Tega Brain is an artist and environmental engineer making eccentric engineering. Her work intersects art, ecology and engineering, addressing the scope and politics of emerging technologies. It takes the form of online interventions, site specific public works, experimental infrastructures and poetic information systems.
She has recently exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, the Science Gallery Dublin and Eyebeam in New York City. Her work has been widely discussed in the press including in the New York Times, Art in America, The Atlantic, NPR, Al Jazeera and The Guardian and in art and technology blogs like the Creators Project and Creative Applications. She has given talks and workshops at museums and festivals like EYEO, TedxSydney and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
Tega is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media, New York University. She is an affiliate at Data & Society and works with the Processing Foundation on the Learning to Teach conference series and p5js project. She has done residencies at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York City, GASP Public Art Park, and at the Environmental Health Clinic, New York University. In 2013 she was awarded a Creative Australia Fellowship for early career artists from the Australia Council for the Arts.
Tega Brain is an Australian born artist and environmental engineer whose eccentric engineering intersects art, ecology & engineering. Tega is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media, New York University. She has been a fellow at Data & Society and the Processing Foundation. She lives and works in New York and Sydney.
Visit the Website: www.tegabrain.com
Digital has brought us two revolutions before, that led to enormous leaps in efficiency. First in communication, then in computation. Today we are in the middle of the third, and potentially most influential digital revolution; that of fabrication. But what happens when this streak of digitisation starts to affect our physical world of materials?
Digital fabrication processes are increasingly allowing us to design our materials, but the physical results remain analogue; continuous and solid. What if we could assemble these materials with small separate building blocks that can be used again in other configurations - like the way LEGO bricks are re-used to form new structures, or atoms are re-used to form new molecules? As digital processes can be reversed; could the fabrication of an object then be ‘undone’? Neil Gershenfeld and his research group at the Centre for Bits and Atoms at MIT are quite seriously working towards this poetic future of digital materials. Their work has been the main inspiration for this project.
When Digital Gets Physical is an ongoing research project exploring applications of digital materials at different scales. The laws of digital building offer huge potential in terms of structural efficiency and material re-use, and this project is looking to deploy that potential in present-day contexts. As the first outcome of this journey, this piece is meant to visualize the concept of digital material and translate its core principles to physical shape. The chair is assembled from aluminium tetrahedrons and spheres, that - when tightened by the inner cables - form a lightweight octet truss lattice, inspired by the way atoms form crystallic structures. When the tension is released, the shape disappears and the ‘material’ returns to its initial state; ready to be reconfigured.
The development of this chair was done in collaboration with After-Form.
Visit the Website: www.ddw.nl/en/event/1381
StoneCycling - pioneering the way in the design, development, and production of building material from waste.
Design and waste, our two loves. Combining the two makes us happy. Thats why we love to join projects that have these elements. Here’s some of the projects we were involved in recently.
The StoneCycling concept initially started at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. During his graduation project, co-founder of the company Tom van Soest, focused on getting the full potential out of waste in order to create new building material.
Starting only with raw waste material, Tom began grinding, blending and processing them in different ways. This led to surprising results as he uncovered the great potential and value of waste material.
In 2013 he founded StoneCycling together with Ward Massa. Since then, StoneCycling has pioneered the way in the design, development, and production of building material from waste.
StoneCycling has been featured in numerous publications around the world, such as the Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine, Co.Design and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Architects value the focus on sustainability without having to compromise on style/design. The very first house built with StoneCycling’s WasteBasedBricks was completed in 2016.
We never do things alone. We work closely with leading architects, designers, construction companies and developers from around the world. And through this network we are creating a more circular world, where waste is no longer viewed as waste.
Visit the Website: www.stonecycling.com
muller van SEvEREN - to just create and live, and certainly not for the sake of becoming a name to look out for.
