Design Provenance: Timeless Talent Redux

Provenance may not be around every corner at design fairs like Maison & Objet, but it’s prevalent enough and I spotted some nice examples at #MO16 in January. Here is the backstory on these time-honored designs that have been infused with an updated appeal. Design Provenance at Maison & Objet     Gubi Brings Back […]

Productrazzi Algorithm for iSaloni

I have come to realize that every design event has an algorithm for each person attending it, created as we make choices as to what to see and what we (sadly) have to miss. This is especially true when a venue is as sprawling and chock full of products as the Salone del Mobile (iSaloni), […]

Blå, Blå Brilliance: Zero in Milan

Since last year’s Salone del Mobile, Swedish lighting manufacturer Zero has joined with Blå Station to open a showroom in Milan, the Italian design Mecca and host city to iSaloni each April. The two brands debuted the space at Via Osti, 3, last November, and I caught up with Zero’s CEO and Export Manager Per […]

Jacco Maris Man of Steel

Flirty ribbons of metal are akin to design Kryptonite for me when they undulate gracefully, and my favorite man of steel is Jacco Maris, a Netherlands-based lighting designer whose fixtures are distributed in North America by Global Lighting. I’ve admired his vision and his designs since the first time I saw his products, the artistry […]

Urban Archaeology Excavated

It’s been snowing hard this morning (For once the weathercasters got it right!) and the cityscape below me is whitening, the flakes muting the normal cacophony I hear when I’m at my desk. But I haven’t been in New York City for the past few hours. I’ve been in Paris and the Amish country of […]

French Country Patina

I’m a sucker for a French Country aesthetic. When Toma Clark Haines guided me through the Marché aux Puces de Paris St Ouen and Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves during several trips to Paris, I found myself drawn to the patina that serves as the quintessential marker for French Country charm. My […]

Painting Outside the Lines for #FW15

A love of haute couture is in the air given that Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, which kicks off in New York City on Thursday, takes to the runways over Valentine’s weekend. I’m seeing the theme emerge in the invitations to the shows peppering in. A sizable mailer from Moncler held a white Tyvek garment resembling […]

MoMA Design Store Unveils New Products

The Spring 2015 selections have been made by the curators who choose the seriously cool products sold at the MoMA Design Store locations, and Productrazzi was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at them during a press preview last Wednesday. The mix of tech gadgets, household wares, sporting equipment, jewelry, accessories and furniture that […]