The Poetry of Francis Mallmann’s Primal and Honest Approach To Food

Francis Mallmann

Francis Mallmann

As long-time fans of Chef Francis Mallmann, we jumped at the opportunity to interview him for TASTE. Sure, as food designers we are fascinated by his theatrical cooking methods, his expansive contraptions dripping in spectacle, all while rooted in culinary history. But in digging a little deeper, it is clear that chef has more to offer us. His insight on listening to the planet, embracing mistakes, stopping to smell the Basmati rice… A chef full of passion, lessons, and willingness to eat with his hands, we hope to share the poetry of Francis Mallmann’s primal and honest approach to food and life.

What makes a food experience memorable?

What makes a good experience memorable is the spirit, art and inspiration of sharing. That’s the only reason to sit down and eat. It’s not about the food or the wine (if by the way they are both … Read the rest

13 Bold Colors That Will Take Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen up a Level

Are Spring plans for your outdoor living space still in the inspiration phase? Ours too, but we have our eye on some bright new colorways for outdoor kitchens from Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens and Trex Outdoor Kitchens. Thirteen new cabinetry colors bring a shot of bold, unexpected color to an industry you might associate with plain stainless steel. These new additions bring their collective color offerings to a whopping 59 finishes.

outdoor kitchen in yard

Curated by the Creative Director of the trio of brands, architect and designer Daniel Germani, the colors build on current trends in fashion, art and the design world. “Color is emotion. Color is light. Color brings projects to life,” Germani says. “Many of these new hues push the design envelope and were selected to inspire homeowners to be bold and create a space that is both eye-catching and sophisticated.”

outdoor kitchen in yard

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Ashley Furniture Reviews

Ashley Furniture Price, Durability, Delivery, Pros and Cons

Ashley Furniture and Ashley Furniture HomeStore are part of an American furniture store chain that sells only a wide range of furniture products from sofas to dining room furniture to bedroom sets and more. 

Ashley officially opened in 1997, and today, has over 1000 store locations worldwide, making it one of the biggest furniture retailers around. Ashley Furniture offers a wide selection of furniture styles from farmhouse to contemporary and operate on the idea that customers deserve superior value both in terms of quality, variety, and price.

This review will focus primarily on how Ashley stacks up in the market for those seeking new couches; however we’ll also touch on important aspects of that sales experience – like customer service, delivery timespricing and more.

Ashley Furniture Pros & Cons


  • Low comparable price point
  • Local showrooms 
  • Financing available
  • Warranty available
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The Brilliant Mirrored Sculptures of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

The kaleidoscopic sculptures of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1922-2019) are currently on view at both locations of the James Cohan Gallery in New York. These incredible works hold thousands of mirror sections that dance like a diamond under a microscope. Ignited by your own abstracted reflection they offer an otherworldly surprise with every step.

Both locations of the James Cohan Gallery are worth a visit. The Tribeca gallery is the most dazzling, showcasing several large three-dimensional sculptures and the inescapable “Maze” works. The Lower East Side location dives deeper into Monir’s practice of works on paper along with additional mirrored works.

Installation view, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Mirror-works and Drawings (2004-2016), 48 Walker St

Born in Iran, Monir’s devotion to mirrored sculpture began after a visit to mirror mosaics of Shah Cheragh Mosque in Shiraz, Iran. Additionally involved and inspired by the New York art scene, her works dance between the principles … Read the rest

Burrow Sofa Reviews

Burrow Price, Durability, Delivery, Pros and Cons

In reviewing Burrow sofas, its important to understand how it all got started. 

Burrow launched in 2016 after co-founder Stephen Kuhl, who had herniated two discs in his back from college rowing, teamed up with friend Kabeer Chopra while at Wharton Business School at The University of Pennsylvania. They wanted to design a couch that would be ergonomically perfect for multi-hour Netflix binges while still maintaining a stylish flair in the living room.

They felt that consumers had long been plagued with one of two choices: cheap, flimsy furniture or high-quality, expensive, heavy piece of furniture. Their goal was to remove the need to have a team to move or put together furniture and replace it with clever, comfortable furniture that fits into your life.

