FLOWING FRAGMENTS collection by Richard Yasmine - Photo by Richard Yasmine.

2021 Most Humane Design Stories. FLOWING FRAGMENTS by Richard Yasmine – Photo by Richard Yasmine.

Best of 2021 – We have rounded up 2021 most humane design stories, including candle holders created to support cancer research, an up-cycled furniture collection raising people’s awareness on production waste and crafted objects questioning prejudices on seduction and lust.

A FLAME FOR RESEARCH - Photo by Matteo Imbriani.

A FLAME FOR RESEARCH project by Mingardo – Photo by Matteo Imbriani.

Italian designer Tobia Zambotti has filled a sofa with face masks collected from the streets to raise awareness of the pollution we create because of Covid-19. Named Couch-19, the furniture “recalls the aesthetics of an iceberg: one of the most iconic symbols of global warming,” the designer told Archipanic. Read more…

COUCH-19 by Atelier Tobia Zambotti - Photo by Raffaele Merler.

COUCH-19 by Atelier Tobia Zambotti – Photo by Raffaele Merler.

British designer Samuel Ross has created new furniture collections in which West African archetypes collide with references to Modernism, Brutalism and Colour Theory. The designs track 300 years of Black culture, from the African diaspora to piecing together a fractured identity and class struggle, even in a globalized, post-colonial and digitally driven world. Read more…

Friedman Benda presents Samuel Ross at Design Miami 2021 - Photo by James Harris.

Friedman Benda presents Samuel Ross at Design Miami 2021 – Photo by James Harris.

Daniele Mingardo of Italian design brand Mingardo invited ten acclaimed designers such as Jaime Hayon, Federica Biasi, Luca Nichetto, Marcel Wanders and more to create ten exquisite candleholders for the A FLAME OF RESEARCH project. The designs have been auctioned Christie’s Italia to support the Mario Negri Pharmacological Institute IRCCS, concretely implementing the scientific research against cancer. Read more…

A FLAME FOR RESEARCH - Edicola candleholder by Luca Nichetto - Photo by Matteo Imbriani.

A FLAME FOR RESEARCH project: ‘Edicola’ candleholder by Luca Nichetto x Mingardo – Photo by Matteo Imbriani.

LEGO® Everyone is Awesome is the first buildable design set celebrating the LGBT+ community with 11 monochrome mini-figures, each with its own individual hairstyle and rainbow colour. “We wanted to create a model that symbolises inclusivity and celebrates everyone, no matter how they identify or who they love.” Said set designer Matthew Ashton, Vice President at LEGO®. Read more…

LEGO® EVERYONE IS AWESOME - Courtesy of LEGO®.

LEGO® EVERYONE IS AWESOME – Courtesy of LEGO®.

Hsin Min Chan created a sculptural dress that exaggerates the to-be-looked-at-ness of the woman who wears it. It thereby functions as a suit of armour that makes her unapproachable and autonomous, no longer owned or disciplined by men’s gaze. The project was conceived after the designer was detained in an isolation ward and monitored by 24-hour surveillance during the first wave of the pandemic. Read more…

DAE Graduation Show 2021. To-be-looked-at-ness by Hsin Min Chan - ©Pierre Castignola

DAE Graduation Show 2021. To-be-looked-at-ness by Hsin Min Chan – ©Pierre Castignola.

Throughout the centuries, the Forbidden Fruit has been associated with temptation, seduction and lust, burdened with polemic values. From here, Nadja Zerunian teamed up with Roma craftspeople in Transylvania and master artisans from Austria, Albania, Georgia and Romania to create exquisite objects revisiting pre-formed cultural assumptions and prejudices. Read more…

FORBIDDEN FRUIT by Nadja Zerunian at Design Miami Basel 2021 - Photo by James Harris.

FORBIDDEN FRUIT by Nadja Zerunian at Design Miami Basel 2021 – Photo by James Harris.

Classic geometries and minimal contemporary aesthetics blend in Richard Yasmine’s Flowing Fragments design collection, raising people’s awareness of production waste and antiques’ trafficking. The series comprises stools and side tables made of different alternate slabs of upcycled sedimentary and basaltic stones, assembled to recreate a single component that refers to classic architectural elements. Read more…

FLOWING FRAGMENTS collection by Richard Yasmine - Photo by Richard Yasmine.

FLOWING FRAGMENTS collection by Richard Yasmine – Photo by Richard Yasmine.