Week of January 20, 2014
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: an art installation inspired by Facebook, a refined furniture collection by a Danish design student (above), and a mirror you could get lost in.
We’re kind of agog that the beautifully refined Flux collection, shown here and in the first image of this post, is the work of a student. Tine Daring, enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, conceived each piece of the collection around a fixed element, like the skeletal metallic frames shown here, and then added interchangeable materials like marble, leather and wood — in other words, three of our favorite things.
New York–based lighting studio Apparatus had one of the best booths at last year’s ICFF, and if their new Synapse light above is the shape of thing to come, we can’t wait ’til May. Inspired by neural connections, the light is composed of two hand-molded glass domes with a brass orb floating in between.
Looks like origami stationery, is actually a lamp: Design Milk introduced us to Put Baby in a Corner, this colorful triangular lamp by German design studio Scharp, which can fit into any small corner or niche.
The newly redesigned website for Brussels’ Victor Hunt Gallery, which features half a dozen of our favorite designers, gives us the chance to properly ogle Jon Stam’s Claude Glass mirror, which debuted as last month’s Design/Miami. That inky patch of sky in the middle isn’t static; as the site explains: “Each minute the scenic landscape changes showing the minute changes of the conditions throughout the day. By turning the object clockwise one speeds up time and travels into the night and onto the next day, by turning in the opposite direction one can reverse in time.”
A great week in Instagramland. This vintage interior showed up on the feed for Sandwich Shop, the ceramics brand founded by Courtney Reagor. We have no idea what it is but I think we can all agree that it’s amazing.
We’ve long been fans of Eric Trine‘s Rod + Weave chairs. But while the pink and blue Miami-style versions we showed at last year’s Noho Next exhibition were pretty incredible, this classic natural leather and navy version — for sale at his LA studio sale today! — is the one we’d want in our own home.
These cute vintage crystal–stuffed mesh tube necklaces are by RISD grads Peppercotton, for sale at Creatures of Comfort.
And we loved this styled sneak peek of new wallpaper from Calico, the Brooklyn-based husband-and-wife team who make these gorgeously massive marbled wallcoverings.
At the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York, Serena Mitnik-Miller — owner of the much-beloved General Store locations in San Francisco and Venice Beach — debuted these precise geometric watercolors. She calls her process “a delicate balance between exacting discipline and freeform expression.” Though her end products are strictly linear, Mitnik-Miller makes marks without the use of tape or stencils.
Also in New York, the new Madison Avenue Wright location debuted a massive overview of Harry Bertoia sculptures. The exhibition includes works never before offered on the market.
In Los Angeles, at the Aran Cravey gallery, a solo show of painted plants by up-and-coming Israeli artist Guy Yanai has us dreaming of warmer climes (although, to be honest, pretty much everything has us dreaming of warmer climes at this point, hello polar vortex). Yanai was the one behind that dreamy Hockney-esque collaboration with fashion brand Band of Outsiders last year.
And back in my hometown, St. Louis’s Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (an amazing Tadao Ando–designed building with pretty world-class art, if you’re ever in the neighborhood) has initiated Reset, a series of short exhibitions that take place in the periods between longer shows. For the first iteration, New York artist David Scanavino created this site-specific floor sculpture called Candy Crush. Today’s the last day to catch the installation, which you can walk or even lounge on, and it’s going out with a bang — a party tonight with a DJ, makeup and manicures by Vanity Projects.
We’ve always had a soft spot in our hearts for the Standard East Village — the cozy hotel has twice played host to our Noho Design District events (not to mention my parents on numerous occasions!) — but with the opening of the new John Fraser restaurant Narcissa this week, that soft spot is beginning to border on obsession. This beautiful wood relief by artist Andrew Kuo anchors one wall of the renovated space.