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Reddit User Turns His Living Room Into A Home Office And It Looks Amazing

A Reddit user named RajenK (Rajen Kishna) has recently shared his DIY project where he turned their formal living room into a home office. He provided many images and detailed descriptions that will surely inspire you to tackle a project of your own!

Rajen says the plans were to eventually convert the unused formal living space in the front of the house to a home office down the road. “When we found out we were going to have a baby, I figured this would be a good time to tackle this project,” said the author. He also says the project took him over 4 months to complete, working mostly on the weekends and evenings. It seems that Rajen is quite the handyman: “In between, I tackled other projects like building a patio dining set and a greenhouse, so I definitely took my time with it.”

Check out the amazing living room conversion in the gallery below!

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I used blue painters tape to mark off the space to get a sense of the size. The ceilings are 9.5 feet, but notice the slope in the front (that turned out to be an interesting challenge)

Since I’ve never done anything like this before, I took my time to model out everything in Autodesk Fusion 360. This was incredibly useful, as I knew all measurements beforehand

I bought 2×4 lumber at a local lumberyard in 8, 10, and 14 foot sizes. I also purchased the plywood I needed for the desks and upper cabinets (the latter which I still have to build)

After cutting everything on my new miter saw, I laid out the large wall on the floor before facing my fears and use a framing nailer to fasten it all

This is where math comes in. Thanks to the Pythagorean theorem, I couldn’t get the wall upright after framing. So I took off the top plate and clamped it off to the side and hoisted the wall up

Getting the wall in place was quite a chore, and my friendly neighbor helped me out. Took a lot of brute force, but we got it in place eventually and then squared it up

The smaller wall was much more manageable in size, but the sloped ceiling took a lot of measurements and trial/error to get perfect

After the framing, I bought 8 sheets of drywall at a local lumber yard (of which I only needed 5) and cut it up before screwing it in place

Drywall was another first for me, so I probably cut it into smaller pieces than I should have

After recutting the top piece at the sloped ceiling to go the full height, everything looked very clean…

…But then the drywall mudding began and everything turned into a huge mess again. A friend helped out with the taping and first layer, which is probably why it looks decent in the end

Drywall was definitely my least favorite part of this project. A lot of sanding and layering on the mud made a huge mess. Lesson learned for next time: cover the floor first

This is after a few days and 4 layers. Everything was smooth and square

The little wall was a bit more of a challenge to mud completely smooth, as the existing wall wasn’t 100% square to the exterior wall. I had to compensate with more mud. Next up, the door in the background!

Installing the door was quite easy, except for pushing it in place. We went with 8 foot high french doors, which are super heavy

The drywall cleaned up nicely with just some warm water and rags. Starting to look more and more like a room!

Before painting, I actually took the time to lay down plastic drop cloth. This is after the coat of primer

Two coats of white paint later, everything was neat again. It turns out we didn’t have any of the existing ceiling paint, so I improvised with something that was close enough

I looked at the existing trim and figured it was simple to recreate. A quick trip to the hardware store and some standard MDF trim later, I got everything to match

Now that the wall is done, on to the desks. As per the design, I made 3 cabinets underneath each desk out of 3/4 inch plywood

Here you can see all 6 cabinets. The one without the middle shelf is the cabinet for my full tower PC

For the top, I laminated a 3/4 inch sheet of walnut plywood to a cheaper one to create a 1-1/2 inch sturdy desk top

I applied iron-on walnut edge banding to hide the plywood edges. The notches in each top are so the curtains can hang down without bending around the desk top

I applied 4 coats of satin polyurethane to the tops (1 coat on the bottom) with some light sanding in between each coat for a super smooth and durable finish

I primed and painted the cabinets white. I used an enamel paint, which was self-leveling. The end result is a very smooth and hard surface, but it took about a week to fully cure

Here is my wife’s desk installed. I retro-fitted some toe-kicks underneath to raise her desk a bit, as the initial height was too low for her

At this point we started moving everything down. One problem remained: not being able to close off the space

I cut some 3/4 by 1/2 inch strips from left over 2x4s to become the window trim. Here you see the difference between big-box 2×4 (right) and the quality 2×4 from the lumber yard

After cutting everything to length and mitering the corners, everything was ready for paint (after more sanding)

