Author
Marina Esmeraldo

  • 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 […]
  • THEY New York
    Two things are immediately striking for the minimalism enthusiast when looking at THEY New York‘s collection of beautiful sneakers — one is the astonishing craftsmanship involved in the shoes’ embedded geometric shapes, another is the excitement those unexpected shapes cause on the viewer. THEY is founded siblings Jack and Angela Lin and Steven Jung, three Manhattan-based friends who […]
  • Juncher
    Denmark–based Juncher is a recently launched design shop focusing on interior homewares. Designer Ruben Juncher is also self-taught, approaching the design industry from a unique perspective. Favouring steel as his main material, Juncher uses it with a light touch, using mainly 2mm powder coated steel, giving the products a robust and durable finish. They’re also mounted on hidden brackets, which adds a floating element to […]
  • Uncertain Encounters
    Sydney-based Galerie pompom‘s latest exhibition features interdisciplinary artist Consuelo Cavaniglia’s installation Uncertain Encounters, where sculptures, wall-based works and painted surfaces create slight visual illusions that activate mild deceptions and upset our sense of spatial order. Uncertain Encounters is about elements coming together, yet the meeting point is not always harmonious. Comprising of sparse elements — mirrored, metal sculptures […]
  • Pause for Harmony
    Pause for Harmony is a collaboration between Japanese fashion house Issey Miyake and Finnish glassware company Iittala. The collection comprises simple homewares and was created to turn ordinary activities into special, mindful moments, like relaxing on the couch, making tea, or arranging freshly cut flowers in a vase. Comprising delicate textile, ceramic and glass pieces for the home, the […]
  • ONA Necklaces
    Born from the collaboration between Montreal-based designer Maud Beauchamp (co–founder of the design venture mpgmb) and ceramist Agathe Palavioux, ONA Necklaces are the surprising result of an investigative foray into a most unusual, unexpected source of inspiration: stethoscopes and other medical equipment. Despite this sterile, austere reference, the objects have a playfully geometric, even warm aspect, […]
  • Linear
    Melbourne-based photographer Ray Ranoa‘s work is predominantly reductionist in style — simple backdrops, monochrome clothing, minimalist tailoring — yet they’re often filled with tension. Be it in his models’ facial expressions or body language, there is always something more to the misleadingly simple content of his photographs. Ranoa has previously worked with menswear brand Blair Archibald to […]
  • Beau Bertens
    Beau Bertens is an independent graphic designer from the Netherlands who encourages a sophisticated, pared down dialogue between content and form. With work ranging from books and magazines to websites and identities, Beau’s approach is conceptual, frequently monochrome and focused on considered typography, allowing these elements a balanced playfield in which content shines through. Collaborating […]
  • Frank Gerritz: LDN/EDI
    Frank Gerritz is a sculptor. A sculptor, however, who for years has developed his sculptural ideas principally in the form of drawings that nonetheless emanate a markedly space-encompassing energy. For the past two decades, Gerritz has applied layers upon layers of graphite using soft Faber Castell 9B pencil marks on walls, paper and, as is the case […]
  • Tumble Vase
    Why should home wares be limited to the flat bi-dimensionality of table tops? Oslo-based Norwegian designer Falke Svatun challenges this conventional perception in shape, function and appearance with his Tumble Vase design. The stoneware vessel was a contribution to Structure, a recent exhibition on contemporary Norwegian art and design in Milan. Tumble’s cutout at the base […]
  • Milk Bathtub
    Sleeping next to someone you love is like laying in a deep bathtub full of warm milk. This notion was the premise for Brooklyn-based photographer Andrew T. White, to create this ethereal series of photographs with model and collaborator Natasza Wasilewski. The imagery is the result of a reflection on intimacy and the tangible qualities of […]
  • Upton Belts
    Texas-based Upton Belts was created in the pursuit to establish the belt as an indispensable staple and protagonist in its own right, rather than a mere accessory. The brand was born online in order to deliver the highest quality product and the best experience without the traditional retail markup, resulting in an incredibly stylish product obtainable at […]
