Designers need to “re-energise” living rooms, say panel at Moooi talk

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Promotion: Marcel Wanders, Li Edelkoort and Yves Béhar discussed how designers can harness technology to reunite families in the living room at a talk hosted by Dezeen and Moooi.

The talk took place at “A Life Extraordinary”, Dutch design brand Moooi‘s installation at Milan design week that used light, scent, sound and surface to create a multi-sensory experience for visitors. It was part of a series of events hosted by Moooi in Milan since 2022.

Focused on the living room, this year’s edition celebrated “spaces which influenced the senses”. The discussion explored how interiors can be adapted throughout the day using light and sound to create a more stimulating or calming environment as needed.

The talk was led by Dezeen’s editorial director Max Fraser, who was joined by three panellists including founder and creative director of Moooi, Marcel Wanders, trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort and designer and studio Fuseproject founder Yves Béhar.

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Designer Yves Béhar discussed his modular Peaks sofa

Introducing the installation to the assembled guests, Wanders asked the audience to picture themselves spending an evening at home alone with the lights on listening to music.

He then asked it to imagine the light in the room as if it were a sound, suggesting that, unlike the music playing in the background, the sound of the light would be very monotone and flat “either on or off” with no variation or “poetry” to it.

Wanders invited visitors to ponder if it might be possible to “create an algorithm that allows light to do what music does”.

“We want to be part of the conversation,” Wanders said. “We want to create the algorithm, create the technology, we want to create a dancing light, a poetic dancing room; not a living room but a ‘living’ room.”

Li Edelkoort sitting and listening
“We use our homes much more intelligently” Li Edelkoort said

Joining the conversation, Béhar said that the static nature of the living room and the need for human connection was the starting point for his modular Peaks sofa for Moooi.

Peaks, which made its debut at Milan design week, is made up of foam triangles connected by fabric hinges that invite rearranging, similar to building blocks.

“I made a prototype and put it in the middle of my living room and it immediately drew everybody there,” Béhar recalled. “Incredible types of different interactions and games were played in there. Old and young came together on Peaks.”

During the conversation, Edelkoort argued that designers and architects have to embrace this interactive approach, as lifestyles and habits in the home change.

“Every room now becomes a living room,” she said. “We use our homes much more intelligently. Somehow in the beginning of these new choices, the living room was completely abandoned; it’s very boring, very stale and stiff.”

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Wanders asked if it might be possible to “create an algorithm that allows light to do what music does”

Instead, she believes we have seen the rise of multifunctional rooms that unite families, offering multiple different activities and seating options in one space.

“In this world where we’re being pulled apart by different interests, by our screens, it’s our job as designers to re-energise, to create environments,” Béhar added.

“Whether it’s through lighting and subtle changes, sound and scent, sensual elements and physical touch, it’s our job to re-engage with all those senses that bring us together.”

Other products launched in Moooi’s living room space included the bendable Tubelight by Dutch design collective BCXSY, a chubby armchair called Big George by Argentine designer Cristián Mohaded and a collection of flora and fauna-informed wall covering, carpets and bedding designs The Green House Collection.

For more information on Moooi, visit its website here.

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Frida booth by Aaron Clarkson for Boss Design

Frida booth by Boss Design

Dezeen Showroom: furniture design brand Boss Design has released an enclosed single-person seating booth that facilitates both work and relaxation in busy open-plan interiors.

The Frida booth comprises a minimalistic seat that appears to float, which is surrounded on three sides by a padded screen that has sound-dampening effects and creates a sense of privacy.

Frida booth by Boss Design
A cushioned seat is surrounded by a privacy screen in the Frida booth

The seat is characterised by the exaggerated seamline that runs across the front of the cushion, as well a layer of moulded PE foam inside, which makes the seat both slimline in appearance and comfortable enough for long periods of use, according to the brand.

The designer envisages the booth to be used for working and unwinding in a variety of settings, from offices to airports. The empty space beneath the seat can be used for storing luggage, while the small wall-mounted table supports a lamp that casts a warm, cosy glow.

Frida booth by Boss Design
A variety of fabric options can be chosen from

The booth can be used either on its own or combined to create banks of seating arranged in various configurations.

A wide array of upholstery fabrics and textiles can be chosen from, as well as the option to add an integrated power bank.

Product details:

Product: Frida
Designer: Aaron Clarkson
Brand: Boss Design

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F5: Kickie Chudikova Loves the Art of Scent, Issey Miyake + More

F5: Kickie Chudikova Loves the Art of Scent, Issey Miyake + More

Some people are born knowing they want to be makers, creatives interested in contributing to a better designed world. “I have a strong visual perception, am very observant, and see when things can be improved,” says Kickie Chudikova, an industrial designer creating products, objects, furniture, and lighting in Brooklyn. “It fascinates me to create objects for people to use, as this interaction shapes the way we live,” she adds. “Design can have a huge impact on how we go about our days and influences how we feel and what we do. So, in a way, designers are responsible for shaping the way we live now and in the future. I find that thrilling.”

