SUPERFACE

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.

superface.fr


SUPERFACE
SUPERFACE
SUPERFACE

SHAU ARCHITECTS

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’.

www.shau.nl


SHAU ARCHITECTS
SHAU ARCHITECTS

TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA

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.

www.tokujin.com


TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA
TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA

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.

www.jeroenvanloon.com


JEROEN VAN LOON
JEROEN VAN LOON
JEROEN VAN LOON

STUDIO OINK

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.

www.studiooink.de


STUDIO OINK
STUDIO OINK
STUDIO OINK

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


THE SCHOOL OF LIFE

MONO-HA

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.

www.blumandpoe.com


MONO-HA
MONO-HA
MONO-HA
MONO-HA

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.

le-blanc.com


ATELIER ZEINSTRA VAN DER POL

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.

martasalaeditions.it


MARTA SALA ÉDITIONS
MARTA SALA ÉDITIONS

PEDEVILLA ARCHITECTS

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.

pedevilla.info


PEDEVILLA ARCHITECTS
PEDEVILLA ARCHITECTS

AUTUMN SOUNDS

 

A seasonal collection of music we like

CORINNA DEAN

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.

www.arca-projects.com


CORINNA DEAN
CORINNA DEAN
CORINNA DEAN

NATALIE CHRISTENSEN

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.

www.nataliechristensenphoto.com


NATALIE CHRISTENSEN
NATALIE CHRISTENSEN
NATALIE CHRISTENSEN

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO

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.

www.sugimotohiroshi.com


HIROSHI SUGIMOTO
HIROSHI SUGIMOTO

SCOTT WEST

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.

APOLLO BAR
APOLLO BAR
APOLLO BAR
APOLLO BAR

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


www.dustdb.com

TUCSON MOUNTAIN RETREAT
TUCSON MOUNTAIN RETREAT
TUCSON MOUNTAIN RETREAT
TUCSON MOUNTAIN RETREAT

APOLLO BAR

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


apollobar.dk


APOLLO BAR
APOLLO BAR
APOLLO BAR
APOLLO BAR
APOLLO BAR

BARKOW LEIBINGER

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


www.barkowleibinger.com


BARKOW LEIBINGER
BARKOW LEIBINGER

FORT STANDARD

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


www.fortstandard.com


FORT STANDARD
FORT STANDARD
FORT STANDARD

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


raulsanchezarchitects.com


RAÚL SÁNCHEZ ARCHITECTS
RAÚL SÁNCHEZ ARCHITECTS

JOSE DÁVILA

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 Dávila and Sean Kelly, NY


www.josedavila.mx
www.skny.com

JOSE DÁVILA

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…

Explore

Photography by Frederik Vercruysse


www.mullervanseveren.be
www.valerie-objects.com

MULLER VAN SEVEREN

SUMMER SOUNDS

 

A seasonal collection of music we like

KÉRÉ ARCHITECTURE

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 Night series supported by COS. Discover more about the project here.

Photography by Siméon Duchoud

kere-architecture.com

KÉRÉ ARCHITECTURE
KÉRÉ ARCHITECTURE
KÉRÉ ARCHITECTURE

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.


judd.furniture
DONALD JUDD FURNITURE


Chair 2, Traffic red/RAL 3020
Donald Judd Furniture
Image: Brian Ferry © Judd Foundation
Donald Judd Furniture © Judd Foundation


WOLFGANG TILLMANS

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



www.tillmans.co.uk
www.tenderbooks.co.uk
WOLGANG TILLMANS
WOLGANG TILLMANS
WOLGANG TILLMANS

OLLE BENGTSSON

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.

www.ollebengtsson.com
OLLE BENGTSSON
OLLE BENGTSSON
OLLE BENGTSSON

MICHAEL ANASTASSIADES

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.

www.michaelanastassiades.com
MICHAEL ANASTASSIADES
MICHAEL ANASTASSIADES
MICHAEL ANASTASSIADES

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.

www.miekemeijer.com
STUDIO MIEKE MEIJER
STUDIO MIEKE MEIJER

DOUG JOHNSTON

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.

