Hands-On With Schumacher Fabrics

Why everything we thought we knew about reupholstering was wrong

What happens when you combine hand-me-down furniture and traditional fabrics with one of NYC’s best-loved designers? The answer is two reinvented chairs that stay true to their roots. The pleasantly surprising path to these old-meets-new results started with a practical and common enough scenario: furniture that badly needed reupholstering. Like many who undertake their own home decor projects, I was short on time but long on …

Ori’s Robotic Pocket Closet

The MIT offshoot company Ori is hoping to make small living spaces feel and function better with the help of robotics. Their “shape-shifting” walk-in wardrobe (called Pocket Closet) can be bought online and shipped as a flat-pack to your door. The Pocket Closet is a set of shelves from the outside, but opens along a motorized track to reveal the closet space. The wardrobe is controlled via …

South Africa’s Southern Guild at NYC’s The Salon Art + Design

Cape Town‘s Southern Guild was the only African design representative at NYC’s high-end showcase, The Salon Art + Design in mid-November. And, as Lynsey Chutel points out for Quartz, the gallery presented furniture that “punctured the outdated image the west has of an African aesthetic.” Southern Guild makes clear that it’s important African design maintains attention—and a competitive edge—on a fickle global design stage. Further, the …