With both Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen being artists, it’s natural that the collection sits somewhere between design and art – it’s obviously ‘furniture’ but the emphasis is not completely concentrated on function and suggests different ways of living and use of space… an uncanny twist on universal forms. Fien Muller’s photography is suggestive of someone who considers everything in her daily life to be up for participation in the theatre of her compositions – whether choosing her characters from the woodpile, scavenging Hannes’ offcuts or realising the sculptural aspect of a skinned eel, nothing escapes the pot. It seems it’s not so much the qualities of an individual object that are important, but what happens when that object is introduced to another. Her sense of colour is extraordinary in the same way, with quite odd combinations – sometimes subtle, sometimes glaringly opposing, but always with a harmonious result.
Fien’s interest in the material is also apparent in her art works, as below with the contrast in texture of the hand chopped wood and the plastic wood effect. It’s not necessary to ask why she has selected these elements to sit together but these incongruous objects are somehow compatible and appropriate. The work of Hannes is often the other way around – with the familiar becoming absurd, in the sense that it loses it’s function and turns irrational. A staircase laid on its side goes nowhere and a closet run through the circular saw loses its balance. The everyday is turned on its head and apparent function negated. The inspiration of their art world is readily seen in the furniture collection with forms reminiscent of Donald Judd or Sol Lewitt but with the humour that comes with collaborations such as that of Fischli & Weiss, who also created from the commonplace and familiar.
There is wit in both artists’ work which follows into their furniture collection – two shelving units become entangled and inseperable, two people are forced into conversation by a double seat or the colour range might be dependent on the health and safety colour-coding of a chopping board manufacturer. Its hard to not be reminded of the self-taught, experimental and collaborative Jean Prouvé, who also didn’t work within the constraints of a particular discipline. The feeling you get is of the creators living their lives with the ‘work’ being an equal and necessary aspect of human existence alongside sitting, eating, reading, talking… The Muller Van Severen collection invites participation – the chopping boards and trivets are wall sculptures that adapt to a functional role and change in appearance with use; the double facing seat only achieves its potential with use – two people engaging and perhaps forming new ideas, flirting or just sharing a bit of banter. In this instance, the process of ‘designing’ appears to be more like a conversation and an evolution of ideas, with one finished product inspiring the next – hence the collection working so well as a whole.
Working as a duo obviates the individual ego all too prevalent in both the design and art world and allows each object to just exist. The distinction between art and design narrows when the intention of the creators is not to produce one or the other, but to just create and live, and certainly not for the sake of becoming a name to look out for… although, whether through choice or not, this has become the case for both Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen.
Visit the Website: www.mullervanseveren.be
Tala is a young British lighting brand with a mission to create exquisite products that have a positive impact.
Guided by the founding promise of Conservation Through Beauty, we want to accelerate the low carbon economy with thoughtful product design and transparent practices. The company was founded by four friends at the University of Edinburgh with a shared passion for design, technology and sustainability.
Our distinctive design rubric combines classic decorative qualities, British industrial influences and pioneering LED technology. What makes a Tala bulb unique is its uncompromising focus on both design and sustainability.
Visit the Website: www.talaled.com
Superflux - work that navigates the entangled wilderness of our technology, politics, culture, and environment.
Superflux create worlds, stories, and tools that provoke and inspire us to engage with the precarity of our rapidly changing world.
Founded by Anab Jain and Jon Ardern in 2009, the Anglo-Indian studio’s early work brought speculative design approaches to new audiences, working for some of the world’s biggest like Microsoft Research, Sony, Samsung and Nokia, and exhibiting work at MoMA New York, the National Museum of China, and the V&A in London.
Over the years, the studio has gained critical acclaim for producing work that navigates the entangled wilderness of our technology, politics, culture, and environment to imagine new ways of seeing, being, and acting. The studio’s partners and clients continue to grow, and include Government of UAE, Innovate UK, Cabinet Office UK, UNDP, Future Cities Catapult, and Forum for the Future.
Visit the Website: www.superflux.in
The Nest collection is as unrestrained as most work from Swedish design studio Form Us With Love, presenting a reversed silhouette—a club chair on a slim structure. The Nest collection demonstrates an exceptional capacity from Danish design company +Halle, manifested in chairs and sofas turned into elevated—yet sheltering—seat of decency.
