Design

Meet Filip Karto: THE artist of upcycling fashion #IronsideMakers

An artist at heart, he uses multiple mediums to convey his messages. From sculptures to collages, fashion to jewelry, his passion lies in the process of transforming an already existing object into something new.
PHILIP KARTO products are handcrafted in our Miami-based atelier by expert artisans. Their Alligator line is exclusively fabricated in Florida. This leather is particularly durable and can last a lifetime with proper care. Because each hide has a unique pattern of “tiles” or scales, every item produced is one-of-a-kind from the start.

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Produced at an average of three bags (3) bags a day; vintage luxury handbags are completely taken apart, hand painted, and re-assembled with suede handles, exotic leather and silver 925 details.
All of the above-mentioned bag styles are known for their double-sided design: an impactful image paired with an inspirational, funny or unusual quote to match.

Inspired by Rock and Roll, motorcycles and urban culture this high-end leather brand’s motto is: Disassemble, Modify, Transform. The use of premium acrylic leather paint promises for a long-lasting design.
All of their luxury vintage handbags are purchased at certified auctions.

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Give your business the perfect space to thrive with these design tips 🌿

With these design tips, you will be able to give your employees the perfect office space that will make them feel happy to return on a Monday morning.

Ditch the Cubicles

Whilst everyone needs some privacy at work to maintain their productivity levels, no one really likes the feeling of being cooped up in a tiny box all day. Instead of trapping your employees in an isolated cube, opt for an open-space environment. Investing in a set of long tables can really add a fresh, quirky feeling to your work room.

Not only that but they can promote productivity and allow co-workers to develop a sense of comradery with their fellow workers. Everyone can see everyone else and what they are working on, therefore they feel compelled to do the same.

Not only that but less cubicles mean that is easier for your workers to get their daily dose of sunlight from any nearby windows, instead of it being blocked by a large wall.

Color Schemes

Your color scheme should ultimately reflect the vibe of your business. Don’t just get used to your office’s white walls. Instead, spruce it up with some bright colors that can get your workers even through the darkest of winter days. Professional interior designers can give you advice on the best color patterns to inspire your workers.

Source: Dolly

Source: Dolly

Quirky and Fun Designs

If you are running a “hip” brand, why not pick an interior design that reflects the vibrancy of your business? There is nothing wrong with going a little mad with your color schemes, especially if it brings your employees a pleasant work environment to return to. Unique work designs can inspire the creativity of your workers, for instance if you create a relaxed space, you may want to include beanbags, wooden tables, fur rugs and even book shelves.

Relaxed workers are more productive and this will make them enthusiastic when they are at work. You can even invite artists in to paint murals on your walls, if you feel brave enough. Be creative and create an individual look for your office.

Personal Touches

Your employees will certainly appreciate it if your office building has some personal touches thrown into to help them through a busy work day. Don’t forget to make spaces, such as break rooms, that can help your employees wind down and relax during their breaks and lunch hours. Invest in some fun additions to your space, such as a game room, a tv, a fish tank, a book shelf or even a nap area. But most important, don’t forget about the coffee machine! Leave out all the essentials, some capsules and some biscuits and your employees will lap it up!


Five Incredible Buildings Inspired By Nature 🌱 #Biomimetic

Biomimetic architecture uses nature as a model, measure and mentor to solve problems in architecture. It is not the same as biomorphic architecture, which uses natural existing elements as sources of inspiration for aesthetic components of form. Instead, biomimetic architecture looks to nature as a model to imitate or take inspiration from natural designs and processes and applies it to the man-made. It uses nature as a measure meaning biomimicry uses an ecological standard to judge the efficiency of human innovations. Nature as a mentor means that biomimicry does not try to exploit nature by extracting material goods from it, but values nature as something humans can learn from.

  1. Milwaukee Art Musem

Credit: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Credit: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The elegant Milwaukee Art Museum’s most eye-catching feature is its huge sunscreen roof – the Burke Brise Soleil – which is reminiscent of great white wings thanks to an open and closing mechanism controlling the 90 tonne screen.

Architect Santiago Calatrava wanted to incorporate both the urban and natural features of Lake Michigan, which the building overlooks, and took into account the “culture” of the lake front including boats and sails.

Gabriel Tang, an architect and senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, describes why this US building is among his favourites: “Although expensive and technically complex, this is a delightful way in which architecture can be inspired by observations and ideas from nature to create pieces which are interestingly functional, functionally practical, and practically beautiful.”

He adds: “I love the direct and straight-forward legibility of the building. The opening or closing mechanism is gracefully poetic, but yet performs a function – that of protection.”

2. The Gherkin

Credit: Getty images

Credit: Getty images

“This was one of the first environmentally progressive buildings in the UK city of London,” says Tang of 30 St Mary Axe, the UK’s iconic skyscraper more commonly known as “The Gherkin”.

Completed in 2004, the 180m tower has an air ventilation system similar to sea sponges and anemones, Tang points out.

These creatures feed by directing sea water to flow through their bodies. And similarly, The Gherkin is supported by an exoskeleton structure, and is designed so ventilation flows through the entire building.

3. The “algae house”

Credit: Novarc Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Credit: Novarc Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Germany’s extraordinary “algae house” or BIQ building in Hamburg actually incorporates living matter – microalgae – into its design.

One side of the green-hued tower’s largely transparent surface contains tiny, growing algae which can control light entering the building and provide shade when needed.

It’s the world's first example of a “bioreactor façade”.

Algae produced within the transparent shell are continuously supplied with nutrients and carbon dioxide by a water circuit which runs through the building’s surface.

The algae creates a sun filter, explains Cruz: “In winter for instance, when there’s hardly any light and Hamburg is pretty grey for a long period, then the algae will not propagate and the façade screens will be very transparent, and so light comes through.”

When enough algae have grown they can be harvested and used to make biogas (a renewable energy source made from raw materials) to supply the building.

The ingenious design was completed as a prototype for the International Building Exhibition in Hamburg in 2013.

4. Eden Project

Credit: Caitlin Mogridge / Redferns via Getty Images

Credit: Caitlin Mogridge / Redferns via Getty Images

The Eden Project, nestled in a clay pit near the hamlet of Bodelva in Cornwall, UK, houses an extraordinary collection of plant species from tropical rainforest and the Mediterranean.

But the domed building itself is a large part of the spectacle: its “curvilinear” shape is an example of “softer edge” geometries which fascinate architects today, says Cruz.

Architect Nicholas Grimshaw’s huge transparent semi-spherical creations were inspired by the shape of soap bubbles, and the building’s “Core” education centre mimics the Fibonacci spiral pattern found in many natural objects such as pinecones, pineapples, sunflowers and snail shells.

5. Downland Gridshell Building

Credit: Steve Speller - Alamy Stock Photo

Credit: Steve Speller - Alamy Stock Photo

The light and airy Downland Gridshell Building, part of the Weal & Downloand Open Air Museum in Singleton, Chichester, UK was completed in 2002 and uses oak laths bent into shape to create the double-curvature, lightweight shell structure.

“This is perhaps not a building that was inspired by natural observations but with its timber cladding on the outside and being located within the woods, this building strikes a very close relationship to its natural setting and has been described by critics and architects themselves as an armadillo,” says Tang.

Tang, having worked extensively with gridshell design, explains lightweight shells such as those seen in the Downland Gridshell Building, are typically made with timber or steel. “Imagine how a bird creates a nest from separate pieces of straw. These structures usually have light-filled interiors but because of the number of connections, can be difficult to make weather-tight.”

Design is a human ritual of understanding.
— Maggie Macnab, Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design