With just a few weeks left of summer, we want to enjoy every last second of it. That means a few more barbecues, a few more trips to the beach, a few more dips in the pool, a few more nights around the firepit. We also want to do it as stylishly—and comfortably—as possible. Here are some ideas to keep you lounging in style now and in summers to come.
Launched just this spring, Made in Ratio has quickly begun making a name for itself in the design world. The London-based company's Supernova table garnered a Product of the Year Award and the firm itself was heralded as Newcomer of the Year at the Mixology Awards, work in the contract field. The collection started off big, with creative director Brodie Neill creating a range of seating, lighting, tables and storage that play with color, form and material. Today, we're delighted to share Brodie's thoughts on becoming a designer and his design process as part of our series highlighting younger designers. If you're in London next month for the Design Festival, Made in Ratio will be showing at designjunction. Stop by and check out the pieces.
By Michael Webb
The Book of Books: 500 Years of Graphic Innovation. Edited by Mathieu Lommen. Thames & Hudson, $65.
Too many obituaries for the printed word have appeared on-line, and most will vanish into the virtual wasteland that swallows most digital utterances. Print has survived for more than five centuries and it will take more than Twitter and blogs to render it obsolete. Rather, we seem to be returning to the Middle Ages, when a well-educated minority read books and everyone else relied on preachers and gossip. So, three cheers for Thames & Hudson, which continues to publish inspiring titles even as their competitors dumb down.
“I approach every design—a building or piece of furniture—as a problem that needs to be solved,” says designer Aaron Portiz. A B.Arch graduate of California College of the Arts, Portitz recently launched a new furniture line. Here’s the twist. The collection is made in Nicaragua from wood sourced from the country’s North Atlantic Autonomous Region, where a 2007 hurricane had felled thousands of hardwood trees.
When John Fulchino, the co-owner of Taqueria Nacional in Washington, DC, first met with Kristina Crenshaw and the design team at Streetsense, he came bearing a book filled with photos of Cuba. It served as the jumping off point for the restaurant, which was moving to larger digs in a former post office building.