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LE MILE SeLECTED: Presenting Archivio´s Fall Winter 2018 Collection.


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LE MILE SeLECTED: Presenting Archivio´s Fall Winter 2018 Collection.


 

 

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*archivio


march 2018
 

Archivio was established in Milan in 2016 by Cecilia Federico and Rosita Giammarino. The brand represents an unique intersection between art + fashion. Its creativity comes to life through the reinterpretation of iconic fashion pieces blended with a timeless and authentic design. Iconographic research and contemporary aesthetics merge together and become the core of every creative process of the brand. A daring design of hybrid silhouettes connects the feminine and masculine in a single universe. “Made in Italy” design and high quality materials are a fundamental value of the brand.

 
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Made by women, for women. Archivio is a womenswear brand that puts the focus on real women’s lives. For those who actively enjoy fashion but do not obsess over it, for women who know themselves and stand for what they want. Archivio woman is free, self-confident, elegant but also sporty and delicate. We design women for what they truly are : powerful, sensual, intelligent, sweet, strong, passionate, determined and elegant.

The collection embodies the perfect outfit for a contemporary woman: from the morning meeting to a dinner out, the sophisticated and timeless structure of the typical Italian tailoring are matched with precious shining fabrics and warm jacquards. The attentive and continuous study of the tailleur, together with the use of intangible silks, reveals us the fine line between the male and female wardrobe, where a woman can borrow her husband’s coat or tie to create her own provocative and sensual style. Double breast structured jackets, austere long coats and classic double pinces trousers, are proposed for a woman's everyday life. Technical and sporty details are mixed in a sensual and elegant collection, where cigarette and wide trousers are matched together with a hoodie silk shirt; and wedge boots are paired with a re-imagined classic longuette, to merge the everyday life wardrobe in a unique modern collection. Sensual dresses are created to enhance the sinuosity and shapes of the woman’s body, who is the real protagonist of our research. Archivio woman is immersed in her personal style, classic and well defined, yet always connected with the modern trends. Fortunately, style is not a slave to fashions.

 

 

LE MILE has selected Andrew Coimbra´s FW018 collection as must-seen for this season.


LE MILE has selected Andrew Coimbra´s FW018 collection as must-seen for this season.


 

 

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*andrew coimbra

february 018
 

Toronto-based designer Andrew Coimbra is a lifestyle and ready-to-wear brand, created back in 2015. With a strong focus on simple yet powerful design, in revisiting classic staples Coimbra is driven by conveying an aesthetic that is unique in its vision and realization.  

 
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Coimbra aims to play into the duality of the modern person: exploring the classic and contemporary, and the more street and relaxed self. Photographer Royal Gilbert has teamed up with stylist Chad Burton to shoot the lookbook of Andrew Coimbra´s  fall+winter 018 collection in Montréal, Québec.

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seen by  ROYAL GILBERT
styled CHAD BURTON
make up  MARK JORDY GONZALES
hair CODY MOOREFIELD
modelled MACKENZIE HOGAN-LUCUIK + ÉMILE WOON

 

www.andrewcoimbra.com

 

LE MILE SeLECTED presents selected fine bags by Dutch brand "Property Of...".


LE MILE SeLECTED presents selected fine bags by Dutch brand "Property Of...".


 

 

LE MILE SeLECTED
*Property Of...*


february 2018

Property Of... was founded in 2006 with the goal to provide a serious alternative to the classic full leather briefcase with a clean and timeless aesthetic, targeting men and women with contemporary urban lifestyles.  

 
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Inspired by Amsterdam’s cycling culture and the long winter nights of Northern Europe, Property Of... has developed a unique reflective fabric for their Amsterdam Series, combining safety with style. The goal is to create reflective bags that look good. This is achieved through a special coating process that allows the fabric to be dyed in different shades, moving away from the conventional silver textiles. The rugged and timeless appeal of the brand is retained through the use of their signature leather, brass and waxed canvas details.

The name Property Of... was selected as a kind of non-label, to simply refer to the unique identity of each bag’s owner. By using their signature leather ID tags, labeling is functional and present while remaining understated. 

