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Warby Parker have recruited longtime collaborator Geoff McFetridge for a capsule collection of limited edition sunglasses.


Bloom pendant light by Rene Linssen, one half of Forever Furniture, is designed to be disassembled. Shipped flat for easier transportation, each component can be taken apart and recycled at the end of its life. The lampshade is made from a laser cut and folded steel sheet and comes in a black or white powder coated finish.

Bumbu Rum
Distilled and aged at a 120 year old Panamanian distillery, Bumbu XO rum is the first premium rum from the up and coming rum brand.

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The oversized, woven Paka Hanging Light is the result of a collaboration between Ghanaian handbag designer Akosua Afriyie-Kumi of AAKS and South African jeweller Katherine-Mary Pichulik of jewellery line Pichulik

Called Ilo, which means "Joy" in Finnish, this modern, outdoor play cabin by Koto Elementa is designed as a space for children and adults to shelter in nature. 

From the Light Phone in all of its versions to the simplicity of the Placebo Phone, we have long been proponents of less is more when it comes to the super computer in our pocket. The BoringPhone is the latest answer to the problem of how to balance the usefulness of a phone with the time-consuming distractions the modern smartphone encourages.


The Orto furniture collection by zweithaler is based on a design principle which creates structures that are stable without any connectors.


The Chrome Dino Set was designed in New York by Andrew Bell to commemorate 10 years of Google's Chrome browser. The pixelated dinosaur and cacti may be graphics to those who recall the struggle of intermittent internet service. Dead Zebra has created a limited set of figurines which includes the T-rex and four cacti so you can recreate the ERR_INTERNET_DISCONNECTED screen any where you like. 

Designed to elevate the user's physical and emotional experience, abl transforms a mobility aid to a personal accessory worth showing off.

Wanghe Studio's playful collection of furniture called Childhood Series doesn't take itself too seriously. 

Designers are infamous for putting their logo on any and everything they can think of, so it should come as no surprise that the next frontier would be food.
 

Driven by a calm design ethos, Mui have created a display that doesn't look like your typical computer screen.


Commercial furniture studio Furnished Forever was founded in 2017 by Australian-based designers René Linssen and Elliot Bastianon and offers a range of highly functional products that cater to both the commercial and residential markets.

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Summer. Is. Here. And for all the trips we will inevitably be making to the beach, it's great to have  the option to take well-designed and environmentally-friendly toys with us.


Vitra's futuristic exhibition Twentythirtyfive is a collaboration with Virgil Abloh, the American architect, artist and designer. Installed in the Zaha Hadid-designed Fire Station on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Abloh and Vitra have collaborated on three products as limited editions and Abloh has also redesigned two products by Jean Prouvé.

It was inevitable. After years of watching the inflatable swan pool float rise in popularity, the  backlash against the ubiquitous photo prop (because really, who spends more than 5 minutes on one of these things) was bound to happen.

Relax by StudioDWAS is time made poetry and a simple reminder that moments matter.


The Bandage Sofa by Bogdanova Bureau has a modern, streamlined design with modular components that are bound together with elastic band-like fasteners.

These novelty tea bags from Ocean-Teabag celebrate the sea.

We're seeing a proliferation of electric cars and a few bikes in Bermuda, so it's only a matter of time before this stylish option hits our roads. Two years ago we wrote about the prototype of a sleek, modern electric Vespa Piaggio debuted at EICMA in Milan, and can now bring you further details. 



Artist and designer Nina Cho is inspired by concepts rooted in traditional Korean art but puts a modern and minimalist spin on things. Cho's newest collection of handmade glass works in various scales called Layering Transparency, considers overlapping parts of positive and negative space in different colours and tones. Each piece becomes a singular volume using a unifying  material: glass.


We aren’t sure what it is about the enduring appeal of Keith Haring’s designs but the simplistic, figures continue to be incredibly popular decades after his death. This time, the collaboration between his estate is with Alice + Olivia’s Diffusion line. The colourful collection is made up of separates with - pieces for men and women - as well as shoes and accessories. 


Bermudian designer Meagan Wellman is in the process of relaunching her fashion line M-SEW compete with online store and new products including, for the first time, footwear.


A new carousel was recently unveiled in Wattens, Austria by well-known crystal manufacturer Swarovski as part of Swarovski Kristallwelten, a sculpture garden-cum-visitors-centre nestled among the Tyrolean Alps, near their head office. Created by Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon, the carousel eschews colour is rendered in black and white with accents of gold, all of which contrast beautifully with the lush, green surroundings. The result is surprisingly elegant.

