This week’s Milkshake guest is Nicole Gibbons, the New York City-based interior designer and founder and CEO of Clare. With Clare, Gibbons has created a thoroughly modern paint brand, with a tightly curated collection of colors (a few dozen rather than hundreds), online ordering, and free peel-and-stick samples for easy trials. Clare’s debut comes at a time when we’re spending more time at home than ever before: “I used to be in my office more hours than I care to admit,” Gibbons tells us. “I forgot how much joy my home brings me.” Like many of us, Gibbons spent the early days of the pandemic “organizing and cleaning and buying plants” – now, as we look to longer term evolutions in our living spaces, she encourages us to consider the transformative of paint. “Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive things you can do to transform your … Read the rest
Sherwin-Williams just announced their 2021 Color of the Year and it’s… Urbane Bronze SW 7048! The warm color evokes a rich yet serene feel that’s perfect when looking to create a cozy sanctuary at home. It’s an updated neutral with a nostalgic nod to 70s and 90s design but mixed with gray undertones for a modern, updated approach. With many of us still under quarantine orders, it’s essential that we create a space that feels balanced and calm since that’s where we’re spending most of our time. Urbane Bronze is that perfect neutral to ground a space, and paired with other warm neutrals, like brown, cream, black, and various woods, that space will become a modern sanctuary you can thrive in during the pandemic and beyond.
Every other week we’re inviting one of the Design Milk team to share five personal favorites – an opportunity for each of us to reveal the sort of designs we use and appreciate in our own lives from a more personal perspective. Editor + Community Manager Vy Yang takes the reins this week for our Take 5 series…
1. East Fork Pottery
Let’s face it, this year has been HARD and it’s not even over yet. To combat the moments of feeling overwhelmingly stressed and anxious, I’ve been making little changes in my day-to-day life that bring me joy, one of which was upgrading my dinnerware to all East Fork Pottery. Founded in 2010 by Alex Matisse (great grandson of legendary Henri Matisse, NBD), Connie Matisse, and John Vigeland, East Fork is a North Carolina-based company that creates beautiful, durable ceramics. You really need to hold, own and use a … Read the rest
I think I can speak for all of us when I say, we can’t wait for the day to come when we can hug our friends and family, go out and dine in at our favorite restaurants, and not need to wear masks wherever we go. Until then, we’ll gladly shelter in place and don our masks to keep our communities safe. Today we’re rounding up a few of our favorite independent brands + designers who have generously shifted their focus and manufacturing towards creating masks available for purchase and for donating them to healthcare workers, food delivery workers, elderly, and immuno-compromised individuals.
Please consider purchasing a few for you, friends, family, and neighbors, even if it means pre-ordering or signing up for email notifications for out of stock items. In these uncertain circumstances, small businesses are struggling to meet demands due to limited workers/time/resources/materials, and many are generously donating … Read the rest
Portuguese brand Maria/Maleta designs high-quality leather goods, bags and accessories; the new line, the No Season collection, doesn’t disappoint. It’s a fusion between new fabrics, recycled and recyclable materials, and one of the most classic raw materials out there – leather. All of the leather is a by-product of the food industry, and is environmentally-friendly, biodegradable and allergy-free.
The motto ‘sustainability is synonymous of durability’ guides the No Season collection. The bags reflect this value with timeless designs and expert craftsmanship. Think the perfect balance between minimalist lines with the right materials and manufacturing transparency.
Handmade in Portugal, the No Season collection’s Paper Bag Kraft works as a shoulder or crossbody bag – whichever fits your style that day. You can also flip the bag and have the same bag in a different color! It’s made from recyclable and waterproof Kraft PU (vegan fabric) with a paper texture and bio … Read the rest
Modular mobile devices proposed by the likes of Google and Fairphone already explore and emphasize “upgradeability” as a key feature. Yet, user upgradeability remains more conceptual than a widespread reality in the mobile sector. Morrama’s Renew concept investigates a similar roadmap with a modular design separating the screen and battery from the main components – a layered and swappable/upgradeable design that could end, or at least delay, the upgrade cycle.
Imagined as “a more sustainable and cost-effective” device engineered to delay obsolescence, the Renew is divided into distinct user upgradeable layers. Crack the screen? Simply switch out only the top display layer. Experiencing sluggish performance a few years down the line? Switch out the heart and brains of the SoC and GPU. Tiring of the color/finish? Simply swap in a new color via battery pack/back.
Renew’s novel conceit is a design where upgradeability is as simple as adding a protective … Read the rest
When it comes to skater culture, sustainability has mostly remained an afterthought in a sport where equipment is regularly ground down to the bone and tossed. CARIUMA founder Fernando Porto grew up skating in Brazil, so he knows the deal. Initially inspired to design the most durable kicks intended to survive the daily grind of skating, Porto discovered durability and eco-conscious sustainability are not necessarily mutually exclusive even in the realm of designing a premium skateboarding shoe.
So what does a “sustainable” skateboarding shoe look like? Remarkably like what one might imagine as quintessential kicks intended to be slip-proof, comfortable and fashioned to endure the daily sessions of ollies, shove-its and kickflips.
The handmade CATIBA Pro Skate launches as CARIUMA’s first sustainable skate sneaker, designed in partnership and with the feedback of pro-skaters. Eco-creds are represented by CARIUMA’s decision to use raw rubber … Read the rest
Barbour makes unusually beautiful and resonant retail spaces. For the U.S. debut of Australian skincare brand Aesop, he transformed over 1000 copies of The New York Times into a kiosk in Grand Central Station — a reference to the transportation hub’s ubiquitous newsstands. In Aesop’s first full-size retail location, in the city’s NoLIta neighborhood, the motif of the newspapers was again incorporated as a sort of building block — and as a comment on the effervescent quality of the Manhattan retail landscape, in which stores usually come and go at an accelerated pace. His latest project sees him again working in NoLIta, this time for the 130-year-old Portuguese brand house Claus Porto — the line’s first international retail location. At its heart is a … Read the rest
Denmark’s annual 3 Days of Design event occurred earlier this month, with one of the creative exhibits – Ukurant – presenting works by select young Danish designers in Ukurant Objects. The overall focus was on how a new generation challenges traditions through experimenting with materials and technologies and revising aesthetics and commercial design. Furniture, textiles, ceramics, lighting and more put their fresh perspectives front and center. Each piece challenges the idea of sculptural objects versus functional.
Ukurant itself is a curated platform showcasing experimental design objects created by 24 talented young designers. Put together by Josefine Krabbe Munck, Kamma Rosa Schytte, Kasper Kyster and Lærke Ryom, the foursome founded Ukurant as a professional community for graduates to share experiences, networks, project ideas and collaborations.
The designers on display in Ukurant Objects include Alexander Kirkeby, Anders Olof Nyberg, Anna Søgaard, Bjarke Ballisager, Bonnie
At carpet supplier Object Carpet’s headquarters, ‘Object Campus – City of Visions,’ Ippolito Fleitz Group designed the interior and branding for their restaurant La Visione. In addition to serving everyone food, the Italian restaurant serves as a co-working space, meeting spot and bar, accomplishing their desire to build a central location for networking and to create “vital cross-industry synergies.” The Denkendorf, Germany based company’s new restaurant is separated into three areas – a lounge, dining area and a vinoteca – all of which transition as needed for different functions throughout the day.
The dining area brings together an adventurous experience of aromas, sounds and tastes, visually experienced through a fresh palette of colors and fabrics. The space is decorated with textile wall collages using the brand’s damask and burlap fabrics alongside carpet and cord as a tangible display of their expertise.