Take yourself to the tropics
Tropical design is the hottest trend of the season
Magic on the wall
Winner a Best Design Award by Wallpaper* magazine earlier this year, Carnovsky’s RGB wallpaper creations are fun, complex and highly creative. Depicting a colorful, psychedelic and gloriously explosive jungle, the RGB design features three overlapping that result in unexpected images. The colors, lines and shapes entwine to create a theatrical setup.
Designer Stephen Burks runs Readymade Projects, a collective that explores the impact of the developing world on contemporary design. From his Brooklyn-based studio, he’s made cultural fusion a signature strategy, creating DIY objects that echo the diversity of the modern world. His latest collection, presented at Man Made Toronto earlier this year, features basket lamps, shelving, tables and other home accessories that he developed on-site with Senegalese basket weavers.
Swedish store Svenskt Tenn has left a definite mark on the design scene with its lush, colorful, tropical-themed textiles. Founded in 1924 by Estrid Ericson, who recruited Josef Frank as head designer 10 years later, the company continues to produce exotic and lavish patterns that adorn from wallpaper and textiles to decorative finishing on sofas and consoles.
Walking on sunshine
Reflecting the close connection between fashion and design, luxury shoemaker Rupert Sanderson recently unveiled their new Kibo line of footwear. These colorful and oh-so-summery sandals combine raffia strands, bright straps and lines of caramel leather, all stitched together for a tropical vacation effect.
Vibrating with bold colors and raw creative energy, Patricia Urquiola’s Tropicalia collection for Moroso combines simple weaving techniques with complex geometric shapes. Designed to be customized, each object in the collection takes on a different personality depending on the material and the color-mix used.
South Beach lovely
Miami’s glamorous new hotel, SLS South Beach, was originally built in 1939 under renowned South Beach architect L. Murray Dixon. In its new incarnation, the property showcases the creativity of Philippe Starck, with a rooftop architectural design depicting a lantern reaching to the sky. Starck’s design features a surrealistic feel that reflects a vibrant beach experience. The SLS South Beach marks Starck’s return to South Beach, where his 1995-designed Delano remains one of the most iconic hotels on the strip.
By Marie Le Fort