During the Memorial Day weekend at the Theater for the New City in the lower east side of Manhattan here in New York City, an artist who thought she found love but ended up buying a bag off Canal Street named Sophia Gutchinov, gave a preview of her one woman show that the theater resident of La MaMa is currently working on, with the working title, “Sophia”, giving us an idea about the mirage that’s unfortunately love sometimes in precious fake items posing as famous names without absolute verification.
Enter “Sophia”, who’s Mongolian and Italian roots run deep, with absolute love and trauma, “Sophia” uses her Mongolian warrior-like philosophy and culture to tell the story about her journey of finding love, and how it all turned out to be just a fake handbag made at a nearby factory, posing as a Louis Vuitton; love can come in all forms, it can be at the truest sense, a superficial love, or a deep understanding of each other, but love can end up just a mirage, which “Sophia” unfortunately experienced.
Much like buying a Louis Vuitton bag on Canal Street, it’s not real, which “Sophia” used to compare her love dilemma, “Sophia” fell in love with a guy despite there apparently being red flags, “Sophia” gets excited about this guy wanting to get to know her more, but encounters push back from the guy she thinks she’s in love with, “Sophia” keeps giving the guy the benefit of the doubt, but sees through his lying story of no MTA trains going into Manhattan, just by knowing what’s running on the MTA, though “Sophia” appreciates the guy’s honesty of not being in proper love space, her love lets her down again.
Finally, “Sophia” has enough, as time go by, and a brand-new phone enters “Sophia’s” life, “Sophia” wonders who’s texting her when her supposed love of her life re-emerges after ghosting “Sophia”, “Sophia” has no clue who it is, she then says it’s the guy she met on the app, “Sophia” reiterates to her love turned sham that he ghosted her, dropped off the face of the Earth, then challenges her former fake love to meet her up at a rooftop bar to talk, “Sophia” says the guy don’t know what he wants, but delivers him an ultimatum about meeting her up, or just losing her number for good.
Sophia Gutchinov is an accomplished Actress and Artist who currently has theater residency at La Mama Experimental Theatre, her work includes sketch comedy in “How 2 New York”, and another similar La MaMa theater piece that expresses Sophia’s frustration with love back in April 2022, which Daniel Plus Lauren saw and wrote, both La Mama & “Sophia” sends a message about how love is not always as true as it seems, it takes commitment from both partners to make love work, and commitment is the only barrier between love, because most people are afraid to make commitment in real life, looking towards other forms of love that are instant but not satisfying long term, or seeking love that’s unattainable.
“Sophia” (Working Title) is a prelude to a full-fledge one woman show Sophia Gutchinov is working on with La MaMa Experimental Theater, you can donate to support Sophia’s show by clicking on the link here.
ICFF, North America’s premier contemporary furnishing design fair, and WantedDesign Manhattan, a ‘show within the show’ dedicated to high-end North American studios and international emerging designers, held during NYCxDESIGN on May 21-23, 2023, at New York’s Javits Center, finished with an enthusiastic response from exhibitors, editors, manufacturers, academics, buyers, architects and designers,and other members of the design community.
Combined, the two fairs hosted 476 established and emerging design brands from 35 countries, 116 of which were first-time exhibitors, presenting furniture, materials and textiles, lighting, flooring and rugs, kitchen and bath, wallcoverings, accessories, and assorted objects for commercial, residential,and hospitality environments.
Together, the two design fairs gathered over 9,000 architects, interior designers, and contemporary retailers in the Javits Center, up 32% over 2022. The total number of visitors toboth shows topped 13,000, up 37% over the previous year, a strong indication of the industry’s desire to engage and the positive response to the new changes at ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan.
“Our plan this year as first-time brand directors for both ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan was to bring more curated, creative, and immersive design spaces to the Javits, to deliver a more cohesive floorplan, and to improve the experience of the shows overall. And we were simply blown away by the enthusiasm and positive response from exhibitors and attendees alike. This proves to us that we are on the right path, and we will continue improving on this as we plan for 2024,” said Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, brand directors, ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan.
