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Week of November 4, 2013

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, events, and more from the past seven or so days. This week: A more economical marbled side table, a magazine-turned-shop, a polka-dot infinity room, and more.

Links

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We’ve known this one was in the works for a while and now it’s finally online! After more than 10 years in business, Dwell’s joined the growing ranks of magazines-turned-retailers. Their online shop launched this week, and it’s stocked with pieces by everyone from Egg Collective to Enzo Mari. We love these pretty, indigo-washed dinner plates from Marimekko, part of their new Weather Diary tableware collection.
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A great week for documentary photography discoveries: First, on Trendland, these Gursky-like photos by Madrid-based photographer Ben Roberts, which document a newly opened Amazon warehouse in a former coal mining town in the UK.
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Followed by these images on Designboom, from New York photographer Michael Vahrenwald, of the fates that have befallen monumental U.S. bank buildings. Some are sad — a First National City Bank in New York is now a Payless— but we admit we kind of love what’s become of this former Detroit Savings Bank.

Discoveries

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We have big plans to finally make it to Mexico Design Week next year, particularly if it yields lovely things like this: the Chiisai stool by one of our favorite up-and-coming designers Jorge Diego Etienne (check out his gorgeous tea trolley here). Chiisai, which combines traditional woodcraft with CNC cuts, was part of Diez Cien Mil, a project developed by furniture company La Metropolitana and creative director Francisco Torres. The brief was simple: 10 designers were asked to design a stool following a strict brief about materials, sizes and production costs for an edition of 100 units that shouldn’t have a price over $1,000 pesos ($75 USD).
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French designer Ferréol Babin, who we previously featured here, sent us his recently expanded line of Écume side tables, made from enamel-painted beech wood. They’re kind of the faux, affordable versions of the Jonathan Zawada stools we featured a few weeks back… Which means there’s a high probability we might be buying one for ourselves sometime soon!
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Another on our “ones to watch” list: Phil Cuttance, the London designer whose last project was those incredible Faceture vases. His new project, the Aurora pot, employes a similar process — it’s also hand-cast in a water-based resin — but the surface treatment on these is a bit more esoteric. The designer explains: “Each lid is embellished using a simple ‘polish on water’ process commonly used to temporarily demonstrate light refraction. A single drop of polish is dropped onto water. The beautiful, and usually momentary, slick that is created is then scooped off the water’s surface and onto the pot lid; each unique slick is captured permanently.” Check out the trippy making-of video here.

Instagrams

Pei-Ru YayoiWallpaper editor Pei-Ru Keh (along with nearly everyone else we know!) posted this great shot inside the new Yayoi Kusama infinity room at David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea.
Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 8.28.37 PMOur dear friend — Kiosk co-owner and SU developer Marco Romeny — posted this shot of his nearly completed inaugural neon installation inside the American Apparel on Broadway at 8th Street. We hope this is the first of many!

Trends

GreenWedge1969CastResin14-1_2X9-1_2X8-3_4_9DD0Last but not least, we found these geometric resin sculptures by Los Angeles artist Peter Alexander, which reminded us a lot of these:
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