I bought an HVLP sprayer, as I had more things to spray for the nursery in the end. This saved a lot of time and got a very smooth coat on everything. Here you see the primer on the framing strips

I glued and nailed in the strips on 3 sides and then cut the 4th strip to exact length to fit in snugly

Here you see the 4th strip installed, and nail holes filled with wood putty

And after the 1/4 inch glass panes were in, this project was a wrap! My wife just had her baby shower and I’m excited about finishing this before the baby arrives

There’s a lot of light from the big window in the home office and all the interior windows and french doors really let that light through to the dining space

I added RGB LED strips to the back of each desk for some subtle lighting while in the office

Here’s how it looks

Here you can see my wife’s smaller PC allowing for more storage. I also swapped the chair casters with rollerblade style rubber ones to preserve the floor

While the walls are not insulated, the thick glass and strips underneath the doors isolate the room plenty for our purposes


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Rrudi Designs Pared-Down Pop Art Lighting

Jakob Weth, Jonas Lang, and Jan König of Rrudi. Photography courtesy of Rrudi.


Art direction, product design, and photography are the respective specialties of Jan König, Jonas Lang, and Jakob Weth. But the trio has found common ground as Rrudi, shorthand for “rudimentary,” an allusion to starting from scratch. Among their first lines is Get Lit, a limited edition of illuminated wall sculptures informed by pop art illustrations and neon signage. The quirky graphics are printed on polymethacrylate that is CNC-milled. An aluminum profile outlines the contour, and then LEDs dimmable by remote control are mounted on MDF and slid inside. Each is self-descriptive: Banana, Egg, Cheesy, Snake, and Okay.

Cheesy by Rrudi. Photography courtesy of Rrudi.
Banana by Rrudi. Photography courtesy of Rrudi.
Egg by Rrudi. Photography courtesy of Rrudi.
Snake by Rrudi. Photography courtesy of Rrudi.

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Swarovski and Mass Beverly Name Brilliance of Design Winners

Ever the mentors and proponents of design with a capital D, Swarovskiand LA’s Mass Beverly showroom initiated the Brilliance of Design competition. The charge was to push the potential of crystals in three categories: lighting, home décor, and architectural surfaces. Talk about global entries. The 56 submissions came from the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, Greece, Israel, Brazil, Colombia, and Poland, as well as from New York and Los Angeles, closer to home.

Josha Roymans’ Aurora Borealis pendant is a wave of translucent glass and crystals capped by a strip of LEDs. Rendering courtesy of Josha Roymans.

Josha Roymans, with a multi-disciplinary studio in Amsterdam, won the lighting award with his proposal for Aurora Borealis, inspired by the so-named northern lights. The design is a wave-like pendant of translucent glass and crystals capped by a strip of LEDs that allow for color changes.

From left: Josha Roymans, Tilman Bartl, and Bahata Saha.
Rings of crystal in differing sizes and gradations of color stack in Tilman Bartl’s flexible and contemporary vase. Rendering courtesy of Tilman Bartl.


In home décor, German product designer Tilman Bartl won for his vase of stacking crystal components. Cited for its flexibility and strongly contemporary approach, the product has another plus. According to Mass Beverly founders Mary Ta and Lars Hypko, it is predicted to be eminently sellable.

Bahata Saha’s architectural surface has Swarovski crystals arrayed in organic patterns between layers of translucent white marble. Rendering courtesy of Bahata Saha.


A Parsons School of Design student, Bahata Saha, took the award for her architectural surface—panels based on two layers of white translucent marble sandwiching crystals arrayed in organic compositions simulating abstract veining.

Each winning designer will receive a $5,000 grant for future crystal projects. Collaborating with Nadja Swarovski, who oversees the company’s corporate branding and communications, the judges were Yves Behar, founder of San Francisco-based Fuseproject; Mary Ta and Lars Hypko; and Interior Design’s deputy editor Edie Cohen.

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What Caught Our Eye at ICFF 2019: Pops of Orange and Curvy Shapes

Arched and rounded furniture at Phase Design

One color dominated this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair: Orange, in its many variations.

It’s visible in chairs, tables, carpets, shelving units and wallpaper. There were booth dividers that utilized the color to great effect; even the carpet at the entrance to the event utilized the color.


