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New Summer Colors from Heath Ceramics

I was in the Heath Ceramics shop in Los Angeles this past weekend, borrowing a few pieces for a photo shoot, and I spotted their lovely new Summer Collection, a limited-edition series of new colors and items available only through October 1st. The color palette—California Poppy, Grapefruit, and Birch—goes nicely with Heath's signature exposed clay, which peeks through at the rim or bases of bowls, vases, and cork-topped containers.
April 26, 2012
Delft Blue vase by Daniel Hulsbergen

Daniel Hulsbergen

Daniel Hulsbergen (Design Academy Eindhoven, graduated), Centerpiece series, 2010: These sculptural vases meld two traditional Dutch crafts, the printed Delft Blue vase and handcrafted wicker braiding. This is complemented by a very modern ethos: sustainability through reuse.
April 24, 2012
Ceramic and cork canisters by Dokter and Misses

Dokter and Misses

“I love Johannesburg-based Dokter and Misses’ ceramic and cork canisters and clever light-and-shelf combo.”
April 24, 2012
Renee Rossouw portrait by Bernd Schifferdecker

Renée Rossouw

Renée Rossouw funneled her various fixations into a single focus when she spent 2010 pursuing the Master of European Design Labs, an interdisciplinary degree program directed by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon. The program is based in Madrid, but students travel to various European cities. Rossouw, 26, had just completed a master’s in architecture, but she was on less sure footing regarding other types of design. “I was interested in design from a young age, but I never felt I truly understood it,” she says. “South Africa is a craft-oriented country, but we don’t actually have a design industry.”
April 23, 2012
Pia Wustenberg portrait by Bernd Schifferdecker

Pia Wüstenberg

Pia Wüstenberg, a young German-Finnish designer based in London, graduated just last year from the Royal College of Art (RCA). But a glance at her portfolio, peppered with quirky and carefully handcrafted pieces, reveals that the 25-year-old designer has already found her visual identity.
April 23, 2012
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Coverings 2012: Fireclay Tile

Artisanal tile company Fireclay was at Coverings for the first time this year and exhibited their brand of glass and ceramic tile that's a treat to look at and boasts some mighty strong environmental creds. The company, based in San Jose, California, was founded in 1986 and churns out thousands of pieces of tile, which is all made in the United States. They launched a couple new lines, Crush (a tile made from 100% recycled glass) and the Runway Collection by Austin-based designer Kelly LaPlante, along with some tried and tested favorites.
April 21, 2012
Putikmade Hanging

PUTIKMADE Pottery

Set to debut in May at the Garden Festival at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, the UPO line of L.A.-made ceramic pots looks like a winning addition to any outdoor space. Better yet, as PUTIKMADE founder Cynthia Vargas tells me, you can scoop them up now on the young company's Etsy page. 
March 29, 2012
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Tiles of Casablanca

Wandering the streets of downtown Casablanca, one sees a whole other use of tile on building facades. Instead of the reddish concrete with colorful accents you see in Marrakech (which I documented here), the White City has a decidedly less decorated feel. As an early 20th century laboratory for art deco, art nouveau, modernist, and neo-Moroccan design, Casablanca emphasizes form over ornament. And yet, that great ceramic tradition can still be felt. Here's a glimpse of the use of tile I saw over the course of a couple days wandering around Casablanca.
March 19, 2012
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Tiles of Marrakech

I was in Morocco last week and it should come as no surprise to design fans that I was ensorcelled by the variety and complexity of Moroccan tilework. From elaborate mosaics on palace walls to simple geometric designs on the street, I found myself snapping photo after photo of tiles. Here are a handful of highlights from my time in Marrakech. Look for more in the next couple days from Casablanca.
March 15, 2012
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