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DESIGN TALK: Politura

Design Talk: Politura

Design talk means it’s time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we’d like you to get to know furniture design label Politura. A Polish company based in Berlin, Politura is on a noble mission: to revive forgotten design classics from behind the iron curtain of Eastern Europe. “Our furniture was designed for the working class. For ideological reasons, we weren’t allowed to design extravagant things. Yet we knew that people deserved more.” — Edmund Homa (1927 –…

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Celebrate love: TOP 10 most beautiful Valentine’s gifts

© Ed Robertson

The new year is in full swing, and February is fast approaching. You know what that means: get ready for the faint perfume of roses wafting through the air, pralines glistening in heart-shaped boxes through shop windows and romantic music on mall speakers… love is in the air!   Hate it or love it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it is an occasion you’re expected to celebrate and make special for your beloved Valentine. This means that…

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DESIGN TALK: FitWood

Designtalk FitWood

Design Talk means taking some time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we would like you to get to know the people of Finnish home fitness and wellbeing company FitWood: Matias Kukkonen, founder and CEO, and his business partner, Ossi Numminen. “We founded FitWood because we were never satisfied with the equipment available — we wanted something sturdier and more beautiful,” the founders say, “so every FitWood product is carefully designed and assembled in Finland with quality,…

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DESIGN TALK: Stolp

Design Talk: Stolp

Design Talk means taking some time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we would like you to get to know the people and the mission of Stolp, a Belgian mission-driven digital wellbeing brand. Julien Yee and Matthias Vanhoutteghem founded Stolp in 2018, with the mission of empowering humans to take action towards more time well spent in the age of smartphones. Stolp, a signal-stopping digital detox device, is inspired by the shape of a butter dish. “A butter…

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DESIGN TALK: aer

Design Talk means it’s time to meet the people behind a brand. Today, we’re going to introduce you to Michael Bartenstein and Tobias Lehner — founder and CEO of aer, a line of sustainable home care products. aer was born in 2019 when Michael Bartenstein had an idea to make a change, convinced that people’s bodies and homes deserve better products. “We are a self-financed team operating in the field of home and personal care,” Bartenstein says, “industries characterised by noise,…

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DESIGN TALK: GRUPA

Design talk means it’s time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we’d like you to get to know Filip Despot, Ivana Pavic and Tihana Taraba, the founders of GRUPA, a Croatian design studio based in Zagreb. The brand manufactures quality, handmade products with a particular focus on lighting design. After a successful decade of dreaming up award-winning products, GRUPA decided to manufacture their own products, building lamps that reflect their unique approach to craftsmanship and art. “Our ili…

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DESIGN TALK: ROBUUST AMSTERDAM

Design Talk means taking some time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we would like you to get to know the people and the mission of the Dutch design label, Robuust Amsterdam. Founded in 2018 by industrial designers Job Althof and Niek Sanders of Studio Althof & Sanders, Robuust Amsterdam is a young brand with a concise mission: to bring a timeless, minimalist esthetic into the homes of people, while helping the environment. The Robuust Amsterdam brand has…

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DESIGN TALK: FLUF

Design Talk means taking some time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we would like you to get to know Nathalie Butterfield and Terra Kushner of Fluf, a textile-based design and manufacturing company headquartered in Toronto. What started with the idea to found their very own pillow company evolved to a brand creating feel good bags, made out of sustainable materials. Fluf was born out of a desire to revolutionise and improve the textile industry: the brand does…

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DESIGN TALK: MPOWERD

Design Talk means taking some time to meet the face behind a brand. Today, we would like you to get to know Seungah Jeong and John Salzinger, the founders of MPOWERD and the creators behind Luci, the first inflatable solar light. Jeong and Salzinger lead their own revolution on a mission to transform lives with thoughtfully designed, conscious technology: MPOWERD is a brand with brains and heart. Everyone deserves to be empowered Jeong, the CEO, brings two decades of consumer…

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DESIGN TALK: ZILALILA

Design Talk means it’s time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Anita Walstra Bakos and the women of the extraordinary, conscious design brand Zilalila. Zilalila is a line of hand-woven textiles — from plush throws and blankets to slouchy beanbags — but it’s so much more than just that: every single Zilalila product is handmade in Nepal, by women who take their expertise of weaving craft seriously. According to Bakos, the meaning…

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