 

LE MILE SeLECTED: WALIMEX


LE MILE SeLECTED: WALIMEX


 

 

LE MILE SeLECTED
*Walimex Pro – Photographing On The Go*


february 2018

In case you have ever wondered how to improve + make your on-location photo productions look better and proceed much easier, LE MILE SeLECTED reveals the lighting secrets and presents the favorite products from Walimex Pro.

 
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Sure, if you have your photo-assistant that controls the reflector, your photographs may achieve similiar results such as using modern lighting techniques where you do not need any assistance holding reflectors for hours and more.

The Portable walimex pro Powerflash 600, for example, is the perfect companion for the photographer who wants to be mobile and independent. It is a small + light-weight portable set which has an output of 600Ws and an LED modelling light, despite its small size and ensures the right lighting on location. With its light weight and the compact design the set can be transported comfortably and you will receive professional results not just in the studio but also on the go.

The external powerpack walimex pro Power Porta makes sure that your attachment flash will not run out of power on the occasion of your next event. Just like the Lightshooter it also convinces with its extremely compact size and, at the same time, its very high power. The Power Porta increases the number flashes up to 1800 and also wins points with its capacity of 4500 mAh. Apart from that, the Power Porta can be recharged either with the supplied battery charger or the vehicle charging cable.

The walimex pro Lightshooter 360 with powerful 360 Ws is far more than just a flash: Compact like a system flash, powerful like a studio flash. This makes this high-quality device the ideal solution for all kinds of use, where flexibility and mobility is a must, like e.g. weddings and other festivities. One of the major credit points of the Lightshooter is its simple and intuitive operability. It is simply plugged on the camera shoe and is then ready to start. You can make all settings in the clearly arranged control panel; even beginners will be able to become familiar with the operating concept, quickly and without any problems. The Lightshooter is particularly flexible in use: It can be swivelled horizontally and vertically. You receive the walimax pro flash with flash tube, or a reflector with diffuser disc.

So now, if you´re getting started with photographing on-location with your Walimex Pro equipment, keep in mind that it takes also its challenges of course. Mainly, because the available light throughout the natural sun, is one you just can´t directly control. Means: As long as you keep practicing and figuring out how to balance your strobe light with the natural sun light, you´ll be stunned by the high quality of images your camera will capture. Keep in mind that photographers such as Peter Lindbergh prefer the most to photograph during the golden hour to avoid harsh shadows and high contrast scenes. Also, rather shoot in the shade if you plan to not capture only a portrait but a full editorial production. 

 

LE MILE SeLECTED presents the best European Furniture Designs of 2018.


LE MILE SeLECTED presents the best European Furniture Designs of 2018.


 

 

LE MILE SeLECTED
*European Furniture Design '18*


written Michelle Heath

february 018

 

 

 
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With a strong Japanese design influence, French designers Karpenter believe in the value of quality craft in the creation of their work. Their Twist Dining Table embodies a simple, reduced design with its straight lines, slender profiles and stylish American Black Walnut. The expertly executed connections and immaculate finishings are what really make this table a truly great piece. Karpenter believes the role of the craftsperson can frequently go overlooked, when it is through their knowledge and expertise that the aesthetic and lifespan of a piece is determined. When a design maintains its style relevance despite trends and when design physically withstands the test of time, true success has been achieved. Karpenter is well on their way to achieving this status with their continuous dedication to craft and quality in their work. 

Danish design studio Encoded works with artisans based in Bali to create work that is both contemporary and environmentally conscious. The use of repurposed and recycled materials can evoke images of a specific aesthetic that is not typically considered modernist or contemporary. Working with recycled safety belts, cow leather and untreated wood, Encoded breaks away from that aesthetic and designs work that is natural but still refined and sophisticated. The lounge chair highlights the Danish design influence with its simple lines and minimalist material and colour palette. The use of teak tree provides a dynamic display of wood grain and movement not found in traditionally employed materials. Their dedication to their Danish background and commitment to the talent and knowledge of Bali’s craftspeople has helped Encoded establish a business model where materials, skill and design result in work that is of a high standard and accessible to a much wider audience.

