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L.A.-based design studio Commune debuts first collaboration with West Elm

West Elm is no stranger to collaborating with small design studios and up-and-coming artists that tend to have their own cult following. The new collection designed by Los Angeles-based Commune mixes midcentury touches that West Elm is known for, with an appreciation for craftsmanship and holistic design portrayed in all of Commune's projects. Commune is a multidisciplinary firm that works across myriad fields including architecture, interior design, graphic design, product management, and brand management. Most recently they completed an exhibition design at LACMA as well as multiple residential and commercial projects in Los Angeles. The diverse collection could easily complement any existing West Elm styles while also providing some fresh textiles like shearling and graphic art prints that rework classic images. “Our collection with Commune focuses on modular pieces that transition from lounging to entertaining—in a palette of neutral colors and natural textures that will patina over time to evoke a relaxed, effortless interior," Johanna Uurasjarvi, senior vice president of design at West Elm, stated in a press release. The 50-plus piece collection of furnishings, textiles, home accessories, planters, rugs, and wall art is available this week, exclusively at
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IKEA to launch line of furniture made from recycled materials

The popular Swedish furniture producer IKEA has said it will release a new line made almost entirely of recycled materials. For example, the OGDER kitchen chairs (designed in collaboration with Stockholm-based designers From Us With Love) are made of a combination of reclaimed wood and recycled plastic bottles; the chair will come in a number of different sizes and colors. The KUNGSBACKA kitchen island, seen below, is similarly made from 99% recycled materials. These materials are partly sourced from the IKEA factory in China. The idea for the line was actually sparked when IKEA realized their factory had a virtual graveyard of damaged, unused products that could be recycled. Look for the its release next February, 2017.
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MADWORKSHOP unveils “Sanke,” an outdoor furniture installation at MOCA

Martin Architecture and Design Workshop (MADWORKSHOP) recently unveiled Sanke, an installation of custom public furniture designed by Sonia Lui, currently a fellow at the foundation. The installation is located in the courtyard of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, designed in 1986 by Arata Isozaki. Lui developed the Sanke concept while she was a student in a summer 2015 studio—called Re-Defining Public Furniture & Fixtures Design—that MADWORKSHOP founders David Martin, formerly atAC Martin, and Mary Martin sponsored at the Art Center College of Design. The project was chosen out of six other student schemes to be fabricated for MOCA’s courtyard and to potentially become a mass-produced furniture line. The foundation mentored Lui through the design and fabrication process of her multi-level communal seating system. Sanke includes fixed outdoor tables and seating for 10 to 12 people. Its closely-packed smattering of brightly colored chairs and tables are sized at varying heights for differing age groups and uses. The project is designed to encourage human interaction among luncheon crowds of local workers, business people, and tourists who use the courtyards along Grand Avenue. With busy tourist and leisure destinations like the Disney Concert Hall and Broad Museum just across the street and down the block, the installation will likely be a welcome addition to the large, open courtyard space.   The design of the public furniture installation is also a product of themes explored in MADWORKSHOP’s studio, including speculations on how shifting social mores and evolving technology are causing adaptations in furniture and fixtures. According to text on MADWORKSHOP’s site, “Furnishings will play a critical role in bridging the gap between technology and the possibilities for new behaviors in outdoor space.”
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Fernando Mastrangelo’s MMaterial collection uses hand-dyed cements to produce multihued furniture

