FAIR CHAIRS: With furniture launches, store parties and a four-day trade show that closed on Tuesday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Manhattan’s interest in designer chairs and tables went into overdrive this week at the International...
FAIR CHAIRS: With furniture launches, store parties and a four-day trade show that closed on Tuesday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Manhattan’s interest in designer chairs and tables went into overdrive this week at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Among the highlights, Fabien Baron, the creative director and founder of Baron & Baron, unveiled a collection of his own for Bernhardt Design featuring modular occasion tables and lounge chairs with accents of primary colors that, when assembled in certain ways, appear to be the furnishing equivalent of a Mondrian painting.
“I was interested in simple lines, basic structures and elegance,” Baron said. “Design is all tied up today in everything, more than ever. In the worlds of communication, architecture, fashion design and furniture, design is very much one thing. Everything is attached to image.”
Although the fair traditionally heralds designs that will be available to customers next year, the SoHo interiors store Troy threw a party to kickoff the event with a glance toward the past. Owner Troy Halterman hosted a celebration of “Room 606,” a monograph on Copenhagen’s legendary SAS House designed by Arne Jacobsen.
Halterman started Troy eight years ago to sell vintage mid-century modern pieces like Jacobsen’s, but stopped after nostalgia drove the market through the roof. “It got tapped out, and was no longer fun and flea-markety and find-driven,” said Halterman, whose store now carries new designs instead of vintage piece by Jacobsen’s former partner Fritz Hansen.
“It’s impossible not to look at the photos of [SAS House] and the men in suits and ties and not look back to a lost age,” said “Room 606” author Michael Sheridan. “But the themes Jacobsen used in his work — the collision between Danish craft and modern technology — are still very much with us today.”
STRIP JOINT: Sometimes people stumble upon a building, fall in love with it and decide to buy it. British designer Paul Smith discovered his new London headquarters and fell in love six months after he bought it.
At the turn of the 20th century, the building at 20 Kean Street in London’s Covent Garden was a fruit and vegetable market, and over the years was transformed into corporate offices. By the time Smith came upon the 35,000-square-foot space, the soaring ceilings were lowered, the red brick walls were covered in plaster and the wooden floorboards were caked with years of tar, resin and industrial carpeting.“It was almost impossible to see the character of the building,” Smith said. “So we started stripping the floors, peeling the blue Formica off the metal girders and pulling out the fake ceilings. About five layers later we found the original building.”
The new headquarters, which houses showrooms, commercial and press offices — and a new penthouse space for the boss —replaces Smith’s hodgepodge of real estate dotted around Covent Garden. Smith has vowed, however, not to abandon his overcrowded, memento-crammed attic office on Floral Street.
“I thought about roping it off and keeping it for posterity,” he said of the space that’s like Charles Dickens’ Old Curiosity Shop. “But that’s unlikely. I’ll hop back there now and again.”
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty