Mireille Hyde

Trashlight

Stuart Haygarth’s chandeliers find a surprising source of beauty in discarded trinkets and trash. “I don’t like creating things solely to look good,” the British designer says. “There should be a concept or story behind them.” Haygarth’s interest in garbage…

The Art of Dining Act Four: Backstage

Rather than standing on its own, as in most Japanese restaurants, a Nobu sushi bar always acts as a connector between the kitchen and the dining room. “Once the bar is blocked in, the layout of everything else automatically falls…

The Art of Dining Act Five: Credits

To enhance the atmosphere of Nobu 57, the Rockwell Group collaborated with artisans on a handful of artistic installations. Naturally occurring materials, references to marine life, and nods to traditional Japanese culture helped ensure continuity among the elements.

Place Setting

“The Brooklyn Bridge is so compelling—it has been inspiring designers and artists since it was erected,” says Jennifer Carpenter, of Truck Product Architecture. A walk across the iconic structure spurred Carpenter to design her Bridges dinnerware collection, just released by…

Boutique on Rye

The Tel Aviv showroom for Israeli clothing line Delicatessen, by architect Guy Zucker, is inspired by the mutable nature of fashion itself. “Constant change is the most interesting thing about the fashion world,” he says. “I am always curious about…

Stay Put

Paola Lenti’s supple thermoformed panels dress up living spaces indoors and out.

Crafted by Ikea

For the first time Dutch designer Hella Jongerius’s craft-inflected organic creations are available to the masses. She has designed four large urn-shaped vases called Jonsberg for Ikea’s PS range, available this month. “Normally my work is made in small editions,…

Wearing Your Wallpaper to Work

While there is no doubt your environment affects your personal style, Ben Pell’s Walldrobe Wearpaper makes that influence literal. The system consists of a series of thin leather panels that you hang on your wall as you would artwork. When…

Well Heeled

“I design my shoes like chairs,” Julia Lundsten says. “The heels are like the chair legs; and the leather uppers, where you place your foot, are like seats.” The Finnish designer is the daughter of an architect and an interior…

Plain and Fancy

Since the Finnish government recommends wearing reflectors throughout the dark winter, designer Saara Renvall’s Kukka flower brooches are both practical and fanciful. They are made from the same reflective 3M material used for traffic signs, with a faceted pattern that…

ICFF’s Ongoing Success Spawns New NY Fairs

The 17th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), held this past May in New York, attracted a record-breaking number of visitors. Its success has given rise to plans for an off-site, supplementary trade show, the International Interiors NY (IINY), scheduled…

Art for Information’s Sake

Designing the welcoming signage for the Museum of Modern Art’s high-profile expansion posed a special challenge. “How can I generate something creative and cohesive that is still informative?” Mikon van Gastel, of Imaginary Forces, asked himself. Using a row of…

Scandinavian Design Defines Aquavit’s New Digs

This month, New York’s Aquavit reopened in a new location and with a significant redesign; now the restaurant’s celebrated, traditional Swedish cuisine is complemented by classic, mid-century Scandinavian furniture. Owner Håkan Swahn has long been passionate about the style, personally…

Unveiling the Forms Behind Fashion

Though clothing is generally thought of in terms of the wearer, certain extreme and wonderful designs can exist independently as works of art. Demonstrating this point is the exhibition Form Follows Fashion, which shows how certain pieces from avant-garde designers…