www.dougjohnston.net
DOUG JOHNSTON
DOUG JOHNSTON
DOUG JOHNSTON

CHRIS ROUND

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.

www.roundtheplace.com
CHRIS ROUND
CHRIS ROUND

HANS OLSEN

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.
HANS OLSEN
HANS OLSEN
HANS OLSEN

Images courtesy of Mass Modern Design

LYNN ALDRICH

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.

lynnaldrich.com
LYNN ALDRICH

TORAFU ARCHITECTS

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

torafu.com
TORAFU ARCHITECTS
TORAFU ARCHITECTS

David Derksen

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.

www.davidderksen.nl
DAVID DERKSEN

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.

www.perkristiannygaard.com
PER KRISTIAN NYGÅRD
PER KRISTIAN NYGÅRD
PER KRISTIAN NYGÅRD

PAWEL BOWNIK

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.

www.bownikstudio.com
PAWEL BOWNIK
PAWEL BOWNIK
PAWEL BOWNIK

SPRING SOUNDS

 

A seasonal collection of music we like

RALF BRUECK

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.

www.ralfbrueck.com
RALF BRUECK
RALF BRUECK
RALF BRUECK

JI ZHOU

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.

www.kleinsungallery.com
JI ZHOU
JI ZHOU

MATTHIAS HEIDERICH

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.

www.matthias-heiderich.de
MATTHIAS HEIDERICH
MATTHIAS HEIDERICH
MATTHIAS HEIDERICH

JONGJIN PARK

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.

www.jongjinpark.com
JONGJIN PARK
JONGJIN PARK
JONGJIN PARK

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.

www.harrycorywright.com
www.elevenfineart.com


HARRY CORY WRIGHT
HARRY CORY WRIGHT
HARRY CORY WRIGHT

FERNANDO MASTRANGELO

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.

Photography by Cary Whittier

www.fernandomastrangelo.com

FERNANDO MASTRANGELO
FERNANDO MASTRANGELO

CHRISTINA MACKIE

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.

www.catrionajeffries.com

CHRISTINA MACKIE
CHRISTINA MACKIE
CHRISTINA MACKIE

DEMETER FOGARASI

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.

www.demeterfogarasi.com

DEMETER FOGARASI

LEV KHESIN

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.

www.levkhesin.de

LEV KHESIN
LEV KHESIN
LEV KHESIN

GRAANMARKT 13

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.

www.graanmarkt13.be

GRAANMARKT 13
GRAANMARKT 13
GRAANMARKT 13

WINTER SOUNDS

 

A seasonal collection of music we like

soundcloud.com/cosstores

WINTER SOUNDS

DELPHINE BURTIN

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.

www.burtin.ch

DELPHINE BURTIN
DELPHINE BURTIN
DELPHINE BURTIN

WILLIAM EGGLESTON

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

www.davidzwirner.com

WILLIAM EGGLESTON
WILLIAM EGGLESTON
WILLIAM EGGLESTON

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.

http://www.lorisetlivia.com

LORIS & LIVIA

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.

www.cohenvanbalen.com

COHEN VAN BALEN
COHEN VAN BALEN
COHEN VAN BALEN


NINA BAND

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. To be in with a chance of winning a set,
join us on Instagram at @cosstores #NinaBandforCOS

www.ninaband.com

NINA BAND
NINA BAND

LUKE DIIORIO

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.

www.houldsworth.co.uk

LUKE DIIORIO
LUKE DIIORIO

ROANNA WELLS

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.

www.roannawells.co.uk

ROANNA WELLS

ROANNA WELLS

ROANNA WELLS

SHANA LUTKER

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.

www.shanalutker.com

SHANA LUTKER

EMMA DAHLQVIST

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.

www.emmadahlqvist.se

EMMA DAHLQVIST

Autumn Sounds

 

A seasonal collection of music we like

soundcloud.com/cosstores

Autumn Sounds

Studio Swine

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 .

www.studioswine.com

Studio Swine

Studio Swine

Studio Swine