Rafael de Cárdenas

A renaissance man with an intrinsic sense for color and shape boldly redefines modern interiors

Rafael de Cárdenas‘ signature blend of saturated colors and stark geometry turns classic architecture into a common language of striking patterns and eye-popping hues. “Graphics lend themselves to a very immediate reception, which I’m very drawn to,” he recently told Cool Hunting. With an impressive roster of diverse projects in his portfolio, de Cárdenas’ ability to translate color and form across platforms stems from his …

Leon Ransmeier

A young minimalist takes on the challenge of designing for everyday life

A kind of Shaker simplicity marks the work of Leon Ransmeier, a beauty that results when an object is exactly what it’s meant to be and nothing more. A humidifier is a pristine bucket filled with water; an extension cord wraps itself neatly around a flat white spool. Some designs are, in fact, so pure of purpose that they can stump those of us surrounded …

Paul Loebach

History, science and design vernaculars in the work of an emerging Brooklyn designer

Engaged in the timeless debate of form over function, Brooklyn-based furniture designer Paul Loebach seamlessly reconciles the two pillars of design through his distinct approach to craftsmanship. “The forms of our material environment carry a collective meaning, just like a spoken language,” explains Loebach, continuing that his goal is to “communicate through my designs with as much impact as possible. Form and function are inseparable, …