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August Smart Lock

August Redesigns Your Home – with a Lock and a Doorbell

We’ve all had to do this at one time or another in our lives: wait for the repairman. Or a friend who needs to come by to drop-off or pickup something, so you’re stuck at home. August solved this problem last year when the company introduced the August Smart Lock. The lock allowed the lock…

2015-09 Royal Hotel - FI

Return to Room 606 at the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen

Two years after our initial visit, we are back at the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen – today known as the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. We’ve learned new facts about this room: The vanity in the room was originally designed for Arne Jacobsen’s wife. The lights in the room can move along the track that they…

2015-09 Fritz Hansen Lobby - FI

A Visit to Fritz Hansen: The Legacy and the Future

We recently had the opportunity to visit Fritz Hansen offices just outside Copenhagen to learn more about their philosophy in furniture making, as well as their vision for the future. The Legacy Begins. Fritz Hansen started in 1872, with specialization in decorative, wooden legs for tables and chairs. From there the company began to thrive….

Arne Jacobsen Series 7 Chair

Iconic Arne Jacobsen chairs, up close.

Ever wonder how some of your favorite designs are made? Fritz Hansen and Design Within Reach is now on a US national tour celebrating architect and designer Arne Jacobsen and showcasing two of his iconic chairs: Egg™ and Series 7™. So what are these chairs about? The Series 7 Chair is probably one of the…


Norwegian Design at Collective Design Fair

When it comes to Nordic design, Norway is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Over the last 10 years, the largest contingent we’ve seen is probably from 100% Norway at the London Design Festival; however, in Milan this year the Norwegian Presence exhibition was also significant. During last month’s Collective Design Fair…

Bendable Tin Bowls Andreu Carulla

Bendable Tin Bowls by Andreu Carulla Studio

During Milan Design Week, Andreu Carulla Studio presented its PLAT TOU tin bowls at Spazio Rossana Orlandi. The plates were made by Japanese artisans in Toyama Prefecture using traditional techniques to create a bowl that is easily bendable into different shapes. I’ve tried it and it looks amazing. The bowls were especially made for the…


Yves Béhar Mixes Things Up with Sodastream

Sodastream created a wonderful idea to create your own soda at home. Now the idea has been taken to the next level during Milan Design Week with the Sodastream MIX designed by Yves Béhar. This is a prototype machine that can now carbonate any liquid – including liquids with fruit or pulp – which opens…