Week of May 27, 2024

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: highlights from a design fair for Sweden’s independent talents, a new 90s-inspired jewelry line from Caitlin Mociun, the latest Modernist architectural icon to open its doors to overnight guests, and more.


Earlier this month we reported on how Tribeca has become the undisputed new center of the design world in New York, and moreso with several showrooms that launched there during New York Design Week, including interior designer Giancarlo Valle‘s new Annex. In taking over the former Patrick Parrish gallery space on Lispenard Street, Valle transformed it into what feels more like a two-floor townhouse, complete with a carpeted lower floor that almost has high school basement vibes (but make it fancy). The Annex is an opportunity for Valle to show off his furniture and lighting, but also the incredibly intricate architectural models his team creates for each of his products. Photos: Clement Pascal Reminding me of when Home Studios did Donna back in the day, there’s a new bar in South Williamsburg by a hot up-and-coming interiors firm: the wine bar With Others, for which the San Francisco designers Studio Ahead “channeled the Williamsburg of late 90s and early 00s” and mixed in a little Northern California along the way. There are sconces by John Gnorski, vases by Ido Yoshimoto, and metal chain candle holders by Nico Corona to bring the grit. The scheme is relatively simple though, allowing owner Shanna Nasiri’s small-batch wine program to take center stage.


Speaking of nods to the 90s, Caitlin Mociun — of the Brooklyn store and eponymous fine jewelry line — just launched a very chic new spinoff called CRZM that centers on minimalist, genderless sterling silver and 22k gold pieces that look like the vintage jewelry we’re all constantly hunting for on eBay. The thing is though, it’s almost impossible these days to get lucky and find pieces as perfect as the ones she’s created, so it’s something of a relief to have a foolproof source for the quality goods. Prices range from $350 to $1,750 for the silver, while the gold hits much higher (as gold does).Just a shout-out to this absolutely perfect marriage of two (young Milanese) brands: The Sistema folding screen combines textured glass panels from 6AM Glass with a stainless steel structure and custom hinges by NM3. It’s giving 2000s architecture and glass blocks, but also industrial chic. And who doesn’t love a screen that obscures your view but still lets light through. The Antwerp-based multi-disciplinary architect Caroline Voet recently showed her new Lobster Bench, a powder-coated, two-way seat that really does somehow resemble an abstracted crustacean. We don’t always like architect furniture because it’s typically quite severe and simple, but this is a nice compromise between spare and playful. Equally simple-yet-fun are these dyed-oak chairs by designer Pia Högman, whose combination of great colors and visible grain is what makes them special. Created in partnership with the American Hardwood Export Council, they’re on view now in two exhibitions as part of the Southern Sweden Design Days festival in Malmö.It’s sort of inevitable these days that a bedding company will expand into bedroom furniture, but every brand has its own take on the genre; a new collection from Boll & Branch — which focuses on making ethical and eco-friendly choices all along its supply chain — takes a classic, mid-century-inflected approach. We like this understated, hand-crafted bed, in a maple-veneer color that really goes with anything.
Erik BratsbergErik Bratsberg Studio ToojNiklas Runesson

It’s interesting that Stockholm Creative Edition, a fair that focused on independent design talent, takes place in May rather than running concurrently with Stockhom Design Week — it’s like if we did another Sight Unseen Offsite but in November instead of May. But in a way it’s nice that the country’s up and coming brands and studios get their own moment, and a warmer one at that. In last week’s edition, more than 50 participants showed furniture and objects both brand new and existing, including Interesting Times Gang, KunSik Choi, and the Beckmans College of Design graduating class, plus the designers of our favorite picks above.One of our favorite presentations at Milan Design Week this past April was a small exhibition of new works from Unno Gallery, and yet some never actually made it in time for the show — Andrea Vargas Dieppa had several pieces that got stuck in shipping purgatory, including this beautiful totemic cabinet above, in several types of lacquered wood. We didn’t want to miss the chance to show it to you now. Move over Bauhaus school — Alvar Aalto’s 1933 Paimio Sanatorium in southwest Finland just became the hottest architectural icon you can book an overnight stay in, and the most unusual. Until the early 1960s, it was a fully functioning sanatorium for tuberculosis patients, later to become a general hospital and then a kids’ rehab center. But its architecture, and its furniture, continue to captivate design fans, and if you’re among them, as of this month, you can spend a weekend in its former nurses’ housing in between guided tours of the grounds and buildings. I had been searching for ages for a little tent that would offer me shade at the beach without having to lug and install an umbrella, which I’m hopeless at, when friends recently clued me in to the fact that Baggu was making them now — and in really good patterns and colors. If you’re not into crazier motifs like blue sky or mixed flowers and stripes, you can do what I did and get the simple color blocked “tide pool” colorway. All five options are made from 100% recycled nylon.


Chris Fusaro, CPRV TakkMax EnrichSergi PegueraLs Gomma

We love a good exhibition brief, and Spanish designer Max Enrich is on a roll with some funny ones: Two years ago he curated a show in Barcelona inviting designers to make a floor lamp that was exactly 180 cm tall, last year it was a 44 cm stool, and this year, a table lamp measuring “a palm and a half” high, which apparently is a common Spanish expression (and the name of the show itself, Palmo y Medio). Says Enrich: “It all started as a show I created to meet and know local designers. Let’s see if I commission a new dimension for next year!” Photos: Claudia Maurino


Last week, we featured Philip Johnson’s newly restored Brick House, which is sited directly across from the famed Glass House, and, we learned in a tour last year, actually served as Johnson’s home with his partner David Whitney. (The Glass House was primarily for working and entertaining, which makes a lot more sense.) Here’s your chance to see both in person: Tickets for the 2024 Glass House Summer Party, happening next Saturday, June 8th, are currently on sale here (we’ll be there). In addition, there’s a stellar benefit auction happening on Artsy featuring many of our favorites — Jeremy Anderson, Ian Collings, Anna Karlin, Eny Lee Parker, and Chris Wolston among them. Go forth and bid!