Week of June 24, 2024

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: a show celebrating 40 years of American art furniture, a house near Barcelona with a dazzling red and blue kitchen, and a very fun palm-shaped mirror.


Jacqueline Sullivan Gallery’s current show, A Room is an Archive of Touch, features a selection of works by Grace Atkinson, Jennefer Hoffman, Natalie Weinberger amongst a variety of historic furniture and objects. Atkinson’s textile pieces, Hoffman’s ceramics (which include a scarf!), and Weinberger’s tinted cast-glass sconces are presented as part of a scene shrouded by panels of pale-pink netting, forming a “room” in the center of the gallery. Other items are positioned around the perimeter, such as an incredible circular armchair by Teruaki Ohashi for Inoue Industries, circa 1985, with cotton linen stretched over its dramatic lacquered metal frame. On view until July 20. Photos © William Jess Laird

The Future Perfect presented two bodies of work by Berkeley-based artist Rafi Ajl during San Francisco Design Week this month. The first, Erratics, is a series of wood, brass, and aluminum furniture pieces bejeweled with brass remnants. Named after the chunks of rock enclosed in glaciers, this collection made from walnut, elm, white oak, mahogany, and spalted sycamore trees is similarly peppered with elements formed from scrap materials. The second is titled Saguaro Works and comprises over 40 vessels produced over the past year, as well as four tables that feature glass legs and “super-matte” brushed aluminum tops. 

The legacy of the Milanese manufacturing company owned by Luigi and Eros Genazzi was the subject of an exhibition in Rome at Giustini / Stagetti this month. Titled Oggetti in Argento, 1930-1960, the show explored the father-son silversmith duo’s works produced over a three-decade period, including vessels and vases that they created in collaboration with names including Gio Ponti, Giuseppe Pagano, Corrado Corradi dell’Acqua, and Ignazio Gardella. 

East London’s Spazio Leone recently hosted an exhibition of work by Georgian textile artist Mariana Chkonia, featuring eight specially commissioned and existing pieces crafted using ancient felting traditions. These large, sculptural, tactile wall-hangings are boldly colored, and revive techniques that have existed for centuries in the Tusheti, Kakheti, Khevi and Javakheti regions of Georgia. They’re displayed alongside pieces from Spazio Leone’s collection on vintage furniture, and mark Chkonia’s first solo show in the UK capital. 

A stripy cabinet with swirled sides by Richard Snyder that looks very Beetlejuice; a black chair with a very tall, flat back by Howard Meister; and a curvy glass-topped bench by Terence Main are among the designs on view at New York gallery Superhouse. Celebrating American art furniture from 1980 to now, the exhibition titled The Odd Couple includes work by 18 designers who have made significant contributions to the movement in the US. The varied works are presented as part of an installation designed by Australian architect Andre Bahremand, and are on view until August 15. Photos © Luis Corzo


In Castelldefels, a small coastal town near Barcelona, Raul Sanchez has given the expansive PSM21 house a colorful makeover. This begins at the angled corner entrance, where a triangular porch is coated in buttery yellow, and continues in the kitchen, which features a wall of bright blue lacquered millwork contrasted by streaky red onyx backsplash and storage niches. A partition of red-stained wood also divides a bedroom and bathroom, adding a strong focal point in the otherwise neutral-toned interiors that look out over the Mediterranean.

Cancel your summer plans, and go stay in one of the mobile guest rooms introduced by Berkshires hotel Tourists instead. The hotel has collaborated with local firm JZJN Architects to extend the aesthetic and sustainability focus of its Hank Scollard-designed flagship property, allowing it to add extra accommodation both on site — and, crucially, at partner properties across the US. The wooden Tourists Cabins include king beds, full-sized showers and eat-in kitchens, all custom manufactured in North Adams, Massachusetts. Resting on steel foundations, each cabin features a freestanding sleeping-bath unit and a kitchen unit, joined together by a covered entry breezeway. They’re all-electric and almost entirely free of VOC finishes, and also equipped with concealed high-efficiency heat pumps and a tankless hot water heater to be as eco-friendly as possible. We can’t wait to visit! Photos © Niall Cronin

Work-focused members club The Malin has gone from zero to two locations in Nashville in less than six months. The brand’s second outpost, in the South Gulch neighborhood, is equally as colorful and well-appointed as its Wedgewood Houston counterpart, boasting 12,000 square feet of club space, 58 dedicated desks, and a host of private offices and meeting rooms. The interiors by Dublin-based firm Róisín Lafferty honor the industrial building’s history, while injecting vibrancy through plenty of stripes: found in dark and light-toned wood in the reception area, green and white marble for the kitchen counters, and multiple hues for soft-seating upholstery. Photos © Alpha Smoot


More furniture should be adorned with botanical drawings, in our opinion. The Flora Cabinet by Swedish company Svenskt Tenn was designed by Josef Frank and introduced in the late 1930s, but has been out of production since the 1960s. The mahogany and birch cabinet’s sides and doors are covered in floral posters similar to those created by 18th-century Swedish biologist Carl von Linné, which Svenskt Tenn founder Estrid Ericson saw on the wall at his house in Hammarby, replicated the idea in her own home, and encouraged Frank to apply to his furniture for the company. The Flora Cabinet also features tall legs, because Frank believed in the importance of seeing the contours of a room. Luckily, the cabinet has been reintroduced back into the brand’s permanent range as part of its centenary celebrations this year.

Bower Studios‘ latest design, the Palm Mirror, resembles a pair of sprouting leaves that appear to curve forward and back thanks to the placement of dark and light-toned surfaces. These tints are an introduction of Bower’s new acid-etched mirror finish, which diffuses light to give off “a moody, foggy glow.” The palm also features mahogany trim and a hand-carved base for extra tropical points. Coming soon to every Miami home, probably.

Taking a quick moment to appreciate this rather lovely seashell chair by Samuel Bégis and Margot Cosyn, which we spotted at Nicolas Bellevance’s La Romaine Éditions show in Milan back in April. The wrought-iron La Chaise Coquille traces the lines of a shell across its back and seat, gracefully flowing into the legs. Another one for those Miami apartments!