French fashion designer, Guy Laroche, is well known for designing haute-couture fashion that incorporates a level of function and practicality not commonly associated with such designs. Taking that knowledge and respect for textiles and craft, the studio launched Guy Laroche Home, a line whereby the company now explores the world of haute couture in the design of furniture and accessories. The Desire Angle Sofa exemplifies the designer’s acute knowledge of textiles and marries that knowledge with the craft of stylish and functional furniture. Covered in linen, the sofa is luxurious and warm while remaining highly durable. Guy Laroche Home embodies the ability for design scales and mediums to cross paths and collaborate, resulting in work that is the best of both worlds.

Nick Stormont is a British designer who is creating a portfolio of work that addresses the entire life of a product and who explores how materials can inform the design process. Stormont’s STO1 stool proves that elegance and function are achievable when designers allow process and material to influence form. The use of the curve in the construction of the seat provides the necessary support and comfort without the introduction of additional materials. The stool’s profile alters as the work is viewed from different angles creating an almost sculpture-like form. Stormont has ventured into design that is both aesthetically pleasing and responsible. With the skills and knowledge already evident in this young designer’s work, future designs are sure to impress.

As the name suggests, &tradition believes firmly in the talent and vision of past designers. The studio also believes in the celebration of new designers who are forging their own paths to become the avant-garde designers of the future. This Danish studio has curated a collection of work that spans an incredible timeline of talented designers. One of the masters &tradition boasts is the Utzon Pendant by designer Jorn Utzon, most notably known for his design of the Sydney Opera House. Utzon designed the pendant a decade before the Opera House. Inspired by naval engineering influences from his father, the pendant achieves elegance in a robust material ensuring its adaptability for any design taste. It proves its timelessness and worth, being both desirable and stylish all these years later; a true legacy.

Family owned, Nordal provides design influenced by the richness of India while maintaining their Danish design aesthetic of simplicity and incredible craft. The collection is an assortment of deep colours, eye-catching metals and warm natural materials. The 6908 Dining Table is a perfect example of the marrying of two design influences. The dining table consists of thin lines of a powder-coated, black metal base with a simple wood surface. The use of mango wood for the surface is evidence of its exotic influences and provides a texture and pattern not commonly seen in Scandinavian design. Nordal exemplifies the ability for design influences to work together to result in designs that are unique. With that, Nordal is creating their own path while still remaining rooted in timeless design principles and aesthetics.

London based studio Wireworks designs with attention to the sensory aspect of their work. They believe that they are not only designing an object, but the entire experience around that piece. With that in mind, Wireworks pays close attention to the level of craft and finish of their work, knowing that the way an object feels and performs in the hands of someone plays a major role in their feelings and thoughts towards the design. The studio began by prototyping their designs with wire, hence the name, as a way of providing insight in the early phases of design as to how the work would function, appear and be constructed. With this thorough and rigorous design process, Wireworks designed the 66D coffee table. The vertical plane that follows the edge of the surface not only provides a depth to the profile without the added weight and expense of a solid wood surface but also aids in keeping items on the table. Another design by Wireworks that portrays their dedication to designs that people can interact with is their design for the Eclipse Wall Mirror. A small vanity mirror sits proud of a larger wall mount mirror with the ability to pivot and tilt as desired by the user. Additionally, on a custom made mechanism, the vanity mirror is capable of orbiting the entire perimeter of the larger mirror further increasing its ability to adapt and be specific to any user. With such close attention paid to the entire experience of interacting with their work, Wireworks designs pieces that people connect with and respect. These pieces are then firmly established in a person’s day-to-day and potentially for years to come.

 

Design is powerful but it does not need to be destructive. With consumers gradually becoming more and more informed about the source and background of their products is it critical that the design world focus on creating work that not only has an impact visually, but also concurrently creates a positive impact on the lives of people responsible for their production and the environment. Despite the varying influences and locations of these designers, each of them strives for the same ultimate goal: beautifully designed work that is capable of lasting the test of time. 


