Bofred’s Breezy Villa Collection is a Perfect Entree to Summer

Launched on the cusp of summer in the Northern Hemisphere is the new Villa Collection by South African furniture studio Bofred, which taps into a global wanderlust after our collective experience of being homebound. “The inspiration behind our Villa Collection is drawn from our unbridled excitement to step back into the world and explore once more,” founders Carla Erasmus and Christa Botha write. “The collection evokes the feeling of a summer's day in a faraway villa.”
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The Best of the 2022 Salone Del Mobile – Part V

Today's post — our last from this year's Milan furniture fair — takes a tour of two of our favorite reliable destinations for up-and-coming talent: Alcova, the destination founded in 2018 by Studio Vedèt founder Valentina Ciuffi and Space Caviar's Joseph Grima, and Salone Satellite, always our first stop at the fairgrounds.
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The Best of the 2022 Salone Del Mobile — Part IV

Our fourth — and biggest — Salone del Mobile round-up of 2022 finishes up our overview of in-town presentations, with a few Rho Fiera stragglers and a whole lot of the neighborhood-based fair 5Vie, which launched in 2013 and is still going strong.
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The Best of the 2022 Salone Del Mobile — Part III

Our third Salone del Mobile round-up of 2022 picks up where yesterday's grab-bag of in-town shows left off: We're staying inside (well, and just outside) Milan's inner ring, sweeping up another round of the brand presentations, bar and restaurant pop-ins, installations, and collaborations that didn't live at the fairgrounds or at Alcova.
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The Best of the 2022 Salone Del Mobile — Part II

For our second Salone del Mobile round-up of 2022, we're taking you on a trip around town. For anyone who has never been to the Milan furniture fair, it's a bit impossible to grasp just how many things there are to see, and reader, we won't be showing you all of it. But please enjoy a sampling of our favorites.
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The Best of the 2022 Salone Del Mobile — Part I

After a rocky two years, life is inching closer to normal these days, and one could use the design-world fair schedule as a barometer: After outright cancellation in April of 2020, the annual Salone del Mobile in Milan managed to squeak through a mini-show in September, only to come back with full force last week just in time for its 60th anniversary. More than 2,000 exhibitors showed at the fairgrounds this year — which we're recapping today — and we walked away from all the huge Italian dinners, garden parties, and launch presentations feeling like our sanity had finally been restored.
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Atelier Areti Adds A Joyful Dollop of Color to Its Latest Collection of Lights

Starting from the notion that an archetypal light is composed of a base, an arm, and a source of illumination, Atelier Areti set out to transform one of these three elements in each light in their new Elements collection, playing around with geometries, angles, and inversion in a way that feels both off-kilter and perfectly balanced. Restricting themselves when it comes to shape and form, they’ve taken a lot more liberty with their palette: It’s the first time they’ve used color across every piece in a collection, juxtaposing a variety of greens, yellows, reds, and blues.
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A Surrealist Wine Label, and Other Graphic Design Picks For June

Each month The Brand Identity shares with our readers a selection of the most interesting studios, packaging designs, and branding and identity projects featured recently on their site. This month: an uptown hotel with a new downtown vibe, a Mallorcan yoga studio identity inspired by Joan Miró, and a Surrealist wine label that celebrates the unexpectedness of every vintage (above).
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This Copenhagen Gallery’s First Show Features a Cheese Cracker–Like Room Divider

Copenhagen may be famed for Danish Modern furniture, but the contemporary designs on show at a new gallery in the city’s Østerbro neighborhood are decidedly more exciting (for us, anyway). The debut exhibition at Carlota Oyarzun gallery occupies two rooms of a private residence, which boasts historic details and enviable herringbone floors. In wonderful contrast to the period features, the group show, titled It Will Follow, brings together 14 local and international designers who explore “how bold materials are adapted to function with simplicity in form and subtle detailing.”
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Casey McCafferty sculptural furniture

Casey McCafferty’s Mythological Furniture Keeps Getting Bigger

Whether it’s Aztec carvings, Native American totems, Norse idols or African masks that you see in Casey McCafferty’s work, the Los Angeles and New Jersey–based designer uses mythology from all of these diverse cultures to inform his fantastical furniture creations. Heavily influenced by Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers’ The Power of Myth conversations, as well as historical science fiction, he blends characters from archeology and lore with shapes found in nature when carving pieces from wood and stone that each have their own personality.
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Week of May 30, 2022

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: a dream house outside Lisbon, a tulip-shaped lamp that's got us nostalgic for our childhoods, and the absolute coolest co-working space we've ever seen, courtesy of Maniera gallery.
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Gabrielle Teschner on Why Being an Artist Is a Job You Can’t Lose

Gabrielle Teschner’s signature “Sculptures-That-Are-Flat” are made of individually painted planes of muslin that are stitched together, then ironed. Their scale ranges from hand-held (called ‘Minutes’ and measuring around 7x10 inches) to environmental, monolithic (up to 16x14 feet). Employing the symbolic and physical language of architectural forms, spatial relationships, and, often, weather patterns, Teschner explores dichotomies, concepts of strength and softness, force and flow, and phenomena of perception, among other impulses and ‘attractions,’ as she calls them. All of these are a way of understanding and questioning what it is to be in the world.
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