Cherry blossoms in Finland

It took four years to craft, but it was worth the wait. The design industry is cooing over this new collection, the love child of two design icons: Japanese fashion company Issey Miyake and Finnish home design brand Iittala's collaboration flaunts perfect organic shapes and delicate colors, mixing technologically innovative and traditional materials. Jeremiah Tesolin, Creative Director at Iittala, has lifted the veil for The LuxPad: "The topic of Iittala and Miyake Design Studio sharing the same values and mutual respect towards each other came up in the discussions between Iittala Design Director Harri Koskinen and Miyake Design Studio. We admire the work of Miyake Design Studio very much and we were thrilled when we got the response that the feeling and the willingness to collaborate was mutual. The discussions and the product development started from there and now, after four years, the collection is ready and launching."

Kaja Solgaard, Tapputi and the Sea

Norwegian designer Kaja Solgaard (whose previous projects have been featured here) presented us with her last work: Tapputi & the sea.  For her graduation at ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland), she imagined solid perfume designs, complete with experimental scent holders and appliers. Taputti is the first chemist ever mentioned in the history of perfumes, estimated to have lived and worked 3,000 years before Christ in Mesopotamia. Tapputi & the sea, explain the designer, is "a story about the meeting between fragrance and material, a future take on the luxury of cosmetics and natural materials role in such objects. The sea sponge is meant to visually speak about the scent and it functions physically as the holder of the perfume which is casted onto it. The glass protects the perfume from light, oxygen and heat, and it visualizes the shapes."

Paper John reinvents the grocery bag (Made in Germany)

Designed (or re-designed) by the Hamburg-based Ogata 's creative team, the traditional paper grocery bag has found a new purpose. "In our everyday life we are used to move from place to place with our bicycles," declared Ogata founders Dennis Rasch and Cornelius Voss. "When we went shopping for groceries we often wondered, how are we going to transport these back home in a secure and comfortable way? It quickly came to our minds that the most ​comfortable way to carry weight is on one's back, irrespective of whether you are going by foot or by bike." And the Paper John backpack was born. (…)

Some Karakter: Joe Colombo’s Modello 300 Chair is Back

It's back! Thanks to Karakter, the Copenhagen-based brand behind this relaunch. Joe Colombo' believed in democratic and functional design - meaning the Italian designer was always focusing on the user. His designs were to be easily packed, handled, shipped and assembled – the knock-down furniture. One of those was the Modello 300 dining chair, which certainly puts (at last) flat-packed furniture in quite a flattering light...