10 Bold, Colorful Accessories for Your Home Inspired by Ptolemy Mann’s Textile Art

We came across this woven textile art piece by UK-based Ptolemy Mann and fell hard for its vibrant color palette and gradient pattern. Your eyes bounce from color to color, taking special note of each color blending into the next one. The energetic hues offer a happy escape that will definitely have you seeking out anything and everything in bright, saturated colors. Since none of us will be able to take this massive piece home, we searched for some home furnishings that reflect the bold colors seen in Mann’s work. Take a look.

>>> Sottovolto Rug by Portego <<< Starting at $2745
Inspired by the water that interacts with architecture in Venice, this bold rug not only boasts geometrics in the pattern, but in the shape of the rug, also. It’s bound to liven up any room it’s placed in with its vibrant color palette and unique design.

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Revitalizing Biodiversity with 3D-Printed Coral Tiles

Following the 3D-printed footsteps of previous efforts to save coastal marine biodiversity utilizing technology and biomimicry, architects and marine scientists at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have jointly developed a novel method for coral restoration making use of specially designed 3D-printed artificial ‘reef tiles’ for attachment by corals to enhance their chance of survival in the Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park in Hong Kong waters.

A project commissioned by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) to combat bio-erosion of essential coral habitat home to more than 120 fish species, architects from HKU’s Robotic Fabrication Lab, under the Fabrication and Material Technologies Lab of the Faculty of Architecture, and marine scientists from the Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS) of the Faculty of Science at HKU collaborated to develop reef tiles printed with intricate detailing optimized to invite live coral attachment.

The reef tiles were 3D-printed using reef-safe terracotta, … Read the rest

Camille Walala Brings Her Vibrant Aesthetic to East London High Street

As summer draws to a close and London begins to come alive again after lockdown, residents will notice an East London high street that’s undergone a major transformation. Famed artist Camille Walala and art collective Wood Street Walls joined forces to enliven an entire block of Leyton High Road with one of London’s largest public art projects called Walala Parade. To make it happen, a community-led crowdfunding campaign via Spacehive raised £40K to transform the once bland block filled with shops. Even the Mayor of London pledged £25K to help bring the project to life!

In addition to the project being community funded, it was also community-designed, as they invited Londoners to vote on favorites to aid in the final design.

Well known for her iconic public installations and large-scale murals, Walala brought her signature aesthetic of bold, bright colors and graphic patterns in hopes of helping to resurrect … Read the rest

ROOM Launches New Modular Meeting Rooms for the Modern Workspace

New York-based ROOM continues to reimagine the modern workspace with modular architectural solutions that give employees options for privacy. The startup just launched a trio of new designs – the Meeting Room, Open Meeting Room, and the Focus Room – offering private spaces for focused work or collaboration, whether it’s in-person or virtual. The mini rooms allow businesses sustainable and flexible alternatives to fixed construction that costs less in the grand scheme of things.

With the global pandemic still affecting how and where we work, companies are seeking new, safer solutions that will allow workers back into the office. The modular pods can fit into any space and be used for just about any purpose as a business’ needs change over time, long after the pandemic ends, making them practical investments.

The Meeting Room is a private space with bench seating on either side and a wall-mounted table … Read the rest

Take 5: Multifunctional Pan, Retro Dining Chair, Super-Automatic Espresso Maker + More

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. Senior Editor and Art Director Kelly Beall takes the reigns this week for our Take 5 series…

1. Our Place Lavender Always Pan
If you love to cook and tend to run low on space in the kitchen, then you’re likely to appreciate the Always Pan from Our Place just as much as I do. This one pan replaces 8(!) traditional pieces of cookware all while looking good enough to leave out on the stovetop if need be. With this multifunctional giant you can braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, boil, serve and store your food. My favorite touch is the way the accompanying beechwood spatula happily nests … Read the rest

The Coolest Modern RVs, Trailers and Campers

Whether you’re an occasional camper looking for something small to pull to your next campsite or you want a top-of-the-line, no-expense-spared Xpedition vehicle, we got you covered. We scoped out some of our favorite recreational vehicles that do away with the typical aesthetics they’re general known for and focused on the modern variety that have been popping up more and more as people look to get away. Take a look at six of our favorite modern RVs, XVs, campers, and caravans.

