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  • Mandarin natural Chocolate
    The branding for Mandarin natural Chocolate focuses primarily on one key information about chocolate — the cacao intensity, showcased by a gradient 10-dot bar that immediately yet subtly notes whether the chocolate is 60, 80 or 100% cacao. Equally brief, the reverse of the packet stylishly informs the consumer of other key production facts. Conceived […]
  • Natural Irma Bag
    I have long been a reader of Thisispaper Magazine, and when in late 2012 they decided to expand to the analogue world, selling a range of stunning and simplistic products, I for one, was thrilled to explore the designs. Initially launching a series of bags and rucksacks, Thisispaper Shop also recently introduced a beautiful range […]
  • Espace Arbois Duranne
    A unique form of pre-fabricated concrete rises from a natural rock wall in Aix-en-Provence, France. Designed by architecture firm Atelier Fernandez & Serres, this cultural centre provides both interior and exterior congregation spaces for the city. The defining feature of the structure is a long, curvilinear wall which wraps the courtyard in a nearly complete circle. This circle […]
    2016.09.08Jillian Japka
  • Synnes Chair
    Designed by Falke Svatun, a young Norwegian designer based in Oslo, the Synnes Chair is a modern take on a traditional Scandinavian dining chair. The seat and back are made from high-quality form-pressed plywood/laminates. Pinned to the seat with dowels, the 6mm thin backrest forms a structural shell which offers comfort as well as sturdiness. Available […]
  • Reydon Grove Farm
    Reydon Grove Farm is a long and narrow home situated in Suffolk, England. Designed by minimalist favourite Norm Architects, the low-lying dwelling reflects its environment with a refined structure and neutral colour palette. The scale was thoughtfully placed so as to correspond with the existing buildings on site, a barn and dairy. Reflecting the trees on site, the […]
    2016.08.25Jillian Japka
  • Tweezers
    Clemens Auer‘s manifesto states that he searches for the simple yet astonishing, and that is precisely what he achieves with his award-winning tweezers. The Austrian product designer drew inspiration from one of the human body’s archetypal gestures: thumb and index finger forming a pinching motion. As he states: It is a poetic and intuitive translation of […]
  • House in Matosinhos
    On a long and narrow plot in Portugal sits House in Matosinhos — a white, modern home that stands out from its neighbours. Wedged between two traditional structures, this residence is designed to add privacy while utilising as much of the small site as possible. The majority of the exterior walls are tightly position against the street or the neighbouring […]
    2016.08.18Jillian Japka
  • Berayah SS16
    Especially in a fast-paced design environment like fashion, it is important for creatives to constantly hark back to their most personal inspirations, their own story, to stay confident and idiosyncratic. This means opening up in a way that can be quite challenging. For Hong Kong-based womenswear designer Enoch Ho this means relying on his faith. […]
    2016.08.08Jana Ahrens
  • The Void
    The Void is surely a strange choice of name for this community centre in Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea. Designed by Hyunjoon Yoo Architects, this is their first project built on an island, where majority of the population is elderly. The Void consists of a restaurant and a public bathhouse, due to rising demand of proper […]
    2016.08.06Nhat Vo
  • Dafundo Apartment
    The Portuguese architecture firm of João Tiago Aguiar has designed this elegant classic-meets-modern apartment on a river bank in their home country. Dafundo Apartment features everything we’ve come to expect from great minimal spaces: open and airy rooms, abundant natural light, and few furnishings. The modern design of Dafundo Apartment merges effortlessly with its classic building. I […]
    2016.08.04Jillian Japka
  • Jil Sander SS17 Menswear
    Wide-meshed light sweaters complementing classic shirts, purist leather jackets and coats taking the role of blazers: these seem to be the building blocks of the Jil Sander SS17 menswear collection. The sweaters are neatly tucked in and layered with the aforementioned leather jackets, as well as clean lined trench coats and blousons that were stripped […]
    2016.08.01Jana Ahrens
  • Juergen Teller Studio
    The Juergen Teller Studio in London is a series of three buildings and gardens for photographer Juergen Teller. Designed by 6a Architects, this studio is located on a long and narrow site in the heart of the city. An unassuming brick building from the outside, this dwelling contains offices, a studio space, a library and archive, […]
    2016.07.21Jillian Japka
  • No-No Tables
    No-No Tables are the creative meeting of two minimal greats, Norm Architects and Note Design Studio. Inspired by a meeting in Italy, and an old marble floor, these two Scandinavian firms saw potential. The table itself manifests in a number of differing sizes and heights, allowing for collaboration amongst the collection to create vignettes and to allow […]
  • St. Elie Church
    Situated against the rocky hill of Mt. Lebanon in Chouf District is St. Elie Church, designed by Maroun Lahoud. The Paris-based architect was commissioned to design the project, which acts as a reconciliation between Christian and Druze groups following the civil war within the region. St. Elie Church is constructed with different volumes of polished stones, which […]
    2016.07.16Nhat Vo
  • Casa de Aluminio
    Fran Silvestre Arquitectos has completed another lovely modern home in Spain. The residence is aptly named Casa de Aluminio, or Aluminium House, for its silvery appearance from afar. The structure is composed of two perfectly geometric stories with long terraces on both floors. The lower level holds the main living areas, while the private bedrooms and bathrooms are […]
    2016.06.30Jillian Japka
  • Black Wool
    Approaching Autumn/Winter 16, Warsaw based THISISNON again challenges my task of writing about them without using the phrase fashion brand. Because, as the designers themselves do not tire to emphasise: [We aim]… to design clothing that is independent of fashion and trends. We carefully select only essential elements to build beautifully minimal shapes. Our aim […]
    2016.06.20Jana Ahrens
  • Casa AR
    A composition of frames to paint within them using the sun, the shadows of the trees, the wet landscape left by the rain. Even when it maintains and architectural proportion in the spaces according their use, the house can be perceived as a sculpture. The dimensions are difficult to scale from the outside because it’s decontextualised. This […]
    2016.06.17Jorge San Luis
  • Light Cube House
    Light Cube House is a live/work space located in Tokyo. Designed by Sampei Junichi of Tokyo architectural office A.L.X., the house features a practical floor plan and simple yet stunning aesthetic gestures. A clean distinction between public and private spaces is achieved by splitting the functions to different floors. The first floor consists of the office and […]
    2016.06.16Jillian Japka