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Roger Tallon at Jousse Entreprise in Paris

Module 400 collection by Roger Tallon for Galerie Lacloche (1965). Photo © Marc Domage; courtesy of Jousse Entreprise

On view now through July 22nd at Jousse Entreprise in Paris: the visionary work of Roger Tallon (1929–2011). Highlighting the 20th-century French designer’s far-reaching design thinking, the show centers around Tallon’s iconic Module 400 series, originally designed in 1965 for legendary Parisian nightclub The Garage. Each piece in the collection—including seating, tables, ashtrays, and more—rests atop a polished aluminum pedestal measuring 400 x 400 mm square, which matched the dimensions of the nightclub’s floor tiles in an all-encompassing grid. The series went on to be edited by Galerie Lacloche and had a memorable cameo in Jacques Deray’s 1969 film La Piscine. According to the gallery, “The pieces in our exhibition bear the threefold mark of the Tallon system: a spirit of invention and freedom, permanent unfinishedness, and the logic of flows.”

 

Collections at Sarah Myerscough Gallery in London

Collections at Sarah Myerscough Gallery in London. Photo © James Harris; courtesy of Sarah Myerscough Gallery and the artists

This year, London’s Sarah Myerscough Gallery turns 25. To celebrate, it has mounted Collections, an exhibition featuring the makers, materials, and objects that embody the gallery's vision and mandate. Familiar names on view include Eleanor Lakelin, Gareth Neal, Christopher Kurtz, Nic Webb, and Egeværk, among others.“Twenty-five years feels quite momentous in this beautiful world of collectable crafted design,” Myerscough tells us. “We feel we are in such a strong position now to champion our ethos of authentic design, handmade in natural materials, that connect to the past but speak of the future!” Congratulations to Myerscough and her team! The show runs through October 21st.

 

Tanel Veenre and Ted Noten at Ornamentum in Hudson

Tanel Veenre: BeforeAfter at Ornamentum in Hudson. Red Loves Gold Chatelaine Bag by Ted Noten for Ornamentum (2022). Photos © Ornamentum

At Ornamentum in Hudson you’ll find one cool show about to close and another set to open. The first, on view now through July 16th, is Tanel Veenre: BeforeAfter,  showcasing the Estonian jeweler’s romantic, mystical necklaces and other wearables, many created from unexpected materials like violin bridges, tuning pegs, and organ pipes. Up next, July 22nd through August 13th, Ornamentum offers Ted Noten: Incubators Vol. 2, presenting a new body of work from the Dutch jewelry designer—as delightfully playful and unconventional as ever.

 

Kim Mupangilaï at Superhouse Vitrine in NYC

Kim Mupangilai: HUE/I/AM - HUE/AM/I at Superhouse Vitrine in New York. Photo © Luis Corzo; courtesy of Superhouse

Last week, Superhouse in Manhattan opened HUE/AM/I - HUE/I/AM, a solo show debuting Brooklyn-based interior architect Kim Mupangilaï’s first furniture collection, Kasaï. All seven designs in the collection are made from natural materials (teak, stone, rattan, and banana fiber) that symbolize the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Born to a Belgian mother and Congolese father,” the gallery notes, “Mupangilaï was raised in Europe, losing contact with her African heritage. With her furniture collection, Kasaï, she rediscovers her cross-cultural identity and hopes to provoke viewers’ exploration of their own lineages.”

 

Light My Fire! at Ketabi Bourdet in Paris

Light My Fire! at Ketabi Bourdet in Paris. Photo © Studio Shapiro

At Ketabi Bourdet in Paris, you’ll find Light My Fire!, a vibrant group exhibition of artists and designers from different generations exploring a single universal theme. As the gallery explains: “Antithetical as both creator and destroyer, fire is honored in all its forms… It is domesticated by Élisabeth Garouste, who shapes bronze, iron, and faience; it is left wild by Pauline d'Andigné and her Burning Desire; suggested in the plasticized flame of Vincent Bécheau and Marie-Laure Bourgeois's chair n°4; and sublimated by the gold of Mathias Kiss's screen.” The show includes many more examples of works that cleverly engage the theme, both literally and obliquely. Light My Fire! runs through July 28th and, after a summer hiatus, has a second run from August 29th to September 23rd.

 

R & Company + Pitkin Projects in Aspen

Space Grapes by Rogan Gregory (2019) and Moon Gold Plywood II by Nancy Lorenz (2018) for R & Company. Photos © R & Company

In collaboration with Pitkin Projects, NYC’s R & Company has made its long-awaited return to Aspen as part of the mountain oasis’s arts-centric summer season. On view through September 11th, this group exhibition brings together collectible design objects from R & Company’s world-class roster of talents, including Jeff Zimmerman, Serban Ionescu, Rogan Gregory, Jolie Ngo, Roberto Lugo, and Nancy Lorenz. And congratulations to gallery founders, Evan Snyderman and Zesty Meyers, for their recent inclusion in Wallpaper* Magazine’s “Guide to Creative America: 300 Names to Know Now.”

