Studio Visit: The Principals

The Brooklyn-based group designs everything from dominoes to shop interiors and high-concept installations

What does a studio—one that turns out a broad range of projects that require attention to the most finite details as well as broad strokes and big picture ideas—need? Balance. And after what The Principals founders Drew Seskunas, Charles Constantine and Christopher Williams describe as a somewhat shaky start, they were able to ground their young studio. Formed just two years ago, the first step …

Interview: Jay Sae Jung Oh

The designer discusses her jute-wrapped sculptural "Savage" series, environmental sustainability and her next step

The sculptural furnishings by Korea-born designer Jay Sae Jung Oh are stop-you-in-your-tracks beautiful—a complicated, show-stopping mix of materials that references centuries-old weaving techniques and yet feels entirely unexpected. Made from discarded plastic objects woven and wrapped around broken-down patio chairs, Oh’s “Savage” series of functional seating and side tables are the perfect marriage of her degree in sculpture from Kookmin University in South Korea and …

Off The Grid at Gallery R’Pure

A designer camping trip with Frederick McSwain and François Chambard's first collaborative collection

If glamorous camping is “glamping,” does that make designer camping “damping?” Whatever you call the pristine, outdoors-inspired objects in “Off the Grid”—the collaboration between designer François Chambard of UM Project and artist and designer Frederick McSwain—the exhibition playfully riffs on the title, from literal interpretations of grid-based design to more free-thinking explorations of what it means to take the design off the grid. For Chambard, …

Stand Alone Mirrors at NYC Design Week

Five designers free the mirror from its wall-mounted constraints

The idea of round hanging mirrors with thick leather straps may have blossomed with modernist designer Jacques Adnet’s “Circulaire” mirror—the result of a partnership with Hermés in the 1950s—but over the past two years we’ve seen it bloom even further, becoming both a design fair favorite and coveted home furnishing. What’s the next logical step for forward-thinking designers? Taking the mirror off the wall altogether, …

Copper Shines at NYC Design Week

Six designers call upon copper as the material of choice for a range of industrial designs

The use of copper in functional industrial design has been on the rise for some time now, especially since seeing it all over London Design Festival last September. We spotted six new products during this year’s NYC Design Week that prove even more designers are embracing the multifaceted, mutable material and making use of its exceptional range—from a shiny, jewelry-like polish to a beautifully weathered, …