Anniina Koivu, about the Process of Making

  Anniina Koivu works both in Lausanne and Milan: in Lausanne at ECAL / the University of Art & Design as the Head of Master Theory, and then as a freelance writer (she was one of the coautors of the first monograph on the complete works of design studio Industrial...

Superpoly: Finding the twist that transforms ugliness into beauty

Courtesy Margaux Salarino I met Superpoly, a duo of all-round designers who are renewing the genre of interior design, a duo of southerners (ie : South of France), who retain from their Var coast, images of the sea and colours made vivid by the sun, rather than the...

2013 – The Callas

Five years ago, I came across the unclassiffiable work made by an artistic duo called The Callas. I realised that what I was seeing (incredible punkishly vibrant needlepoint) was only the tip of the iceberg. In fact it’s an artistic factory producing...

stArter Helps Bosses to Become Patrons

stArter promotes the work of numerous artists among which the drawings of Claire Trotignon: Aurélie Dablanc & Anne-Marine Guiberteau met in the Metz Centre Pompidou, when it opened ten years ago. Following the Guggenheim Museum in New York which created an...

Firminy, the Place to Be

Firminy is Europe's largest Le Corbusier site, the world's first site being Chandigarh in India. Firminy is the second best, and is clearly a  less carbon intensive destination. Firminy is in the outskirts of Saint-Etienne, a French industrial city which...

A New Floor for an Extra Room

Juul De Bruijn has taken advantage of each square centimetre of her room. How? By burying every function under walking level. Juul, how did you get the idea of MoreFloor? I designed the MoreFloor to solve my own problem I have with living in a small...

A Weekend in Warsaw

This is actually an old post. I recovered the draft. We spent at one point a very short weekend in Warsaw. I often go there (since my mother is Polish) so I do not really do touristy things. This post is not about the "must see" and "must do" in the city, as for us...

Clay Club, Of Friendship & Ceramics

On your website, your bio doesn’t say much about you (Clay Club is the ceramics studio of Joke Leonare & Sigrid Volders, founded in 2016. With a focus on one of a kind, handmade and sustainable ceramic pieces), nore does your picture show much either. Do...

Ellande Jaureguiberry, the art of indeterminacy

What’s your story Ellande Jaureguiberry? Where do you come from? Could you tell us something that could make us understand who you are and what are your artistic obsessions? I grew up between the suburbs of Paris and the Basque Region (i.e. in the South...

Henri Guerin’s tapestry and stained glass

I have discovered recently in an exhibition in Le Corbusier’s church in Firminy, next to Saint Etienne in France, the protean work of Henri Guérin, an artist/craftsman who revolutionised the art of stained glass (using slabs of glass and ciment) as well as...

LET’S MEET SOMEONE

Anniina Koivu, about the Process of Making

  Anniina Koivu works both in Lausanne and Milan: in Lausanne at ECAL / the University of Art & Design as the Head of Master Theory, and then as a freelance writer (she was one of the coautors of the first monograph on the complete works of design studio Industrial...

Superpoly: Finding the twist that transforms ugliness into beauty

Courtesy Margaux Salarino I met Superpoly, a duo of all-round designers who are renewing the genre of interior design, a duo of southerners (ie : South of France), who retain from their Var coast, images of the sea and colours made vivid by the sun, rather than the...

Clay Club, Of Friendship & Ceramics

On your website, your bio doesn’t say much about you (Clay Club is the ceramics studio of Joke Leonare & Sigrid Volders, founded in 2016. With a focus on one of a kind, handmade and sustainable ceramic pieces), nore does your picture show much either. Do...

Ellande Jaureguiberry, the art of indeterminacy

What’s your story Ellande Jaureguiberry? Where do you come from? Could you tell us something that could make us understand who you are and what are your artistic obsessions? I grew up between the suburbs of Paris and the Basque Region (i.e. in the South...

Hala Tawil Creates Uneasy Beauty

When one calls oneself HLOW (which literally means "sweet" in Tunisian Arabic with the same double meaning as in English: of cuteness and of sugary stuff) and one meets a talented designer who creates a whole collection around the notion of sweetness and...

Envisions: Hitting a Cornerstone

In a previous post about the 2016 Dutch Design Week and especially its core event, the design academy graduation show, I was very intrigued/impressed by a student’s universe, Emma Wessel‘s, who was at the time displaying her textile creations and the look...

