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
Paddy Pike is an experienced designer, blogger and photographer living in London. He takes inspiration from some of the greatest raw talent in all sectors of design. With an eye for contemporary design, ranging from bespoke furniture to quirky interiors, he is constantly searching for the next undiscovered creation. I reached out to him, to find out more about his passion for design and also his own pieces. Object of Reference: What’s in the core of your designs?
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
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
Established in 2018, SECOLO is a London-based furniture brand with a desire to create iconic pieces that meet traditional tastes but with contemporary and unorthodox twists. Focusing on quality materials, Italian manufacturing and distinctive designs, SECOLO is producing furniture and accessories, which despite being playful and original will naturally complement any interior. I spoke with Sacha Andraos , one of the designers and founders of Artefatto Design Studio that has b
Parametricism is a fast-growing style that has already defined many rules for the current designers and for the future practitioners to follow. Today parametric objects appear more often in public places like shopping malls, hotels, museums but also in private products and house decoration. P.metric Studio is a brilliant example of a brand that lives and breathes Parametricism. Through geometric and algorithmic relations, P.metric Studio creates distinctive objects with char
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
Malwina Kleparska is a ceramic artist based in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is mostly known for her eccentric and unique candleholders. Malwina’s work is playful but also bold. By using traditional, hand building techniques such as slab building, coiling and pinching, her work is intimately personalized with every piece proudly featuring visible marks from her fingertips; another reminder that each of her sculptured pieces is a unique piece of art. Malwina was born and raised in S
AFT Construction is a leader in providing the highest quality construction services operating in Arizona USA. I came across at their incredible work on Instagram, and I was fascinated by their incredible attention to detail in every single one of their projects. Their high standards and incredible innovation is what makes AFT Construction one of the premier construction firms in the Arizona region Here’s some of their incredible projects/transformations that will definitely c
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
Jewellery collections of the Ghent based jewellery designer Marie-Bénédicte de Schryver are characterized by their timeless elegance and ' romantic chic ' signature. Nature is a permanent source of inspiration. Marie-Bénédicte has graduated magna cum laude in 1995 from the Sint-Lucas Pavilion in Antwerp and since then has been awarded various prizes and participates in exhibitions worldwide. In 2005 her dream came true with the opening of her gallery 'Jewellerydesign Marie-Bé
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
An obsession with blue and a passion to provide creative and versatile jewellery, sparked a frequent traveller’s accessories design career.
Lamcy 藍秋燕 aspires to provide simple, unique mix and match styles that stand out, regardless of the occasion. Each Lamcy 藍秋燕 original is handmade and hand painted, ensuring each piece has its own story and personality: A shade of blue, views out of a Tuscan window, Ho Chi Minh City’s frenetic cables, a tile in the ancient monte Napoleone’