Week of May 1, 2017
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: wishing we were at a design fair on the French Riviera, visiting some of our favorite designers at home, and ogling these new geometric textile abstractions by artist Brent Wadden.
We’ve seen some pretty swank exhibition locales in Milan — a palazzo here, a palazzo there — but the setting for a new collectible design fair in Monaco last week takes the cake: Conceived by Giorgio Pace and Carwan Gallery’s Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte, the new Nomad fair took place at the historic Villa La Vigie, set high on a hill overlooking the French Riviera. The fair hosted 13 galleries — many of them personal favorites, including BSL (top) Étage Projects (bottom), Seeds, Maniera, and Nilufar — which were each allowed to outfit a room from top to bottom.
We love the new exhibition at Berlin’s Peres Projects by Canadian artist Brent Wadden, whose works are created by piecing together smaller handwoven weavings. “Wadden culls his used fibers from other weavers, estate sales, and the internet, adding an element of unpredictability and improvisation to his compositional process.”
As part of an urban development program in the Stockholm suburb of Järfälla, 10 designers — including Max Lamb, Philippe Malouin, Jonathan Olivares, Soft Baroque, and Scholten & Baijings (above) — were asked to take part in Superbenches, a project that reconsiders the idea of a traditional park bench. Curated by PIN-UP editor Felix Burrichter, the show asked designers to either upgrade an existing bench or to create an entirely new design for the area’s Kvarnbacken park. The Scholten & Baijings bench is our favorite, but peep the whole collection here.
We thought Landon Metz’s blush colored paintings from Independent this spring were our favorites the Brooklyn artist had ever made — until we saw these green beauties on view at a current exhibition Quintets VI, VII gallery in Oslo.
Our wonderful American Design Hot List partner, Herman Miller, this week featured the homes and studios of some of our chosen 2016 designers on their WHY blog, and it was a nice glimpse in each designer’s idiosyncracies. Says Brendan Timmins: “I often live with my own new objects to see how they function in a real space, and how I can improve upon them.” Says Sam Amoia: “My office is incredibly hectic and intense. My brothers tinker in there and are constantly messing around—it feels like our childhood.” And Alex Proba, whose home office is shown above, reveals: “Once I am finished for the day I put everything back in order. It might be the German in me.”
We’re in the throes of design week here in New York — one week down, two to go — but we still have plenty to look forward to, including these cute Base Modern bowls at Design Milk’s ICFF pop-up, Milk Stand
TVs are kind of having a moment — first there was the Bouroullecs’ Serif TV for Samsung; then came Yves Behar’s Frame, which is meant to hang in the midst of your gallery wall. The latest is Bodo Sperlein’s Bauhaus-inspired Bild 9 television for Loewe, which is more like a piece of statement furniture than a piece of technology.
We love Multi, a new unisex watch by Daniel Emma for Aark Collective with two-tone leather straps and three different colorways to reflect morning, noon, and midnight.
Wishing we were in LA this weekend month to visit this great pop-up at The Platform in Culver City — Garmentory x In Support Of, where the goods include new ceramics by Lindsey Hampton, home accessories by Julie Thevenot, and these cozy textiles by Doucement. Through the end of May.
Cute inbox sneak peek this week from Melbourne-based designer Thomas Coward of a new outdoor seating collection called Sedha, which is Cornish for “to sit and gossip.”