“Highlights for us included: The focus on US-based studios across Look Book, ICFF, and The Crossroads, located at the heart of the show, was a huge hit. The international pavilions created a nice balance and brought a rich layer of culture to the show. The Talks, both at the mainstage and at The Oasis x Material Bank, have never been so well-attended and well-received, with a succession of fascinating discussions with design rock stars, industry leaders, and cultural organizations. The work from the emerging designers in the Launch Pad and Schools areas was exceptional and the diversity of the projects and designers coming from all over the world created a fantastic energy. The resounding applause at the end of the show that started with Launch Pad designers and students and spread to fill the Javits Center was a powerful testament to the incredible creative energy present throughout and created a truly magical moment,” Hainaut and Pijoulat continued.
HIGHLIGHTS: ICFF + WANTEDDESIGN MANHATTAN 2023
The ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks covered topics such as the spirit of American design, diversity in design, emerging design, innovations in technology, designing the future we want to live in, ethical design, and sustainability.
The robust conference lineup included design leaders and innovators such as Snøhetta, Patricia Urquiola, David Rockwell, Sharon Prince of Grace Farms Foundation, Young Huh, Karim Rashid, Jean-Jacques L’henaff of LIXIL, Giulio Cappellini, Deborah Wang of DesignTO, Ayse Birsel, John Edelman, Pamela McNally of NKBA, Jeanine Hayes and Bryan Mason of AphroChic, and 2023 Designer of the Year Morris Adjmi, founding principal of MA Architects, among many others.
ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks were presented at the Main Stage, sponsored by Turf and Natuzzi, and at The Oasis x Material Bank, furnished by Normann Copenhagen, FilzFelt, Ressource, and Kasthall. The Main Stage and The Oasis x Material Bank were designed by Rodolfo Agrella from Rodolfo Agrella Design Studio (RADS) with additional support from Alessi, American Standard, Haworth, Lutron, Mecho, and Pella.
ICFF again hosted the ICFF Editors Awards where leading design editors chose winners in 12 categories for outstanding design as well as Best in Show from the 476 exhibitors. Five of the awards went to participants in this year’s Look Book, including Best in Show. Winners of the 2023 ICFF Editors Awards are:
Accessories: Obakki Best Booth: Turf Body of Work: NJ Roseti (Look Book) Carpet and Flooring: JD Staron Furniture: Sin Kitchen/Bath: Mila International Lighting: Daniel Shapiro (Look Book) Materials/Textiles: Tomma Bloom (Look Book) New Designer: Kim Swift Outdoor Furniture: Mexa Design Seating: Caleb Ferris (Look Book) Wallcoverings: Affreschi & Affreschi Best in Show: Caleb Ferris (Look Book)
We gratefully acknowledge the judges: Lila Allen, AD PRO; Sophie Aliece Hollis, The Architect’s Newspaper; Eric Mutrie, Azure; Diana Budds, Curbed; Rita Orrell, design journalist; Stephen Treffinger, design journalist; Ben Dreith, Dezeen; Kathryn Greene, Hospitality Design; Rebecca Thienes, Interior Design; Leslie Clagett, Kitchen + Bath Business; and Ryan Waddoups, Surface.
New this year, we co-located with DIFFA by Design, a celebration of inspired design, cocktails, and community, at the Javits Center. For four decades, DIFFA has harnessed the design industry’s resources and talent to create legendary programs and events like DIFFA by Design.
NEW DESIGNED SPACES
The Crossroads: One of the main highlights and focal points of the show this year was The Crossroads, designed and curated by David Rockwell, Rockwell Group, and Pei-Ru-Keh. Sitting at the center of the show, this playful and immersive 2000 sf space celebrated American design through the works of 17 established and emerging designers. It also became the location for several Dialogues at The Crossroads, hosted by Tiffany Jow of Untapped, in conversation with the designers. This program will be continued in 2024.
The Restaurant: Designed by Rodolfo Agrella, the restaurant became a definite go-to for attendees during the show and was furnished in partnership with Be Original Americas and its members Chilewich, Anglepoise, Heller, Kartell, MillerKnoll, and Oasiq.
