Photographer Natalie Christensen explores the often overlooked spaces of Santa Fe, New Mexico, to create minimalist abstractions of urban architecture and streetscapes. Informed by her career as a psychotherapist, her work uncovers hidden beauty within the ordinary through a keen focus on colour, shadow and geometry.
Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto first began to photograph the sea and its horizon in 1980. More than 30 years later, his Seascapes series is now a vast body of work that documents the sea meeting the sky in locations across the world, a sensitive exploration of landscape and time.
Armed with a Pentax 67 camera, American artist Scott West transforms everyday surroundings and ordinary objects into carefully considered compositions. Inspired by the work of Bruce Weber, William Eggleston and Paul Strand, his subtle approach is forward-thinking yet grounded in an enduring sense of heritage.
TUCSON MOUNTAIN RETREAT
Located in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona, the Tucson Mountain Retreat was designed by local firm DUST who sought to create a home that embraces engagement with the surrounding living landscape. The resulting building uses a rainwater harvesting system, sustainable materials such as rammed earth and large glass panels to dissolve the boundaries between inside and out.
Discover our latest Autumn Winter 2017 collection, shot on location at the Tucson Mountain Retreat, here
Photography by Jeff Goldberg/ESTO
Opened in spring 2017 by Danish chef Frederik Bille Brahe, Apollo Bar is housed in a former exhibition space in Copenhagen’s central square. The bar serves up small plates and blends culture and history with good food; the interior boasts a 130 year old plaster frieze made at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi and even some of Frederik’s own family heirlooms.
p.s. Apollo Bar is a short walk from our temporary pop-up shop at 36 Østergade, come and say hello if you’re nearby…
Photography by Casper Sejersen
Berlin-based architecture practice Barkow Leibinger are known for taking an interdisciplinary and forward-thinking attitude to designing buildings. As part of their research-based approach, they host annual summer workshops that aim to experiment with new ways of working. This year’s workshop focuses on ceramic materials, exploring the use of clay to create scale models and interesting forms that could be applied to facades.
Photography by Seanna Drew and Lisa-Maria Fromme for Barkow Leibinger
The Stacked Leather Chair by New York-based design studio Fort Standard is made entirely of rolled layers of vegetable tanned leather. The limited edition piece is part of the studio’s Qualities of Material collection, experimental furniture that pushes natural materials such as wood, stone and leather to their limits.
Images by Clemens Kois for Patrick Parrish Gallery
RAÚL SÁNCHEZ ARCHITECTS
A project by Barcelona-based studio Raúl Sánchez Architects, Apartment Tibbaut was once a cramped underground space with limited natural light. Transformed by a bold spatial concept that uses contoured pine walls, grand stone pillars and arching vaults to create a monumental look, the apartment now offers a light-filled central space and perimeter rooms designed for privacy and calm.
Photography by Jose Hevia
Based in Guadalajara, Mexico, Jose Dávila draws upon his training as an architect to create sculptural installations and photographic works that explore the transience of physical structures. Appearing as if they may topple at any moment, the figures in his Joint Effort series invite the viewer to observe their precarious nature and imagine their collapse.
Courtesy of Jose Davila and Sean Kelly, NY
MULLER VAN SEVEREN
The Cutlery Project by Antwerp-based design company Valerie Objects set a range of international designers a simple brief: to create a prototype cutlery set. Belgian duo Muller van Severen responded with a combination of practical stainless steel and colourful resin, reflecting their signature approach to playful yet functional design.
Find out more about Muller van Severen’s work and discover their unique studio in our latest editorial…
Photography by Frederik Vercruysse
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As a child growing up in Burkina Faso, architect Francis Kéré travelled over 40km to go to school. To make education more accessible for others, he designed a primary school in his home village of Gando that uses clay bricks and innovative ventilation techniques to combat the effects of extreme heat.
This year Francis Kéré’s award-winning Berlin-based practice Kéré Architecture has designed the Serpentine Pavilion that will host the annual Park Nights series supported by COS.
Discover more about the project here.
