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These John Newdigate plates, designed in collaboration with West Elm, echo the wavy pattern of this late 19th century cotton swatch. 

The South African ceramicist speaks of the ocean’s influence in his art:

The most important theme in my work, and my constant inspiration, is the ever-changing sea, which has always fascinated me - not just the creatures in it, but also the interplay of light and water. From the ordered chaos of white horses on a choppy sea to the synergy of a school of anchovies, there seems to be enough inspiration in and around the sea and its shores to last many lifetimes.”

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Colour Theory: A Brief History

These diagrams are 19th and 20th century attempts to systematize colours and describe how the human eye perceives them. In the late 18th century, scholars began to develop colour theory according to the understanding that three primary colours – red, yellow, and blue – could be combined to create all others; these hypotheses would be instrumental in forming early theories of colour vision and the science of perception. Although Sir Isaac Newton and Da Vinci both developed theories of colour, the German poet Goethe organized colours into the “wheel” we know today in his Theory of Colours in 1810. Albert Munsell developed his Color System which was later adopted by the US Bureau of Standards later in the century. Of course, these standards would influence not only contemporary explorations of the science of vision, but the creative disciplines of art and design as well. 

(Images from VintageTreasureShop, Beats925Books, MOMA’s Inside/Out, Postcard Club of NYC, and Imprint)

Erin Saunders


Flynn | Vase

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SUBTILITAS: taking a seat...


…in the chair you designed (part II)

Maarten Van Severen in his MVS Chaise.

Yngve Ekström with his Lamino chair. Via.

Jens Risom with his Risom Lounge chair. Via.

Robin Day with his stackable Polyprop chair. Via.

Harry Bertoia in…

All About Erasers


Copy Editor Mary Norris on the history and culture of erasers: