This Week in Interior Design: 11 May 2015

The latest, most happening, and up-to-date news in interior design, art, architecture, real estate, and everything in between

Updated on June 06, 2017 9:06 am

Camille Besinga

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Cool Stuff From the Just Concluded BKLYN DESIGNS

Designer Kate Casey’s Shaker-style wood-framed stools featuring cotton-cord patterns referencing traditional Danish cord weaving and 1970s-style macramé

BKLYN DESIGNS, which happened from 8 to 10 May, is Brooklyn’s premiere design event showcasing works by local designers from across disciplines—art, architecture, and interior, furniture, lighting, accessory, textiles, and jewellery design. Founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2003, it has served as an incubator for emerging designers, and a platform for established brands to produce creative products in celebration of the borough’s rich design heritage, iconic style, and bustling creative community. The event included panel discussions, workshops, demos, and even Brooklyn home tours. It also serves as the kickoff event for the city-wide NYCxDESIGN initiative. Below are more cool stuff we’ve gathered from reports on the event.

Printed textiles of Emily Diehl of Au Retour

A 3D-printed vase from Fahz, whose form is determined by the profiles of the people of your choice

Ceramic bowls by potter Matthew Ward, with designs referencing abstract art from the post-war era

Noble Goods’ resin-inlaid “folded” tables and planters

Westkill’s hand-printed and gilded clocks made from raw Northeastern wood

Robert Sukrachand’s white helm coffee table

The Kinetic collection, a collaboration between Think Fabricate and Resource Design, which features transformable furniture made to maximize small spaces

Wallpaper by Jill Malek which is made from an edible potato wafer and a brick pattern made from silkscreened chocolate

Interior designer Christopher Coleman’s brightly coloured design objects

Bolé Road, a new textile brand from Hana Getachew, featuring traditional textiles sourced from Ethiopia

Architect Redesigns (and Saves) Midcentury Quebec Home Bound for Demolition

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It’s a fact of life that old must sometimes give way to the new, but in architecture, it pays to preserve those diamonds in the rough.

Count this house among the lucky ones. The 1940s lakeside vacation house designed by renowned Canadian architect John Bland was at risk for demolition when property values soared and the land became more valuable than the structure itself.

But architect Alain Carle came in to restore the dilapidated home, as well as improve on it by opening up its layout and making it blend in more with its beautiful surroundings. The exterior was reclad in fresh cedar planks, local stone, and black anodised aluminium, while the damaged windows were also replaced, and some, enlarged, to gain better views of the outdoors. The house’s original design also did not make good use of the lower part, so Carle added a ground-level bar and lounge area facing the lake.

It’d Be Hard to Ignore This Hippo in the Room

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Artist Maximo Riera is known to draw inspiration from animals for his designs. This time, he is taking the huge hippopotamus into your living rooms. A regal tufted leather couch is shaped like a life-sized hippo, and with the incredible detail Riera has applied to it, resembles a taxidermy model of the majestic savannah animal than a piece of furniture.

“This captivating animal has been overshadowed many times by other notorious mammals in the savanna, but its intrepidity and tenacity is well know in their environment,” the artist says via My Modern Met. “The Zulu warriors preferred to be as brave as a hippopotamus, since even lions were not consider to match their courage.” Check out more of Riera’s animal-inspired collection here.

Cover photo courtesy of Dwell

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