By capturing a brief moment of calm amongst wild, natural landscapes, photographer Cody Cobb reframes our vision of the American West.
Cobb immerses himself in the untouched natural habitats for weeks at a time, exploring the unpredictability of these vast terrains. Through this solitary process, Cobb seeks out and shoots combined textural and light elements within his environment. His subtle, sensitive approach results in these poetic, abstract images with an other-worldly feel.
ARTUR DE MENEZES FERNANDES
The practice of multidisciplinary designer Artur de Menezes Fernandes focuses on simple shapes and silhouettes.
His work titled Oil Chair is a minimal design composed of curved glass panels that were given an iridescent coating that resembles an oil slick effect.
Playing on transparency and colour, the chair appears to shift its appearance as one sees it from different perspectives.
Nestled among the sloping grass hills and sun-bleached soil of Lavale village in India lies the Avasara Academy — a school for young women. Created by Mumbai-based architectural firm Case Design, the four-storey building is considerate of its rural surroundings.
The school resides seamlessly between the outdoors and indoors. Its imposing concrete structure has no external walls creating vast open-air windows that welcome India’s occasional breeze, while panels of carefully placed bamboo offer shade. The structure is at the forefront of sustainable design, utilising the earth’s natural resources of wind and sun to heat, cool and power this zero-energy building.
Tel Aviv-based artist and designer Ohad Benit aims to stimulate conversations through his conceptual approach and working method.
His works range on different scales: from everyday products reimagined in new ways to designing spaces and experiences – all to create an intersection between art and design.
Ohad’s sculptural installation, titled Down to Earth, is an arrangement of geometric compositions suspended in space. Inspired by the Bauhaus movement and made from a range of sustainable materials, the piece is an exploration of gravity and its effect on the way elements hang.
The piece was commissioned by COS in celebration of Gallery Weekend and art fair Fresh Paint 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Based in Eindhoven, Jeroen Wand explores ideas of beauty through unpredictable processes. He casts new light on familiar objects by rethinking furniture and interiors.
In the Porcelain Lamp, the raised seams, which would ordinarily be hidden, instead become crucial to the hanging design.
Taking a similarly unconventional approach, his Laminated Shelving system approaches material from a new perspective. Veneer is typically applied industrially as an outer layer but here it is manually pressed and used throughout the whole object.
Altering the perception of woven textiles, Dutch artist Fransje Gimbrere creates 3D sculptures using natural and recycled fibres. Each experimental structure is handmade, thread by thread, on a custom-built loom before being sealed with bio-resin.
In Fransje’s Special Acoustic Edition series, the black and white frameworks are treated with an eco-friendly material that absorbs sound and improves acoustics.
These skeleton-like forms may appear fragile, but their structures are solid and robust. By shining a light on the versatility of fabric, Fransje demonstrates the possibility and potential within her humble material.
Creating furniture and objects characterised by a distinct aesthetic, Loehr is a Berlin-based design label founded by three brothers, David, Leon and Julian Löhr. With the aim to challenge the user’s perception, they reduce their designs to the bare essentials.
Euclides & Plato is a collection of chairs that appear to be suspended in a floating position. The light, tubular steel frame is designed to create a wide seat that offers comfort and encourages conversation. Ideal for private and public spaces alike, these pieces blend form and function in the subtlest of ways.
Loehr’s products are designed and crafted in Germany with a focus on environmental awareness.
THE HY4 PLANE
Emitting nothing but water vapour into the atmosphere, the HY4 passenger plane is at the forefront of sustainable air travel and the first of its kind to carry more than one person. This four-seater design is powered by hydrogen fuel-cells that convert fuel directly into electrical energy.
The aircraft had its first flight from Stuttgart Airport in Germany in 2016 and was developed in collaboration between manufacturer Pipistrel, Canadian fuel-cell specialists Hydrogenics, the University of Ulm and the German Aerospace Center Institute of Engineering and Thermodynamics.
Amanda Karsberg looks to the surreal in everyday life when designing objects and furniture from her studio in Stockholm.
She co-founded Cray Collective, a multidisciplinary group of artists with a shared fascination for the commonplace and the imaginative outcomes that can stem from mundane starting points.
