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Pelle Transforms New York Showroom into “Unnatural Habitat”

Pelle’s “Unnatural Habitat” setting is on display through June 28. Photography courtesy of Pelle.

New York-native brand Pelle transformed its Flatiron showroom-atelier into a dream-like setting with cream carpet and subtly shifting shades of pale yellow curtains offsetting its new works. Design duo Jean and Oliver Pelle (at left) call the installation Unnatural Habitat.

The scene-stealing Nana Lure, a continuation of the Lure lighting collection initially launched in 2016, dominates the space with its large-scale banana frond shade cast in cotton and painted in sumptuous purples and greens. Two fixtures with patinated stepped spines suspend from boat hardware and leather straps made in collaboration with friend and leather designer Jason Ross of Artemas Quibble. The effect is pure tropical fantasy.

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Nana Lure and Fin Chair by Pelle. Photography courtesy of Pelle.

 

Also not to be missed: Dust, a suspended arrangement of reflective shards producing a hazy ambient light and evoking a post-apocalypse world where shiny fragments become treasures. Is this the next wave? Final touches include Pelle’s solid aluminum DVN table with its precise zero-tolerance leg joints plus elevated timber and brass stool/tables from the Stiletto series that Jean describes as “the best way to present wood” with mesmerizing grain patterns on full display. The set-up is on view from May 15 to June 28 at 56 West 22nd St.

Dust, a suspended arrangement of glass shards, by Pelle. Photography courtesy of Pelle.
DVN table by Pelle. Photography courtesy of Pelle.

 

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Colony Plays Matchmaker for Its Pas De Deux Showcase

An interactive installation by wallpaper producer Flat Vernacular invites participation. Photography courtesy of Charlie Schuck.

 

American design cooperative Colony’s latest presentation, Pas De Deux, imagines a duet between design and art. Helmed by founder Jean Lin, the show pairs like-minded designers and artists to showcase inspired textiles, objects, lighting, and furniture.

Ame by Studio Paolo Ferrari is upholstered with a cascading textile by Hiroko Takeda. Photography courtesy of Charlie Schuck.

 

An interactive installation by wallpaper producer Flat Vernacularinvites visitors to continue the pattern with paint. New York-based lighting design and manufacturing studio Allied Maker partnered with ceramic artist Michele Quan of MQuan Studio to produce stoneware sconces with painted patterns. Ame, an evocative lounge chair by Studio Paolo Ferrari, comes upholstered with a cascading textile produced by Hiroko Takeda and inspired by Japanese straw rain gear. Another favorite: KWH’s expertly-crafted Cove/Arc credenza below Hidenori Ishii’s acrylic and resin painting, its yellow and orange flourishes giving off mirror vibes.

Hand-painted stoneware sconces by ceramic artist Michele Quan of MQuan Studio. Photography courtesy of Charlie Schuck.

 

Other participants from the Colony stable include Vonnegut/Kraft, Fort Standard, Moving Mountains, Grain, and LA-based Klein Agencymaking its Colony debut. The pièce de résistance: sound artist (and Jean’s brother) Jasper Lin’s ambient auras fill the space while wispy hanging fabric baffles rhythmically move to the score, courtesy of gusts from programmed fans. The subtle effect adds a theatrical touch fitting of the performance. Open through May 31 at 324 Canal Street, 2nd Floor.

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Highlights from WantedDesign Brooklyn

Industrial design students from Pratt paired with The American Hardwood Information Center for their Red Oak Reimagined exhibition. Photography courtesy of WantedDesign Brooklyn.

 

Yet another reason to journey across the river to the design-centric borough: WantedDesign Brooklyn 2019 has landed at creative hub Industry City and runs through Monday, May 20th. Downstairs you can preview the works of next-generation designers, with student contributions from as near as Pratt (industrial design students paired with The American Hardwood Information Center for their Red Oak Reimagined exhibition) and as far as Universidad Don Bosco, El Salvador and beyond.

Architecture-trained and Caracas, Venezuela-native Rodolfo Agrella designed his Ara lighting collection in collaboration with French brand Procédés Chénel. Photography courtesy of Rodolfo Agrella.

 

Upstairs, Rodolfo Agrella’s playful lighting installation features his unexpectedly fire-resistant and water-repellant Ara paper fixtures produced in collaboration with French brand Procédés Chénel.

California-based designer Elyse Graham traveled to France to craft glassware objects reminiscent of her original resin designs. Photography courtesy of Elyse Graham.

 

Designer Elyse Graham traded her preferred resin material for glass during a week-long residency at CIAV in Meisanthal, France as part of a transatlantic creative exchange. The resulting forms exult in changing colors of glass and applied pattern.

Read more: Preview the Manhattan and Brooklyn Editions of WantedDesign

California-based designer Elyse Graham traveled to France to craft glassware objects reminiscent of her original resin designs. Photography courtesy of Elyse Graham.

With 165 years of glassmaking experience, the Corning Museum of Glass GlassLab provided fodder for Nice-born designer Philippe Nigroto produce colorful objects in just five days, including sculptural totems and playful containers in the age-old material.

