With this year’s installment of Norway x New York, the brief was less about an education in how to get things made and more about the true spirit of collaboration.
It’s easy to see parallels between the work of Ben and Aja Blanc and that of fashion designer Phillip Lim, in whose NoHo shop they’re installing their full new collection — the Judd-inspired Marfa chair, a companion side table, layered “mirror collages” in peach and antique tones, and large-scale wood-turned vessels — during Sight Unseen OFFSITE.
For years, people had been asking us when Sight Unseen might start getting into products. But what would we make? Tastemakers, we may be; designers, we are not. Then, earlier this year, we were approached by Arlo Skye, a new luggage company founded by alums from Tumi and Louis Vuitton, about collaborating on a limited-edition suitcase that would help launch their new, lightweight polycarbonate line. Today, we are excited to launch our first-ever product: the Arlo Skye x Sight Unseen suitcase, a carry-on and check-in available exclusively in sage, our pick for the next big color trend.
For Lawson-Fenning in Los Angeles, Bari Ziperstein, Michele Quan, Jonathan Cross, Heather Rosenman, Victoria Morris, and Beth Katz (the artist behind Mt. Washington Pottery) have each created a series of ceramic tables, including stacked, saturated totems by BZippy, Brutalist slabs by Jonathan Cross, and Eastern iconography by MQuan. In other words, each piece is a recognizable extension of the artist's current body of work, but unique in its point of view.
We've almost never met an immersive design environment we didn't like, but Peter Pilotto's takeover of a Victorian townhouse in Brompton during last week's London Design Festival was something else entirely. Located at 3 Cromwell Place and on view until October 15, the immensely inspiring interior is painted in shades of peach, mint green, and Monica-from-Friends purple and outfitted with a riot of collaborative wares from friends of the designer.
For My Canvas, Kvadrat asked 19 international designers to create anything they'd like using reams of the Danish textile company's colorful Canvas upholstery, created in 2012 by Italian designer Giulio Ridolfo. The show followed the familiar framework of previous Kvadrat showcases, but the items themselves were perhaps the most inventive this series has ever produced.
The collaboration between Hay and Danish chef Frederik Bille Brahe began, as so many collaborations do, at the furniture fair in Milan a year and a half ago. Charged with outfitting the tables for a Hay pop-up café, Bille Brahe set out with Hay co-founder Mette Hay to scour the Milanese flea markets for flatware, dishes, and serving pieces. The two liked working together — and the hodgepodge effect their vintage-sourced table settings had — so much that Mette called upon Frederik to help curate the pieces in a new line launched this week called Hay Kitchen Market.
On view through August 20th at Brooklyn’s Picture Room, Family pairs pencil drawings by artist and designer Ana Kraš with stacked stoneware sculptures — each comprised of a set of functional vessels wheel-thrown by Brooklyn ceramicist Natalie Weinberger — in an exploration of emotional interplay between inanimate objects. “We started calling each set a family,” Weinberger says, “because we’re working with separate figures that share an emotional attachment.”
The last time we saw a site-specific installation by London-based duo De Allegri and Fogale, you literally couldn't miss it — their tinted acrylic tunnel stretched across a bridge at the V&A, smack in the middle of the London Design Festival. But last week, the duo launched a project in Milan so small and so hidden that you had to know exactly what you were looking for in order to find it. But perhaps that was the point: Called Mystical Solace, the installation was meant as a commentary on the quiet, contemplative spaces that have become so popular during events like these.
Sometimes, the stars align and you get this: a collaboration between one of our favorite furniture designers (Iacoli & McAllister), the most inventive glass artist we know (John Hogan), and a photographer who's quickly becoming the design world's ace in the hole (Charlie Schuck). But in this case, those stars are literal as well as metaphorical: The new collections shown here today by Iacoli & McAllister are named after specific stars in the zodiac constellations.
The American Trade Hotel in Panama, the Ace in Palm Springs, Heath Ceramics in San Francisco — for more than a decade, Commune has been the design firm behind these kinds of universally loved — and mega-Instagrammed — interiors. Slightly more under-the-radar are the Los Angeles studio's frequent furniture and object collaborations, which over the years have included everything from concrete tiles and rust-colored sofas to room fragrances and fireplace tools. But their latest collaboration brings Commune's distinct brand of California cool to the masses.