Design Finds

Each week we bring you a round-up of our favourite design finds – to inspire, to inform and to appreciate. From technological innovation to beautiful new interiors designed by the world’s most respected names, not to mention gravity-defying architecture and one-of-a-kind creativity.

A new website lets you shop the private collections of Europe’s interior designers and architects online

Two friends, Anna Zaoui and Isabelle Dubern, decided to shake up the design scene with a website that brings the offerings from the best names in French design all under one roof. Enter: The Invisible Collection. ‘We wanted to assemble a tribe of impeccable talents,’ says Dubern. ‘All the interior designers whose furniture we sell on the site are the heirs to the French and European decorative arts, yet none of their works are exactly alike. But they all have a common eye and a similar cosmopolitan eclecticism.’ (Above pieces by Oitoemponto.)

Galería OMR, the home of contemporary Mexican art, represents an array of emerging and established artists

Patricia Ortiz Monasterio and Jaime Riestra founded Galería OMR in 1983 to showcase contemporary Mexican art and artists. The gallery recently moved and today spans several floors of a brutalist building in the bustling heart of Mexico City’s Roma Norte neighbourhood. Now run by the founders’ son, Cristobal Riestra, Galería OMR shows avant-garde artists that have become an integral part of the Mexican art scene. It also represents the estates of the likes of Alberto Gironella and Adolfo Riestra. It is a must visit for travellers to the area and a modern design sanctum.

Richard Meier launches 12-piece lighting collection in collaboration with daughter Ana Meier

Richard Meier’s iconic architectural work has inspired a 12-piece lighting collection, launching this week at New York gallery Ralph Pucci. Designer Ana Meier collaborated with the American architect and with lighting master Hervé Descottes (founder of design firm L’Observatoire International) on the collection, the latter employing fine engineering to illuminate the sculptural pieces. Descottes notes how the triple collaboration was essential in bringing the project to life. ‘The work is a fusion of our three skill sets throughout the entire process,’ he explains. ‘The result is lighting that does not overlook any aspect, achieving perfect harmony with regard to the form, scale and excellence of light.’ Descottes blended the architect’s vision with Ana Meier’s sculptural forms, adding the latest technology to the pieces.

New York studio Dror presents plans for a park in Istanbul with elevated walkways

New York studio Dror has presented plans for a public park in Istanbul, Turkey. Conceived as ‘a web of possibilities’, the firm’s masterplan for ‘Parkorman’ comprises a series of different zones, each with their own distinct characteristics.

Dror’s plan encompasses five separate areas: the plaza, an open space for gathering at the entrance of the park; the loop, a series of swings and hammocks that sway above the forest bed; the pool, giant ball pits inspired by Turkish spice markets; the chords, a winding, elevated footpath that forms large loops with integrated trampolines; and the grove, a maze-like trail populated with sculptures that relate to the landscape. finally, a cube-shaped fountain sends water down all four of its sides.

Samsung and Yves Béhar launch The Frame, a super-sleek TV that also functions as art

The Frame, devised by product designer Yves Béhar, is the aesthete’s answer to the television’s gaping black hole. Instead of covering valuable wall space with a black screen, Béhar’s design functions as a digital photo frame when not in use, transforming your television into a veritable work of art. ‘The Frame redefines the notion of the TV at home, moving away from the shiny technological black box on the wall,’ explains Béhar. ‘It becomes part of our home and lifestyle—not just another consumer tech product.’