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We've always loved the simple elegance of Swedish design. That beauty is further extended to a collection of marbleized trays we recently came upon: Studio Formata was lucky enough to recently tag designer Clara Bergman's handmade elegant tray collection. These tray are inspired by the traditional craft of paper marbling. Each tray is made by hand using layers of Swedish birch ply. Whether used for breakfast in bed, living room decoration, or as a way to cleverly serve craft cocktails, you can't go wrong!

This one is titled "Dash & Splash"; it's designed and handmade in Sweden. Tray size is 17" X 13".

Image courtesy of: Trouva

This tray's diameter is 15". We love the soft palate of this one, "Spring Blossom"!

Image courtesy of: Tictail

Appropriately named, "Northern Lights" is 10.6" X 8".

Image courtesy of: Tictalk

Perhaps "Turquoise Dreams" should have been called Cherry Blossoms?

Image courtesy of: Tictalk

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Tagged: MARBELING TRAYS SWEDISH DESIGN CLARA BERGMAN

Leaving Los Angeles for quiet, quant Ojai was a transition that left landscape designer, Chris Brock, feeling lost. A "complete and utter novice" ceramicist, Brock signed up for a ceramics class, intending to produce Art Deco–inspired pieces. What actually transpired were was a collection of newly made ancient-looking pieces. Brock explains, “This rough, irregular quality made an intriguing contrast to that elegant 1930s aesthetic.” We think so too! This former garden designer came up with two-handled silhouettes on Etruscan forms, and added a layering of subtle colors over gray to produce a warm, aged look. We can't wait to see what Brock's next collection will consist of!

This 16"-tall Etruscan Deco urn was part of a collection by Chris Brock which was featured at Rick Owens' Los Angeles boutique.

Image courtesy of: Architectural Digest, photographed by: Paul Fortune

14"-tall Sung-Deco vase

12"-tall Etruscan-Deco jardiniere

20"-tall vase

26"-tall Egyptian-Deco urn 

Image courtesy of: Architectural Digest, photographed by: Paul Fortune

It's almost as though Brock's pieces have a "ceremonial" feel to them.

Tall Amphora urn in a dead rose glaze, 26"(h) x 13" (w), 2015

Image courtesy of: Brock Pottery

Chris Brock inside his studio... which in another life was a functioning trailer!

Image courtesy of: Brock Pottery

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Tagged: CHRIS BROCK ANTIQUE LOOKING VESSELS

Wood housewares we love!

December 30, 2016

We sincerely LOVE BDDW, and wanted to share one of the founder's newest ventures. Joshua Vogel's move to Hudson Valley from NYC enabled him to focus on his first love... woodworking. Wood is one of the most important substances on our earth; yet often times, people discount its versatility. Vogel wants none of that! 

As a way to rediscover the basics, Vogel founded Blackcreek Mercantile and Trading Co., and the products he produces are as detail-oriented and stunning as you'd expect. You can count on each piece being "worked on" for 6 months, from start to finish. Wood pieces are chosen carefully, shaped, seasoned and then shaped again. You see, there's an entire story that goes into each and every produced item.

Vogel says, "On a good day I try to lose myself in the rhythm of the whole process; the spinning wood, the sound and tone of the cut I am making, and the resonance of a balanced form."

Here's what Vogel thinks about spoons... "I think that spoons epitomize this kind of pedestrian, functional sculpture that I’m talking about. They are quite persuasive, iconic shapes really."

Image courtesy of: Manufactured Design By

Anyone, anyone... "Spoon Mural"?

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Vogel's "Sculptural Kitchen Tools" are hand-carved from either maple or cherry wood. Each hand-made item is part of a limited edition of 365 per year. Vogel came up with this as a way to celebrate the daily chores and that love that go into creating a home cooked meal.

Image courtesy of: Joshua Vogel

Vogel's new "Blackline Collection" can be purchased in person at Blackcreek's first stand-alone store in Kingston, New York.

Image courtesy of: The New York Times

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Tagged: WOOD JOSHUA VOGEL BLACKCREEK

We love the work of Eric Landon, the Milwaukee native who started his own pottery studio, Tortus, in Copenhagen. Winning various awards over the past few years, including the prestigious Danish Design Award for Craftsman of the Year in 2015, Landon's work is ethereal! The gently muted pastel vessels come in a variety of organic shapes; they're stunning and beg to be touched.

Following the strong Danish tradition of ceramics, Landon ensures that the craft is well preserved. His studio's small-scale production of treasures enables for "individual involvement" in each and every step of this complicated process. 

Our favorite is the Unika Collection of case vessels. Unika is a Danish term used to define craft objects. Ever-evolving, new combinations of colors, shapes and surfaces are imagined and fulfilled in each unique vessel. We are sure they'll touch you as much as they "touched" us!

Always fresh, Landon's collection constantly evolves and surprises!

Image courtesy of: Tortus- Copenhagen

Also from Landon's Unika Series, these vessels have such a unique color combination!

Image courtesy of: Tortus- Copenhagen 

The 40-year-old Milwaukee native seems very much at home in his Copenhagen studio. It's breathtakingly serene and opens to a gorgeous sunlit courtyard.

Image courtesy of: Remodelista

These unfinished pots patiently wait for Karin Blach Nielsen to glaze them. Karin is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. She's the "glaze master" at Tortus and called is often referred to as Tortus' “architect of color and surface”.

Image courtesy of: Remodelista

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Tagged: POTTERY ERIC LONDON TORTUS

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