Week of October 16, 2017

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: A suburban city hall gets custom furniture (just outside Paris, naturellement), The Primary Essentials opens in Manhattan, and we get a peek inside an upstate New York farmhouse with decidedly downtown design credentials.



The Parisian suburb of Pantin asked (and somehow found federal funding for?) Paul Demarquet and Albane Salmon of Atelier Sauvage to design and build furniture for its City Hall wedding venue. The town requested pieces that would “rejuvenate” the look of the space while preserving its 19th-century decor. Mission accomplished.


Textile designer Caroline Z. Hurley worked with the mattress company Wright on a collection of bed linens in a wintry white colorway of her signature block-printed fabric, cut, sewn and finished in NYC’s own garment district.



This color study from Jen Garrido is very much where my head is as we dive into the holiday season. (Yep, I said it. Yep, it’s October 21.) Expect many a color-coordinated gift guide in our near future.


Speaking of color-coordination, Jill and I agree that this look from Erika Cavallini’s resort 2018 collection is peak pink, and that everyone needs a good green shoe. Take notes!


Lauren Snyder’s The Primary Essentials made its Manhattan debut this week, stocking a few familiar faces — Natalie Weinberger, Clam Lab, and the brand’s eponymous line of textiles and candles — alongside Japanese cups, linens from Matteo home and Alex Reed’s covetable ceramic sculptures-cum-vases. (Photo © Jonathan Hökklo)



The artist Toyin Ojih Odutola’s solo exhibition at The Whitney presents fictionalized domestic tableaus of two aristocratic Nigerian families rendered in compelling pastels and soft geometries.


Spazio Nobile will be showing one-of-a-kind pieces and limited editions at this years Art Elysées Art & Design in Paris. Included are works from the likes of Chen Chen and Kai Williams and GGSV Studio that explore organic materiality and “alchemy,” as well as this carved, polished and sandblasted Murano glass sculpture from Carlo Brandelli that feels very ‘Barbara Hepworth under the sea.’


Los Angeles–based artist, writer, and activist Molly Larkey’s a shape made through its unraveling closes today at Ochi Projects, but better late than never, right? Larkey’s work combines aspects of language, sculpture, painting, and architecture to create structures that reconfigure existing frames of reference, such as the alphabet. The show attempts to “formulate what supportive social and economic structures might look like” outside of patriarchal capitalism. Like we said: better late than never.

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Daniel Buren’s latest, ‘PILE UP: High Reliefs. Situated Works’ proves the 79-year-old artist still has what it takes to get the art world talking (and the masses ‘gramming); the show is on view at London’s Lisson gallery through November 11.


Sydney’s Saint Cloche gallery hosts painter Evi. O and ceramicist Jan Howlin in JUNGLE / ANIMOLOGY, a “duo show” exploring “the urban jungle and the people and animals that inhabit it.”



With a headline like “An Expat’s Minimalist Pied-à-Terre in Paris,” is there any way I’m not clicking?


Remodelista took a tour of Hotel Esencia designer (and Bogus Studio founder) C.S. Valentin’s first residential project, an unexpectedly modern farmhouse in Bellport, New York that makes a strong case for beige and cream as the color combo of the moment.


In Chicago, Commune’s mid-century–inspired work for the new Ace Hotel is pretty wonderful, but even better is the DJ booth by Steven Haulenbeek, which is fabricated from his signature resin-bonded sand but made to look like otherworldly slabs of stone.


1stdibs sat down with Chamber gallery founder Juan Garcia Mosqueda to talk about moving his practice (and inventory) online and enrolling at Harvard (?!). He’ll be studying the history and philosophy of design and mounting exhibitions at other galleries, like one this winter at Friedman Benda. (Above: one of our favorite offerings from Chamber, the Executive Wage-Gap Desk by Katie Stout)