Chudikova grew up in a post-Soviet country, where access to well-designed objects and furniture was scarce. In fact, there wasn’t much to buy at all, so pieces were primarily constructed to survive. She says her parents’ house is still decorated as it was in the 1970s, but everything still looks good because things were made to be timeless. Chudikova believes this played a part in shaping her aesthetic and design perspective, favoring longevity as an approach to sustainability.

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Kickie Chudikova

Her experience studying design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna also played a big role in shaping her current career. While attending, Chudikova had the opportunity to intern at Karim Rashid’s New York City studio. It was a transformative experience that eventually led to her moving there for a job offer from the brand after receiving her Masters in Industrial Design.

Since founding her own studio in 2020, Chudikova has been creating objects with the goal of elevating peoples’ everyday lives. This focus allows her to practice both talents in industrial design and craft. An eye for detail pulls her toward materials such as glass, iron, porcelain, and marble while embracing the power of cutting-edge technology. The designer also has a deep love of color, choosing to use bold hues in much of her work.

Chudikova keeps herself creatively nourished via many avenues. “Since I moved to the United States I’ve been very interested in food, and pay a lot of attention to the ingredients,” she says. “I explore various sustainable food options – products from the sea, like kelp, or different types of seaweed or mussels. There is a whole world full of nutritious plants that are healthy for us and could help with the problem of food distribution as our population grows. So, instead of designing the tools to consume the food, I would like to design the food itself.”

She also shared her most treasured possession with us: vintage plastic squeaky toy cat “Liba, the tomcat” with an accordion body, given to her by a friend. “I love this object as it is so simple and joyful and designed by a Czech icon of design, Libuse Niklova. The world-renowned designer and innovator was one of the first female designers to be introduced to the Hall of Fame. Definitely an aspiration and a reminder of the power of women in design.”

Today, Kickie Chudikova joins us for Friday Five!

Four individuals wearing vibrant red garments and head coverings leap and extend their arms in coordinated motion against a plain white background.

Photo: Nick Knight

1. Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake’s innovative fabric techniques have made him one of my favorite fashion designers. From his avant-garde Pleats Please collection to the groundbreaking A Piece of Cloth (A-POC), his architectural approach to fashion is truly inspiring. I got my first piece in Tokyo a couple of years ago, and I’m captivated by the sculptural shapes and the effortless flow of the fabric around the body. It feels like dancing in Oskar Schlemmer’s ballet.

A gallery with white brick walls displaying three abstract sculptures: a circular piece on the right, a rectangular piece in the center, and an angular geometrical piece on the left near a window.

Noguchi Museum Photo: Esoteric Survey

2. Seeing Art in Person

New York moves fast and slow at the same time. On one hand, there is always something happening in the design and art worlds, so it’s easy to get visually stimulated. I almost feel like we “consume” culture here, and going to museums and galleries weekly to explore the newest is a way I recharge and something I truly love doing. On the other hand, one of my favorite places is the Noguchi Museum. It’s like a shrine; the pieces barely change; the only thing that does is the season of the year. It’s a spiritual place for me.

A modern perfumery with circular wooden shelves displays various bottles. A table in the center holds several perfume bottles, and light from a large window illuminates the room.

Photo: Steven Holl Architects

3. Perfumes + Architecture

I have always been fascinated by the sense of smell. How it can trigger a memory is still not easy for me to grasp. I love when things come full circle. There is a spa hotel in Langenlois, close to Vienna, designed by Steven Holl. The architecture and design stuck in my head as much as the etheric smells. While studying in Milan, I met Alessandro Gualteri, the Nose behind Nasomatto perfumes. This is how I dove deeper into the world of perfumes. One sunny day in New York, as I came out of my dentist appointment, I stumbled upon an interesting storefront. The door opens as somebody comes out, and I recognize the special hinge mechanism of the door. I was instantly reminded of the hotel close to Vienna. It was Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle boutique perfumes that I truly adore. There’s something magical about the synergy that occurs when people with similar thought processes and perspectives collaborate.

A person uses tweezers to place delicate garnishes on a small, intricately plated dish on a metal tray.