Taking a playful approach, Karsberg’s work explores material, form and utility. She creates pieces that are functional and unexpected, such as marbled wood chairs or glassware with a fluid appearance.
UNDER by SNØHETTA
At the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline lies Under -— Europe’s first underwater restaurant, created by design practice Snøhetta. Doubling as a research centre for marine life, its immediate proximity to nature pays tribute to Norway’s rocky coast and life below the surface.
Under has been designed with sensitivity and consideration for its many aquatic neighbours. The building’s monolithic form rests against the shoreline and gradually descends into the ocean. Like a periscope, its vast windows offer a real view of the wild and everchanging seabed.
JIAXI YANG & ZHE ZHU
Based in Shanghai and New York, Jiaxi Yang and Zhe Zhu are a photography and set design duo who focus on still life and architecture. The pair share a profound obsession with physical forms and the rawness of materials, which gradually led them to define and evolve their distinct aesthetic together.
Inspired by a childhood game that Jiaxi used to play, their recent series named Retouch creates new forms from objects that have been abandoned. By stacking together things that fall into disuse, the artists have remade them into sculptural installations, bringing them back to life.
Emerging UK artist Sam Laughlin brings a fresh perspective to documentary photography, focusing on form rather than spectacle while exploring the systems of the natural world and how humans affect them.
Laughlin closely observes patterns of animal behaviour and the organic processes happening all around us, often using long exposures lit by daylight or the moon to capture the landscape and its inhabitants.
This artist will be exhibited alongside others at our Coal Drops Yard store in King’s Cross, London, from early to mid 2019.
New York-based photographer and artist Brooke Holm explores the bonds and interactions between people and the environment. Her work questions the direct and indirect ways in which we impact our surroundings by capturing both the subtle and obvious effects.
Sea Lake is a series of aerial photographs of Lake Tyrrell – one of Australia’s largest salt lakes, where signs of historic human habitation have been found and documented.
This artist will be exhibited alongside others at our Coal Drops Yard store in King’s Cross, London, from early to mid 2019.
Jochen Holz uses a glassblowing technique meant for scientific lab equipment in his artistic practice. From his studio in London he brings character to transparent glass tableware by pressing molten areas onto different surfaces, forming unusual textures and shapes.
In his work with neon, Holz experiments with borosilicate glass to make immersive installations and freestanding sculptures.
This artist will be exhibited alongside others at our Coal Drops Yard store in King’s Cross, London, from early to mid 2019.
The Stockholm archipelago and local woodland provides Swedish artist Emma Larsson with the wild inspiration for her sculptures and paintings.
Her signature dreamlike landscapes and family groupings of abstract figures have an unworldly appeal thanks to an experimental, self-taught style: the outdoors influence coming through in both organic textures and earthy colours.
This artist will be exhibited alongside others at our Coal Drops Yard store in King’s Cross, London, during late 2018 and early 2019.
Rotterdam-based designer, Roos Gomperts plays with the idea of materiality by drawing attention to an object’s inherent qualities. From printed textiles to everyday found items, she works in a range of media, often in colourful compositions.
Gomperts uses contrast and contradiction to place focus on the sense of texture, weight, tone and even value we associate with certain materials. In her sculptural works Ceramics for Plastics and Foam & Glass the combination of ‘desirable’ and ‘disposable’ matters casts both in new lights.
Creating sustainable children’s furniture from recycled plastic toys, ecoBirdy is an Antwerp-based brand founded by designers Vanessa Yuan and Joris Vanbriel.
During the production process, unused toys are transformed into everyday objects, such as this chair named ‘Charlie’. With their distinctive speckled surfaces, the pieces make use of the recycling process to create a striking pattern that’s instantly recognisable.
Mateusz von Motz
Having graduated from Juergen Teller’s class for photography in Nuremberg, Mateusz von Motz is currently finishing his MA in sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London. He has already established himself as a young Polish artist with a talent for brutal beauty.
Memories, space and deconstruction are recurring themes in his practice, combining architectural and photographic elements.
This artist will be exhibited in 2018 and early 2019 alongside others at our Coal Drops Yard store in King’s Cross, London.
Meeyoung Kim, an artist based in Seoul, explores the potential of painting as a medium through aesthetic and physical experiments using brushes and paint.