Photography by Siméon Duchoud
DONALD JUDD FURNITURE
Best known for his distinctive geometric art, Donald Judd also designed pieces of furniture that reflected his commitment to functional and minimal design.
By working with exact specifications Donald Judd Furniture continues to produce over 70 furniture designs in wood and metal, each meticulously fabricated as originally designed.
Chair 2, Traffic red/RAL 3020
Donald Judd Furniture
Image: Brian Ferry © Judd Foundation
Donald Judd Furniture © Judd Foundation
Photographer Wolfgang Tillmans’ 2016 exhibition On the Verge of Visibility presented a range of abstract and figurative work in a site-specific installation at Porto’s Serralves Foundation. Captured in a 96 page exhibition catalogue, the series focuses on what he describes as ‘Vertical Landscapes’, photographs of natural light phenomena that occur when day meets night, and sky meets earth and sea.
Images courtesy of Tenderbooks
Influenced by his background in graphic design and art direction, Paris-based photographer Olle Bengtsson takes a conceptual approach to still life that references a long-standing interest in science, architecture and geometry. In his recent series Nudes, Olle explores line and colour with abstract arrangements of paper.
A trained engineer and graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, Michael Anastassiades’ work deftly combines fine art with functionality. His mobile chandelier collection features linear metalwork and delicate glass spheres, each designed to be rearranged while remaining perfectly balanced.
The minimal lighting can be seen in COS stores around the world including London Regent Street, Hamburg and our new store in Ginza, Tokyo.
STUDIO MIEKE MEIJER
Designed by Studio Mieke Meijer, Airframe 01 is a lightweight cabinet inspired by the wooden wings of early aeroplanes. Weighing only 18.5kg, the oak-framed piece was created for materials company Baars & Bloemhoff using one of their unique, almost weightless textiles.
New York-based designer Doug Johnston blends traditional materials with modernist design and 3D printing to create coiled vessels and art objects made from cotton cord and rope. Made in Brooklyn using vintage industrial sewing machines, their irregular shapes reference the natural rock formations and canyons of the American Southwest.
Fine art photographer Chris Round documents everyday scenes that have been altered by human action to create surreal, almost fictional narratives. The muted palette of his work reflects his dual citizenship by combining the soft pastels of Australia with a sober British sky.
Danish designer Hans Olsen was one of the more enigmatic figures of the mid-century modern movement, known for a distinctive style that focused on principles of ergonomics and anthropometry (the study of human body measurements). The model 107 lounge chair is one of his signature pieces: made from birch and teak plywood, its sculptural shape is designed for comfort and support.
Ink Wave by American artist Lynn Aldrich was inspired by simple everyday items found in her local office supply store. A playful study of colour and material, reams of notebook paper are dipped in blue ink and stacked on a ring binder, creating a vibrant ripple wave effect.
The Kitaoji house by Japanese architecture firm Torafu is located in a quiet residential area in northern Kyoto. With a concrete outer shell, it features open ceilings and an indoor terrace for light and ventilation. Designed with wheelchair accessibility in mind, it has a large central space with individual rooms instead of narrow passageways.
Photography by Taichi Ano
Table Architecture by David Derksen is a series of functional design objects made from perforated metal and reflective glass in an industrial colour palette. Playing with scale and abstraction, the Dutch designer’s stacking trays and towering candle holders form a linear cityscape in miniature.
PER KRISTIAN NYGÅRD
Per Kristian Nygård’s installation Not Red But Green presents an unlikely scene, filling Oslo’s No Place gallery with sprawling mounds of grass. Tended and watered daily throughout the duration of the exhibition, the undulating landscape boldly blurs the boundary between indoors and outdoors, disrupting the familiarity of everyday designed environments.
In his Disassembly series, artist Pawel Bownik takes apart 23 species of plants and flowers before meticulously stitching them back together using scientific methods and household tools. The resulting still life images present a strange vision, delicately merging the natural with the artificial.
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In Deconstruction, German artist Ralf Brueck uses digital effects to elongate and distort urban landscapes. Futuristic and surreal, the series creates imagined realities that mark a radical departure from our own.
