Favorite Things

Opposites Attract

Year’s end calls for playing with contrasts—dark and light, warm and cool, minimalism and maximalism.

BY December 1, 2021

Paper Hanger

Matthew Shlian’s Omoplata 88 nods to the origami fortunetellers we made as children, but instead of searching for your crush, this piece inspires the viewer to find meaning in its folds and shadows. The 18-by-20-inch piece is made of folded paper that is intricately woven to create a hypnotic pattern.

$2,860; methodandconcept.com


The Mod Squad

If you appreciate Italian design blended with the “Mad Men” vibe of the late 1960s, the Spike reclining sectional by MaxDivani, in leather and fabric, is the perfect place to take a seat. With an extra-wide, built-in motorized recliner and a convertible headrest, it mixes the best of technology with elegant design. Even better, it is customizable (size, shape and upholstery).

From $4,995; naplesleather.com


Hare Raising

Venezuelan native Mariana Monteagudo is known for her muñecas (dolls) sculptures made of discarded materials with influences that range from pre-Columbian idols to modern-day Barbies. ”Mosaic Rabbit” (40-by-14-by-9 inches, mixed media) harkens an apocalyptic outlook, all the while keeping a whimsical tone. The masked bust adds color and texture to your space and is sure to spark conversations.

$6,500; aldocastillogallery.com


Making Waves

If you’re looking to upgrade your home, changing key surfaces can make a world of difference. To take it to the next level, you need an artist. Enter Naples’ Luxe Surface Design Studio, where the team creates liquid metal finishes like this Vulcano Blue backsplash that appears to move along the wall. The textured finishes can be added to virtually any surface and come in hundreds of patterns and color combinations.

Price upon request; luxesurfacedesignstudio.com



Table It

Few tables fit a niche like a console—behind a couch, in an entry or down a hallway, they fill a void and help keep your keys and knickknacks off the floor. Naples furniture designer Jeremy Jones’ Cascade Console Table elevates the form, bending a dark steel waterfall panel over gold and bronze crystalline pieces, creating a powerful impression.

$8,750; jeremyjonesdesign.com


Casting Shadows

The combination of functionality and art is at the core of artist Kate Tremel’s ceramic creations, and her Mod Black Dot Honeycomb Shadow Lamp (11-by-6 inches) makes illumination magical. On a brass base with a cloth cord, a mirrored interior bulb reflects and shines its light through numerous hand-carved piercings, creating a surreal pattern across the room. Night can’t come soon enough.

$900; judithliegeoisdesigns.com

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