Roman and Williams released the latest show at the Guild Gallery
The Guild Gallery of Downtown New York, a product of the Roman and Williams Guild, has opened its latest exhibition, Living Stone, on May 12 (through July 9). The first show in the US for Dutch artist Mirjam de Nijs, it features 32 works selected by Roman and Williams by Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch from de Nijs’s Amsterdam studio, including Chaise and Totem, two pieces of furniture specifically commissioned by designers. De Nijs makes sculptures on a range of scales (including a recent 800-pound marvel) from marble, alabaster, onyx, travertine, and bluestone with the help of saws and chisels.
The Italian design duo meets around New York’s Hudson Valley
Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, the Italian masterminds behind Milan and Rotterdam-based design practice Formafantasma, have long been intrigued by experimental materiality, sustainability, and the natural world. Those ideas collided with site-specific installation Formafantasma in Manitoga’s Dragon Rock: Designing Nature, which opened May 13 (through Nov. 14) at the home and studio of late industrial designer Russel Wright in New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Presented by the Magazzino Italian Art museum and research center and Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center, the objects — most of Formafantasma’s earliest works — are in harmonious conversation with Wright’s modernist stone, wood, and glass dwellings.
Hermès is strengthening its presence in Texas with a store in Austin
Austin’s quaint South Congress neighborhood is unlikely to be home to a two-story 7,600-square-foot Hermès boutique. Part of the mixed-use Music Lane complex that brings together brands such as Parachute, Tuft & Needle, Le Labo, and Soho House, the store has marked the third flagship of luxe French retailer in Texas, joining the locations in Dallas and Houston. Decorated with mineral terrazzo and cactus and sand-colored carpets, the interior has a unique Southwest feel that also comes from Austin’s live music and skate culture.
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The Ukrainian bedding company continues to work in the midst of the war
The war in Ukraine is still going on, but Natalya Ishchenko and Eteri Saneblidze, the undisputed founders of minimalist bedding and sleepwear company Sea Me, are keeping the lights on in their Odessa atelier to help boost the economy of Ukrainian nowadays. Sustainability remains the main thought for the brand.
Rotated from medium-weight 100% pure European Oeko-Tex-certified linen, each bedding set is sewn to order. Solid blue, green, and neutral colors, identified by bearing names such as Emerald, Atlantic, and Breeze, evoke the nearby Black Sea and happier days. Shipping around the world is inevitably slower now, but the germination for a new pair of sheets is a small way to support talented Ukrainian designers.
The London music landmark is reopening with club members
After seven years of planning and three construction, fans will be welcomed again this month to Koko, the beloved music venue in London’s Camden neighborhood where late luminaries like Prince and Amy Winehouse performed. Led by Koko CEO and creative director Olly Bengough and local firms Archer Humphryes Architects and Pirajean Lees, this iteration of the Victorian-era venue — which first opened as a theater in 1900 — includes standouts such as of the pavilion terrace restaurant floating over the original roof. , a reconstructed dome complete with cocktail bar, and House of Koko, a member-only club with perks such as private vinyl rooms that are an ode to the site’s BBC broadcast heritage. “I’m excited to bring Koko back to the public at a time when people need it most — contributing to London’s culture and giving the building back to the artists and the people to whom it belongs,” Bengough told AD PRO.