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Designer Picks: Nona Yehia

E/Ye Design

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When Jackson architect Nona Yehia of E/Ye Design looks at the world, she sees color, shape, light and opportunity. “All of my picks for this Homestead piece,” she says, “are part of the same conversation: I love things that have to do with the manipulation of structure, form and flow.” Yehia’s a strong supporter of local design, and her selections here reveal an eagerness to challenge our notions of what a table is, what a dress is and what an exterior finish should be. “Our things, whatever they are, have ramifications in terms of how we live,” she says.

Nona Yehia

 

1. Transforming Dynamics

Yehia’s firm, E/Ye Design, worked with Windsor Fiberglass to custom-design and produce these 6-foot-by-2.5-foot exterior fiberglass tiles whose effect changes according to light and shadow. Durable and maintenance-free, they are available for both residential and commercial applications. Like the tiles, the undulating screen of plywood is laser-cut, bendable and conducts both light and air flow. The stairway in Yehia’s home represents her commitment to manipulating space.

Transforming CDynamics

 

2. Pushing Properties

The clean simplicity of this table lamp hides its 100% recycled PET felt beginnings. The repetition of pleated folds becomes magical when illuminated from within. Stola table lamp by Actual, $150.

Pushing Properties

 

3. Configurations

Concealed snaps provide endless reconfigurations of this industrial felt bowl, perfect for fruit, yarn, toys or ? Shumai by Actual, $125.

7. Resinate/Resonate

Fused circles of resin shape an end table while allowing the passage of light and shadow. $1,575 at 22 Home.

Configurations

 

4. Modern Interpretation

Kyrgyz artist Aidai comes from a long line of yurt makers. Her hand- fashioned, hand-dyed, felt-and-silk scarves echo a heritage of traditional design pushed to new—and often stunning—potential, blurring the line between what was and what will be. Carried by Vista 360, prices vary.

Modern Interpretation

 

5. Fashion Front

Manipulating structure and design to beautiful effect, artist Abbie Miller redefines the meaning of the word “dress.” Yehia points out that architecture and fashion often work with and against each other to create new interpretations of old forms.

Fashion Front

 

6. Nature Stalk

The modular plastic “Vitra Algue” recalls the multidimensional configurations of plants. Used as a focal point, wall hanging or room divider, the web-like textural pieces snap together to infuse a space with a little bit of nature. By Ronan and Bouroullec.

Nature Stalk