THERE’S NOTHING “SQUARE” ABOUT THE DESIGNS OF VERNER PANTON

When we typically think of Danish Modern designers, images of light, minimalist, functional spaces that have mastered the art of hygge come to mind. While there’s no doubt Denmark-born Verner Panton was devoted to function, he brought funky, bold-lined moves that have little in common with hygge’s more quiescent vibes. From his signature Panton chair to his futuristic VP Globe Lamp, Panton created work that immerses users in a sensorial experience and encourages them to get in the groove, both figuratively and literally.

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LIONS, TIGERS, AND BRASS! THE TWO ANIMAL DESIGN MASTERS YOU NEED TO KNOW.

For anyone who’s ever fantasized about owning a zoo, but considered themselves a little too sensible to take the plunge, the animal creations of Mario Lopez Torres and Sergio Bustamante are your low-maintenance Zootopia dreams come true. Crafted of wicker (Lopez Torres) and a mix of metals (Bustamante), these artisan animals are prime for imbuing even the tamest of interiors with a touch of the wild side. As interior designers continue to embrace everything Animalia—from Scalamandre’s tiger stripes to La Barge’s brass-hoofed coffee tables—Mario Torres Lopez and Sergio Bustamante’s animals are only gaining traction (Martha Stewart is rumored to be among Bustamante’s biggest fans). With prices climbing, and next-level collector’s status near guaranteed, here’s everything you need to know about these two Mexican-born animal masters and their bevy of beasts.

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LA BELLA VITA OF ITALIAN MODERNISM

There is no shortage of ink-spilled in homage to Italian design of the 20th century, and for good reason. It was a century of innovative and dynamic work which only served to further cement Italy as a global creative force. But what makes this era’s design so enduring? Why are original pieces so coveted? The style still so echoed by modern manufacturers? Articles still penned on it? Perhaps it’s the fact that Italian modernism is amorphous. It’s equal parts spare and dramatic; pragmatic and artistic. While it’s nearly impossible to define this era by the work of just a few designers and makers, we’ve chosen a selection of designers whose work each represents a different peak of this creatively rich period. With this framework for 100 years’ worth of groundbreaking design, we turn our lens to some of the leaders of the era.

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ADRIAN PEARSALL FURNITURE IS WHAT ATOMIC DREAMS ARE MADE OF

Vladimir Kagan furniture may get a sultrier rap and George Nakashima furniture may fetch higher bids, but there’s no denying that when it comes to Adrian Pearsall’s furniture, the stuff has serious star power. Considered the godfather of Atomic style, Pearsall crafted bold, attention-grabbing chairs, coffee tables, and sofas that married supreme functionality (and materials) with surrealist proportions. Although Pearsall only designed for three decades before trading in furniture design for the high seas (literally), his furniture made an indelible impact on Mid-Century Modernism. Today, Adrian Pearsall furniture stands among the tangible reminders of Mid-Century Modernism’s funkier side—the psychedelic forms, the brain-stimulating colors. Ahead, we delve into Pearsall’s creative influences, his masterpiece designs, and why his furniture might just be the last remaining deal on the Modernist market.

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