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New York Design Week

New York Magazine - May 2012

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Finally! I have been waiting forever for Ruben Toledo, the brilliant artist and fashion illustrator, to take his paintbrush to furniture, and that time has come! For the latest New York Design Week, Toledo painted a select group of Pucci Furniture in extremely limited runs; this coffee table, for example, comes in an edition of twenty. The wall mural was done for the installation at Pucci International, located in a penthouse at 44 West 18th Street.

Toledo had barely finished painting these two chairs when I visited, hence the “wet paint” sign. “I call this tattooed furniture because of the way the wood absorbed the oil paint into its skin,” he explains. The chairs come in an edition of 80; the wall mural is another Toledo creation, made exclusively for New York Design Week.

A closer look at the chair with circular patterns. “Since the collection is hand-painted, each piece has its own persona,” says Toledo. “I wanted the furniture to radiate a definite presence, like a long lost friend.”

I love this amazing chair full of eyes, embedded in what seems to be a wood-grain pattern. Explains Toledo, “The chairs mimic the wood they are from. They are based on some drawings I have made over the last 30 years.”

In Gallery Nine, Pucci showcased a new wall installation, Wanderlost, by artist Jeff Quinn. The surreal landscape made the perfect backdrop for Jim Zivic’s plank aluminum table, Chris Lehrecke’s stainless steel stools, and Ted Abramcyzk’s Cumulus Collection satin aluminum light.

This copper-and-slate console is by Shelter Island–based designer Fran Taubman. She regularly works in copper, bronze, steel, and glass; unusually, her metal bases are not welded but joined by hidden mechanical connections.

By Wendy Goodman