From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.
Missoni Consolidates Missoni Home
Fashion may be more interested in design than ever before, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t business nuances to address. This week, Italian heritage brand Missoni, known for its iconic chevron knits, announced that it had completed a full acquisition of T&J Vestor’s operation actions. T&J Vestor operates the Missoni Home group, and the acquisition will allow for easier cross-pollination and collaboration between the Missoni and Missoni Home brands.
Phaidon Acquires Monacelli Press
Big news broke for the art and design publishing world this week: Phaidon has acquired Monacelli Press. First founded in 1994 by Gianfranco Monacelli and briefly owned by Random House, Monacelli later purchased his company back from the New York powerhouse. The publisher of books focused on art, architecture, and design will remain an imprint of Phaidon, and all of its employees are expected to relocate to Phaidon’s offices.
Meridith Baer Home Buys Encore Design Studio
Meridith Baer Home has acquired Encore Design Studio, the firm announced this week. “The move is an obvious win-win as we move into what is shaping up to be an exciting new decade,” Baer comments to AD PRO of the news. Currently celebrating 20 years in the business, the firm has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, the Hamptons, and Miami. And while standard interior design projects are a big part of their business, the same goes for staging. Of particular note? Meridith Baer Home staged Meryl Streep’s Tribeca penthouse.
Sasha Bikoff Releases a New Crop of Designs
What references 17th-century maps, celestial skyscapes, and antique lace? Sasha Bikoff’s collection for American mosaic company New Ravenna. “With all my travels, I’m continuously being inspired by tiles and stones from all over the world,” Bikoff explains to AD PRO. “But I really wanted to create a collection that was undeniably American, which I felt was lacking in the market. And when I think of classic American iconography, the bandana is a textile that always resonates.” Bikoff’s bandana is arguably the standout, but thanks to the line’s varied references, there’s something for lovers of Italian and American style alike.
A Slew of New Wallpaper and Fabric Products Make Their Debut
In product news this week, Annie Selke introduced new handwoven table linens, while Garnet Hill launched a new collection of Company C rugs that were notable as much for their designs as for their focus on social impact. Elsewhere, A-Street Prints unveiled a new Scott Living Wallpaper Collection, while Surface View revealed their undeniably beautiful Timeless Classics line. Inspired by works in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Prints and Drawings department, the group provides a fresh look at historic motifs and designs. Most notable of all, however, were arguably Michelle Nussbaumer’s new fabrics for Clarence House. Filled with bright flowers galore, they’re just what might be needed on these gray winter days. And if that isn’t enough, Workstead, a company known mainly for its use of hard materials, launched their first fabric-shaded sconce this past Monday.
Knoll’s Annual Classic Sale Is (Almost) Here
Love midcentury design? Then get your shopping lists in order, because Knoll is on the verge of staging their big annual design sale on all classic pieces. Set to kick off next week on February 13, the deals will be available through February 25. Expect 15% off pieces by Florence Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Harry Bertoia, and more. Plus, there’s free shipping.
Traditional Design to Get Another Auction Moment
Not long after Sotheby’s rip-roaring Buatta success, Skinner Auctioneers is in the midst of preparing for an auction of their own: a “European Furniture & Decorative Arts” sale, set for February 14. The expected 400 lots will include silver, ceramics, and more. Thanks to the fact that the objects come from a range of dates—the 18th through 21st centuries are covered—the sale is likely to be an illustrated argument for cross-collecting. Those interested in star highlights should keep their eyes peeled for a collection of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre and a collection of Meissen porcelain figures.
Designers Looking to Buy Designer Are About to Catch a Break
As interior designers are well aware, collecting items from auction houses is often a key component of their work. So it’s fitting that Los Angeles’s Andrew Jones Auctions has organized the upcoming “Collections Curated by Designers of Distinction” sale. Taking place on February 23, it will draw upon the impressive collections of Kalef Alaton, Craig Wright, James Lumsden, Hendrix Allardyce, and Steven Volpe. “Today, the fashions for statement pieces, layering old and new, and a return to classic style have brought about a revitalized appreciation for exquisitely crafted historic pieces,” Andrew Jones tells AD PRO. “This auction is a rare opportunity to acquire works from a number of important collections, assembled by renowned tastemakers.” Expect excellent examples of early Chinese pottery—among other things.
A Replica of Paul Rudolph’s Walker Guest House Is Available for Purchase
Late last year, Sotheby’s auctioned off a (small) modernist architectural masterpiece: Paul Rudolph’s Walker Guest House. Now, those who missed out on bids will have a similar chance to buy, because a full-scale replica of the house is set to be sold through Heritage Auctions through February 25. The replica was initially commissioned by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, and will be sold during Palm Springs Modernism Week.
Michael Anastassiades’s Thonet Design Wins Recognition
For over 60 years, the iF Design Awards have been doling out worthy recognition to creative works. Now, the N.200 armchair by Michael Anastassiades and the Rue headboard by GamFratesi have been recognized as notable 2020 works. Both of the designs were created for Thonet Vienna GmbH—a company fresh off the heels of a notable museum exhibition, and a previous winner in 2019, 2018, and 2016. Both Anastassiades and GamFratesi’s designs make artful use of Thonet’s signature steamed wood curves.
Sherwin-Williams Kicks Off Its 10th Annual Student Design Competition
Attention all interior design students! You have until March 15 to apply for the 2020 iteration of Sherwin-Williams’s annual competition. Now in its 10th year, the Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge focuses on both commercial and residential projects. Interested students should submit a color rendering (that uses at least three Sherwin-Williams colors) with a project description that discusses its palette. The competition is free to enter, and cash prizes will be awarded to winners.
Museum of Arts and Design Launches MAD Luminaries
Museums rely on philanthropy, and the next generation of donors is a key part of that. So it’s no huge surprise that MAD would make a concerted effort on that front, with the launch of their new MAD Luminaries group aimed at those under 45. “As cochair of the MAD Luminaries, we hope to create a group that is centered around connecting the next generation of donors with the next generation of artists,” committee cochair Alexander Hankin stresses to AD PRO. “The Luminaries’ commitment to supporting young artists through the museum’s Artist Studios program reflects our focus to connect with artists both within the museum and in the community at large.”
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest