By now you've all heard some variation on the rumor that Mexico City is the new Berlin; maybe you've even had an artist friend make good on their threats to move down there. Certainly it's a city that everyone suddenly has big plans to visit, and for good reason — the Mexican art and design scenes are increasingly (for lack of a better word) hot right now, and if our report last year from design week didn't convince you of the latter, these projects by PLDO and Savvy Studio just might.
While there's no official equivalent of Slow Food in the design world, there will always be something particularly nice about projects that take the same traditionally made, locally focused approach — especially when the results have as contemporary an aesthetic as Rodrigo Bravo's new Monolith Series, which was crafted by a Chilean artisan out of Chilean stone.
If we could describe the new French furniture brand Youth Éditions in one word, it would probably be vibey. It's got a hip logo, a website punctuated with photos of classical sculptures, an Instagram full of perfectly calibrated inspiration images, and poetically mysterious catalog text that feels like it could have been penned by a copywriter for Millennial-focused car commercials. And yet it all works, in a this-is-not-your-grandmother's-furniture-line sort of way.
There's nothing like a brand expanding its roster of up-and-coming designers to get our attention — at next week's London Design Festival, Pulpo will launch a new collection of accessories by way of a pop-up shop in Shoreditch, created by a trove of young talents, including Férreol Babin, Meike Harde, and more.
It's not every day that we make a discovery on the level of Nicolette Johnson, when some random Instagram rabbit hole leads us to a trove so vast we can hardly believe no one had tipped us off to it sooner. But that's exactly what happened last month, when we stumbled onto an image of Johnson's vases and found ourselves practically hyperventilating — not just over the works themselves, but the fact that the young Brisbane-based talent only started working with ceramics at all less than two years ago.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the launch of Theo Van Doesburg's seminal magazine, De Stijl, in 1917, and Rotterdam-based designer Sabine Marcelis recently helped carve out a space at the Cannes Film Festival to honor the art and design movement that adopted its name. For the festival's Dutch Pavilion, Marcelis brought to life Mondrian's famed 1935 painting "Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow" by building a 3-D framework of black lines inset with gradient glass panels, then punctuating it with primary colored versions of her signature Voie Lights and Candy Cubes.
After Alice Stori Lichtenstein moved into her family's 12th-century castle, Schloss Hollenegg, she turned her sprawling, grandiose home (or a small sliver of it, anyway) into a residency program and exhibition space. Earlier this month, she opened the show Morphosis, focusing on "the manner in which an organism or any of its parts changes form or undergoes development," and featuring objects by Lex Pott, Stephanie Hornig, Sabine Marcelis, Germans Ermics, Marcin Rusak, and more. Check out the jaw-dropping images after the jump.
For his first solo show at Patrick Parrish Gallery, L.A. designer Brian Thoreen has created a series of visibly precarious pieces that rely on gravity rather than fasteners to stay aloft, evoking a feeling of ominous, low-level dread.
Remember when we named the California Light and Space art movement one of the top trends to watch in 2017? Well, the evidence just keeps mounting. Seoul design trio Hattern say their new series of two-tone acrylic vases were inspired by the way Impressionist painters tried to capture the effects of changing light quality on nature, but we can't help but see elements of Vasa, Helen Pashgian, and Peter Alexander's work. Is acrylic the new marble?
You'd think that the new graphics and furniture studio Hey, Porter were based in Monte Carlo or St. Tropez based on the descriptions they've given their first designs: chairs inspired by the "1st running of the 24-Hour Le Mans Automobile Race in France," bar carts named after a "cunning craft cocktail ace from 19th-century London." Alas, their backstory is not quite as dramatic as their influences would suggest — but we're still intrigued.
No one NEEDS a physical calendar anymore, but we've scouted out four that are about to make you WANT one — two are entirely devoted to contemporary ceramics stars, one is a compendium of images by one of our favorite art directors, and the fourth facilitates world domination against a backdrop of futuristic interiors and flower arrangements. From boob potters on motorcycles to camels wearing party decorations, click through to shop our picks.