Studio Job: Monkey Business

Publishing house Skira Rizzoli will release on March 22nd « Studio Job: Monkey Business » . The book is a collective work between designer Job Smeets, who founded Studio Job in 2000 with Nynke Tynagel, Glenn Adamson, Ronald Labaco, respectively director and senior curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Loic Le Gaillard and Julien Lombrail, principals at Carpenters Workshop Gallery (Paris and London). Blurring the lines between industrial design and art installation, Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job have vaulted into the top ranks of contemporary design. (…)

Juliette Warmenhoven: Nest Bowls

You may know her from her "Everyday Growing" collection of out-of-this-world pots for plants, exhibited during the Dutch Design Week (DDW). Designer Juliette Warmenhoven's “Nest Bowls” consist of five ceramic bowls that form a nest when placed one into the other. "Using the bowls’ elegance as a starting point, I constantly play with colors, details, heating processes, materials and more – an infinite process." The Amsterdam-based designer has created three different series "from which more and more series will evolve into both limited and standard editions. The Moss collect is a soft colored green. The bowls are gloss glazed on the inside and matte glazed on the outside. The Mint collection was named after its minty celadon green, bowls glazed inside and raw on the outside. Finally, the Burned pigment drawing series: the bowls are unglazed and enriched with a drawing that has a cell or bubble texture, which has been burned into the clay. Each bowl has a character of its own and the composition changes from one series to the following one."

This is not a clutch: The art of Nathalie Trad

Born in Beirut and raised in Dubai, where she still lives and works, fashion designer Nathalie Trad confesses to « a strong penchant for asymmetric designs ». The designer loves « to take classic shapes – ubiquitous in our natural environment – and radically transform them, deconstructing and redefining the boundaries of fashion aesthetics. » A design ethos which translates into one-of-a-kind clutches made of wood, hammered copper, mother of pearl, shells... The Fashion designer studied in Paris at Esmod international and in New York, at the Parsons School of Design. Her newest collection (she debuted her eponymous brand in 2013) is titled « Cipher 1.61 », which she describes as her own «visual interpretation of the universal geometric order. ».

Too hot to handle? Solano self-standing fan by naft/Ginga-do by NAGAE & Awatsuji design

Yes, there are ways to fight the heat and stay über cool. This self-standing fan, designed in Japan by naft/Ginga-do by NAGAE. Made in Takaoka-city, Toyama, by these famous metal casting & smithing specialists, in collaboration with Awatsuji Design, the aluminum base makes the difference: the fan stands on your desk or table and becomes part of the decor. Did we need this? Not really, as so many items that are designed in Japan. But why should we try to resist?  These quirky little devices are available on Alexcious.