The Top Stitch
Your weekly digest of news in the world of Design, Upholstery, Furniture and Interior Design, brought to you by Global Upholstery Solutions.
The designer-maker pair of Brazilian architect Renata Gutierrez and British woodworker James Rowland is based in Paraty, Brazil. There the duo produces handmade solid hardwood furniture as Knót (ki-no-ti) Artesanal, specializing in minimal and clean aesthetics. Through traditional woodworking techniques, Knót works with a variety of Brazilian tropical hardwoods to create their pieces, the simple lines are then enhanced with copper and brass details. Renata and James’ passion for quality materials is apparent in their beautifully crafted furniture that features natural finishes and traditional joinery, for a truly timeless aesthetic.
The Crafted Series carpet tile collection (created by Milliken’s in-house design team combines the nostalgia of the hand-made with the power of modern technology. Originally launched in 2018 as a capsule collection of two designs ‘Woven Colour’ and ‘Modern Maker’ an additional statement design ‘Warp Winding’ has now been created. The colour line has also been significantly extended creating a palette of 18 different shades – from beautiful neutrals, nature inspired mid-tones and dashes of brightness.
Although during lockdown we have been limited to the type of work we can do – but being part of the healthcare supply chain we have stayed open throughout – it is worth reminding our readers of the type of work we do on a regular basis and so this fantastic project with hundreds of wall panels is a great place to start.
Marketers used to have little choice. The only marketing was local. The local neighborhood, the local community.
Mass marketing changed that. Now, the goal was to flip the culture, all at once. Hit records, hit TV shows, products on the end cap at Target and national TV ads to support it all.
SBID Accredited Designer and head of interior design at Knights of Beaconsfield, Gill Surman shares her journey into the interior design profession, and the importance of having a strong understanding of business from the outset.
Vitra is streaming ‘Chair Times’ – a film that documents the many-sided world of chairs – for free during this particular time. The film charts a course through an ocean of chairs.
In Chair Times, Vitra Chairman Emeritus and former CEO Rolf Fehlbaum speaks with experts in the design field, including designers Hella Jongerius, Antonio Citterio and Ronan Bouroullec, architects and collectors Arthur Rüegg and Ruggero Tropeano, architect David Chipperfield, Director of the Vitra Design Museum Mateo Kries, Vitra Design Museum curator Amelie Klein, Jochen Eisenbrand and collection curator Serge Mauduit.
Some 10 years ago Shamil Thakrar (who is quite a prolific reader) was thinking a lot about Dieter Rams’ Ten Principles of Good Design – a text referred to as “the commandments” by aficionados and experts throughout the industry. “I remember I wrote, a bit pompously, a blogpost on it,” he says, with not a hint of pomp. “I said, ‘but there’s an eleventh rule of design: design can be story.’”
The design process is time consuming, there is a lot of communication, understanding and thought that goes into designing a space that truly works for the client. It’s only by going through this process that the client is going to feel that they have received value. And this makes me want to suggest that online interior designers need to raise their rates so that they budget for this additional time.
Bike company VanMoof was supposed to unveil its new models live, but COVID-19 made that impossible. Instead design studio Resn created a virtual launch.
The tech giant is turning money into an almost entirely virtual experience. So why has it launched the world’s most impractical credit card?
Multidisciplinary collective Studio ThusThat explored the “invisible” material of copper as a low-carbon alternative to concrete when developing its This is Copper furniture collection.
Made using waste taken from a copper factory in Belgium, This is Copper comprises a series of objects including chairs, lamps and mirrors.
Each piece aims to demonstrate the potential of copper as a more sustainable alternative to cement, the production of which accounts for around eight per cent of global CO2 emissions per year.
The best designers tend to be the ones who question the necessity of most of our stuff–who realize most of it is superfluous and the stuff that isn’t should be given great care and attention in terms of its design. England’s Terence–ahem Sir Terence–Conran is one of those designers. Growing up in the wake of WWII, he is a champion of thrift and democratized modern design.