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Design Philosophy: Modularity

With our newest web exclusive, modularity in design takes form as a philosophy for sustainability - autonomous parts that function individually or as a whole; puzzle pieces that conjoin or separate based on the user's needs to create numerous permutations.

We explore uses of modularity in design and how the utilitarian concept has informed furniture, art and interiors. 




Right: Luigi Massoni Tavolino da toilette Dilly Dally (1930)

Shaina Mote — Design Philosophy: Modularity


Tatami mat configurations comprised of modulations of identical units (typically 3 x 6 ft) - each of these units are based on approximations of the proportions of a reclining human figure

Tatami mats in use

Modular Terrazza Sofa by Ubald Klug, who set out to design a piece of seating that would provide the idle lounger with a number of seating, slumping and lying positions.

Terrazza Sofa in an alternate configuration



Eduardo Chillida's interlocking ceramic stoneware pieces - static forms, brimming with movement and tension 





Chillida's 'The Poet's House' (1980)

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A Moment of Pause

In this unique and challenging time we are taking a pause - a moment to reflect on the people who make the existence of our company possible. Our staff, our suppliers, cutters and sewers, the stores that we work with, and you, the customer: we pause to share gratitude for all of the individuals that make our work both feasible and worthwhile.

We understand that this moment has challenged all of us to consider what is important to us, which is why the support you have shown us at this time has been especially valued. It is important to us that you feel cared for in return, and we therefore welcome any dialogue you’d like to share - questions about a specific part of our supply or production chain, why a particular design decision was made, or even thoughts about what you’d like to see from the brands you shop right now. At this moment of reflection, we think it’s imperative to keep the conversation going.

Our intention is to continue to create clothing that feels meaningful - items that are comfortable, practical and timeless, constructed for longevity and with care in mind towards each of the individuals that contributed to produce each piece.

We thank you for allowing us to continue in this mission.

With gratitude,