Category Furniture

How to have the most #000000 Christmas

How to have the most #000000 Christmas

#000000. Most designers are familiar with this hexadecimal code and understand it represents the color black. Black is timeless, it’s chic, it’s mysterious. A color that, when worn, works for any occasion, pairs well with any other color (yes, even blue, don’t believe the myth), and gives anyone wearing it a sleek, sophisticated look. Black products tend to look futuristic (Apple is particularly good at this) as well as seeming to be more precious and luxurious.

No matter the application, black will never go out of style. Please enjoy this list of products that explores the range and versatility of #000000.

Fellow Stagg Pour Over Kettle

Calling The Kettle #000000

Stagg Pour Over Kettle by Fellow – $79

Claire Vivier -  Asphalt Flat Clutch

For The #000000 Eyed Girl

Asphalt/Black Flat Clutch by Clare V. – $215

Blu Dot Toro Modern Lounge Chair

The #000000 Throne

Toro Modern Lounge Chair by Blu Dot – $1299

Études Etoile Black Accent Sweatshirt

The #000000 Letter

Etoile Accent Sweatshirt by Études – $138

Garrett Leight Milwood Sunglasses

Framed in #000000-ness

Milwood Sunglasses by Garrett Leight Optical Company – $315

Ghostly International Coffee Mug & Canister

I Drink My Coffee #000000

Canister and Mug Bundle by Ghostly International – $70

Goodbye Doormat by Parra

#000000 Omen

Goodbye Doormat by Parra – $54

Makr Black Speckletone Notebook

Little #000000 Book

Speckletone Notebook by Makr – $28

Karl-Johan Table Lamp by New Works & Signe Hytte

Turn On The #000000 Light

Karl-Johan Table Lamp by New Works & Signe Hytte – $265

Shinola & Zippo Matte Black Lighter

For The Man in #000000

Zippo Lighter by Shinola – $50

B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

A Sound Most #000000

A2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker by Bang & Olufson – $399

ADIDAS Tubular Viral W sneakers

A Walk in the #000000 Forest

Tubular Viral W Sneaker by ADIDAS – $103

‘Cobrina’ – Elegant Furniture from Japanese Studio Torafu Architects

Cobrina by Torafu Architects

Formed in 2004, Torafu Architects are a Japanese studio founded by Koichi Suzuno and Shinya Kamuro. The duos work is fantastic, covering a broad and diverse range that includes everything from product design and architecture; to interiors, installations and film making. Recently they collaborated with the well-established Japanese furniture manufacturer Hida Sangyo to produce a furniture collection called Cobrina.

Cobrina by Torafu Architects

Cobrina by Torafu Architects

The name Cobrina comes from the Japanese expression “koburi-na”, which is used to describe things that are small or undersized. It’s a fitting name for a collection that is designed to be small and lightweight. For the duo, it was important that the furniture could easily be moved around – perfect for those who have compact living areas!

Cobrina by Torafu Architects

Consisting of nine pieces, the furniture is made in beautiful oak and each piece is characterized by its playful rounded shapes on both its surfaces and its legs.

Cobrina by Torafu Architects

I love the simplicity and the elegance of this furniture. The hat-stand that includes a small bowl for keys and wallet is a wonderful touch and the bright blue of the chairs adds a lot of great color to a perfectly restrained collection. More images from Torafu Architects can be seen on their website.

Hans-Christian Schink Finds the Beauty of Minimalism in the Mundane

Seehausen from Hans-Christian Schink's Walls

Since the early 90’s the German photographer Hans-Christian Schink has been bringing his unique perspective to the world. Represented internationally by many museums and galleries, his photographs often cover a broad range of subjects but a fascination with landscape always seems to be at the heart of his work.

Frankenheim from Hans-Christian Schink's Walls

Gunthersdorf from Hans-Christian Schink's Walls

Between 1995 and 2003 he produced a body of work called Walls. Easily his most abstract series to date, the work highlights Schink’s direct, near confrontational, manner of photography. Shot with a large format camera, the series consists of 11 images, each one demonstrating the photographers strict approach to his subject matter.

