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Best Bets

Nymphenburg sketches porcelain. Plus, pajamas with snob appeal, the new pashmina, a powerful toothbrush...


The Best Bet
Suddenly, New York seems particularly full of wildly imaginative works from the Netherlands. To his credit, Murray Moss (as well as a few curators at MoMA) began a love affair with the anti-Minimalist creations of Dutch designers like Hella Jongerius and her compatriots nearly a decade ago. Until recently, most of Jongerius’s projects (like the My Soft Office installation’s rolling foam chaises embedded with computer screens or the soft vases she sculpts from polyurethane) were one-offs or extremely limited editions. Lately, though, she’s been moving toward sort-of-mass production. This piece from Nymphenburg Sketches (created for Nymphenburg, the German porcelain house) uses iconic images (flowers, butterflies) from the company archives, which Jongerius breaks down into their design components and then rearranges. Each plate is a one-of-a-kind ($660 at Moss, 152 Greene St., at Houston St.; 212-204-7100).