Week of February 1, 2016
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week is all about shapes: geometric tables and artworks, a shelf adorned with a wooden squiggle that looks like a break in the space-time continuum, a series of angular Brutalist teapots, and the epic Vignelli-esque, Toogood-esque Moser tray pictured above.
As if its bi-annual collection swap and periodic temporary installations weren’t enough, the Chelsea gallery Chamber has just diversified its offerings even further with the launch of the Chamber Bookshop, for which Kwangho Lee has created a series of modular bookshelves and curated his 10 favorite Phaidon design and architecture books to rest among them. (Photo: Guang Xu)
Random great find of the week: The Triangle tables of Arnaud Lapierre, which come in four different colors of tinted glass to match their powder-coated steel bases.
We first got excited about LAMA’s upcoming Modern Art & Design Auction because we were fantasizing about dropping $1k on that Shiro Kuramata pink vase we’ve always coveted. But then we saw the zinger above from 1983, by Karl Benjamin, a definitive reinforcement of our compulsion to routinely spend hours digging through various online auction catalogs drooling over things we can’t afford.
These Spiral Cups are actually contemporary objects you can purchase (for $65 each) at retail (March SF), though they definitely also remind us of the ’80s slash our childhoods.
File under discoveries we managed to miss at the behemoth that is Maison et Objet: The amazing Massimo Vignelli, Faye Toogood esque tray pictured at the top of this post, which has geometric glass shapes for legs and was designed by Knížák Milan for Czech heritage glassmaker Moser. Moser’s entire 2016 “Design & Style” collection is actually pretty rad — check it out here. It also includes the vase above by Milan.
These new trays by Nestor Campos for Normann Copenhagen, whose various shapes and sizes just seem so darn useful, were also launched at Maison et Objet. They’ll be in stores sometime this month (in Europe, at least).
A bit closer to home (in more ways than one), Brooklyn brand Souda just released these geometric business card holders by Nina Cho, which debuted at our Sight Unseen OFFSITE show last year, but now cost $18 each instead of $200-something each. (We’ll take two!)In our submissions folder this week was a set of splatter-painted ceramic coasters by Stockholm-based designer Lilit Asiryan, which may not seem all that exciting to you until you visit her online shop and see all the adorably weird shapes that count, in her mind, as “coasters.”
We’ve been fans of the New Zealand furniture company Douglas and Bec for awhile now, and simply wanted to take a moment to acknowledge how simple and chic their half-circle headboard is. If you don’t live within their shipping zones, though, could be an easy DIY.
Not so easy to DIY: This Thing #1 bookshelf by Robert Stadler, which we are at a loss to describe except that it maybe looks like some sort of temporary interference in the time-space continuum.
Speaking of Phaidon, and DIYs, the publisher recently released a book called “Do It Yourself: 50 Projects by Designers and Artists,” and we kind of forgot to write about it until the guys from Field Experiments reminded us that their insanely cool Souvenir lamp is included (…..orrr you can be lazy and just buy the finished lamp here for $600).
We love cruising Pamono’s What’s New section for Pinterest fodder and other hot tips, and this week, that tip was these cool Cotton Bowls series by Krupka Stieghan, which are made from cotton yarn remnants from the production of terrycloth, bound into bowl form by bioplastic.
During a residency on a ship on the Seine once converted into a homeless shelter by Le Corbusier, French artist Frédérick Gautier created a series of 100 Brutalist Teapots, 30 of which are currently residing at the store Please Do Not Enter in Downtown Los Angeles.
A big Martin Puryear show just opened at the Art Institute of Chicago, though it focuses mostly on early drawings (yawn) rather than physical works. But there are 12 sculptures on view, at least, including this untitled work from 2009. (Photo: Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, by Jamie Stukenberg, Professional Graphics)
“Plants and Lamps” (two of our favorite things!!) is the centerpiece of a bananas new show by Evan Holloway at David Kordansky in LA. It’s made from steel, cardboard, aqua-resin, epoxy resin, fiberglass, sandbags, paint, and something called Celluclay, and it’s making us think Holloway should do a collaboration with CHIAOZZA. Right?
It’s long been obvious to us that Brian Phillips, who heads the New York design and fashion PR firm Black Frame, has great taste in clothing and in clients. We assumed the same would be true for his home, and this week we were proven correct: Phillips was featured on The Coveteur, and it’s a fun sneak peek into his NYC abode (completely with a pair of red Tony Paul spiral cafe chairs that totally look like boobs).
Another fun peek into the home of someone whose taste we hugely admire: Léa Padovani and Sébastien Kieffer of the French furniture studio Pool, recently featured on the Belgian interview site Coffeeklatch. The images were shot in the Paris apartment of Padovani, who either used to have a blog about swimming pools, or was totally joking. Read the story and judge for yourself.
We stared at these images for awhile when we first saw them: Do we love the insane new work of famed lucite pioneer Charles Hollis Jones? Or hate it? Or a bit of both? We definitely love that table, pictured above, but we still aren’t sure. I think we love it. Again, see for yourself here.
AD Home Show Previews
We don’t want to spoil it for anyone who’s going, but this week we got a few previews from the upcoming Architectural Digest Design Show in March, and thought these crazy Glow chairs by Kimberly Markel were pretty great. They’re made from recycled plastic, and at the show, will be joined by side tables, a mirror, a vanity set, and vessels.
We’re also pretty into these bright-blue hand-painted leather wall tiles by AVO, a Sight Unseen OFFSITE regular who typically makes pillows and floor coverings. Just don’t go spraying the champagne at your next house party.