Earthy materials like wood and natural textiles have been popular for making phone cases and even speaker housings. Such materials look wonderfully incongruous next to the glass and polished metal covering sophisticated circuit boards. While producing custom-embossed iPhone cases, bamboo veneers for laptops, and leather notebook covers for clients like Nike, Google, Levi’s, and YouTube, Grovemade has released a line of desk accessories. Available online, from $29.
The month of February means all eyes on are design in the Nordic countries, as the region’s furniture designers and manufacturers launch fresh products en masse during Stockholm Design Week. Take note of these highlights.
On view through February 21 at New York's P! gallery, a new show explores the politics of Cold War-era graphic design with a presentation of works by Klaus Wittkugel—East Germany's most prolific graphic designer. Curator Prem Krishnamurthy walks us through the highlights.