From big business changes to great 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.
1stDibs holiday sale kicks off
Designers, get ready for an unmissable Black Friday sale. 1stdibs.com has unveiled its holiday sale, which will run until Cyber Monday. Discounts currently available are up to 60%. Pieces per Isamu Noguchi, Ettore Sottsass, and Vladimir kagan are among the many strengths.
A segment of the spiral staircase of the Eiffel Tower is up for grabs
Are you looking for a truly unique addition to your latest remodeling project? An Art Deco and design sale organized by Artcurial might just have the ticket. Scheduled for December 1, its flagship lot is a segment of 14 steps of the original spiral staircase of the Eiffel Tower. The coin, which is expected to sell for between $ 35,000 and $ 48,000, could be exactly what your Francophile client secretly aspires to be.
Also of note on the auction house side, Dubai-based architect and designer Viktor Udzenija is partnering with Christie’s. Alongside the venerable art company, Udzenija will be hosting the very first design phase of its auction of contemporary and modern art and design from the Middle East. The sale runs until November 24.
In the news
A Pig’s Couch – and this other “four seasons” – hit the headlines
Four Seasons Total Landscaping can’t help but stay relevant. The Philadelphia-based company, which is in no way affiliated with the Four Seasons hotel group, served as the memorable backdrop for a Rudy Giuliani press conference on election week. Now an online petition is circulating for the location to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Also of note this week is the case of the mysterious pig sofa, as reported by The New York Times and others. The couch, which was posted on Craigslist, turns out to have been kind of a long-standing, lightweight trick, and is worth reading into a rabbit hole. Its original creator is a fiber artist named Pavia Burroughs, who happens to be based in Philadelphia.
MoMA has a new institute dedicated to the built and natural environment
This week, MoMA announced that he had received a large donation from the Legacy Emilio Ambasz Foundation. The donation will allow the museum to establish a research institute focused on the built and natural environment. He will live in the department of architecture and design.
West Elm steps up efforts to give back, partners with Muji
This week, Western elm has launched an exciting new business: a holiday gift shop. The effort highlights pieces by local designers, while aiming to raise funds for important racial equality organizations, including the 15% commitment. West Elm is one of a series of retailers who have signed the pledge from fashion designer Aurora James, which aims to get retailers to commit to sourcing at least 15% of their products from businesses owned to blacks. Half of all proceeds from the store will go to this cause and others by December 1.
Also note: West Elm has partnered with Muji. The news means the private label will officially become the largest U.S. online retail partner for the Japan-based company. “At MUJI, we are delighted to partner with West Elm – it is a natural fit for both of our brands, as we share the same values of quality, durability and good design,” said the president of Muji USA, Toru Akita, at AD PRO. “We hope that through this partnership MUJI will reach new audiences in the United States, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to share our products and our philosophy through West Elm. “