The General Aesthete


Lighting by Lukas Peet

Lukas Peet is a Canadian designer who received his industrial design training at the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. This year’s winner of Canada’s The Design Exchange Emerging Designer competition, Peet practices in several fields, receiving much recognition for his elegantly minimalist lighting designs.

Lukas Peet, Rudi

One of Peet’s most iconic designs is the Rudi series. Produced in collaboration with New York City-based manufacturer Roll & Hill, Rudi consists of bent metal tubes holding dimmable cold cathode lamps. The form resembles fine jewelry, and the light is suspended by its own cord, simply knotted at the top.

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A couple of Peet’s latest designs include Slab, a flat LED pendant, produced in a variety of surfaces (shown in felt), as well as Button, a tiltable LED pendant that hangs from a nylon rope through holes in the lamp itself, just like a button.

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While Peet’s striking table lamps are only prototypes, their studied, timeless designs are certainly worth mentioning. Specular and Diffuse merge beauty and function; Specular, inspired by specular reflections and rays of light, illuminates both table surface and ceiling, without the blinding effect of a bare bulb. Diffuse, a smaller-scale lamp, is composed of a ceramic base and a simple mirrored bulb to produce a warm table or desktop glow.

With many outstanding lighting designers emerging of late, Lukas Peet is certainly one to keep an eye on. Though this is just a brief introduction to one facet of his work, Peet’s imaginative, but practical designs have a stamp and direction all their own.

More at: Lukas Peet Design

Light Interventions by Javier Riera

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Javier Riera

Jaiver Riera

Jaiver Riera

Spanish artist Javier Riera’s light “interventions” are created by projecting geometric shapes onto natural vegetation. The play of light and shape manipulates our perception of the organic design and edges of nature we are so accustomed to, resulting in an impressive sight that is also sometimes strangely sci-fi.

Riera’s ongoing investigation into the relationship between landscape and geometry includes  realtime projections in public spaces, including a highly regarded installation at the Turia Gardens in Valencia, where 11 light projections were situated throughout a path of 200 meters.

Describing his work, Riera states: “My intervention is ephemeral, it does not leave a trace in nature. It comes and leaves.”

More at: Javier Riera

3.1 Phillip Lim FW14

3.1 Phillip Lim Menswear F/W 2014

Phillip Lim’s version of the western man is a cool one; not the Marlboro Man and definitely not in the Ralph Lauren realm, his look is city smart, but on an American West canvas. This cowboy inspiration in Lim’s 3.1 Fall 2014 collection made use of the expected: leather and denim, but Lim also made a good effort to work in a bit of the future, with metallics and textural combinations that keep the collection from looking too calculated.

The simpler pieces really carry the presentation, where the clothes don’t read as having an agenda (the horse motif might be a bit literal). The fits aren’t always traditional, and it is a good thing; tops are flowy, but fall perfectly, and the layering doesn’t come off baggy, instead clean and just a notch below “too much.” Oversized sweaters could not be more effortlessly hip, and my favorite homage to the cowboy, Lim’s interpretation of the classic silk range scarf, is surprising in that it actually works.

See the complete collection at: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Photos: Marcus Tondo

Revolution Glassware by FFerrone Design

Revolution Glassware by FFerrone Design

Revolution Glassware by FFerrone Design

Though Chicago-based designer Felicia Ferrone’s Revolution glassware collection has been out for a few years, there is nothing trendy or dated about these thoughtfully minimalist designs. The glasses may look delicate, but the hand-blown borosilicate is safe for extreme temperatures, an excellent vehicle for experiments in molecular mixology. The suspended-in-air design is not only striking, but clever in that the glasses can be inverted to serve as a different size.

Available at: FFerrone Design

An excellent companion: Molecule-R’s Cocktail R-Evolution Kit

Opening Ceremony SS14: Into the Light

Opening Ceremony features their Spring/Summer 2014, street racing-inspired collection in this short film, Into the Light, directed by Maryam L’Ange. Alongside model Martin Cohn, you might recognize Olympic fencer Race Imboden as one of the leads in a narrative the director describes as “a glimpse into a New York love story.”

Volume Lamp by GamFratesi

Volume Lamp by GamFratesi

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Volume Lamp by GamFratesi

Recalling stereo dials of the 1980s, GamFratesi’s Volume table lamp is controlled by rotating its palm-sized shade to increase or decrease light output. The die-cast aluminum and acrylic design, manufactured by Danish company Lightyears, underlines the fact that clever and intuitive design is best left perfectly understated.

More at: Lightyears

La Corbeille by Cédric Canaud

The first design from Cédric Canaud’s new collection, Mimetisme, is La Corbeille, a construct-it-yourself multifunctional piece that can serve as anything from a minimalist sculpture, to fruit bowl, or even a laundry bin. The material is sharply cut laminated paper, a lightweight imitation of plywood; this visual likeness being the intention of the Mimetisme collection, which explores material imitations, with references to sculpture and institutional design.

Available in two sizes, at: Cédric Canaud

Silver Series by Minimalux

With their Silver series of vases, London-based Minimalux has updated classic laboratory forms by metalisizing hand-blown borosilicate glass with sterling silver. The fluid layering is then hand-polished to a mirror sheen, making for an elegant object that sits perfectly at the line of industrial and fragile.

Each style is produced in a limited edition of six. More at: Minimalux

Minimod by MAPA Architects

MINIMOD is an intelligent and sustainable prefab unit designed by MAPA Architects of Brazil. The benefits of this type of factory-built dwelling can, in many ways, trump the hassle of building onsite, from decreased waste and less impact to the immediate landscape, to predetermined costs and construction time. The MINIMOD’s size, at 32 feet in length, is similar to that of a shipping container, meaning it can be easily transported using standardized trucks and lorries.

The lightweight steel frame is enclosed by walls of marine-grade plywood and glass; MAPA partner Silvio Machado envisions MINIMOD in many formats: a compact retreat, portable showroom, or even components of a modular hotel.

With an interior of just 290 square feet, no space is wasted in the single-wall layout: a central kitchen and living area, sleeping area at one end, bathroom at the other. Glass walls are at each end, and an innovative folding shutter system can also serve as a canopy above the sliding glass door.

MINIMOD’s eco-friendly design includes LED lighting, the use of intelligent materials, and a living green roof (accessible by a mobile exterior staircase), that not only insulates and provides additional recreation space, but employs a rainwater harvesting system.

MAPA is planning to make MINIMOD available this year, with a price estimated around $45,000.

More at: MAPA Architects
Photos by: Leonardo Finotti

Photography by Lena C. Emery

Over the past few years, we’ve seen some amazing, though often repetitious hyperrealistic art that deceives the viewer into believing they’re looking at a photograph; Lena Emery is a photographer that, to some degree, works in the opposite direction. Emery’s work spans several fields of photography; from fashion to product-shots, she has a quietly captivating style, but it is her collection of food still lifes for London’s Black Isle Bakery that is especially remarkable; the careful compositions and color choices make for a “that-can’t-be-real” effect that avoids the novelty art category.

More at: Lena C. Emery