The WDM Café x Caesarstone: Starting on day one as the location for the press breakfast, the WDM Café x Caesarstone became one of the main meeting points at the show. Located in WantedDesign and adjacent to the Talks main stage and The Oasis x Material Bank, this was the perfect place to host meetings over coffee. The space was designed by Rodolfo Agrella and with the support of Heller, Fyrn, Tala, Turf, Ressource, and Mohawk.
WANTEDDESIGN MANHATTAN INITIATIVES
The jury for the 2023 Best of Launch Pad awards honored two emerging designers this year based on their thought-provoking design. Tori Deetz of Good Growing won the award for Best of Launch Pad, Furniture/Home Accessories and Shaunak Patel won for Best of Launch Pad, Lighting. The jury included: Giulio Cappellini, Founder, Cappellini; Andrea Cesarman, Co-founder, Design Week Mexico; Jerry Helling, President and Creative Director of Bernhardt Design; Jean-Jacques L’hénaff, Leader, LIXIL Global Design AMERICAS; Jennifer Olshin, Founding Director and Partner, Friedman Benda; Kia Weatherspoon, President and Founder, Determined by Design; and Amy Devers, host of Clever.Launch Pad was sponsored by American Standard and presented with media partners Design Milk and Clever.
Look Book, the dedicated program for high-end North American designers, makers, and studios that serves as an in-person portfolio for the A&D community, returned this year with 48 exhibitors. This year’s participants showcased diverse designs and an exceptional quality of their displays, resulting in an incredibly inspiring Look Book. It was presented by media partner Dezeen with the support of Turf. A selection of Look Book designers participated in Look Book Live, a talks program hosted by Ben Dreith of Dezeen.
For the second year, WantedDesign Manhattan continued the Schools Showcase as an opportunity for international design schools to present the work of their best students, to be part of the main design trade event during NYCxDESIGN, toreceive feedback from professionals, and to start building their network. Participating schools for 2023 included: CEDIM, Central Saint Martins, Cranbrook Academy of Art, École Boulle, IED, University of Iowa, Northumbria University, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, RISD, SAIC, SCAD, Tec Monterrey, and Universidad Iberoamericana. As presenting sponsors of the Best of Schools and Best of Students prizes, Design Milk and Alessi chose the entire group of students from Universidad Iberoamericana as the Best of Students winner and Northumbria University as the Best of Schools winner.
Wanted Interiors returned this year with the Lounge, multi-brand presentations, and storytelling installations. Participants included Turf, Heller, Ligne Roset, Hatsu, Ressource, David Weeks Studio, and a selection of international studios in interactive and immersive spaces.
ECO Solidarity, a collaborative initiative of nine European designers and studios represented by EUNIC NY, the European Union National Institutes for Culture, returned to WantedDesign Manhattan this year. Responding to the environmental and humanitarian crises, this year’s edition focused on design with empathy, addressing some of the world’s most pressing conditions of human health and wellbeing. This year’s projects explored ways to improve urban domestic infrastructures, preserve and restore natural habitats, protect the health and wellbeing of people, and accommodate the displacement of the most vulnerable members of the community.
The Lounge at Wanted Interiors became a central meeting and lounge space during the show. Designed by Rodolfo Agrella, the Lounge was a showcase for sponsors David Weeks Studio and Ligne Roset, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic Togo, designed by Michel Ducaroy.
Dates for ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan 2024 are set for May 19-21, 2024.
Make every trip to the market a fashionable one with the Ivy Cove Union Square Market Tote. The engineered honeycomb leather design transforms from an easy to store flat leather piece to a unique shopping tote, perfect for the market, the beach or just about anywhere. The tote is also reversible for ultimate versatility in design and is available in Natural, Cobalt and Green, and Cobalt with a multicolored digital print. And the best part is this luxe bag is only $98! It’s so cute, you might just want to hang it in your entryway.
