Bower x The Arrivals

Bower x The Arrivals

The Future Perfect has long been a champion of some of the most innovative contemporary designers and artists coveted by interior designers and collectors in the US and around the world. Leah Ring pays a visit to chat with founder David Alhadeff

France | January

France | January

Goodbye 2017, finished are the times to eat ourselves into oblivion. Now it's time to get back onto the horse and out of hibernation. I hope that you have a wonderful 2018, full of surprises and beautiful discoveries. Here is a selection of designers, who are still relatively under the radar but who are sure to shine in 2018.

The Tale of Tomorrow

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I may spend most of my time featuring the most innovative and industrious up and coming designers of today/tomorrow but if you have ever seen my personal instagram account then you would know my hobby off the clock is visiting modernist buildings and architecture. I am a full on addict.
Thankfully, living in Paris, I am in an epicenter of incredible architecture, hiding in-between and around the beautiful haussmannian city.

I recently had an instance, when visiting an obscure part of the city to visit a modernist apartment complex, being confronted by the securty guard while trying to get into the locked front door. Our coversation went something like "Madame, why are you trying to get into the building, do you live here?", "Well no monsieur, the lobby is just so beautiful - I really wanted to take some photos actually ...", "This lobby...? I look at it every day and never thought of it as beautiful... Uhh sure.. you can come in". Giving me that 'Freaky American girl' (but still intriguing) side glance I know all too well.

So when I found out there was a book centered around this very topic, I had to get my hands on it. I thought I knew all of the spots in Paris but Gestalten's The Tale of Tomorrow had a plethora of amazing buildings all over the world from Niemeyer to Le Corbusier and beyond.

Still having nice weather, I invited Coco, a dear friend and our Special Projects Manager, over to my house for a picnic to have a look at where we could check out next weekend.

 
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Lixht Tray and Yield Design Pitcher

Lixht Tray and Yield Design Pitcher

Tiptoe table legs and marble tabletop, Lixht Trays and Yield Design Smoked Gray Glasses

 
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Top 5 Spots in France to Visit From the Book

 

I. Les Espaces d'Abraxas, France

Nestled away in Paris' surrounding 'Banlieu', or suburbs, you will find one of the most magnificent examples of social housing project architecture on the planet (in my humble opinion). Famed Spanish architect, Ricardo Bofill, was commissioned to map out this three piece social housing complex in 1978. If I can recommend a must see architectural day trip while visiting the city of light, I would highly recommend Les Espaces d'Abraxas.

 

II. Les Arcades du Lac, France

Growing up in New York, I wouldn't have imagined social housing projects and incredible architecture in the same sentence ... but I have learned that here in France, they are some of the city's most impressive and unique structures. Second on our list is, Les Arcades du Lac, another social housing complex designed by Bofill in the early eighties. It is said that he had envisioned to create a 'Versailles' for the people, and to offer a contrast between the new housing of the 1970s and 1980s and the earlier Le Corbusier-inspired housing projects of the 1950s and 1960s.

 

III. Siège du Parti communiste français, Paris

Now we get to my personal favourite architectural gem in ALL of Paris, the Communist Party Headquarters, or PCF for short en français, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. You may have remembered my article about North Korean Interiors and my semi-controversial views and love for communist architecture here. Say what you like but leaving politics aside, those communists have damn good taste. Built in 1971, this stunning building is somewhere between modernist space ship and the seven wonders of the design world. An absolute must see for any archilover, this space is open to the public on the third weekend of September for the 'Journées européennes du patrimoine' or by reservation by mail.

 

IV. Palais Bulles, Cannes

If you are a modernist architecture fanatic, fashion enthusiast or happened to see our series of Palais Bulles inspired prints by Jonathan Niclaus, chances are you are already very familiar with this iconic home in the South of France. Featured in endless fashion photoshoots and host to Dior runway show, this home designed by Hungarian architect Antii Lovag is an organic, modernist masterpiece. Built between 1975 and 1989 near Cannes, the home was bought by French fashion designer Pierre Cardin in 1991. Interested in making it your home? It has since gone on the market for a cool three hundred and fifty million euros if you have some spare cash on you.

 

V. Les Choux de Créteil

Last but not least we have the apartment complexes just outside of Paris, 'Les Choux de Créteil', or the Cauliflowers of Créteil. Created in 1974 - the architect, Gérard Grandval, was undoubtedly inspired by the fact that this land was previously used to grow the majority of vegetables feeding neighbouring Parisians. These ten cylindrical buildings are regarded as a symbol of 1970's French architecture and a must see if you have a bit of time to explore when visiting Paris.

 
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The Tale of Tomorrow
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Denmark | January

Denmark | January

Winter has taken over Copenhagen, which is a perfect occasion to visit some extremely cool design companies and artists. This month you’ll find anything from clothing brands, kitchenwares to furniture designers. I really hope, that you’ll enjoy this month’s round-up as much as I enjoyed making it.

