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 New Collection That Would Fit Right into *The Flintstones* New works by Brooklyn-based design studio Chen Chen & Kai Williams are on view at Casa Perfect, The Future Perfect’s residential retail concept in a David Chipperfield–renovated townhouse. Called “Romancing the Stone,” the duo’s show features their new Geology Collection, in which stone—some found, some left over from quarry excavation—is the main material. From hefty tables to airy lights, the pieces showcase the magic of nature’s compositions. A table with a puzzle-like assemblage of slabs supported by a network of steel sits next to a “Stone Roses” floor lamp with shades so thin they become transparent. The mirrors look like slices of a geode. Open until August 1, this eclectic and earthly collection is worth a visit. thefutureperfect.com
Food52 Just Made the Chicest Dryer Balls This week, Food52 launched the fifth product in its Five Two line: dryer balls. Handmade of hypoallergenic New Zealand wool, the navel orange–size balls help absorb water so your clothes dry faster, have fewer wrinkles, and get some fluff. Our favorite part: the palette, which includes mellow shades of blue, tan, and blush. They honestly look so nice, you could leave them out on a counter. Available for preorder—they’ll start shipping May 13—they come in cool- and warm-toned sets of three ($20), as well as a complete set of six ($36). food52.com
We’re Inspired to Paint a Sink Now After seeing Justina Blakeney’s laundry room overhaul, we want a washer/dryer space like hers. From the color punch of the deep, red-painted sink to the wild wallpaper (Justina’s own forthcoming design), the design makes a typically forgotten part of the home a bohemian dream. Even better, the laundry area is just a small part of the designer’s renovation of her garage, which we would definitely live in. blog.jungalow.com
A Good IKEA DIY Who knew cheap strips of wood could look so nice? This simple DIY from Hunker is a step-by-step guide to adding some texture and detail to the outside of a simple IKEA shoe storage cabinet. Our mind is racing with twists on the design, like adding color (hyper blue will always have our heart) or using different wood stains. This is a perfect weekend project. hunker.com
Sight Unseen Divulges Their Discovery Secrets It’s always a bit of a mystery how certain sites find all the latest and greatest new talents. Sight Unseen recently revealed one of their sources and that is, surprisingly, Cargo, the site-building platform for designers and artists. Turns out, the Cargo team is constantly putting together a highly curated stream of content featuring lots of inspiring work. Plus, they have multiple Instagram accounts, depending on whether you’re looking for art, graphic design, architecture, etc. We’re always happy to get a little free advice. sightunseen.com
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