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From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this biweekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.

Design Happenings

Miranda Kerr and Universal Furniture celebrate release of second collection

Bobby Berk and Miranda Kerr at the launch of Tranquility.

Photo: Veronica Sams

Miranda Kerr, the model turned entrepreneur behind KORA Organics skincare, ventured into the design world a few years back with Love. Joy. Bliss., a chic collection for Universal Furniture. Now she’s followed it up with Tranquility, a mix of serene pieces flaunting organic curves that officially launched with a shopable soiree on February 28. Hosted by Universal Furniture as well as Crypton (the rounded Tranquility sofa and chair, for instance, are upholstered with high-performance Crypton fabrics) and One Kings Lane, which will serve as the exclusive online retail partner for Tranquility throughout March, the celebration was held at the LA modernist marvel Bellgave. The platform-raised Hollywood Hills residence designed by Cape Town–based SAOTA deftly straddles indoor-outdoor living, an ideal backdrop for the likes of Kerr’s fluted Mappa burl sideboard and pebbly, plaster-finished nesting cocktail tables.   

The Female Design Council and 1stDibs curate a Visionary Women series

Led by Lora Appleton, the membership-based Female Design Council has become a go-to resource for all womxn in architecture, design, and the applied arts. For Women’s History Month, the organization has teamed up with 1stDibs to highlight some of the more than 1,200 creators and sellers on the platform who identify as female. Along with modern-day selections like Ribbon, LA-based design firm Laun’s sinuous aluminum lounge chair, as well as Montreal-based furniture maker Lauren Goodman’s salvaged-steel Providence Project table, the spotlight is shared with treasures from pioneering designers of yore, including Nanna Ditzel’s cocooning 1950s easy chair for Ludvig Pontoppidan and a trippy yellow and green glass lamp by Gae Aulenti from the 1970s.

A 1934 Cartier Paris Design for a bracelet.

Image: Picto Num

The Cartier Paris bangle.

Photo: Marian Gerard

Mexico City’s Museo Jumex to pay homage to Cartier 

The trove of jewelry, watches, and decorative objects comprising Cartier Design: A Living Legacy at the Museo Jumex invites visitors into the alluring world of the storied maison. Opening March 15 (through May 14), the exhibition, curated by Ana Elena Mallett, illuminates Cartier’s 176 years of craftsmanship through more than 160 pieces from the Cartier collection, private assemblages, and archival documents. It delves into both the jeweler’s history—including the pioneering Jeanne Toussaint, who became Cartier’s first female creative director in 1933—and its evolving design language, running the gamut from a signature garland motif to Middle Eastern and Indian influences.  

Marta presents solo Jonah Takagi show

Glass vessels by Jonah Takagi.

Photography courtesy Marta

Back in 2017, New York industrial designer Jonah Takagi partook in his first of several residencies at CIRVA, the international glass and visual arts research center in Marseille, France. There, he experimented with molds constructed from found objects that spawned architectural-inspired vases for Hem and the assemblies starring in “Brut Vessels,” his solo show debuting at Marta in LA on March 11 (through April 22). Taking cues from both Cité Radieuse, Le Corbusier’s famous concrete apartment block completed in 1952 in Marseille and the shiny glass facades of suburban office buildings, the groupings possess a beguiling Brutalist aesthetic while referencing their port-city origins though a palette of green, brown, and deep, almost-black blues.

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