We’re more than a little smitten with Tel Aviv-born, globally educated and now London-based design duo Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, collectively known as Raw Edges Design Studio (and who also happen to be married). The couple crafts modern furniture and utilitarian, outlandishly imaginative conceptual pieces in their small shared working space in London, drawing from a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration and positivity.
Alkalay’s Stack reimagines all of the usual characteristics of a chest of drawers — and, dancing along the unifying thread of Raw Edges’ work as a whole, offers a conceptual piece solidly grounded in purpose. Its not-insignificant commercial success aside, Stack has earned a spot in MOMA’s permanent design collection. We’re pleased as punch to be sharing a city with this pair, and we’re all ears and eyes for what they do next.
To close out Notes from the Underground this evening, eleven musicians — including Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), JG Thirlwell (Foetus), and curator/maestro Pat Noecker aka RAFT (Liars, These Are Powers) — will spread themselves throughout the lobby at Ace New York, charged with the deceptively simple task of “working to sustain the notes of A and E.” Your job is to wander, letting your feet and ears create your own unique piece of music. If it’s anything like Noecker’s other happenings, this hourlong performance will be immersive, brainy, and dark around the edges. Read about all the performers and learn more on our calendar. We’ll see, and hear, you tonight.
"Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance. The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost. The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people. I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."