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Week of September 11, 2017

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: new mirrors by Philippe Malouin, a rug fit for the '80s living room of our dreams, and a group design exhibition in New York that launched one of our favorite chairs this year (above).
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Painting and Sculpture Make Easy — If Admittedly Strange — Bedfellows in a New Exhibition

Familiars — Fisher Parrish gallery's new exhibition of work by the Los Angeles painter Aaron Elvis Jupin and Rhode Island-based sculptor Zach Martin — makes easy, if admittedly still strange, bedfellows of the pair’s divergent mediums. The duo’s fascination with interiority sets the stage for a glimpse into some uncertain future, their works in harmony creating a sense of unease that speaks to a broader darkness ahead. The pieces in Familiars are subconscious, the artists asking us as much as themselves what will happen next.
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A Brooklyn Painter Moves From Two Dimensions to Three

The last time Landon Metz showed at the Copenhagen art gallery Andersen's Contemporary, he created a series of stretched, amorphous canvases, each stained a deep indigo that reached seemingly past the edges of the frame, with many that wrapped around the gallery's walls or door frames. That series, he said, stemmed from an effort "to make the medium of painting more interactive and experiential, and to integrate it into the surrounding environment." His most recent exhibition for the Danish gallery, which opened late last month, takes that notion one step farther.
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Sight Unseen: Esprit’s Brand Books

There are some books that are quoted, referenced, or photographed so often in our line of work that they begin to feel like touchstones for design-world enthusiasts all over the world. The Nathalie du Pasquier–illustrated Leonard Koren bible Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement is of those such books; the late-'90s graphic-design manifesto Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist is another. But recently, another book has begun popping up no matter where we look. Esprit: The Comprehensive Design Principle — a huge, softcover paean to every design aspect of the beloved 1980s fashion brand — was published in 1989 by its founder Douglas Tompkins, but has experienced a resurgence of late in these '80s nostalgia–tinged, Memphis revival–happy times.
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LDF Preview: New Accessories By Four Up-And-Coming Designers

There's nothing like a brand expanding its roster of up-and-coming designers to get our attention — at next week's London Design Festival, Pulpo will launch a new collection of accessories by way of a pop-up shop in Shoreditch, created by a trove of young talents, including Férreol Babin, Meike Harde, and more.
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Week of September 4, 2017

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: 2018 color trends, more fringed poufs, and a ceramicist whose sculpture-like vessels are so much more than meets the eye.
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You’ll Never Guess What These Five New Furniture Collections Are Made From

We asked five Brooklyn-based studios to each create a set of benches, chairs, and tables that might reflect the 29Rooms theme of "Turn It Into Art," and we're sharing the results today — colorful, fishing-inspired pieces by Asa Pingree; pink, turned-wood benches by Pat Kim; upcycled Home Depot chaises by The Principals; studio scraps–turned–coffee tables by Vonnegut / Kraft; and carved wood, stone, and glass by Chen Chen & Kai Williams, among others.
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A Debut Collection Influenced By Poetry, Philosophy, and “Total Garbage”

We've always been curious about solo designers who choose to use a studio name, but we got as good a reason as any recently by Brecht Gander, the designer behind a brand-new, Queens-based studio called Birnam Wood, whose first collection we're debuting here today. A philosophy major and the son of two poets, Gander's studio name is a reference to Macbeth. But its lack of specificity also acknowledges the people who work alongside Gander in his shop — as he says, "I write the songs, but it takes a group to play the music."
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Week of August 28, 2017

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: four favorite artists from the Chart Art Fair in Copenhagen, the first interior by Os & Oos, and three gorgeous art pieces by Scholten & Baijings for Samsung's new TV, The Frame.
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