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

Product Launches

AERIN Collaborates with Williams Sonoma for a New Line of Panama-Inspired Tableware

Due to the popularity of their previous collaboration, the AERIN and Williams Sonoma have decided to expand their partnership, adding new dinnerware, linens, and entertainment pieces to the mix. Inspired by creative director Aerin Lauder’s Panama home, this collection draws inspiration from the vibrant natural colors found across the country’s landscapes. “The Panama collection is filled with beautiful natural accents and colors to create the perfect atmosphere for entertaining or enjoying a meal with the family,” Lauder said in a statement. The collection is now available online, and at Williams Sonoma stores nationwide. 

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AERIN Panama Appetizer Plates, Set of 4 for $52.

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AERIN Panama Dipping Bowls, Set of 4 for $40.

The Rug Company Teams Up With Alexander McQueen for Yet Another Stunning Collection 

The house of McQueen has long been known for its beautiful renditions of subjects pertaining to nature. For its newest home-focused collection, Metamorphosis, McQueen’s creative director Sarah Burton worked with The Rug Company to carry on this philosophy, creating five delicately handcrafted rugs focused on the rebirth and the renewal of insects. The collaboration is out now and available for purchase on The Rug Company website

Madeline Weinrib Seeks Out Inspiration From the Met Cloisters Gardens

Popular New York–based designer Madeline Weinrib is back on the scene, teaming up with Moroccan artisans cooperative Alnour to launch a new line of artisanal Cloisters-inspired homeware products for the Met Store. The line features an assemblage of delicately embroidered table linens, hand-crafted by the female makers supported by coop. The main focus of that organization hinges on employing and supporting women with disabilities around the region.

Lori Morris Launches E-commerce, as Graham & Brown Partners With the National Portrait Gallery

This week, designer Lori Morris officially made a collection of furniture and decor objects available to purchase online, thanks to her new e-commerce effort. For those in search of delightful candy bowls and bespoke carpets, this could be your new one-stop shop. Also of note, British wallpaper and paint company Graham & Brown has teamed up with the National Portrait Gallery in London to create a head-turning new set of products. The wallpapers in question are an easy way to bring a healthy dose of art history and color-blocked punch to any interiors project.

Good Works

The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Hosts a Successful Fundraiser With Daniel Humm

On March 24 the longtime charitable foundation teamed up with Daniel Humm, the chef and owner of Eleven Madison Park, to raise money for a new Maternity and Pediatric wing of the Tambacounda Hospital in Senegal. The foundation auctioned off a selection of Josef and Anni Albers works, as well as three exclusive private dinners cooked by Humm and the rest of the EMP team. “We are thrilled with the generosity of Daniel Humm and of the people who bought wonderful things while supporting a glorious cause,” executive director Nicholas Fox Weber says to AD PRO. “The Tambacounda Hospital, an architectural masterpiece, will immeasurably improve the lives of a population that will benefit forever.” Altogether, the fundraiser was able to raise $250,000, allowing the hospital wing to be completed within the next two months.


Harvard GSD Announces Finalists for This Year’s Wheelwright Prize

As of last week, Harvard Graduate School of Design’s highly-coveted Wheelwright Prize has been narrowed down from nearly 150 applicants from over 45 countries to four potential recipients: Germane Barnes, Luis Berríos-Negrón, Iulia Statica, and Catty Dan Zhang. Each of the four tackles a significantly impactful architectural discourse in their proposals, taking on topics of race, climate, migration, and even the pandemic. The winner, who will be announced at the end of this month, will receive a $100,000 grant to support his or her research.

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