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A showcase for Mexican design
The first edition of the Mexican design exhibition Salón Cosa, which opened in late April in Mexico City, was a lively and irreverent activity, where hand-woven textiles hung from fiberglass planters and a riff full of spirit on the classic Castiglioni Arco lamp, its bulbous metal shade. replaced with a plastic bucket. For the second edition of the show, which will take place from October 27 to 31, the Salón Cosa descends in Guadalajara, the third largest metropolitan area in Mexico and is home to one of the most dynamic design stages in the country. Housed in the Hotel Bellwort – which occupies a 1967 Modernist gem by Julio de la Peña Lomelín – it will showcase the work of 13 local designers, ranging from furniture by Peca Studio to clothing by Julia and Renata Franco (pioneers of the design scene de Guadalajara) with terracotta pots by Chamula Hecho a Mano, made in collaboration with local craftsman Pablo Pajarito. saloncosa.com.
After launching her catering and events company in Los Angeles La Cura (“the remedy” in Italian) in 2019, self-taught chef Olivia Muniak often noticed, during the preparation of elaborate dinners at her clients’ homes, a lack of moment to unveil his culinary creations. “A lot of people had nice dishes and salad bowls, but the only thing they didn’t have was a tray,” she says. “Unless you host all the time, you don’t think about buying one. During the height of the pandemic, when La Cura instead focused on personalized content and brand partnerships, Muniak frequently photographed meals plated on LA Clay ceramics – a business she had fallen in love with while waiting for tables in Gjelina from Venice years ago. Eventually, Ernie Lee, the founder of LA Clay, reached out and suggested they collaborate. The result is a substantial, subtly speckled, hand-turned, oven-baked oval dish that manages to be both elegant and rustic. $ 92, thisislacura.com.
A distant photographic stroller
“Nice,” to be released on November 17, is the debut book of photographs by Toronto photographer Mark Peckmezian, comprising 115 snapshots taken in more than 35 cities and showcasing an almost surprisingly naturalistic approach to portraiture that has led to commissions from figures such as Gucci, Dior and Hermès. Although he describes himself as painfully shy, Peckmezian’s typical modus operandi is to wander the towns he works in and tackle potential topics – often with the help of a guide – that catch his artistic attention. The gap between how young people see themselves and how they present themselves to the world is her ongoing topic: “What their outward appearance tells you about their identity is not what they think it is” , he said. “Identity is raw, confused, still being formed. The challenge is to articulate this visually. $ 55, dashwoodbooks.com.
From their house to yours
Confined to their respective homes during last year’s lockdown, designer duo Campbell Rey began conceptualizing a new line of furniture commissioned by the high-end design platform Invisible Collection. Unsurprisingly, they found themselves scrutinizing their own settings in the process. “We were working on the collection at the same time as we were building our own interiors and reconsidering the way we use them,” explains Charlotte Rey. This public-private dialectic finally paid off in the form of a quirky yet luxurious 12-piece set of furniture and glassware. A lively moodboard of eclectic inspirations ranging from trompe-l’œil and Georgian England to early 20th-century Swedish grace, the designs betray eccentric elegance and aristocratic whimsy, responding to the intention of Duncan Campbell that “every room should bring a smile”. An iteration of the blue lacquered Apollo sofa table can now be found in Campbell’s Cotswold cottage, while the Fabrizia skirted cocktail chair in lavender moiré takes center stage in Rey’s West London bedroom. Starting at $ 640; theinvisiblecollection.com.
Last fall, Richard Power, Simon Watson and John Power (a seasoned magazine editor, photographer and graphic designer respectively) decided to form an art book publishing company. “It was terribly stupid,” says Watson, referring to the many risks of publishing. But the trio’s desire to share the work of certain artists, and to create objects of timeless beauty, was irresistible. Dürer Editions (aptly named after the German Renaissance artist and self-publishing pioneer) launched his first three titles this month: the lovely black-and-white photographs of Joni Sternbach of New York in the 1970s and 1980s; the photographic portrait of contemporary Tunisia by David Fernández Pérez; and Watson’s poetic study of a Georgian-style house in Dublin whose interiors have remained unchanged since the 18th century. The designs of the books are tastefully understated, and Dürer has each published in a small edition and in a collector’s edition, which includes a slipcase and a large archival signed print. Starting at $ 48, dureréditions.com. Photographs of Simon Watson’s “Portrait of a House” are on display at Kevin kavanagh gallery in Dublin until October 30.
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