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Ingo Maurer: be provoked or die (of boredom)

Mutation, positive or negative, gives a very strong tension. Ingo Maurer, an industrial designer and light craftsman, believes this is necessary since it serves as instigator; a fundamental part of our daily lives, according to Maurer. If we were not intellectually challenged we would get bored in no time. Just imagine being surrounded by monotony, …

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Sheila Hicks: Fighting the insensitive use of color.

“Textile is a universal language. In most cultures around the world, textiles are a crucial and essential component. Therefore, if you’re beginning with thread, you’re halfway home.” Sheila Hicks     I wanted to begin with that quote because it made me realize something that I never really think about even though I should: textiles …

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Luis Barragan, its architecture, Casa Gilardi: major influence on our design credo and aesthetic.

Barragán’s clients for the Casa Gilardi residence in Mexico City had just two requirements: keep the flowering jacaranda tree in the plan, and include an indoor pool. These simple, natural features speak to the pared-down quality that gives the architect’s work so much power. Luis Barragán used color, surface, and scale, much like the minimalism …

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Nendo: Brilliant Experimentation in Design

Enjoy life, day by day, surrounded by useful and beautiful objects.   The world-renowned Nendo studio has devoted years to the innovation and redesign of everyday objects. Nendo, the Japanese name of this firm is translated as “molding clay” and really, molding is what this firm does, not only visually, but also functionally, using minimalism …

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Bauhaus: The First Design School of Modern Times

Craft isn’t entirely synonymous with mass production. But in the early 1900s, the Bauhaus, a group, and school of architects and designers sought to reconcile these two methods. Founded in the city of Weimar, the Bauhaus integrated a wide variety of arts and design, from graphics to ceramics, to demonstrate a synthesized approach to the …

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