The series provides an unpronounced divider to the traditional lounge area, by simply creating layers of both high and low seating. The heights offers a sense of privacy, whilst maintaining the comfort of a relaxed armchair.
‘With Nest, you can create a perfect room-in-a-room feeling without having to add traditional tall room dividers or high back sofas. When first installed it was evident that people were sitting next to each other—at different levels—without being affected by their neighbors. With a minimal expression, the Nest Collection, keeps the room open in a new way,’ says Martin Halle, Brand and communication director at +Halle.
Fascinated by the typologies of pedestals, such as the Umpire’s chair on a tennis court, Form Us With Love has experimented with a lofty landscape, adding the element of dignity and softness to a seat with a view.
‘Our ideas of different height layers led, as they often do, into deeper research. We analysed the activities and behaviours of a public spaces, and the upholstered furniture vs. bar stool seating scenario. Instead of putting the two characteristics next to one another, we merged them—creating a tall vertical Nest,’ says John Löfgren, Creative Director at Form Us With Love.
‘We believe that a comfortable high seat is an interesting addition, providing the opportunity to sit longer at a tall table. The skilled craftsmen at +Halle understood the importance of very small details and soon we were deeply entwined in a brilliant design dialogue,’ says Jonas Pettersson, CEO at Form Us With Love.
‘The challenge with the Nest range was the balance between the seat and legs. The importance was adding steadiness, to an elegant, high piece of furniture. Our hard work paid off, producing a durable collection without compromising the sleekness of the reversed figure,’ says Martin Halle, Brand and communication director at +Halle.
The fluid intersection of the seat and the backrest in the Nest collection is about quality and durability, demonstrating the skills on offer in +Halle’s factory.
‘Design shouldn’t be put on a pedestal necessarily, but we thought the idea of celebrating real craft was worth lifting,’ Halle concludes.
+Halle is a Danish high quality contract furniture brand, which develops and produces furniture for institutions, airports, offices, and other public spaces. No matter the location, the job at hand remains—giving humanity a chance to take a break. During the past few years +Halle has delivered furniture to companies like BIG Architects, MoMA, Google, Facebook, Erste Bank, Microsoft, and several airports worldwide.
Visit the Website: www.plushalle.com
Sympathetically combining original recycled fabrics in both antique and vintage chair designs, RhubarbLondon creates eclectic handcrafted furniture that is perfectly tailored to advocates of historical design. At the heart of any RhubarbLondon design lies its distinctive upholstery, sourced from completely original archives. When you purchase a RhubarbLondon chair, you can be certain that you’re getting a one-off piece of furniture.
Proudly crafted in Britain, each bespoke design embodies a piece of history; exquisitely blending rare and antique fabrics and military uniforms with expertly applied upholstery techniques and tailoring. RhubarbLondon’s iconic designs strive to push the creative boundaries of history and design, constantly endeavouring to bring you new and inspiring products.
The creative driving force behind RhubarbLondon is Shaun Brownell, who has been designing and making these evocative pieces since 2013.
Visit the Website: www.rhubarblondon.com
CULTI MILANO founded in 1990 by Alessandro Agrati, eclectic interior designer, who realised what a fragrance can do to characterize an environment and drew his inspiration from rattan handwork to create the first sticks diffuser: a product of new design which uses this material to release fragrance into private and public spaces.
Thus, CULTI MILANO’s iconic product was born: the company developed its production in this segment, and soon became the world’s leading brand forresearch, quality of the materials, the exclusivity of its fragrances. This is why originality is one of the essential values of the CULTI MILANO brand, the first to introduce a new system to diffuse the fragrance in the air, a system which has now become widely used.
The company has been in business for 25 years; it is a subsidiary of INTEK GROUP spa, an Italian holding company with a diversified presence in the industrial, financial and services sectors. Its ownership structure guarantees solidity of CULTI MILANO and its investment potential. 2015 marked the beginning of a major process of renewal, in terms strategy and organisation.