Halle Queis from Hans-Christian Schink's Walls

The photographs examine the architecture of commercial buildings. Each image resembles a large color field paintings, with Schink paring down his subject matter to a point of graphic abstraction. Only the smallest hint of subject matter can be detected from the tiny traces of pathways and skylines that Schink choose to include at the edges of his work.

Sanitz from Hans-Christian Schink's Walls

Personally I love the restraint in this series. There’s a striking directness about each image and the colors of these buildings are just wonderful. You can see the complete series on Schink’s website and make sure to also check out more of his work while you’re there.

Hilla Shamia Melds Aluminum With Wood In Her Striking Furniture Designs

Hilla Shamia Combines Wood and Aluminum In Her Striking Table Design

Creating surprising combinations in furniture design seems to be the biggest challenge these days. Hilla Shamia, an Israel based industrial designer, has created a fantastic series of pieces which incredibly combine wood and aluminum. Rather than simply joining the two materials with nuts and bolts the aluminum is poured directly into the wood, which is then cast into the body of the pieces.

Hilla Shamia Combines Wood and Aluminum In Her Striking Table Design

The results are rather stunning. You’ll notice that the aluminum burns the wood where they meet which gives a beautiful gradient effect to the wood. The seeming haphazardness of the works only adds to the overall aesthetic, and I love how the metal fills in the negative spaces. Such a fantastic project, I’ve never seen anything quite like it before.

Hilla Shamia Combines Wood and Aluminum In Her Striking Table Design

Hilla Shamia Combines Wood and Aluminum In Her Striking Table Design

Martín Azúa’s Shoemaker Chair Takes Its Inspiration From Footwear

The Shoemaker Chair by Martín Azúa

We oftentimes find the best inspiration in the oddest places. A song inspired by the name of a woman, a building that takes it shape from a sea creature. Martín Azúa found the inspiration for his Shoemaker Chair in footwear.

Objects are usually true to some schemes and they find their identity in some pre-established premises. This chair claims its personality as a shoe and requires the care of a shoe. Often objects, as people, have problems to be what they really are.

This chair is all about subtle beauty. The laces on the back of the chair that joins the leather with the wood is charming and effective. You can also tie down each arm to provide a more structured arm rest. I also love that the leather is paired with glossy copper legs that provide for a perfect accent color. I can imagine that this chair would age beautifully over time.

The Shoemaker Chair by Martín Azúa

The Shoemaker Chair by Martín Azúa

The Shoemaker Chair by Martín Azúa

The Shoemaker Chair by Martín Azúa

You can view more of Martín’s projects by clicking here.

The American Design Hot List, compiled by Sight Unseen

The American Hot List Designers, compiled by Sight Unseen - Eric Trine

The American Hot List Designers, compiled by Sight Unseen

The ladies at Sight Unseen have put together their American Design Hot List, a compilation of the best ‘Mericans in product design. The goal of their list is to profile “a totally unscientific, unapologetically subjective portfolio of the 25 emerging and semi-emerging furniture and product designers we think you should know now.’ And it’s a damn good list. Amongst the folks profiled is long time TFIB homie Eric Trine, Fort Standard, and Snarkitecture, amongst many awesome designers. If you’re unfamiliar with these folks, this is a perfect time to get acquainted.

Handmade Wall Adornment by Chiaozza

Chiaozza A-Frames

Chiaozza Caterpillar A-Frame

To say that Chiaozza (pronounced “chow-za” like “wow-za”) is a design studio would be an understatement. The duo of Terry Chiao and Adam Frezza are more like a creative life force dedicated to handmaking playful shelves, mirrors, and wall objects in addition to their respective art. And, beyond that, their unique “cabin in a loft” home—which they also built themselves—is something of an architectural wonder and real-life landing pad for artistically-inclined travelers to Brooklyn, New York.

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Ascent – A Smart Concept Light by Daniel Rybakken

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Ascent is a fantastic new table light designed by the award winning Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken. Created for Luceplan, the beauty of this design is its simplicity. Ascent allows the user to control the intensity of the light simply by moving it up and down. When the shade is at the bottom the light is off but as it moves upwards its LEDs glow brighter, allowing the light to reach its strongest intensity at the top. It’s a simple idea and it’s executed brilliantly, with Rybakken using an action which feels both natural and intuitive.

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