Published on May 7, 2021

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Image courtesy of Elin Jenjila Franzén, Nicole Franzen, and La Double J

Our days are punctuated by scouting new talent, attending market appointments, and scrolling Instagram in an effort to unearth the products, people, and news you actually need to know. Here’s what we Slacked one another about this week.

Table Talk

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Courtesy of La DoubleJ

I’m fully vaccinated and ready to entertain again! Inspired by the ancient tree of life, a symbol of fertility, renewal, and motherhood for everyone, one of my fave brands, La DoubleJ, created a limited-edition collection of tableware with Ladurée that really sings “spring has arrived!” The patterns are bold, colorful, and sold in sets of two so you can mix them up to make any table a showstopper, even one for a casual gathering. —Kate Berry, chief creative officer

Let’s Hang Out

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Courtesy of Toast

One of my favorite U.K. brands, Toast, is launching its third New Makers program to support and mentor five emerging artisans. Corrie Williamson is one featured multidisciplinary designer who creates sculptural hanging mobiles. Each is made by hand from offcuts and pieces of salvaged natural materials from her garden studio in Hackney, East London. Mobiles are having a moment, and not just for kids! As a testament to supporting emerging talent, 100 percent of the profits goes back to each maker. That’s something my wallet and I can get behind. —Benjamin Reynaert, style director

The View From Here

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Photography by Nicole Franzen

The last year and a half hasn’t exactly been conducive to gallery-hopping, one of the best parts of living in New York City (and essential to being an editor!). As society inches toward post-vaccinated life, though, we can luckily return to this cultural pastime we know and love. For me, that started with Egg Collective’s latest show, “Designing Women III: Mother,” in Tribeca. The third in a series, “Mother” celebrates women in art and design, showcasing creatives like my all-time favorite artist, Louise Bourgeois, and shop owner/designer Kai Avent-deLeon (you may know her from Sincerely, Tommy). Our style director, Ben Reynaert, and I were able to sneak away from our usual meeting lineup to check it out, followed by a leisurely lunch at Cafe Cluny. Talk about refreshing. —Julia Stevens, associate style editor

Electric Feel

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Courtesy of Restrospec

Who knew they made electric bikes that are actually cute? On this cruiser, I’ll be able to zip through my Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope in no time. And because it’s step-through, I can still wear a flowy dress while doing it. —Julie Vadnal, contributing editor

New Knots (Old Soul)

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Photography by Elin Jenjila Franzén

If you, like me, sometimes just want to wrap a whole room around yourself and wear it (hardware as pretty as jewelry; wallpaper that makes an entrance), then this collaboration is a dream come true: Stockholm-based artisanal rug company Sëbou and Swedish shirting brand Eton teamed up to create upcycled rugs using excess fabric (rolls and rolls of test swatches normally go unused, sitting in Eton’s archives). Woven in Morocco completely by hand, the sustainable pieces feature more than 1,000 different color and pattern combinations for a kaleidoscopic, wabi-sabi effect. The rugs are available in two sizes—or, just like the perfect suit, you can have one tailor-made (admittedly with a price tag to match). —Alex Redgrave, executive editor  

  

 

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