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Week of April 3, 2017

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: the fat-legged table trend continues, a design restaurant grows in Nashville, and imaginary modernist villas take shape in Vienna.

Discoveries

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Bang & Olufsen launched the BeoSound Shape this week at Salone del Mobile, a wall-mounted wireless speaker system that helps with interior acoustics — and brings to mind Ligne Roset’s Rowan & Erwan Bouroullec-designed “Clouds.”

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Workaday Handmade introduced new tables, lamps, and stools recently, and Jill passed along this squat beauty, which I’ve been calling “the fat leg table” all week. “This new work is really about letting the inherent qualities of the material and process speak for themselves,” said designer Forrest Lewinger. “The clay is left raw with very limited glaze or surface treatment. The hand is also a very present aspect to these pieces…they were fun to make so I hope they are fun to look at, use, and own.”

Shopping

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New introductions to Block Shop’s line of mix-and-matchable signature geometric prints have me pining to redo the pillow situation currently happening on my sofa.

Exhibitions

 

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Fernando Mastrangelo debuted his collection of sculptural furniture “Escape” in Milan this week at Rossana Orlandi; we’ll be featuring his stateside debut next week at Maison Gerard. The artist’s latest sees silica, hand-dyed sand, and powdered glass coalesce into three-dimensional landscapes— or, rather, moonscapes. 

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Selected works from LA-based artist Evan Holloway are on view at Paula Cooper gallery through April 22, giving we East Coasters a chance to see pieces from Holloway’s 2016 show at David Kordansky, “Plants and Lamps”—and, of course, so much other great stuff.

Links

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Dezeen is calling this ochre, but we’ve been referring to it more as mustard; whatever the name, the color was everywhere in Milan this week.

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Vogue took a peek inside Rhié designer Rie Yamagata’s newly-opened West Village store and we liked what we saw: wall-to-wall millennial pink carpeting. Don’t fight it!

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Artsy did an at times sobering piece on the women of the Bauhaus movement (that’s Benita Koch-Otte’s textile, above) with insights like “female students…were encouraged to pursue weaving rather than male-dominated mediums like painting, carving, and architecture. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius encouraged this distinction through his vocal belief that men thought in three dimensions, while women could only handle two.” Cool. 

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I forget where I first saw Little Octopus, but there are really only two options—Pinterest or Instagram. And it doesn’t matter which, because I do know that if I ever find myself in Nashville, I will want to eat there. Outfitted by LA-based Design, Bitches with pink banquettes, marble topped tables and a killer bar, it’s pretty much tailor-made for double-tapping.

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It’s Nice That drew our eye to the “imaginary modernist villas” of Ana Popescu, a Romanian-born illustrator whose series “Homes” smacks of David Hockney in a way that feels fresh.

38d233c16364835991474acb9bb2bf998c523684Apartment Therapy took a peek inside photographer Debbie Carlos’s herbaceous Lansing, Michigan abode, complete with sculptural jewelry, textile art and cool brooms.