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Trip With Us Inside This Neon Fantasy Duplex in Madrid

"Is this even a house?" we wondered to ourselves when we first saw images of this renovation in Madrid, undertaken by the Spanish architects Lucas y Hernández Gil. Called CASA A12, the duplex home — once a deep and extremely dark space — has been turned into a kind of futuristic fantasy wonderland.
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At a Paris Gallery, Furniture and Art in Colorful Conversation

We've always been fans of exhibitions that put furniture in conversation with art, but often those exhibitions are a solo affair. On view currently at Galerie Derouillon in Paris, though, is an exhibition in which an artist and a furniture designer instead riff on one another's work: Called Conversation, the exhibition features furniture made by the French designer Frédéric Pellenq and paintings and objects by artist Alexandre Benjamin Navet.
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Week of October 7, 2019

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, and more from the past seven days. This week: a new entrant into the vintage velvet couch Hall of Fame, a designer killing it with kids' room decor, and an exhibition featuring a who's who of Canadian designers.
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At Friedman Benda, Faye Toogood Channels Her Spiritual and Earthly Instincts

Since showing her first ​Assemblage​ furniture collection back in 2010, British designer Faye Toogood has evolved the series, adding pieces in new materials to each subsequent collection — from sycamore and stone, to resin and steel, to patinated brass and wire mesh, to fiberglass and plaster. Her latest range, ​Assemblage 5​, on show at Friedman Benda in New York in the designer's first solo U.S. exhibition, is inspired by spiritual objects but bound by her signature balance of elemental materials, invoking a strong sense of ritual and permanence.
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A Spanish Architect’s Wildly Colorful Renovation, Inspired By Disco and Nightclubs

Mario Montesinos Marco is just one year out of architecture school, but this marks already the second time we've featured his interiors, and this one's a doozy: For the renovation of a friend's apartment in Valencia's Ruzafa neighborhood, the Spanish architect designed most of the furniture and lighting according to the same principle that drove his art school thesis — "disco space."
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This Dutch Artist’s Warped Archival Photos Are the Break From Reality We Need Right Now

When I first discovered the Dutch artist Koen Hauser, and his Skulptura series in particular, I viewed his work as an escape — moments of disrupted reality, primarily in the form of warps and swirls edited into photos of artworks and artifacts taken from old books and museum archives. And I liked it not only because it was weird and disorienting, but because I had rarely seen that kind of technique deployed to such beautiful effect. Yet there's actually more going on in Hauser's images.
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Kim Bartelt’s Pastel Paper “Paintings” Are the Bedrock of Her Berlin Home

When Kim Bartelt was an art student at Parsons, and then a young set designer in New York, she would often collect the colored tissue paper that comes with clothing purchases from small boutiques, or wrapped around samples when calling in pieces for a photoshoot. The papers sat for years around her apartment in a giant Paul Smith bag — first in New York, then back home in Berlin — before eventually becoming the abstract "painting" that would become the basis for a body of work she's been creating for more than half a decade.
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Why Not Let a Room Divider Be the Biggest Statement in Your Home?

Over the years, room dividers have been used as privacy screens and dressing rooms, as freestanding walls to divide loftlike apartments, as backdrops for a tea ceremonies, and so much more. But what if we just decided that room dividers didn't need to be anything but themselves? That seems to be the thinking behind the latest crop — that the divider is more akin to an artwork than a functional piece of furniture, and, as such, can be used as a giant canvas on which to explore experimental ideas about materiality, form, optical illusions, and more.
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Week of September 30, 2019

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, and more from the past seven days. This week: a Jacquemus-designed restaurant in Paris, a Hans Arp show in Hong Kong, and a new Ace Hotel in Kyoto (above) that's been years in the making.
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