LE MILE SeLECTED South Lane Watches


LE MILE SeLECTED South Lane Watches


 

 

LE MILE SeLECTED
*SOUTH LANE*


december 2017

South Lane's defining AVANT collection has been re-envisioned and expanded. Retaining its avant-garde aesthetic and traditional Scandinavian minimalism, which propelled the brand into the world of high fashion, the new collection continues to push the envelope of design.

 
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AVANT refines its roots, combining its artistic Swiss-made craftsmanship and premium Italian leather with industrial design, to produce a modern timepiece that redefines luxury watch design.

Drawing inspiration from East London’s industrial architecture and concrete textures, the new AVANT collection is comprised of 10 timepieces. Each watch plate is individually hand-scratched, resulting in a raw, industrialized and avant-garde detailing where no two pieces are the same. 

 

LE MILE selected: NEW BALANCE


LE MILE selected: NEW BALANCE


 

 

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NEW BALANCE


august 2017
 

If you go to any major sneaker retailer, it is always guaranteed to see the sneaker variety of New Balance on the numerous shelves of the stores. Their retro runner style objects look super stylish on every guy, no matter if you´re tall, short, junior or senior. 

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NEW BALANCE CT300 white/green

New Balance is designed to cater to the endless days that always characterize the modern lifestyle. Multi-layer mesh replaces leather to give the shoe a much more active functionality and its sole is so stable and soft at the same time that it offers plently of ventilation without feeling unstable at all. Your New Balance sneakers are just like some good pair of blue jeans - the sole breaks in with its time and you start loving them more and more with each wear. New Balance is a sneaker made to be lived in with comfort, love and hundred miles of walk.

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NEW BALANCE MS574 AB black

New Balance Sneakers x LE MILE Studios

NEW BALANCE U420 PKB black

New Balance Sneakers x LE MILE Studios

NEW BALANCE WRL247 FC silver

New Balance Sneakers x LE MILE Studios

NEW BALANCE MRL996 JV black/grey

 

CREDIT INFORMATION | LE MILE Studios
www.newbalance.com

 

LE MILE Selected: A.F. Vandevorst


LE MILE Selected: A.F. Vandevorst


 

 

LE MILE SeLECTED
A.F. Vandevorst


november 2017
 

A.F. Vandevorst’s SS18 collection finds its artistic roots in motocross. Per tradition, the brand is heavily influenced by their favourite muse - the nomadic woman ready to experience. This season their muse gracefully embraces the off-road and speed of the motocross grounds.

 
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The bright colours of the dirt track, primary and modernist, have been toned down, softened, creating more refined pieces. Motocross clothing and bike form, with the thin tires and large mudguards, provoked the use of
leather, big letters and roughed up style. The ‘Fireworks’ shoes, recognisable by their enticing glitter, are the ultimate night-time go-to. The nouveau sneaker, with asymmetric details, demands a second look. Boots featuring accentuating lines create flattering forms. To celebrate the first shoe-only collection and the brand’s ultimate muse, a new returning boot is introduced this year: the iconic ‘Nomad boot’. Inspired by LA beaches, where artists paint temporary tattoos on legs and
feet, the elegant form rocks a beautiful henna-like print.

The brand will show their Spring/Summer 2018 couture collection at Paris Haute Couture in January 2018.

 

 

LE MILE Selected: Damir Doma x Łukasz Horbów


LE MILE Selected: Damir Doma x Łukasz Horbów


 

 

LE MILE SeLECTED
*DAMIR DOMA* 
F+W ´18


december 2017
 

Croatian-born designer Damir Doma grew up surrounded by toiles in his mother’s atelier in Germany and later studied fashion in Munich and Berlin, where he graduated in 2004. After gaining experiences in the ateliers designers Raf Simons + Dirk Schönberger, he relocated to Paris and launched his first menswear collection in 2007, and three years later showed the first women’s prêt-à-porter collection.

 
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Since June 2015, the Damir Doma brand moved its runway shows to Milan joining Milan Men Fashion Week within the Camera Nazionale della Moda calendar, also reinforcing the relationship between his Men’s and Women’s collections, which share the same creative inspiration, cuts and materials. 

