parrots watch on from their golden, wallpapered confines. Large palm trees shade antiques, and customers amble through the space with glasses full of hot, floral tea. The minds behind this dreamlike Berlin space are Annett Kuhlmann, Katrin Jahn and Andreas Namysl. The three founded Marsano in 2006 with the idea that anything was possible: as long as you were willing to say yes. The team...
At an age when most are slowing down, Veerle Wenes is increasingly obsessed with moving faster. The latest manifestation of this motion is Valerie Traan—an unlikely space where public art gallery and private home merge.