The Rise of the McBasement, Marge Carson Changes Hands, and More
A new line of Household items designed by Eames made its Crate & Barrel debut this week, the brainchild of Lucia Eames, a little-known creative mind in the famed family. Stay in the know with our weekly roundup of headlines, launches, events, recommended reading and more.
Californian furniture maker Marge Carson, who announcement earlier this month that it went bankrupt, has now been acquired by Chicago-based interior design and retailer Linly Designs, Furniture today reports. For 75 years, Marge Carson has sold high-end soft furnishings, bedroom and living room furniture through retailers, design center showrooms and interior designers, and counted on Linly Designs as one of its largest accounts in the Midwest for over a decade.
Honeycomb-shaped houses, a building that looks like a cereal box and a property made entirely of tires are all part of a series of bold design projects that could become reality later this year, thanks to the announcement by Airbnb of the beneficiaries of its $10 million. OH MY GOD! Funds. As fast business reports, the competition, which originally launched in June, received tens of thousands of submissions and was narrowed down to 100 new projects that each received a $100,000 grant. In accordance with the competition’s funding agreement, projects must be completed by August 2023, after which they will become active listings on the rental platform.
As shipping container rates begin to decline from pandemic highs, furniture companies are beginning to reduce their ocean freight surcharges on imported products, Furniture today reports. Legends Furniture became the latest company to do so last week, joining New Classic Furniture, Parker House Furniture, Porter Designs, Home Meridian and American Woodcrafters. Although Legends VP Tim Donk said FT While container rates remain above pre-pandemic levels, he noted that current costs mark a significant drop from 18 months ago, when the industry was mired in supply chain difficulties.
The current energy crisis in Europe has pushed natural gas prices to record highs, affecting manufacturing centers in all 27 member countries. This includes Venice, Italy, the home of Murano glass craftsmanship, where production has largely stopped. As clean art reports, the glass furnaces used in Murano makers’ processes require large amounts of natural gas to operate at high temperatures, which must continue to operate 24 hours a day. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine put severe Testing the flow of natural resources across the continent, the price of this gas has fluctuated throughout the year, standing at $56 per cubic foot this month, compared to a more standard rate of $7 per cubic . foot in November 2021. Volatility has forced about 80% of manufacturers to halt production, while the rest are working with reduced horsepower and fewer employees. The Italian government stepped in twice earlier this year to provide emergency aid to the Murano industry, prompting many producers to wait for another round of relief before resuming operations.
When The Wing announced it was closing late last summer, the coworking space closed its remaining locations, although according to a new lawsuit it may have left unfinished business at its former flagship of SoHo. As Braked reports, the owners of The Wing’s former site at 52 Mercer Street filed a lawsuit against the company and founder Audrey Gelman last week for more than $1.7 million in back rent. The lawsuit alleges landlords Matthew and Howard Baden only found out the business was closing after the news broke in the media, and that Gelman guaranteed rent would be paid until 2028. For Design Lovers , the dispute potentially marks the final gasps of a space (carefully crafted by architect Alda Ly and designer Chiara de Rege) that many millennia ago aspired to reproduce in their own homes.
Launches & Collaborations
MatchesFashion co-founder Tom Chapman, alongside co-founder Nicolas Pickaerts, launched a new e-commerce platform focused on homewares called Abask, The Financial Times reports. Curated by Chapman, the site debuted with an assortment of 2,000 products – a selection ranging from Connolly leather trays to designer Rose Uniacke blankets – from more than 100 brands, including historic names, small artisans and vintage dealers.
Benjamin Moore has announced Raspberry Blush as its 2023 color of the year. The saturated red-orange hue marks a warm departure from the cool-toned colors that have dominated the brand’s annual paint line-up in recent years.
Actress Diane Keaton has teamed up with Fabricut’s S. Harris division for a fabric line of over 50 different styles. Elements by Diane Keaton includes cottons, linens, loops and wools available in black and white hues, as well as dusty taupes and bright blues. Movie buffs will appreciate that some styles borrow their names (like La-Di-Da, Shoot the Moon and Ghost Herringbone) from Keaton films.
Visual Comfort & Co. announced the launch of five new designer partnerships at this season’s High Point Market event. Through new licensing agreements with Amber Lewis, Ray Booth, Christiane Lemieux, Thom Filicia and Drew and Jonathan Scott, the company will feature more than 140 new items in the new collections, with styles ranging from California casual to modern traditional.
The Wells Companies, a Texas-based family of design brands that includes Wells Textiles, Wells Abbott Showrooms and Wells Warehouse, has launched Cottage Textiles, a new direct-to-consumer website that will offer interior fabrics and wallcoverings at General public. From a variety of brands, the site will feature products retired from production or no longer in commercial distribution, available at discounted prices for design enthusiasts of all kinds.
Holiday House NYC has announced the return of its annual New York-based designer show house, to be held for the first time since before the pandemic. Held at Kent’s penthouse apartments on the Upper East Side, the event will see over 15 design firms, including Katie Brandt Interiors, Eneia White Interiors and Champalimaud Design, transform spaces. Open to the public from November 9 to December 11, profits from the event will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
In recent years, gray color palettes have moved out of the realm of corporate decorating and have continued to dominate residential interior design, as seen in new construction listings, influence rooms, home improvement blogs, on the pages of shelter magazines and in the homes of the wealthiest on shows like Succession, Billions and Industry. For the Dirt newsletter, design writer Hayley Jean Clark argues that despite the color palette’s newfound ubiquity, today’s application of gray is a lazy and naïve excuse for modern luxury. “The market is that if everything is washed out in variations of gray, the risk of making a serious aesthetic mistake is diminished,” Clark writes. “But it also requires the whitewashing of anything that is legitimately alive, artful, or inviting.”
While some local zoning codes prohibit major renovations to increase the size of homes, designers and developers are turning to a smart alternative: building lavish underground spaces. As EB Solomont writes for The Wall Street Journalthe rise of the “McBasement” led to underground bars, guest suites, bowling alleys, rock climbing walls and whiskey tasting rooms.
Waterford, the 200-plus-year-old luxury crystal brand, has officially set its sights on Generation Z. Thanks to a new pop-up store in New York’s SoHo district, a revived social media presence and marketing campaigns Showcasing its products used by all ages, the brand aims to capitalize on the recent surge in homeware purchases to break out of its once heavy-handed image. As Jade Yan writes for Ad agethe move makes the Irish brand the latest luxury company (along with fellow crystal giants Swarovski and Baccarat) to modernize its image to reach the younger generation of consumers.
Cue the applause
The Black Artists + Designers Guild will celebrate the impact of community members in creating equitable and inclusive spaces at the inaugural BADG of Honor event, an awards and fundraising ceremony taking place on October 26 in partnership with Interior Design magazine. Recognizing those whose work aligns with the organization’s mission to honor their ancestral legacies in art and design, the program named four winners: Mashonda Tifrere, founder of ArtLeadHer, recipient of the Collective Circle Award; Dori Tunstall, Dean of Design at OCAD University in Toronto, recipient of the Education Award; Walter Hood, Creative Director and Founder of Hood Design Studio, as a Founder Award recipient; and Franklin Sirmans, director of the Perez Art Museum Miami, as the recipient of the Legacy Award.
Call for applications
Also during the BADG of Honor event, the organization will honor a recipient of the Maker Award, for which community members submitted five candidates for consideration: Kesha Franklin, Breegan Jane, Karen Revis, Cheryl R. Riley, and Jomo Tariku. . To vote on a finalist before midnight October 21, click here.
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