The artist developed ‘wet on wet’ – a technique mainly used in oil painting in which layers of wet paint are applied on top of each other before they have dried. Influenced by the essence of Korean traditional painting, where quick brushstrokes and adjustments in light and shade are crucial, her works emerge from variations of speed, the amount of paint used and the way it’s applied.
As a result, the canvas is filled with sensuous abstract imagery created by these accidental movements. This sense of incompletion becomes a passage to a new world beyond the painting.
Working with a combination of artists’ oils and industrial paints, Alex Hanna is an established fine artist with a quiet style whose practice sees him returning to recurring themes and subjects – like the pink pillowcase.
Alex searches for beauty in familiar objects, which are often overlooked. Subtle changes in light and colour are central to his work.
This artist will be exhibited in 2018 and early 2019 alongside others at our Coal Drops Yard store, opening late November in King’s Cross, London.
ondon-based multidisciplinary artist Solveig Settemsdal recently graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art. Originally from Norway, her practice is driven by the transient nature of materials, and how ideas and objects can be transformed by time.
In the video Still Lyes, falling liquid objects play with light and weight as their slow evolution is offset by sudden, unexpected movements.
This artist will be exhibited alongside others at our Coal Drops Yard store in King’s Cross, London, during 2018 and early 2019. Available in a limited-edition of three, Solveig’s HD video Loop captures hologram glitter suspended in constantly pumping fluid, and will play alongside her resin and marble sculptures, including an edition made exclusively for COS Coal Drops Yard.
Beth Partridge is a painter who plays with scale. The fluid forms she creates with inks and acrylics shift from expansive landscapes to cellular worlds and have an alchemic quality: they’re unpredictable, almost chaotic moments in which anything could happen.
Inspired by the strange mineral beauty of Ethiopia’s Dallol Crater, her series of marbled paintings marks a new departure for the artist as she experiments with filling the canvas in a more edited way.
This artist will be exhibited alongside others at our Coal Drops Yard store in King’s Cross, London, during 2018 and early 2019. Beth has created a limited-edition print for COS, which you can buy there for a short time only.
Torben Eskerod shoots romantic landscapes, but uses unexpected colours and compositions to abstract familiar elements. His meditative photographic series, Marselis, focuses on capturing the ambience of a woodland scene by dwelling on its details, using chemical reactions in old films to create their exaggerated, almost spiritual quality.
This artist will be exhibited alongside others at our Coal Drops Yard store in King’s Cross, London, during 2018 and early 2019. Torben has created a limited-edition print for COS from the Marselis series pictured above, which you can buy there for a short time only.
Sabine Marcelis is a designer living and working in the Netherlands, who founded her own studio with a mission to find magical moments within materiality and manufacturing processes.
Her series Dawn Light examines the transient time of day when the sun, clouds and sky come together to create a riot of colour. White neon tubes are embedded in cast resin to highlight subtle hues, prolonging the passing moment forever.
Bettina Krieg’s work on paper is large-scale painting in acrylic applied with a wide brush in long, meandering sweeps.
Krieg’s use of abstract, ambiguous shape prompts an intuitive, emotional reaction to the image – a feeling which may change depending on the context of the piece and the mood of the viewer. Visible brush strokes draw the eye to follow the curving lines, creating a sense of motion and an impression of how the marks were made.
Flying over snowy scenes in his vintage aeroplane, John Griebsch photographs the landscape from a new point of view. While blurring the lines between abstraction and realism, his aerial images capture the graphic quality of nature, and the stark symmetry that often occurs when it meets human hands.
Each frame plays with composition and scale. The section of land is small in comparison to the vast surroundings, yet significant in its own way.
Kivik Art Centre
Set in the idyllic Swedish countryside of Österlen near a national park, the Kivik Art Centre is a unique space combining architecture, nature, sculpture and design. This evolving project invites artists and makers to create work that draws on and interacts with the surrounding landscape.