Visual Artist Łukasz Horbów drew the creative spirt of the Damir Doma fall+winter collection and created digital collages of Doma´s inspiration.

 

 

LE MILE selected: EDGE OF BELGRAVIA


LE MILE selected: EDGE OF BELGRAVIA


 

 

LE MILE SeLECTED
EDGE OF BELGRAVIA


august 2017
 

With contemporary design from London, Edge of Belgravia is one of the world´s most innovative chef knife brands using high tech materials and supremely sharp stainless steel. They state that their knives are “just as effective tools as pieces of art for the kitchen.” 

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2010 the brand was established in West London´s district Belgravia and officially has launched to the UK market in 2012. They combine avant-gard and very unique design through the eye of designer Christian Bird with the highest quality of materials. No wonder why the brand has quickly won acclaim worldwide with great recognition.

We represent the award-winning and timeless Ceramic collection ONYX that combines bold design with outstanding sharpness of their ceramic blades. The knife´s light weight and comfortable handle make them easy to use for supreme cooking. The pioneering Black Diamant is an angular float knife block. Actually, it´s not just a knife block, its actually a piece of art, almost a sculpture for the kitchen. 

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CERAMIC ONYX CHEF KNIFE (6" | 15CM)

EDGE OF BELGRAVIA knifes x LE MILE Studios
 

CREDIT INFORMATION | LE MILE Studios
www.edgeofbelgravia.co.uk

 

LE MILE Selected: PUMA


LE MILE Selected: PUMA


 

 

LE MILE SeLECTED
PUMA


october 2017
 

PUMA is best known for its sportswear goods. But recently, PUMA has made a significant effort in expanding its influence in the lifestyle + fashion world through various collaborations with Alexander McQueen, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Tsugi Kori, or just recently Alexander Wang. 

 

 
 

2014, PUMA appointed Rihanna as the new Creative Director for their women’s department. PUMA intents on veering away from its identity as just another traditional sportswear brand.  Still, the brand has a very high presence in the world of soccer and track and field, with sponsorship deals with some of the best players and runners of the past and present.

London based Artist Tagen Donovan has been commissioned to work with some of the latest PUMA creations. Donovan is a modern successor of pop-art pioneers. She adapts images of the past, abstracts them and puts them into today´s social context so she is able to capture contemporary impulses in fashion and culture.

 
 
 

LE MILE SeLECTED ANDREA MAACK Fragrance


LE MILE SeLECTED ANDREA MAACK Fragrance


 

 

LE MILE SeLECTED
*ANDREA MAACK*


november 2017

Andrea Maack has created fragrances inspired by her artworks. 

 
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A native Icelander, she graduated from the Icelandic Art Academy with a degree in Fine Arts and she has been having solo exhibitions at the Reykjavík Art Museum, Georgia Sherman Toronto, Arnhem Mode Biennale, Maddox Gallery London and window installations at Harvey Nichols London, Tsum Moscow and Storm Copenhagen to name a few. 

Fragrance is a medium translating her work into an olfactory experience. Latest releases “Coven” and “Birch” take you on a journey into the refuge in wild woodlands and mysterious paths of nature.

 

LE MILE Selected: ELLENBERGER Design


LE MILE Selected: ELLENBERGER Design


 

 

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ELLENBERGER DESIGN


november 2017
 

In 2006 Jannis Ellenberger established a studio for interior- and product design, offering design service to a diverse of international furniture manufacturing companies. His design service has been honored with the iF Product Design Award, European Product Design Award in Gold and the Kids Design Award, to name just a few. In 2011 Ellenberger established „Elleberger Design“ with own collections. 

 
 

Armchair Private Space

The Private Space Collection with 24 different furniture objects and accessories is designed in a very clear, minimal and straight design, with a soft white surface and natural wood, Ellenberger creates an atmosphere of ease, comfort and recreation. Ellenberger says that he always tries „to add a warm touch of ease and recreation to my designs in contrast to the stressful outside world“, which explains why his design always contains natural oak wood. All of his items are manufactured under one roof. Working with solid wood from German stocks requires more than knowlodge and experience. Ellenberger Design stands for passionate design and functionality, aesthetics and longevity characterize his furniture creations. He designs furniture that lasts more than a lifetime. 