The existing products were rationalised, and new concept created, including newly formulated fragrances. The goals that the company had set for itself, in fact, were both to confirm the brand’s high-end positioning in the market and to continue to be a trail blazer, introducing new ideas and new trends for a highly refined, demanding clientele seeking increasingly sophisticated sensory stimuli.
In fragrance and component selection the utmost attention is paid to quality, which is yet another primary value of CULTI MILANO, a distinctive trait of the brand which plays a significant role in product choice, together with other objective factors and a strong emotional appeal. The refinement of the fragrances, combined with the elegance of the containers and the packaging, have made the CULTI MILANO product into an undisputed style icon.
Visit the Website: www.culti.com
KLOVE STUDIO - dedication to local craftsmen, commitment to experimentation and interest in research.
Prateek Jain and Gautam Seth began klove studio in 2006 with the goal of making light products that merged fantasy, reality, functionality and design. Bent on experimentation and inspired by the skills they learnt from working with traditional Indian craftsmen. The duo began to hone their dream of creating a hands-on, locally grounded brand that was synonymous with the highest quality of hand blown glass possible.
Now, more than a decade in to business, klove has become a globally applauded brand. Employing over sixty highly skilled workers, the brand has developed a wide range of products that span larger than life 3D installations and basic, functional lighting for the home. Each product is stamped with what has become klove’s signature: bold, refined design that borrows equally from Prateek and Gautam’s roots Indian roots and their love for global travel and adventure.
klove's Founders Partners in business and adventure, Prateek and Gautam have built a strong, enviable partnership. Their collective interests span travel, yoga, horticulture and the arts; these passions, and their differing personal preferences within them, add complex dimensions to their design inspirations. The striking commonality between Prateek and Gautam --that lies at the core of the klove philosophy -- is their dedication to local craftsmen, commitment to experimentation and interest in research. Furthermore, the duo always prioritize local, hands-on practical experience above any other form of learning; getting their hands dirty while working with fragile materials is a particular experience they thrive on.
Visit the Website: www.klovestudio.com
Abaca was born in 1982 as a wicker furniture manufacturer. We are located in Honduras, the heart of the Caribbean. Honduran craftsmanship has long been associated with attention to detail and harmony with nature and Abaca is no exception. We strive to find the perfect balance between the beauty of nature and the comforts of mankind. Abaca’s humble beginnings were in contracted furniture orders, which were shipped to Florida and Louisiana.
Since then we have grown into a prime resource for distributors and clients throughout Central America, USA and the Caribbean. Our customers have voted with their preferences and made our natural fibers, such as Rattan, Hyacinth and Astor Rope, our most popular materials. But Abaca is still expanding; we have expanded into woodwork and beautiful fabrics.
Through our years of experience, we have developed production techniques that combine highly specialized craftsmanship and natural raw materials. By meeting our customers’ needs and desires along with the natural beauty of our materials, we believe we have created the perfect formula for furniture. Join us, and experience the natural custom comfort, that only Abaca can offer.
Visit the Website: www.abacafurniture.com
Everything changes countries, cities, homes, aspirations & life styles. Evolving with times, being able to design & develop products, keeping in mind the everlasting values of quality, durability & beauty that is appreciated by our discerning clients will always remain our endeavour.
Stanley was founded in 1996 by Mr. Sunil Suresh current founder & CEO.
Mr. Sunil Suresh started his journey as a young rebel at heart questing the ways of life and differences in the society, which created a base for his “why not” attitude. As a teen he ran away to Mumbai from his home town Bangalore and worked near Gateway of India, selling small leather products to the wealthy folks who stayed and visited the famous Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. His later job as a production manager in a leather garment company gave him tremendous exposure to the world of leather, fashion and luxury. He travelled intensely and had the opportunity to work with many European iconic brands.This is where he learnt and understood how these global luxury brands used the traditional skills and craftsmanship of Indian artisans and often produced some of the finest articles sold in the luxury markets across the world.
