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VOID Watches – Introducing the V03D

Alex Rückheim

VOID Watches – Introducing the V03D
VOID Watches – Introducing the V03D
VOID Watches – Introducing the V03D
VOID Watches – Introducing the V03D
VOID Watches – Introducing the V03D

Founded by David Ericsson in 2008, VOID Watches is a Swedish design company based in Hong Kong. Launching the watch brand ‘as a bit of side project’ whilst working as an engineer, Ericsson and designer Michael Young have created a range of extensive product ranges since its launch; among them a set of square watches which would later be known as the iconic V01 horizon case that placed VOID Watches on the design map.

Working with geometric shapes, plain materials and a basic colour palette, the brand’s underlying design philosophy employs a form of simplicity and restrained detailing that reflects its Scandinavian heritage. The brand’s name itself is rooted in astronomy; voids are the empty spaces between filaments, the largest structures in the universe, so vast they can neither be seen nor touched, only measured – similar to how the brand perceives the concept of time.  

 

"A wristwatch symbolises and measures the one commodity we all treasure but can’t control, buy or trade – time” - David Ericsson

 

The V03D strikes the perfect balance between form and function. Based on the classic Japanese made 2115 movement from Miyota the watch features three hands and a date window – the most classic layout for analogue wristwatches. The unisex collection is available in a variety of colourways.

Our personal favourite, the V03D designed in collaboration with architecture, interiors and design platform Dezeen. The watch is based on the brand’s classic V03D collection, reducing the graphics of the dial to the bare minimum, opening up space for the hands, for a cleaner, more stripped down dial. "We designed a custom dial, which is the most unique feature on the watch," explains Ericsson. "We stripped it back until it's almost blank," adds Void product designer Patrick Kim-Gustafson. The V03D-DEZEEN is a limited edition piece with only 200 being produced.

RHOECO – Greek Organic Herbal Tea

Alex Rückheim

Rhoeco
Rhoeco
Rhoeco
Rhoeco
Rhoeco

Introducing Rhoeco – an organic herbal tea company based in Thessaloniki, Greece, founded by agronomists and ecology enthusiasts Harry Kazas, Katerina Chatziangelaki and Vaya Mitsiou. Playing with the words rhoē (Gr.: flow), eco (for ecology) and co (for cooperation), Rhoeco is the result of a combined effort rooted in their wish to produce a product for the present while respecting the past and thinking about the future.

Inspired by the complexity of our ecosystem, the brand created five conceptual organic herbal tea blends that are hand-packaged in small batches. These include Mountain (distinctive lemon undernotes), Forest (smooth, full-bodied tisane), Sea (mellow sweet flavour with a subtle woody aftertaste), Agros (light-bodied, refreshing tisane with an earthy citrus aftertaste), and Urban (resin notes with a slightly bittersweet aftertaste).

The beauty of Rhoeco lies in that their packaging doubles as both herbal tea container and planter. With its ‘Drink it, plant it’ concept the brand encourages people to reuse its biodegradable containers to grow their own herbs. To do so, each package includes a seed stick containing a mix of organic herb seeds ready to be planted inside the container.

With respect to the young brand’s principles of fair trade, ethical and organic food production, the three entrepreneurs have developed a network of certified organic smallholder family farms across Greece, which supply them with raw dried herbs. Each of Rhoeco’s tea blends are produced and packaged by hand, safeguarding full integrity.

Boskke – Urban Gardening Design

Alex Rückheim

Boskke
Boskke
Boskke

With two-thirds of the global population expected to live in urban cities by 2050, people are increasingly looking for ways to reconnect with nature. After all, 82% of people in the UK say being surrounded by greenery makes them feel happier. But with life moving faster than ever, time and also space are increasingly limited. Boskke (meaning ‘little forest’ in old English) therefore set out with the mission to find new ways to gardening that appreciate the challenges of city living and to encourage greenery in our cities, homes and workplaces. “Boskke is derived from the old English word ‘bosky’ which means ‘a small forest’,” says Boskke cofounder Patrick. “And that’s exactly what you can create with our intelligent, eco-sensitive designs.”

Boskke is a London-based urban gardening product design firm that is not only one of the pioneers of ceiling gardening, but the studio has been developing urban gardening products since 2009. Co-founded by Patrick and Jake Morris, the two brothers hail from Matakana, New Zealand, where their family runs Morris & James, the country’s leading producer of hand-made ceramic pots and homewares. “Our parents have been making garden pots since 1977, so we grew up with ceramics,” says Jake. “Boskke is a continuation of our family heritage, but with a contemporary angle.”

The brand’s signature piece is the Sky Planter that Patrick designed in the final year of his degree in ceramic design at Central Saint Martins – the design won him the New Designer 2008 Award and the Red Dot Award in 2011.