  • Homini
    In a constant search for transcendental beauty, two Montevideo-based sisters conceived Homini, a contemporary jewellery design studio. Both being architects, they turned an eye toward new scenarios, scales and formats in a pursuit to free themselves from the formal and technical restrictions inherent to the architectural field. In 2014, after separate stints abroad in São Paulo and Beijing, […]
  • PURITAAN
    There’s something so pleasing about functional and beautiful products being born simply from the need for their existence. The founders of Budapest-based PURITAAN come from a creative background and had, quite straightforwardly, a need for simple and honest cases and bags for their beloved Apple products. PURITAAN combines digital technology with traditional craftsmanship to create minimalist products for […]
  • 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 […]
  • Native Union Marble Collection
    Cosmopolitan luxury brand Native Union has recently unveiled an innovative, unique collection of mobile accessories that feature real marble as its prominent material. The Marble Collection is an expanding line of marble tech accessories that currently encompasses three products: CLIC, DOCK and NIGHT. CLIC Marble is an incredibly light, nimble iPhone 6 case made with a […]
  • A Wall Grid
    Crisp, clean lines and a satisfying, golden ratio-like play on geometry and precision are the key features of this Wall Grid stocked by London-based studio and shop Present & Correct. The grid comes in two different sizes, large (rounded: 71x30cm) and small (square: 42x30cm). Made from laser-cut smoked oak, they are a beautiful, elegant and characterful […]
  • Movement in Stone
    Born in Cairo, Egypt, Italy-based Armen Agop creates stone sculptures that delve deeply into the pursuit of purity of form. Deriving from nature and memory, taking inspiration from dunes in the desert, his work is guided by his upbringing in Egypt. His material of choice creates an interesting balance, capturing the flowing energy of the […]
  • Margaret Howell Invites
    British fashion designer Margaret Howell has worked successfully in both men’s and women’s wear for nearly four decades, with a reputation for her take on fashion staples such as the shirt, lace-up shoe, duffle coat and trench coat, creating timeless, androgynous garments that marry traditional styles with modern appeal. In nearly a decade-long collaboration, London-based […]
  • AILE Lamp
    Delicate and light, AILE is a desk lamp created by Ferréol Babin, a French independent designer based in Treviso, Italy. AILE is an impeccable prototype, made of aluminium, carbon fibre, paper and LEDs, and can be powered by both mains and USB plug. A flat LED source is hidden under the curved dome, made of paper, and […]
  • Black Merino 2
    The result of a fascination with continuity, longevity and timelessness, Black Merino 2 is the third collection from the stylish Polish apparel brand THISISNON. Incorporating high-tech thermo insulation for better comfort, the collection is a true embodiment of THISISNON’s manifesto—simple, perfectly tailored clothes for everyday life. The brand offers only a few essential pieces and encourages respect for natural resources […]
  • Jennifer Cheng
    Currently based out of Toronto, Jennifer Cheng creates beautifully simple, elegant images. Mainly showcased on her Instagram account, her work is an interesting blend between urban photography and fashion editorials. Her background as a graphic design student comes into prominent play in her photographs — she has a keen eye for negative space, colour and balanced compositions. […]
  • Table Tennis
    London–based photographer Bruno Drummond embarked on a curious experiment this summer. Interested in the behavioural similarity between disparate moving elements — like liquids, and hundreds of table tennis balls — Drummond had 1,500 ping pong balls shipped from China for a photographic project. He set about making photographs, showing hundreds of balls the moment they were thrown or dropped from height. The images […]
  • Chiyome FW15
    New York City-based women’s accessories brand Chiyome is launching their new Fall/Winter ’15 collection this September. Paying rigorous attention to minimalist design and materiality, the new collection is inspired by fine art and structural innovation. A study of varied texture, they analyse lush surfaces in contemporary art to define a collection that invites touch — a luxe material awakening. […]