SILVER CHEFS: Three-star chef Alain Passard, from Paris' renowned Arpège restaurant, has stepped into the world of design with unusual flatware realized by Christofle, the French silversmith. Known for his passion for vegetables, Passard came up with a design inspired by his garden utensils: the pruning knife and the garden fork. Though made of silver, they are light and fun to use. The two-piece set retails for 145 euros, or $175 at current exchange, at Christofle stores worldwide. The collaboration will continue with a dish and a saucer. Meanwhile, another chef is running away with a spoon, so to speak. The new Forge de Laguiole store on Rue Boissy d'Anglas in the 8th arrondissement is selling the silverware set that Christian Poumeyrol designed for Michel Bras' three-star restaurant in the Aubrac.
— Chantal Goupil

PAWSON UNDERFOOT: Most people don't pay much attention to rugs until they spill something on one. But the British architect John Pawson has given a great deal of thought to his series of flat-weave designs for the London-based rug company Christopher Farr. His seven rugs are based on wire-frame drawings of curved timber lattice screens. These three-dimensional images are then compressed into two-dimensional patterns that prompt observers to scan the rugs for a pattern or code, in the way that one might look at a word-search puzzle. One pattern, for example, was inspired partly by a John Cage musical score.

A glimpse of Pawson's portfolio lists Calvin Klein's Madison Avenue flagship; art dealer Hans Neuendorf's Majorca house; a Cistercian Order monastery in Bohemia, Czech Republic, and Cathay Pacific's airport lounge in Hong Kong. While designing his contribution to the Silken Puerta America Hotel, a Madrid hot spot that showcases the work of 18 world-class architects and designers, Pawson commissioned several rugs from Christopher Farr. Mutual admiration led to this latest endeavor. The rugs, which retail for $5,600, are at Farr's galleries in London and Los Angeles. Some are on display at Ralph Pucci International's Manhattan showroom, along with new work from photographer Christopher Makor and artist Pat Steir.

Pucci has another new undertaking. The company is providing abstract mannequins for "The New China Chic: Eastern Designers, Global Fashions," an exhibition that opens Tuesday at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington. In keeping with the featured designers' minimal spirit, the mannequins, which the company refers to as "Manikin," are made of gray, unfinished fiberglass.
— R.F.

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