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AGO Projects takes over India Mahdavi’s Project Room in Paris

With Project Room, just past her studio and showroom in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, architect and designer India Mahdavi invites passersby into various global design communities. The intimate space, which most recently illuminated thriving Greek talents in “Greetings from Greece” (the group show curated by Athens-based Carwan Gallery), now transports visitors to Mexico with “¡Hola, París!”, curated by Mexico City design gallery AGO Projects and on view through November 4 just around the corner from coinciding Design Miami/ Paris.

For this exhibition, AGO Projects cofounders Rodman Primack (of the AD100 firm RP Miller) and Rudy Weissenberg are showcasing collectibles ranging from mosaic tables by Fabien Cappello, flora- and fauna-inspired textiles and ceramics by MyungJin Kim, and hanging lanterns by Pedro & Juana that double as fantastical flowerpots. Also on display in the tangerine-coated interiors are pieces from the Guadalajara homeware store Chamula Hecho a Mano, as well as designers Ryan Belli and Niños Heroes and the ceramicists MT Studio, Mono Rojo, and Tony Marsh.

Chateau Vaux-Le-Vicomte, as reimagined by Fernando Wong

Photo: Guillaume Benoit

The entrance at Chateau Vaux-Le-Vicomte, featuring steel sculptures by David Harber

Photo: Guillaume Benoit

Fernando Wong makes his mark on Chateau Vaux-Le-Vicomte

Owned by the Vogüé family since 1875, Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, the sprawling 17th-century Baroque estate in Maincy, France, was designed by Louis Le Vau, Charles Le Brun, and André Le Nôtre. Le Nôtre’s celebrated garden can be observed from opposite sides of the grand vestibule, a space that has been recently reimagined by landscape designer Fernando Wong. The installation was revealed this weekend during the candlelit gala dinner, the château’s capital campaign to restore Le Nôtre’s magical fountains and waterworks, and will be on view through October 22.

Drawing from the property’s spectacular gardens and orangeries, Wong wrapped the entry columns in Schumacher’s Chiang Mai fabric, while castle arches are filled with the classic Hampton stripe that calls to mind billowing 18th-century alfresco tents. An array of nostalgic orange trees refresh the entrance (the site’s original ones are said to have been removed by a jealousy-consumed Louis XIV, who planted them in Versailles), as does a sculpture by British artist David Harber, fashioned out of stainless steel and adorned with gingko leaf-shaped petals.

At the 2023 San Francisco Fall Show, designer vignettes delight

More than 40 international art, antique, and design dealers assembled at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture this weekend for the 41st edition of the San Francisco Fall Show. Welcoming attendees into the Festival Pavilion’s grand entry hall were a series of designer vignettes, each styling works from exhibitors and offering a glance of the current musings, inspiring participating tastemakers—namely Nina Campbell, Benjamin Dhong, Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen, and Lauren Santo Domingo. The vignettes’ festive tablescapes and transportive scenes of Italian gardens were in tune with the show theme (la dolce vita) and complete with fanciful wallcoverings and embroideries from show sponsor de Gournay.

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