Rafael de Cárdenas Designs a New Collection for MG + BW
Founded in 1989 as an upholstery supplier but today encompassing all manner of furnishings for the home, MG + BW has earned its reputation as a provider of heirloom-quality American craftsman-ship. Now, New York designer and creative director Rafael de Cárdenas—whose clients include Nike, Glossier, and Cartier—brings his eye-catching deployment of both tailored minimalism and confident extravagance to a 19-piece collection made in the company’s North Carolina factory. Among the standouts is the French art deco–style Sunbeam chair, the lushly padded Beam bench, and the color-block Lily ottoman that can be upholstered in any two hues or prints. “By changing the color and fabric, you create a different mood,” de Cárdenas notes—and with MG + BW’s library of over 500 textiles, there’s plenty to choose from. Also in the two-way mode are the Honeymoon nesting tables in walnut and Arabescato marble, while the Darling console is solely and solidly bleached walnut. “The forms are ready for you to go wild…or not at all,” de Cárdenas adds, “but always with a whisper of elegance.”
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