Talbot + Yoon’s Eccentric Design Objects

"Goober" candles, bob lamps and a tile shelf system based on fungus

“We live in a tiny New York City apartment, as most people here do,” explains Mark Talbot, co-founder—along with Youngjin Yoon—of Talbot + Yoon. “A lot of our inspiration was in trying to find solutions that were elegant but decorative in limited space,” he continues. And while elegant makes for an apt descriptor of their design items and homewares, so does eccentric. All of the …

New from Umbra Shift for Fall 2015

Different designers offer their playful, creative takes on home goods and furniture

Umbra Shift, the semi-experimental branch of Toronto’s Umbra studio, works with a wide range of designers to breathe contemporary influences into the home. The latest functional products to be released (just in time for holiday) in the Umbra Shift collection range from trivets to tables and the results incite curiosity and carry a jolt of personality. For example, the Switch Tray by Lambert Rainville, can …

Umbra Shift Home Design at A+R

A selection of creative design objects now available stateside for the first time

For more than 30 years Toronto’s Umbra has held a significant presence in the homeware segment, though it’s their recently-established, contemporary design focused arm Umbra Shift that’s earned our attention this time. After being rolled out in the past few weeks in Hong Kong and Vancouver, the capsule collection has landed Stateside thanks to California-based design retailer A+R. The extension brand taps established, emerging and …