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Monolithic forms modernize the bathroom in Victor Vasilev’s Minimal Collection for Falper.

+ “Designing Minimum, I was inspired by the art of Donald Judd,” Victor told Dezeen. “The apparent simplicity of his work made me think about the expressive power of pure volumes and especially about the importance of proportions and the empty spaces that define the relationships between them.”

+ The Minimum collection is part of Falper’s broader vision of the “living bathroom,” where the bathroom becomes an extension of the living space and attention is paid to both functionality and aesthetics.

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The wait is over: London’s Design District is officially open.

+ The Design District is made up of 16 buildings designed by SelgasCano, 6a Architects, Adam Khan Architects, Architecture 00, HNNA, Barozzi Veiga, David Kohn Architects, and Mole Architects.

+ The self-contained neighborhood features everything from restaurants to photography studios, with small-scale workspaces that enable up to 1,800 young professionals and studios to get a foot in the door.

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A curved ceiling defines space in this retreat-like Australian home by Foomann Architects.

+ Called Canning Street, the project focuses on relaxing, light-filled spaces. For example, a tall glass facade allows light from the courtyard to filter into the living area, where the homeowners can relax on a Vitra Gehry Wiggle Chair while gazing out into nature.

+ Foomann Architects also added a curved ceiling, which helps provide an interesting spatial perspective in an otherwise small space.

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Brian Roettinger, the graphic designer behind Jay-Z and St. Vincent albums, shares how music influences his design practice.

+ Brian is one half of design studio Perron-Roettinger, which works across print, book design, identity, interiors, and live events, and he’s a former Rolling Stone Album Designer of the Year. But before he was a designer, he played bass in a variety of bands.

+ “I would call [music] the gateway drug. Without music, at least in my practice and experience, there would be no design: It’s what shapes the way I think about design, how I look at design, and even the first pieces of design I ever made were always for bands or music,” he told Creative Boom.

 

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Ghanaian textile designer Chrissa Amuah talks about embracing Black heritage in design.

+ Chrissa often incorporates Ghanaian and Adinkra symbolism in her fabric designs—a move she questioned early on in her career.

+ “When I was starting, I was hesitant. I thought ‘Is it too Black for them?’” she told Metropolis. But ultimately she decided “you have to get over those thoughts. If the message is good and the visuals are strong, [design] crosses barriers.”

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Cristina Celestino gives new life to a 12th century hotel on the Amalfi Coast.

+ Because the Palazzo Avino sits near Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Cristina wanted the design to reflect both the nearby Tyrrhenian Sea and lush gardens akin to the olive trees and citrus groves around the hotel.

+ As such, Cristina set the mood using aquamarine, sand, and coral as a key palette, with more earthy touches like fusing terra-cotta flooring with patterned onyx and marble. “In my works, I mix elements born from heritage with contemporary aesthetics, [plus] forms from nature and art,” she told Interior Design. “The light, the colors, and the choice of materials are fundamental in my projects to evoke this magical atmosphere.”

 

Superstudio’s Grid Table is making a comeback, about 50 years after it was first designed.

+ Superstudio was an Italian architectural firm known for its role in the Radical design movement of the 1960s. “In those years it became very clear that to continue to design furniture, objects, and similar household decorations was no solution to [the] problems of living,” they wrote in 1968.

+ One of the studio’s most iconic designs is Grid Table, built in blockboard and clad in plastic laminate square grid. Now Millennials and Gen Z are giving new life to the design in the digital age, as postmodern design principles experience a resurgence.

15 design books that will spark your creativity this fall.

+ From Kengo Kuma to Yves Béhar, these recent design releases are sure to get your creative juices flowing.

+ The list also includes books that explore women in design, including Baseline Shift: Untold Stories of Women in Graphic Design History and Woman Made, an exploration of the greatest women designers over the past century.

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