“The voice of children demanding,
insisting to have their own objects,
that correspond to their own world,
which is different from the adult one,
not only for its dimensions
but also for its values.”
— Eugenio Perazza, Magis president
Me Too, the children’s division of interior design company Magis, has been killing it with the kids wares for almost a decade now. This comes as little surprise. Magis’ president is well aware of the finicky taste of children: in no small part thanks to his discerning granddaughter Anna.
A delicate and artful addition to the Me Too lineup is this year’s Cloudy. The resin-covered chicken wire cloud is a whimsical alternative to the standard mobile and, based on your weather preference, can be hung solo or in a cluster of small, medium, and large sizes for an all-out overcast vibe. Artist Benedetta Mori Ubaldini is the creative force behind the object, and no stranger to working with the material: her body of work includes mesh giraffes, flocks of mesh bunnies, and scurrying mesh rats, amongst many other wiry characters.
Set these paperweights down on the top page of your finished novel by the window on a breezy day…
Although brass is not a traditional medalling metal – and although paperweights belong to the class of less-than-necessary desktop equipment – we’re awarding gold to these exceptional objects by Japanese designer Oji Masanori. The solid brass polyhedra will oxidize over time, building up a gorgeous patina. They come in three different shapes, each with a satisfying heft and unfussy integrity. These paperweights are clearly made for more than holding down a stack of bills: they’re meant to be admired and held in the hand and set down on the top page of your finished novel, for example, by the window on a breezy day. Buy the set from one of our favorite shops for all things home, Toronto-based Mjölk.
No, skinny ties and bow ties are not played out, thank you very much. Not when you’re wearing one of Gene Meyer’s original silk woven designs, anyway. The brand’s ties appeal to today’s nattily dressed men, but infuse Mediterranean colors and geometric patterns that call to mind, say, Capri in the 1960s. Which makes sense, considering all Gene Meyer’s ties have been made in Italy since the company began manufacturing over 20 years ago.
By the time brothers Doug and Gene Meyer established the accessories arm of their brand, they were lauded veterans in the interior design and fashion industries. You can still find their home décor and textile work in the likes of Vogue and Architectural Digest any given month, and they clearly bring that same expressive touch to their neckwear. The assorted textures, juxtaposing shapes and beautiful color blocks of violet, salmon and citrus yellow hues make each of these ties worthy of a magazine spread in and of themselves.
Lo’s List especially recommends these ties, bow ties and pocket squares for summer and autumn weddings, weekend getaways, or after-work negronis along the Italian Riviera.
top: “Pleated Pleat” DuPont™ Tyvek® Seat
above left: “Pivot” Cabinet for Arco (2008)
above right: “Stack” Chest of Drawers for Established & Sons (2008)
“We’re both very interested in the character of different materials, particularly ones whose edges don’t need to be treated and can be left rough, like paper, leather and felt.”
The work of Raw-Edges is not for crowd-followers or wallflowers. Indeed, the pieces are ballsy, sometimes rough, often bright and clashy. It’s the sort of furniture that a more timid houseguest would veer away from – never daring to plop down on the “Volume” couch, for example.
Tel Aviv-born partners Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay established the London studio in 2007, after years of creative collaborations, beginning during their BA studies at Bezalel Art and Design Academy. In the short few years that they have worked together, the duo has won numerous accolades for their whimsical and unique furniture and housewares, including the prestigious Designers of the Future Award at last year’s Design Miami/ Basel.
Raw-Edges (who are part of a larger, London-based collective called OKAY Studio — all 2006 graduates of London’s Royal College of Art) have already had the chance to collaborated with some design world greats, producing their “Pivot” chair for Dutch firm Arco, their Alice in Wonderlandesque chest of drawers, “Stack” (now part of MoMA’s permanent collection) for Established & Sons, a stunning flooring job for Stella McCartney’s Milan shop (also with Established & Sons), and their “Tailored Wood” pieces for Cappellini. The Lo’s List favorite? Definitely the “Pleated Pleat” seat made from one of our favorite materials, DuPont™ Tyvek®!!
top: “Wall to Wall” Installation for Established & Sons Limited (2009)
above left: “Tailored Wood” Seat (2008)
above right: “Volume” Couch (2007)
Your Lo’s List London correspondents have recently moved into new, unfurnished digs in Islington and, as you can imagine, we’ve had flat-pack on our minds for weeks. But while it’s all well and good to put together beds and shelves with nothing more than Allen keys and some frustrating pegs, some pieces of furniture demand more care in their selection. With all the hours we spend at our computers each day, the choice of a perfect writing desk was always going to be a difficult one. What a relief, then, that a weekend trip to the Columbia Road flower market and Brick Lane led us right to the door of Unto This Last.
This furniture workshop uses up-to-the-minute digital manufacturing techniques to produce quirky and elegant pieces with light, clean lines. We immediately fell in love with Unto This Last’s ‘Lock’ table (seen above) — and are writing from it now — but we’ve been designing imaginary houses around our favorite pieces from their broad catalog: the tapered ‘Ply’ table, the ‘Cell’ shelf, the ‘Nurbs’ coffee table and the surprisingly comfortable ‘Facet’ chair.
Unto This Last take their odd name from a book by John Ruskin that critiques the economic and manufacturing practices of his time, giving a Victorian take on green principles and urging a ‘return to the local craftsman workshops’. The atelier’s ‘micro-manufacturing’ process carries on this tradition and is tailored to limit their carbon footprint. They also provide a maximum of affordable and customizable design options. The two shops (one in Brick Lane, one in Battersea Park) don’t warehouse any stock; all pieces are built to order and to spec from sustainably sourced, FSC-certified birch laminate and are available in four standard finishes. The resulting degree of control that customers have over their orders is particularly appealing: we had our own little table built to fit an awkwardly-proportioned window alcove—now the best seat in the house.
In a house bursting at the seams with typewriters, teapots, and every other imaginable tchotchke, it’s refreshing to mix in simple, high-quality basics to balance out the madness. Filzfelt, the minimalist line of felt-by-the-yard and felt accessories launched by Traci Roloff (blogger behind The Girl in the Green Dress) and Etcetera’s Kelly Smith is one of those purist, interior design gems. What I love about Filzfelt is that it serves as a launching point for the creative possibilities that the fabric holds: pick up a durable floor mat or one of the lovely table accessories and get inspired to create your own home accents with the company’s huge line of ready-to-DIY felt! More of a follow-the-instructions kind of crafter? Check out our favorite online felt-based tutorials:
A big thank you to the style-savvy Doug & Haruna, who sent over this link to Truck, a luscious furniture & housewares collection from Osaka, Japan. Aside from the must-have-it-all furniture catalog on their site, Truck carries tons of other goodies, from handmade leather belt bracelets by Atelier Shirokumasha (just $17), to very French antique wicker baskets, to one of my favorite things: Moroccan babouche slippers! Pretty much everything you see in the hypnotizing photos on their site (rugs, bins, lamps, pillows…) is for sale. Um… minus the coordinated house cat and pup, I’m assuming. Thank goodness I live nowhere near this decor goldmine…