Interview: OIL / LUMBER Founder, Ethan Summers

The designer discusses contrasting influences, reinventing an iconic silhouette, and Nashville

Nashville-based designer Ethan Summers dabbles in three different mediums. His label OIL / LUMBER acts as an umbrella for all the concepts he comes up with, which include minimal modern furniture, apparel that references his Japanese heritage, and objects that range from coffee cups to tote bags. By operating as a design firm, rather than a furniture-maker, fashion label, or objet d’art manufacturer, OIL / …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

International art news, Africa-centric emojis, architecture, cassette tape clothing and more

Shanghai’s Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project Opens This Week Inside Shanghai’s David Chipperfield–designed West Bund Museum, acclaimed Paris contemporary art museum Centre Pompidou will curate exhibitions and provide work from its own collection (for at least the next five years). According to the Pompidou, it’s an act of “museum diplomacy,” the “largest ever cultural exchange” between France and China thus far. Part of …

Benjamin Benmoyal’s Clothing From Recycled Cassette Tape

For his collection called It Was Better Tomorrow, Benjamin Benmoyal hand-wove sculptural garments from recycled cassette tape, recycled yarn and Tencel. Benmoyal (a student at London’s Central Saint Martins) drew inspiration from his time in the Israeli army, the colors of Iceland and artists James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson, as well as brutalist architecture. The resulting garments are quite stunning, from their luminous quality to …