Aska Photo: Shelbie Monkres

4. Restaurants

I love good food. The first time I went to a Michelin-starred restaurant was in New York, at a place called Aska. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was sheer creativity and surprise, and I recommend this place to everyone who is up for an experience. I appreciate the visual arrangement on the plate as well as all the different flavors that mix in your mouth to create the ultimate umami. I consider chefs artists, just using another creative medium. A couple of years later, I backpacked around the world for half a year. I always stayed in humble accommodations but ate really well. It’s through food that you understand culture.

Four gold rings with unique gemstones and artistic designs. From left to right, top to bottom: a blue and gold striped circular design; a black round stone; a blue, brown, and silver striped design; a blue sphere on a green and gold base.

5. Jewelry by Architects by Barbara Radice

This book is a timeless source of color, shape, and function explorations for me. Designing jewelry is a passion, as it authentically reflects one’s personality. Fifteen architects and an artist were carefully selected to contribute, and the resulting collection is undeniably remarkable. Every now and then, I take delight in opening the book to indulge my senses.



Work by Kickie Chudikova:

Two green, oval-shaped glass trays on a stone-textured surface featuring various colored fragments.

Gossamer Set, 2023 Photo: Sean Davidson

The Gossamer Nesting Set is a three-piece glass collection designed for Gossamer Magazine, containing everything you need for an elevated smoking experience. Made to be functional, sculptural, and timeless, each Nesting Set contains a lidded ashtray, standing pipe, and matching one-hitter. The tray features multiple compartments that can double as an incense holder, key valet, or storage for ground flower or joints. Discreetly store your smoking tools with the lid on, or tuck them neatly under the base to display your collection on a pedestal.

A fork, knife, and spoon are arranged in an 'X' shape on a dark, textured surface with pieces of charcoal in the background.

Cutting Edge Cutlery for Hepp, 2024

An eye-catcher par excellence: HEPP Cutting Edge cutlery. Inspired by the East Asian tradition of using spoons and chopsticks alongside each other, Cutting Edge combines the essence of Western and Eastern table culture in its design. A fusion of elegance and sophistication developed for high-end gastronomy, this unique design makes every piece of the flatware set stand out for an elevated guest experience.

A modern, white, curved bench near the Brooklyn Bridge and a brick building under clear skies.

Spiral of Life, 2022 Photo: Nicholas Kuhn

Spiral of Life public seating draws inspiration from the waves of the Hudson River and the sculptures of Isamu Noguchi. The adaptive installation offers a place to sit, contemplate, and re-energize while enjoying the impressive Dumbo vistas. This modular bench consists of waterjet-cut stone pieces connected by a metal structure, forming an organic shape that pleases the eye. The winning entry in the inaugural Impact Design competition for public installations in Dumbo, Spiral of Life was officially unveiled in September 2022. Organized by NYCxDESIGN and Caesarstone, the contest aims to show how design can enhance public spaces and foster engagement in the city.

A collection of colorful glassware arranged on clear glass cubes on a reflective white surface.

Skyline Cocktail Glasses, 2021 Photo: Petr Karsulin

Skyline cocktail glasses are a colorful trio inspired by the architectural icons of the Manhattan skyline. The design of each is reminiscent of the lifestyle of the early 20th century, when New York’s nightlife and cocktail culture reached their peak during Prohibition. The array of bold shapes is underlined by vivid color combinations, together forming a striking assembly. The collection consists of three designs, each with a specific cocktail in mind. “The Martini,” “The Margarita,” and “The Old Fashioned.”
Handcrafted out of crystal glass in the Czech Republic, Skyline was designed for an everyday ritual and a well-deserved pause for the busy New York lifestyle.

A round lamp emits a warm glow on a wooden shelf. The shelf displays a few books, a small vase, and framed artwork.

Baltra Lamp for Gantri, 2022

The Baltra Collection, designed for Gantri, is the embodiment of sculptural mood lighting. Elevated, organic shapes in the form of a table, lantern, and floor light deliver unique accent lighting to any space. Each has a distinct purpose and intention, designed to make you feel calm when coming home after the day. Choose from three colors: Snow, Carbon, and Persimmon. Baltra is 3D printed and made to order to help keep our planet green.

Casalgrande Padana lists multipurpose tiles on Dezeen Showroom

Casalgrande Padana lists multipurpose tiles on Dezeen Showroom

Dezeen Showroom: Italian surface manufacturer Casalgrande Padana has released five new tile collections that mimic the appearance of wood, metal and stone.

Casalgrande Padana’s Fusion Green tiles have a dulled, rusted appearance, rich in character that recall how metal oxidises when exposed to the elements.

Fusion Green tiles by Casalgrande Padana
Fusion Green tiles have an intentionally tarnished finish

The tiles’ muted green colouration has patches of grey and silver, creating a unique surface finish that looks like aged sheet metal but is made from ceramics.

Like many of the brand’s tiles, it can be used in traditional floor and wall applications as well as to clad bespoke furnishings.

