Week of February 5, 2024
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: The latest releases by Portugal duo Garcé + Dimofski (pictured), a furniture collection made from the unused “crusts” of industrial aluminum blocks, and two interiors with an impeccable use of color-blocking.
Our fave Italian leather brand Marsell just opened a new, very minimalist 4,000 square-foot showroom on Milan’s Via Spiga, inspired by “the modular environments seen in the rigorous architecture of Marcel Breuer and the meditative atmospheres created by Carlo Scarpa.” The project hews to elemental materials like glass, concrete, steel, wood, and leather, and was a collaboration between the brand and the Berlin interiors firm Lotto Studio. If you don’t know Marsell, we recommend you check out this bag, which is kind of a must-have if you have the funds! Photos: Alessandro Saletta
Another relatively minimal interior by a Berlin-based studio: Llot Llov‘s new offices for the ad agency M&C Saatchi, which is situated inside a building designed by local neo-Brutalist architect Arno Brandlhuber — hence all the concrete. Llot Llov have softened it up a bit with colorblocked pastel surfaces, our favorite being that dusty pink conference table, and lots and lots of plants. Just a nice residential renovation in New York recently completed by Michael K. Chen Architecture (MKCA); it’s a 2,200 square-foot floor-through with 10-foot ceilings in a 1921 building, which used to be an open loft. Once again some color-blocking going on here, with a sculptural pink living room wall covered in limewash paint, and a great mustard-Heath-tiles-meets-olive-vanity in the bathroom, with wallpaper by Kin and Company for Wallpaper Projects. Photos: Brooke Holm
We’re a little late to the party on this one, but French designer Joris Poggioli — whose high-end work is included in our Sight Unseen Collection — recently launched a new side project called Youth Editions which focuses on more playful, accessible designs inspired by the ’70s. A favorite of ours being the laquered, peanut-like coffee table with a burl top, plus the kelly green recycled-plastic Suzanne sconce. The Amsterdam design duo ThusThat bills their studio as specialist in uncommon materials, having previously made collections out of copper waste and the mud left behind from aluminum production. Their latest series, One Side Sawn, turns another aluminum byproduct (with an especially charming name) into collectible furniture: “In the early stages of aluminum production, smelters cast the molten metal into massive blocks weighing over 25 tons. These blocks are clad with undulating, organic textures that are the result of the casting process. In preparing the blocks to be sent to other factories for the production of aluminium cans, computers, and cars, the sides are sawn off. Left behind are large thin plates with raw textured surfaces — these plates are colloquially known in the factory as the ‘crusts.'” The collection features lamps, cabinets, shelves, and accessories made from these crusts.The latest release from Kelsey Copeland‘s eponymous art, furniture, and interiors practice is a pair of lamps constructed from hand-painted silk wrapped around steel frames. It’s a simple, satisfying marriage of Copeland’s paintings with her functional objects.Rotterdam-based Forever Studio, which specializes in furniture and lighting made from resin, just released a new shelving unit they’re calling the mesh console, which features glossy, biscuit-like perforated planes of the material arranged in an unconventional configuration. The Lisbon-based interiors and furniture duo Garcé + Dimofsky just released the latest additions to their in-house Collection, which comprises both vintage pieces as well as contemporary furnishings they produce with artisans and sell through their brick and mortar showroom. The trio of new designs includes a coffee table, an upholstered-wood dining chair, and a metal chair with exaggerated pyramidal feet, all of which the designers shot inside the incredible Belas Artes school in Porto, which dates all the way back to 1836. We’ve always appreciated the work of Berlin artist Katharina Trudzinski, who creates site-specific, colorful, abstract-painting interventions in spaces both public and private, and now she’s compiled some of the best of them into an oversized volume published by Distanz, which you can pick up a copy of here.