Featured at the third annual Sight Unseen OFFSITE fair, Brookyn-based artist Fernando Mastrangelo calls his Fade Series of the MMATERIAL line “functional sculptures.” They're the result of a minimalist aesthetic blended with sculptural craftsmanship. The pieces are composed of hand-dyed cements transforming a rugged material into simplistic blends of color to create ombre effects. Much of Mastrangelo's work uses aggregates such as rock, sand, glass, and silica in addition to hand-dyed cements. These elements are fused together in Mastrangelo’s casting process which uses salt, sugar, sand, coffee, and corn. This range of materials results in distinct tables, desks, cylinders, and custom pieces that can seem reminiscent of vast landscapes. Each piece is unique.
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designjunction + Dwell on Design opens

designjunction + Dwell on Design opened May 13 in Chelsea’s ArtBeam space with nearly 30 design brands and a series of talks, kicking off with an architecture breakfast with AN’s senior editor Matt Shaw with Kai-Uwe Bergmann, partner at BIG Architects. A departure from the architecture-focused keynotes of Dwell on Designs past, this year’s speaker is illustrator Bob Gill (best known for his 1968 cover art for George Harrison’s Wonderwall Music album), who will discuss his experiences of the changing design landscape over the past 65 years. Other speakers throughout the weekend include New York designers such as Sandy Chilewich, Stephanie Goto, David Weeks, and Gregory Buntain of Fort Standard. The loft-style space was filled with international designers both large and small, from heavy hitters like Artek and Muuto to independent designers, such as U.K.–based Melin Tregwynt and Croatian design platform Stufff Concept Store, among many others. WeWork created a pop-up workspace, encouraging visitors to try out the modern office and a cafe by Vitra that also offers places to sit and linger. Some standout wares included British Dyke & Dean’s Spatterware enamelware, lighting company’s Haberdashery stunning Leaf installation, and Stufff’s Ili Ili lamps and Lacescape coffee table. design junction + Dwell on Design will run through May 15, 2016.
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Product>ICFF Preview

This year ICFF and Wanted Design span ten days and two boroughs with events happening 24/7. Here are a few of the pieces from the show that we are excited about seeing up close in person.

Embrace Lounge Chair Carl Hansen & Søn Created by Austrian design trio EOOS, the Embrace Lounge Chair is a more relaxed version of a dining chair by the same name that debuted in 2015. The new version combines Carl Hansen’s classic wood frame with a comfortable upholstered cushion.

Lattice Nanimarquina

Lattice is the second collaboration between Nanimariquina and the Bouroullec brothers. For it, they experimented with the options of ancient kilim techniques to create a pattern that was balanced and proportional, yet also irregular. It comes in two color variations, as well as the option to commission custom pieces.

Pluralis Fritz Hansen

This new meeting table design by Danish designer Kasper Salto is aptly named—it is intended to accommodate a variety of different settings and function as a blank slate for creativity.

New finishes Fantini

Gunmetal, copper bronze, and British gold are three new finish options that Fantini is adding to its collection. These three hues have been trending heavily in kitchen and bath design, and now allow for an even larger range of customization.

Comforty Mellow Maja Ganszyniec

This couch, in addition to dozens of other award-wining ceramics, glassware, clothing, and furniture designs, will be on display at Pole Position, a presentation by on some of the best designs out of Poland.

Vague Stelle chandelier Santa & Cole

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Barcelona-based lighting brand Santa & Cole is reissuing a fixture that was originally designed by Antoni de Moragas, one of Spain’s preeminent postwar architects. It was inspired by medieval architecture and the designs of Viennese Secessionists Joseph Maria Olbrich and Adolf Loos.

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Konstantin Grcic draws on 15th-century Italian artwork for Kreo Exhibition

