Friedman Benda’s booth at the Salon Art + Design fair was full of fun experiments. Lithuanian designer Barbora Žilinskaitė took after Mary Shelley in envisioning Storyteller, a plywood shelving unit that features two hands as doors. With its gentle curves, the friendly design subverts the typical monster tale.
It’s time to write the living room a prescription for a bottle of uppers. Originally a textile designer, Boston’s Tom Lerental recently began translating her mood-boosting patterns into the third dimension using moulds and casting. The idea proved to be a winner: Lerental’s pill-like Scene tiles helped her take home WantedDesign Manhattan’s Best of Launch Pad award.
Showcased by Patrick Parrish Gallery at the Salon Art + Design fair, New York designer Liam Lee’s acid-hued seating evokes the inner workings of extraterrestrial life forms. The collection’s sculptural silhouettes — some slender and sinewy, others bulky and bulbous — are formed by needle-felting merino wool onto cedar frames.
Not every part of a room is worthy of observation and study. For corners that demand a little privacy, recent RISD graduate Hali Barthel has introduced this supersaturated divider screen. While it’s made from common industrial materials — billboard vinyl, grommets, cable tubing and extruded aluminum — the end result resembles something far more organic.
Emboldened by recent milestones in vaccine research, furniture makers devise their own biological forms.