Moving beyond styling, designers delve into beauty. These seven new products, buildings and art works revel in ornate forms and painterly patterns that are also over-the-top fun.
1 A House for Essex by Living Architecture
This folksy retreat, by FAT and Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry, is the latest addition to Swiss writer Alain de Botton’s ongoing Living Architecture project, which commissions architects to build vacation rental homes across the U.K.
2 Nest Chair by Moooi
Launched last year, Marcel Wanders’ plush one-seater has reappeared as part of Moooi’s 2014 collection, now upholstered in a motif of blooming flowers and butterflies.
3 Archives Wallpaper by NLXL
Studio Job’s playful wallcovering goes, in the designers’ words, “beyond styling.” Shown here is Alt Deutsch, one of six patterns from the collection.
4 Autumn Quinces by Rafael Ochoa
What looks like a still life from antiquity is actually a mash-up of various artworks that Toronto digital artist Rafael Ochoa (represented by Angell Gallery) gathered from the internet and rendered into an original piece.
5 T‑Tables by Bosa
Jaime Hayon’s side tables for Bosa resemble ceramic mushrooms.
6 Cheese Maker by Studio Makkink & Bey
A tower for producing cheese, Studio Makkink & Bey’s ingenious stack of objects includes a colander, a cutting board, and a cheesecloth.
7 Jellies Family by Kartell
Patricia Urquiola’s translucent plates, bowls and glasses elevate plastic into the fantastic.