Week of October 3, 2016
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: meditation through consumerism, water filtration through art, and the prettiest damn staircase you’ve ever seen.
Mast Chocolate this week released a trio of City Collections, inspired by the communities around the brand’s three flagship factories in Brooklyn, London, and Los Angeles. Each collection features city-specific flavors as well as wrappers created by local artists — Andrew Tarlow for Brooklyn, David Post for London, and Block Shop Textiles for LA, whose block-printed textile designs are replicated above.
One of our favorite ceramicists, Cassie Griffin, launched a new brand this week — Walter is a water-purification system that’s way more chic than the Pur filter under your sink. The three-part system comes in plain white hand-thrown ceramic as well as terra cotta or painted in Griffin’s signature brushstrokes.
A cute submission in our inboxes this week — Vermont potter Jeremy Ayers, who makes graphic, striped cake stands, platters, vases, pitchers and more. We are way into this nude and cream number.
The first-ever flagship for the Italian rug brand Golran — whose recent collections by Raw Edges, Inga Sempe and Dimore Studio have been majorly on point — opened in Milan this week in a gold-staircase accented space created by Storage Associati architects (who have a thing for statement staircases).
Perennial SU fave Sonya Gallardo of High/Low jewelry released her new collection today and it’s incredibly beautiful. As with most of her jewelry, each geometric piece is made from hand-sculpted polymer clay, but here the effect is something like alabaster. Mixed with the new brass hardware — rather then raw leather — it makes for a seriously elevated collection.
Funny story about this Art Deco–style alabaster lamp, which the Spanish lighting brand Santa & Cole is rereleasing on the occasion of its 30th anniversary: Monica and I spied it a few years back, used as a styling piece at Santa & Cole’s Salone booth, and begged for them to resurrect it. Wish granted. Called Babel, the oh-so-contemporary piece was originally designed in 1971 by illustrator and artist Angel Jové.
The British lighting brand Anglepoise is teaming up with Paul Smith a third time for a special edition of the iconic Type 75 Desk Lamp. The first colorful iteration featured rich pastels, then darker eggplant-inspired colors; the third edition, out October 20, features the three primary hues. We couldn’t resist showing this image of all three, styled by one of our favorites, Despina Curtis.
This past week was Vienna Design Week, and the best project to come across our radar from that fair was a collaboration between Lausanne-based Terrazzo Project and the Swiss towel and rug company Schoenstaub. The two were invited by Vienna concept store Qwestion to launch their limited-edition collection of side tables and rugs, which employ red and blue terrazzo aggregates at different scales. (Those are their eye-popping tables, at the top of this post.)
Didn’t have time to meditate this morning? Watch this hypnotic video by Italian-born, Los Angeles–based filmmaker Georgia Tribuiani instead. In an ode to analog office life, Building—Block’s epic bag and tassel collection is shown mimicking the motions of (and accompanied by the soundtracks from): elevators opening, Xerox machines copying, microwave turntables spinning, vending machines dispensing, and more. Slightly hard to explain, super easy to watch (and watch and watch).
This week saw the launch of Twyla, a site that’s meant to make the process of buying art less intimidating but still wildly fulfilling. The site works with artists like Miya Ando, Sigrid Calon, Sebastian Leon, and Patrick Hartl (whose work is shown above) to create limited edition digital prints with amazingly lifelike quality. And because they know you still might want to see the art before you commit, they offer a 30-day return policy and a chance to see the works in situ at hip venues like Austin’s South Congress Hotel or LA’s Soho House. Art Basel, it is not. Much has been made in the fashion world of the return of Jane Mayle, who shuttered her vintage-inflected line eight years ago. If her new collection is as good as her apartment, which Barneys toured on its blog recently, sign us up.
How much Peter Shire news is too much Peter Shire news? (The answer is never, never enough Shire.) So despite bringing you news of his menorah currently on view at The Jewish Museum last week, we felt it our duty to also alert you to Shire’s solo show going on at New York’s Derek Eller Gallery, which closes tomorrow.
Monica is currently in Mexico, binging on Barragan, but I’ve only ever experienced the Mexican architect’s work via Instagram. So it was a bit strange to visit the inaugural exhibition at the New York outpost of Timothy Taylor’s 16×34 gallery — dedicated to Barragan and his use of color — but delightful nonetheless, with all the hot-pink walls, Flavin-esque lighting, and odd cacti you’ve come to expect. The gallery alone — in the ground floor of an old Chelsea townhouse with a stunning courtyard — is worth a visit no matter the exhibition.