In February, Boskke launched Flipped – a new planter that is both playful and deliberate in its design. Inspired by the way traditional plant pots are often stacked upside down when they’re not in use, the outer body works as a water reservoir, supplying moisture to the plant for up to two weeks using Slo-Flo irrigation technology.

ELDORADO – Exceptional Travel Experiences

Alex Rückheim

Eldorado
Eldorado
Eldorado
Eldorado

Our friends from Barcelona-based Folch Studio have launched a new editorial project dubbed Eldorado – a printed publication that portrays travel experiences and exceptional adventures, seeking to capture the feelings and sensations involved in the journeys.

As a collective of passionate creatives and inspired outdoors lovers, Eldorado is a beautiful publication that works almost like a shared travel diary, a collective memory from travellers who set off to explore and rediscover nature and its wonders.

“With a strong aesthetic approach and a long-form narrative storytelling, we craft stories that tell every aspect of the journey − even the most intimate and personal − inspire people and remember everyone that you can find amazing experiences simply by getting out of your daily comforts.”

Eldorado Volume One aims at capture the sensations of eleven adventurers, from sliding down smoking mountains on a unicycle; and seeing the majestic spectacle of water shaping the Icelandic landscape; to rediscovering the primitive treasures of Galápagos; being a diver traveling only across Ocean waters; and travelling one year alone with your bike across endless Asia.

MAVEN WATCHES – Minimalist Timepieces

Alex Rückheim

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Maven_Watches_DEsign_fashion
Maven_Watches_Design_fashion
Maven_Watches_Design_fashion

Maven is a modern and minimalist watch brand inspired by its birthplace, Hong Kong. Surrounded by the city’s natural landscapes and urban architecture, the team of young entrepreneurs and designers created a collection that harmoniously blends the contrasting yet coexisting aspects and complexity of its birthplace. The result, the Urban Nature Collection, which includes two series, produced locally in Hong Kong by experienced craftsmen.

The Enduring Series features a genuine marble stone dial, with each watch carrying its own, unique birthmark. Defined by its beautiful marble face and modern aesthetic, the Enduring series features a high quality Swiss Ronda 762 movement embedded in a 316L stainless steel case.

The Artisan Series, in contrast, focuses more on the combination and construction of Hong Kong’s modern architecture and dynamism, creating a range that perfectly matches natural colours and earthy tones.

Maven will be spearheading the pre-launch of its Urban Nature Collection on Indiegogo, launching February 22nd, giving you the chance secure early bird discounts and pre-release purchases.

MAISON & OBJET – ‘Le French Design’

Alex Rückheim

Maison & Objet Paris
Maison & Objet Paris
Maison & Objet Paris
Maison & Objet Paris
Maison & Objet Paris

While people immediately recognise Scandinavian design, French furniture design is somewhat nebulous. Maison et Objet has therefore decided to change this and celebrate the values of French Furniture.

Maison & Objet Paris is one of the biggest interior design events in the world. For this year’s edition, the fair has initiated an ambitious operation titled ‘Le French Design, no taste for bad taste’ in an effort to pay tribute to the values on the French furniture industry. Twenty-five exhibitors will partake in the plan to generate public awareness of the ten core values - identified by the ‘Valorisation de l’Innovation dans l’Ameublement’ (VIA) - that characterise French design. “The public has a general idea of what defines Italian, German, Scandinavian and Japanese design, but have a much less clear picture of what constitutes French design,” says Jean-Paul Bath, VIA’s executive director. “The idea is to get a concrete idea of what French design actually represents, both from the designer’s standpoint and our industry’s intrinsic expertise.”

Artists have long played a key role in raising the profile of a city or nation. And by supporting home-grown designers in defining the values of French furniture design, France seems to be on a mission to expand its cultural cachet - beyond fashion and food. Celebrating local talent certainly is part of a more general shift towards patriotism, but Maison & Objet’s operation is not the only sign of the nation trying to boost its international appeal. Station F - set to launch in Paris in April ‘17 - is the world’s largest start-up campus gathering a whole entrepreneurial ecosystem. So for a nation more renowned for its heritage and holiday destinations, furniture and tech might soon help the ‘grande nation’ get an upgrade.

STEPHEN & LEO CHI - Chi and Chi Studio, Taiwan

Alex Rückheim

Chi and Chi Studio, Taiwan
Chi and Chi Studio, Taiwan
Chi and Chi Studio, Polygon Watch, Taiwan
Chi and Chi Studio, Memo Bank, Taiwan
chi and chi design watch
Chi and Chi Studio, Taiwan
Chi and Chi Studio, Taiwan design

Chi and Chi is a Taiwanese design studio that was founded by brothers Stephen Chiu Chi Hung and Leo Chiu Chi Tat in 2013. Formerly full-time designers for other studios, the two Hong Kongese brothers decided to set up their own studio, driven by a desire to develop a better understanding of products’ lives and to work more closely with manufacturers. “The meaning behind an object should come first – its story, its interesting facts and its uniqueness,” says Stephen.

