Designer Rona Meyuchas-Koblenz was commissioned by London-based Kukka Studio to design make-up mirrors for the mid-century Modern interiors of the new Bankside Hotel that opened late last year on London’s South Bank. The mirror is made of CNC-milled premium crystal with a base of Ceasarstone’s Pebble natural rock-inspied design in a cool gray shade with subtle darker accents. 200 mirrors were ordered to finish the 161 rooms which include seven suites. The designer chose Ceasarstone because the company encourages up-cycling offcuts wherever possible. “The offcuts from the kitchen fabrication industry mostly come in smaller sizes, therefore I found it logical to find a new way to use these pieces,” says Koblenz. Since the Ceaserstone base is heavy enough to hold the mirror in place, there is no need for adhesives or mechanical fittings. It simply sits securely inside the slot. Images @Uri Grun Courtesy Kukka Studio
With the end of the year soon approaching, what better time to upgrade that calendar you got last year from your local dry cleaner? These elegant (and affordable) desktop photo calendars by Colorado-based Artifact Uprising can make a nice holiday gift for home or office desks. Made of solid walnut, the Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar (starting at $30) showcases a dozen of your favorite photos in a year-round display. It features a brass-coated clip and peg stand, making a modern statement. The Brass Easel & Calendar (starting at $55) combines a solid brass easel with premium quality papers with your favorite snapshots. The Wood Calendar (starting from $25) is handcrafted from reclaimed pine. Artifact Uprising partnered with the non-profit SKCAC — a group that provides jobs for adults with intellectual disabilities — on this design. Last but not least, the Solidwool Calendar (starting at $40) is made of a sustainable composite material made from British sheep fleece. Like the others, it features 12 sheets with custom images. All images courtesy of …
The Lyd Bottle‘s integrated smart lid opens at the touch of the user’s lips, closing once they’ve finished. The technology, along with Lyd’s 360-degree access design, allows users to enjoy their beverage of choice with a one-handed motion. Lyd’s specialized vacuum flask interior keeps beverages hot or cold for up to eight hours. The bottle comes equipped with wireless charging and charges fully in four hours with a charge lasting for up to two weeks. Should the battery run low, users can still access their drink with a manual click of the lid. The Lyd comes in two sizes: 13 ox. and 17 oz. You can order one by making a $39 pledge on the company’s kickstarter here – they already have raised $110,424 out of their $30,000 goal. Images courtesy of Lyd.
A new collection of products inspired by the works of Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) will be available for purchase at the Guggenheim Museum Store in fall 2018. Klint was a Swedish artist and mystic whose paintings were among the first examples of abstract art. The products were created in celebration of Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, the first major solo exhibition in the United States of the Swedish artist at the Guggenheim Museum from October 12, 2018 to February 3, 2019. Created in close collaboration with a female-driven roster of designers and artisans, the collection will feature apparel, jewelry, accessories, and home goods, as well as a suite of postcards, large format posters, and more. Designs by Michele Quan, Margaret and Colleen Clines, Karen Konzuk, and Maya Luz, among others, and will be available exclusively in-store through the Guggenheim Store and online beginning October 11, 2018. Images courtesy of Guggenheim Museum Store.