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A few years ago I had the pleasure of visiting Design Indaba in South Africa on behalf of my previous employers. One of the standout collections at the show was a beautiful line of knitwear by young designer Laduma Ngxokolo, who was inspired by his Xhosa heritage and the traditional beadwork of the Xhosa people.

At the time, Laduma said that he would love to create an interiors collection, and this year at the Design Indaba Expo, he launched the MaXhosa Collection; a collaboration with South African mohair company Hinterveld. Read the rest of this entry »


This weekend, I escaped New York City’s most recent blizzard to Puerto Rico for a tropical weekend getaway, and was enchanted by the vivid colors that adorned buildings all over the city of San Juan. The full spectrum of brights and the decorative geometry made for a satisfying feast for the eyes, especially for this New Yorker who has only seen shades of grey for the past four months.

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Following on from last year’s One Week in Japan, this is the latest high speed slide show from photographer and UI designer Mike Matas. This time he documents a roadtrip across the United States from San Francisco to New York. Every frame is beautiful.

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“Places have different ingredients, skills and needs that create a recipe for vernacular design. This vernacular becomes a local identity.” This was the starting point for young designer Jeff Lambert’s Places project that has resulted in a smart collection of home accessories made from different types of brick. Read the rest of this entry »