ARIANE PRINBorn 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.
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DOMINIQUE NABOKOVBerlin Living Rooms marks the culmination of a project started over two decades ago by Dominique Nabokov – a photographer who divides her time between the United States and France. The book is the third and final instalment in her photographic series, which began with Nabokov documenting the living rooms of prominent New Yorkers – without the owner present. After New York came Paris, and now the project reaches its end in Berlin.
CLARK BARDSLEYDesigned to fit over everyday seating objects, Arm by New Zealand-based Clark Bardsley is made from fine American Oak. Inspired by the silhouette of a Windsor chair, the object challenges the constraints of traditional wood bending methods.
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
THOMAS BROWNVolume 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.
YING CHANGSketch 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
JUSTYN HEGREBERGWith 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.
COCO CAPITÁNAs 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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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.
SHAU ARCHITECTSWith 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’.
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.
JEROEN VAN LOONAn 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.
STUDIO OINKSpecialising 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 SCHOOL OF LIFEThe 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
MONO-HAThe 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 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.
MARTA SALA ÉDITIONSA 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.
PEDEVILLA ARCHITECTSLocated 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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CORINNA DEANSlacklands 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.
NATALIE CHRISTENSENPhotographer 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.
HIROSHI SUGIMOTOJapanese 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.
SCOTT WESTArmed 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 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
APOLLO BAROpened 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
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
JOSE DÁVILABased 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
MULLER VAN SEVERENThe 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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KÉRÉ ARCHITECTUREAs 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
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
WOLFGANG TILLMANSPhotographer 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
OLLE BENGTSSONInfluenced 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.
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.
STUDIO MIEKE MEIJERDesigned 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.
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.
CHRIS ROUNDFine 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.
HANS OLSENDanish 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.
LYNN ALDRICHInk 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.
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.
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.