German furniture designer Konstantin Grcic has designed five chairs revolving around the spatial dynamics exhibited in St Jerome in his Study, a 1475 painting by Antonello da Messina. His exhibition, called Hieronymus (Greek and Latin for "Jerome"), is currently on display at Galerie Kreo in Paris. When looking at St. Jerome in his Study, it's clear that his specialized space, which he used to translate the Bible into Latin, has been ergonomically refined with precision to his needs. Everything, from the angle of the writing desk to the height and placement of shelving, create easy ergonomic access and allow light to illuminate this desk. St. Jerome, while in his study in 4th Century A.D., was in fact one of the first people to read silently. This perhaps says a lot about the man and the thoughtful design around him. Without getting carried way into deeper analysis, it is the chair and its contextual relationships that ultimately captured Grcic's imagination. In Hieronymus, Grcic aims to embody and amplify this sense of tailored physical intimacy. Each chair comprises different materials that range from fiber cement, aluminum, marble, anodised aluminum, and plastics used for 3-D printing. Despite their open nature, Grcic's chairs convey a sense of privacy, encouraging occupants like St. Jerome to engage in a similar approach to solitude. Each chair achieves this through cuboid cuts, staggered ledges, angular seating, and specific places to rest ones feet. This year, Grcic is also celebrating 25 years of working alongside fellow German furniture design firm ClassiCon. Meanwhile, another exhibition of his chairs, Mingx, is on show at the Salone del Mobile 2016 in Milan. This time, though, Gricic takes influence from ancient furniture design. Hieronymus runs from through to July 14, 2016, at Galerie Kreo, Paris.    
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The next big thing: Emerging designers at Salone Satellite

Perhaps one of the most interesting pavilions at Milan’s Salone del Mobile, Salone Satellite features top new and emerging designers from around the world. Whether it is a “magic” bookshelf, sustainably sourced alpaca furniture, or a light that syncs with your heartbeat, Satellite designers never fail to surprise and delight. Fondue Light by Satsuki Ohata Inspired by cheese (Ohata is a big fan of the stuff), the Fondue light contains a bulb that can be raised and lowered to create different levels of diffused or targeted light. As If From Nowhere by Orla Reynolds Irish designer Orla Reynolds created this modular bookcase for small spaces. A brightly colored table and four chairs tuck neatly among the shelves and can be pulled out as needed. Kinetic BioLab by Scottie Chih-Chieh Huangkinetic from Architect's Newspaper on Vimeo. Kinetic BioLab by Scottie Chih-Chieh Huang Part of the Taiwanese designer’s responsive, biologically-inspired work, this light syncs with your heartbeat when you touch it. Allpaka by Sophia Clark, Galiatea When Clark was traveling through Peru, she learned that although alpaca fur is one of the most luxurious materials in the world, the fibers are so short that cloth made with alpaca is often mixed with other materials—diminishing its quality. In her Allpaka line, the fur runs free with the softest, fluffiest furniture and pillows around. The alpaca hides used for the collection are sourced sustainably from animals that died of natural causes. Sander Lorier, Studio Lorier Lorier’s line of minimal, whimsical products seek to simplify and elevate everyday life. The designs are locally produced in the Netherlands from porcelain, copper, and wood. Fungi Collection by Alcarol At first glance Alcarol’s work may look like a standard glass and wood construction, but up close the resin and petrified wood is anything but. The wood is left raw, creating textural interest across the furniture’s surfaces. Taac by Henry & Co. Using 100 percent recycled, sustainable materials Henry & Co’s Taac module, half bathroom half kitchen is made from hemp, coconut, quartz, electric cables, bamboo, clay, limestone, and a radiating plate.
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Behold the “candy desk,” a secret stash of treats in the U.S. Senate

