Ariele Alasko

by Joanna on August 12, 2014


Based in Brooklyn, woodworker and furniture builder Ariele Alasko is a true talent. Her works fall into that world of being modern, yet rooted in old-school craftsmanship. Ariele’s material of choice is plaster lath, small stripes of wood that once made up the walls of homes. She uses these historic, varied pieces of wood to create graphic, geometric patterns in her work. It’s sort of unbelievable, but she doesn’t actually use any stains on the wood, instead relying on the varieties of grain and color available when old brownstones are gutted. Each piece is made by hand, meaning that it can take up to several weeks to complete a single object. While her shop is currently sold out, be sure to check back in for more pieces and follow her working process (and adventures) on Instagram.

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{ Images via Ariele Alasko and her Instagram }

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As noted last week, I’m a big proponent of taking inspiration and design cues from crystals, which is something that Niche Modern has done for their new lighting collection, Crystalline. They’ve introduced four new stylesAxia, Calla, Delinea, and Trove—all featuring bold angles, saturated coloring, and modern sensibilities. Plus, with different options for the light bulb, you can further create your own aesthetic. Each glass pendant is hand-blown in New York. Personally, I love the combination of the edgy Trove pendant with a vintage-inspired tubular Edison bulb, but grouped in a cluster over my (non-existent) dining room table. Hey, a girl can dream, right?

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{ Images from Niche Modern via Design Milk }



Netherlands-based designer Marcel OSSendrijver sure knows a thing or two about beautiful simplicity. While he also dabbles in furniture and product design, OSSendrijver—who operates under the studio name M.OSS—specializes in these handmade lamps. With their pastel shades, blonde-hued wood, and white cords, each exudes personality and charisma. There are three different styles available, and it’s hard to pick a favorite!

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{ Images via Marcel OSSendrijver }


Functional Kitchenwares Made from Food Scraps

This is one of the best examples of upcycling that I’ve come across! Japanese designers Kurasuhito Kurasutokoro and Yusuke Komatsu turn leftover scraps of veggies and fruits into functional kitchenware, ranging from cookbook placeholders to chopstick rests. They use a traditional copper distressing technique, so these pieces will continue to evolve the longer they are used. The end result is both beautiful and useful.

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{ Images from Kurasuhito Kurasutokoro and Yusuke Komatsu, found via Core 77 }


Shino Takeda

by Alexis on May 15, 2014

Taken individually, the colors of Shino Takeda‘s work feel neutral, and almost understated. But when you take a step back and look at the broader palette in her portfolio, Shino’s ceramics are positively kaleidoscopic.

Originally from Kyushu, the southernmost island of Japan, Shino grew up steeped in a culture of ceramics. Her mother was a collector and together she and Shino traveled around Japan to visit ceramacists’ studios. When Shino relocated to Brooklyn, she brought her background and exposure to Japanese ceramics with her. Shino combined this traditional aesthetic with “all the freshness of NYC.” The result is her beautiful collection.

{ Images from Shino Takeda }

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