UTIL to Showcase Their Collection of Portuguese Furniture and Accessories

Lisbon-based design studio UTIL is set to present their collection of furniture and accessories at this month’s London Design Fair. The brand was invited to showcase their wares at the Inspiring Portugal pavilion and along with their current collection, they’re launching a new version of their Oyster Stool. While the products are designed throughout Europe, they’re manufactured exclusively in Portugal. Each of the objects is based on the idea of welcoming with the hope that they offer comfort in your daily routine. Oyster is a stool, now also available in a bar version, designed by Geckeler Michels out of solid ash. The tripod design creates a visually interesting base while the seat features an off-cut letting it rest close to another piece… Read More

A’ Design Awards & Competition 2018 – Call for Submissions

The following post is brought to you by A’ Design Award and Competition. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design. Submission deadline for the next A’ Design Award & Competition nominations is approaching. Maybe you’ve seen some posts about it on Design Milk previously, but if not, A’ Design Award & Competition is the world’s leading design award, reaching designers and brands in over 180 countries in 40 languages. If you’re a designer, it’s one of the global competitions that is a must-enter, especially if you’re looking to boost your visibility or marketability. Gala The nominations for the A’ Design Award & Competition are peer-reviewed and anonymously voted on by an esteemed … Read More

Listen to Episode 39 of Clever: Nate Berkus

In this episode of Clever, interior designer and TV personality Nate Berkus reveals his favorite early 80’s fashion ensemble, his childhood obsession with hair product and how his youthful restlessness got him sent to boarding school and even landed him in jail for a night. He shares the big lessons he learned from his years working with Oprah and elaborates on his earnest mission to help people tell their own stories through their spaces. Oh and apparently he’s a “bad picker” of people, but he’s gotten help with that. Listen: Nate Berkus for The Shade Store Photo by Christopher Dibble Photo by Julie Holder Photography Stay tuned for a new episode of Clever in two weeks! Don’t miss an episode: Subscribe to Clever on Apple Podcasts… Read More

Inspired by Bus Seats, the Loop/L60 Chair Mimics a Bus Ride

Federico Varone Studio is a small interdisciplinary studio based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, founded by Federico Varone. Inspired by the seats of urban buses in the streets of Buenos Aires, he designed the Loop/L60 Chair, a cantilevered chair that almost looks like a line drawing brought to life. Because of the gap between the seat and the legs, the Loop/L60 mimics the vehicular motion of a bus riding on the asphalt in the city when sat upon. Read More

Tom Raffield Launches His New Collection 17/18 of Furniture and Lighting

Earlier this year, we got to know Cornwall-based designer Tom Raffield in our first monthly profile of UK and European designers. The successful designer handcrafts contemporary furniture and lighting out of wood utilizing a steam bending technique he created while still in school. His methods allow him to design unique, sculptural forms not easily achieved when working with wood as the main material. Now, the designer is set to launch his latest, New Collection 17/18, at this year’s London Design Fair. The collection includes, several new lighting designs, a coat stand, and a wall sculpture. Take a look. The New Collection 17/18, as well as his older work, is available in his online shop here. Read More

I TO NIJE SVE! Creative Agency Moves into New Offices in Zagreb, Croatia

I TO NIJE SVE! is a creative agency in Zagreb, Croatia, that recently moved into their new offices that they designed themselves. Their motto – smart advertising with smart people in a smart office – is what led to the overall design and the results are just that. Spanning 430 square feet, the new offices were built to create a culture of collaboration and communication between the employees leading to an open space where everyone sits together. The building’s tall ceilings allowed them to build boxes, almost like shipping containers, for closed meetings and brainstorming sessions. They used steel, OSB (oriented strand board), and glass to construct the units and outfitted them with just chairs, tables, and writing boards. After searching for a new space for about… Read More

Stelton Expands Collar Collection to Include a Bar Set

Last year, Stelton launched a coffee set from Italian design duo Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri, of Debiasi Sandri, and just recently they’ve expanded the Collar collection to include a bar set. The new pieces are a modern take on a classic cocktail shaker and jigger, streamlined with the same matte black finish and brass veneer as the rest of the collection. The cocktail shaker holds 500 ml and features an integrated sieve to keep the fruit and ice separate from the liquid when shaking. Its lid and measuring cup both have a brass veneer, as does the jigger. The jigger can be flipped over to hold a different measurement. Read More