Why should kids have all the fun? Blockitecture is a set of adult-friendly wooden blocks created by designer James Paulius. The quirky kits reimagine the concept of traditional building blocks and by foregoing the conventional cube shape for more creative forms, Paulius has crafted sets based on two architectural concepts: Habitat, a miniature metropolis, and Parkland (pictured), a forward-thinking green space. It features flat pieces that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Some of the blocks have three-dimensional objects like mini trees and trellises attached and builders are encouraged to conceive their ideal green space. 

Blockitecture merges minimalist design with an imaginative aesthetic and prove that wooden toys are not just for kids anymore.


Inspired by their time on the island of Bermuda and named after the small bay surrounded by cliffs on its North coast, the founders of Deep Bay canned cocktails use premium distilled spirits, carbonated water, and natural flavours in their drinks.

The M A N I collection by Britta Hermann was inspired by the creativity of traditional Italian craftsmanship. In her quest to create her first collection of hand-made accessories, Hermann moved to Tuscany from Hamburg in 2005 and became inspired by the architecture and colours of her new home.


The toothbrush is a designer staple perhaps second only to the chair, so the Usetool Toothbrush seeks to set itself apart from the crowd with its stylish design. The sonic wave toothbrush by Jiyoun Kim Studio comes with a wireless steriliser and a small magnet in the neck of the toothbrush allows it to be stored vertically on the bathroom wall. By Usetool Company.


We're not fond of ostentatious displays of wealth instead preferring good design over sheer expense, but this standout property located in Bermuda straddles the border between the two and deserves a feature if only for its unique location and stunning views on an island this size. The seven-bedroom home measures 10,700 square feet and sits on 5.5 acres and has its own tennis court, pool, chef’s kitchen, and media room. 


In an unexpected move, on May 30 superstar designer Marc Jacobs launched a new contemporary line several years after shuttering his last diffusion brand Marc by Marc. This time the line, which is called THE Marc Jacobs after the designer's personal Instagram handle, will focus on individual pieces that range in price from $90 for not-so-basic tees to $895 for coats and outerwear. 



The grid shopper from Mismo is built from waterproof ballistic nylon, making it a perfect choice for travel or a day in the city. The inspiration for the bag was taken from harnesses and the black leather grid pattern and black leather accents add extra protection for the tough nylon exterior. The bag includes a roomy interior with a padded laptop sleeve, a pocket for documents or books, and a smaller pocket sized for a phone or other valuables. 


Artist Brendan Lee Satish Tang gets much of his inspiration from his multi-cultural background and international upbringing. Born in Ireland to Trinidadian parents, Tang has studied in the United States and Canada, where he is a naturalised citizen. These cross-cultural experiences means Tang is no stranger to diverse environments, a concept that is reflected in his The Swimmers series.

The term "fish out water" is often used to describe the mixed emotions that can come with being out of one's depth due to new and unfamiliar circumstances and surroundings. This feeling of culture shock is familiar experience for many and The Swimmers series plays with the idea that we - the fish - are always finding our way through our greater culture and history. The series symbolically explores the ways in which people immerse themselves in cultures from around the world. The detailed drawings that make up this collection reimagine traditional blue and white 18th Century English earthenware and Delftware porcelain plates as undulating swimming pools enjoyed by a pair of swimmers of various ages.

Including a duo was a deliberate decision on Tang's part as it emphasises the idea that we learn traditions and cultural practices from one another; these things are not hard-wired. As they swim and splash in the symbolic patterns, the swimmers appear unaware of the complexities that surround them. From this nonchalant attitude can be inferred either a type of ignorance or a sense of optimism, perfectly encapsulating the mixed emotions we feel as we wade through uncharted territory.


Like something out of a science fiction novel, IKEA's newest product aims to improve the health of your indoor environment while also making it beautiful. 

The Swedish ready-to-assemble furniture retailer has developed a type of fabric that can actively purify the air in your home. Called GUNRID, the curtain uses a technology IKEA has been developing over the last few years in collaboration with universities in Europe and Asia. A mineral-based, photocatalyst coating is applied to the surface of the fabric and, using a process similar to photosynthesis, it breaks down particles of common indoor air pollutants such as odours and formaldehyde, thereby cleaning the air. For the photosynthetic process, either artificial or natural light can trigger the effect, but details as to exactly what type of particles it can act on, and how large they need to be, have not yet been released. 

While the GUNRID curtains are the first product to use the textile, the newly developed technology is not restricted to curtains. It can be used on other soft furnishings such as bedding and cushions. 

In colder climates where fresh air may not be available all year around, the application of this fabric could be tremendous.  But don't rush to your nearest IKEA just yet; a prototype of the curtain will not be released until 2020.
Hard Copy by Noa Raviv

These beautiful, sculptural clothes by Israeli designer Noa Ravi are inspired by computer glitches and digital errors. Ravi crafts her pieces by creating "defective" digital images in 3D using a command that the native software in unable to execute. Called the Hard Copy collection, the pieces swirl and envelop the body. She keeps to a limited palette - mainly monochromatic - which allows the form to take centre stage.