The Civilized Landscape exhibition by Chinese artist Ji Zhou presented landscapes made from maps and books. Hand-sculpted into mountainous peaks and troughs, the books were carefully assembled into soaring towers reminiscent of a city skyline.
An ongoing series by self-taught photographer Matthias Heiderich, Reflections captures radiant architectural facades in unexpected places. Shot during a road trip through Canada and the US, the images blur the boundary between photography and graphic design in bold technicolour.
Korean ceramicist Jongjin Park creates his stacked sculptural forms by layering paper, porcelain slip and pigment before firing at a high temperature. Mimicking the appearance of wood or sponge, the strength and durability of the pieces belie their fragile origins, resulting in a surprising trompe l’oeil effect.
HARRY CORY WRIGHT
English photographer Harry Cory Wright often spends several days on location to familiarise himself with the light and atmosphere of the remote landscapes he documents. The result is a body of work that sensitively captures the enigmatic scenery of the British Isles, from mist-covered highlands to wild coastlines.
Inspired by natural landscape formations, Drift is a series of sculptural pieces by New York-based artist Fernando Mastrangelo. Materials including hand-dyed sand, powdered glass, mirror and cement are cast in layers to give the collection a worn and weathered tactility.
The Filters was a three-part installation on display at London’s Tate Britain in 2015 by artist Christina Mackie. Inspired by her interest in colour and pigment, Christina presented 12 metre-high silk nets dipped in vats of dye alongside an apparatus-like metal sculpture and a plinth displaying raw glass.
A dynamic study of material and form, the Poetic Furniture chair by Hungarian designer Demeter Fogarasi is made from a composite of biodegradable plastic and natural textile that creates the appearance of windswept fabric, frozen in motion.
Berlin-based artist Lev Khesin works with silicone paint, layering one coat at a time to create tactile patterns and unexpected colour blends. Never planning ahead, he allows his work to grow organically into three-dimensional pieces that echo the structure of minerals and precious stones.
Occupying a three storey townhouse in the centre of Antwerp, Graanmarkt 13 is a restaurant, shop, gallery and apartment. Renovated by Ilse Cornelissens and Tim Van Geloven, the top two floors house a light-filled and pared-back space with four bedrooms, available to rent.
Encouble by Swiss artist Delphine Burtin plays with visual perception to distort seemingly ordinary images into something more uncertain. In a series of ‘visual accidents’, photographs are reconfigured to create a trompe l’oeil effect designed to make the viewer look twice.
The Democratic Forest series by photographer William Eggleston depicts industrial and residential landscapes, rural back roads and other everyday scenes. Taken in the mid-1980s across America and Europe, the photographs transform the ordinary into distinctive, poetic images.
The Democratic Forest runs from October 27 – December 17 2016 at New York’s David Zwirner gallery.
LORIS & LIVIA
Featured at the 2016 London Design Festival, the WONDERGROUND range by Swiss designers Loris Jaccard and Livia Lauber was created in collaboration with Transport for London. Inspired by the
speckled flooring of the London Underground carriages, the pair have designed a series of heat resistant, rubber table mats in three distinctive colourways.
COHEN VAN BALEN
London-based artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen work with objects, installation, film and photography to explore materials and processes. Their 2015 work From Below, is a series of still life images that reference the parallels between Iceland’s geology and the country’s evolving political and economic climate.
Pensive Dimensions by photographer Nina Band presents an abstract vision of architecture through paper reconstructions of original imagery. Inspired by the Cubist and Minimalist movements, her work focuses on the way shapes and forms are perceived within complex spaces.
Commissioned by COS, Nina has created a unique series of prints that are currently on display in a selection of our store windows worldwide, including at our Montreal store. To be in with a chance of winning a set, join us on Instagram at @cosstores #NinaBandforCOS
Sunset Park by New York artist Luke Diiorio is a series of folded paintings that examine the subtle boundary between painting and sculpture. Presented at London’s Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, each piece was created through a meticulous process of painting, stitching and folding linen and raw canvas.
