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“Objects USA” Gets an Encore and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.


“Objects USA” Gets an Encore

Design history buffs received some good news this week. The much-lauded and pioneering exhibition, “Objects USA,” which opened at the Smithsonian in 1969, has gotten a redux. New York gallery R & Company has officially opened “Objects USA 2020″ at its Tribeca space. While the exhibition was delayed due to the pandemic, it features enlightening works by the individuals like ceramist Ebitenyefa Baralaye. Hopefully, the show will help further establish the likes of Baralaye; after all, the first iterations of “Objects” helped cement the reputations of Anni Albers, George Nakashima, and others. 

Product Launches

Color and Paint News Pops

ECOS Paints has officially launched its Lisa Tharp Collection of paints, all of which are nontoxic and VOC-free. The company expects the line to speak to individuals in search of healthy homes. Elsewhere, Clark+Kensington announced a slew of colors of the year, which make up a comprehensive 2021 color palette. The various hues touch upon ideas such as mindful living and creative escapes in terms of their inspirations. Last but certainly not least, Pantone announced its Color of the Year Fashion Design Contest. Contestants can enter to try to win more than $8,000 in Pantone-related prizes.

From Wallpaper to Candles, Novel Products Shine

In Los Angeles, Nickey Kehoe has launched wallpapers. The collection, which consists of four patterns, was inspired by designs seen while on trip to France. The papers are priced at $550 per 10-yard roll. Also of note, Hollywood at Home is set to offer paintings by Serena Dugan starting next week. A trained artist and textile designer, Dugan is best known for cofounding Serena & Lily. Finally, Cire Trudon, the beloved candle company, has expanded their offerings to include blue pieces in notable new scents. Yet another new product that’s bound to burn bright.

Yves Delorme Debuts Spring Collection

Luxury linen company Yves Delorme has released its spring collection, which evidences a fresh new stylistic tack. “We are convinced that in order to create products equal to your dreams, we must protect, develop, and encourage creation and savoir faire,” Amaury Fremaux, president of Yves Delorme, says to AD PRO. He adds that in addition to this verdant new line of offerings, the brand has doubled down on what makes its quality products stand out: “We have chosen to conserve, renovate, and modernize our weaving studio in Sevelinges and our tailoring studio in Nieppe.” Their future, it seems, is already well woven together.


A Commission Gets Announced as a New CEO Gets Named

Longwood Gardens has announced a $250 million expansion project. Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi of WEISS/MANFREDI are set to work on a vast glass conservancy, while Reed Hilderbrand is designing a series of gardens and pools. 

Elsewhere, Holt Construction has named Patricia Zugibe as its first ever female CEO. “I’m proud to take on the stewardship of Holt’s incredible legacy, reflecting on its resolve and tenacity to successfully navigate and persevere over 100 years in the construction industry by mitigating risk, staying the course, and delivering exceptional client service,” Zugibe said in a statement.

Serena & Lily Opens Del Mar Design Shop

Serena & Lily has officially put down San Diego roots. “We’re very excited to have found a home in Del Mar,” CEO Lori Greeley said in a statement of the 600-square-foot space. “With its beautiful coastline, mountains, and the proximity to the city, the location is a natural fit for Serena & Lily.” One notable highlight? A large swatch wall on which customers can mix and match blue and white prints.

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