What’s new this spring, among our list members – SURFACE
New and remarkable
From a new lighting collection by Christopher Boots at Milan Design Week and Galerie Lafayette inspired boutique 148 to an eye-pleasing wardrobe system by Henrybuilt.
by Jenna Adrian-Diaz
June 27, 2022
New & Notable is a cultural catch-all that highlights exciting new products and projects from our brilliantly creative members of The list. With new releases, happenings and happenings, the moments below indicate the power they have to push the needle in so many fields including architecture, design, fashion and art.
Each collection of the lighting studio inspires admiration, and “Ouranos”, its first collection in two years, is no exception. Two ceiling lights and a wall sconce use Christopher Boots’ signature quartz crystal and brass for an ethereal effect. Inspired by the ancient Greek myth of the eponymous god of the heavens, the collection debuted to great effect at ‘Trove 2.0’, a collaborative installation between Christopher Boots and Lost Profile Studios during Milan Design Week.
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After celebrating its 25th anniversary, womenswear brand Lafayette 148 is expanding with the opening of a new store on Bloor Street in Toronto. The boutique, the brand’s first in Canada, is a bright space that evokes the abundance of art galleries lining the streets of SoHo, New York, where Lafayette 148 was founded.
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Calico recently launched “Scenic”, a new collection of stylish wallcoverings conceptualized by guest designer and architect Elizabeth Roberts. Inspired by a 1792 illustration of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park from a more recent 1910 postcard, Roberts reinterpreted the stippling, variations in line thickness and gestural strokes of the original work to create an element of decor that functions more like a work of art, inviting the viewer to reflect. the underlying story of the built environment.
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Art and tech accessories might seem like an unlikely pairing, but CASETiFY’s recent restocking of its Basquiat collection and the full launch of its Metropolitan Museum of Art collection (which debuted with a limited collection earlier this year ) put inspirational artwork at your fingertips with cases for phones, Air Pods, tablets, and more.
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House of Léon has added the Kyoto collection to its furniture list: a range of elegant chairs, tables and other pieces inspired by the shared virtues of Japanese minimalism and Scandinavian functionality and comfort.
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McKinnon and Harris
With summer comes the desire, even for the most cosmopolitan city dwellers, to decamp from the sweltering heat of the city in favor of blue skies and a breeze by the water. That’s why the addition of McKinnon and Harris to their outdoor furniture range seems particularly timely. Part of its modern-leaning collection, deCamp’s sectional is a brand new offering that makes us think of curling up with a good book after enjoying bumps of caviar and a glass of muscadet al fresco.
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Architect and interior designer Brooke Aitken brings her talents to Tsar Carpets with the “Passage” collection of six floor coverings. Each invites reflection on the passage of time as the patterns of the six rugs are titled after day, night and the four seasons.
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Drift, the latest offering in Henrybuilt’s Opencase line, is poised to bring the same level of aesthetic kitchen organization to cupboards and cabinetry. The modular system includes shelves, hooks and drawers that can be arranged in new layouts without the need to reach for tools. A palette of wood, leather and brass makes each Drift element feel like the luxurious finishing touch that it is.
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Architectural firm Norman Kelley has completed the lobby renovation of 190 South La Salle Street, an office building originally designed by Philip Johnson with John Burgee Architects in 1987. Standout features include postmodern sculpture by Anthony Caro Runaway from Chicagothe 50-foot-high vaulted gold-leaf ceiling and a brass and marble amphitheater that plays a musical score with an evolving composition that changes with the time of day and weather.
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Sustainability-conscious knitwear brand Serino Studio has expanded its line of accessories with the addition of a nylon knit tote bag. The bag captures Serino Studio’s refined simplicity with reinforced stitching, a packable silhouette that lays flat when empty, interior pockets, and enough room to comfortably fit a laptop.
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Hospitality-focused dental practice Tend has already proven its ability to turn something as routine (and sometimes downright dreadful) as oral hygiene into an ambitious experience. They did it again when they recently launched an exclusive mouthwash called Tonic. It is produced as a concentrate housed in a sleek recyclable aluminum canister and starter sets come with a glass carafe with apparent Art Deco influences.
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