Having imparted his normcore touch to supple black leather handbags, clothes, and neck pillows, fashion designer Alexander Wang is trying his hand at beanbag chairs. The creative director of Balenciaga and his own namesake label has created three pieces for Italian furniture manufacturer Poltrona Frau, and the resulting capsule collection is everything you’d expect from a designer who is already famous for producing luxury iterations of quotidian things. “It’s banal, an everyday item,” Wang tells Wall Street Journal Magazine about his interest in the beanbag chair. Naturally, his version comes in black shearling and leather options, and costs $8,800. (more…)
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Design Days Dubai, the first and only limited edition and collectible design fair in the Middle East, returns to its tent at the base of the Burj Khalifa for its fourth — and largest — installment on March 16. The fair, which runs through March 20, will welcome a total of 44 exhibitors from 20 countries this year — the largest number of galleries to show at Design Days Dubai since its inception in 2012.
Design curator and dealer Ambra Medda has been named as the Global Creative Director of the 2oth and 21st century design department at Christie’s, reports Dezeen. The new appointment comes a year and a half after Medda launched L’ArcoBaleno, an online editorial platform and store for discovering and buying contemporary and historic design objects. “Christie’s is pleased to announce that Ambra Medda has been appointed to a new role as Global Creative Director, for the Department of 20/21 Design, based in London,” reads a statement from the auction house. (more…)
Collective Design, a commercial fair and educational platform of 20th century and contemporary collectible design, will bring its third edition to New York City from May 13 to 17, with a host of new participants and programs in tow, the fair announced in a statement today. Six new galleries have been added to its roster of exhibitors, alongside a dedicated display of Italian design curated by W Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Stefano Tonchi. Though this year’s edition of the fair took place at Moynihan Station in Midtown, the 2015 iteration will relocate to the Skylight Clarkson Sq. in west SoHo, the fair also announced.
Two Italian design powerhouses are teaming up for Miami Art Week. Fashion house Emilio Pucci and luxury tile and mosaic manufacturer Bisazza will launch a collection of tiles based on the clothier’s iconic, colorful prints. Called “Bisazza Wears Emilio Pucci,” the collaboration features three historic prints pulled from the Pucci archives and translated into the form and texture of Bisazza’s mosaics. The collaboration collection will go on view in Miami at the Bisazza showrooms, both located in the city’s Design District. (more…)
Karim Rashid isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. Having established himself as the most successful brand in industrial design throughout the aughts, Rashid now pursues bigger projects while championing old agendas. He still insists on the primacy of pink, but is now designing new, architectural-scale projects — one of which features a controversial pink-and-white color palette, albeit one familiar to Rashid’s acolytes. In an interview with the New York Times, Rashid reveals details about the five New York City buildings he’s working on for real estate developer HAP Investments, his industrial designer’s approach to architecture, and his persistence in wearing pink. He’s also designing a sixth, faceted building for HAP on the Upper East Side and designing buildings in Memphis and Latvia, a mall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and a hotel in Malaysia. Read below for highlights. (more…)
After premiering their Daniel Libeskind-designed “Counting the Rice” table at Milan Design Week this past April, Marina Abramovic and Moroso are taking the attendant show on the road to Miami. The Marina Abramovic Institute will be hosting a series of “Counting the Rice” workshops during Art Basel Miami Beach from December 4-7. The table in question is designed as an accessory for Abramovic’s exercise of the same name, in which a seated participant must sort and count individual grains of rice for at least six hours.
The Norges Bank, central bank of Norway is putting its money where its mouth is — into design, which has been a hugely popular talking point about Norway practically since the Scandinavians became international design leaders in the last century. Norway never joined the Euro — and its kroner is worth about plenty more than most other currencies — but now there’s something else to make its money exceptional: Snøhetta has been chosen to execute one side of the country’s newly re-designed currency, reports the Atlantic. (more…)
Design Miami/ has announced participants for this year’s Miami edition of the collectible furniture fair, which will run from December 3 through December 7 as part of Miami Art Week. This year marks the fair’s 10th anniversary, and also its first with new executive director Rodman Primack, who took over from Marianne Goebl this past February. Whereas the fair had 15 participants when it debuted a decade ago, this year’s editions welcomes 35 galleries to Miami. That includes 11 of the founding galleries, as well as newcomers Edward Cella Art+Architecture of LA and Gallery Diet of Miami — whose addition represents a marked interest in contemporary design from across the United States. (more…)
It might just be the end-all of New York City’s design retailers: Chamber, a new boutique devoted to rare, vintage, and specially commissioned works of art and design is opening on September 24 on the ground floor of Neil Denari’s HL23 building along the High Line. Founded by Juan Garcia Mosqueda, Chamber’s concept is as uncommon as many of the shop’s wares. Mosqueda is selecting a new curator every two years to redevelop the store’s retail strategy and pick out its offerings, thereby regularly overhauling the shop’s entire program with updated commissions and pieces for sale.
Neil Denari’s 2008 residential HL23 tower, where Chamber will be located on the ground floor. (more…)