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Emily Loves - Wiener Werkstätte

The Wiener Werkstätte, a collective of artists, architects, and artisans working in Vienna from 1903 to 1932, left a legacy that continues to reverberate throughout the world of design. This pioneering group dedicated themselves to developing a new, modern aesthetic — combining brilliant colors, the finest materials, and bold, graphic patterns — to elevate everyday items into works of art. They were incredibly prolific, turning out everything from teapots to tables, portraits to pillboxes. I’ve long admired the Wiener Werkstätte’s dynamic style and, this season especially, the group’s influence is everywhere. Coincidentally, this fall also marks the first major US retrospective dedicated to the Wiener Werkstätte, recently on view at New York’s Neue Galerie. Surveying the breadth of their work...

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Emily Loves... Artful Imperfection

Artful Imperfection The Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi celebrates the organic, irregular beauty of everything from a wildflower's naturally varied hues to the unique crackling in a ceramic's glaze — an appreciation for nuances beyond the Western ideal of flawless symmetry. It's an idea that feels especially relevant in our increasingly digitized age, when computer-generated perfection is just a click away. Now more than ever, I am drawn to pieces with a slightly askew, hand-hewn character. While designing the latest Sadie collection, I had tremendous fun coloring outside the proverbial lines, combining colors, shapes and scales that don't traditionally go together. I love the unconventional chic of an outfit composed of seemingly contrasting colors and prints, a set of glasses...

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