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“Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” has now landed in the city of Tokyo where it will be on view drom December 21 to May 28 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.
Photo: Dior

The Artful Life: 6 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From a Christian Dior exhibition designed by OMA to Louis Vuitton’s new collaboration with Yayoi Kusama

Sofa featured in Stella McCartney x B&B Italia's Capsule Collection. Photo: Courtesy of B&B Italia

Chair featured in Stella McCartney x B&B Italia's Capsule Collection. Photo: Courtesy of B&B Italia.

1. Stella McCartney and B&B Italia Launch Le Bambole Capsule Collection

In honor of 50 years since designer Mario Bellini launched his famed Le Bambole series, an exciting collaboration between two talents are bringing a fresh take to his work. Launched at this year’s Art Basel in Miami Beach, fashion designer Stella McCartney and furniture company B&B Italia recreated Le Bambole through an imaginative capsule collection. The Le Bambole sofa and Granbambola 3-seater sofa each feature a hand-drawn “Fungi Forest” print upholstery pulled from McCartney’s Summer 2022 runway collection. In addition to serving as a whimsical addition to your home, each piece is made from 100 percent biodegradable upholstery and was designed to be fully disassembled, allowing for easier repairs and long-lasting sustainability. —Shelby Black

LVxYK Alma BB Bag. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

A look from the exclusive Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama capsule. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

2. Louis Vuitton Launches New Collaboration with Yayoi Kusama

The second part of Louis Vuitton’s partnership with famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama will launch in January to mark the ten-year anniversary of the emblematic collaboration. The new pieces touch on Kusama’s most significant works, such as her Pumpkins and Narcissus Gardens, showcasing the artist’s diverse practice. Polka dots, psychedelic blossoms, and mirrored orbs cover the new menswear and womenswear collections, bringing color and whimsy to the classic Louis Vuitton silhouettes. —Stefanie Li 

Dining room designed by Laura Gonzalez inside the Invisible Collection townhouse in New York. Photo: Denise Behrens

Living room designed by Laura Gonzalez inside the Invisible Collection townhouse in New York. Photo: Rodrigo Rize

3. Laura Gonzalez Takes Over the Invisible Collection Townhouse in New York

The Invisible Collection’s bespoke townhouse on New York’s Upper East Side made a splash when it debuted in September with a serene compilation gathered by Lisbon design studio Garcé & Dimofski. Now, the gallery, conceived to embody the spirit of a collector’s residence, has been completely transformed by Laura Gonzalez, whose spirited mix embraces maximalism at every turn. For “New York Splendor,” Gonzalez’s first exhibition in Manhattan, she selected an array of Mawu chairs enhanced with sartorial embroidery and a lily-pond like Nenuphar lacquer table for the dining room that’s dotted with a variety of her sculptural candle holders on the playful Guimauve console. In the salon, her cozy Casa sofa and Soho armchair, paired with a dynamic Tortoise cocktail table and Medusa side table, make the perfect perch for taking in the festive holiday decorations.—Jill Sieracki

Dior Designer of Dreams Exhibition. Photo: Courtesy of Dior

4. “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” Opens in Tokyo with Dazzling OMA-Designed Presentation 

Following its incredible global success, the exhibition “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” has now landed in Tokyo, where it will be on view from December 21 to May 28 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Marking its seventh global iteration, the show has been reimagined for the Japanese city by curator Florence Müller and designed by architect Shohei Shigematsu, partner at architecture firm OMA. Notably, around half of what is exhibited will be shown for the first time. The deep ties between Dior and Japan (Christian Dior was the first couturier to come to Japan) are celebrated in the third room of the show, which was crafted to recall a traditional Japanese lantern. Translucent paper has been stretched over frames to create striking organic shapes upon which historic garments from the archives are displayed. Don’t miss the fascinating series of historic ephemera including documents and photographs that go back to the post-World War II period. —Lucy Rees

St. Regis New York. Photo: Courtesy of St. Regis New York

5. The St. Regis New York Hosts Festive Gingerbread Workshop in Astor Court

Looking for a break from the holiday rush? The St. Regis New York is offering a gingerbread workshop just steps from Fifth Avenue in its gilded Astor Court. The perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea, the tutorial led by the culinary team comes with a constructed gingerbread house, bags of frosting ready to be piped, and a dizzying array of candies ready to adorn the confection. Tiny chefs in the making will receive a St. Regis hat and apron to make the experience official. Sessions are offered on Christmas Eve at 11 AM and 1:30 PM. —Jacqueline Terrebonne

Still life featuring sketches for Herman Miller ESU brochures, Hang It All packaging maquettes, process and color work Mathematics films, alongside Ray’s creative materials. Photo: Nicholas Calcott

6. Ray Eames’s Overlooked Contributions Highlighted in New Exhibition

Though they were inseparable in work and life, design luminaries Ray and Charles Eames were rarely seen as equals in the male-dominated industry, with Ray’s enormous contributions to the field routinely overlooked on account of her gender. Now, on what would have been her 110th birthday, the Eames Institute in California is staging an exhibition that illuminates her role in their trailblazing partnership, which continues to influence modern design and architecture. Dubbed “Ray’s Hand,” the exhibition features artifacts, sketches, scraps, and tools that will help visitors better understand her creative process within the duo’s work, including the House of Cards collection, Time Life Stool, and the Sea Things Tray. As Charles once said, “Anything I can do, she can do better.”  —Geoffrey Montes

Cover: “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” has now landed in the city of Tokyo where it will be on view drom December 21 to May 28 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.
Photo: Dior

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