The Kivik Art Centre was the setting for our Autumn Winter campaign
Studio Wayne McGregor
We Not I are a collective of designers challenging architectural and normative conventions. Taking a conceptual approach, the group created a new dance space in collaboration with choreographer Wayne McGregor based in Here East, London. Featuring freestanding architectural structures interlinked by mezzanines, terraces and dynamic perspectives, it comprises of three studios that are enhanced by the interplay of light and shadow, geometry and airy, open expanses. An apt setting for the exploration of movement.
Architectural training and an interest in the Brutalist buildings found in Lucas Simões’ native Brazil informed his sculptural series, Abismos. These abstract works are made of cast concrete with hundreds of thin paper sheets pinched, draped and folded within the form, held only by gravity. The pieces explore the interaction and opposition of dense, fixed structures and fragile, yielding materials.
The Braga Municipal Stadium
Designed by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, the Braga Municipal Stadium is carved into the landscape in which it stands: a former quarry on the northern slope of Mount Castro. It is constructed from two lateral stands connected by steel strings – a design feature inspired by ancient Peruvian Inca bridges. The two open sides allow views of the city and the surrounding environment.
Bubbles is a 2012 series by Paris-based artist Morgane Tschiember of sculptural works in steel, concrete and blown glass. Composed of everyday materials in unfamiliar geometric and organic forms, Tschiember explores how different matters interact. There is a contrast in texture, weight and temperature, as well as the sense that elements appear in flux. By placing hot, malleable glass on cool, smooth concrete, the resulting draped and collapsed bubbles seem frozen in time, fixed between states.
Inspired by the idea that light could be harnessed and manipulated to create physical sculptures, Gweilo is a lighting project by architecture practice Partisans. Made in collaboration with the manufacturer Parachilna, thermoforming is used to heat acrylic sheets to industrial temperatures, until they reach the point where they become flexible. Each one is then shaped into freestanding, wave-like forms and fitted with an LED strip that will last for 30-40 years. In tribute to its otherworldly quality, the series takes its name from a Cantonese word meaning ‘white ghost’ or ‘white dragon’.
From her London studio, the New York native explores the sensory worlds of experience and perspective through the malleable and tactile qualities of familiar fabrics. Isabel Yellin’s 2014 work Faux is made up of translucent layers of cotton, vinyl and mesh, loosely sewn together to create soft, irregular folds. Hung on the walls of a gallery in a rough square shape, the work plays on traditional ideas of painting and sculpture.
Portuguese architecture practice nu.ma creates harmony between the cool grey of exposed concrete and the natural warmth of wooden slats in House em Avanca. On entering the building, the first thing that visitors encounter is an olive tree, which unites the structure with the outside world. Clean lines and understated materials give the home a calming effect.
Belfast-based ceramicist Sara Flynn celebrates volume and form through sculptural vessels made from thrown porcelain. While understanding and sympathising with her material, Flynn produces contorted shapes where gradual contours and fine edges meet. Although the finished objects may appear aesthetically warped, each unique sculpture has been carefully crafted to tell a story of process, risk and exploration.
Jesse Howard and Thomas Lommée
Waterboiler was designed by Jesse Howard in collaboration with Thomas Lommée as a straightforward, open appliance made to be adapted and repaired by the user. It was built using the principles of OpenStructures – a collaborative initiative of modular systems with visible workings. The relative simplicity and open nature of these systems means potential for replication and scalable production, so users can explore and modify the designs themselves.
The Arequipa house in Peru captures recurring themes in Jacqui Kenny’s photographic style: a sense of expansive space, isolated buildings and sun-drenched colour. However, this is not a photograph. From her home in London, Jacqui Kenny travels the world online, capturing thousands of images via Google Street View. The New Zealander was drawn to this new way of exploring faraway places, as a means of escaping her agoraphobia. A pattern appears of vast desertscapes and subjects dominated by open space, frozen in time.
Concept and curation Jacqui Kenny. Copyright Google.
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Yardhouse is an architectural project designed and made by London-based collective Assemble, with the intention of creating a different kind of workspace – one that could be taken down, rebuilt and reconfigured as needed. For a collaborative, sociable and affordable environment, the timber frame structure was built with an open communal area and partitionless studios spaces that can be adapted to suit each tenant. The pastel-toned concrete tiles that clad the front façade were handmade by the group on site, using differing amounts of pigment in each batch; these were specifically designed to work with the public yard that it faced.
Julie & Jesse
Hong Kong-based art and design studio, Julie & Jesse developed casting techniques to utilise broken moulds they found in Jingdezhen, the Chinese capital of porcelain. Rethinking the process of design and reusing the discarded moulds, the practice challenges mass-manufacturing by creating ceramics that highlight and elevate imperfections.
Creating a special edition of their work Fragment(s), founders Julie Progin and Jesse Mc Lin designed a window display for our pop-up store in Hong Kong earlier this year. The installation is soon to be restaged in Switzerland as we celebrate our store opening in Basel.
architecten de vylder vinck taillieu
The Brussels-based MANIERA gallery commissions furniture from architects and artists, giving them the opportunity to work outside of their usual practises and reconsider prevailing notions of furniture design. In 2016, the gallery commissioned architecture collective Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu to create the Kamer Renee series. This was inspired by the study room of René Jacobs – a musician and conductor the collective admired. They took an architectural approach, crafting the furniture from layered and oiled chipboard to create structures that resemble tectonic plates.
Commissioned by MANIERA gallery, designed by architecten de vylder vinck taillieu
Paris-based photographer Romain Laprade finds beauty where nature and manmade structures meet, and in unassuming architectural details. His tendency to focus on place rather than people creates a sense of stillness. Mediterranean Sea is a series that captures tranquil moments from his travels around the coast.
British artist and colour consultant Sophie Smallhorn explores the relationship between colour, volume and proportion. While the scale of her work ranges from screen prints to vast public projects such as the 2012 Olympic Stadium, she examines this relationship on a small scale in her Component Cubes series. These sculptures are made from aluminium, urethane board and acrylic, covered in a saturated cellulose paint; their three-dimensional nature allows viewers to watch how the colour interactions alter when seen from different angles.
American artist Michelle Lopez investigates sculptural history, gravity and the body through large-scale installations. These are often made from industrial materials or elements found in everyday contemporary objects. Her Your Board series causes the viewer to take a second look at the maple plywood and grip tape found in skateboards. Propped up against walls and folded in on themselves, these sculptures appear to be collapsed or defeated. The curved bends and curled edges give the impression they are as lightweight and flexible as paper.
Images courtesy the artist and Simon Preston Gallery
Seeking an easy way to assemble furniture, Dutch designer Christian Heikoop took inspiration from the simplicity of retro camping chairs to create his 2016 Glissade collection. Made from steel tubes and pre-cut leather sleeves, the components fit together quickly, without the need for tools. The result of this modular system is an aesthetic that highlights the uncomplicated and effective way two materials can work together.
Born from experimental exploration and an interest in repurposing discarded materials, RUST is a series of minimal vessels created by Ariane Prin – a French designer currently based in London. The textured surfaces and nuanced tones have an organic tactility, which Prin first discovered by mixing metal key-cutting dust with gypsum and acrylic in 2013. This lightweight, stone-like composite was originally used in building work in the 1980s. Now, contemporary makers such as Prin are testing its possibilities.
Inventing a craft of his own, Swedish-Chilean artist Anton Alvarez joins wood, steel and plastic to create furniture and architectural objects. Utilising the Thread Wrapping Machine, a tool designed and manufactured by himself, the artist connects elements by cocooning them in vividly pigmented threads, coated in glue. A new method of creating, the practice eliminates screws and nails, often used to conjoin components and results in decorative patterns, formed by the colourful threads.
Photography by Gustav Almestål
Volume of Light, a creative project by photographer Thomas Brown explores the bond between artist and viewer in the context of authorship. Creating a series of images featuring scrunched-up pieces of paper, the artist invites viewers to adopt his artworks, assigning their personal perception and a title to them that will appear alongside the original captions. With this collaborative approach, a permanent link is created between artist and viewer, culminating in a limited-edition book.
Sketch Objects by London-based artist Ying Chang is a series of experimental plates, bowls and vases created by layering, folding and moulding paper. Designed to challenge our perceptions of value, the paper is waterproofed on the inside with resin, transforming a fragile, disposable material into something long-lasting and precious.
