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Karl Lagerfeld debuts his perfectly postmodern sculpture collection

Legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, perhaps most famous for reviving the house of Chanel, which he has helmed since 1983, is breaking into sculpture in Architectures, an exhibition now on view at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris. The marble objects—tables, mirrors, lamps, a working fountain—are inspired by the forms from the cityscapes of classical antiquity and were created in collaboration with the architect Aline Asmar d’Amman. As should be expected from the man behind luxury labels like Fendi and his own eponymous brand, the very limited-edition pieces in Architectures are made from exceptionally fine materials, including white Arabescato Fantastico marble, a variety of the stone that has not been quarried for over thirty years. This is not Lagerfeld’s first foray into the world of collectible design—he’s previously worked on a photographic project with Cassina—however this is the first time the designer has created original sculptural objects. Karl Lagerfeld: Architectures Carpenter Workshop Gallery 54 Rue de la Verrerie, Paris Through December 22  
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Specsheet>Modular furniture highlights from Milan

A new range of modular and customizable products allows for maximum personalization on any project. Soft Props by Konstantin Grcic Cassina With an on-trend tubular frame inspired by Milan’s subway system, Konstantin Grcic’s Soft Props system applies the modular concept of his Props series of space dividers to furniture. Boom Stickbulb These fixtures emerged from the idea of destroyed buildings—an appropriate association considering the collection is made from reclaimed redwood from demolished New York City water tanks. Verticale by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec FLOS Artful yet practical, these graphic modular suspension lights are made from an aluminum structure enclosing a blown-glass cylinder. BeoSound Shape Bang & Olufsen A collaboration with Kvadrat, Bang & Olufsen’s new tile speaker system can not only be arranged limitlessly to create “a wall of sound,” but also comes in myriad colors and fabrics, transforming a set of speakers into an installation. Mía by Nani Marquina nanimarquina Log on to the brand's online configurator to choose the rug’s size, color, and a range of finishing details including decorative stitching and three types of fringe.
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Specsheet>The latest in stylish contract seating

Versatile contract seating offers comfort, durability, and high style. Trea Humanscale Reminiscent of the vertebrae in the human spine, Trea is designed to protect the body. The subtle curve and pivoting backrest provide the user with a natural reclining position that maximizes comfort. Available with three different base options, this Todd Bracher design is now offered with upholstered seats. Telo Lounge Sebastian Herkner for Cappellini This multipurpose lounge-table combo can stand alone or be combined to create informal meeting spaces or larger rows ideal for waiting rooms and lounges. Sebastian Herkner’s design for Telo was inspired by the camp seats he experienced in Afrikaans lodges; it's available in four stainless-steel color options and grosgrain upholstery. Jif Allseating This multipurpose stool has the ability to keep people moving, which in turn increases productivity. A “waterfall edge” provides relief to hamstrings, while the sway base engages the core and promotes active sitting, a major component of Allseating’s product development philosophy. Soft Modular Sofa Jasper Morrison for Vitra A nod to art deco, the Soft Modular Sofa by Jasper Morrison plays off his approach to “super normal,” a term he coined to illustrate that pieces should be “understated, useful, and responsible.” The low-slung sofa could easily fit in any home and is constructed with a spring core and various foams to ensure that it maintains its shape in high-traffic settings. Caprice Chair Philippe Starck for Cassina Philippe Starck’s classic Caprice chair has been updated for contract applications—with the intention of combining the comfort of an office chair and the elegance of a dining seat. The sleek shell is now available with a four-spoke base that can be specified with or without wheels, and a flared support that can be customized in two new matte shades: white and mud. Enea Cafe Stool Coalesse and Enea Available in bar and counter heights, the Cafe stool’s wood legs add a bit of warmth to hospitality or workplace environments. The new styles are available with polypropylene, wood, or upholstered seats with a natural oak base.

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Milan In Review> Interiors & Environments Push the Salone del Mobile Beyond Furniture

It's easy to get overwhelmed at the Salone del Mobile and the dozens of related events during Milan Design Week. Luckily there are plenty of visual palate cleansers in form of immersive environments, from new showrooms by Pritzker Prize–winning architects to dazzling installations by up-and-coming designers. There is more to Milan Design Week than just great looking furniture! At the Triennale design museum, for instance, Paris-based DGT architects created a light-catching installation for Citizen watches called Light is Time (above), featuring space dividing curtains made of tens of thousands of watch plates. For the Swedish textile company Kinnasand, a division of Kvadrat, Toyo Ito designed a luminous new showroom to display the company's fabrics, many of which feature diaphanous qualities. Ito covered the walls in frosted glass, which gives them a shimmering quality as downlights tucked into the edge of the ceiling filter through the panels. The ceiling itself is paneled in reflective metal. Draped fabrics are displayed on curved metal rods suspended from the ceiling. Cassina tapped the rising Japanese star Sou Fujimoto to design a "floating forest" for their booth at the fairgrounds, arguably the most innovative display at the Salone. Fujimoto hung mirrored metal planters from the rafters, which held green Japanese maples. Canned bird noises added to the atmosphere, which felt both natural and surreal within the tradeshow hall. The reflective surfaces forced visitors to slow down within the booth, giving them more time to look at Cassina's classic and contemporary furnishings. Also at the fairgrounds, an invited group of architects—Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind, and Studio Mumbai—riffed on themes of domesticity with conceptual installations called, Where Architects Live. As far as installations like these at a furniture fair go, the installations were largely devoid of the trappings of daily life. Libeskind, for example, sliced deep voids into the walls, inset with screens showing videos about his personal history and architectural projects. Chipperfield showed of his German side, with photos of deliciously drab Berlin and clanging music underscoring the seriousness of the project.
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Product> From Pawson to Libeskind, Quick Picks from Milan Design Week

AN editors swept and tweeted through the exhibit halls of the venerable Salone del Mobile last week, as well as the myriad satellite design events, exhibits, and installations that popped up around Milan. Footsore but aesthetically satiated, the AN team has reassembled stateside to share some of the best finds from the fair. Casamania Color Fall A lacquered, digital print enlivens the interior of the shelves, which are constructed of humble MDF. Designed by Garth Roberts. Cassina 9 Tables Marble base in black or white, with tops of aluminum, marble, or painted mirror glass. Designed by Piero Lissoni. Cappellini Lotus De Luxe Available with or without castors and/or arms, this chair is suitable for residential and office use. Wooden frame with molded polyurethane cushions covered in fabric or leather. Designed by Jasper Morrison. Viccarbe Trestle Solid oak legs are topped by padded or smooth upholstery. Seating modules are 60 inches in length; up to three benches can be seamlessly joined together. Designed by John Pawson. Cristalplant Slide Towel Shelf A polished aluminum loop slides up or down to both hold and hang bath towels. Designed by Cory Grosser. Poliform Web Bookcase Fabricated of Dupont Corian, this shelving unit is as much sculpture as it is storage. Designed by Daniel Libeskind. Kartell Uncle Jim Demonstrating the current limits of injected polycarbonate fabrication, this single-piece chair comes in four transparent colors. Designed by Philippe Starck.