Dizzying in scope — there are more than 900 exhibitors across four days, located within the massive Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan — ICFF is one of the year’s biggest design events and the anchor of New York Design Week. Vendors come from all over the world to show their latest designs for furniture, hardware, plumbing, rugs and wallpaper.

Aside from shades of orange, another detail we noticed at ICFF this year: curves, in everything from furniture to lighting and accessories.

The wackier the better. We had a chance to sit in these chairs designed by Mojow, which used inflatable air-filled cushions on simple, modern frames of both wood and metal. They were sturdier and more comfortable than you’d imagine.


Along the same lines were these felt busts from Floquem, a brand from Mexico. The one above is called ‘Lil Marc,” who was “born and raised in the streets of Brooklyn.”

envy lee parker

One of our favorites at the show was the work of Eny Lee Parker, who works out of a studio in Bushwick. On display were tables, chairs and lights she designed that look like irregularly-shaped Ken Price sculptures that had been modified into playful furniture. The ceramic bases are unglazed, which gives them a rough edge.



Bushwick-based Souda made deconstructed furniture that nodded toward both tradition and progression. Pictured above are a pair of the Bluff Side Chairs, designed by Luft Tanaka.

sun at six

Sun at Six, a design studio located “on the border of Bed Stuy and Crown Heights,” according to Creative Director Antares Yee, uses classical Chinese joinery in their furniture. On display was the studio’s second collection, made in collaboration with artisans in Guangzhou, China.

grow house grow

Williamsburg-based designer Katie Deedy of Grow House Grow showed us some of their new tile and wallpaper designs. Inspired by Caravaggio and lightning bugs — among other influences — they feature ribbon-like patterns, florals, leaves and a strawberry print.

most modest

More orange could be found at Most Modest’s booth, which showed metal shelves and corrugated metal planters.

Ssen Studio

The fair had specialized sections dedicated to Dutch, Spanish and British designers. Some of our other favorites included sleek faucets and handles in many different finishes from longtime East New York maker Watermark, the handwoven pillows of Ssen Studio and sleekly minimal shelves from the Stille collection, designed by Standard Issue in Brooklyn and manufactured in Kalamazoo, Mich.

ssen studio

bend goods


flavor paper



Kast Concrete Basins

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flavor paper

[Photos by Susan De Vries unless otherwise noted]

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IoT, LEDs, lighting, and the future of workplace planning

In the real estate industry, understanding how our buildings are used is critical to understanding how to manage our buildings.

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Transforming patient health care and well-being through lighting

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The world of health care is changing rapidly and there is increased interest in the role that light and lighting can play in improving health outcomes for patients and providing healthy work environments for staff, according to many researchers.

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Four keys to designing autistic-friendly spaces

Autism, in part, gave us modern architecture, writes PDR’s Julie Troung.


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Four keys to designing autistic-friendly spaces

Photo: PDR Corp.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurobehavioral condition, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in every 68 births have autism in the U.S. Individuals with this condition may experience hypersensitivity of the senses, difficulty understanding what others are thinking and feeling, and cognitive delays. 

We have the potential to improve design quality for everyone by understanding how individuals with autism view the world. While autism in part gave us modern architecture, making ASD inclusivity a priority in design is a necessary step that could encourage innovation and potentially propel us into a new era of architecture.

You might wonder how autism could have given us modern architecture, well the answer lies in the use of eye tracking. As stated in a study in Common Edge, they have found that individuals with autism respond to visual stimuli completely different from neuro typical individuals. A neuro typical person focuses on the eyes, mouth, and nose of a face. 

Those with ASD ignore the central face and instead focus on outer features. Because a person with autism has brain connections in overdrive (hyperplasticity), they avoid details such as windows or eyes. 

This is why architects who have autism like Le Corbusier, who began his career in the 1930s, was attracted to simplicity. Therefore, some people credit Le Corbusier and consequently autism for the simplistic modern architecture movement.

There is a wide array of ways that we can design autism-friendly spaces. As stated in an article “Why Buildings for Autistic People Are Better for Everyone,” you can achieve prioritizing human health and welfare into our design routine by incorporating the following points:

1. Acoustics. Individuals on the autism spectrum are extremely, and at times, painfully sensitive to sounds. Providing better insulated spaces and allowing for manipulation of sound pressure levels would be beneficial. An example of acoustic manipulation would be adding pink sound.

