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
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.
TORAFU ARCHITECTSThe Kitaoji house by Japanese architecture firm Torafu is located in a quiet residential area in northern Kyoto. With a concrete outer shell, it features open ceilings and an indoor terrace for light and ventilation. Designed with wheelchair accessibility in mind, it has a large central space with individual rooms instead of narrow passageways.
Photography by Daici Ano
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.
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.
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.
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.
NINA BANDPensive Dimensions by photographer Nina Band presents an abstract vision of architecture through paper reconstructions of original imagery. Inspired by the Cubist and Minimalist movements, her work focuses on the way shapes and forms are perceived within complex spaces.
Commissioned by COS, Nina has created a unique series of prints that are currently on display in a selection of our store windows worldwide. To be in with a chance of winning a set,
join us on Instagram at @cosstores #NinaBandforCOS
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.
EMMA DAHLQVISTIt’s Now or Näver by Swedish textile designer Emma Dahlqvist brings together traditional craft methods and new technologies. Applying textile design to birch bark with intricate laser cutting, her work reinvents conventional approaches to create new qualities and interesting textures.
Studio SwineInspired by the tropical ghost town of American industrialist Henry Ford, Fordlandia by London-based design practice Studio Swine imagines a world where Ford’s project is a success. Bringing together furniture, products, workwear and textiles that reference the Brazilian tropical modernist movement, the exhibition creates an imagined domestic environment within the gallery. Fordlandia runs from 22 September – 10 December 2016 at London’s Fashion Space Gallery .
AGNES MARTINPaintings, Writings, Rembrances by Arne Glimcher is the first and only complete retrospective publication of the visionary American painter, Agnes Martin. Bringing together 130 of Martin’s paintings and drawings, the book also features previously unpublished writings and lecture notes. This autumn, COS will be supporting the Guggenheim Museum’s Agnes Martin retrospective in New York.
TOKYOBIKEtokyobike is a small, independent bicycle company founded in 2002 in the quiet Tokyo suburb of Yanaka.
The name was derived from the design of the bikes; in the same way the mountain bike was designed for the mountains, so tokyobike was designed for Tokyo. Based on the concept of ‘Tokyo Slow’ the bikes are designed to be light to ride with an emphasis on comfort over speed. Photography by Miles & Miles
OEUFFICEFounded in 2011 by Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte and Jakub Zak, Oeuffice is a collaborative research laboratory based in London. Inspired by the simple geometry of classical architecture, their Kapita series is a collection of limited edition tables and stools made from Italian marble and stone.
MASSERIA MOROSETAA white stone farmhouse nestled in the Italian countryside, Masseria Moroseta is a modern guesthouse designed by Andrew Trotter. Set around a central courtyard and surrounded by organic olive groves, the pared-back space embodies relaxed simplicity.
DANIEL EMMAThe BLOCK dining table and chair set is a contemporary revision of traditional school furniture by Australian design duo Daniel Emma. Made from maple wood, the pieces feature simple clean lines, polished brass fixtures and an optional Carrara marble table top.
ELMGREEN & DRAGSETCooling Box (2015) by London and Berlin based design duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset explores the relationship between art, its environment and the viewer. Both familiar and strangely out of context, the seemingly misplaced objects are cast from bronze and painted to appear plastic.
SHIN SHINSeoul-based graphic design duo Haeok Shin and Donghyeok Shin work together in the fields of art and culture collaborating with a broad range of curators, editors, artists and institutions.
Shin Shin’s new work The Bibliophile’s Booklets will be on display at the COS Cheongdam project space in Seoul from Saturday 6th August, as part of our ongoing collaboration
with local publishing project, The Book Society.
Find out more about the project here.
STUDIO JEROEN WANDThe Laminated Coffee Table by Eindhoven-based designer Jeroen Wand uses pieces of leftover veneer to create a solid wooden structure. By pressing the pieces of wood types into an intricate composition, the studio explores the dynamic and unpolished side of design. www.jeroenwand.nl
BARKOW LEIBINGERDesigned by American/German practice Barkow Leibinger, the Fellows Pavilion is located in the American Academy in Berlin. Made from lightweight glass and steel, the geometric structure is illuminated to appear as if it is floating above the surrounding garden lawn. www.barkowleibinger.com
THE BOOK SOCIETYThe Book Society is a bookstore, cultural space and publishing platform in Seoul. Founded by Helen Ku and Lim Kyung Yong in 2010, it plays an important role in local culture, promoting independent art, design and publishing. Participating in many curatorial and editorial projects, The Book Society has published artists’ books as well as various titles with a focus on contemporary art, critical theory and design.
We have partnered with The Book Society to create a specially-curated bookstore, reading area and exhibition space at our Cheongdam store in Seoul.
Image courtesy of EH
Find out more about the project here.