Contemporary design curator and editor Alice Stori Liechtenstein lives in a wonderland. Her home? The Schloss Hollenegg near Graz, a centuries-old castle complete with eye-popping, Baroque interiors. After years of traveling far and wide to feed her hunger for contemporary design, she devised a plan to bring the design world to her fabulous corner of the world.
The Schloss now hosts the only design residency in Austria, along with a rotating program of contemporary design exhibitions and talks. Alice’s discerning eye and inquisitive mind—demonstrated by her ongoing collaborations with on-the-pulse young designers—has earned her rapidly rising esteem among the international design cognoscenti. This year, she was invited to curate the Operae fair in Turin.
Thinking about the upcoming holiday season, we asked Alice to tell us what sort of vanguard designs are on her wish list. Here’s what she had to say…
Silver Colouring Table from OS ∆ OOS (2012)
“I enjoy the geometric sophistication of OS ∆ OOS’s formal language, and this table is no exception. It keeps you on edge, because it looks like it is about to tip.”
Slender Perflect Display Cabinet by Sam Baron for JCP (2017)
“Cabinets are magical, because they frame what you love most. This one by Sam Baron seems to be bewitched! It plays on perceptions and reflects enchanting distortions of itself and its contents.”
Onyx Light by Michael (2007)
“This Anastassiades lamp is a simple and beautiful totemic object. When switch on, it comes alive with a warm, amber glow.”
Tapis 1,2,3,4 Carpet by Karol Pichler (2016)
“I am rediscovering rugs and have a preference for abstract geometries. I love the vibrant colours and dynamic shapes of this one.”
Glimpses Vertical Mirror by Germans Ermičs for Editions Milan (2017)
“A mirror that reveals and conceals a reflection is a lot more interesting. Ermičs has managed to give depth and three-dimensionality to a flat, static surface.”
Domestica Low Chair by Formafantasma (2011)
“One of the early pieces of Formafantasma, it is a timeless object that seems to belong to vernacular peasant tradition. And yet it is refined and mysterious.”