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Delving beneath the surface of life at Patternity Studio

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The transformative effects of the sun on leather have been exploited by designer Nendo in a new range of products. Tanning oil or sunscreen is applied in an invisible pattern on the surface of the leather objects. At first, the product appears to be plain leather, but with use and exposure to sunlight, the pattern gradually begins to reveal itself. Nendo said “We wanted it to be a design that would highlight the beauty of leather over time”…

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LABIRINTO 1 by Alessandro Mendini The career of designer and architect Alessandro Mendini has had a key influence on twentieth century Italian design, encouraging designers to consider the heart and sensibilities of objects above commercialism. He once said “I am on a quest to communicate through my objects and work in general, trying to say things that encourage people to deepen meditation and spirituality”…

As the world gathers for EXPO 2015 in Milan, the UK has unveiled its magnificent Pavilion, inspired by the humble honey bee: The Hive. The structure aims to bring attention to the plight of the bee, across Britain and the world. Visitors to the Pavilion will be immersed in the world of bees, from orchards of British fruit trees, to winding pathways representing the famous ‘bee dance’, and audiovisual receptors will even respond to data from real life hives, creating a sensory representation of an apiary…

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A British designer has crafted a way of growing chairs. Gavin Munro moulds young trees around plastic shapes, forcing the branches and stalks into functional pieces – intertwined growths form backs and seats, where junctions and trunks form legs and arms…

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Today we celebrate the birthday of the one of the original Op-Artists Victor Vasarley. Hungarian-French painter Vasarely developed a striking style employing simple geometric lines and shapes to create illusionary effects – which at the time were revolutionary – and went on to influence a whole era of graphic style…

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We met with knitwear specialists Chinti and Parker to produce a 28 piece collection for Autumn/Winter 2013, designing patterns that were inspired by the basic building blocks of the urban city that frame our everyday lives. Here we share the concept behind the collection and our thoughts on the importance of consciousness when it comes to sustainable style…

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