Credit Patricia Urquiola with rescuing wicker from musty, outdated porches and transforming it into chic furniture worthy of dressing up the most stylish homes. And she’s inspired a younger generation of designers (even if they don’t realize it), including a young designer named Rami Tareef.
Few parts of America are waspier than Fairfield County, Connecticut. Buy a house there, and it practically comes with acceptance letters to Exeter and Princeton. Which makes what Amsterdam design studio UXUS Design have done in Wilton nothing short of revolutionary. They’ve taken a 1930s hunting lodge — a WASP-approved monument to Colonial Revivalism, with Georgian touches -– and given it a tres-chic European makeover. The place has sofas by Dutch design goddess Hella Jongerius, a claw-like Dear Ingo lamp from Moooi, and even an Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair in neon orange.
Hella Jongerius has built a career from perfecting the art of the imperfection. The Dutch design heavyweight is a pioneer in custom manufacturing, she injects everything from fabric to ceramics with minute inconsistencies, making them appear handmade and entirely sui generis. She has designed earthenware for Ikea that manages to escape the uniform Ikea aesthetic. And in Jongerius’s hands, a table is never just a table; it’s a table with an enormous frog sprouting out of it. "Misfits," Jongerius has said, "are my idea of perfection."
Ten leading designers have been commissioned to develop new uses for sustainably grown and harvested materials in order to tell a unique story about the life-cycle of materials and the power of conservation and design. Here are examples of their work.
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