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Clever Ep. 116: Human-Centered Designer Ayse Birsel

In this episode of Clever, recorded for the WantedDesign Online Conversation Series, Amy Devers talks to industrial designer Ayse Birsel, who grew up thinking she’d become a lawyer until a revelation with a teacup enlightened her to the principles and practice of design. Always a playful soul, her essence of playfulness is an important part of her creative process – a process she’s used to design award-winning products as well as to help people design a life and work they love. Now, she shows us an optimistic way to lean into the transformative opportunities that are inherent in

Ceto Lighting Inspired by the Rippling Ocean by Ross Gardam

Ceto is a minimalist lighting collection created by Australia-based designer Ross Gardam, where each glass element reflects a unique pattern, as the designer wanted to capture the surface of a rippling ocean through the mouth-blown pieces.

Offered in a number of configurations, the lights all share a delicate balance between the organic glass elements and precision machined aluminum components. Each light source appears to suspend from the supporting tube with no visible connections, giving the design its overall lightness.

The unique forms of the glass were achieved through traditional optic glass blowing techniques that cause a ripple glass effect

Scarves + Decor Inspired by Desert Landscapes From Buhlaixe Studio

We recently took notice of Buhlaixe Studio back in March after they designed a collection of scarves for the Frank Lloyd Wright Store’s Artisan Collaboration series. Now, we’re revisiting to see what more the west coast design studio and brand has to offer. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Buhlaixe was founded by artist and designer Blaise Danio who designs art prints, blankets, jewelry, scarves, and more, inspired by surrounding desert landscapes and classic architectural forms. The work features graphic patterns plus earthy and cool tone colorways that give a slight nod to the 80s, all coming together to make them

Design Milk + Clever Podcast Present the WantedDesign Online Conversation Series

As many of you know, NYCxDESIGN was cancelled this May due to COVID-19 but we decided we wanted to keep the design conversations going. Together with Clever and WantedDesign, we are excited to announce an online conversation series happening for the next two weeks! From May 11-22, 2020, you can tune into exciting live talks, new Clever podcast episodes, and special content from design experts and industry leaders.

Now more than ever, connection is important, and it will be design and creative thinking that will help propel us forward towards a better, more positive future. We’re very excited about

Presenting the 2020 Winners of the A’ Design Awards & Competition

The 2020 A’ Design Award & Competition winners have officially been announced! We’re sharing some of our favorite designs that caught our eye this year.

But first, if you’re interested in applying for next year’s competition, registration is already open so early birds can start planning and applying. You’ll receive a complimentary preliminary score when you register and upload your design. There are also more than 100 different categories of design awards that you can enter under. After that, your design will be judged from a grand jury panel composed of press members, academics, fellow designers, and industry experts. Winners

Spruce up Your Space with New Accessories by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen

Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon has once again brought his A game to Fritz Hansen, this time to create a pair of vases and a wall hook, each bursting with their own charisma and personality.

Hayon was inspired by the ancient art of Japanese flower arranging, called ikebana or ikeru, when creating this pair of unconventional Ikeru vases. The metal flutes, available in a high or low vase design, aim to highlight the full length of each individual flower within the arrangement, creating a landscape with nature at its core. Water in the vase’s base keep the stems