Week of May 9, 2022
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: towering pavilions and whimsical creatures by Serban Ionescu, on view at R & Company, a bubbled glass moment, and why terrazzo will never die.
On view at Béton Brut later this month is the first contemporary design collection featured by the London gallery: architect Benni Allan‘s July Collection, which features a variety of chairs and tables made from sustainably sourced oak that are meant to merely suggest places to rest and interact. The gallery refers to the low pieces as “arriving at a new ‘floor culture,'” and we’re into that.
At R & Company in New York, American Design Hot Lister Serban Ionescu has a new show called “Castle Garden,” named for the military fort–turned–immigration station for European immigrants in the 1850s. “Just as Castle Garden’s functions changed over time, the functionality of Ionescu’s objects is variable, transforming based on the viewer’s desires and the location of the works,” the gallery writes. Ionescu’s whimsical structures include a green, rocket-like pavilion (he calls it a “roomscraper”) that rises almost two stories and can be entered by visitors; we’re also partial to the anthropomorphic green lamp at the top of this image stack. On view through August 12
Computer glitches doesn’t seem like it would be one of our favorite design trends, but this is now the second design we’ve loved that resulted from a purposeful bug (Christopher Stuart’s Constructs & Glitches series being our first). Produced by Schönstaub Switzerland, the Glitch Carpet by Felix Pöttinger was inspired by fractal art and data-moshing, and the pattern is formed by a processing glitch code which is then rasterized into individual dots and jacquard-woven from artificial silk.
Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been on the scene this year at New York Design Week — in addition to sponsoring our Bestcase furniture launch party (thank you!), the 200-year-old brand is partnering with American designer Joe Doucet and Rotterdam-based Sabine Marcelis to release two new bespoke products in collaboration with SIZED. Doucet created a reflective chair called Tropos while Marcelis made a honey brown translucent glass bar cart, with removable tray, whose tint is meant to match the whiskey itself. Bar carts! They’re trending.
The French brand La Romaine Éditions themed its third collection around a “countryside wedding” and while some of the more rustic pieces aren’t our style, we love these bubble glass pieces (top), blown by Biot, a master glassmaker from Provence, and the cutest little egg cup by Sophie Lou Jacobsen.
The razor brand Flamingo just released a polished chrome version that’s customizable via three-letter engraving. We recommend that you think beyond the monogram, which feels a little Charlotte York to us. What are some other three-letter phrases? ASL? LOL? Engrave it in honor of your favorite German experimental rock band CAN? The possibilities are endless.
Can you believe this used to be a sports bar? The Sydney studio Alexander & CO recently renovated something called the Manly Wharf Bar that’s in what appears to be your typical overly commercialized waterfront area — but man, what a reimagining. This is why terrazzo will never go out of style.
A nice submission by House of Léon, a Los Angeles studio run by twin brothers Jordan and Steven Neman. Called the Kyoto collection, it’s a nice series of angular wood basics, made at a family-owned atelier in Turkey using woods sourced in the Mediterranean.
These appear to be renderings but still super nice marble and wood juxtapositions by Wroclaw, Poland–based Piotr Dabrowa. We especially like the PD04 coffee table with its peekaboo marble legs and inset circle.