Marcus Engman, Head of Design at Ikea

We had the incredible opportunity to meet Marcus Engman, the head of design at Ikea for the launch of its collection Ypperlig, a collaboration between the Swedish giant Ikea and the promising Danish editor Hay. Our first question was about the name of the collection. ...

Michael Schoner, the Minimal Maximalist

We have come across Michael Schoner's work last year, when he released his Crest & Trough bench. We were tremendously attracted to this neo-Memphis yet very personal and witty universe. Humour is everywhere in his joyful and well thought work. We at hlow wanted to...

Aliki van der Kruijs, Queen of the Rain

Aliki van der Kruijs is a designer who humbly accepts randomness in her work. She leaves it to nature, or to rain to be more specific. She has created a few years ago the project called Made by Rain and is about to start an e-shop of her extraordinary natural...

Caroline Corbasson, Of Space and Stars

I have come across your work in Basel, this year. I was totally fascinated with those pictures of stars that seemed to be made out of copper verdigri, that were exhibited by the gallery L’Inlassable_ according to us: one of the very few interesting things to see in...

Muller Van Severen, Tati Revisited

What is your story, how did this duo get started, how did you both start creating design?  Hannes and I were both active as visual artists. At the end of 2010 Valerie Traan Gallery asked me to create something for the gallery. Valerie Traan is used to show work which...

Amélie Bertrand, Of Old and New

Amélie Betrand was one of Artissima Art Fair's (Torino, Italy) stars.  Amélie, who are you? Where do you come from?  My name is Amélie Bertrand. I am a painter and I was born in the South of France, in 1985. I studied Fine Arts in Marseille. I live and work in Paris...

Vanessa Dziuba, About Contemporary Drawing

Vanessa Dziuba is a young French artist. Her drawings and her collages are more than poetic, they are no completely abstract and tent to make you recognize parts of it. It is never totally unknown grounds, somehow they convey a feeling of familiarity. We at Hlow...

Shana Moulton’s Incredible World

Shana Moulton is a young American artist, who was exhibited a short while ago (until september) at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, but we, at Hlow, had discovered her work on the Internet long before, through her fascinating and facetious videos. Shana could you tell us...

Stromboli Associates, Gorgeous, Dirty and Generous

Stromboli is a design and design auto-production label based in Paris and Mexico, created by the prolific Clémence Seilles, whose work redefines a new way to create, transcending today’s limiting segmentation. Clémence has very kindly accepted an interview while she...

Dan Adlešič Plays With You

How old are you, where do you live and where do you come from? What is your story with design, how did it start? I am 26 years old and I was born and grew up in Ljubljana, Slovenia. During high school I was part of the Improv theatre that strongly influenced my way of...

Ilaria Innocenti, One of Milan’s Most Promissing Designers

We are both born in 1983, it must be a special year (:-D), and being exactly from the same generation is perhaps why I am so receptive to your work. I read that you created your own studio in 2010, but what did you do before? Studies, assisting other designers? Did...

Mur-Mur : Finding Essence and Timelessness in Architecture

Here is a rather discreet agency, MurMur, which is silently winning over Paris. Before the interview we started with a few jokes, they made me feel at ease right away. Both Benoît and Lucie are very simple and straightforward. What is the story behind your duo, where...

Who is behind the Teaches of Peaches?

Christie, what’s your story? Where do you come from? How did you start with design, and why did you choose the name Teaches of Peaches? Hello! I come from Sydney, Australia and grew up in a town called Brisbane. I guess I started with design while I was studying at...

Bava Makes Us Think of How We Look, Live and Construct

We at HLOW wanted to write a short post on Alessandro Bava, the Neapolitan Londoner, the architect, the artist and curator, founder of magazine Ecocore _the "last surviving ecology zine"_who is interested in the interactions between all those disciplines, and in how...

Elad Lassry the Vision Maker

Nowadays with the huge success of Maurizio Catalan’s and Pierpaolo Ferrari's Toiletpaper, every creative person around the globe views edgy pictures as absolutely anything (it works especially well if it is a random or even an absurd selection) with a vivid color...