Blackbird Lamp Looks Like an Abstract Bird Perched on Two Feet

Berlin-based designer Hayo Gebauer designed a modern desk lamp that resembles the look of a bird perched on its feet. The Blackbird Lamp, made from a single sheet of steel, balances its cantilevered light on a two-footed base for a sleek, streamlined look. The LED lamp features a motion sensor that’s activated by waving your hand underneath the shade to turn it on. To dim the light, hold your hand under the light for a couple of seconds. Read More

A Curtain Call from Society6

Ah, curtains. So many good puns I need to share but I won’t (instead I’ll leave you with this indelible page from my childhood). That said, I’m currently on the hunt for some new drapes. Coming from a person who’s only ever had blinds or shutters in her bedroom, I’m ready for a change. These curtains from Society6 are made from 100% lightweight polyester, and while they don’t function like black-out curtains, they’re thick enough to keep the sunlight from waking you up on the weekends. They measure out to be 50×84” and are available in single or double panels (which means you can mix and match if you have an eye for that kind of thing – I don’t). I’ve even seen… Read More

Scale Folded Acoustic Modules by Cabs Design for FilzFelt

Felt and acoustic brand FilzFelt has been at the forefront of innovative solutions to reduce sound for years with their German-milled 100% Wool Design Felt. Also known for their collaborations, the brand recently partnered with Vanessa Busemann and Felix Zebi, of German design collective Cabs Design, on a folded acoustic module system called Scale. Scale is a system of modules that are made of cut and folded acoustic fiber composite with a 100% wool felt front, in your choice of 63 colorways. With so many colors available, a custom pattern can be created to cover any wall or a portion of one. The backs are a dark gray color, which helps create a shadow for added dimensionality. The slotted design easily allows the components to fit together… Read More

Sempé w103 Lighting by Inga Sempé for Wästberg

Designer Inga Sempé created the Sempé w103 lighting collection for Swedish brand Wästberg to be as simple as possible.The LED series began as a table lamp and grew to include floor lamps and pendants, all of which feature the same domed shade that’s made with aluminum and steel. The hanging pendant, which is available in seven colors, can hang by itself or in various configurations attached to a rail. The pendant lamps not only use the same shade as the table lamp, but they also share another element – a cleat. Now, the cleat is at the top of the shade and used as a connection point for hanging. With the cleats attached, the pendant lamps resemble part of a balloon where it gets tied… Read More

Marine Residence: Modern, Southern California Living with an Outdoor Connection

Located in Santa Monica, the contemporary Marine Residence was designed by Legaspi Courts Design with a focus on indoor/outdoor, Southern California living. The goal was to create a clean, organic, and modern feel throughout with natural stones, warm woods, black and brushed nickel elements, and a connection to the outdoors. A neutral palette of soft tones and textures fill the interior. Gray oak floors and cozy geometric wool carpets anchor the spaces with a curated mix of contemporary furnishings. The dining room features a solid white oak table with contrasting oxidized metal and brass chairs. In the family room, a large, gray sectional sofa is paired with two brass metal lounge chairs and an oversized walnut floor lamp that cantilevers out into the middle of the… Read More

Cava Graphic Tile Collection by LucidiPevere for Living Ceramics

Cava is a new collection of tile designed by Italian studio LucidiPevere for Spanish company Living Ceramics that features graphic patterns engraved on each piece of tile. The tiles come in all sorts of sizes and a number of colors, which can be mixed up for a unique look. For the ultimate customization, choose a fun color for the grout to really play up the geometry. Beyond just functional in that the tiles become an easily cleaned surface for walls and floors, the patterns that can be created take on a modern artistic element you don’t see with most tile collections these days. Read More

A Rippled Coffee Table That Makes a Splash by Edward Johnson

Part of Edward Johnson’s Ripples Collection, Splash is the latest release to feature an undulating surface that looks as if a stone was thrown into water. The domed round coffee table features a rippled top that mimics the rings of water that spread outward after the water’s surface has been disturbed. The piece is made of light blue bird’s-eye maple, which has a natural textured pattern adding another level of dimension to the surface. The soft, concentric rings appear fluid giving the illusion of movement and making it hard to believe the piece is made from wood. Splash is available with an optional glass top. Photos by Edward Bryan. Read More