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 Week, From Our List Members
Gufram's inflatable radical design staple, a club-inspired console by Wrensilva, and II BY IV Design’s sumptuous high-rise on the Toronto waterfront.BY THE EDITORS December 15, 2021
Meyer Davis x Calico Wallpaper
To celebrate NYCxDesign, the award-winning firm took over the recently unveiled showroom of Calico Wallpaper and Stellar Works. Two new wallscapes debuted, each drawing inspiration from 20th-century modernists and Impressionist landscapes—Ephemera overlays organic shapes with textured surfaces while Wild wields lines to compose natural scenes. Both backdrop a range of wood-toned furnishings by William Gray, Meyer Davis’s product arm.
The American wall coverings brand’s latest lineup, which debuted at BDNY, showcases its penchant for style and durability. The display included an antimicrobial textile called Sirona, a readymade wall treatment dubbed Wonderwood, and Muse, a partnership with Venus Williams’ design firm V Starr Interiors that highlights the unyielding vivacity of women.
At the crossroads of acoustics and high design, the stereo console purveyor unveils The Club Series, a timeless audio system that evokes the feeling of a night on the town. Wrapped in tweed and laced with mother-of-pearl inlays, Wrensilva’s amp-inspired consoles honor the spirit of live music and highlight their ability to deploy lively acoustics from elegant units.
The Colombian designer Ana María Gómez brings her whimsical textiles to bedding staples that double as an artistic take on conventional quilts. Available through Dims, the collection blends muted hues with vivid patterns to generate a bouncy covering made from recycled plastics and overlaid with a soft blend of merino wool. To up the coziness, Gómez adds her alpaca-wooled “A Boi’ Pillow” to the mix, spotlighting her partnership with William Contreras.
Tiffany Boone, the actress who recently starred in the popular series Nine Perfect Strangers, makes her debut as the fashion brand’s ambassador with a seasonal campaign shot in one of the most distinctive venues in the Hollywood Hills: the Harpel House, designed by John Lautner in 1956. Comprising reversible pieces, hand illustrations, and lightweight materials that don’t compromise on comfort, the collection embodies Lafayette 148’s penchant for versatility through playful silhouettes that effortlessly transition between day and night wear.
In celebration of Gufram’s 50th anniversary, the Italian furniture brand launched an inflatable rendition of its hallmark Super Pratone for Milan Design Week. The seating unit, whose prototype was initially concepted in 1971 by Ceretti, Derossi, and Rosso, popped up in Piazza San Fedele before traveling to cultural institutions around the world to highlight its playful form and pivotal role in the evolution of radical design.
The New York–based gallery made a splash at Design Miami/ with a dynamic booth that spotlights emerging talents—Brecht Wright Gander, Roxanne Jackson, Vincent Pocsik, and more—that run the gamut from imaginative ceramics to cosmic table lamps.
Exhibiting her new selection of concrete and plaster heart sculptures, Jessica Lichtenstein was a must-see at Winston Wachter’s booth during UNTITLED in Miami. With sentimental lockets emblazoned on each textured work, the New York artist brought an explosion of emotion with each capsule that married poetic philosophies with poignant touchstones.
The forward-looking Chicago gallery entered Art Basel Miami Beach with their signature apartment-style layout to present works from an exciting group of up-and-coming artists. On display were works ranging from textured abstractions to overlayed geometries to nature-inspired canvases by Caroline Kent, Samuel Levi Jones, Harold Mendez, Jamal Cyrus, Samira Yamin, Carmen Winant, Jennie C Jones, Alex Chitty, Alice Tippit.
The accessories purveyor debuted an assortment of digitally printed scarves with whimsical patterns rooted in nature, the human body, and motion. Each computer-rendered illustration lends a dynamic touch and doubles as an echo of Poemet’s steadfast principle of authentic creativity.
The Danish furniture mainstay has acquired Skagerak, a family-owned design brand known for manufacturing furniture responsibly with people and planet in mind. “Both [brands] are rooted in Nordic design traditions and responsible manufacturing and synonymous with furniture and interior design of the highest quality,” says Josef Kaiser, CEO of Fritz Hansen.
II BY IV Design
Aquabella, the internationally recognized Canadian firm’s latest high-rise, dials into five-star ambiance with a picturesque location on Toronto’s waterfront and sweeping views of Lake Ontario. Artful flourishes abound: a monumental acrylic installation and a cascading screen of fluid bronze rings complement the building’s rectilinear architecture.
Laden with New York inspirations courtesy of Baranowitz + Kronenberg Architecture, the jewelry brand’s newly unveiled boutique in SoHo, Manhattan, is framed in undulating steel walls that reflect the shadows of cast-iron silhouettes and sets the scene for their lab-grown diamond jewels. It recently won the World Special Prize for Shops & Stores Interior Design from the prestigious Prix Versailles 2021.