 

Carpenters Workshop Gallery + Calodney Art Advisory in Aspen

3DPD Stool by Robert Stadler (2022) and White & Light Purple Side Table by Wonmin Park (2016) for Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Photos © Carpenters Workshop Gallery

London-based Carpenters Workshop Gallery has also returned to Aspen this summer with a show called In Repetition: There is Difference, produced in collaboration with Calodney Art Advisory. Inspired by the musings of Samuel Beckett, the exhibition brings together collectible design and contemporary art to explore the nuances of repetition in both form and practice. Artists on view include Judy Chicago, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Donald Judd, and Yayoi Kusama, presented alongside designers like Maarten Baas, Vincenzo De Cotiis, Ingrid Donat, Johanna Grawunder, Rick Owens, and Wonmin Park. In Repetition runs through August 12th.

 

Suchi Reddy at National Building Museum in DC

Suchi Reddy's Look Here, the 2023 Summer Block Party Installation at the National Building Museum. Photo © Timothy Schenck; courtesy of Reddymade and the National Building Museum

Every summer in DC, the National Building Museum invites a major architect to transform its Great Hall as part of its highly anticipated Summer Block Party program. This year, the institution collaborated with New York-based artist-architect, Suchi Reddy, founder of Reddymade Architecture & Design. Reddy’s installation, called Look Here, features a constellation of hanging kaleidoscopes and mirrored elements shaped like fortune-tellers—the folded paper playthings that have engaged kids for generations—some of which include iconic images of activist gatherings, like the 1963 March on Washington. As the museum states, the project underscores the ideas that “Washington, D.C. was designed, not only to house a democratic government, but also to be a physical representation of democratic ideals and beliefs.” Open to the public through Labor Day (September 4th).

 

Dorothy Liebes at the Cooper Hewitt in NYC

Dorothy Liebes Studio, New York City, ca. 1957. Photo © Dorothy Liebes Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

New at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in Manhattan, A Dark, A Light, A Bright: The Designs of Dorothy Liebes shines a light on American textile designer, weaver, and color authority Dorothy Liebes (1897–1972). “Despite widespread recognition during Liebes’s lifetime,” the museum writes, “her powerful impact on 20th-century design remains largely unacknowledged.” Featuring more than 175 works, from textiles and fashion to furniture and archival materials, the exhibition “reveals the scope of her achievements and adds a new thread to the story of mid-century modernism.” On view through February 4, 2023.

 

Phillip K. Smith III at Hexton Gallery in Aspen

Sky Torus by Phillip K. Smith III (2022), commissioned for a private collection in Rancho Mirage, CA. Photo © Lance Gerber; courtesy of Hexton Gallery

Coming soon to Hexton Gallery in Aspen: Phillip K. Smith III: Outside In/Inside Out, a solo exhibition of the Southern Californian artist’s latest body of work, a series of “elusive, ephemeral wall sculptures that rest somewhere between traditional painting and the transformative power of colored light.” Often commissioned to produce public and outdoor installations, Smith can be understood in the lofty lineage of California’s Light and Space movement and minimalist artists like James Turrell, Robert Morris, and Donald Judd. “I am interested in creating experiences that tap into universal beauty,” Smith says “Experiences that make us step away from our pattern, our life, our work, our errands, and allow us to see sublime beauty shifting and changing before our eyes.” The show runs through August 12th.

 

Farrell Hundley at Friedman Benda in LA

Creusa Vase (2023) and Iris Side Table (2023) by Farrell Hundley for Friedman Benda. Photos © Friedman Benda and Farrell Hundley

Later this week, Friedman Benda in LA will open Chorus, a solo exhibition of Farrell Hundley—an LA-based design collaboration between artist Elliott Hundley and furniture designer William Farrell. According to the gallery, the lost-wax cast works in the show “are allegories that meditate on the rise and fall of empires and the poetic power of these fragmented narratives.” The exhibition title refers to, as Ferrell explains, “the first group of characters in traditional Greek plays and stories that set the stage of the story that’s to come.” Chorus runs through August 12th.

 

Herzog & de Meuron at the Royal Academy of Arts in London

M+ in Hong Kong, designed by Herzog & de Meuron (2012-21). Photo © Kevin Mak; courtesy of Royal Academy of Art and Herzog & de Meuron

London’s Royal Academy of Arts is set to open an exhibition dedicated to Herzog & de Meuron, the critically acclaimed Swiss architectural practice founded by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron in Basel in 1978. Open from July 14th to October 15th, the show has been curated in close collaboration with the architects themselves to capture their unique thinking and methods. Among many highlights is a room dedicated to healing architecture, focused on a single project currently under construction, the Kinderspital Zürich. According the the museum, “the room will include a 1:1 interior mock-up of a section of a hospital patient room, illustrating H&dM’s humanizing designs,” which visitors will be able to explore at full scale using AR.

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