Week of December 4, 2023
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: Pierre Yovanovitch’s chic new Chelsea gallery, lamps that look like melted butter, and the work from home setup of our dreams.
Where to start with this Haussmannian Paris apartment interior by Hauvette & Madani? There’s the custom straw-marquetry dining table, chairs, and sliding living room doors by Richard Peduzzi. The aqua-hued tiles across the chimney breast. The pink and green Fornace Brioni kitchen backsplash, which match the range, hood, and cabinets. Oh, and a sauna too. Hauvette & Madani were tasked with both restoring the apartment’s original architectural details, and bringing in contemporary works for their art collector client. A resounding “oui!” from me.
Hot on the heels of debuting a new showroom in Paris’ Le Marais, French designer Pierre Yovanovitch has also opened a gallery in Chelsea, New York, in which to present over 80 pieces of furniture and lighting from his Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier collection. The penthouse space inside a pre-war building on 25th Street is filled with favorites like the cuddly Bear chair, as well as new releases including the Callis Table Lamp and Roze Dining Table. Throughout the connected loft-like spaces, the designs are styled in vignettes to resemble residential set-ups, and a sculptural plastered fireplace and chimney acts as a centerpiece to tie them all together. This permanent presence in New York will no doubt expand Yovanovitch’s business in the US — already his largest market — and offer clients and fans a chance to try those irresistible sheepskin chairs IRL.
Based in New York but originally hailing from the Andes mountains of Argentina, Fernando Aciar frequently uses the natural beauty and craft traditions of his homeland to inform his work. Since founding Fefostudio in 2015, he has collaborated with several fellow artists and makers, on everything from home products and tableware, to lighting, fashion and textiles, and his latest partnership with Viso Projects is currently on show at the design brand’s space in Brooklyn. The porcelain pieces include interconnected pipe-shaped vases with a volcanic black and red coating, and a series of vessels patterned with newly announced Pantone Color of the Year, Peach Fuzz. Fefo x Viso is on show until December 24.
We somehow missed this exhibition from Dutch Design Week in October, but better late than never! The Solid Silhouettes showcase by Form Editions included collectible works by six designers, all on the cusp of art and design. “You’ll discover common threads of shapes in their purest form, interwoven throughout the pieces, each manifested in a distinctive personal signature of its maker,” the organizers said. We’re particularly taken by the Layered Silhouette mirrors by Rive Roshan, comprising overlapping lozenges of tinted glass. Collin Velkoff paired rough chunks of stone with concrete and industrial-looking metal forms, creating a tall shelving unit and a coffee table, while Frank Penders similarly used stone as the base for his minimalist box side table. There was also a Brutalist-influenced chair by Dear Objects, and cool geometric sculptures and objects by Studio Verbaan. The exhibit took place at KEVN, as part of Backyard.S — the new Collectible Design area of Dutch Design Week — October 21-29.
Remember those freestanding fountains with water that continually poured down a vertical pane of glass, which were very popular in the early ’90s for some reason? In my mind, this new limited-edition wallpaper (yes, it’s wallpaper!) is a much chicer, less power consuming, overall improved version of that effect. Created by Fenix as an addition to the brand’s X-KIN collection, the surface treatment has a 3D texture reminiscent of rippling water, and is named Verde Comodoro Idra for its dark green, deep lake color. It catches the light super effectively, whether applied across large walls or smaller partitions.
By sandwiching translucent yellow resin between aluminum clasps, Estudio Rain has created a lighting range that looks like melted butter. The Rícino F series is an extension of the studio’s research into the plant-based polymer made of castor oil, and the poured resin meshes are free-formed into a “skin-like fabric,” while air is introduced to create a foamy appearance that also helps the material to diffuse light. The series consists of a floor lamp, a pendant and sconces, all of which have strict linear shapes that juxtapose the fluid resin forms.
The work from home setup of our dreams! Created by British designer Joe Ellwood of Six Dots “without any purpose other than I wanted to,” this Surrealist aluminum desk was fabricated in his North London workshop as a one-off. Its freeform-shaped top is lifted off equally amorphous storage bases by thin tendrils, and the piece looks even more whimsical when accompanied by Ellwood’s wibbly chair and lamp. A triumph.
These little desk lamps by Brooklyn studio AFG Objects come in a variety of gorgeous glazes. One has a denim effect, another is iridescent, and more have very specific and highly accurate names like Kimchi Purple and Raspberry Mist. These are applied all over or in combinations across sections of the lamps, which as their name Collection Trois-Pièces suggests, are each built from three components: A flat horizontal base, a vertical support, and a curved U-shaped element that acts as a shade. Viewed from the front and back, these read like a trio of overlapping flat planes, while the side profile reveals the light source, which is directed downwards to make the lamp ideal for reading, drawing and working, or placing on a bedside table.
The perfect chair doesn’t exis… This entirely raw steel creation by Brazilian designer Pedro Paulo-Venzon is about as close to my visual ideal as physically possible, comprising three wafer-thin planes connected and supported by a pair of spheres. The geometries are incredibly pure and simple, and the piece appears to have such balance and presence. I’m refusing to think about how comfortable it might not be, and just gazing in awe instead.