2. Lighting. Light and color affect human’s mood, behavior and cognitive behavior. Just think, if you were to sit in a dark grey room for an hour compared to a light yellow room, would you feel a difference? Most autism friendly designs have small areas of bright color and light unsaturated earth tones.

3. Spatial configuration. Spaces that are orderly and defined are easier for the autistic mind to process. The use of sequential circulation, storage for non-essential items, sub-dividing rooms, and making spaces reconfigurable can help individuals with autism to better focus.

4. Materials. Furniture has the potential to influence the function, privacy and size of a space. For ASD, modular furniture and malleable spaces are preferable. Easily sanitized finishes are also important because some people on the autism spectrum can have a compulsive-like need for cleanliness.

Designing for ASD does not just benefit those who have autism. These design focuses can create timeless, enjoyable and multifunctional spaces for all.  If we approach design through an autistic lens, we do not prioritize standardization in lieu of accommodation. Acoustics, lighting, spatial configuration and materials are essential in quality design. By understanding all human experience through research, we can create better spaces and serve all who inhabit.

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Working with interiors stylists Selina Lake and Cate St. Hill, Sony has revealed home styling trends for 2018 which include Lagom, Painterly, Wabi-Sabi, Botanicals.

Selina Lake is a freelance Interior & Lifestyle Stylist & Art Director in London, she is also the author of seven leading interior and styling books including Bazaar Style, Romantic Style, Homespun Style, Pretty Pastel Style, Outdoor Living, Winter Living and Botanical Style.

Cate St Hill is a Design and Interiors Writer, Blogger, Stylist and Interior Designer based in South London. With a strong belief that good design should be accessible to all, she set up her blog in 2011, to share light Scandi-inspired interiors and simple interior tips for everyday living.

Championing beauty in the living room of the future, Sony has recently launched a pop-up space in Shoreditch featuring its Life Space UX range – products that transform your existing living space. Beautiful and stylish design combined with technology innovation.

Below are Selina’s New Year new home styling trends and tips:

  • Lagom – Lagom is a Swedish word which translates to ‘not to little, not too much’ its follows the cool hygge trend from Denmark and embraces ideas for a scandi style interior which is cosy, cool and relaxing. Colours used for get this style are a mix of whites with soft greys mixed with natural wood. To create this Scandi vibe, introduce natural woods, on trend Scandinavian designed furniture and mix simple brass or metallic lighting. (Sony speaker light)
  • Painterly – This trend celebrates colour and has an artsy feel, walls are decorated with oversized watercolour digital printed murals and accessories are embellished with paint brush stoke marks or splattered paint designs. To get this look at home get crafty make your own textiles using fabric paint. Additionally, you could use the Sony LifeSpace UX short throw projector to create painterly wall art installation or invest in painterly style cushions to update a chair or sofa
  • Wabi-Sabi – Wabi-sabi, is an ancient Japanese philosophy turned décor trend, is about embracing your own authentic, and the imperfections of your space. Think bare plaster walls, with a simple yet beautiful vase displayed in front of the ‘imperfect’ wall. Wabi-Sabi interiors are minimal, ideally tech needs to fit the space effortlessly so the new Sony LifeSpace UX products are a perfect choice. If your wallpapers peeling or you have chipped painted walls don’t worry for this trend you won’t need to redecorate just find a console table and make a beautiful arrangement with vases, interesting objects and architectural style flowers like artichoke flowers or a single branch.
  • Botanicals & Garden Style – the trend for Green Botanicals continues to romp on, first it was all about bringing the outside in with houseplants and now as the trend continues into 2018 we’re thinking up new ways to give our outside spaces even more Botanical Style. Garden rooms are being furnished with botanical prints and displays made with potted plants on outdoor tables is the garden style idea for the summer. To achieve this look at home buy house plants and lots of them display them in baskets, concrete planters & zinc containers. Experiment with painting walls, rooms and wooden furniture shades of deep dark green. And style areas in your garden with plants and gardenalia.