Luke Diiorio, Sunset Park, 2015. Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London. Copyright the artist.
The work of Sheffield-based artist Roanna Wells explores how a greater depth of knowledge and understanding can be learnt from the act of repetition and the study of multiples. In Traces of Process, water vessels made from unglazed porcelain capture the remnants of painting, a subtle documentation of the creative process.
Paul, Paul, Paul, and Paul by American artist Shana Lutker is the fourth chapter of her ongoing research-led project Le NEW Monocle: The History of the Fistfights of the Surrealists. An unusual mix of sculpture, writing and performance, each chapter focuses on exploring and restaging historical altercations between artists during the height of Surrealism in 1920s Paris.
It’s Now or Näver by Swedish textile designer Emma Dahlqvist brings together traditional craft methods and new technologies. Applying textile design to birch bark with intricate laser cutting, her work reinvents conventional approaches to create new qualities and interesting textures.
Inspired by the tropical ghost town of American industrialist Henry Ford, Fordlandia by London-based design practice Studio Swine imagines a world where Ford’s project is a success. Bringing together furniture, products, workwear and textiles that reference the Brazilian tropical modernist movement, the exhibition creates an imagined domestic environment within the gallery.
Fordlandia runs from 22 September – 10 December 2016
at London’s Fashion Space Gallery
Paintings, Writings, Rembrances by Arne Glimcher is the first and only complete retrospective publication of the visionary Canadian American painter, Agnes Martin. Bringing together 130 of Martin’s paintings and drawings, the book also features previously unpublished writings and lecture notes.
This autumn, COS will be supporting the Guggenheim Museum’s Agnes Martin retrospective in New York.
tokyobike is a small, independent bicycle company founded in 2002 in the quiet Tokyo suburb of Yanaka. The name was derived from the design of the bikes; in the same way the mountain bike was designed for the mountains, so tokyobike was designed for Tokyo. Based on the concept of ‘Tokyo Slow’ the bikes are designed to be light to ride with an emphasis on comfort over speed.
Photography by Miles & Miles
Founded in 2011 by Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte and Jakub Zak, Oeuffice is a collaborative research laboratory based in London. Inspired by the simple geometry of classical architecture, their Kapital series is a collection of limited edition tables and stools made from Italian marble and stone.
Still-Life, a photo series by Seoul-based photographer Lee Yoonjean, carefully documents everyday objects and settings. Exploring unorthodox composition and camera angles, her photography aims to cast
a subtle new light on details that are often overlooked.
A white stone farmhouse nestled in the Italian countryside, Masseria Moroseta is a modern guesthouse designed by Andrew Trotter. Set around a central courtyard and surrounded by organic olive groves, the pared-back space embodies relaxed simplicity.
The BLOCK dining table and chair set is a contemporary revision of traditional school furniture by Australian design duo Daniel Emma. Made from maple wood, the pieces features simple clean lines, polished brass fixtures and an optional Carrara marble table top.
ELMGREEN & DRAGSET
Cooling Box (2015) by London and Berlin based design duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset explores the relationship between art, its environment and the viewer. Both familiar and strangely out of context, the seemingly misplaced objects are cast from bronze and painted to appear plastic.
Seoul-based graphic design duo Haeok Shin and Donghyeok Shin work together in the fields of art and culture collaborating with a broad range of curators, editors, artists and institutions.
Shin Shin’s new work The Bibliophile’s Booklets will be on display at the COS Cheongdam project space in Seoul from Saturday 6th August, as part of our ongoing collaboration with local publishing project, The Book Society.
Find out more about the project here.
STUDIO JEROEN WAND
The Laminated Coffee Table by Eindhoven-based designer Jeroen Wand uses pieces of leftover veneer to create a solid wooden structure. By pressing the pieces of wood types into an intricate composition, the studio explores the dynamic and unpolished side of design.
Literole by Italian photographer Gabriele Rossi explores how the sea is experienced throughout the seasons. By tracing the transformation of the landscape, the image series conveys a sense of both solitude and life.
