Adorno is a digital gallery for the best of collectible design and craft from around the globe. Selected by a network of on-the-ground curators in major design cities, Adorno’s collections provide a unique insight into the world’s diverse creative communities – and celebrate the work of the designers shaping them.
The designers being featured include both established names and emerging talents at the cusp of their careers, ensuring each collection is a snapshot of the peop
With a master’s degree in Industrial and Interior design, Jaro Kose is a new generation product designer based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Beginning his career working for Marcel Wanders, he later went on to create his own design studio. He now collaborates with companies such as Tjep and Bleijh, imparting a playful and sophisticated take on functional objects. I reached out to them to find out more about their inspiration and designs. Object of Reference: What’s in the co
Middle Kingdom wares are inspired by a long and distinguished history of design and craftsmanship in Chinese porcelain, but we contribute a fresh and invigorating style to the genre. Bo Jia and Alison Alten established the Middle Kingdom kiln in 1998 to broaden porcelain traditions for a modern audience. New works of imperial calibre are now available for everyone. I reached out to them to find out more about their inspiration and designs.
Object of Reference: What’s in the
Based in New York City, durodeco is a design studio co-founded by architect Rachel Robinson and structural engineer Michael Dunham. They create contemporary spaces, furniture, and objects that evoke a timeless warmth.
Fascinated by their innovative work, I reached out to Rachel and Michael with some questions and this is what they had to say.
Object of Reference: What is in the core of your brand and how would you define your interior design style?
DURODECO: At its core, o
Yonoh is a multidisciplinary creative studio set up by Clara del Portillo and Alex Selma in 2006. The studio is characterized by it’s simple, yet functional designs. Simplicity, innovation and originality, without extravagance, is the backbone to their design philosophy studying each small detail minutely in each of their projects. Their versatility, timelessness and adaptability are the cornerstones of the work done in their studio. During its career Yonoh has been awarded w
Gustavo Bittencourt was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1986 and graduated in Industrial Design in 2009 from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. But even before joining the University, I knew well what profession to follow, because the influences of the architect mother gave him the certainty and passion to work with Design.
The eternal search for new knowledge, refinement, and his curiosity led him to work with great icons of the national scene such as Zanini de Zanine,
I reached out to Artictect and Artitst Raúl Almenara as I was fascinated by his amazing work. He has a bachelor in Fine Arts and he work has been he is also the Founder of R A D studio. Here's what we talked about. Object of Reference: How would you define your design style? Raúl Almenara: "A personalized approach combining the origin, environment and needs to create a concept that spreads through the whole project. To conceive that idea I always nurture other artistic discip
Episode Studio is a young product design studio created in 2018 by Nathan Baraness and Marina Daguet. It is based between Milan and Paris. After graduating from ECAL (École cantonale d'art de Lausanne) and learning from their respective experiences at Sebastian Bergne, Bower Studios, Federico Peri and Elena Salmistraro, they have learnt to sharpen their look, and they have developed a personal approach to design. Episode's driving force is curiosity, and its goal is to cultiv
Stinne Holm has her own jewellery studio in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen. Always on the lookout for new inspiration, her unique designs are characterized by simple, graphic lines Stinne produces sculptural collections of rings, earrings, bangles, necklaces and pendants. Her creative drive comes from the pleasure of challenging herself and her clients to make a strong statement in any situation. Fascinated by her work, and wanting to know a bit more about her creative w
Zeijler Cleven is an Eindhoven based design duo consisting of Fabian Zeijler and Tess Cleven. Fabian Zeijler (1993) grew up in the province Zeeland, in the south of The Netherlands. He has always been interested in interior and the design of houses. After completing his high school, he was determined to study architecture to be trained as an architect. This took a turn once he had been to the Graduation Show of the Design Academy in Eindhoven. Seeing all the graduates’ theses
Matt Bilfield is a Los Angeles, CA based artist and he creates extraordinary pieces with wooden dowels in architectural plywood. I was captivated by his work as the vantage point dictates the image. I reached out to Matt to find out more about his amazing pieces and style. Object of Reference: What’s in the core of your designs as an artist? Matt Bilfield: In my latest series, “Transitions” my designs are created to be visually appealing and simplistic, but upon further expl
SM Living Couture is an Italian brand in the Luxury living and furniture sector. Their designs intrigued me through their magnificent attention to detail and sophistication, and an unparalleled element of quality. I reached out to Fabio Arcaini an Interior Designer and the Art Director of the brand to find out more about their pieces and style. Object of Reference: Who is SM Living Couture as a brand and how would you define you interior design style?
Fabio Arcaini: SM Living
Born in 1985, Romanian sculptor and designer Eduard Locota established his eponymous design studio with the aim to beautify modern living spaces. The studio’s collections are inspired by nature in general and seascapes in particular. Using a special combination of acrylic glass, marble, Jesmonite, and wood, Eduard Locota makes every sculpture by hand. As a result, the objects are truly one of a kind. They captivate with their representation of the primordial relationship betw
Ardoma studio designs and manufactures high-end concrete light fixtures. Founded in 2015 by designer Dror Kaspi, the studio dedicates its work to the investigation of visual harmony and ways of establishing it through the use of contrasting elements. I had the amazing opportunity to interview Dror Kaspi, the designer and Founder of Adroma studio to get a little bit more of an insight to his amazing creations. What’s in the core of Ardoma Design as a brand?
I founded Ardoma s
Poetic Lab is a London based full-service design studio base that creates brand & product strategies, delivers product designs and production solutions to clients with a fresh perspective. The studio founded in 2013 by Taiwanese designer Hanhsi Chen after he graduated from Royal College of Art in London. The studio’s mantra is “ Design is silent poetry composed by the mind and matters.” The studio has won numerous awards including the Design Report Award in 2013 during Salone
Matthew McCormick is the creative force of Matthew McCormick Studio, a contemporary design company based in Vancouver. A lifelong “tinkerer” in creative endeavours, Matthew has always had an affinity towards lighting and the varied interpretations it makes in a space. In fact, it was this affinity that turned the design of Matthew’s Vancouver home into one of his first, large-scale design projects where he brought in iconic pieces in parallel with hand-made fixtures of his ow
Alex Mint studio is a new design studio established in London in 2017, focusing on producing unique bespoke objects of exceptional design and high-quality materials. The range includes large scale handmade interior and exterior furniture but also smaller home accessories. The designer behind the brand, Alexia Mintsouli, is especially interested in crafting extraordinary contemporary design pieces with sublime characteristics. One of the key design principles for her is to com
Jill Herlands is the creative force behind the JILL.HERLANDS art-jewellery studio, based in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Her statement pieces are one-off wearable sculptures with every creative aspect, from conception to production, done by hand. This means that every JILL.HERLANDS piece is, and always will be, an original piece of art. As Jill explains:
"Deconstruction, Reconstruction, Science, Metal, Raw Stone" are just some of the words that begin to describe my wearable
Matthias Scherzinger is the creative force behind FREUWERK. The award winning designer has spent several years as a carpenter, joiner and cabinetmaker gathering a profound knowledge in the application of timber, ranging from traditional handwork up to the most modern processing techniques. Matthias says that, “After my graduation from school I took the traditional route and decided for an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker. The idea was to experience the fascination of the mate
After five years of studies to become an Art Director, four of which were spent creating lightings, William Guillon decided to set up his personal project with, as a basis, a reflection around light and darkness. His interest for luminous objects was indeed born of a desire to carve this darkness with light as if it were a pure and precious material William Guillon’s main influences are strong artistic movements, often dark and filled with modern melancholy. Obsessed with a f