For lovers of colourful pieces and embroidery, the work of Australian artist Liz Payne is the perfect blend. Combining prints, weaving and embroidery, she offers unique pieces that exude joie de vivre and optimism.
Founded in New York in 2004 by the Thai-American fashion designer Thakoon Panichgul, the house of Thakoon opened its first store right at the heart of New York’s hip Soho neighbourhood last summer. A serene setting that blends a streamlined aesthetic with design-forward furniture in crude materials.
Graviky Labs’ niche is transforming pollution into an art to reduce mankind’s negative impact on the planet. This Indian start-up has developed a method for recovering the pollutant particles generated by engines and transforming them into ink pigments. You quite simply attach a filter to your exhaust pipe, which makes it possible to recover fine particles. The result is a black ink and markers of different sizes which artists from all over the world will be able to use. This approach from a country heavily affected by pollution forms part of a global movement, which views recycling as the spearhead of the fight against pollution.
Strongly inspired by nature, the New York design brand Eskayel creates completely eco-friendly fabrics and papers with dreamy motifs, crafted from water-based inks. A range of textiles, wallpapers and household linen with an incredibly positive creative energy, playing on the symbolism of the circle.
Creating the first clothing that allows you to enjoy the sun’s benefits all year round? This is the ingenious idea that has become a reality thanks to Soltech+, an American start-up that is in the midst of revolutionising the textile sector with its totally one-of-a-kind line: TanRound. The principle is simple. Featuring patented UVTR technology, these unprecedented jackets conserve the sun’s heat while boosting our vitamin D levels, thus creating a natural tanned complexion.
A spherical sculpture measuring six metres in diameter has been installed at the centre of the city of Porto by the architecture firm FAHR 021.3. Christened “Eclipse”, the spectacular metallic structure constructed using ventilation ducts has been designed to play on contrasts between day and night.
The German brand Ames has just released a new collection of outdoor furniture designed by Sébastien Herkner and entirely handcrafted by Colombian artisans. The unique blend of modern and age-old techniques creates a very visual effect that exudes the joie de vivre and carefree spirit of our childhood games.
Given the economic climate, French luxury houses’ style heritage is more than ever a major source of inspiration for their creative directors. We are witnessing a return to safe bets, which are seen as lucrative all round, marking a celebration for some and a rite of passage for others.
Known as the “Dynamic Tower”, a completely new kind of skyscraper is set to be built in Dubai. Futuristic and innovative, the building would consist of fully rotating apartments.
Pierre Charpin’s Slice armchair celebrates its 20th birthday! It is an opportunity to revisit the timeless particularities of an object emblematic of French design and pop aesthetic. First produced in 1996 by Cinova, and then by the very specialised gallery Kreo, le Slice was brought out again by Ligne Roset in 2016 in a more comfortable and modern version, but without losing sight of its graphic and minimalist heritage that has made it a success.