In 2007, Artaic was founded by an entrepreneur and mechanical engineer who wanted to solve the problem of expensive and time-consuming mosaic tile work. He commissioned a robot to do the task and years later (and with more robots added to the team), they have truly transformed the process, from one that used to be arduous to one that is now pain-free. It is inspiring to see people reinventing age old artisan crafts in a very traditional and non-innovative industry to give it a revamp by commercializing it and giving more people access to amazing custom tile murals for their homes and businesses. This image is from Artaic’s website for a restaurant called ‘ Spice Kit ’.
We took the studio to see the new movie about the Barcelona Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona (then called the German Pavilion). It was meant to be a temporary structure never seen after the Exposition, but in the 1980s the City of Barcelona put great effort into its reconstruction on the original site. Being a Spanish production, the film was lyrical and flowed to the cadence of the cast speaking about the past and from memories, as most were involved in the reconstruction or had done a lifelong study of the building. Catalan language is a beautiful and rhythmic compliment to the pavilion’s architectural statement.
Tammy Kanat is an Australian-based weaver who is known for her custom looms made from imperfect circular copper piping, make her weaves look like eyes with colorful layers in the iris. Our studio was browsing interesting looms because we are in the process of experimenting with our own installation for a client and Tammy’s work was so inspiring we had to share!
LIGHTING FAVORITE :: DELTA LIGHTING
I was invited to visit Delta Lighting in Miami, FL last summer and it was a jam-packed with showroom and factory tours, lessons in the latest lighting collections and South Beach tan times. This high-quality, French-based company offers some of the best recessed lighting out there - the photo above is from their SPY COLLECTION. These little heads pop up out of their recessed hole to be minimally obtrusive if you aren’t paying attention, but adorably cute and clever if you are into lighting and notice things like that!
// WICKER IS BACK //
Kettal makes beautiful furniture pieces and they maintain a long-standing relationship with my favorite furniture designer, Patricia Urquiola. I have been saying wicker is going to make a comeback for YEARS - and she did it, of course. If it was going to be anyone making it happen, it would be Patricia. I have a strong belief that if a generation didn’t see a fad, then they don’t have the negative associations of the previous generation (think the recent fad doing lighting fixtures and faucets in brass and bronze). Now wicker is modern and I feel validated that the secret’s out!