Designed by American/German practice Barkow Leibinger, the Fellows Pavilion is located in the American Academy in Berlin. Made from lightweight glass and steel, the geometric structure is illuminated to appear as if it is floating above the surrounding garden lawn.
Face to Face (2015) by Korean artist Eve Kwak uses layers of coloured paper to create voluminous, sculptural forms that reveal the fragility of the medium. Eve Kwak will be exhibiting new work at the COS Cheongdam project space in Seoul from Saturday 2nd July, as part of our collaboration with local publishing project, The Book Society.
Find out more about the project here.
THE BOOK SOCIETY
The Book Society is a bookstore, cultural space and publishing platform in Seoul.
Founded by Helen Ku and Lim Kyung yong in 2010, it plays an important role in local culture, promoting independent art, design and publishing. Participating in many curatorial and editorial projects,
The Book Society has published artists’ books as well as various titles with a focus on contemporary art, critical theory and design.
We have partnered with The Book Society to create a specially-curated bookstore, reading area and exhibition space at our Cheongdam store in Seoul.
Find out more about the project here.
ANN CATHERIN NOVEMBER HØIBO
The work of Norwegian artist Ann Catherin November Høibo ranges from installation-based, site-specific pieces to large-scale abstract canvases. Named after the concept of shared property ownership, Timeshare (2013) explores ideas of materiality, form and composition.
Souvenir d’un Futur by photographer Laurent Kronental documents the lives of senior citizens living in
the “Grands Ensembles” (large housing projects) in Paris. Highlighting the futuristic design and
vast scale of complexes built in the 1970s and 1980s, the series presents modernist architecture
and its residents in a striking new context.
Designed by architects Bjarke Ingels (BIG), La Maison des Fondateurs will house a new museum for Swiss watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet. Functional yet sculptural, the overlapping spiral structure lets in natural light and frames the panoramic views of the valley whilst blending seamlessly into the landscape.
JEROEN VAN DE GRUITER
Line (2016), by Dutch designer Jeroen van de Gruiter is inspired by the idea of a pulse, a short moment of movement in an otherwise linear shape. Made from polished brass, Line is part of Jeroen’s ongoing research into the tactile aspects of everyday products.
Inspired by minimal architecture and Zen Buddhism, Graph Series by New York-based artist Nicole Patel uses sustainable, untreated materials to investigate the humble nature of the graphic line.
London-based store Conservatory Archives is home to a vast collection of house plants alongside an ever-changing selection of antique and mid-century furniture. Co-founded by horticulturist Jin Ahn and Giacomo Plazzotta, the diverse range of rare plants and homeware is hand-sourced from across Europe.
If you’re in London this week, you can view a specially-commissioned window installation by
Conservatory Archives at our High Street Kensington store.
Part of a series of underwater sculptures, U22 by Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer
explores the relationship between objects, space and the viewer.
Photography and sculpture series Variables by Swedish artist Linda Hofvander investigates nuanced ideas on composition, chance and objectivity.
A recent graduate from London’s Royal College of Art, Joanne Bowles is a metalwork artist inspired by archaeology and the relationship between object and landscape. Her latest series The Buried Object investigates the life cycle of silver and copper artefacts in a subterranean environment, exploring how build-up and break-down of material transforms them over time.
A literal realisation of high-density housing, the Tokyo Apartment block from Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto consists of four homes stacked on top of one another.
Each different in size, the disconnected roofs form wedges of space that fill the homes with natural light.
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Based in Zurich, Nieves was founded by Swiss illustrator and graphic designer Benjamin Sommerhalder.
The independent publishing house supports artists from across the world by producing unique, limited edition books and zines.
Founded by Katie Barringer in 2015, Cover Books is located in Atlanta’s Westside neighbourhood. The light-filled store is home to a diverse collection of titles on art, design, food and travel, alongside local artist zines and international periodicals.
Discover a specially curated selection from Cover Books in the reading area of our newly-opened Atlanta store:
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Part of a broader project on art schools, the 12 Watercolours series by London-based artist Paul Winstanley depicts the simple lines of empty studio spaces using deliberately thin washes of watercolour.
