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Origin Made Launch New Designs at Enter the Salon in Copenhagen

6.13.2024

Currently showing at 3daysofdesignEnter the Salon is a joint exhibition of international brands, where design, art and poetry converge, as the past intertwines with the present. Curated by designer Signe Hytte, and taking place within The Conary, a historic townhouse in Copenhagen, the showcase aims to foster quiet reflection, casual conversation, and the exploration of new perspectives.


The inspiring space provides the perfect setting for Origin Made who are launching Part II of their 2024 collection. They are joined by six other distinguished international brands—Karimoku Case, Carpe Diem Beds, Ambientec, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Silkeborg Uldspinderi and August Sandgren


Based in Porto, Origin Made blends modern design sensibilities with masterful craft techniques honed over generations to create collectible furniture, objects, and lighting that celebrate thoughtful design and the authenticity of the human touch. The brand collaborates directly with solo artisans and skilled craftspeople who preserve traditional ways of making. These makers breathe life into their creations, transforming simple objects into conduits of cultural richness and individual mastery.

Part II of Origin Made's 2024 collection builds upon the success of Part I, further exploring the theme of "Materials Intention", with the thoughtful application of natural materials to new shapes, resulting in pieces that feature a captivating interplay of textures and forms. Highlights include the Barco and Calabash Basket Sculptures created in collaboration with renowned Galician artisan Idoia Cuesta, the Flan Side Tables borne of a partnership between Origin Made's creative director, Gabriel Tan, and master ceramicist Joaquim Pombal, and the Lado Vase by Norm Architects.



Minimal and geometric wall-mounted vases, crafted in corten steel, Lado explores a new vast typology by opening up new possibilities for displaying dried plants and flowers in an unusual and elegant way.

Basket weaving sees Origin Made venture into a new craft while pushing the boundaries of traditional basketry. The combination of fully recyclable monofilament fishing lines from Galicia with natural rattan (Barco), and chestnut veneer (Calabash) is a modern and unique take on how basket weaving can create functional art objects.

Testament to yet another new successful collaboration, the Flan side tables feature clay plinths with soft box forms in two varying heights and are ideal for elevating and displaying treasured collectibles.



Enter the Salon celebrates the famous salons that were pivotal in hosting and fostering the avant-garde of the time in Paris, London, Berlin, Copenhagen and beyond—truly vibrant gatherings where intellectuals and creatives exchanged fresh ideas and challenged societal norms. The exhibition invites guests to visit The Canary with the same spirit—to inspire each other and talk, listen and think with an open mind, together.



Challenging the idea of the typical fair stand as a showcase, Enter the Salon is designed to feel like a culturally savvy, indelibly tasteful and strangely timeless private residence with plenty of layers to dive into.

"My vision is to do away with the classic fair stand and tell a story instead. One where every guest can explore multiple layers and find their own to be inspired by."—Signe Hytte, Curator, Enter the Salon.

A place where new movements start casually over drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and where the beauty of art and design and the importance of a great party carry equal weight to the people privileged enough to inhabit the rooms.



Throughout, a carefully curated selection of brands mix with each other to form a lived-in, informal, and slightly opulent red thread. Each brand fulfills their own essential role in the larger play that unfolds inside.

The common denominator for all the brands is an unwavering dedication to craftsmanship and quality over passing trends and fads, always with a focus on how uncompromising techniques can be emphasised in their pieces. Through intricate wood joinery, advanced LED technology, textile installations and an insistence on keeping hand-crafted work alive, the brands create the new by looking to the refined traditions of the past.



The beating heart of the exhibition is the sprawling Atrium that greets you with warmth and vibrancy. Here, talks, breakfasts and events take place, views are exchanged, and laughter rings out. It’s also where you can retreat from the hustle and bustle of the busy festival.



Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Sofie Staunsager

Exhibition Partners: Ruby Atelier, Massimo Copenhagen, Farrow & Ball, Kay Bojesen, Fabric Forest, Kvadrat and Arne Aksel

Imagery courtesy of Origin Made

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TDC Curates Baya: 2024 Annual Collection Part 2

5.27.2024

Following on from Part 1 of this two-part series, which featured the residential shoot, here in Part 2, I carried out the set design, art direction, and styling for the Baya studio shoot.




In continuation of Baya’s theme of embracing the natural environment, I wanted to create an earthy, textural backdrop for the studio. To achieve this, I chose Porters Paints Interno Lime Wash in Irish Elk. Clean lines were offset by rounded forms, while tactile finishes in stone and wood, along with sculptural objects, drew from nature. Additionally, artworks such as Greer Clayton’s 'Day is Clearing' and Rachel Wegrzyn’s 'Volcanic' series further enhanced the theme. A standout hero piece—a striking Aubergine armchair by Ligne Roset—added a touch of drama.





For this shoot, I enjoyed creating a subtle yet captivating interplay of colours and textures using Baya's beautiful range of rugs, cushions, and throws. The styling was kept minimal to highlight the intricate textures and nuances of each piece, fostering a cosy and serene setting.








As part of the TDC Curates series, Baya interviewed me for their journal, where I share more styling insights along with some of my favourite products featured in the campaign. Take a look here: TDC Curates Baya

Credits

Brand: Baya
Styling: Studio TDC
Photography: Mel Jenkins
Styling Assistant: Kirsty Dawn
Interno Lime Wash in Irish Elk: Porters Paints
Blacktop Gamble Oak, Jacobsen Traffic 250 in Pearl Grey: Flooring Xtra
Custom Sofa, Audo Plinth Cubic by Norm Architects, Custom Bedhead: Exhibit One
Ligne Roset Hemicycle Armchair by Philippe Nigro and Ligne Roset Pukka Armchair by Yabu Pushelberg: Ligne Roset NZ
Aperture Low Table and Aperture Side Table: Vertone
Vibo Vesoul Cantilever Chair by Adrien Audoux & Frida Minet, Large Antique Pot and Single Bobbin Tri-Leg Stool: Vitrine
&Tradition Lato Side table by Luca Nichetto and Gubi 9602 Floor Lamp by Paavo Tyne: Cult
Distinct Coffee Table, Filo Lamp, Oblique Stool, Bon Wooden Tray, Oyster Table Lamp all by Ferm Living, New Works Kizu Portable lamp - Rosso Levanto: Slow Store
Greer Clayton ‘Day is Clearing’: Greer Clayton / Parnell Gallery
Rosa Bowl 'East Coast', Platter/Wall Art: Author Ceramics
Artwork: Rachel Wegrzyn “Dormant 29”, Fable Ceramics Table Lamp by Tai Berdinner Blades, Amelia Fagence Balance Plinth Bowl, Hitoshi Morimoto Shirahana Vase, Large hand-built vessel by Fiona Mackay: Public Record

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Ashley Botten Design Revives a Historic Toronto Home

5.24.2024

Founded in Toronto by Ashley Botten, abd is renowned for its experiential interiors, outdoor environments, and artful accessories and furniture. The studio showcases a deeply refined appreciation for quality and artistry, employing a unique curated approach. This is evident in Uptown Georgian, an interior renovation that seamlessly infuses heritage architecture with modern living.




Home to a family of six, this Georgian-style residence in Toronto was recently expanded to include an extended kitchen and a primary bedroom with an ensuite bath on the second floor. The clients wanted to preserve original details, such as elegant crown molding, Cremone bolts, and French doors, while introducing a new layer of contemporary expression. With four grown children and two dogs, they also needed the house to be easy to live in and maintain.




