From significant business shifts to remarkable product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this regular roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.
Mango Home arrives in the United States
Mango, one of Europe’s leading fashion brands, continues to expand its reach with a growing foray into homewares. Since its launch in 2021, the line has been mainly available in Europe via online sales. But on April 6, the company announced plans to expand that availability to the U.S. market by also adding products for the bathroom, kitchen, dining room, living room, and bedroom to its U.S. website. . As part of the launch, the fashion brand also pledged to continue its sustainability initiatives, with each product made from 80% sustainable materials.
Theater at CEH
More than a dozen designers have taken to social media to call out CEH, a Dallas furniture brand, for alleged shady business practices. The complaints claim that over the past year the company, which sells antique and custom-made furniture, has taken tens of thousands of dollars in deposits without fulfilling orders or issuing refunds. This week, the “Wreck List”, a newsletter from Substack, produced an account of the company’s actions and lack of communication around pending orders, bringing up even more designer reports in the comments. (One company noted it was $10,000 short from an order placed nearly a year ago. The order never shipped, the post said, and the company offered no explanation. .) As of yesterday, the CEH stopped processing orders on its website, although many are still working to recover lost payments.
Marimekko launches the first Peel-and-Stick wallpaper
Finnish brand Marimekko has teamed up with Wallpops to launch its first range of peel and stick wallpapers. The collection features four of Marimekko’s signature vibrant designs in a variety of colourways, with printed designs ranging from wildflowers and fruit to elephants and giraffes. The reels, now available online via Wallpops, cost $50 each.
Allegra Hicks partners with the Invisible collection
British designer and artist Allegra Hicks has created a new line of furniture for the Invisible collection. Hicks, who was originally trained in plein air painting, remains inspired by the nature of paint and the fluidity of watercolors. “My style is bound by a visual language, which translates into different forms,” she explained in a press release. “This collection allowed me to explore new dimensions, especially the metamorphosis effect of metalwork.” The offerings include four different lines, with pieces ranging from a unique bronze sculptural tree-shaped side table to a banquette that appears to defy gravity thanks to a cast rope frame.
Diamond-studded exhibition arrives at Saatchi Gallery
On May 2, the Saatchi Gallery will open its doors to a new Tiffany & Co. exhibition. Titled “Vision & Virtuosity”, the exhibition offers a visual narrative of the iconic brand’s history, with many timeless memorabilia included in the contemporary London gallery. After beginning with stories from founder Charles Lewis Tiffany, the exhibit is divided into seven sections. One is dedicated to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and features the iconic showcase seen in the film, as well as the Empire Diamond, a new acquisition for the brand. Another part of the show pays tribute to many iconic designers who have collaborated with Tiffany in the past, from Elsa Peretti to Jean Schlumberger. The show will continue until August 19, 2022.
The Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosities is (almost) here
The Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosities has announced its launch. The initiative is a new non-profit organization formed by Llisa Demetrios (granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames and curator of the institute), designer and entrepreneur Joe Gebbia and John Cary (the CEO of the institute). The organization will focus on providing up-and-coming creators with resources, tools, archival materials and programs to help solve the pressing problems of our time, all through the lens of legendary problem solvers Charles and Ray Eames, whose innovations remain influential today. .
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Christie’s prepares for a Tour de Force auction
The late Anne Bass, a longtime pillar of New York society, acquired quite a collection of art over her years. Prior to her passing in 2020, the philanthropist frequently entertained at her Fifth Avenue apartment (a “breathtaking” space, according to Hamish Bowles). On the walls hung pieces by Rothko, Monet and Degas. Now, from April 5-8, twelve of these stunning works are on display at Christie’s London in preparation for the auction. The auction itself will take place during Christie’s Marquee Week at Rockefeller Plaza. It is expected to gross over $250 million.
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