Charged: Ingo Maurer Interview

The celebrated industrial designer speaks on the importance of spontaneity, taking risks and trusting your team

Few industrial designers have earned a foothold in the greater creative culture like Ingo Maurer, the German-born, New York-based designer of lighting and lighting installations. In the decades since founding his own design practice, Ingo Maurer GmbH, the celebrated designer has been exhibited in some of the world’s most prestigious museums, created custom installations for private art collectors and Parisian fashion shows, and received more …

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Toto Table Light

$909

A better nickname for German-born, New York-based designer Ingo Maurer would be a “poet of light,” as his whimsical creations surprise and evoke emotion. As a part of his I Ricchi Poveri lamp series, Maurer’s Toto table light prompts us to recall our childhood and sense of wonder. The specially manufactured halogen bulb appears to float like a balloon, and has a cap with Mickey …

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St Vincent Designs a Guitar

St Vincent (aka Annie Clark) is set to release her own signature guitar with Ernie Ball Music Man, which she designed from scratch. Along with it channeling her own aesthetic, the retro-feel instrument has also been designed with “room for a breast or two,” as she noted on her Instagram account. In this interview with Guitar World, the singer-songwriter explains the need for a lightweight …

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Korg iWavestation

$20

Most serious musicians spend an equally serious amount of time on the road, lugging around heavy equipment. While orchestra players may forever be doomed to carry weighty cases, electronic musicians can rest a little easier with Korg’s iWavestation, a modern take on the beloved synthesizer first introduced in 1990. Mix and morph on the go with this iPad/iPhone app, which powers the same tech as …

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Celebrating European Craft at Homo Faber, Venice

Far from a traditional design festival, this island event shows artisans at work

Two years in the making, Venice’s Homo Faber: Crafting a More Human Future, a new biennial fair, celebrates the range and depth of fine craftwork in Europe. On now through 30 September, the two-week event includes 16 exhibitions and an extensive program of talks celebrating not the past, but the vision of a possible future. Created by the Geneva-based Michelangelo Foundation—founded by Johann Rupert (CEO of the Richemont Group) and …