Do Not Disturb!

- from Edoardo Flores’ collection

You probably don’t think much about “Do Not Disturb” signs at hotels, unless the maid rudely barges in as you sleep. Then you think, “Hey, didn’t you see the door hanger? What happened to that?” But when you look through Edoardo Flores’ collection of just over 8,700 Do Not Disturb signs from 190 countries around the world—which he documents on Flickr—you’ll find they can be quite beautiful and revelatory. So-called “DND signs” tell you a lot about the character and mores of the places you find them.

On May 1, we will open the new building with the largest display to date of works from the collection. America Is Hard to See will reflect upon art in the United States with approximately 650 works by some 400 artists, spanning the period from about 1900 to the present. Read more in The New Yorker's spring season preview.

Illustration by Michael Kirkham


Things thatinspire us:

Collection Y by Jordi López Aguiló & Nicolas Perot

"The Collection Y is made up of three products: The ‘Y side table’, ‘Console Y’ and bedside ‘cube’. All the members of the family are clean shaped and minimal structured, in which geometric steel rods embrace solid wood surfaces creating simple but elegant functionality.

Console Y. With its independent steel frame, the ‘Console Y’ body looks almost like it is floating. The Y shaped metal frame gives a touch of originality to this versatile piece, both suitable to furnish a living space or dividing it.

Y side table. Based on purely geometric forms, this everyday use table is the little sister of Console Y, retaining the signature of the Y shaped steel rod frame. The edges of its solid oak surfaces have been sanded giving a smoother aspect.

Bedside Cube. The bedside Cube combines a colored squared low table and a solid oak cube that looks trapped by the table. These combination of volumes leaves a small space for magazine and accessories storage. To facilitate compact shipping, the powder coated steel legs can be screwed off easily.”

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