Photography by Ian Bartlett
With a background in fashion and construction, Portland-based artist Justyn Hegreberg’s mantra is ‘make it work’, proved by a self-imposed rule to never throw something away once he’s begun working on it. The result is ‘rhetorical painting’, works made from an array of collaged materials with a sense of ambiguity around where the artist’s intervention lies.
As a child, Spanish photographer Coco Capitán thought of China as the most remote place in the world and that if she dug deep down enough in her garden, she would reach it at the other side of her tunnel. In her latest book Middle Point Between My House and China, Coco presents a personal ode to China that explores its everyday reality through the lens of her childhood dreams.
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French design studio SUPERFACE aims to rethink the meaning and application of materials. Collaborating with designers and manufacturers, the studio develops new materials such as frosted metal, micro-lined foam and compressed industrial waste for a range of contemporary uses.
With the aim of providing a hub for the local village community, the Microlibrary in Bandung, Indonesia is the first of a series of small-scale libraries designed by Netherlands-based firm Shau Architects. Comprising a small reading area and library, the facade is composed of recycled ice cream buckets that map out a coded message from the city’s mayor: ‘buku adalah jendela dunia’, which translates as ‘the book is a window to the world’.
First presented at Salone del Mobile 2016 in Milan, Prism Partition by artist Tokujin Toshioka is made from faceted high-transparancy mirror glass. Commissioned by Glas Italia, the curved panels create striking reflections that extend and distort the viewer’s perception of space and composition.
JEROEN VAN LOON
An Internet by Dutch artist Jeroen van Loon questions how the internet would look if all data were temporary and ephemeral. Visualising the flow of information in the form of glass tubes filled with smoke signals, the installation is based on the complex system of glass fibre internet cables that run across the ocean floors and continents.
THE SCHOOL OF LIFE
The School of Life is a global organisation dedicated to developing emotional intelligence by applying psychology, philosophy, and culture to everyday life. Their Untranslatable Words card set highlights unique words that convey concepts, thoughts or feelings from across the globe; one example is Jayus, an Indonesian term for a bad joke that elicits good-natured amusement.
Discover the COS Guide to Good Gifting, created in partnership with The School of Life, here
Specialising in object and product design, Leipzig-based Studio Oink have created a small collection of unrecognisable objects in collaboration with Aimee Bollu. The design process was based around the structure of the unknown; a collection of objects formed from materials found, collected, traded and consumed by the other designer.
The post-war Japanese artistic phenomenon of Mono-ha (School of Things) explored the encounter between natural and industrial objects such as glass, stone, steel and wire. The 2012 exhibition Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha from Los Angeles Gallery Blum & Poe reflected upon those materials and presented them in new and interesting ways.
ATELIER ZEINSTRA VAN DER POL
Captured by Hamburg-based architectural photographer Sebastian Weiss, the WKK sculptural energy plant in Utrecht was designed by Atelier Zeinstra van der Pol. Enveloped in a skin of Corten steel, the building’s design was informed by functional requirements and stands elegantly next to Sjoerd Wouda’s original 1968 circular power station.
MARTA SALA ÉDITIONS
A collaboration between Marta Sala and architects Claudio Lazzarini and Carl Pickering, MSE (Marta Sala’s Éditions) creates furniture with the belief that architecture forms the foundation of all design. The Murena chair embodies this philosophy, combining mohair velvet upholstery with clean architectural lines and sculpted metal elements.
Located in South Tyrol on the Italian-Austrian border, the Vierschach fire station by Pedevilla Architects is made from rose-tinted concrete with crimson metal detailing. The building’s distinct colour was intended to signify its function and underscore its independence from the surrounding Alpine landscape.
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Slacklands by architect, writer and curator Corinna Dean is a guide to overlooked 20th century sites in rural Britain. Published by ARCA (Archive for Rural Contemporary Architecture) and designed by Ben Mclaughlin, the book features 31 melancholic landscapes that reflect cultural and political shifts, pointing to marginal spaces and forgotten social histories.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Opened in 2015 by Chef Matthew Young and Sommelier Jack Lewens, London restaurant Ellory serves up simple, seasonal cooking in pared-back surrounds.
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.
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.
Photography and sculpture series Variables by Swedish artist Linda Hofvander investigates nuanced ideas on composition, chance and objectivity.
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.
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.