Just as with the Private Space collection, also the Nordic Space collection started with a bed. Along with a sofa and an armchair the collection stands for simple wooden construction with surprising details. All items are designed with clear lines combined with richly contrasting materials that radiate virtually the casual naturalness. We´re excited for more designs in the Nordic Space collection.

 
 
 

LE MILE Selected: Freitag


LE MILE Selected: Freitag


 

 

LE MILE SeLECTED
FREITAG


october 2017
 

Back in the 90s, digital designers and brothers Markus + Daniel Freitag were looking for a functional, water-resistent and robust backpack to hold their graphic works. By seeing the heavy multicolored trucks that rumbled infront of their apartment, they got inspired and created a bag from used truck tarpaulins, discarded bicycle inner tubes, and car seat belts.

 
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black Backpack F511 SKIPPER

The Freitag backpacks were born, taking their shape in the living room of their apartment in Zurich. Each one recycled their unique Freitag bag. The idea grew and became a great success. Nowadays, the products of Freitag are available in twelve F-Stores as well as at hundreds of resellers around the globe. Also, customers can order one of the over 5000 unique products from the online store presenting an extensive selection of colors, models, and texture. Markus + Daniel still conceive and oversee each new model through the series production by being the Creative Directors of Freitag.

green Business Bag R523 HOFFMANN
red Shopping Bag F52 MIAMI VICE
blue Clutch Bag F271 MASIKURA

www.freitag.ch

 

LE MILE Selected: G-SHOCK x Pigalle


LE MILE Selected: G-SHOCK x Pigalle


 

 

LE MILE SeLECTED
G-SHOCK x PIGALLE


october 2017
 

The French label PIGALLE teamed up with the Japanese watch brand G-SHOCK and together they have designed two variations of the iconic DW-5600.

 
 

This collaboration between the indestructible Japanese watch brand and Pigalle´s designer and founder Stéphane Ashpool has been announced months ago. Now, the collection of new wristwatches has been released and is inspired by the Japanese culture and by the same time by the creativity and innovation of Ashpool. The collection is available in the colors of Pigalle´s current collection in black and in a soft pastel tone. Both watches contain the logo of Pigalle on white display.

 
 
 

LE MILE Selected: European Furniture Design


LE MILE Selected: European Furniture Design


 

 

LE MILE SeLECTED
European Design


july 2017

written MICHELLE HEATH

As the birthplace of various design movements, Europe has been a leader in design for many years. This also means that it is a very competitive industry with newcomers entering the field on a seemingly daily basis. From a vast array of talented designers, Le Mile has selected seven current designers that are delivering incredibly thoughtful and aesthetic designs to this ever-evolving industry.

Heavily influenced by Bauhaus design principles while providing contemporary interpretations, New Tendency design studio creates minimalist pieces without sacrificing function. The Meta side table exemplifies the Bauhaus appreciation of strength and simplicity with its powder coated steel construction and simple geometric forms. With a modern twist the two-dimensional forms used in the design combine together to create a dynamic three-dimensional piece. The table’s silhouette alters from slender profiles and thin lines to robust forms depending on the angle the piece is viewed from. Using rigid, geometric forms, New Tendency has imbued this object with movement and intrigue. VIPP is an incredible example of a familyrun business that has grown and evolved with time, and has had tremendous success while remaining true to its core identity. VIPP began in 1939 by Holder Nielsen with the design of rubbish bins. At a time when being a designer was not considered an occupation in Germany, Nielsen believed in the necessity of designing objects that functioned while also appearing visually appealing.

