Week of September 19, 2022

A weekly recap on Saturdays to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibits and more from the past seven days. This week: a reunion for NYC’s Design Art movement, a yellow Scandinavian design store in a former bunker, and some pretty funky cabinet handles.

discoveries

Week of September 19, 2022

Swivel marble candlesticks, gently pleated lampshades and a vase with a pattern of blue handprints are among our highlights from Broste Copenhagen’s AW22 catalogue. Overall, the brand’s collection this season combines bright colors with soft neutrals for furniture, lighting and home accessories. An autumn trend that we are clearly working on.

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Creative with cabinet handles, French design brand Colonel has produced a series of solid wood cabinets and sideboards that open with fun, colorful elements. Of the range, Grain has a pair of handles that together form an amorphous shape, while Arche has two long panels that curve towards each other halfway through the doors. There are also round, zigzag and fan-shaped versions, all available in different shades. Oh, and a sweet little wooden chair called Curve is also part of the range.

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These sculptural flat-pack designs by Julien Manaira include anodized aluminum sheets cut manually with a jigsaw, which the user then screws together as they arrive. For each design, the cut-out pieces are combined with the remains of the first sheets, resulting in disrupted planes that form chairs, tables and shelves in muted colors. IKEA could never do that!

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How elegant is this glass vase?! The tall design, called Trippy, combines a conical base and an expressive free-blown top, making each edition unique. Designed by Chris Martin and launched this month as part of Massproductions’ The Little Things collection, the top pockets of the vase drop flower stems in effortless arrangements.

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My eyes light up every time &Tradition releases, and the same goes for the Danish brand’s 2022 launches. A minimalist, industrial trolley from Note Design Studio; a glossy lacquered side table by John Astbury; a lamp by Signe Hytte influenced by the Danish writer Herman Bang. Add everything to cart.

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Christopher John Rogers, whose daring sartorial creations have been worn on the red carpet by the likes of Tracee Ellis Ross, Lizzo and Lil Nas X, has now outfitted a four-piece capsule furniture collection with Irish brand Orior. Launched in conjunction with New York Fashion Week, and to benefit the advocacy group Color for Change, Orior chair archival designs are upholstered in patterns from previous Rogers collections. From zebra print to a rainbow checkerboard, the results are very “à la mode”.

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Another notable fashion and furniture collaboration this week is between Mara Hoffman and West Elm. The designer’s debut homeware collection launches with the retail giant and is inspired by her “peaceful, wildlife-rich life” in Upstate New York (I’m not jealous at all). Ceramics are prominent, such as sculptural vessels, wall decoration, bases for simple lamps. Textiles with tactile properties, such as new wool and cord, cushions and molded baskets. They are all available in soothing neutrals and are intended to be a natural extension of Hoffman’s clothing line.

interior

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In case you thought millennial pink was a thing of the past, Oskar Kohnen Studio is here to remind us why the dusty pink shade is so popular in the first brick and mortar store for paint company Lick. Covering large areas of the walls and ceiling in the South West London space, the shade accentuates the height of the main room and is intended to encourage customers not to shy away from using color themselves. The studio took references from 1950s high street shopping and the understated approach to art deco in the British capital, to create features such as the central curved walnut table and wall-mounted cabinets. Tile floors, pegboard displays and rubber frames also bring the store together.

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Yes to the yellow built-in displays in this Scandinavian design store! The sunny shade brightens up a formerly neglected bunker on Shanghai’s Wukang Road, which is now a showroom for ILO Living (ilo is the Finnish word for joy). Yatofu Creatives transformed the “cold, dingy and subterranean concrete void” into a space of warmth and energy, using the yellow-colored veneer along with mint green microcement floors and wavy brushed aluminum partitions to create the brand’s first store.

Exhibitions

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New York gallery Superhouse has brought the city’s 80s and 90s Design Art movement back to its birthplace in lower Manhattan. With the help of Magen H Gallery, the Return to Downtown exhibit has been installed in Superhouse’s Showcase space on East Broadway, where visitors can look through the glass at the work of 12 artists and designers spanning minimalism, pop, and industrial styles. Pieces such as Dan Friedman’s molded plastic USA Tables, Terence Main’s Red Twiddler chair, a bookcase inspired by James Hong’s ancient Egyptian ruins, and rarely seen designs by Elizabeth Browning Jackson are all on display. Together they create a visual cacophony that takes a while to unpack, but is well worth the effort. Until October 30.

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Week of September 19, 2022

At another Scandinavian design fair, department store NK celebrated the post-pandemic return of Stockholm Design Week by hosting the event’s official exhibition, titled Moving Forward. Curated by Norwegian stylists Kråkvik&D’Orazio, the showcase of emerging and established local talent presented products on long, angled tables. Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of wooden furniture, raw materials and minimal shapes to remind us and the world why we all love Scandi design so much.

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Wait, is that artwork made of neon colored durags? It took me a second, but yes, Nigerian-American artist Anthony Akinbola’s collage work includes the silk cloths commonly worn to protect black hair, as well as other objects culturally significant to black communities. The pieces of fabric are sewn in stripes and patchwork and then stretched over wooden panels, sometimes draped from the frames. Akinbola’s solo exhibition is on view until October 22 at Sean Kelly Gallery in New York.

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