RVW Furniture

New design-duo RVW combines Swedish heritage with meticulous detailing for beautifully modern furniture

by Richard Prime Shunning flashiness and gimmickery, Malmö, Sweden-based furniture brand RVW stands for “consistency in creation” while preserving Swedish furniture heritage. Founders Johannes Herbertsson and Jonas Nordgren explore the history of material use to slowly develop products which will stand the test of time and look good while doing so. The resulting beautifully-formed pieces demonstrate a borderline obsessive attention to detail with refined surfaces …

Interview with BMW Design Director Adrian van Hooydonk

BMW's top designer on energy efficiency, electric cars and his creative approach

by Tamara Warren Adrian van Hooydonk, Director of BMW Group Design, envisions a motoring future shaped by sustainability and performance. Just completing his first year on the job as the head of BMW design (replacing Chris Bangle), van Hooydonk is responsible for the new BMW 5-series and the general direction of the BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce aesthetic. The Dutch native helmed BMW DesignworksUSA for …

Platform 3.17

The incredible story of how a group of Italian companies rebuilt a devastated town

When a devastating earthquake hit L’Aquila in April of 2009, Italian civil service agency the Civil Protection launched the C.A.S.E. Project to rebuild safe, high quality homes. Employing 16 Italian companies to design and build these new houses, the book “Platform 3.17” tells the incredible story of a creative and constructive process where innovation met craftsmanship through tragic circumstances. One of the master carpenters, Wood …