The duo pays close attention to the relationship between people and objects. Taking inspiration from everyday – often forgotten or ‘normalised’ – objects, Chi and Chi aim to create and redesign objects with content and purpose; with simple functions in their essential forms; that look nice, work well and make someone’s day happier.

The Polygon watch – the studio’s signature piece – is a modern 24-sided analogue timepiece. Each side of its unusual faceted case corresponds to an hour of the day. The watch is designed with geometric features and made with precision engineering and careful hand polishing. Unlike the usual round and smoothened contours of regular watches, Chi and Chi’s Polygon watch preserves the ‘edges’, thereby presenting the time in a distinctively different yet aesthetic way.

For Chi and Chi, working closely with its manufacturers is an integral part of the creative process, and the studio had initially struggled to find a watchmaker able to produce the Polygon’s geometric silhouette. “At the beginning, several manufacturers turned us down because it was too difficult to make,” explains Stephen. “We almost needed to redesign the whole watch.” Instead, the studio has now successfully launched its second edition of the Polygon series.


“The reason we set up the studio is to have a better understanding on product life, not merely to design an object. We can work closely with manufacturers, create something cool with clients and have more interaction with the customers.”
 

Meanwhile, Chi and Chi is partnering with brands and creatives on designing new products set to launch in early 2017, including tableware and home accessories. Make sure to scroll down the page to view a personal selection of the brothers' favourite works of art, artists and products as well as the things that inspire them.
 

@chiandchico 

chiandchi.com

 

 


The composition of images below is a personal selection of Stephen and Leo Chi's Favourite Works of Art, Favourite Products and the things that inspire them.


by Clay Mahn

by Clay Mahn

Arne Jacobsen, Tongue Chair

Arne Jacobsen, Tongue Chair

Harry Bertoia, Silver Teapot, 1940

Harry Bertoia, Silver Teapot, 1940

On Kawara, Date Painting(s)

On Kawara, Date Painting(s)

Lucie Rie, Conical Porcelain Bowl

Lucie Rie, Conical Porcelain Bowl

Floris Hovers, CARtools

Floris Hovers, CARtools

Sabine Finkenauer, Sculpture-sample, 2010

Sabine Finkenauer, Sculpture-sample, 2010

Designed by Dieter Rams 

Designed by Dieter Rams 

Paul Winstanley, Art School 16, 2013

Paul Winstanley, Art School 16, 2013

Harry Gitlin,Table Lamp, Model T9, 1951

Harry Gitlin,Table Lamp, Model T9, 1951

Marcel Breuer, Cesca Side Chair (model B32), 1928

Marcel Breuer, Cesca Side Chair (model B32), 1928

Josef Alvers, Never Before a, 1976

Josef Alvers, Never Before a, 1976

Bruno Mathsso, MI 1050 Wall Unit

Bruno Mathsso, MI 1050 Wall Unit

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Cripsis, 2013

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Cripsis, 2013

Tadao Ando - Architect

Tadao Ando - Architect

Designed by Naoto Fukasawa 

Designed by Naoto Fukasawa 

Sori Yanagi, Spoon

Sori Yanagi, Spoon

Izziyana Suhaimi, Reaching for equilibirum

Izziyana Suhaimi, Reaching for equilibirum

Molded Pentray by collaboration brand "PH" (HIGHTIDE and PAPIER LABO)

Molded Pentray by collaboration brand "PH" (HIGHTIDE and PAPIER LABO)

Kaj-Franck, Kilta

Kaj-Franck, Kilta

Walter De Maria, Tryth / Beauty Series

Walter De Maria, Tryth / Beauty Series

HORACE – The New Way of Grooming

Alex Rückheim

Horace - Brand Introduction
Mint-flavoured Whitening Toothpaste by Marvis - LEARN MORE

Mint-flavoured Whitening Toothpaste by Marvis - LEARN MORE

Safety Razor Set by Mühle - LEARN MORE

Safety Razor Set by Mühle - LEARN MORE

Natural Shave Kit - LEARN MORE

Natural Shave Kit - LEARN MORE

Hand-picked Selection by Horace - LEARN MORE

Hand-picked Selection by Horace - LEARN MORE

Over the past few months, Paris has increasingly become a place of exciting encounters for us. During our last trip to Paris, we had the chance to sit down with Thomas Cerkevic and Jonathan Andrès, founders of premium leather goods brand RSVP. Our latest discovery is Horace – a new grooming and lifestyle destination that develops and offers daily essentials for today’s men.

“We’ve seen that to men, buying grooming products is an unpleasant experience,” says Horace co-founder Marc Briant-Terlet. “We develop and find the best products and make sure men are fully informed to make their decision.”

