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Illustration by Jason Lee  

First Look
This month, Partners & Spade co-founders Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti will debut The Boerum House and Home (312 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill), a store laid out like an apartment and designed with architecture firm Flank.



IRL
Everlane pops up at 199 Lafayette through June 28.

Three-year-old basics purveyor Everlane is online only, but at this temporary Soho-loft space, you can actually touch and take home the brand’s twill duffels ($95) and Italian-leather totes ($395) and try on their tees (clothes orders will be shipped to you). Per Everlane’s “radical transparency,” museum plaques list the items’ factory origins and price markups.


4X4
Wall Clocks
Because you can’t wall-mount your smartphone.


From left, the Present clock and the Newgate wall clock.  

Hard to Read/Over $100: The Present clock, $200 at the MoMA Store, 11 W. 53rd St.
Easy to Read/Over $100: Newgate wall clock, $135 at West Elm, 1870 Broadway.


From left, Last Minute clock and Pugg clock.  

Hard to Read/Under $100: Last Minute clock, $65 at shop.jamiewolfond.com.
Easy to Read/Under $100: Pugg clock, $11 at Ikea, 1 Beard St., Red Hook.


The Future
When London 3-D-printing emporium iMakr opens its first Stateside outpost on June 19 near the Bowery, customers can commission custom pieces—say, a bust of their Chihuahua—or shop pre-designed products.


Brain birdhouse ($40)
Marco Valenzuela’s life-size brain design takes 16 hours to print. When fitted with LED lights, the same piece becomes a table lamp.




Platform heels ($58)
Composed of two printable parts that are assembled with a rubber sole and leather straps. Available in any size, each shoe takes about eight hours to print.



Comb ($10)
This simple, wide-tooth design is ready to use in 30 minutes, and can be printed in Laywood—a brown filament that (somehow) smells and looks like real wood.



Ask a Shop Clerk
Fabiana Faria and Helena Barquet collaborated last year at a design fair in Maastricht, fell in love, and this May opened the homeware shop Coming Soon (37 Orchard St.), where they carry Tom Dixon salt and pepper shakers, Christopher Harth cutting boards, and the occasional box of Sacred Sage.


Nice houndstooth chairs.
H.B.: They’re from the ’70s.
F.F.: We reupholstered them in that giant print; it reminds us of those big-pixel ’90s video games, like Duck Hunt.

And the naked figurines?
F.F.: They’re mini couples, hanging out inside geode stones called Love Caves.
H.B.: They’ve even got teeny-tiny pubic hair. They’re a best seller.


Trend Spawning
Op-art effects are popping up everywhere from summer dresses to wool rugs.


November 2008
Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective—featuring many of the pioneer minimalist’s isometric renderings—launches its 25-year run at Mass MoCA.




January 2013
Milan-based artistNathalie Du Pasquier, a co-founder of the ’80s-era, postmodern Memphis Group, produces a series of oil paintings that seem to pop out of the canvas.



February 2013
German designer Tina Schmid launches the Tilt side table; when not in use, it lies flat against the wall but appears to have three-dimensional depth.



March 2013
Canadian studio +tongtong debuts a series of sculptural welded-steel clothing racks that, when viewed head-on, look as though they’re sketched on the wall.




March 2014
The spring collection of Dusen Dusen founder Ellen Van Dusen, who studied the neuroscience of vision in college, includes silk dresses printed with trippy, eye-tricking stripes.




May 2014
Brooklyn-based studio Bower debuts its Shape Mirrors collection at Design Week—flat, color-tinted mirror pieces, arranged to give the illusion of cubic shapes.



May 2014
Chorin, the brainchild of designers Katrin Greiling and Parasto Backman, debuts at Design Week with three wool rugs—the colors and lines are reminiscent of digital 3-D renderings.


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