Buki Akib the Design and Crafts Matchmaker

Buki Akib is an incredibly talented British and West African designer. After studying at Saint Martin's, she has done one collaboration after the other, with the coolest brands and magazines (Darkroom, I-D, Urban Outfitters are a few examples). She now lives in Ghana,...

Noviki Graphic Studio between art and graphic design

Noviki defines itself as a « post studio living in a graphic design utopia ».
Noviki wants to play with you and to blur the boundries between art, and graphic design.
Niviki is a duo composed of Katarzyna Nestorowicz and Marcin Nowicki…

VENUES

Envisions: Hitting a Cornerstone

In a previous post about the 2016 Dutch Design Week and especially its core event, the design academy graduation show, I was very intrigued/impressed by a student’s universe, Emma Wessel‘s, who was at the time displaying her textile creations and the look...

Best of Maison & Objet 2017: Second Episode

We had promised on our last post about Maison & Objet that there would be a next episode, so here it is. We were very impressed by those little cubes by Jbj Interior, a Dutch fashion and embroidery brand which is now starting a new interior line. Then we came across...

Best of Maison & Objet 2017: First Episode

The salon Maison & Objet, takes place in Villepinte, near Paris (France), twice a year, and this edition had plenty of things to show. These professional salons give a clear indication on trends and on the state of the market. We were there last week at the end of the...

Best Of Dutch Design Week 2016 (Eindhoven) 2

Here is the second part of the selection of pieces we liked in Eindhoven for the Dutch Design Week. Read the first part here. Renske Rothuizen's Lemonade Factory was quite something and brought the childhood and playful world back to grownups kitchens. It was...

Best of Interieur 2016 (Kortrijk)

We went to Kortrijk (Belgium) design show last week, and found some treasures we would like to share with you. Most of the pieces are creations by little Belgian editors. So we thought they needed a little highlight. But you will also find international talents, huge...

ONE PIECE

A New Floor for an Extra Room

Juul De Bruijn has taken advantage of each square centimetre of her room. How? By burying every function under walking level. Juul, how did you get the idea of MoreFloor? I designed the MoreFloor to solve my own problem I have with living in a small...

Emma Wessel’s Palettes

Interesting piece by Emma Wessel : the Palettes. It can be a sitting, a space divider or a carpet....

Shade Volume by Merel Karhof and Marc Trotereau

All our apologies for the very very long period without any post. Just to make you a little more angry at me, I will just say that I was resting in Tuscany, but this may be the subject of a future post, so I will not say anything more. For now, we are very happy to...

Contrast, Minimalism and Bahaus Meet Color and Post-Modernism

The very neo-vintage Montreal based light production company, Lambert & Fils, has just released prior to Krotrijk Design Biennale, an incredibly attractive light. At Hlow, we are simply blown away, well in fact we did not know that there was a way to reconcile all our...

A Blessed Hammock

This is one our dream splurge at HLOW. The most confortable hammock on earth, to enjoy weightlessness even in the winter. It is a piece from 2007, by Bless, one of the most creative Berlin clothes and furniture designer. It is called N°28 Fatknit Hammock and was part...

A cheap and fabulous piece by Fabio Viscogliosi

L'Endroit Edition is a French organisation that sells real art prints for terribly affordable price. It is not meant to make money but simply to afford itself, it is a long-distance project meant to be looked at with the distance of History, as giant curatorial...

George Sowden, a fundamental member of Memphis

George Sowden was one of the founding members of Memphis Milano, together with, among others, Ettore Sottsass, Michele de Lucchi, Martine Bedin, Andrea Branzi and, of course, his wife, Nathalie du Pasquier, the great Memphis pattern designer. The name of this design...

FLASHBACK

2013 – The Callas

Five years ago, I came across the unclassiffiable work made by an artistic duo called The Callas. I realised that what I was seeing (incredible punkishly vibrant needlepoint) was only the tip of the iceberg. In fact it’s an artistic factory producing...

Henri Guerin’s tapestry and stained glass

I have discovered recently in an exhibition in Le Corbusier’s church in Firminy, next to Saint Etienne in France, the protean work of Henri Guérin, an artist/craftsman who revolutionised the art of stained glass (using slabs of glass and ciment) as well as...

