In 1970, industrial designer Dieter Rams drafted a design manifesto that proclaimed ‘good design is long-lasting’. Vitsœ, the furniture company that Rams co-founded in 1959, celebrates this epithet for London Design Festival (LDF) this year, with ‘A Sense of Belongings’, a collection of over 20 treasured possessions that have been used, repaired, and cherished for […]
- July 20, 2018
Six decades ago, in 1958, lighting design pioneer Poul Henningsen redefined modern illumination with three revolutionary forms: the PH Artichoke, the PH 5, and the PH Snowball. This year, Louis Poulsen celebrates Henningsen’s contribution to design history with several special editions: the PH Artichoke in brass, the PH 5 and PH 5 Mini in copper. […]
Alexander Lervik has been one of Sweden’s leading designers for almost 20 years. His quest for innovation speaks louder than the passion for creating beautiful objects. His stand at the London Design Festival this year will be inspired by Scandinavian light, and the centrepiece will be the Aritco HomeLift, the world’s first design-led domestic lift, which he developed for award-winning Swedish lift specialist Aritco.
Friends & Co’s latest client Nulty is a mighty yet nimble, award-winning lighting design consultancy working with some of the world’s foremost architects and interior designers in a variety of industries from hotels and hospitality, to residences and retail. Collaboration and team work are at the heart of Nulty’s practice. Improving life through light, no matter what the scale, is its goal. A Nulty project is defined by its originality and attention to detail. Founder Paul Nulty talks us through his high standards, processes, ambitions and the magic of working with light.
Doreen Toutikian is an interdisciplinary designer, a social entrepreneur, and the Co-Founder and Director of Beirut Design Week, Friends & Co’s latest client. In addition to her work in Lebanon, Doreen is a board member of the International Gender Design Network, a member of the Board of International Research in Design (BIRD), a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, and a member of the Young Cultural Innovators of the British Council.
We recently returned from Stockholm Design Week and have been reflecting upon what is next for the ‘new Nordic’. Inevitably, the vigorous interest on design that focuses on minimal lines, sustainable manufacturing and light-toned colourways is likely to wane. Or will it? Brands and designers, particularly Swedish ones, are emerging from their comfort zones and […]