Here at Clever, we’re all about finding the good stuff—unexpected decorating ideas, day-brightening accents and furnishings, news you need to know—and then delivering that info directly to you. Here’s a roundup of five things that stopped us in our tracks this week that we wanted to be sure you don’t miss.
We’re Dreaming of a Kitchen Featuring Reform’s New Series The Danish company Reform is launching three new kitchen-cabinet-front collections, designed by Muller van Severen, Note Design Studio, and David Thulstrup, respectively. Launched at ICFF in New York and 3daysofdesign in Copenhagen, the designs present a bold look for any sensibility. Note Design Studio’s style offers traditional Scandinavian elements like oak wood and veneer with clean lines. Studio David Thulstrup went classically modern with rich, dark hues and textures mixed with the matte, industrial sheen of brushed aluminum and stainless steel. Muller van Severen’s multicolored cabinet fronts, paired with brass hardware and a marble countertop, are for the design risk-taker. We love that all of Reform’s collections are made to work with IKEA’s basic modules. Now we just wish we had three different kitchens to renovate...reformcph.com
A Friendly, Humorous, Unpretentious Group Art Show A refreshing exhibition of artists called “Wonderful” is opening today at Grey Area, in Detroit. At its first stop, the traveling group art show and pop-up shop will feature work by Chris Uphues, Lacey Micallef of Big Bud Press, Katie Kimmel, Isa Beniston of Gentle Thrills, and Lorien Stern. Prices for pieces in the show range from $30 to $1,900, and there will also be a few gift items from each artist and some exclusive tour merch. The aim is accessibility and fun. Chris, the brains behind the operation, just thought it was a good excuse to get all of his friends, who happen to be his favorite artists, together in one place and hang out with each other in different cities. (Chris and his wife, Jen, will be installing the show in each location.) As pieces from each show sell, “Wonderful” will evolve and change, so each stop will be a different experience. Check out the exhibition in Nashville in September and Miami in October. instagram.com
The IKEA Shopping Bag Gets Colorful The hardworking blue Frakta bag is getting a makeover next month. IKEA U.S. has partnered with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF) to celebrate Pride Month and will offer a new, limited-edition shopping bag, called Kvanting, starting June 1. All the profits from the rainbow-striped tote, a colorful take on the brand’s iconic blue bag, will go to HRCF’s programs that support LGBT+ children, youth, and families. Get yours in stores only for $3.99, and watch for the raising of the Pride Flag (at all stores) on the first of the month. reformcph.com
Madewell Is Selling Collections of Limited-Edition Artwork The clothing brand is going beyond denim with the launch of its first artist series, called “Madewell in Residence.” Madewell’s head of design, Joyce Lee, picked three artists—Claire Nereim of Plant Planet and Kit Agar and Angela Mckay of Ohkil Studio—and incorporated their work on Madewell tees, bandanas, and towels. Customers can also purchase framed prints of the three artists’ work through a partnership with the custom framing site Framebridge. The pieces are available in select Madewell stores and online, and nothing costs more than $50. We want one of everything, please. madewell.com
Clémence Polès’s Tips For Expediting the Move-In Process We’re always looking to Clémence Polès and her website Passerbuys for design inspiration. So, when we saw she had published a story on how to efficiently move into and decorate a new apartment in less than a month, we had to know her tricks. With advice that ranges from getting reusable and eco-friendly plastic moving boxes to unpacking the bedroom first, the article is worth a read (and a reread and memorization). passerbuys.com
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest