ANTON ALVAREZInventing 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
SUPERFACEFrench 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.
TOKUJIN YOSHIOKAFirst 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.
ATELIER ZEINSTRA VAN DER POLCaptured 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.
TUCSON MOUNTAIN RETREATLocated 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
BARKOW LEIBINGERBerlin-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
FORT STANDARDThe 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 ARCHITECTSA 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
DONALD JUDD FURNITUREBest 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
MICHAEL ANASTASSIADESA 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.
DOUG JOHNSTONNew 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.
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 Taichi 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.
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
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.
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.
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.