His passion for leather and his desire to create a world class Indian company took shape and he started STANLEY AUTOMOTIVE seating as a garage start up with three fine craftsman and a small capital of three lakh rupees.Today STANLEY employs over 600 of the finest artisans from across India. Mr. Sunil and thirty ex-colleagues who are currently employed, share a world of knowledge on sourcing & usage of genuine leather. This has greatly helped, build a company & a team which has the ability to produce some of the finest leather articles in the world, which can be proudly called
“HAND MADE IN INDIA”.
Visit the Website: www.lovestanley.com
QUINTI chairs are made in the heart of Tuscany! A generous territory where history, art and manufacture perfectly match together and the result is showed by people. Tuscany proposes a different way of its living and culture, taking care and respecting others needs. Tradition and culture of well-made products can be found in our daily work, our philosophy and our chairs. QUINTI is tradition, passion and innovation!
Quality is an aim that we use as a principle with it inspiring our every day actions, from the selection of the raw materials to the work itself, from the management to the dispatch of the goods. Each phase is filled with dedication and professionalism
in order to offer to our customers the experience that we have acquired during so many years. Quinti is ISO 9001 and 100% made in Italy certified.
Visit the Website: www.quinti.com
Zitta invites you to discover its new line of products for the bathroom. Relaxation, warmth and innovation are just some characteristics of this new product line that combines elegance and distinction.
The full range of Zitta products has been specially designed to beautify your life. New and unbeatable, Zitta combines the richness of a new style and comfort that meets North American realities of the day. Our engineering team has designed quality products combined with unique benefits which can only make you enjoy Zitta.
Made of top quality materials, Zitta products combine innovation with the most avant-garde technical features. Zitta is proud to introduce its new process “Zittaclean”, which allows easier cleaning and maintenance of your shower. Zitta also provides, for the first time in the industry, a lifetime warranty * on the movement of your door (hinges and wheels). All these new standards will make your shopping experience more reassuring.
Zitta therefore offers a range of absolute bathtubs and showers, relaxing and energising. Zitta products meet your needs, by their style and design, meticulously calculated. A new way to live your life, this is the proposal that Zitta offers you today.
Visit the Website: www.zitta.ca
NASIRI CARPETS - the highest quality rugs for interior designers, architects, and rug and art enthusiasts.
The Nasiri family’s passion for rugs has gained them accolades in the rug collectors’ market – an extensive network of rug production, and they bring the best of these rugs to their New York showroom.
The combined talent of the Nasiri Brothers has created a quality of area rug that is considered to be on par with the great Persian collectible rugs of the 19th centuries. NASIRI is inspired by the heirloom carpets now sold at auction at Christies and Sotheby’s, and the Nasiri’s are masters of the techniques used in making these rugs. A favorite of the interior design community, NASIRI Carpets’ employs a natural dyeing process, using colors extracted from plant pigments.
NASIRI’s mission is to produce the highest quality rugs for interior designers, architects, and rug and art enthusiasts.
Visit the Website: www.nasiricarpets.com
It’s pretty simple, really. We saw a need and set out to fill it. Sure, it’s a heater or a lamp, but so much more. It’s lifestyle by way of mood, atmosphere, function and style.
We set out to redefine an industry and realized we were blazing the trail. Our products have been internationally recognized with awards for both innovation and design and have kept things sizzling from red carpets and posh hotel pools to high-rise decks and backyard patios.
Join our heated revolution and we promise you’ll marvel in warm satisfaction.
Visit the Website: www.kindleliving.com
Good Thing - EVERYDAY tools that are more thoughtful, better looking and longer-lasting than their existing counterparts.
Good Thing is a NY-Based manufacturer of everyday objects. Since its launch in 2014, the company has quickly gained international attention for creating well-considered objects that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Our mission is to offer useful tools that are more thoughtful, better looking and longer-lasting than their existing counterparts. Achieving this goal starts with our designers. We collaborate with the best and brightest design studios from around the world to bring our products to life. Each designer that we work with shares our love of material and manufacturing while bringing to the collection their own unique perspective and personality.
Good Thing’s products can be found at hundreds of retailers internationally, including MoMA, Urban Outfitters, Le Bon Marche, and ITO-YA. Our unique approach has garnered praise from such publications as Dwell Magazine, Wallpaper Magazine and the New York Times.