Cate St Hill’s predicts the following trends will be big in 2018:

  • Rich, earthy colours – It might just be the time of year as we hunker down for the colder months, but I’m seeing a rich range of warm, earthy colours being used in minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired homes, from deep Burgundy reds and burnt oranges to rusty terracottas and murky greens. Scandi spaces are moving away from pure white and monochrome colour schemes to cosier, more nuanced settings that are still clean and contemporary.
  • Slender furniture legs – Tapered, mid-century-style wooden legs are making way for more slender, reductionist, powder-coated metal designs, from stackable chairs with thin, black frame to minimal trestle table legs for desks, sofas too are raised on thinner legs, giving furniture a lighter appearance.
  • Lighting – Lighting is taking inspiration from jewellery, with round, pearl-like lamps and elements that give the appearance of a hanging mobile.

Sony’s Life Space UX design-led pop-up space is open from 11am – 7pm from 2nd November 2017 until the 18th January 2018 at 188 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6HU.

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NYCxDesign 2017: Highlights and the trends to watch

Like New York Design “Weeks” past, this year’s festival of all things furniture, lighting, art, and objects spanned a length of time longer than a mere seven days. But few expected to ping between events, installations, openings, and parties for what was essentially a full month.

With such a wealth to see, Curbed editors divided and conquered, taking in the major shows (we’re lookin’ at you, Collective Design Fair and ICFF) and heading to the best satellite exhibitions, including Sight Unseen OFFSITE and ace shows at Colony and more.

Below, highlights from what we saw all month long—from the futuristic and outlandish to the minimalist and refined—as well as design trends to watch as 2017 rolls on.

Satellite exhibitions and installations stole the show

Yes: ICFF, by and large, is still the center of all things Design Week. But this year, as in past ones, satellite shows offered the most frisson.

At the top of the month, Collective Design Fair turned its spotlight on works by the likes of Rockwell Group (who created a cave-like pavilion hung with reflective streamers for the entrance), Apparatus Studio (whose lacquered-wood tables practically called out to be Instagrammed), and 3D-printing brand OTHR, which asked architect Annabelle Selldorf, interior designer India Mahdavi, Felix Burrichter of PIN-UP magazine, and more to nominate emerging talent—like Egg Collective and Chen Chen & Kai Williams—to design next-level 3D-printed objects.


Chamber’s “Room With Its Own Rules” show also impressed. There, 21 designers—all women—went toe-to-toe with notions of domesticity and power in a series of works of sculpture, photorealistic painting, seating, and more curated by Matylda Krzykowski. I was especially awed by Johanna Grawunder’s outsized Pussy Grabs Back—a lighted work in powder-coated-aluminum with fluorescent tube lights in three shades of pink—and Falling Rock, by Buro Belén, with contrasting textures of velvet and stone, also rendered in a dusty pink du jour.

There were also great pop-up shows. At Wanted Design, Dutch designers took over a room at the show for “Human Nature,” an installation of work by 17 designers, curated by Margriet Vollenburg for Ventura New York. Across town, Stockholm-based furniture company Hem, commissioned the ubiquitous Philippe Malouin on a series of experimental “screens,” which divided an high-ceilinged event space in WeWork’s Bryant Park location in Manhattan. There, ornate coffered ceilings and molded walls met Malouin’s improvisational room dividers, rendered from cinderblocks and polystyrene packing peanuts, among other workaday materials. The contrast was as intriguing as the components were simple. —Asad Syrkett
Sight Unseen founders Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer have, in turn, predicted and promoted the unicorn palette so prevalent in today’s design and art worlds—color-blocking, iridescence, pastels rendered in velvet, they’ve covered it all. For their signature May show, Sight Unseen OFFSITE, Khemsurov and Singer advised exhibitors on a harmonious palette that’s looking a little more sophisticated than years past: duskier pink, mossy green, deep navy, and muted purple. —Kelsey Keith

Carved-alabaster totem light by Allied Maker at Colony Kelsey Keith
It wouldn’t be design week without a few moments of heart-stopping beauty. Mine came on the last night of a grueling schedule, just before speaking at Colony’s closing reception. Long Island-based Allied Maker knocked it out of the ever-loving park with a totem made from carved alabaster. That is absolutely as decadent and jaw-dropping as it sounds, and it’s like a lamp version of Yale’s Beinecke Library. Consider me in love. —KK

Tech and design: Still bosom buds

Virtual reality: Everybody’s doin’ it. From Ikea to brokerages across the U.S., VR tech is slowly infiltrating the mainstream. The worlds of design and architecture are jumping into the fray, too, as evidenced by thought-provoking uses of the technology during NYCxDesign.

