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Slinky curves and rounded edges define soft geometry in this Mumbai apartment.

+ Inspired by Japanese aesthetics, the apartment spans three generations and is complemented by calming, earthly hues alongside highly graphic decorative elements made possible by design studio The Act of Quad.

+ “There is a sensitivity that clearly weaves itself throughout the design. Each decision, whether it be spatial arrangement and material choice, custom furniture detailing or handmade art pieces, have been meticulously resolved to achieve this form-based soft geometry,” Priyanka Itadkar and Falguni Bhatia, the design duo behind AoQ, told Stir World.

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Max Lamb displays a playful approach to materiality in “Wood, Stone.”

+ The exhibition at Salon 94 in New York includes two collections, one of wooden furniture, made from Western Red Cedar, and another of carefully constructed stone chairs using Tonalite granite and red Dolomite rock.

+ Both series begin with large slabs of material that are then cut, pieced, or chiseled into new forms. “Each move is considered, exact and focused whilst also requiring a view on the macro, the whole, the end game,” Max told Salon 94.

 

Family musings are at the core of the new furniture collection from Australia’s sibling design studio, Brothers Fearon Fabrication.

+ With a background in boiler making, brothers Jack and Mark Fearon, the brothers behind Brothers Fearon Fabrication, design and build aluminum furniture, including a new line of chairs and tables inspired by pancakes for dinner and lollipops.

​​+ An experimentation of color and form, the designs started as musings of what Jack’s 4-month-old daughter would think is cool. The result is a collection full of bold, textured furniture pieces that can increase any space’s playfulness factor.

These five emerging creative places are set to be the next big design destinations.

+ Vietnam and Nigeria are among the latest design destinations for creatives banding together and leaning into the cultural ethos of their communities.

+ From delicate pottery to eclectic furniture designs, designers are reclaiming local materials and challenging the status quo. Architect Daniel Moreno Flores, located in Quito, Ecuador, told Dwell, “As global cities become more homogenized, it’s an act of cultural conservation to understand the place where we live and take advantage of regional resources.”

Two US foundations donate $5 million to support Latinx creatives.

+ The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation will give $50,000 to 15 Latinx artists annually over the next five years, totaling 75 recipients. Latinx artists have reported higher economic losses and higher unemployment rates resulting from the pandemic.

+ This is phase one of three initiatives partnering with the US Latinx Art Forum (USLAF) that will focus on institutional and academic support. “USLAF is honored to collaborate with Ford and Mellon to continue our work of uplifting Latinx visual artists, especially since their long historical contributions to the American experience have been largely ignored and made invisible within the art world and academic ecosystems,” Adriana Zavala, director of the USLAF, said in a statement.

 

Fashion designer Iris van Herpen combines sustainable fabrics, skydiving, and haute couture in “Earthwise.”

+ The fashion designer unveiled 19 looks at Paris Haute Couture Week influenced by exploration and adventure, many of which were designed using recycled ocean plastics. “Earthrise is an image of our planet without national borders, without hierarchies, without even a right side up,” Iris told Dezeen.

+ Inspired by world champion skydiver Domitille Kiger, Iris designed a gown in many shades of blue for her to wear in a flight, which was filmed to display the collection. The film is characterized by the sprawling scope of a rocky mountain range where models imitate birds in flight.

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Mariko Kusumoto’s textile sculptures stimulate the senses, materializing a vast faux ecosystem.

+ With dream-like qualities, Mariko’s fiber artworks are reminiscent of the sea, bubbling toward imaginary surfaces and mimicking vivid underwater sea gardens.

+ Each design displays a richness of movement and unique textures consisting of gentle webbing made from translucent polyester and nylon fiber.

 

 

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Steel furniture brand Steelotto marries metal with fabric for Mello sofa.

+ Solid planes of primary colored steel intersect with plush upholstery, highlighting the contrast in textures.

+ Wherein a sofa’s structure is often hidden, Steelotto used an inside-out approach to expose the manufacturing and “voids in traditional sofa construction.”

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