Week of September 25, 2017
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: A new source for neutral-hued textiles; a sculptural bag brand that’s hard to pronounce, but easy on the eyes; and a curated design exhibition that hopes to turn your frown, quite literally, upside down.
Chilean designer Abel Cárcamo’s latest work is inspired by the primitive culture of the ceramic in Peru called “Moche.” Cárcamo created two pieces in clay that are open to interpretation, whether for drinking or stashing flowers — function, it turns out, is truly in the eye of the beholder.
A straggler from LDF: London-based artist and weaver Christabel Balfour makes gorgeous tapestries and rugs in warm yet muted colorways and pleasingly rhythmic geometric patterns. Needless to say, we’re smitten.
And in other textile news — the latest blanket drop from Slowdown Studio is always worth writing home about (particularly if you’re a design journalist) — plus they’re launching beach towels (!) on October 16th. The blanket above is by Kristin Texeira.
Iconic designers Ettore Sottsass and Martino Gamper are the focus of the exhibition Re-Connection, presented by the Milanese firm ALPI. Opening October 5th, the show looks at how the two designers approach the company’s core product, a reconstituted wood veneer, from the original pattern Sottsass designed and used in the 1985 Memphis collection through today.
Formafantasma curated Design Academy Eindhoven’s upcoming graduation show, Mined, which aims to “[turn] doubts about the world into a productive instrument” through 177 exploratory projects — like Friso Wiersma’s above custom woodwork installation, above, a stand against mass production.
This piece from David Zwirner’s online viewing room of photographer Thomas Ruff’s work caught our eye this week—and conveniently much of Ruff’s catalog is currently on view at London’s Whitechapel Gallery if you’re keen on seeing it in person.
The Brussels Design Museum is hosting A Tribute to Componibili in collaboration with Milan’s Kartell Museo, an exhibition to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Anna Castelli Ferrieri’s classic 1967 design. New interpretations from Ron Arad (above), Nendo, Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola and more designers will be on display.
In other bag news, photographer Daniel Stier did a series of graphic still lifes for Esquire featuring the latest murse fashions styled with contraband goods—but it’s the color and composition that caught our eye.
Lithuanian artist Tadao Cern’s experimental hanging “paintings” are made of metal and dyed wool, a studied rumination on the act of “dressing up.”
Charlotte Ronson and Nate Reuss enlisted designer Paul Fortune to outfit their decidedly downtown family home. While the floral styling left some of us cold, the custom green Benjamin Moore paint in the kitchen is just too good — and on-trend — to go unremarked upon.
In need of some more low-key pinspiration? Then head on over to Garmentory, where they spoke to five creatives about their interior style. (There are a lot of plants involved.)