Horace carries a well-curated and well-considered selection of items, with products covering the entire grooming spectrum, from safety razors and shaving creams to hair treatmentscleansing gels and body moisturisers. Alongside some of the industry’s most trusted men’s grooming brands like Dr. Bonner, Baxter of California, Murdock London, Ren and Mühle, Horace also offers its own line of high quality care products, which currently includes flavoured toothpicks, a Binchotan toothbrush and a natural exfoliating face puff.

But Horace goes beyond just offering quality grooming products and a hassle-free service – Horace lets you order via messenger, offers re-order alerts and delivers within three hours in Paris.

The brand is adding a great layer to its experience. Its magazine and how-to guides are absolutely on point; they’re nicely written with the right advice, the right amount of humour, personal touch and insight. Our favourite articles include ‘How to rebalance your dry skin’ (how to) and ‘Why it’s time to shave it off’ (editorial). Go and see for yourself – the guys are doing great work.

RAIN WU - Architect and Artist, London

Alex Rückheim

Rain Wu - Portrait
Rain Wu - Portrait
Rain Wu - Portrait
Rain Wu - Portrait
Rain Wu - Portrait
Rain Wu - Portrait

Rain Wu is a London-based, Taiwanese architect working across various fields of art and design. With a specific interest in material development, speculative narratives and interactive spatial experiences, her work impressively ranges from drawings to set design, building design, art installations and curation.
We’ve had the chance to meet Rain at this year’s London Design Biennale where she walked us through her latest project – Eatopia – and talked to us about her future plans. 


Rain Wu is the Designer in Residence 2016 at the Design Museum, London.


Rain Wu graduated from MA Architecture at Royal College of Art and has worked at a number of architectural practices including Carmody Groarke in London and Sou Fujimoto Architects. Her architectural background has informed her way of critically dissecting subjects and assembling them in a coherent and relevant manner. She has not only lectured and exhibited internationally, but has also collaborated with professionals from different disciplines to continuously explore architecture's versatility in art and design.

London’s first ever Design Biennale took place at Somerset House in September. In response to the Biennale’s inaugural theme – Utopia by Design – Rain Wu and designer Shikai Tseng teamed up with chef Chung-Ho Tsai to create a utopian dining experience for Taiwan’s offering – Eatopia. Surrounded by cast tree trunks and woodland sounds in a forest-like installation, we had the chance to immerse ourselves in this unique, culinary experience of Taiwan’s cultural collision. Rain and Shikai are currently planning a world tour for Eatopia.

Looking towards the near future, Rain will host a series of events and public programmes as the Designer in Residence 2016 at the Design Museum, London. For her residency, she wishes to explore new ways to engage audiences and find a way to reimagine the traditional exhibition format; possibly by imagining new approaches to experiential storytelling. The residency – which explores the theme of “Open” – coincides with the opening of the museum’s new John Pawson-designed building in Kensington in November. 


@ranwu_

rainwu.net

eatopia.tw


The composition of images below is a personal selection of Rain Wu's Favourite Works of Art, Favourite Place, Products and the things that inspire her.


Anthony Gormley - Block (2016)

Anthony Gormley - Block (2016)

Carmody Groarke - The Filling Station

Carmody Groarke - The Filling Station

Anton Alvarez - Alphabet Aerobics

Anton Alvarez - Alphabet Aerobics

COS x Sou Fujimoto - Forest of Light

COS x Sou Fujimoto - Forest of Light

James Shaw and Marjan Van Aubel - Well Proven Chair

James Shaw and Marjan Van Aubel - Well Proven Chair

Eva Hesse - Right After

Eva Hesse - Right After

Junya Ishigami - Kanagawa Institute of Technology

Junya Ishigami - Kanagawa Institute of Technology

Mona Hatoum - Grater Divide (2002)

Mona Hatoum - Grater Divide (2002)

Waterfall Petit

Waterfall Petit

Untitled

Untitled

Junya Ishigami - Table

Junya Ishigami - Table

Andrew Mowbray - Charcoal Dice

Andrew Mowbray - Charcoal Dice

Odires Mlászho - Transformations

Odires Mlászho - Transformations

Egon Schiele - Torso (1913)

Egon Schiele - Torso (1913)

Cerith Wyn Evans - White Cube

Cerith Wyn Evans - White Cube

Junya Ishigami - Cuboid

Junya Ishigami - Cuboid

Isa Genzken - World Receiver

Isa Genzken - World Receiver

COS x Sou Fujimoto - Forest of Light

COS x Sou Fujimoto - Forest of Light

Olafur Eliasson - Riverbeds

Olafur Eliasson - Riverbeds

Mona Hatoum - Untitled

Mona Hatoum - Untitled

Carmody Groarke - Studio East Dining

Carmody Groarke - Studio East Dining