Ivy Cove, luxury leather goods and accessories brand based out of Montecito, CA, is excited to be partnering with Step Up, the mentorship nonprofit guiding girls to their success, to design an exclusive Ivy Cove x Step Up Market Tote. Supporters of Step Up include Reese Witherspoon, Regina Hall, Isabela Merced, Mandy Moore and Gabrielle Union. This reversible tote features the signature Step Up orange with their logo on one side and vibrant multicolor Ivy Cove hues on the other.
Ivy Cove founder, Ivy Moliver, has always had a passion for supporting organizations that focus on women and children which is what initially led her to Step Up. She was drawn to their engagement level and encouraged by their motivating group of diverse professional women. After participating in several mentorship panels, Ivy wanted to give back in a meaningful way. Utilizing her resources and expertise, Ivy worked with Step Up to create the Ivy Cove x Step Up Market Tote.
This exclusive and limited edition Ivy Cove x Step Up Market Tote retails for $118 with 20% of the proceeds going directly back to the organization to help support their mentorship programs. Step Up helps to propel girls to fulfill their potential. This chic farmer’s market tote can help empower women and change young lives…and also carry all your market essentials in style! Check out this IG reel to see how the bag transforms IRL!
In 2013, Pet Couturier Anthony Rubio started recreating for dogs the looks that graced the red carpet of The Met Gala to much acclaim. What originally started out as a photo project, this year the designer wanted to do something different. To hold an in person invite only presentation to showcase his work up close. The ultimate goal is in 2024 to hold a full sit down meal event with red carpet, runway show and performances with a charity aspect to it. It will be his signature event. Over the years, Anthony Rubio’s charity base runway shows have raised over four million dollars for animal shelters and rescue groups.
Recreated looks presented at The Pet Gala include looks worn by Doja Cat, Jared Letto, Rihanna, Cardi B, Pedro Pascal, Salma Hayek, Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, Diddy, Naomi Campbell and Emily Blunt.
Kimba, a Chihuahua as Jared Leto (Choupette, the Cat)
I have always been obsessed with fashion ever since I could remember. So when I first learned of the Met Gala events way back when, I never missed the opportunity to sit in front of the television (where you got the best views) to witness the parade of celebrities chosen by top designers to grace the red carpets modeling the creations to fit, or not, the themes of that particular gala.
Zoom to become the Pet Couturier. I challenged myself to recreate the favorites of what I witnessed on that red carpet only that it would be for dogs using my Chihuahuas Bogie and Kimba as my muses. I actually did it to entertain myself but a photographer friend asked to immortalize those designs. We put them out in the social media and before we knew it, publications, bloggers, and influencers took notice. Soon my creations were seen on television programs and reports both locally and internationally.
As an advocate for animal rescue and pet adoption I have, from the start, used the platform afforded me through my fashion design career to bring awareness to the plight of those who needed a voice to speak for them. When my Met Gala recreations became news I decided that I wanted to create an event similar to the Met Gala to raise funds for Animal rescue and who better to help me than actual rescues as models.
This year I chose to create this inaugural event completely financed out of pocket to show that I could do this and with success in hopes to garner sponsors, donors, and supporters for what I plan to be an annual event, the first of its kind. Like the actual Met Gala, I would like to have the Pet Gala happen at a museum complete with an exhibit and of course that procession of guests, (cats and dogs) modeling couture creations for a worthy cause.
This year the theme, as was with the Met Gala, was a celebration of the late great legend, Karl Lagerfeld. I enjoyed recreating the most standout creations of the recent Met Gala and hope they have moved and enticed everyone into wanting more. I invite anyone interested in helping to make this happen again to reach out. Let’s make this happen in a big way to make a huge difference in saving lives in a fashionable way.
Check Out Daniel Plus Lauren’s 1st Take On Anthony Rubio’s “The Pet Gala”, With Original Images & Writing By Daniel Plus Lauren, just click on the link highlighted!!!
Ever since Taylor Swift’s “Karma” remix featuring Ice Spice dropped on early Friday morning, it’s been a non-stop listening party for the nation and worldwide, it’s No. 1 on iTunes and on the Billboard charts, plus Taylor playing at MetLife Stadium this weekend right here at home in both Tay Tay and Daniel Plus Lauren’s current home of New York have got fans all excited to say the least.