The interior emphasises the experience of space and features an earthy palette of white and brown marble, grey limestone, raw copper, and the quiet softness of smoked white oak on the floors and built-in cabinetry. Abd paid close attention to blending its custom furniture designs with new additions and the clients' existing pieces. In the dining area, the family's vintage Eero Saarinen tulip chairs are now paired with a complementary oval dining table by Yabu Pushelberg. In the living room, an abd-designed limestone mantelpiece echoes the geometry of the room's traditional door casings and moldings.







One of the boldest expressions of old meeting new is in the deep entryway leading from the formal front rooms to the newly expanded kitchen and adjoining family room. This unique transitional space is now clad in live copper on all sides, with a slightly protruding edge providing a minimalist framework.





On the second floor, the warm palette continues in the primary bedroom, walk-in closet, bathroom, and office. The finishing details are subtle, quietly woven into the visual rhythm of the house. Rather than matching hardware, door pulls, knobs, and hinges are a mix of shapes and warm metals. Abd's own T-bar in polished brass features on one set of dresser drawers, contrasting with the linear finger pulls chosen for another custom sideboard. This intentional inconsistency gives the home a timeless ambiance that transcends trends. The aim is for every element of the house to be enjoyed in the present and also last a lifetime.




Credits

Design team: Ashley Botten, Quinn Baleja
Builder: Severn Woods
Photography: Patrick Biller

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TDC Curates Baya: 2024 Annual Collection Part 1

5.21.2024

Last year I began working with Baya, a NZ design brand that creates considered pieces for living, crafted by artisan makers. From styling campaign imagery at inspiring residential locations to art directing and styling studio shoots, I feel right at home working with their stunning range of textile products. Developed for those with an eye for the refined who appreciate quality, Baya’s collections of rugs, cushions and throws align with my personal aesthetic and love for texture and neutral tones. These products, which I believe are pivotal in bringing spaces to life, embody the essence of what makes a house a home.


For the 2024 Annual Collection the team travelled to Raglan, to shoot at a beautiful property by Edwards White Architects, followed by an in-studio shoot. Sharing this in two parts, beginning with Raglan, my styling was inspired by the setting of Sisters Sanctuary—an architectural home nestled in bushland and coastal surroundings. 






Baya’s collection pieces provided the ideal colour palette to reflect both the warm tones and textures found in the natural landscape and my personal love for neutral and earthy hues. I was particularly drawn to the calming tones of oatmeal and ecru, as well as the rich brown tones of cinnamon and cocoa.





To harmonise with the wood and concrete finishes of the architecture and provide a soft backdrop for showcasing this season’s warm palette, I incorporated pale wood elements and soft neutrals. The addition of ceramic pieces in sandy hues further evokes a sense of tranquility, mirroring the home’s seamless integration with its natural environment.





As part of the TDC Curates series, Baya interviewed me for their journal, where I share more styling insights along with some of my favourite products featured in the campaign. Take a look here: TDC Curates Baya

Credits

Brand: Baya
Styling: Studio TDC
Photography: Studio Weir
Videography: Taylor Prichard
Styling Assistant: Kirsty Dawn
Karimoku Case N-S02 Modular Sofa by Norm Architects, L.Ercolani by Ercol Pebble Tables, Ercol Marino Chair by Dylan Freeth: Good Form
Custom Sofa: Exhibit One
Sublime Takesi Nii 'Ny Chair' Folding Chair, Refined Walter Cornell Recliner Armchair by Greaves & Thomas: Mr Bigglesworthy 
Aperture Low Table and Aperture Side Table: Vertone
Thonet Ebonised 209 Chairs and Single Bobbin Tri-Leg Stool: Vitrine
Gubi 9602 Floor Lamp by Paavo Tyne: Cult
Lily Bowl (West Coast), Pillow Vases (Coastal): Author Ceramics
New Works Kizu Portable Lamp and Pleat Pitcher, Ferm Living UTA Piece and Serena Cup, Marloe/Marloe Ceramics: Slow Store
Tribu Amanu Outdoor Lounge Chair and Dunes Side Table by Yabu Pushelberg: Dawson & Co

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