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Vintage meets modern in this revamped 1970s Polish apartment by Mistovia.
+ Situated in a 1970s apartment building in Katowice, Poland, the design team at Mistovia created an interior that emphasized vintage furniture and contemporary colors and textures.
+ “Taking inventory of the flat, we found perfectly conserved furniture polished to the point of shining—no doubt remembering the times when the block of flats was constructed,” the design team told Yellowtrace. “We decided to use them, giving them new, surprising functions—the chest of drawers from the living room has become a kitchen cupboard, a cabinet is now framing the television.”
In other design news, Jony Ive and Marc Newson’s design firm, LoveFrom, partners up with Ferrari.
+ Details on what the partnership entails are slim, but the Financial Times reports that LoveFrom may be contributing to Ferrari’s first electric car, slated to launch in 2025.
+ “The first expression of this new partnership will bring together Ferrari’s legendary performance and excellence with LoveFrom’s unrivaled experience and creativity that has defined extraordinary, world-changing products,” Exor, Ferrari’s holding company, said in a statement.
Check out this must-see show of emerging Black photographers, where every image is shot with an iPhone.
+ “Inward: Reflections on Interiority,” on view at the International Center of Photography in New York City through January 2022, highlights five emerging Black artists who used an iPhone to capture their inner lives during the pandemic.
+ “I gave them the prompt: What would your images look like if you took this thing out of your pocket and turned it on yourself?” the exhibition’s curator, Isolde Brielmaier, told Architectural Digest. “It’s inward reflections on interiority. They all ran with it in different ways.”
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Jen Stark explores technicolor, geometric worlds in experiential new work.
+ “I’ve always been a fan of animation, geometry, public art, nature, and color,” the artist told Surface. “I wanted to take my artwork a step further than just being hung in a white gallery space, and I love the idea of people touching and interacting with the work.”
+ Jen’s new work, Space Junk, is the culmination of those ideas. “My deep fascinations with digital and interactive art, sacred geometries, and the mysteries of the natural world inherently breathe life into Space Junk. The concept behind the animation is inspired by Katamari Damacy, a 2004 Japanese puzzle-action video game where players are tasked with rolling an adhesive ball through various urban locations, collecting increasingly larger objects until it has grown enough to be transformed into a star.”
Johan Ansander brings the chunky furniture trend to wood with the Maximus lounge chair for Blå Station.
+ Maximus looks like a soft, cushioned place to sit, though its bulbous form is made entirely from wood.
+ Johan worked with a small sawmill just outside of Stockholm to create the chair, combining traditional craftsmanship with modern technologies. “I have been inspired by theories claiming that we in the future must find alternatives to global mass production and instead locally manufacture our everyday objects,” he told Dezeen.
Forget hygge—friluftsliv is the new interior design buzzword to know.
+ As pandemic restrictions ease around the world, friluftsliv, the Norwegian counterpart to hygge, is becoming more popular. The term translates to “open-air living,” which interior designers are embracing as a way to bring the outdoor experience indoors.
+ Organic materials and nature-inspired objects in designs are core principles of the trend, which can also boost wellness. “Nature has a profound impact on our overall well-being, both physically and emotionally,” interior designer Kristin Bartone told CNN. “By infusing natural elements into our interior spaces, we stay connected even when we are indoors. Designing this way helps reduce stress and increase environmental stewardship.”
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