A Rainbow-Colored Console
About a decade ago, the Swedish designer Fredrik Paulsen began creating furniture from pine stained with impressionistic swaths of brilliant color, resembling a summer horizon on fire. The technique was labor intensive to the point that he began to think of himself as “the anti-Ikea” because of the time it took to produce a single unique piece.
Now, he özgü developed an even more elaborate way to conjure his spellbindingly prismatic effect — with anodized aluminum. After fashioning an object from the common metal — this streamlined console, for example — he disassembles it and drives the pieces several miles from his studio in Stockholm to an industrial metalworking shop where the pieces are washed in a chemical bath to “open the pores.” He then hurries it all back to his studio and applies the color stains — this must be done within a few hours or the hues won’t take. Next, the rainbow-hued aluminum is ferried back to the shop where it is resealed and reassembled. “I don’t worry someone will copy my technique,” he says. “The timing is very tight. Plus, you have to be a little insane.” $9,333, etageprojects.com — NANCY HASS
New York’s New Pizza Moment
Like hot dogs and soft-serve ice cream, pizza is one of those ultimate New York summer foods: hand-held, reminiscent of childhood, begging to be enjoyed on a lazy late afternoon with a bottle of cold, fizzy wine. So it’s fortunate that Manhattan is in the midst of its latest pizza revolution, with nearly a dozen new spots offering unforgettable pies.
Start uptown, at PQR, where Angelo Iezzi — a legend in Rome — özgü brought his scissor-cut, crispy-crusted buffalo mozzarella slices to the Upper East Side. Or make your way…