The textiles used in the collection were developed in conjunction with Stratasys.

Easter's on the way, so why commit to standard elliptical offerings when you could try the reinvented chocolates of Melbourne/Hong Kong-based artist and designer Ryan L Foote instead?

Known for his food art installations, Foote's chocolates are for the digital age. For the last three years Foote has been living between Melbourne and Hong Kong, traveling back and forth for various projects and his chocolates aim to capture the signature flavours of these regions such as unique Australian botanicals, traditional Hong Kong inspired flavours, and a range of single origin chocolate from the Asia Pacific region. This collection combines his love of chocolate with innovative 3D-printing technologies to create a truly unique range of contemporary chocolates. The chocolates are visually engaging and reflective of contemporary design. They take culinary inspiration from around the Pacific including geological formations, natural minerals and the built world of architecture.


This simple, but sensible small space fix is from designer Michael Hilgers who has cleverly created a shelf-cum-desk called Twofold. Hilgers is on a mission to create furniture for small spaces that maximises every possible inch of space. Designed for Müller, Twofold uses an integrated hinge mechanism to turn a narrow bookshelf into a great little work desk. It's clear Hilgers has thought of everything: there is even a small notch in the shelf for charging cables.


The single colour of the Midtone calculator by Selek Design helps it meet its aim of creating as little visual fatigue as possible. The design unifies the LCD display with the main body of the device creating a monochromatic look.


We have been following with great excitement Naomi Chin Wing's turn on various runways in the US and Europe last season starting with the couture shows (which we don't feature here) as the nineteen year old hails from the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. Represented by IMG, she has already walked for some of the best fashion houses in the world including Valentino, Dior and Versace.




I've always promised myself that I'd sign on for one of these 100 day creative projects, but until such time as I get may act in order, have a look at British ceramicist Anna Whitehouse's take on the popular concept.

Starting on January 1, 2018, Whitehouse created a decorative clay bottle every day for 100 days. Each press-moulded bottle in the #100bottles100days series is uniformly shaped and sized and formed the perfect blank canvas for her to experiment on. From perforations to floral motifs, the now completed collection of 100 clay vessels showcases the artist’s fascinating array of experimental techniques.

For her, developing the patterns was fairly easy. To come up with her designs, Whitehouse referenced her sketchbooks filled with the many unexplored pattern and texture ideas she had accumulated over many years, and used anything she could to make the patterns and impressions including non-standard clay tools, pen lids, tweezers, scissors, and even a string of beads. In some instances, she would use the same tool each day but in different ways: pressing it at different angles, scraping in through the surface, or layering it with a different texture. This experimentation enabled her to create particular marks and she either referenced her sketch book to decide on what she wanted to make each day, or continued with an idea from a previous bottle. The project was a great way for Whitehouse to experiment without the fear of making a mistake as there would always be another bottle to play with the following day. 

She chose to record the 100 creations on Instagram, creating a visual digital record and a way to review her progress, but making her pieces public in this manner also meant she had to be accountable as people were following her progress. Whitehouse feels this sort of creative challenge can be constructive as it pushes development of skills and ideas and moves the artist away from the compulsion to produce something perfect. Having a more experimental mindset and the freedom to create mistakes can lead to new and exciting ideas that would never have come about any other way. 

The 100 bottles in 100 days project is being exhibited at The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds, UK from January 8 through to April 20, 2019.

These lamps are actually 3-D printed lighting created by a coterie of emerging international designers. This type of printing technology is rapidly democratising design and manufacturing as it offers luxury-quality lights at an attainable price with little to no waste.

Our favourite of the group is the Float lamp by designer Viviana Degrandi who wanted to create a light that was flexible, simple, and would fit in any room of the home. The lamp was inspired by Japanese glass fishing floats which rest on the surface of the sea and help attract fish to the nets. The lamp was created to be versatile. It can be hung on the wall or lain on its side.

This contemporary twist on the traditional Windsor chair is a collaboration between Hayche and Brighton-based branding agency Studio Makgill. The WW Armchair is a bright and playful seat whose colour-blocking and wire-wrapped sides elevate what could be a pretty standard piece.  The chair is available in six different colours.


Sleek and smooth, the Blackline rolling pin is made from sustainably harvested white oak which has been oxidised to give the tool its dark colour. The piece has been treated to make it food safe and the surface will naturally patina over time. The hand-carved utensil is pretty and simple enough to be left on display in any modern kitchen. Made in the United States.

Architect John Hix has designed a hotel complex called Hix Island House in Vieques, Puerto Rico. The most recently completed guest house on the property is called Casa Solaris and it is entirely complete off-grid and runs entirely on solar power. 

