The Art of Deconstructive Design: Unveiling the Creative Journey of a Visionary Designer

Linde Freya Tangelder’s Luminous New Collection for Cassina

In the opinion of Linde Freya Tangelder, great design begins with demolition. “To tear something down or destroy a piece of the past gives you freedom,” says the 35-year-old Dutch-born designer. Breaking down her own work and starting anew, deconstructing her models and reconstructing them, is an essential part of her creative process.

So fundamental is this philosophy to Tangelder’s practice that it inspired the name of her studio, Destroyers/Builders. Located in Antwerp and Brussels, she creates pieces that go beyond mere furnishings and feel more like conceptual art or experimental architecture—a daybed made of chipboard, an inexpensive building material often used for insulation, is hand-carved with a pitted finish, giving it the appearance of ancient bronze metalwork.

Recently, she has expanded her work to more commercial furniture. At Milan Design Week, she presented her first lighting collection for Cassina: Wax, Stone, Light. This collection includes three floor lamps and two table lamps constructed from stacked hollow blocks of Murano glass that Tangelder shapes using iron molds to create a wavy, waxy texture. This collection follows her previous work for Cassina, Soft Corners, which consisted of ottomans and a side table inspired by ancient building techniques.

Tangelder’s talent and unique approach to design caught the attention of Luca Fuso, CEO of Cassina, who selected her as the first recipient of a new initiative called Patronage. This initiative provides funding and technical expertise to emerging designers, giving Tangelder the opportunity to experiment with different materials and approaches.

While Tangelder is now creating more practical objects, she still approaches design with the same mentality. “I never start by thinking about function,” she says. Currently, she is working on a new series of collectible furniture for Aequō, an experimental design gallery in Mumbai, India, to be exhibited in 2024. “For me, it’s all about the inspiration, the material, the process of making.”

Comforting Cabbage, Elevated

Cabbage, unlike its cruciferous relatives such as brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and kale, has not been the focus of a culinary obsession—until now. At the Thai Diner in New York City, chef Ann Redding takes cabbage rolls to new heights by filling them with turkey, mushrooms, and jasmine rice, and serving them in a coconut-milk broth infused with galangal, lemongrass, and lime leaves. Her inspiration comes from two childhood favorites: her mother’s tom kha gai soup and the Ukrainian stuffed cabbage she used to enjoy at the East Village diner Veselka.

Elsewhere, chefs are reinventing cabbage by incorporating it into elevated dishes. At the French Room in Dallas, chef Victoria Blamey layers cabbage leaves with scallop mousse and seaweed, bathing them in a foamed vin jaune. In London, chef Patrick Powell of Allegra spends a significant amount of time and effort to create a single cabbage roll. And at Le Coucou in New York, executive chef Daniel Rose prepares the classic French rendition, chou farci, with various fillings like pheasant or shrimp and scallops.

Cabbage has a way of connecting to people’s taste memories, notes Bonnie Morales, chef and co-owner of Kachka in Portland. It’s not uncommon for guests to become emotional when enjoying cabbage rolls. Chefs are embracing the potential of cabbage and transforming it into something extraordinary.

The Thing: A Whimsical New Rolex with a Puzzle-Patterned Face

Rolex, known for its commitment to simplicity, has taken a playful turn with the latest version of the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36. This watch, available in rose, yellow, or white gold, features a champlevé enamel dial in a jigsaw pattern with 10 baguette sapphires in rainbow hues as the indexes. Unlike other Day-Date 36 designs, which display the day of the week at 12 o’clock, this watch showcases words of inspiration like “Gratitude” and “Eternity.” The 3 o’clock window, instead of showing the date, features 31 emojis including a four-leaf clover, an eight ball, and the Rolex coronet. In a world that is in need of some joy, this whimsical twist on an iconic watch may be the perfect solution.

A Craft-Filled Riad in Marrakesh

In 2015, after studying fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgian designer Laurence Leenaert moved to Marrakesh, Morocco. There, she immersed herself in the country’s craft scene, learning from master potters, weavers, and leathersmiths. Today, Leenaert’s label, Lrnce, offers handmade home goods, clothing, and accessories that reflect her unique aesthetic.

This month, Leenaert and her husband are opening their first hotel, Rosemary Riad, in Marrakesh’s medina. The five-room guesthouse is a complete Lrnce universe, with nearly everything designed by Leenaert herself. From the plaster and wood carving on the doors and wardrobes to the zellige tiles and stained-glass surfaces, every detail has been carefully crafted. Even the bedsheets and toiletries are bespoke. The couple plans to organize workshops and visits to local artisans, offering guests a taste of Morocco’s rich craft traditions.

Mini Market: Fashion Channels High School Cool

Various brands are tapping into the nostalgia for high school style. ASOS has collaborated with the brand The Simpsons to create a line of apparel and accessories featuring the iconic cartoon family. American Eagle recently launched a collection inspired by “Clueless,” the beloved ’90s teen film. Madewell released the Collegiate Capsule Collection, featuring preppy-chic pieces like varsity jackets and pleated skirts. These brands are capitalizing on the trend of fashion nostalgia, combining modern styles with a touch of high school cool.


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