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We love to feature scooters here because they are a vital part of our local culture and this collaboration between Piaggio and Christian Dior would certainly turn heads if it were to hit our roads.

This bi-coastal collaboration between Southern California-based contemporary furniture brand Lawson Fenning and Brooklyn-based  MQuan Studio brings together the best of their specialisations. 

The Fragile Future III collection by Studio Drift combines nature and technology to create art.

Summer is here, but as many of us are still spending it in lockdown, there is no better time to consider improving and updating our outdoor spaces. 

We don’t feature a lot of men’s fashion here but we loved the painterly feel of this collection by Dior men’s Artistic Director Kim Jones for Dior's spring/summer 2021 season.

Australian studio Heliograf's Light Soy lamps mimic the fish-shaped soy sauce bottles called Shōyu tai (醤油鯛) found in many sushi shops. Lighthearted on the face of it, the design is in fact a commentary on the damaging effects of single-use plastic. 

The City Calendar by Katsumi Tamura highlights landmarks of major cities to create a colourful, three-dimensional pop-up diorama. 

It has been a while since we’ve written about dollhouses (you can have a look at other more minimal versions here and here) but this one by Louis Vuitton was way too adorable to pass up.

Island Atelier

It's one part of the body that is flattering on everyone, so it's no surprise that designers highlighted the shoulder for fall with asymmetrical shapes and statement touches that draw the eye toward the face. 

Much new design over the last few months has focused on the ways in which we can adapt our public spaces and businesses to the new realities of pandemic life like the creative use of screens and barriers to maintain social distancing and hands-free taps and handles to eliminate the need for us to come into contact with surfaces. Plato Design’s Alessandro Mattei and Caterina Naglieri have instead chosen a different path and during lockdown sought a way to stay creative while promoting independent production. 

There is a trend towards toothbrushes made from bamboo and sustainable materials, but the Xiaomi Doctor Bei Bass toothbrush instead focuses on design and ingenuity.

This contemporary, cylinder-backed armchair is by Waka Waka, a Los Angeles based studio that specialises in wooden furniture and functional objects.

Spanish studio MUT Design has created a new type of outdoor rug by interweaving ropes of different sizes together.

While living in the British Virgin Islands, one of our favourite things to do on a weekend was to escape from the relative hustle and bustle of Tortola to the quiet, luxury of Little Dix Bay Hotel on the neighbouring island of Virgin Gorda. 

The incredibly tactical Maria chair from Studio Parade is an updated riff on the Brabant button chair.

Rather than removing a metal wedding ring, married couples appear to be opting for rubberised versions instead.

The Little Nest suspended cradle by Oszkar Vagi is made from felted wool intended to form a cocoon around an infant.
Artists David Shrigley, Yinka Shonibare, Eddie Peake and Linder Sterling have come together to help raise money for a rapid response fund created by the Contemporary Art Society by designing and producing a collection of limited edition masks. 

Trinidadian artist Nneka Jones uses hand embroidery as her medium of choice in a series of contemporary, textured portraits. 

Ultra-feminine, frilly layers were everywhere.

Swedish architectural partnership Claesson Koivisto Rune have created the Lunaria set of tables which are reminiscent of the way in which the moon can appear slightly squeezed due to refraction of the light by the earth’s atmosphere.

The Eagle Electric kick scooter by Ignas Survila is the lightest and thinnest electric scooter on the market.

Ceramic artist Brendan Lee Satish Tang (who we wrote about here previously) is back with another series of sculptural ceramic works entitled Manga Ormolu as a commentary on globalisation as seen through the relationship between traditional Chinese Ming dynasty vessels and techno-pop art of Japan.

The que collapsible water bottle is designed to fit easily into a bag or backpack.
We know. We have all overdosed on the news relating to the pandemic and the last thing you are looking for in a place like this is more of the same, but bear with us. This project was too good to pass by. 

Arié Haziza - Wild Randomness (Tryptich)
The 2020 Bermuda Biennial was launched in front of  a modest crowd of members on March 5 at The Bermuda National Gallery. The lack of a crowd was unfortunate because the show turned out to be one of the strongest put on by the gallery in several years.

Karben Wood is a furniture studio founded with sustainability and longevity in mind.

Situated on the Atlantic coastline of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, this grown up treehouse brings to mind castaway days. Thatch House with its slightly elevated aspect and external cladding of western red cedar and thatch is designed to let the building fade into its surroundings.

We aren't ashamed to admit we first came across Tom Raffield on that Channel 4 stalwart Grand Designs when the renovation and extension of his family’s simple farmhouse in Cornwall was featured.  

Rattan furniture has always seemed dated. Of a certain time and place circa late 1980s to early 1990s, it evokes scenes from Miami Vice or The Golden Girls. It has the reputation of being kitschy and its popularity has declined in the intervening years.

These sculptural ceramics by Cuore Carpenito studio are handmade in Italy.

Kurio Modular Shelving unit is a unique and versatile shelf-board system made up of a slatted grid which can hold powder coated metal panels of various sizes.

This is more like it.

After disparaging Virgil Abloh’s handbag a few weeks ago, we are feeling bit more optimistic by this offering from Nendo who we have written about many times before but usually only in terms of furniture and design and never in terms of clothing or fashion.

Another huge trend we’ll be seeing next season is leather treated like just any other fabric and often worn from head to toe.

The Swim collection by bibelo is designed by Margaux Keller with a curved feature that is reminiscent of a swimming pool ladder.

Toronto-based Anony is an interdisciplinary studio that creates minimal yet striking pieces. Their Phase chandelier marries functional lighting and sculptural design with beautiful simplicity.

Adam Goodrum, a leading industrial designer, and Arthur Seigneur, a straw artisan from France, have collaborated to create furniture that perfectly combines art and craft.

Pixio Magnetic Construction Set by Ivan Khalus and Oleh Berezovskyi is a riff on the 3D graphics industry.

Ikea and Pizza Hut – yes, you read that right - have collaborated to create a table you've probably owned before.

These abstracted wooden creatures by Hakan Gürsu are designed to elicit hours of creative play by offering unlimited possibilities for making creatures with simple, organic forms that foster creativity and perception of aesthetics.

The negative space of the Edge Dominos by Andrew Perkins puts a twist on the traditional format of the game by reducing the tile design down to the barest elements.

Stille is a contemporary collection of versatile shelving and occasional table systems by Brooklyn-based Standard Issue.

Pretty apt feature for these times with the increasing focus on hygiene and hand-washing comes this simple, but clever idea from Swedish design studio Form Us With Love.

When several of these Cleo wooden chairs by Norwegian designer Stine Aas are stacked on top of each other, they are intended to evoke the details of classical architecture.

These graphic sculptures are birdhouses built using traditional Swedish woodworking techniques.

Years after her groundbreaking I Am Not A Plastic Bag collection, which was one of the first to highlight the environmental damage caused by single-use shopping bags, British designer Anya Hindmarch has returned with her latest sustainable fashion initiative, “I Am A Plastic Bag”.

Nhuri Bashir
We must confess, we've had a draft of this post in our system for so long we aren't sure the artist still makes these pieces, but we liked his work too much to just relegate the post to the bin.

Off-White's Virgil Abloh has put his mark on the tassel loafer, a mens footwear staple since the 1950s.

Little Houses sensory play space divider by Neringa Orlenok helps to create different activity zones to assist with early childhood development.

There will be a couple of Really Obvious Trends come fall which is always disappointing as it indicates to us a certain lack of  independent thought and an over-reliance on futurists and trend forecasters like Lidewij Edelkoort and Trend Union. First up is the copious use of fringe which showed up on the runways of every major city.