Interview: Renato Preti

The founder of Discipline talks refined design with "some Italian tomato sauce"

In the panorama of Italian design, Discipline is one of the youngest and most interesting newcomers. Its motto, “beautifully designed, consciously made,” underlines the ambitious goal to meld aesthetics with the consideration of environmental issues from a contemporary and innovative point of view. The mind behind the project, Renato Preti spent years investing in design companies like Moooi, B&B and Skitsch before deciding to start …

POMM iPad Case

Put it in cork

Steering clear of flashy materials, Pomm Design Studio‘s new iPad 3 case houses the latest in high tech inside tried-and-true cork. The geometrically inspired case is molded from two cork blocks, providing substantial protection against the hazards of everyday schlepping. Naturally shock-absorbent, water-resistant and biodegradable, cork is one of the design world’s most useful assets. With a single slit opening at the top and a …

Adjust-a-Bowl

Catch-all bowls crafted from flexible cork fabric

Not just for wine stoppers and bulletin boards anymore, cork’s applications are practically limitless. Case in point, the Adjust-a-Bowl has a leather-like texture that’s perfect for organizing everything from veggies (it’s naturally anti-microbial and stain resistant) to magazines or keys. The material lends tactile appeal too; it’s warm, smooth to the touch and extremely pliable. Though hard to believe, the handmade containers get this ideal …