Every other week we’re inviting one of the Design Milk team to share five personal favorites – an opportunity for each of us to reveal the sort of designs we use and appreciate in our own lives from a more personal perspective. Editorial Director Caroline Williamson returns this week for our Take 5 series…
1. Rio Jongsae Kim restoring designer goods with delightful ASMR
I’m not quite sure how I ended up on this person’s YouTube channel but I did and I’m hooked. There’s something about the care taken on each part to restore the item, in this case a pair of Gucci Ace sneakers. I love that they’re being restored and not tossed out like many things in fashion when they become used or damaged. Plus the ASMR makes watching the process even more satisfying. (H/T to Insider)
2. Minimalist Gel Nail Strips
I don’t remember the last time I got my nails done thanks to quarantine and when I attempt to paint them myself it looks like a toddler did it (no offense to toddlers). I love this black + beige minimalist set of gel nail strips that are easy enough for most people to do, even me. They’re non-toxic, vegan and cruelty-free and don’t damage your nails like regular gel manicures do. Also, you can’t beat the $8 price tag which includes 20 strips so you can do your nails twice.
3. Architect Mark Haddawy talks about restoring his Lautner house in LA
If you love architecture, you’re most likely familiar with the work of American architect John Lautner, who left a major mark on Southern California with his portfolio of over 50 important homes and structures. One such home is the Lautner Harpel House located at the top of the Hollywood Hills, which was bought in 2006 and restored by designer and Resurrection Vintage co-founder Mark Haddawy. This NOWNESS episode features Mark talking about the house and the restoration process it went through. It’s the ultimate in house envy, especially when you see the views.
4. Soap Dishes
I hate that soap gunk left behind when a bar of soap sits in water after it’s been used. It’s one of my pet peeves when staying in a hotel because rarely do they have a soap dish. Besides the mess it leaves, it also wastes the soap. I’m obsessed with these terrazzo soap dishes with the top tray containing holes so the soap stays dry. Plus, I love anything terrazzo, especially the pink soap dish above.
5. Symbio Vessels by Ibbini Studio
While in an Instagram rabbit hole, I cam across these vessels by Abu Dhabi-based artist Julia Ibbini and computer scientist Stephane Noyer of Ibbini Studio. Their process teeters between human and machines as they create these vessel-like sculptures out of paper. Yes, I said paper. The paper is laser cut and then assembled by hand with glue, pins and a scalpel. I can’t even imagine how many hours each one took!