As with the other buildings on site, Hix designed Casa Solaris to take advantage of the natural elements in Vieques. He uses openings to capture the trade winds that flow across the island by the use of strategically-placed walls and windows. The house is built of block and reinforced concrete - a common material in the Caribbean because of its strength and ability to withstand hurricane-force winds - and the unpainted exterior surface makes for an interesting contrast to the lush surroundings of the property. In keeping with the environmentally-friendly theme, the bathrooms recycle grey water from sinks and showers to help irrigate the surrounding landscape which includes native plants like hibiscus, banana, key lime, and ginger.

Kid Made Modern

This set of fifteen two-toned, octahedra crayons from Jonathan Alder's side project Kid Made Modern look like mini sculptures. They feature multiple points and edges which allow for endless combinations of colours, lines and widths. The crayons are non-toxic and sized perfectly for smaller hands.

On October 1, 2018, Google celebrated the 230th birthday of Bermuda-born slave Mary Prince with this illustration.

Born in 1788 in Brackish Pond, Bermuda, Prince was sold several times during her life. She ended up on the island of Antigua in 1815 where she joined the Moravian church and at the age of 29 learned to read. Although she married, she and her husband were shortly separated thereafter because Prince’s family moved to England taking her with them. This act turned out to be fortuitous from Prince because following the passage of the Slave Trade Act in 1807, slavery was no longer allowed in England, although the institution of slavery continued in the British colonies. Prince was legally free on British soil, but she had no means to support herself. Under the prevailing rules of the time, if she tried to return home to her husband, she would risk being enslaved again.

In 1829 Prince became the first woman to present a petition to the English Parliament, arguing for her human right to freedom. That same year some of her associates in the anti-slavery abolitionist movement introduced a bill proposing that any West Indian slave brought to England by his or her owners must be freed. While the legislation did not pass, momentum began to shift in favour of the abolitionists' cause. 

Two years later Prince published her autobiography, making her the first black woman to publish a slave narrative in England. Her book played a decisive role in turning British public opinion against the centuries-old institution of human enslavement. Published in 1831, the book caused a sensation, going through three printings in the first year alone. In one of the book’s many heartbreaking passages, Prince recalled being sold “like sheep or cattle” on the same day as her younger sisters Hannah and Dina were sold to different masters.

“When the sale was over, my mother hugged and kissed us, and mourned over us, begging of us to keep up a good heart, and do our duty to our new masters. It was a sad parting; one went one way, one another, and our poor mammy went home with nothing.” 

On August 1, 1838, some 800,000 slaves living in British colonies throughout the Caribbean were finally set free following the passage of Great Britain’s Slavery Abolition Act, which was passed by Parliament two years after the publication of Prince’s book. Not much is known of what happened to Prince in her later years; she may have stayed in England or returned home to the Caribbean.  Despite not having received a formal education, Prince is recognised as a National Hero of Bermuda for her work to abolish slavery. She has been commemorated with a statute and recently a national holiday has been proposed to celebrate her life and achievements.

1980s power dressing.

It always amazes me how Milan can produce collections as diverse as this sophisticated one from No. 21 and more kitsch examples that are regularly shown at houses like Moschino and Versace. Here, designer Alessandro Dell'Acqua showed an elegant take on sensuality. The collection was ladylike with an edge, and while subtlety was key this should not be mistaken for simplicity or a lack of imagination. He featured double-breasted coats slashed with metallics or with unfinished hems, shift dresses with careful pleating and tucks, many of which were layered over trousers. Even the colour palette reinforced the chic, considered vibe.


Stark, utilitarian looks softened by the use of floral printed satin and three-dimensional flower appliqués equals a romanic horror show or a rough amalgamation of two genres. Miuccia Prada's show for Fall was entitled Anatomy of a Romance and it was a direct reflection of her world view today, divided as she sees it between extremes. The models appeared to be styled after Wednesday Addams and Prada used images of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and his bride on the clothes. Dresses were paired with thick, lug-soled boots and shoes or dainty pumps. Coats were beautifully fitted with elongated patch pockets. She showed off-the-shoulder party dresses in wool with a curvaceous skirts, slouchy black trouser suits and military jackets with lace sleeves and lace cloaks.


The women's side of this line was designed by Veronica Leoni who reinterpreted the Moncler code by  layering materials and shapes including bouclé wools, fishnets, pale tartans, fur, and knits mixed with nylon. These were accessorised with standout bags that were created in collaboration with Valextra.


New girl guiding. This show was all about nature, and Rocha's models strolled through a forest of silver birch trees. As before, Rocha’s collection closely followed her own aesthetic with tent capes, frills and florals in monochromatic colours. The models wore thick soled shoes and the patches on the sleeves were only obvious nod to Moncler. Her balaclavas had pearl embellishment around the opening - proof clothes can be functional and feminine too.