New & Notable is a cultural catchall that highlights interesting new products and projects from our brilliantly creative members of The List. With new releases, events, and goings-on, the below moments indicate the power they have to move the needle in so many realms, including architecture, design, fashion, and art.
What’s New This Spring, from Our List Members
From a new lighting collection by Christopher Boots at Milan Design Week and Lafayette 148’s gallery-inspired boutique to an easy-on-the-eyes wardrobe system by Henrybuilt.by Jenna Adrian-Diaz June 27, 2022
Each collection from the lighting studio inspires awe, and the “Ouranos,” its first collection in two years, is no exception. Two ceiling fixtures and one wall sconce utilize the Christopher Boots signature of quartz crystal and brass to ethereal effect. Inspired by the ancient Greek myth of the eponymous god of the heavens, the collection debuted to great effect at “Trove 2.0,” a collaborative installation between Christopher Boots and Lost Profile Studios during Milan Design Week.
Following the celebration of its 25th anniversary, womenswear brand Lafayette 148 expanded by opening a new shop on Bloor Street in Toronto. The boutique, the brand’s first in Canada, is a luminous space that evokes the abundance of fine art galleries lining the streets of SoHo, New York City, where Lafayette 148 was founded.
Calico recently launched “Scenic,” a new collection of elegant wall coverings conceptualized by guest designer and architect Elizabeth Roberts. Inspired by a 1792 illustration of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park from a more recent 1910 postcard, Roberts reinterpreted the stippling, variations in line weight, and gestural strokes from the original work to create an element of decor that functions more like artwork, inviting the viewer to ponder the underlying history of the built environment.
Fine art and tech accessories may seem like an unlikely pairing, but CASETiFY’s recent restock of its Basquiat collection and the full launch of its Metropolitan Museum of Art collection (which debuted with a limited collection earlier this year) put inspiring artworks right at your fingertips with cases for phones, Air Pods, tablets, and more.
House of Léon
House of Léon added to their furniture roster with the Kyoto Collection: an array of sleek seating, tables, and other pieces inspired by the shared virtues of Japanese minimalism and Scandinavian functionality and comfort.
McKinnon and Harris
With summer comes the urge for even the most cosmopolitan urbanite to decamp from stuffy city heat in favor of blue skies and a waterfront breeze. That’s why McKinnon and Harris’s addition to their line of outdoor furniture feels particularly timely. The deCamp sectional, part of its modern-leaning collection, is an all-new offering that has us thinking of curling up with a good book after enjoying caviar bumps and a glass of Muscadet al fresco.
Architect and interior designer Brooke Aitken brings her talents to Tsar Carpets with the “Passage” collection of six floor coverings. Each invites a reflection on the passage of time as the patterns for the six rugs are titled after day, night, and the four seasons.
Drift, the newest offering from Henrybuilt’s Opencase line, is poised to bring the same level of aesthetically minded kitchen organization to closets and wardrobes. The modular system features shelves, hooks, and drawers that can be arranged in new layouts without needing to reach for tools. A palette of wood, leather, and brass make every Drift element feel like the luxurious finishing touches they are.
Architecture firm Norman Kelley completed a renovation to the lobby of 190 South La Salle Street, an office building originally designed by Philip Johnson with John Burgee Architects in 1987. Standout features include Anthony Caro’s postmodern sculpture Chicago Fugue, the 50-foot-tall vaulted gold leaf ceiling, and a brass-and-marble amphitheater that plays a musical score with an evolving composition that changes based on the time of day and weather.
Sustainability-minded knitwear brand Serino has expanded its accessories line with the addition of a nylon knit tote bag. The bag captures Serino’s refined simplicity with reinforced seams, a packable silhouette that lies flat when empty, interior pockets, and room enough to comfortably fit a laptop.
Hospitality-driven dental practice Tend has already proven its ability to make something as rote (and sometimes downright dreadful) as oral hygiene into an aspirational experience. They’ve done it again by recently launching a proprietary mouthwash called Tonic. It’s produced as a concentrate housed in a sleek, recyclable aluminum canister and starter sets ship with a glass decanter with apparent Art Deco influences.