In January 2017, Forbes Magazine awarded Good Thing's founder and creative director, Jamie Wolfond, the Top 30 Under 30 award for art and design.
Visit the Website: www.supergoodthing.com
At GUAXS we try to develop sculptural objects, that change the atmosphere of a room and have an effect on the people around them. We draw our inspiration from forms of nature and cultural artefacts, always influenced by personal experience gathered on travels, intuition and close observation.
Our objects are made of authentic and sustainable materials, manufactured by hand following practical knowledge and handicraft techniques developed over centuries. Each piece shows the variable traces of human work on its surface, creating interplay between sculptural form and texture.
More specifically, the design of our glass objects combines these aspects with a nuanced and strong color impression, leading to a smooth and natural appearance. This allows them to integrate well into any architecture, while remaining something special and magic at the same time.
Visit the Website: www.guaxs.com
Based in Italy, the company operates on a global scale through the main centres of Milan headquarters - including Top Management, Design & Style department, Sales & Marketing offices, Communications activities, Administrative & Legal office - and Nera Montoro site (90 Km North of Rome), where are located the production plant and the R&D Centre, for a total area of 450,000 sqm.
Renowned for its unique and proprietary technology, over the years the company has developed prestigious collaborations with global luxury brand partners who choose Alcantara material for their creations in the fields of fashion, interior, automotive, yachting, aviation and consumer electronics.
Alcantara S.p.A. is then the only world producer of the Alcantara material, guarantee of pure Italian quality and excellence.
Visit the Website: www.alcantara.com
Leolux: a dynamic family business with a long history and a keen vision on design and the future. Leolux has been producing all its furniture in Venlo since 1934.
The broad Leolux collection offers a wide choice of designer furniture. In every modern style, from familiar contemporary to avant-garde design, from design sofas and design corner sofas to designer armchairs and footstools. But also side tables, coffee tables, dining tables and dining chairs. All made to order, so your Leolux design furniture gets a very personal touch.
Visit the Website: www.leolux.com
When you consider that you spend about one third of your life in bed, you will understand just how important it is to have the right sleep system. Hardly any other object in our daily life has as much influence on our well-being and health. Health and a good night's sleep are not a matter of taste - the mattress and sprung bed base need to be adapted individually to a person's shape and weight. This is the only way you can be sure of being relaxed when you go to sleep, and waking up feeling refreshed.
Visit the Website: www.femira.de
Kaynemaile™ was founded on pure innovation. From our inception on the set of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, to our latest collaborations with some of the world’s biggest companies—that pure innovation remains at our core.
We reimagined a 2000-year-old material—inventing a seamless polycarbonate chainmail mesh with our own award winning technology.
Our patented seamless mesh is used to create, divide and protect building interiors and exteriors around the world.
We’ve created a standard product range from our proven architectural mesh solutions making it easy for you to specify, order and install. If our standard products don’t suit your concept our team of specialised designers, engineers and fabricators can collaborate with you on a custom solution.
We’d love to work with you.
Visit the Website: www.kaynemaile.com
It is every architect’s dream to build with light. The Stickbulb collection takes this aspiration literally. Sleek wooden beams come in one to six foot lengths and are designed to plug into and out of various steel hardware connectors without tools. The result is a light-up erector set of interchangeable components that allows for unlimited customization and creativity.
Inspired by a pile of long linear wooden cut-offs in their workshop, RUX designers challenged themselves to develop a truly sustainable lighting system. As a starting point, they only considered designs that could be manufactured locally and affordably within a five mile radius of their New York City office. They chose to use reclaimed and sustainably sourced woods as a primary building material, and sourced energy efficient LED technologies and components. The collection was designed with the least number of parts possible and with connections that make the pieces easy to separate for maintenance, recycling, or reuse.
Stickbulb was co-founded in 2012 by RUX Founder and Creative Director Russell Greenberg, and Partner Christopher Beardsley.
Visit the Website: www.stickbulb.com