From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this biweekly roundup, AD PRO will find out everything you need to know.

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Meet Roweam, the first furniture designed by Blair Moore of Moore House Design

Nostalgic for the days when furniture was passed down through generations as a beloved heirloom, Blair Moore, creative director and principal of Warren, Rhode Island-based Moore House Design Studio, launched luxury furniture brand Roweam. Growing up on a cattle farm in the Australian outback, Moore was keen to design patina furniture that conjured such strong memories.

Its inaugural New Vintage collection features nine heritage-quality pieces, produced in collaboration with local artisans, and spans the NBL white oak legged dining table; the romantically fringed wing-back Pavilion chair; and a mid-century Italian style Bromley sofa topped with a matching ottoman. True Vintage, on the other hand, is a selection of vintage vintage furniture and accessories by Roweam that celebrates the timeless designs of the past.

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Armadillo & Leaf Barefoot Carpet Cleaner
Photography courtesy Armadillo

…Carpet manufacturer Armadillo has partnered with fellow Australian brand Leif to develop Barefoot, a plant-based carpet cleaner designed specifically for wool floor coverings. Without leaving any details unconsidered, the duo have also compiled a corresponding playlist of “effervescent anthems” for a more upbeat workday.

…Italian appliance manufacturer SMEG has launched the largest model of its retro FAB refrigerator to date. Measuring more than six feet high and two feet wide, the FAB50 features a new interior equipped with an automatic ice maker and improved cooling technology.

…The nostalgia dramas continue at Cuisinart, which is debuting a version of the original sepia-hued food processor this month in honor of the kitchen staple’s 50th anniversary.


The Southern Syndicate plants its flag in the United States

The motivation behind Cape Town’s contemporary art and design gallery, Southern Guild, which was founded by Trevin and Julian McGowan in 2008, was to honor diverse African cultural traditions. By February, the Southern Guild, which had just participated in The Armory Show in New York, will have a permanent presence in Los Angeles, inside the historic 1920s Melrose Hill building.

The 5,000-square-foot venue, designed by Evan Raabe Architecture Studio (a local practice that also handled the downtown flagship Hauser & Worth), includes a courtyard, a restaurant and a trio of exhibition spaces, and will first welcome guests with two shows. one of them, Mother tongues, brings together works from Zanele Muholi, Andile Dyalvane, Porky Hefer, Manyaku Mashilo, Madoda Fani, Kamyar Bineshtarigh, and Oluseye that examine the social impact of African art on history. The other, a solo show of ceramics by Zizipho Boussoa, showcases towering sculptures the artist created during her recent residency at the Center for Contemporary Ceramics at California State University, Long Beach.

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