TORAFU ARCHITECTSThe 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 Daici Ano
David DerksenTable 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 NYGÅRDPer 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.
PAWEL BOWNIKIn 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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RALF BRUECKIn 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.
JI ZHOUThe 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.
MATTHIAS HEIDERICHAn 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.
JONGJIN PARKKorean 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 WRIGHTEnglish 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.
FERNANDO MASTRANGELOInspired 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.
Photography by Cary Whittier
CHRISTINA MACKIEThe 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.
DEMETER FOGARASIA 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.
LEV KHESINBerlin-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.
GRAANMARKT 13Occupying 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.
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DELPHINE BURTINEncouble 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.
WILLIAM EGGLESTONThe 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 & LIVIAFeatured 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 BALENLondon-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.
NINA BANDPensive 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. To be in with a chance of winning a set,
join us on Instagram at @cosstores #NinaBandforCOS
LUKE DIIORIOSunset 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.
ROANNA WELLSThe 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.
SHANA LUTKERPaul, 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.
EMMA DAHLQVISTIt’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.
Studio SwineInspired 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 .
AGNES MARTINPaintings, Writings, Rembrances by Arne Glimcher is the first and only complete retrospective publication of the visionary 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.
TOKYOBIKEtokyobike 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
OEUFFICEFounded 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 Kapita series is a collection of limited edition tables and stools made from Italian marble and stone.
LEE YOONJEANStill-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.
MASSERIA MOROSETAA 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.
DANIEL EMMAThe 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 feature simple clean lines, polished brass fixtures and an optional Carrara marble table top.
ELMGREEN & DRAGSETCooling 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.
SHIN SHINSeoul-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 WANDThe 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. www.jeroenwand.nl
GABRIELE ROSSILiterole 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. www.gabrielerossifoto.com
BARKOW LEIBINGERDesigned 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. www.barkowleibinger.com
Eve KwakFace 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 SOCIETYThe 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.
Image courtesy of EHFind out more about the project here.
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ANN CATHERIN NOVEMBER HØIBOThe 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. www.drei.cologne
LAURENT KRONENTALSouvenir 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. www.laurentkronental.com
BJARKE INGELSDesigned 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. www.big.dk
JEROEN VAN DE GRUITERLine (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. www.jeroenvandegruiter.nl
ELLORYOpened in 2015 by Chef Matthew Young and Sommelier Jack Lewens, London restaurant Ellory serves up simple, seasonal cooking in pared-back surrounds. www.ellorylondon.com
NICOLE PATELInspired 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. www.nicole-patel.com
CONSERVATORY ARCHIVESLondon-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. www.conservatoryarchives.co.uk
MICHAEL SAILSTORFERPart of a series of underwater sculptures, U22 by Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer explores the relationship between objects, space and the viewer. www.sailstorfer.de
LINDA HOFVANDERPhotography and sculpture series Variables by Swedish artist Linda Hofvander investigates nuanced ideas on composition, chance and objectivity. www.lindahofvander.com
JOANNE BOWLESA 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. www.joannebowles.co.uk
SOU FUJIMOTOA 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.
Discover our collaboration with Sou Fujimoto for Salone del Mobile 2016 at cosstores.com/cosxsoufujimoto
NIEVESBased 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. www.nieves.ch
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COVER BOOKSFounded 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:
The Shops Buckhead Atlanta
3035 Peachtree Road NE www.cover-books.com
JUSTIN ADIANCurrently 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. www.alminerech.com
MATTEO FOGALE AND LAETITIA DE ALLEGRICreated 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. www.deallegrifogale.com
JAROMÍR NOVOTNÝ AND MICHAL BUDNYNamed after a magical flower from Slavic and Baltic mythology that is said to bloom for one night only before the summer solstice, Kapradinový kvet (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 DILLUntitled (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.