If there’s no other way that Olivia Rodrigo could make an otherwise easy afternoon turn into a few hours of anxiety, fury, FOMO, and seduction, killing that 2:30 feeling you thought you had, then you’re ship has sailed and long sunk, Olivia used her Gen Z 90’s loving t-shirt and Converse sneakers with heart-stopping sheer polka-dot tights that’s a departure from purple “Sour” colors to tease new music on her Instagram today, leaving nothing but a wordless post, taking a mirror selfie on what could be a dressing room, possibly for a music video Olivia’s for one of her new songs, plus a calendar turned to June, with a heart drawn on the last day of June, June 30 (also a day to see the ladies of Cabaret Burlesque from Broadway Dance Center at The Midnight Theatre here in New York City).
Though, nothing has been confirmed by Olivia in such words, all signs point to Friday before the 4th Of July as when Olivia releases her second album, a follow-up to “Sour”, the groundbreaking 2021 album that made the COVID-19 a little more sweeter to live each day, reaching number one with 5 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, smashing sales and streaming records, and winning 3 Grammys.
Though “Good 4 U” was a complete departure from Olivia Rodrigo’s first single, “Driver’s License”, this second album appears entirely to be even more of a another direction Olivia takes, still having that feel from “Sour”, but peeling even more layers and vulnerability Olivia is so close to expressing.
The Debbie Dickinson Gallery had its official opening on Tuesday, May 16 for her collection of the “Fresh Art Exhibition: The Light Period” here in New York’s SoHo District at Carl Hansen & Son at 150 Wooster Street that’s open till June 1, Daniel Plus Lauren first saw this curated exhibit done by Debbie Dickinson back on May 4, this is part 2 with four more artists who are Evan Sebastian Lagache, David Richardson, Anthony Haden-Guest, and Iran Issa Khan.
Evan Sebastian Lagache
Born from Nirvana, Evan Sebastian Lagache uses acrylics on canvas to construct shapes, colors, and patterns according to true emotions expressed in the moment the piece is being worked on, Evan’s rhythm is based on the cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth, and how the effects of karma impact all those four cycles, Even’s work is based on meditations gained on what Even is experiencing either throughout the week, or at a moment or time in his life, Evan tries to work on many pieces at once, where all the pieces worked on simultaneously tell one story.
Evan is not one to pick favorites for his canvas of acrylics, but Evan loves all his pieces, and has love for each of his work in many different ways, “Soil” though is one that stands out, because it’s based on the dirt we rise from, a reminder that we’re on Earth so go out and put your feet on some dirt to love the Earth that you’re on, it’s easily forgotten since we live in the city, “Chrysanthemum” is another piece that Evan took his time with to work on and develop, because a chrysanthemum is about life, growth, and the pedals taking in the sunshine which allows the flower to blossom and be fresh, “fresh” being the theme of Debbie Dickinson’s curated art gallery.
If there’s one thing that’s constant with change, it’s progress, moving on from one form of culture and life to another variation of culture and life that’s suppose to be more advanced, faster, and modernized, another key to happiness in our day to day, but all these enhancements in our lives turn out to be a myth, that’s according to David Richardson, where his uses of arrows, symbols, crosses, and black holes express the myth of progress, no longer being connected with the person right next to us, who apparently is on their phone, staying connected to loved ones or on a mission to get ahead in the world.
Much before the Summer Olympics came to Seoul, Korea in 1988, David found himself seeing neon crosses that were 30 feet tall right on top of the hills where the churches were, “R3” is oil on canvas that conveys how the cross stands alone with the sky, the name of progress is not interfering or obstructing it.
Oil on canvas continues with David as he boldly stresses the dangers of AI in “Myth Of Progress (AI)” , a arrows, numbers, and symbols leading us into a black hole, a black hole that pulls us further away from real human interaction with each other, the art of meeting up in person, the thought of intimacy, or even the act of sexual intercourse have become much harder to achieve with cell phones, social media, and now AI always at play; though you’re talking to people via technology while you spend all your time alone somewhere on your phone, you’re not really alone, big tech is tracking your every move, collecting everything about you, gone are the days of commuting between home, work, and friends, and you are truly alone for no one to track your every move, big or small.
