Albert Frey, Fendi and Tom Sachs: all the highlights from this year’s Design Miami

BY BETHAN RYDER for Telegraph

Albert Frey and Gertrud & Otto Natzler at Converso

Sublime in its understated simplicity, the booth of gallerist Lawrence Converso is devoted to never-seen-before furniture by the great Swiss-born modernist Albert Frey. A vision of pared-back pieces in washed pine plywood, pale green and cream, they were created in 1949 for the Palm Springs home of his longtime companion Elise Wolfe.

“These are pieces purpose built for the interior, with some things from Frey’s house which was destroyed and also his office.” Converso obtained the pieces from a dealer who had purchased them after Wolfe died several years ago. He decided to show them at Design Miami to mark the opening of his new showroom in Los Angeles, which follows his Chicago and New York outposts.

The furniture is paired with a series of ceramics in diverse glazes from the same period by the Natzlers. This husband-and-wife duo emigrated from Austria to the US during the Second World War and went on to become leading ceramicists of the 20th century. Wife Gertrud threw the forms, Otto mixed and applied the glazes. “He got really technical,” says Converso, picking out a deep blue vase covered in tiny stars. “This crystalline snowflake effect is one of their most prized glazes and the three dots underneath the pot mean it’s one of his favourites.”

Modernist mirage: Farrow & Ball and Christopher Kennedy brighten up Palm Springs

BY TOM HOWELLS for Wallpaper* British paint brand Farrow & Ball is synonymous with a certain kind of muted, Regency-chic drawing-room aesthetic (and very refined it is too). But for Palm Springs’ Modernism Week, the company has teamed up with California-born designer Christopher Kennedy and modern furniture dealer Converso to create an interiors display channelling the

What You Can’t Miss During Modernism Week 2018

  BY HANNAH MARTIN for Architectural Digest Colorful Escape: British paint company Farrow & Ball has teamed up with Palm Springs-based interior designer Christopher Kennedy to fill a mod space on Palm Springs’ bustling N Palm Canyon Drive with vibrant colors (a bold mural featuring classic Palm Springs cinderblock patterns) and 20th century modern furnishings—a sofa