The Wes Anderson-Inspired “Budapest Cafe”

Inspired by Wes Anderson, Melbourne-based studio Biasol has designed The Budapest Cafe in Chengdu, China. Mimicking Anderson’s delightful obsession with symmetry, the interior is also a pastel paradise—with light pink and green accented with pale gray. The designers say, “Our design draws on filmmaker Wes Anderson’s meticulous, memorable and magical worlds to create an inviting destination with whimsical character and international appeal.” Read and see …

Hintlab’s Customizable LEGO Jewelry

With LEGO blocks as the centerpiece, Paris-based hintlab’s 3D-printed precious metal rings can be customized according to the wearer’s whims. Each ring comes with multiple LEGO pieces in a range of colors—solid and translucent—for swapping out. Naturally, they can also be stacked one atop the other. There are various styles of metal frames, but the heart is all the same: a little piece of nostalgia. …

Studio Visit: Italy’s Crea Concrete Design + Foscarini Lighting

Shining a light on the process of the skilled artisans who produce the Aplomb lamp for the major design firm

Foscarini is the third largest Italian lighting company and yet they do not own a factory. Their entire production relies on collaboration with skilled artisans, each of whom is specialized in a particular material or craft, from glass to carbon fiber. The company is now lifting the veil on this with Maestrie (Master Skills), a narrative photographic and video project by the artist Gianluca Vassallo. …

A Creative Alternative to a Border Wall

Malaysia’s No-To-Scale Studio has suggested yet another clever alternative to President Trump’s proposed Mexico/USA border wall. Certainly more fun (and more cost-effective) than a wall, the design outfit proposes a 1,954 mile-long dining table—at which Mexican and American residents and citizens can join each other for meals and socializing (BYO chair). The studio says, “Take it from us, we’ve lived in a pseudo-democracy all our …

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 …