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | X. The Minimalist

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | X. The Minimalist

Ezra grew up in Tel Aviv to two hardworking parents perhaps poor in material wealth but rich in good taste in minimalistic design. He loves everything about sleek and simple Scandinavian forms but prefers when he can find them with a touch of unexpected color. Thanks to his success he is excited to finally spoil his lovable parents this year with a few Minimalistic design pieces. 

Have a look at what this Israeli Minimalist hopes to get one of these 8 nights of Hannukah this year.

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | X. The Daydreamer

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | X. The Daydreamer

Marie-Alexandra was the hippest bourgeois Parisian babe you have ever met. Despite growing up quite wealthy, in a Hôtel Particulier in the 16th arrondissement - this true blue daydreamer threw it all to the wind to start her own company and spend weekends in Biarritz with her surfer boyfriend.

We're excited to see where the French tax payers money is going this year in this day dreamer, Marie-Alexandra's Holiday Wishlist.

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | VII. The Comtesse

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | VII. The Comtesse

Julieth del Castillo was a fourteenth generation Spanish 'Condesa' whose family emigrated to Colombia in the 1600's. A modern day Condesa, she preferred earning her money making business deals, from bed, on her smartphone to touching her inheritance.

Have a look at what this business savvy and luxurious Colombian Condesa wants for the Holidays this year...

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | VII. The Gourmand

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | VII. The Gourmand

Ólafur is a Michelin star chef with a restaurant in Reykjavik, Iceland. I know what you're thinking - dried herring, hotdogs and cured shark ... doesn't make me want to hop on a flight to Reykjavik for dinner. For those who are still not convinced, there is something about Ólafur which is almost as impressive as his creativity in the kitchen - his taste in kitchenware.

Have a look at what is on this Michelin Star Chef's Holiday Wishlist this year...

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | VI. The Collector

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | VI. The Collector

Quentin and April are New York's coolest young power couple. They spend every spare moment traveling the globe, discovering the best up and coming artists to curate in their New York based shop. They only purchase limited edition items and have a huge collection of Fine Art Prints.

Have a look at what this New York Power Couple want to curate for their home this holiday.

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | V. The Naturalist

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | V. The Naturalist

Eve grew up outside of Vancouver to a Japanese father and a Canadian mother. Her parents owned an organic textiles manufacturer and raised her to appreciate high quality organic goods. They spent most weekends hiking and taking advantage of the inspiring and wild nature surrounding them.

See what eco friendly, high quality natural goods Eve has on her holiday list this year.

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | IV. The Philosopher

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | IV. The Philosopher

Ciarán is an architect and self proclaimed philosopher hailing from Dublin, Ireland. He has an obsession with DDR Germany, Bauhaus architecture and like most of his Irish comrades, the perfectly poured pint of Guinness.

This Christmas he has a few things he would love to add to his Georgian styled townhouse on Merrion Square this year.

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | III. The Artist

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | III. The Artist

Rae, a fine artist, is the opposite of a tortured painter. She grew up in an jovial and affluent African American family in New Orleans and has an sunny optimism not often associated with the stereotype of the struggling emerging artist.

She plans on hosting her annual 'Artists Secret Santa' this year and here are a few of the pieces of her friends she hopes to get her hands on.

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | II. The Workaholic

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | II. The Workaholic

Harlow and Jack own a Photo Production Company in Cape Town, South Africa. If you've ever met a photo producer then you know, you don't leave the office before 11pm and oftentimes find yourself on set at the crack of dawn to get the good light.

Have a look at some of the office goodies that Harlow and Jack plan to spoil themselves, I mean each other, with this year.

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | I. The Tastemaker

say hi to_ Holiday Guide '17 | I. The Tastemaker

Avid print magazine devourer, 1970's brass, curves, bold colored velvet junkie and futuristic design advocate - Freja, Copenhagen's 'It-Girl' (although she would HATE to be called that) has perfect taste in everything.

Have a look at what this Danish Tastemaker put on her Holiday Wishlist this year!

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

After last year's success with our ten fictional characters from the international say hi to_ community... We bring you a whole new crop of followers - eccentric as ever, and their Holiday Wishlists.

We will launch one gift guide per day starting on November 29th spanning until December 8th.

Los Angeles | December

Los Angeles | December

As the holiday season is in full effect and we all prepare for the end of the year, it's important to take some time to reflect on the things that bring us joy in life. This month's roundup includes some beautiful fine art exhibitions, a few great options for holiday gift buying, and the work of two design firms in Los Angeles creating really innovative and fun spaces.

David Taylor, Object and Furniture Design

David Taylor, Object and Furniture Design

Thoughtful and intelligent in using new techniques and methods on otherwise familiar surfaces,  David has grown to be one of the most exciting designers coming from Sweden in the past few years. Check out his futuristic innovations.

Nature Meets Craft in Tellurico Series 'Visioni Opposte'

Nature Meets Craft in Tellurico Series 'Visioni Opposte'

Juxstaposing materials to present the connection between nature and humanity, Francesco Pace of Tellurico creates a collection of objects that highlights Lebanese history, society, and environment. His stunning work reflects the evolution of our relationships between each other and the world around us.