A “‘70s chic” room by Tom Hancocks and Twyla, with direction by Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov of Sight Unseen. Rendering courtesy Twyla
At Sight Unseen OFFSITE, online art-buying platform Twyla worked with designer and art director Tom Hancocks and Sight Unseen to create seven VR rooms embodying today’s trends in interiors (hello “’70s Chic” and “Muted Scandinavian Pastels”). It’s one thing to know what the trends are—and maybe have a vague sense of what they look like—but it’s another to be able to experience them in such an immediately immersive way.

And at The Future Perfect, owner David Alhadeff used a trio of VR headsets to transport visitors from his NoHo space to Casa Perfect, the gallery’s drop-dead gorgeous L.A. outpost in the Hollywood Hills. Browsers ogling work by glass designer John Hogan—who showed a glass-top table balancing on a silvered-glass base reminiscent of a clutch of eggs—could see the work IRL and as it appears at Casa Perfect.

“Interactive” design can be pretty hit or miss, IMO, but I couldn’t get enough of UM Project’s conductive and kinetic wallpaper installation for Flavorpaper at Collective Design Fair. Is this real life? Is this fantasy? I don’t care, but I could have stayed in that booth for hours. 

This year I noticed a spate of solid wood side tables that eschew the spindly, delicate proportions found in the midcentury-influenced silhouettes of late. These mini-monoliths are just blocky enough to feel substantial but polished, with nary a sign of rusticity. A special shout-out to Phase Design and Philippe Malouin for Resident. —KK

Tables, chairs, and stools by Rooms, a Tbilisi, Georgia-based design studio whose work is now represented by Manhattan design hub The Future Perfect. Photo courtesy The Future Perfect Speaking of solidity, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Rooms, the Tbilisi, Georgia-based design studio helmed by Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia. Their rough-hewn wood chairs, brass-and-metal tables, wallpaper, and lighting were (also) on view at The Future Perfect, and it all had a captivating, elemental beauty. The installation, “Alchemy”—an amalgam of influences from east Asia to Soviet design—was a sight for sore eyes in a month all too often too refined—and too reliant on things trending in Milan and Paris to look a little further east. —AS

Long live print(s)

Two new design mags—August Journal and MOLD—held events this May, and I particularly enjoyed MOLD’s mini-exhibition at Canal Street Market exploring the connection between design and yogurt around the world. (What’s more of a common denominator than food, honestly?) LinYee Yuan commissioned designers from Greece, Jordan, Kenya, Russia, and the U.S. to make bespoke objects that speak to their country’s yogurt-making process, and the results are surprising, quirky, and beautiful. Also straddling the line between quirk and beauty was a print-heavy pop-up engineered by ceramist Helen Levi and pattern designer extraordinaire Ellen Van Dusen.—KK

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Emerging voices come from diverse backgrounds

Some of the most eye-catching works I caught this year were from designers who got their starts in another field. Consider the atmospheric lighting from Aussie studio Articolo, founded by Nicci Green, a former chef whose first designs were props for styling food. The brand made its U.S. launch at ICFF this year, where I saw and fell in love with the celestial Fizi and Scandi sconces and “Drunken Emerald,” a gorgeously on-trend pendant lamp that’s part of the newly launched Float line.

BKLYN Designs was also where local firm Frederick Tang Architecture showed off its irresistible (read: Highly Instagrammable) first take on furniture featuring pink marble cloud tables and a cactus console. Honorable mentions: An expanded collection from Coil + Drift, founded by dancer-turned-designerJohn Sorensen-Jolink, plus furniture debuts by NFL-player-turned-actor-turned designer Terry Crews, and Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, both realized by Bernhardt Design. —Jenny Xie

Last but not least, yours truly had the pleasure of moderating a panel about Shaker design influence at the Design Within Reach store in Soho last week. Furnishing Utopia is a collaborative project—14 international design studios and counting—which brings designers to Shaker communities in the Berkshires to study historical objects and translate core Shaker values for a contemporary audience. As an addendum to the project’s second exhibition, we talked about everything from paint colors to cultural appropriation, and honestly I could have listened to the two curators—Lesley Herzberg and Jerry Grant—for hours. (Feel the magic yourself and schedule a trip to Hancock Shaker Village this summer!) —KK

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