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.
A Pop-Up for Maximalists If you’ve ever used a hair product from the Brooklyn-based brand Amika, then you’re familiar with the bright, bold prints on the packaging. Starting today through Memorial Day Weekend, the brand is hosting a pattern-covered pop-up experience in SoHo with Crosby Studios, the creative and architectural design studio. Open to the public, no appointment necessary, the pop-up will feature a “hair confessional” room, an interactive hair styling station, meet-and-greets with influencers, educational lessons, retail, limited-edition swag, and experiential elements intended to inspire creativity and community. If nothing else, the wild space—every available surface is covered in a bold color or Amika’s signature pattern—will be a gold mine for photo opportunities. Don’t miss the installation of shiny tinsel wigs! loveamika.com
West Elm Is Auctioning Off One-of-a-Kind Pieces For its new initiative, The Atitlán Project, West Elm has pledged to donate a minimum of $100,000 to benefit a small community on the northeastern shore of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, called Santa Catarina Palopó. The project aims to help develop more socioeconomic opportunities for artisans while also preserving their traditional craft. With the help of designer Diego Olivero and longtime West Elm collaborators Mitzie Wong and Wendy Wurtzburger of Roar + Rabbit, the brand has conceived of 14 artfully woven, hand-embellished, and hand-embroidered furnishings for a live auction on Paddle8.com. Place your bids through May 22. P.S. Outside of the one-of-a-kind pieces, West Elm also launched a limited-edition collection to help raise even more money for the cause. paddle8.com
Our Favorite Tile in a New Pattern Last year, we lost it over Juju Papers’Fruit Salad tiles. Now, Avery Thatcher, the founder of the Portland, Oregon–based studio, is back with a new pattern in her cement tile collection. Trapeze consists of eight-inch hexagonal tiles in three colorways: Black Blue, White Terra Cotta, and White Blanc. The placement of the colorful shapes moves from tile to tile, hence the name referencing acrobatic performers. We recommend arranging the tiles in a rotating layout for maximum fun. jujupapers.com
An Artist Collaboration for Mom (or Yourself) If you’re looking for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, might we suggest this adorable collaboration between artist Iris de Moüy and Clare V.? In celebration of the release of her new book, Horses Are Blue, the French illustrator partnered with Clare V. on a release of prints, a tote, a tee, and a poster featuring artwork from its pages. The playful, inky works are sweet, introspective, and full of life. clarev.com
Another Human’s Latest Collection Has the Greatest Backstory Los Angeles–based design studio Another Human always comes up with the coolest designs sure to make us ooh and ahh, laugh and squeal. Founder Leah Ring just introduced her latest pieces—the ET Collection—and they’re inspired by “the narrative of a misfit group of aliens discovering one another while lost in space.” Bordon, a big, bulbous blue chair, is the “friendly mama bear alien of the bunch” and we are absolutely in love with it. The collection will be on view through May 31 at the “Deeper than Text” exhibit at the 1stdibs Gallery, which is curated by Lora Appleton and presented by the Female Design Council. anotherhuman.la
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