First Look: New York Design Week Dispatch, Part Two

Finally! I have been waiting forever for Ruben Toledo, the brilliant artist and fashion illustrator, to take his paintbrush to furniture, and that time has come! For the latest New York Design Week, Toledo painted a select group of Pucci Furniture in extremely limited runs; this coffee table, for example, comes in an edition of twenty. The wall mural was done for the installation at Pucci International, located in a penthouse at 44 West 18th Street. Photo: Wendy Goodman

A closer look at the chair with circular patterns. “Since the collection is hand-painted, each piece has its own persona,” says Toledo. “I wanted the furniture to radiate a definite presence, like a long lost friend.” Photo: Wendy Goodman

I love this amazing chair full of eyes, embedded in what seems to be a wood-grain pattern. Explains Toledo, “The chairs mimic the wood they are from. They are based on some drawings I have made over the last 30 years.” Photo: Wendy Goodman

In Gallery Nine, Pucci showcased a new wall installation, Wanderlost, by artist Jeff Quinn. The surreal landscape made the perfect backdrop for Jim Zivic’s plank aluminum table, Chris Lehrecke’s stainless steel stools, and Ted Abramcyzk’s Cumulus Collection satin aluminum light. Photo: Wendy Goodman

This copper-and-slate console is by Shelter Island”based designer Fran Taubman. She regularly works in copper, bronze, steel, and glass; unusually, her metal bases are not welded but joined by hidden mechanical connections. Photo: Wendy Goodman

First Look: New York Design Week Dispatch, Part Two