Stop here for a moment. Imagine yourself hiking alongside the muted tones of rare shrubs, plants, and the last remaining reindeer in the remote Norwegian high-desert mountains. All of society seems millions of miles away.
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You might not think so at first, but some stylish-looking retail stores populate the world’s malls, downtowns, and shopping centers. From high-end, ultra-modern to more down-to-earth rustic, a wide variety of design-driven retail stores can be found. In fact, when designing your home, you would do well to pay attention to some of these stores, for they possess many of the same elements that would serve a personal living space.
In this competitive world we live in, it is quite a thing for a company to last for 10 years, let alone 50. But that’s just what Huppé has done. It’s no small feat, so we wanted to take the time and chat with them to get their perspective on what it takes to stay in business–and even thrive–for half a century.
When it comes to our homes, trends can quickly come and go—but great design withstands the ebb and flow of fashion and fancy.
Post-World War II brought on massive change for the U.S., especially when it came to design. With the economy booming, America began to take on a new shape within the home and the office. The latter was due largely to the contributions of one woman. Opulent offices became a thing of the past after Florence Knoll stepped in to change the modern workspace.
30 years ago, when Nani Marquina embarked on the adventure of establishing her own company, the textile market was sorely lacking in designs that reflected the current aesthetic. To change that, Marquina’s company, nanimarquina, merged expert craftsmanship and traditional weaving techniques with contemporary design and exceptional quality. The result was the revolution of the classic area rug.
This year Duravit celebrates its bicentennial. Two centuries of creating some of the highest quality sinks, toilets, bathtubs and other bathroom products on the market. 2,400 months committed to innovation and quality design. 73,000 days dedicated to redefining what the term “bathroom” can really mean. 200 years, in short, in the biz.
Toilets are the unsung heroes of household fixtures. No one wants to live without one, but as soon as we’re done using it we don’t like thinking about it. And while technological advancements have been made in other areas of the house, the toilet has remained stagnate.
But no more.
Few architects are as well known in America as Frank Lloyd Wright. Even for those that don’t follow architecture and design, most people will still at the very least recognize his name. This year Frank Lloyd Wright would have turned 150. To mark this anniversary, the New York MoMA is hosting a retrospective called Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive.
At first, when hearing of such a thing as a bath museum, one might imagine rows of various toilets, tubs and sinks with little plaques and historical blurbs—which could be interesting if you really nerd out on bathroom fixtures. However, for us design-driven folks, there is actually a bath museum where attendees can immerse themselves (at times, literally) in the world of water and modern decorative plumbing.
As an offshoot of Calligaris, Italian furniture design company, Connubia, was formed to focus on fine dining “essentials.” By pairing the design skills of the tireless team behind the brand with artisan craftsmanship, a “marriage” (or “connubium,” in Latin) of fine Italian design has resulted.
“Furniture that is too obviously designed is very interesting, but too often belongs only in museums.” So said Milo Baughman (1923-2003), a leading modern furniture designer of the mid and late 20th century. Perhaps no other statement he made about design can better encapsulate and convey the characteristic restraint and uncompromising good taste that pervaded his work throughout his career.