Covering October’s new drops, restocks, and promising auctions, Something Curated has compiled a list of ten of the most coveted items available for purchase this month, spanning art, fashion, home and more.
Primavera Fish, 1929-1930 || Ercole Barovier
In 1929 Ercole Barovier, then-artistic director of his family’s glassmaking firm Vetreria Artistica Barovier, invented Primavera glass by chance. Characterised by its milky, transparent glass shot through with irregular filaments, Primavera enjoyed instant acclaim and commercial success. Barovier exhibited examples in 1930 at the Monza Triennale and at the Venice Biennale. Production stopped that year, as the firm was never able to reproduce its formula for the glass, making the series of objects produced in that two-year period extremely rare. Available at Christie’s.
Untitled (Two Men With Coconut Tree) || Albert Lubaki
Albert Lubaki was born in 1895 in Thysville, present day Mbanza-Ngungu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. This work is exemplary of the Congolese master’s visual sensibility. Featuring two blue figures and an animal under a coconut tree, Lubaki presents a commonplace scene that is modern and elegant in its simplicity. Framed by the artist’s trademark border, the four subjects exist on one visual plane, exhibiting a limited sense of depth. Available at Sotheby’s.
Beaded Geometric Bag || The Row
This scrupulously crafted clutch embodies The Row’s sculpturally led aesthetic with the origami-inspired form. Saturated in small silver-tone metal beads, it suspends from rope-shaped handles to reveal a squared silhouette with a geometric-cut opening, highlighted in a blue trim, showing glimpses of the black silk lining. Available at MATCHESFASHION.
Lace-Up Derby with Removable Sole || 1017 ALYX 9SM
First debuted during its Autumn/Winter 2019 runway show, Matthew Williams and 1017 ALYX 9SM’s contemporary take on the classic Derby silhouette playfully reinterprets the standard footwear by means of a specially-designed removable Vibram sole. The detachable chunky rubber sole is rendered here in black and red, with contrasting high-shine panels featured on the heel portions. Available at KITH.
Stripe Knit Sweater || Jil Sander
Simultaneously relaxed and considered, Jil Sander’s knitwear is typified by clean designs with sleek lines crafted from super-soft lightweight materials. Block tones exemplify the German label’s pared-back approach, while geometric prints illustrate a playful spirit. The Stripe Knit Sweater is crafted from a technical cotton mohair blend in various open weaves, featuring a ribbed crew neck collar, ribbed cuffs and pale blue hem. Available at LN-CC.
Archive Tartan Apron Trousers || Comme des Garçons
Defying accepted silhouettes, reinventing techniques of making, and challenging notions of beauty, Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons recategorised what is defined as luxury fashion. Crafted in Japan from yellow, green and red wool, these archive tartan apron trousers feature an adjustable waistband, a buckle fastening, side slit pockets, back welt pocket, straight leg, cropped length, pleated details and an eye-catching apron at the front. Available at Farfetch.
Black Double Spoon || Gabi Veit
Having grown up in the Italian province of South Tyrol, Gabi Veit creates jewellery and objects that celebrate the striking shapes and outlines of her region’s jagged landscape. Alongside her wearable pieces, for some time now, the artist has been passionately engaged with spoons. Her captivating items are composed of diverse variations of bowls and handles, cast in silver, surprising the beholder with their unusual shapes borrowed from plant life. Available at Gentlewench.
Aldersgate Street, Barbican || Chamberlin, Powell & Bon, Ken Mackay & Tracey Wiles
Aldersgate Street is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most unusual living spaces on the Barbican Estate. This home occupies the former Estate Office, and offers exceptional volume in addition to five bedrooms and a large private courtyard garden. It was converted into a home by Ken Mackay, who runs the practice Mackay + Partners, and Tracey Wiles, now Principal at Woods Baggot. Their highly skilled conversion has highlighted the best of the original features, which include the beautiful Barbican concrete and double-height ceilings. Available at The Modern House.
Warhol on Basquiat. The Iconic Relationship Told in Andy Warhol’s Words and Pictures || Michael Dayton Hermann
Produced in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s estate, this book explores the artists’ complex personal and professional relationship through hundreds of never-before-published photographs of Basquiat by Warhol, excerpts from the legendary Andy Warhol Diaries, rarely seen archival material and examples of their collaborative artworks. It reveals not only the emotional depth of their relationship but also its ambiguities, extremities, and complexities. Available at Taschen.
The Journey of Things || Magdalene Odundo
The Journey of Things by Magdalene Odundo was published alongside the exhibition of the same name presented at The Hepworth Wakefield earlier this year. The book comprises a series of interleaved sections presenting an organic flow of content which pairs and juxtaposes the historic and the contemporary, featuring Odundo’s vessels, alongside works by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Lucie Rie, Jean Arp, as well as ancient vessels from Greece and Egypt, historic ceramics from Africa, Asia and Central America, and ritual objects from across the African continent. Available at Tenderbooks.
Selected by Keshav Anand | Feature image: Lace-Up Derby with Removable Sole by 1017 ALYX 9SM (via KITH)