Each piece of Burrow furniture is handcrafted from durable, sustainably-sourced hardwood and scratch-and-stain resistant, … Read the rest

Liz Kamarul Goes All in To Design the Living Room of Her Dreams

The following post is brought to you by Lexus and the new Lexus IS sport sedan. Our partners are hand picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design. Just as Lexus went all in on their new sport sedan, the designers featured here go all in on their passion.

Imagine this: you’ve been offered the opportunity to redesign, redecorate and completely reimagine a room within your home limited only by your own originality and efforts. The premise, while simple, presents an unusual challenge when offered to a professional stylist typically employed to realize other people’s aspirations. It’s somewhat analogous to asking an architect to design their own home or a chef to improvise a holiday meal for their own family – a straightforward request complicated by the reality that a creative’s most discerning critic is typically themselves. Ironically, a no limits, all in proposition … Read the rest

Joybird Reviews

Joybird Sofa Prices, Durability, Delivery, Pros and Cons

Joybird is an online furniture company that specializes custom-made, hand-crafted home furnishings that meet the unique tastes of its customers. 

Joybird’s mission is to create high-quality, custom furniture at reasonable prices. The brand goes the extra mile with options for you to tailor your item to your exact needs and specifications. The result is a one-of-a-kind piece and a white-glove experience you won’t get with many other companies. 

The furniture is inspired by the mid-century modern movement and designers like Frank Lloyd Wright, Cara Greenburg and Eero Saarinen. It generally revolves around the living room with sofas, sectionals, chairs, tables and storage, but Joybird also has expanded into a range of bedroom, office and outdoor furniture as well. 

If you’re in Brooklyn, Washington D.C. or Chicago, you can go and visit a Joybird showroom in person during regular business days and hours … Read the rest

FUZL Is Redefining How Furniture Is Made + Shipped

FUZL is a new crowdfunded start-up focusing on responsible, sustainable furniture from concept to construction and beyond. Every piece in their flat-packed plywood collection is made with 100% sustainably sourced materials within the UK, using a made-to-order model to cut back on production and transportation costs. The self-assembly bench, chair and table designs have been kept ‘tool free’, with no little parts to keep track of, as well as free of synthetic glue and varnish. Instead of nuts and bolts, they rely on specially designed QIK-Clips™ to hold each piece of furniture together. Yet another resource is saved with online assembly instructions replacing traditional printed pages.

bench detail

Original Bench, Moss Green

By creating well-made furniture that can be refurbished over time, the studio is making their environmental design mark loud and clear. And when it comes to the furniture designs, we know you’ll appreciate the little details FUZL has included – … Read the rest

The 10 Best American-Made Furniture Brands of 2021

If you’re one of the many Americans looking to support local this year, or you’re simply looking for high-quality furniture for your living room, dining room, or other parts of your home, choosing American-made furniture is a great way to go. Made in the USA furniture features high-quality materials and, perhaps most importantly, durability. These pieces are carefully and exquisitely crafted by American furniture makers with an eye for design.

To help steer shoppers who are seeking beautiful new furnishings from an American furniture company, we’ve created this list of the 10 best American-Made furniture brands of 2021. While the list itself is broad, we’ve chosen brands based on category of furniture, high-quality materials, and reasonable pricing.

Our Best American Furniture Brand Picks

  1. Allform
    Allform designs and builds high-quality modular sofas that feature large seats, high-performance fabric, and long-lasting warranties.
  2. Vaughan-Bassett
    Vaughan-Bassett specializes in wood solid and wood veneer pieces made
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Fabien Cappello x Hem: Street-Style Upcycling Inspired Glass Plates

Mexico-based French designer Fabien Cappello has created a special collection of 15 large glass offcut plates for Hem, marking the brand’s fourth limited-edition decorative accessories collection in collaboration with Modern Design Review. The collection is punchy, resourceful, and inspirational, as it showcases the unique results from the process of upcycling and encourages us to rethink how we might use discarded materials.

Cappello, who lived in Mexico City and now resides in Guadalajara, was inspired by the street-style upcycling that was happening throughout the city. Using glass offcut pieces found throughout his workshop, Cappello instinctively creates playful compositions of color and form, highlighting the offcuts as the decorative surface pattern. Each plate is made from layers of colored sheet glass and measures nearly 14” in diameter. The colors selected in the final collection are based on the colors of the raw material available, fueling Cappello’s inventive creativity.

Cappello shares … Read the rest