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Week of December 16, 2019

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: A new decade may be dawning, but some trends might last all the way ’til the next one, including terrazzo (shown here in new vases), arches (in three different interiors), and a new favorite entrant — recessed shelves!

Exhibitions

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Here’s a million dollar idea — can someone please invent a Spotify/Songkick app for art, where you “follow” artists you like and then get an alert when that artist is having a show in your area? (If this exists already it needs better marketing.) That way, we would have found out about this incredible Peter Halley show at Greene Naftali — “a postmodern reverie on neoplasticism and modernist geometry” — a bit earlier. It closed today, but at least now it will live forever here.

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We somehow missed this excellent collaboration at Design Miami — Peres Projects and Functional Art Gallery launched this limited-edition chair by Donna Huanca and Théophile Blandet, combining Huanca’s use of raw pigments and Blandet’s manipulation of plastic.

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A nice show concept by the art and object dealers L’Editions in Los Angeles, with paintings, original prints, photography, and sculpture by eight female artists: Britt Bogan, Kate Crassweller, Sarah Gilfillan (top), Colleen Herman, Cheryl Humphreys, Karyn Lyons (bottom), Morgan Pilcher, and Conie Vallese (middle).

Interiors

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There’s a lot we love in Green River Project’s interior for the fashion brand Bode’s new Chinatown shop — including an epic ceiling mural, a 19th century fountain, and Corbusier-esque wood paneling — but our favorite moment might be this arch and scalloping combination that somehow makes each trend feel fresh. Photo © William Jess Laird

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Speaking of arches, Pierre Yovanovitch does them with his signature flair at Le Coucou, a new ski hotel in Meribel, France. Yovanovitch spent over two years designing the project which includes over 130 new site-specific furniture and lighting pieces. Photo © Jérôme Galland

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In the Highland Park area of Los Angeles, Gloria Noto — founder of the natural, sustainably produced gender-fluid beauty brand NOTO — has opened up a flagship store designed by Venn Studio, featuring an excellent example of the recessed shelf trend. The space dates back to the 1930s, during which time it was a Chevrolet showroom, and features terrazzo floors, Art Deco-inspired arches, lime washed walls, and a custom-built curved couch inspired by Ueli Berger’s mid-century Snake Sofa. Photos © Kacie Tomita

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The latest shoppable interior to open in New York comes courtesy of TRNK, but the difference here is that the 1,300-square-foot Soho apartment also functions as a full-time residence for TRNK founder Tariq Dixon. The space features TRNK’s in-house line of endlessly chic sofas and armchairs, as well as items by partners including Skagerak, Coil + Drift, and Gubi.

Discoveries

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Everyone’s probably done their holiday shopping by now, but got any friends with a birthday in January? This mirror-polished centerpiece by Kelly Wearstler for Georg Jensen is a serious stunner.

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We’re always interested in how independent designers’ aesthetics translate to bigger brands, so we were happy to see Nick Ross’s new upholstered seating collection for the Danish contract furniture company +Halle. HIgh-backed seats have arms that gently curve inward or out; the brief centered around the idea of dwelling, which Ross took quite literally. “I thought about what I felt the word dwelling meant, and it brought me back to an early type of refuge. I wanted to create a feeling of a primal place, for instance, tucking yourself into a corner.

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Maybe the hygge marketing machine worked, because I’m now fully sold on taper candles, and as such have an ever-expanding candleholders. This mismatched pair in engineered stone — part of Chen & Kai’s new mini collection for West Elm — might just be my next addition.

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Speaking of engineered stone, we’re way into this new series of terrazzo vases by the Danish floral company Tableau. Available in floor and table sizes.