The DROPLET is a compact teardrop trailer decked out with a light-filled, insulated shell that fits a queen size bed for a good night’s sleep. The large windows are perfect for stargazing or if you’re looking for privacy, the shades come down for added coziness. A sheltered kitchen is on the back of the trailer making it easy to fix meals while still enjoying everyone’s company outside. The DROPLET … Read the rest

Studio thonik Makes Its Graphic Mark on Their Own New Studio

Graphic design studio thonik recently completed their new, self-designed and built studio in Amsterdam, a project that marks their first three-dimensional design. Thomas Widdershoven, thonik’s co-founder, designed the studio in collaboration with MMX Architects as a “spacial manifesto of thonik’s design philosophy, characterized by social commitment and a playful take on modernism’s heritage.” The project took 12 long years to design and complete the build as the business requirements and needs changed over time, but the wait appears to be worth it when you see the finished results.

The new studio lives within a mixed-use building where it occupies two floors. A sake bar is located on the ground floor and a Japanese Omakase restaurant is on the first floor, while an event space named ‘the thonik loft’ takes up the top floor and a rooftop terrace gives visitors 360-degree views of Amsterdam’s inner city and financial district.

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Friday Five with Jorey (Shosh) Friedman

Jorey (Shosh) Friedman, Vice President and Principal of SB Architects, has over 25 years of experience providing architectural design expertise. Her speciality is large-scale projects that include hospitality, golf and resort residential communities and mixed-use developments. She has the ability to create and sustain a strong project vision from concept to construction, all while building and maintaining positive client relationships. Her leadership capabilities forge strong project teams that work together efficiently and effectively. Jorey leads the design and presentation of many of the firm’s most prominent projects in the United States and around the world. Her long-term commitments to the firm include playing an active role in business development and providing mentorship for junior architects within the firm. Today Jorey joins us for Friday Five!

1. Textures + Patterns in Nature
I love photographing nature. I like getting so close that you can’t really discern what you’re … Read the rest

10 Wellness + Grooming Favorites for Men To #TreatYourself

The wellness space for men has been underserved in the past when it comes to grooming and beauty. Thankfully that landscape has changed a lot in the last few years with emerging brands that champion self-care, personal hygiene and mental health. After all, wellness isn’t gender specific and men deserve TLC too! We want to help in whatever small ways we can to break the barriers and stigmas that come with men taking time for themselves to indulge in beauty and self-care. So, we’re rounding up 10 products to encourage men to #treatyourself, because you deserve it too.

>>> Whiskey Bar Soap by Soap Distillery <<< $8
If you enjoy whiskey, this bar soap has an oaky scent like it just came straight from the barrel. It smells like spices, caramel, oak and cedar wood. This soap is also cold processed which means it uses less energy to make … Read the rest

The Kara Mann Collection for CB2 Looks Back to Live in the Now

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CB2 has released a fun yet sophisticated fall collaboration with renowned interior designer Kara Mann that shows off the art of contrast. The inspiration for the 74-piece Kara Mann Collection comes from Mann’s teenage dream bedroom. These designs create an updated take on the space that’s full of cool tone on tone neutrals that are easy to mix and match alongside ruffles, polka dots and iridescence in new materials and modern lines. You’ll also find swirl resin, slubbed sateen upholstery, ultra-clear glass, sprayed concrete and more used on pieces that are edgy yet romantic.

Ease Lounge + Ottoman, Wedge Side Table

“Kara is a creative visionary, and together we’ve created a collaboration that leads with quality and design, but at approachable price points,” said CB2 President … Read the rest