Cartooning is the cathartic gateway to illustrate a truthful telling of the world, cartoons have been proven to be vital weapons against anything that threatens to breakdown our culture and civilization, or now the latest threat, AI, where no emotion exist, same also with memes since the world went online, Anthony Haden-Guest uses the art world to keep the cartoon strip going, with work such as “Ed’s Alternate Reality” where Ed gets sucked into something unlike his normal and its poorly furnished, and “Signs”, signs of life have been spotted, unintelligent life that is, and unlike their intellect counterparts, they’re welcomed.
Anthony also uses his love for art outside the world of illustration, it’s found in cans, collecting flatten cans off the street, framing each one by one (15 to be exact), using the trusted and authentic resources of the Coca-Cola company, whether it’s classic, diet, or now even zero sugar, to spawn a world where no one thought would ever be crossed, or an offspring we’d wouldn’t dare to think existed, “Andy Warhol’s Vision Of Hell”.
Iran Issa Khan
Art is not just found on the stroke of a paintbrush, or in collected items to classify a meaning, it’s found by simply capturing beauty as it is, without paint, oils, or clays to retouch it, that’s the exact meaning of art through nature, Iran Issa Khan, who’s Photography work stems from fashion, working for publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and for late greats like Paulina Porizkova, captures nature as is, there’s no denying what you see in a flower, nature allows you to make interpretations that match what a human being creates and modifies about art, but you cannot paint onto a real flower.
Working your way down through images seen here with Iran, the first plant starts with “Joy”, the blossoming of a plant from nature that takes in every drop of elements needed to be at its finest, “Ecstacy“ takes you through the bombarded layers of excitement one will feel when they’re at the highest moment of their life, “Whirlwind” captures a collision of all things happening at an aggressive pace, and “Ballet Oceanique Blanche” is a beautiful replication of what you see at the Ballet, how a Ballerina’s pose is modeled within this unique flower that’s at its fresh peak.
The most beautiful thing you can take away from art is appreciate, feel, experience, and relate to what the artist was feeling when they constructed their work, understand how long or short they arrived at the idea they were conveying when they had that moment in time, this is a fresh perspective of what you see in artists with Debbie Dickinson’s curated gallery at Carl Hansen & Son on 150 Wooster Street in SoHo’s part of Manhattan here in New York City, where you have from now until next Thursday, June 1, to see what the Debbie Dickinson Gallery has to offer.
Taylor Swift announced today that more “Midnights” are coming, as soon as tomorrow night at 12 a.m. EDT with “Midnights (Till Dawn Edition)” deluxe album that you can pre-order now.
Taylor will also feature an artist Taylor has enormous respect for, Ice Spice, who will be featured on Taylor’s track, “Karma”, Taylor confesses that she’s a big fan of Ice Spice, with Taylor declaring that Ice Spice is brilliant on every level.
Taylor also on extended “Midnights (Till Dawn Edition)” be bringing back a huge fan favorite, Lana Del Rey, who will be on Taylor’s tracks “Snow On The Beach”.
And for those attending Taylor’s concert this weekend at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, more “Midnights” with another new single will be made available this Friday on site at 12:30 p.m. EDT with the CD vault track, “You’re Losing Me”, which has never been heard before until now.
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Rhode Island School of Design‘s (RISD) Rewilded Domesticity at WantedDesign Manhattan during NYCxDESIGN 2023 represents a collection of objects that express a collective yearning for connection through bold, organic materiality, honest structure and the inherited wisdom of found artifacts. Acknowledging the angst of displacement, migration, disharmony and inhospitable conditions, these objects fiercely reclaim the agency to make a “home” in any situation and with any chosen collective.
Created not as products, but as tools of in-person interaction, models of care and attention and vessels of meaning, these objects speak loudly of what is deemed to be missing in keyboard strokes, mouse clicks and digital socializing by choosing to demonstrate the physical, emotional and creative labor essential to establishing and nurturing genuine bonds. Not so much a nod to a former existence or traditional techniques, though many are deftly deployed, they serve as an intentional grounding in processes more earthly than virtual. The result is a form of generative utility that facilitates the reciprocal and life-sustaining feedback loop of meaningful connection.
