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Our 3 Favorite Projects from the Pandemic-Shuttered Melbourne Design Week 2020

Just as Melbourne Design Week was set to open its largest edition ever a week and a half ago, with over 200 events ready to launch around the city, it was largely shut down by the COVID-19 crisis, one of the increasing design-world casualties the virus has claimed this year. We spotted a few great projects in our inboxes and on Instagram, though, so we're highlighting our three favorites here.
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Week of March 2, 2020

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: a scathing takedown of the millennial aesthetic, the first-ever museum exhibition on ASMR, and oh, a bunch of new design objects, too.
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This Barcelona Studio Asked a Painter to Choose the Colors of Its New Chair

When Gerrit Rietveld designed his famed Red and Blue Chair in 1917, it wasn't red and blue at all, but plain, unstained beech wood. Only six years later, after his De Stijl collaborator Bart van der Leck suggested he add bright colors, did Rietveld create the version that went on to make history. The same is true, in a way, of the Barcelona studio AOO's Chair 8, whose colors were envisioned by painter Claudia Valsells for a recent collaborative exhibition in Spain.
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A New Jose Dávila Exhibition in A Stunning Brutalist Church

If you've ever visited König Galerie in Berlin, which is housed in a renovated 1967 Brutalist church with a skylit concrete nave, you'll know that there are only a few places in the world to experience contemporary art in such a breathtaking setting. There are also only a few artists whose work would be quite so at home in that nave as Jose Dávila, the Mexican sculptor who trained as an architect and is known for his focus on space, balance, and proportion.
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Our 35 Favorite Finds at the 2019 London Design Festival

We combed through images from dozens of exhibitions and launches to ferret out the works we were most excited about from this year's London Design Festival, from rainbow tables to iconic reissues to lots and lots (and lots) of wavy furniture. Check out all of our picks after the jump.
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A Himalayan Salt Chair and a Purple Ombré Space Bench Were Among Our Favorites at This Year’s In Good Company

There were many quote-unquote "winners" in this year's In Good Company exhibition, which opened last week and was co-curated this time around by Fernando Mastrangelo and Milanese design doyenne Rossana Orlandi. But this year, there was an actual winner as well — someone who would be chosen by a jury of peers and offered $5000 to further their practice.
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For LDF, 20 Designers Made Masks Representing How They See Themselves, And the Results Are Hilarious

Having been invited to curate an LDF exhibition for SEEDS gallery on the theme of Nature/Nurture, the design studio M-L-XL decided to focus on human nature, and one of its darkest facets in particular — the masks we put on in order to present an idealized version of ourselves to the world, especially in the image-obsessed age of social media. The resulting show, however, is one of the wittiest, most playful LDF presentations we've seen in awhile, with 20 designers representing their identities through handmade masks ranging from the beautiful to the hilariously grotesque.
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Week of September 9, 2019

A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: the latest exhibition of enigmatic work by Jonathan Muecke, several new specimens of curvy and blobby furniture, and a show of paintings by Brian Rideout whose source material is 1970s interior photography (above).
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