For those in attendance, the State of the Union can be exhausting. Standing up, sitting down, standing up and clapping politely for hours saps the energy of even the most ardent politicians. If viewers at home see senators sneaking out of the House during tonight's speech, don't worry: those elected officials are probably headed for the Senate's "Candy Desk." The history of the desk is short and sweet: In 1965, Senator George Murphy (R-CA) began stocking Desk 80 with candy for his fellow legislators. According to Architect of the Capitol, "In every Congress since that time, a candy desk [sic] has been located in the back row on the Republican side of the aisle and adjacent to the chamber's most heavily used entrance." The Candy Desk raises some vital questions: are there treats in the replica desk in the Kennedy Institute's replica Senate Chamber? Are they edible? During the 114th Congress, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) is assigned to Desk 80. In a January 2015 press release (and the video above) Sen. Toomey mused on the responsibilities of the Candy Desk steward:
"The Candy Desk duty is Mounds of responsibility. I campaigned for this assignment on the platform of life, liberty, and the pursuit of Peeps and hope Pennsylvania's treats will sweeten the bitter partisan atmosphere. I plan to stock the Candy Desk with Pennsylvania's finest chocolate and deliciousness to ensure a surplus of sweets. We are home to the best confectioners in the world. Hershey's, of course, is headquartered in Central Pennsylvania. Mars makes Three Musketeers in Elizabethtown. Just Born creates Peeps in Bethlehem. And we are proud of our smaller candy makers too including Asher's in Kulpsville, Wilbur Chocolate in Lititz, Josh Early Chocolates in the Lehigh Valley, and many, many more."
AN reached out to the senator's Washington, D.C. office to find out what candy Sen. Toomy prefers. Bill Jaffee, Toomey's press assistant, stated that the desk is currently stocked with "Kit Kats, Hershey’s almond bars, Peanut Chews, Pennsylvania Dutch chocolate caramels, Milky Way, and Mike n' Ike." In a great show of bipartisan goodwill, Democrats may partake in the snacks, too.
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Dreams bend into furniture with this Inception-style coffee table

The frontier-era drama The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, may have won best picture at last night’s Golden Globes, but it’s the actors’ 2010 mind-bending film Inception that has inspired some seriously cool (yet questionably practical) furniture. The “Wave City Coffee Table,” created by Cypriot-based designer Stelios Mousarris, emulates the scene from the Christopher Nolan–directed thriller in which Ellen Page’s character Ariadne, a student at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris, “messes with the physics” of a dream. The resulting bent cityscape mesmerized audiences around the world—and now around the coffee table. This cantilevering wood and steel table features an urban landscape bending over itself, as depicted in the film. Mousarris, who previously worked for Foster and Partners as a modelmaker and for Duffy London as an assistant designer, created the unusual piece using 3D printing technology. His other work proves just as unique, and includes the “Carpet Sofa,” which can be custom-made with a carpet that fits your individual space, and the “Half Couch,” which is described by Mousarris as balancing on one side “whilst perfectly supporting the human weight on the other side.” The limited-edition table is available for purchase on the designer’s website for €5,000, although you may only be able to afford it in your dreams.
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David Chipperfield’s Classical display cabinets take a cue from the Ionic column

Looking for a tasteful way to show off your collection of iconic postmodern teapots or architect-designed shoes? David Chipperfield may have the answer. Debuting during the London Design Festival, the "Ionic" display cases find the architect comfortably ordering classical bronze columns and ribbed glass panels. The cabinets have been developed for the David Gill Gallery. "David Gill encouraged me to think to create furniture outside of the normal commercial criteria—the furniture industry is interested in methods of production that are economical and where pieces sit within the marketplace—be that a sofa or a coffee table," Chipperfield said in a statement. "With David Gill, we were able to operate outside the conventional commercial furniture system. It was strange, and yet very interesting." The project evokes the fantasy of architects everywhere: the dream client, with little to no restrictions on vision and budget. "I still wanted to make a utilitarian object but didn't see utility as its primary concern—or the economy of means," Chipperfield continued. "I didn't have to worry about how it was made, just to make something beautiful out of beautiful materials, such as casting and bronze; things that normally lie beyond the possibilities of the commercial process and invest the object with a strong physical presence."
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This Daniel Libeskind–designed chair might look sharp, but it’s actually very soft

The indefatigable Daniel Libeskind has designed a chair that might make some think that he's angling for a job to overhaul the USS Enterprise (or perhaps a $97 million earthbound residential replica of it). The faceted-yet-cushy Gemma was shown in prototype form by Moroso at Salone this year; the collection will include a full line of seating options. The piece is upholstered in a fabric whose pattern arguably resembles a far, far away galaxy: Blur, which was designed by Marc Thorpe for Moroso.