Currently showing at the Almine Rech Gallery in Paris, Waltz by American artist Justin Adian presents a playful collection of objects inspired by musical notes. The cushioned shapes use the blank walls of the gallery space to create interesting compositions and harmonies.
MATTEO FOGALE AND LAETITIA DE ALLEGRI
Created by London-based designers Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri, the‘-ISH’ collection is a range of playful furniture and tableware made entirely from recycled denim, cotton and paper. Subverting expectations, the pieces showcase the stone-like properties of innovative new composite materials.
JAROMÍR NOVOTNÝ AND MICHAL BUDNY
Named after a magical flower from Slavic and Baltic mythology that is said to bloom for one night only before the summer solstice, Kapradinový květ (Fern Flower) is a 2015 installation by artists Jaromír Novotný and Michal Budny at PLATO gallery in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Featuring a series of concrete pillars wrapped in hand-painted paper, the installation examines concepts of illusion, perception and the temporary nature of art.
LADDIE JOHN DILL
Untitled (1971) is an installation by American artist Laddie John Dill, a key figure of the Light and Space art movement. Filling a gallery space with mounds of sand, precisely arranged glass panels and a soft fluorescent glow, the work explores the complex interactions between light, materials and form.
PAUL DE RUITER ARCHITECTS
Located in Noord-Beveland, the Netherlands, Villa Kogelhof is a spilt-level private home designed by Amsterdam-based practice Paul de Ruiter. With an insulated glass façade, the villa is entirely self-sufficient: it generates its own energy, heats its own water and even recycles household waste.
MELT AND RECREATE
An attempt to visualise the life cycle of objects, Melt and Recreate is a project by duo Siri Bahlenberg and Sofia Bergfeldt. Exploring the idea of constant transformation, a lamp made of ice slowly melts into a mould that refreezes to create a new model.
A coffee laboratory based in Barcelona, Nømad was established by the award-winning barista Jordi Mestre. Beginning life on a small street market, the store now experiments with new blends and hosts regular tastings and events.
Images courtesy of Plateselector
The work of Polish artist Alicja Kwade explores philosophy, science and the space in between things. By bringing together groups of objects, her sculptures transform everyday items in unexpected ways.
From the series Salt by David Burdeny, these aerial photographs capture vast expanses of land across Western Australia and Utah, USA. The images bring into focus artificial and natural details, compelling the viewer to assess their relationship with the landscape.
Kirstie Van Noort
Ceramicist Kirstie van Noort Using uses minerals from the natural environment to create unique tones and colour blends. The colour palette of her 2014 collection Ceramic Paint / Collection Rumst was developed from a clay river in Rumst, Belgium.
Olaf Otto Becker
Above Zero by German photographer Olaf Otto Becker surveys the icy glacial crevasses of Greenland. The images capture uninhabited landscape flecked with crusted soot and dust deposits, exemplifying the wide-reaching impact of human actions.
Designed by David Tarcali, the founder of Budapest’s Studio Nomad, 3LEGS is a set of three tables, each made from a single sheet of folded steel. Inspired by geometric patterns and architectural shapes, the tables playfully merge functionality and abstraction.
The translucent El ‘B’. Cartagena Auditorium and Congress Centre by architects selgascano sits on the docks in Cartagena, Spain. The building’s structure and large open interior mirrors the horizontal lines of the harbour edge and reflects the calm of the surrounding sea.
Inspired by the emotive and expressive power of art, the work of Canadian-born American painter Agnes Martin is presented in a new retrospective at London’s Tate Modern. The exhibition features her hallmark pencil grid canvas pieces as well as lesser-known early paintings and experimental works.
Images courtesy of Parasol Press and Pace Gallery
A cast marble block, Split is composed of two severed halves. Created by Brooklyn-based studio Snarkitecture, the deep, jagged fracture exposes a textured undersurface and acts as an counterpoint to the rectangular lines and smooth, creamy exterior. Available at Volume Gallery, Chicago.
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