LEGO Harlem playscape, squishy chair and more finds

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Through her self-portraitspaintings and sculptures, Wendy red staran Apsáalooke (Raven) artist who grew up on a reservation in Montana, retrieves images and stories around Native American culture. For Wendy Red Star: pretty trip», the latest in the series of always excellent exhibitions of the Public Art Fund on bus shelters, it focuses on parfleche, a carrying vessel usually made by women from rawhide and adorned with geometric symbols. Parfleche construction, patterns, and colors have been passed down from generation to generation, creating distinct visual identities for the tribes, and were quite common to see before colonization, but now exist primarily in museum collections. Red Star made 12 paintings based on parfleche patterns and annotated them with facts about container use and design, such as how a diamond pattern depicts a sand lizard and was drawn as a protective symbol for the wearer. The artwork appears on 100 bus shelters across the city (plus 200 more in Boston and Chicago) and represents Red Star’s ambition to return these designs to the public domain. Until November 20.

Toronto-based designer Jamie Wolfond filled the Soho design gallery Question with Day-Glo carvings. Inspired by lichen growing on rocks, Wolfond and his team created 100 objects with textured surfaces to reflect light, shadow and color. The hexagonal vessels of varying heights were made from soft mineral gypsum, then chiseled, sanded, drilled and spray painted to create abstract designs and different textures (there are also canvases created in gypsum hung on the walls). The series, which was born more from improvisation than furniture and lightingis as fun to watch as it looks to do.

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The Detroit-based furniture company Floyd, which began by selling removable metal legs capable of turning any flat surface into a table, has redesigned the humble ottoman. Most are filled with environmentally harmful plastic beads, which inevitably squeeze through the seams. Floyd filled his Squishy chair with foam scraps from their sofas and sectionals. Plus, the chair’s washable twill cover, available in four colors, is woven from recycled fibers – a circular approach to manufacturing that makes its supply chain more sustainable. and upgrades a furniture archetype. Available for $695 from

Photo: Mike Vitelli

Ukrainian artist WAONE painted surreal murals on walls around the world – in Morocco, Martinique, India and Romania – and his latest is in the East Village, home to Little Ukraine. Located on East 5th Street and Cooper Square, on a wall surrounding the Standard’s garden, the 48-foot-long piece titled From legend to discovery is meant to symbolize solidarity and resilience, and references symbols – such as a woman holding a serpent, which represents rebirth, and a book with an alpha and an omega, Greek letters which represent God – that the artist associated with the spirit of Ukraine. Until the end of the year.

Clockwise from top: Photo: Courtesy of LEGO/ Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The LEGO GroupPhoto: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The LEGO Group

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From above: Photo: Courtesy of LEGO/ Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The LEGO GroupPhoto: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The LEGO Group

A new Harlem playscape, set in a pedestrian plaza at 143rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, shows what’s possible when we view the streets as social spaces and give them the investment they deserve. Called “Fly Away Isles,” it features winding climbing structures, a bright blue pyramid with seating, and giant LEGO bricks above a pastel asphalt mural by the Chicago-based artist. Hebrew Brantley. In a series of workshops, LEGO collaborated with Sister Sol Brotherhood, an organization that works with black and Latino youth, on the design of the playground. The children built ideas for the playscape using LEGO bricks, which the 90-year-old toy company then translated into the final product. The project was created in partnership with the Ministry of Transport outstanding public art programwho uses murals to calm traffic – works of art have been shown to slow down traffic by 20%, as drivers tend to slow down when they see something unexpected – and make our streets more people-friendly.

From left to right : Photo: Mary ManningPhoto: Mary Manning

From above: Photo: Mary ManningPhoto: Mary Manning

Bosses beg for a return to the office, but working from home doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. The quest for a work chair too easy on your butt as it is on your eyes. There’s a new competitor from Emeco (whose iconic navy side chair has gained recent fame like a Westworld interrogation chair) and online retailer Afternoon Light: a special-edition navy swivel chair that comes in a white Where Emerald green frame and is covered with a fabric designed by Alexander Girard. It’s sleeker than some of the more technical options, but still lets you roll, tilt, and turn. $1,895 from

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