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September 9, 2011

Superslick finishes have lost their sheen. What’s intriguing now is design that’s a little rough around the edges.

Dechirer tile

Déchirer Tile

 A muted color scheme lets the vaguely pixelated pattern of Patricia Urquiola’s large-form ceramic slabs shine­—–figuratively. The bas-relief appears to be pliable, but in reality the rock-hard surface is built tough enough for high-traffic floors or accent walls.

Matt Gagnon Prototype Lamps

Prototype Lamp

Matt Gagnon spent five days as window dressing during Design Week. The designer stood in the front display at the Future Perfect shop in NoHo, treating passersby to a live demonstration as he created his signature Prototype lamps out of materials such as wool yarn, cotton rope, and surgical tubing.


Trash Me Lamp

 This rough-hewn lamp may look like a brutalist’s best friend, but it’s really more like an eco-lover’s dream. The blocky fixture is constructed from simple paper pulp, making the deceptively delicate piece a recyclable illuminator. 

Foil Curtain

Foil Curtain

This clever textile eliminates the need to fumble with curtain cords. Embedded magnets allow the drapes to be easily arranged—–and secured—–with a scrunch.

The Åre Blanket by Anderssen and Voll fir Roros Tweed.

Åre Blanket

The subtle geometric forms on these Norwegian wool blankets emerge during production, when the tightly woven lines resist tufting and remain taut and ever-so-slightly debossed.

Quake Mug

Quake Mug

To create these collapsed cups, Nordenskiöld shook a tray of still-wet hand-thrown ceramic mugs. He then made molds of the originals to mass-produce them.


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