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B rooklyn plaster artist S t e p h e n A n t o n s o n follows in the footsteps of design greats Serge Roche, Diego Giacometti, and John Dickinson, creating lighting, furniture, and accessories that are coveted for their hand-sculpted forms and chalky white finish. Luxury hardware purveyor Nest Studio's new collaboration with Antonson, Pinch, blends the sculptural beauty of plaster with the sturdiness and functionality of brass. Antonson first created prototypes for the collection of six knobs, pulls, and handles in plaster to capture beautiful folds and other details; the designs were then cast in brass. The hardware comes in four finishes including matte white and blackened bronze, and different sizes to accommodate kitchen cabinets, appliances, furniture, and closets. We first wrote about Antonson in 2018 when his lighting and tables were brought to Texas by Lauren Hudson and carried exclusively at her Wells Abbott showroom, and now there's another Texas connection: Nest Studio hardware founder and creative director Jessica Davis is a Dallas native, who now splits her time between Atlanta and NYC. Stephen Antonson X Nest Studio, to the trade at Fixtures & Fittings, Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road,; Hollywood Builders Hardware, 747 N. Shepherd, hollywoodhardware. com. Rebecca Sherman Master of Plaster B arcelona artist Santi Moix garnered international a c c l a i m i n 2 0 1 3 f o r his mural for the Rem Koolhaas-designed Prada store in SoHo. Since then, he's been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation scholarship and held a raft of exhibitions in Europe and New York. Moix is again generating buzz for his lush new designs for Spanish rug company Nanimarquina, which is known for experimenting with new materials, techniques, and shapes. Flora Down Below The Flora collection comprises three different "canvases" of the artist's painted flowers, all hand- tufted in new wool from India: Backyard, a literal representation of one of Moix's large works, with wildflowers presented in spectacular scale; Promenade, in which individual flowers are exhaustively handmade in 38 different colors; and Bloom, two smaller flower- shaped rugs that can be layered or scattered. Flora by Nanimarquina, exclusively at Rebecca Sherman Nanimarquina Flora rug by Santi Moix Nest Studio X Stephen Antonson Pinch hardware metal winner T om Faulkner's furniture is sleek, sculptural, and often b o u n d a r y - pushing in its use of materials and unique forms. He credits his early years at Chrysalis Records in London for igniting the creativity that birthed his first piece of furniture, a coffee table decorated with spray paint and stencils. He left the music business to start his own company, then fell in love with metalworking in 1995. Inspired, he built a furniture collection using bronze and steel; many pieces now incorporate marble, timber, glass, leather, and plaster. It's all handmade at his workshop in Wiltshire, England. Faulkner's multi-hued Papillon console table won a top award at the NYCxDesign Awards in May. To the trade at David Sutherland Showroom, Decorative Center Houston, 5120 Woodway Dr., Rebecca Sherman Opera side table by Tom Faulkner Stephen Antonson in his studio 60

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