French designer Philippe Nigro worked in conjunction with Corning Glass Lab to produce colorful totems and objets. Photography courtesy of WantedDesign Brooklyn.

 

IC Locals: Timber!, a collection of works by Industry City-based designers and makers curated by Hannah Martin, shows the endless uses for the building-block material, including an organic form crafted via steam-bending by Matthias Pliessnig. While onsite, indulge in the many food venues and relax in generous outdoor spaces.

A sinuous structure in wood by Matthias Pliessnig weaves its way through Hannah Martin’s IC Locals: Timber! Grouping. Photography courtesy of WantedDesign Brooklyn.

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Pelle Transforms New York Showroom into “Unnatural Habitat”

Pelle’s “Unnatural Habitat” setting is on display through June 28. Photography courtesy of Pelle.

New York-native brand Pelletransformed its Flatiron showroom-atelier into a dream-like setting with cream carpet and subtly shifting shades of pale yellow curtains offsetting its new works. Design duo Jean and Oliver Pelle (at left) call the installation Unnatural Habitat.

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The scene-stealing Nana Lure, a continuation of the Lure lighting collection initially launched in 2016, dominates the space with its large-scale banana frond shade cast in cotton and painted in sumptuous purples and greens. Two fixtures with patinated stepped spines suspend from boat hardware and leather straps made in collaboration with friend and leather designer Jason Ross of Artemas Quibble. The effect is pure tropical fantasy.

> See the NYCxDESIGN 2019 Event Calendar

Nana Lure and Fin Chair by Pelle. Photography courtesy of Pelle.

Also not to be missed: Dust, a suspended arrangement of reflective shards producing a hazy ambient light and evoking a post-apocalypse world where shiny fragments become treasures. Is this the next wave? Final touches include Pelle’s solid aluminum DVN table with its precise zero-tolerance leg joints plus elevated timber and brass stool/tables from the Stiletto series that Jean describes as “the best way to present wood” with mesmerizing grain patterns on full display. The set-up is on view from May 15 to June 28 at 56 West 22nd St.

Dust, a suspended arrangement of glass shards, by Pelle. Photography courtesy of Pelle.
DVN table by Pelle. Photography courtesy of Pelle.

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8 Highlights From KBIS 2018

January 10, 2018

At the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show taking place through January 11th in Orlando, Florida, the Maximalism trend (with a very capital M) meets clean-lined Modernism. From affordable terrazzo-look porcelain tiles to high-octane hues on professional ranges, we can’t help but be bowled away by the eye-popping designs on display.

 

Kallista

Spare and architectural, look out for the Grid 3D-printed faucet from the Kohler-affiliated brand when it launches in summer 2018. “Intrigued by the fundamentals of the De Stijl movement and how it embraced the de-massing of a design has always sparked my imagination,” explains Kallista’s Design Studio manager Bill McKeone.

Grid by Kallista.

Bertazzoni

The Italian manufacturer engineers a new Professional series of ranges in 30”, 36” and 48” widths with clean lines and a stylish yet functional temperature gauge inspired by chronograph watch dials. Automobile-grade finishes come in vibrant orange, red, and yellow as well as classic black and white.

Professional series by Bertazzoni.

Ann Sacks

LA-based designer Kelly Wearstler returns with her fourth collection for the American-based tile company, a long-standing provider of now-trending encaustic tile. Dubbed Gem, the collection includes Elope, a swirling pattern combining two colorways; Swell, an organic yet graphic pattern of curved lines; and Evoke, a marbled pattern adorned with hand-applied squiggles.

Evoke by Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks.

Compac

A sculptural form in engineered quartz reads high-contrast in colorways Unique Marquina and Unique Calacatta. The piece was conceived as a modernist hammam, or Turkish bath, by Valencia-based GG Architects

Hammam by Compac.

Dekton by Cosentino

Designer Daniel Germani‘s DeKauri credenza reimagines the bathroom sink by tucking it away inside an elegant credenza made in collaboration with Italian furniture maker Riva 1920. The Dekton washbasinplays off 40,000-year-old Kauri wood from New Zealand. Thin-profile brass lighting by New York-based Juniper Design outfits the interior. “DeKauri is a modern-day heirloom,” says the designer. 

DeKauri credenza by Dekton by Cosentino.

Sicis

Marble, with an edge. Sicis turns up the volume on stone standbys with Electric Marble, its fuschia, turquoise, gold, or silver veining applied to their thin-profile Vetrite material.

Electric Marble by Sicis.

Artistic Tile

Get the coveted look of terrazzo without the high price tag and endless maintenance with the maker’s durable Pavimento porcelain tile in a pleasingly large 32” square format. 

Pavimento by Artistic Tile.

Fantini

The Italian maker introduces three new finishes—street-smart Gun Metal, rosy Matte Copper, and soft British Gold, the later based on the historic hue of the mined material found in England.

Gun Metal, Matte Copper, and British Gold finishes by Fantini.

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