  NEW TENDENCY  Meta Side Table, Powder coated steel, 350 × 280 × 580 mm, Germany

NEW TENDENCY
Meta Side Table, Powder coated steel,
350 × 280 × 580 mm, Germany

Following his death, Nielson’s daughter and grandchildren took over the business, increased the production capabilities and expanded the company’s portfolio to include kitchen millwork and other various kitchen accessories. The VIPP922 shelf maintains a simple, streamlined form with the inclusion of thoughtful elements such as the thumbscrews for a clean installation and a silicone base that serves a very practical purpose but has been expertly incorporated into the shelf’s construction. VIPP922 is a prime example of detailed engineering and sleek design. Despite having already obtained a place in the MoMA’s permanent collection, VIPP continues to transform and build on its already incredible legacy. Tatkraft was created when founder, Süleyman Mazanli was unable to find a bed design that suited his needs and taste. With a firm belief that ‘simplicity is poetry’, Mazanli used that to design and construct his own bed. The ION bed is a simple, skeletal frame, which evokes a sense of weightlessness despite its robust steel construction. Each ION bed is handmade and can be ordered with either a black-/white-painted or uncoated finish, allowing the steel to transform in response to its environment and gradual use. Tatkraft also believes in giving back, by working to fight deforestation that plagues much of our globe. 

A designer who believes in bringing good design to people and in helping decrease our impact on the planet, Tatkraft proves that good design can be not only simple and strong, but also affordable  and conscious. Based in Hamburg, Olga Bielawska, uses simple geometric forms to create pieces that play with depth and space. This results in work that is dynamic and at times seemingly gravity-defying. 

Bielawska’s Circle Meets Square table is as the name suggests, composed of the two geometric shapes but crafted out of wood and steel. The result is a table, delicate and thin in profile that provides limited evidence of how the surface connects with the base. However, this delicately proportioned piece is capable of being stacked and is clearly much stronger than it appears. Bielawska’s work takes simple forms and combines them in intriguing and insightful ways.

Poland’s 366 Concept along with the support and help of the family of designer have reissued the 366 Chair. This piece was first created by Józef Chierowski Chierowski in 1962 and became widely successful throughout the country. The chair’s compact size – measuring only 72 centimetres high and 62 centimeters wide - fit well with the small apartments of financially modest Polish citizens. The 366 Chair was capable of being mass-produced without sacrificing comfort or style. With the renewed appreciation for Mid Century Design and the increasing popularity of micro apartments and other smaller homes, 366 Concept anticipates that the 366 Chair will reach a much broader audience this time around. Rooted in the ideals of Scandinavian design, Muuto creates opportunities for talented designers to work with their team to bring timeless designs to a greater audience. The name Muuto stems from the Finnish word muutos meaning ‘new perspective,’ and it is designers that embody this meaning that Muuto seeks to work with. The Fiber Armchair exemplifies this collaboration tremendously. Designed by Iskos-Berlin, the Fiber Armchair seat is constructed of a biocomposite material that consists of 25% wood fibers, rendering the chair completely recyclable. The form of the seat has a fine texture as a result of the wood fibers and is sculptural but doesn’t sacrifice comfort. The outcome of this collaboration is a chair that is aesthetically pleasing while still functional and environmentally responsible, a truly successful new perspective on Scandinavian design.

What first began as a glass wares company in the Finnish town of Iittala in 1881, has now become a major source of incredible designs that transpired from working with some of the most talented designers of the past and present. Iittala, named after the town, transformed in the 1930s and 1940s to address the need for beautiful, quality design that was accessible for people of all walks of life. Iittala has since ventured into the design of many more pieces including lighting. 

The Leimu Light designed by Magnus Pettersen is one example of Iittala’s dedication to quality, versatile design. The Leimu light has the perfect combination of cool, robust concrete and warm, delicate glass. The result is a lamp that stands with its own presence but does not overshadow. The two materials work together to create a design that is both effortless and timeless. Despite the different stories of each of the designers and the scales they work in, it is apparent that each has the same ultimate goal, to provide a wider audience with access to quality design. Each of the pieces created by these designers is crafted to the highest degree of standards with simplicity of form that allows them to adapt to any lifestyle, taste or era. It is with this versatility that these designs are capable of lasting a lifetime.

 

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Photos and Collage Art: LE MILE STUDIOS

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