Studio Visit: Industrial Designer Mark Braun

Inside a Berlin workshop where material and form unite for new meaning

“Let’s say that I’m very close to messy,” industrial designer Mark Braun says as we enter his Treptow, Berlin studio. “But it helps with my work.” While the three-room space contains fascinating items aplenty (be that tools, inspirational knickknacks, books or an array of items he imagined and constructed across many types of media) messy isn’t the exact word. It’s very much populated—with design. Here, …

Itz’ana Home Collection

The wooden furniture custom-made by Samuel Amoia for the Belize property is available to all

Though Itz’ana Resort & Residences, located in Placencia, Belize, doesn’t officially open until winter of 2016, there’s a way to experience a taste—without having to purchase one of their private beachfront villas. The interiors were designed by NYC-based Samuel Amoia, who transformed natural materials into simple, geometric pieces that fuse beautifully with the local setting. Itz’ana’s developers, Foundry Collective, were impressed enough with the results …

Studio Visit: Sculptor Matt Kinney

From his live/work space in Beacon, NY, the carpenter and artist creates wooden pieces that brilliantly trick the eye

by Janine M. Stankus In the sun-splayed parlor of his partially renovated 1850s home, Matt Kinney’s artwork mingles with tools of his craft. Paint buckets, sliced and with wood medallions at their mouths, lean beneath a bench strewn with chisels, rasps and mallets. In the corner, a burled axe gleams, nearly swallowed against the swirling camouflage of a matching maple stump. Kinney, a carpenter, creates …