Tania da Cruz

Nature, irony and poetry in a budding designer's Milan showings

A poetic mix of function and decoration, Tania da Cruz’ objects highlight the hidden aspects of daily life. This is how her newest creations, recently presented at the 50th annual Salone del Mobile, come to life. Born in Lisbon, da Cruz spent her childhood in Brussels before beginning her design training and education at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. But it …

Security!™

Keep safe with a loss prevention tag in gold

Just released by art director Justin Gignac, Security!™ is an 18k-gold-plated sterling silver version of plastic security tags stores put on clothes to prevent theft. The piece, meant to be worn as a pin, stems from the NYC-based artist’s idea (he’s also behind the popular campaign Needs for Sale) of elevating mundane and overlooked items in our everyday lives. As a perfectly banal example, Justin …

Timeless Watch

Rogan gives the watch an extreme facelift for a cleverly casual accessory

Rogan recently released their newest bit of design re-invention with the Timeless Watch. Made in NYC, the wrist candy repurposes old watch pieces, making each one both unique and a chic example of upcycling. But the best part of this accessory, its “timeless” empty face, not only neatly dismisses the modern anxieties of analogue-vs.-digital and how to convey the appropriate importance without looking too flashy, …