Maison & Objet 2018: Products for City Commuters

Backpacks, helmets, lights and more for those on the move

With some 54% of the world’s population living in cities (a percentage that continues to increase), it’s no surprise that we found a lot of products for commuters—specifically cyclists—at this year’s Maison & Objet. From headphone cleaning kits to foldable helmets, lights, bags, and more, each of our favorite pieces below combine design with functionality and practicality. Of course, style isn’t sacrificed. Melbourne, Australia’s Memobottle …

CH Omakase 2017: Walter & Moretti Shade Lamp

A first edition of 15, made in France, from a company reborn

CH founders Josh Rubin and Evan Orensten found an original Shade lamp in Stockholm in 2000. They tried for years to learn more about the brand, which produced a small number of objects in limited quantities between 1968 and 1973. Fast forward many years and a coincidental encounter with Olivier Oksman—the current owner of and designer at Walter & Moretti—resulted in a collaboration. Together, for …

Bec Brittain Studios’ Aries Collection

Constellation-like light systems with prisms for punctuation

With her acclaimed SHY Light, designer Bec Brittain proposed a modular system that could be arranged to accommodate a room’s needs. With SHY, thin LED tubes cast light outward in connected stretches. The result was a fixture that could illuminate a room. Today, Brittain reveals a new type of minimal, structural lighting system, known as the Aries collection, and its intent is quite different. Once …

Milan Design Week 2017: Lee Broom’s “Time Machine”

A landmark 10th anniversary installation featuring limited edition reissues and a striking debut

Within an abandoned vaulted storage room next to the historic Milano Centrale station, a white carousel spun—the only object in a raw, unfinished space. On that carousel, visitors found reimaginings of furniture, objects and lighting drawn from ten years worth of English designer Lee Broom‘s collections. As part of Milan Design Week 2017 Milan Design Week, Broom’s “Time Machine” exhibition was exactly that—a referential timeline …

Milan Design Week 2017: Formafantasma’s Imaginative Lighting

Designs from the visionary duo that reduce materials but avoid the concept of minimalism

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick “We’re not one of those people who say ‘less is more,’” Andrea Trimarchi of Italian design duo Formafantasma explains. His partner Simone Farresin agrees. “Actually, no,” he says. “Not at all.” Trimarchi completes the sentiment, “Minimalism? We hate that kind of stuff.” This might not be what you would guess from Formafantasma’s two big Milan Design Week 2017 showings. Both showings—their …