may fixations

by clé tile | published: May 10, 2024


Gallery FUMI at Design Miami in LA

things are heating up, literally, figuratively, and so many ways to play. Fall for something fresh, or see an old love through new eyes. Because, bright, shiny, and new is not always the name of the game.

Either way, it’s time to indulge in a little May Madness. Read on.


NYCxDesign 2024 at Mercer Labs


Frieze New York 2024 might be in your rear view mirror but lots of good things to muse over. One thing on radar (seeing as we’re just a little into the outdoors at the moment) is all the great outdoor art. And since it’s finally warming up in NYC…

NYCxDesign 2024 16–23 May. In our opinion, NY Design Week has never been quite as thrilling as those in Milan, London, Miami and the others. But it’s coming along, again courtesy (as is the case of the other Design Weeks) of a booming gallery and indie design scene. Always excited to see Lindsey Adelman; ceramic lighting at Dumais Made; a new hardware collection by Monica Khemsurov of Sight Unseen fame. Also a shout out to our good friends at AssemblyLine who’ll be rocking their latest collections (and make sure to check out the clé installations there too.

Design Miami in LA. Taking its inaugural bow (and we notice, quite cheekily on at the same time as NYxDesign in quite the show of bravura) we’re very excited to see this new energy, and what LA will bring to the party. While you’re there, make an appointment to see some spectacular wallpaper at the new deGournay showroom and oh yeah, some even more spectacular tile (OK, OK we’re a little biased.) It’s all in the mix, of course.


Mickalene Thomas, Din avec la main dans le miroir et jupe rouge, 2023

Also on our radar
Jenny Holzer,
Light Line at the Guggenheim

Mickalene Thomas,
All About Love, the Broad LA

London Craft Week 2024 13–19 May, London, UK.
The UK craft scene has deep roots, greater respect, (somewhat) better funding than that in the US… and as a result, a thriving, cutting edge craft scene. Reconsider craft here. In particular (and not just because we love the name) we’re excited to see Beyond Clay: A Contemporary Craft Showcase.

Then stick around for Clerkenwell Design Week from May 21–23, where you can see even more provocative work.

Enzo Mari at the Design Museum now through 8 September. The definitive retrospective of this designer/artist/thinker is one of that spectacular pack of multi-hyphenate Italian mid-century reactives whose works included everything from graphic design and calendars to furniture to children’s toys.

Yinka Shonabare is a master of color, intellect, and storyteller with a social conscience par excellence. His first museum show in 20 years shows him at the top of his form. At the Serpentine through September 1.


Impression Sunrise by Claude Monet

Lisbon Design Week 2024 22–26 May

Brancusi in Paris

Inventing Impressionism at the Musée d’Orsay

Theaster Gates at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo through September 1


In Focus: A Tribute to World's Best Architecture & Interiors Photographers Sustainable Interior Design



We do adore our art and design books. Even though, maybe, we could actually look at them more? Even read them? Here’s what’s on our wish lists for the month.

In Focus: A Tribute to World's Best Architecture & Interiors Photographers
Sustainable Interior Design
Dior Scarves: Fashion Stories


Since you’re a little over Tay Tay (at least for now)….
May 3: Sia, Reasonable Woman
May 17:  Beth Gibbons, Lives Outgrown
May 24: Lenny Kravitz, Blue Electric Light
May 31:  Willie Nelson, The Border


Aperol Spritz: our favorite summer beverage


Aperol Spritz had a moment, and let’s face it: that moment is eternally, effervescently Amalfi for us. But you can’t beckon summer without a bubble or two. Luckily, the spritz itself endures, from Lillet to Limoncello.

PS. If you want a taste but don’t want to be seen quaffing a cocktail (what?) an Aperol Spritz Popsicle may be just the ticket.


Liberty’s Fragrance Lounge


Louis Vuitton is taking you around the world this summer, with its Perfume Atlas, celebrating the poetic and scientific universes of perfumery. At the other end of the spectrum, and just in time for Mother’s Day, there’s this from the always fascinating Akro….

We’re also quite keen to check out Liberty’s Fragrance Lounge, embracing both the niche and the not so.




Hacks, Season 3
New York: A Documentary Film. We’re also all over New York these days (you’ll soon find out why.)

Challengers, Luca Guadagnino directs. Zendaya acts. And it’s called the hottest movie of the year.
Back to Black, (amy winehouse)
Jeanne du Barry, (johnny depp costume drama/bio)

Contributors: Joe Armenia, Regina Connell, Julie Muniz, Laura Weber, Mayme Stansfield, Nicole Bemboom