Stonetech tile collection by Casalgrande Padana
Stonetech tiles can be used for a variety of applications

The Stonetech range recalls the lightly speckled appearance of stones native to the central Alps, including marble, quartz and feldspar.

Their full-body structure means that the tiles’ flecked patterns permeate through its internal layers, maintaining a naturalistic finish despite dents and scratches created during use.

Pietra Tiburtina tile collection by Casalgrande Padana
Pietra Tiburtina is reminiscent of travertine, a mainstay of Italian architecture

Also designed to look like a type of naturally-occurring rock, the Pietra Tiburtina collection is based on the appearance of travertine, which has been used in construction and decoration for thousands of years.

Two patterns are referenced in the collection – striated vein-cut and mottled cross-cut travertine – that can both be used to cover walls and floors as well as more specialised applications such as to create furniture, partitions and basins.

Project Wood tile collection by Casalgrande Padana
Project Wood surfaces can be used inside and out

Project Wood tiles recall the aesthetic of wooden floorboards, another popular building material, and come in two versions – one suitable for indoor use and one intended for installation outside.

The warm, honey-toned planks are based on the look of beech wood and have realistic surface textures, however they are made from durable porcelain.

Metropolis tile collection by Casalgrande Padana
Metropolis White has a finish that looks like concrete

Metropolis White tiles can be installed with almost invisible connections, creating a continuous surface across walls, floors and furnishings.

They come in a range of size formats as well as indoor and outdoor iterations for use across a range of applications.

Metropolis tile collection by Casalgrande Padana
The tiles can also be used outside

Casalgrande Padana is a tile manufacturer that has been creating ceramic and stoneware surfaces since 1960.

The company is headquartered in Casalgrande, Italy, and has grown to occupy six factories across the country.

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herzog & de meuron’s helvetia campus basel expansion features two james turrell lightworks

helvetia’s program features a blend of offices, gathering places, and amenities for all basel-based employees, as well as a public program enlivened by two james turrell lighting commissions.

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Nikjoo and Flawk bring “intrigue and delight” to derelict house in London

Interior of Trove house

Architecture studio Nikjoo has renovated a post-war home called Trove in east London, opening up its interior and adding a pair of extensions with fittings by emerging designers.

Nikjoo collaborated with creative developer Flawk to carry out the project, after its founder Ashley Law purchased the derelict house in 2022.

Exterior view of rear home extension by Flawk and Nikjoo
Nikjoo has renovated and extended a house in east London

The London studio was responsible for transforming Trove’s dark and compartmentalised interior and expanding it with rear and attic extensions, while Flawk led the interior design.

Flawk’s focus for the interior was on commissioning work by a range of emerging designers for the home’s fixtures and fittings.

Living space interior at Trove home extension
Its interior design was led by developer Flawk

“The brief was to maximise space and light to create a calm, serene environment that would not only support flexible, modern living but also form a backdrop to playful design interventions,” Nikjoo told Dezeen.

“Through the curation of pieces by young, independent designers, Flawk set out to create intrigue and delight through often overlooked elements such as door handles, lights and loo roll holders.”

Timber staircase within residential renovation by Flawk and Nikjoo
Walls were stripped back to reveal existing brickwork

On the ground floor, the internal walls were removed to create an open space. A kitchen and dining area now occupies the home’s original footprint, while the rear extension contains a living space that overlooks a courtyard garden through a large folding window.

A timber staircase leads to two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor, and the dormer loft extension provides an additional ensuite bedroom.

Nikjoo selected exterior finishes that aim to lend a “sense of character” to the home, with the rear extension covered in roughcast render created with reclaimed aggregate and the dormer clad in dark tiles.

“Materials were carefully selected to not only celebrate the building’s history but also introduce a heightened sense of character and intrigue,” explained the studio.

Bedroom interior at Trove in London
A bedroom is held in the loft extension

Throughout, Flawk and Nikjoo worked to introduce a series of “unexpected” details to the interiors of Trove.

This includes door handles and lights by designers James Shaw and Lewis Kemmenoe respectively, as well as aluminium window handles, a steel balustrade and air conditioning vents created by Flawk’s founder Law.

Bathroom interior at home renovation by Flawk and Nikjoo
Fittings by emerging designers feature throughout the home

A simple backdrop to these fittings was created by stripping back the interior to reveal original brickwork and ceiling timbers, and by using reclaimed materials such as marble offcuts in the top floor bathroom.

Other home renovations recently featured in London include the reworking of a terraced house with Mediterranean and Scandinavian influences by Collective works and a “monolithic and sculptural” extension in Hackney by Sonn.

The photography is by Lorenzo Zandri.

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