The work includes Chair 03V08 Lite, Vessel 01 by Samuel Aguirre MFA 24 FD, Day Mantle (Heart of the Home) by Bill Carroll MFA 23 FD, Sinew Table by Louis Cohen MFA 23 FD, Untitled by Jonathan Samuel Dinetz BFA 24 FD, Chained Basket by Callum Houck BFA 23 FD, Eternal Recurrence – Landing by Michelle Jiaxin Huang BFA 23 FD, Twig Chair by Yuxuan Huang MFA 24 FD, Fraser Bench by Aydan Huseynli BFA 24 FD, New Land by Han-Ray Jahn BFA 23 FD, Sauna Stove by Cam Lasson BFA 2024 FD, Yellow Study by Theju Nimmagadda BFA 23 FD, Bowline Chair by Jan Rybczynski BFA 23 FD, Reflection Plane by Lisa Sacco MFA 23 FD, Plane Chair by Jake Stockman BFA 23 FD and Oak Chest by Kira Wilson BFA 24 FD.
A selection of images from Rewilded Domesticity by photographer Erik Gould can be found here.
About Furniture Design at RISD Students in RISD’s Furniture Design department embark on a course of study encompassing theory, skills, context, research and professional practices. Drawing from a rich tradition, they are encouraged to experiment and work with a wide range of emerging materials and technologies, developing individual voices through the process of making. The program emphasizes the principles and practice of furniture design as well as the social value of art, design and responsible citizenship.
About Rhode Island School of Design RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) is a creative community founded in 1877 in Providence, Rhode Island. Today, we enroll 2,620 students hailing from 59 countries. Led by a committed faculty, they are engaged in 44 full-time bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and supported by a worldwide network of over 31,000 alumni who demonstrate the vital role artists and designers play in today’s society.
Beyond facts and figures, what is the spirit of this community? Through a cross-disciplinary curriculum of studio-based learning and rigorous study in the liberal arts, RISD students are encouraged to develop their own personal creative processes, but they are united by one guiding principle: in order to create, one must question. In cultivating expansive and elastic thinking, RISD seeks to activate a critical exchange that empowers artists, designers and scholars to generate and challenge the ideas that shape our world. RISD’s mission, at both the college and museum, is not only to educate students and the public in the creation and appreciation of works of art and design, but to transmit that knowledge and make global contributions. Learn more at risd.edu.
Anthony Rubio, a man who’s known for designing couture dresses for dogs and cats, brought his own take of The Met Gala today here in New York City with his very own shindig, it’s “The Pet Gala”, featuring couture on pets that were once worn on well-known celebrities, entertainers, and musicians.
After being inspired to recreate looks seen at The Met Gala, and for the first time ever, Anthony Rubio invited key news outlets to this in-person event where these adorable dogs and cats have their turn to walk “The Pet Gala”, with looks spawned from Doja Cat, Jared Leto, Rihanna, Cardi B, Pedro Pascal, Bad Bunny, and Dua Lipa.
These cute canines modeling at Anthony’s event were Bagel, The SunglassCat as Doja Cat, Kimba, a Chihuahua as Jared Leto (Choupette, the Cat), Mikey-Jo, a Chorkie as Rihanna, Darla, a Pomerian as Cardi B, BLiNG, a Pomerian as Pedro Pascal, Bogie, a Chihuahua as Bad Bunny, and LaLa, a Pomerian as Dua Lipa.
Over the years, Anthony Rubio has raised over $4 million for animal shelters and rescue groups with his runway shows such as the one Anthony held at Art Hearts Fashion during New York Fashion Week this past February, and other times Daniel Plus Lauren has covered it such as September 2021 at Sony Hall also during NYFW.
Anthony Rubio’s goal for “The Pet Gala” is that 2024 will be a full sit down meal event with red carpet, runway show, and performances with a charity aspect to it.