Jonathan Hökklo / Courtesy Head Hi
Welcome to So Courant!, Associate Editor Sean Santiago’s column highlighting emerging designers, the latest launches and the latest design destinations in the world of ELLE DECOR. (Above: Samuel Lambert & Darius Laprise, Lambert And Son, Elephant, 2022.)
A new textile collaboration inspired by nature
The Brooklyn Creative Studio Tangible Space Office collaborated with weft, a digital tool that gives consumers access to personalized on-demand printing for textiles, on a new nature-inspired collection. Aptly dubbed Organic Observations, the various motifs explore coastlines, forests and fields through photographic manipulation and abstraction. Weft and OTS have also partnered with a local upholstery studio sewing room to manufacture soft direct-to-consumer items, including pillows, furniture and larger upholstered parts. This is the latest in a series of successful partnerships for Weft, the first of which has involved LAUN-based LAUN’s Rachel Bullock and Molly Purnell. We love to see it!
A small gallery with a big vision
Showcase is an aptly named gallery wedged between two trendy fashion storefronts on the second floor of a mall in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Founded in 2019 by Stephen Markos, the 10ft by 10ft space at 75 East Broadway focuses on fine art furniture and design; his first show of 2022, “Isolated from Function”, brings together the work of Aaron Blendowski and Sue Ravitz kaleidoscopic effect. Running until March 20, the show “seeks to juxtapose traditional household shapes and analog manufacturing methods with dark and sometimes challenging color combinations,” the statement noted. What it looks like, IRL, is chairs, textiles, and lighting alongside fiber art that practically vibrates on the walls. Blendowski’s lamps (and an oversized mirror) playfully haunt the space, as if drawing viewers to the dark side. The dollhouse aesthetic belies the show’s emphasis on craftsmanship – woodturning, crocheting – while challenging the viewer’s preconceived notions of domestic bliss. If you have to stay indoors, why not be away?
Art rug of an old Gucci model
London-based textile artist (and former Gucci model) Tom Atton MooreThe first solo exhibition of in the United States, “Eden”, is currently presented by appointment at the Los Angeles British Columbia office, the multidisciplinary creative studio of Jerome Byron and Lindsey Chan. The exhibit, born out of Moore’s time in lockdown in the English countryside, features a series of seven woolen rugs made from the yarn of dead animals. Through the rugs, Moore “speaks the patient language of a garden pond,” drawing inspiration from nature’s wealth of Zen detail. His process mimics bonding, with rugs that are hand-tufted, coated in latex, dried, pinned, bound, then shaved with sheep clippers. The pieces are displayed as works of art, or perhaps sculptures, elegantly contextualized with furniture sourced from Byron and Chan.
A surreal and bustling lifestyle store
The frieze may be over, but the successes in Los Angeles keep pouring in: entrepreneur Monica Navarro’s new lifestyle boutique, DREAMS. Layout by the space designer Adi Goodrichhalf of Sing-Sing Studio, the interiors are inspired by the surrealist art movement and, rightly so, daydreaming. The boutique is awash in color and filled with fashion, beauty and homewares: pillows from Rose Greenberg, glassware from Sophie Lou Jacobsen and oils and serums from NOTO Botanics. Stop, refuel and shamelessly selfie.
A lamp show that appeals to all types and budgets
I’ve been trying to find a new bedside lamp for a few months, and the universe? She delivered. Head Hi, a hybrid space for art, publications and coffee in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is hosting its third annual Lamp Show this weekend. Prices range from $100 to $10,000 for unique designs from over 50 artists and designers, including Lambert and Sons, Minjae Kim, Hannah Bigeleisen (whose lights are for sale on the assembly line which has just opened), and Steven Bukowski (whose furniture can be seen in this Harlem townhouse). The show is on view until March 26, with lamps available to purchase and play on the Head Hi website.
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