Charles Gianferrari’s Amazing Mosaic

I have recently discovered the very confidential but stunningly beautiful mosaic work from the seventies by Charles Gianferrari. Gianferrari was associated with many projects in close collaboration with Roger Anger, until Anger’s last years when he devoted...

It’s a Small World by Mary Blair

Last week-end we went to Disneyland Paris. I had mixed feelings about it all. I had to admit that I was just as excited as my daughter but for completely other reasons: mine were more to do with confronting my childhood fantasies to the reality of French Disneyfied...

1982: Century Dormeuse by Andrea Branzi

We love this Century dormeuse by Andrea Branzi. To us, hlow team, it is above all one of his first statement solo piece. It was built in 1982, so 5 years before his Compasso d’Oro. Before this piece, his production is perhaps more theoretical, with Archizoom and...

Adolf Loos in Pilsen

Pilsen is a little town of Czech Republic half way between its capital, Prague, and Nuremberg, in Germany. At the beginning of the XXth century it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and some of its elite had had echoes of the trends in Vienna, among which, was...

Antonin Kybal: Of Carpets and Geometrics

Antonin Kybal was a significant Czech textile artist and educator, founder of the Czech school tapestry. Kybal along with his wife Ludmila Kybalová, became a leading figure and pioneer of modern Czech textile art. After World War II, he founded in the Academy of Arts...

George Sowden, a fundamental member of Memphis

George Sowden was one of the founding members of Memphis Milano, together with, among others, Ettore Sottsass, Michele de Lucchi, Martine Bedin, Andrea Branzi and, of course, his wife, Nathalie du Pasquier, the great Memphis pattern designer. The name of this design...

WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?

Christmas News 2: Jewelry

These next posts are going to be about buying. I have been myself quite busy buying these last few weeks. For the 24th, we are welcoming a dozen people at home, and for my baby girl who is turning 2 very soon, it's going to be the very first remembered Christmas, so I...

Christmas News 1: The Best Design Gift Wrap

Hi there, yeah I know it's been a while. I have been busy trying to work on videos, I hope to be able to share with you soon. You know it, we at HLOW are trying hard to be useful. So here is our latest piece of advice: you want everything you touch or give, to look...

Best Bathroom Items 2

Hand towels are $12,00 and Bath Towel are $28,00 on Society6 At HLOW, our favourite designer is Georgiana Paraschiv Summer Skye Summer Colours AW 24 Abstract Pattern 78 Wacka and Jenny Levhag are other very good towel designers. Wacka - Bingo Jenny Levhag - Party in...

Best Bathroom Items 1

Mae Engelgeer - Pop Bath Rug and Towels 13,00 € to 140,00€ Dusen Dusen - Pink Rocks Beach Towel $ 80,00 Hay - Green Glass Towel 29,00 € La Redoute - Hiba Medicine Cabinet (in Light Blue) 83,44€ Dusen Dusen - Paper Shower Curtain 78,00$ Wadiga -...

Best Wallpapers We Have Found So Far

In a previous post, about the best items you could find on Etsy, I told you that one of HLOW's mission would be to help you in your daily life, with the decisions, that have to do with taste and trends. So here is a first exemple. You were wondering wether wallpapers...

MOODBOARDS

Hlow’s Fantasy Exhibition

If you go on our Pinterest Wall, you will see that our main album is called Hlow's Universal Curatorial Project. We've decided to extend the exercice to a 3D render, to try to show you our dream and make you visualize what is inside our...

TRAVELS

Firminy, the Place to Be

Firminy is Europe's largest Le Corbusier site, the world's first site being Chandigarh in India. Firminy is the second best, and is clearly a  less carbon intensive destination. Firminy is in the outskirts of Saint-Etienne, a French industrial city which...

A Weekend in Warsaw

This is actually an old post. I recovered the draft. We spent at one point a very short weekend in Warsaw. I often go there (since my mother is Polish) so I do not really do touristy things. This post is not about the "must see" and "must do" in the city, as for us...

GREAT BUSINESSES

stArter Helps Bosses to Become Patrons

stArter promotes the work of numerous artists among which the drawings of Claire Trotignon: Aurélie Dablanc & Anne-Marine Guiberteau met in the Metz Centre Pompidou, when it opened ten years ago. Following the Guggenheim Museum in New York which created an...