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What Wendy Goodman Loved at This Year’s Milan Furniture Fair

The off-site wonders and provocative installations of the design world’s biggest showcase.
  1. A ‘Comical Dungeon’ Designed in VR Takes Over a Chinatown Gallery Neo-feudalism and medieval creatures inspired Ryan Decker’s first solo show.
  2. A Debonair Gut Reno of a Bohemian East Village Co-op: Before and After Photos Tech entrepreneur Matt Hackett and designer Archie Archambault remade an apartment in the storied Onyx Court.
  3. Architect-Designed Birdhouses, a Busway Mural, and More Design Finds Plus fashion designer Duro Olowu mines the Cooper Hewitt’s archive.
  4. Inside the Obsessive World of Taschen’s Custom Book Stands The publisher’s 50-pound editions are too big for most furniture, so it’s been making its own.
  5. Take a Meeting With Julio Torres in His New Greenpoint Office “I need to be surrounded by the things I like and to be visually stimulated in order to function.”
  6. These Dutch Designers Transform Old Cabinets With Psychedelic Patterns “All the time, people say, ‘You must use a lot of drugs,’” says FreelingWaters, who follow a strict process to get their wild results.
  7. Misha Kahn’s Sunset Park Studio Is Home to Robots and a Night Possum “You need talented people and talented machines” says the artist.
  8. Bioplastic Sculptures, an Okra-Inspired Rug, and More Design Finds Plus glass vessels for environmental causes.
  9. Designer Minjae Kim Translated His Mom’s Paintings Into Chairs “I sent her a photo of the chair. She was like, ‘Oh, it’s my painting.’”
  10. An Op-Art Womb of a Loft In Los Angeles Joseph Giovannini’s extreme home makeover: “Realism is not my deal.”
  11. This Filipino American Designer Is Reclaiming the Peacock Chair “To me, it’s about more than designing a collection; I’m inventing a style,” says Cheyenne Concepcion.
  12. Rope Masks, Nubby Vases, a Steel Bar Cart, and More Design Finds A special dispatch from NYCxDesign’s 10th anniversary.
  13. Architect Hani Rashid Goes to Bear Mountain, or the Metaverse, to Be Alone The architect answers Curbed’s “21 Questions.”
  14. A Fidi Loft With Room for the Pokémon: Before and After Photos Architect Shane Neufeld’s streamlined renovation for Yuan Jiang and William Chen.
  15. A Mexican Design Exhibition Has Taken Over a Rockefeller Center Post Office “Intervención/Intersección” celebrates creative kinship.
  16. Eric Adams Is Design’s New Hype Man And by design, he means fashion.
  17. Mort & Me in Bed-Stuy The artist Simone Bodmer-Turner lives in this apartment of her own devising with her rescue dog, Mort.
  18. Building the Corporate Menace of Severance Saarinen’s impeccable Bell Labs campus conveys the terror of utopian office design.
  19. Disney Comes for the West Elm Parents For the discerning buyer who wants every surface in the house covered in Mickey merch … but in a classy way.
  20. Revisiting Barbra Streisand’s 300-Page Home-Design Manifesto Featuring Martha Stewart’s advice on cow urine.
  21. The Untold Story of the Met Gala Red Carpet As in the actual carpet.
  22. Let’s Make Our New Townhouse Feel Like This Biophilic Hotel The couple who bought this new townhouse loved the natural feel of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, so they hired its architects.
  23. An Olmsted Index, Archive of Nakagin Capsule Tower Images, and More Finds Plus ideas for a 100 percent affordable-housing skyscraper at the World Trade Center.
  24. Does Seth Rogen’s Weed Palace Smell? He has a lot of ashtrays.
  25. I Bought 6 Things at Martha Stewart’s Tag Sale But I could have stolen any number of them.
  26. The Couple That Built Very Different, His and Hers Apartments, Side by Side She collects stuff, he likes pared-down traditionalist Japanese rooms. After years of marriage, Dorothy and Stephen Globus grew apart. What to do?
  27. Joni Mitchell, Meet Edith Wharton Musician Chase Cohl checked into the Lafayette House early in the pandemic — and never left.
  28. Death Masks, Dopamine Décor, Antiquarian Books, and More Design Finds Plus Julio Torres’s story about a plunger that just wants to be a vase.
  29. Artist Shaina Tabak Likes a Table That Inspires Double Takes “My furniture makes you work to figure out what to do with it,” she says.
  30. Quilts, Nan Goldin, and a Cello-Shaped Dresser Artist Sam Roeck’s Williamsburg apartment is full of art he made, art by his friends and family, and many quilts.
  31. A Basquiat Family Reunion The artist’s sisters have put on an exhibition of his work to remind the world where he came from — and have a party.
  32. Saving the Modernist Scull House in the Hamptons Designer Lisa Perry has restored it and is turning it into Onna House, a gallery for women artists.
  33. The Rainbow Tyranny of Get Organized With the Home Edit We’ve had about enough of you, Roy G. Biv.
  34. You Found Harry’s Couch And by “you,” I mean incredibly diligent One Direction fans.
  35. The Nivola Horses Are Finally Getting Their Feet Back Architectural conservationists are restoring the sculptures for an eventual return to public space this fall.
  36. A Neo-Moderne Reinvention of a Derelict Village House, Abandoned for 10 Years Before and after photos.
  37. Marimekko Wallpaper, a Transit Zine, and More Design Finds Plus an art and design lending library at the Tribeca art gallery 52 Walker.
  38. The Founder of Yuns Wants You to Have a Well-Stocked Toolbox Starting with the “Maybach of hammers.”
  39. When a Gallerist Asks One of Her Artists to Redo Her Farmhouse Upstate Valerie Goodman enlisted Jacques Jarrige to create a new interior — plus all the furniture and the art.
  40. Designer Sean Kim Sticks Strange Things on Practical Things After 3-D printing 2,000 lamps in his closet, Kim just wants to find his next hit.
  41. A Freaky Lamp Show in Fort Greene Light-up socks, blenders with bulbs, and a banana pendant.
  42. Fashion Designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh Is Raising Two Kids in This All-White Loft “We’re working on becoming more minimal.”
  43. Faith Ringgold’s Story Quilts, a Minimalist Vacuum, and Other Design Finds Plus, an exhibition about lower Manhattan’s malls at the Abrons Arts Center.
  44. The Crown Heights Design Shop That Began As a Teenager’s Bud-Vase Collection Of the Cloth’s owner is happy to part with his collection of vintage textiles, ceramics, and furniture.
  45. A Mid-Pandemic Move to a Former YMCA in Hudson “It was the Brooklyn lifestyle we always wanted…without the crowded streets and the inflated prices.”
  46. Weird and Wild Florals Are Everywhere You Look From Katie Stout’s bronze chandelier to the cotton petals on Pelle’s light post, furniture is in bloom.
  47. Chris Schanck Goes Cosmic With His Surreal Chairs and Chandeliers And branches out into more personal, story-based work for his show at MAD.
  48. The 17-Year Bed-Stuy Brownstone Renovation Rodney Lawrence and Terry Sonterre took their time.
  49. Ebony’s Groovy Test Kitchen, Euphoria’s Bedrooms, and Other Design Finds Plus, a gravity-defying installation by Tomás Saraceno at the Shed.
  50. Just for Men No More: Before and After Photos of a Former Uptown Men’s Club River Terrace has always been a Washington Heights power building. Its renovated men’s club now welcomes all.
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