Published on March 26, 2021

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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.

Fired Up: Material Ceramics

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Courtesy of Material

Material already makes some of my favorite cutting boards, and this week the company launched its first line of ceramics with Soil Baker, a Seoul-based tabletop brand that used five kinds of Korean soil in the clay for this collaboration. The hand-thrown Open Bowl is basically a blate (bowl + plate), my preferred vessel for grain bowls, salad, pasta, and stew. It’s available in two colors; I’m going for the darker shade, which makes a colorful meal really stand out. And the best part: Until March 31, Material is donating 50 percent of its profits from the line to #HateIsAVirus, an AAPI nonprofit. —Julie Vadnal, contributing editor

Vanity Fair: Field + Supply’s Pop-Up at ABC

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Courtesy of ABC Carpet & Home

Field + Supply isn’t your typical crafts fair; there are no cheesy ceramics or questionable Christmas tree ornaments. Think: turned-wood bowls made from local trees by Abigail Castaneda and cheery Peruvian pillows from Intiearth. When I found out that the biannual fest was making an appearance in Manhattan for a pop-up at ABC Carpet & Home, I knew I had to go—especially after a year without my usual lineup of trade shows. (Plus name a better excuse for a meal at ABCV; I’ll wait.) Thankfully the mini shop will be sticking around until mid-June. —Julia Stevens, associate style editor 

In the Cards: Nikki de Saint Phalle at MoMA PS1

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Installation view of “Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life,” on view at MoMA PS1, New York, March 11 to September 6, 2021. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell.

I had the great pleasure of touring Niki de Saint Phalle’s Tarot Garden outside Rome during a year abroad in Italy. Exploring her intricate maze of sculptural buildings, gardens, and playgrounds, based on the 22 major arcana of the tarot deck and open to the public since 1998, felt like stepping inside the mind of the progressive, forward-thinking feminist, activist, and artist. I’ll never forget the shimmering beauty of the bulbous kitchen made entirely of mirror shards and the feelings I got from being immersed in a space that was so all-encompassing, where every detail was considered and every aspect of the design questioned my own idea of home and what living could be. A brand-new exhibition at MoMA PS1 in New York City examines her artistic feats and focuses on her sculptural architecture and Utopian environments, and I look forward to re-creating that experience here in Long Island City. —Benjamin Reynaert, style director

Table, Set: Madre Linens

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Courtesy of Madre

Okay, let’s talk about these colors. They are so vibrant and gorgeous, I just want to eat them—or stare at them all day. I always love anything piped, and the material and edging color combos really make them sing. A quality linen napkin is truly the most luxurious part of a meal, and not only for the way it feels on your face. The fabric is antibacterial (and we can all use that, especially now), antifungal, hypoallergenic, naturally stain resistant, and moth repellent, so they will basically last forever! Madre is also a brand committed to a feminine economy, so I stand behind those values as well. All that aside, these really make a statement on my everyday table without all the fuss usually associated with linen napkins. —Kate Berry, executive creative director 

Bordering on Greatness: Fleur Home Trims

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Courtesy of Fleur Home

My circa-2000s apartment lacks any and all architectural detail, but installing traditional molding would only clash with its modern finishes. New Orleans newcomer Fleur Home’s scallops, waves, and starbursts, on the other hand, would fit right in—and add some welcome whimsy to my living room. For a smaller project, peep its 6-foot lengths, which are meant to be cut to fit around the mirror of your choice. Reflect on that. —Lindsey Mather, editorial director, home

Sleep Walk: Goodnight House at Fort Makers

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Photography by Joe Kramm, Courtesy of Fort Makers

I’ve lost count of how many hours I’ve logged reading Goodnight Moon to my toddler son, but the 1947 classic still has a transportive (and hopefully sedative) effect whenever you look at those acidy green walls, red carpet, and striped curtains. So it’s a real trip to walk through the immersive installation “Goodnight House” at New York design studio Fort Makers. Along with the requisite bowl for mush (a ceramic checkerboard beauty by Shino Takeda), you will find playful reimaginings of the book’s well-loved objects by artists, designers, and makers such as Chiaozza (cloud-shaped bedside table), Liz Collins (tapestry hearth sculpture), and Naomi S. Clark (hand-painted silk pillows) to make author Margaret Wise Brown proud. On view through May 27 at Fort Makers, 38 Orchard Street, New York City. To book a visit, go here. —Alex Redgrave, editorial director, kids

 

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