Maybe some people are over chalkboard paint, but I’m not one of them. I’ve wanted it somewhere in my home ever since the day I spotted it covering the side of a neighbor’s ugly old fridge. He was a musician posessing a far more interesting (and unpredictable) social life than I, and instead of a yellowing pebbled surface, the black painted side of the fridge became a spot for jotting down cocktail recipes, played drunken hangman or working out song lyrics. While the matte black surface wasn’t stunning, it was social and functional.

It’s not just for fashion; the colorblock phenomenon is seeping into every aspect of design, including this on-trend tableware from Diane Von Furstenburg Home. 

Last week I got a chance to preview a huge selection of new accessories at Room & Board, and was captivated by the stunning silkscreens that Eva Zeisel created with design house KleinReid, in one of the last collaborations she completed before her death. 

I’m loving the latest addition to PalletForm, a line of furniture from Oakland’s BaDesign that is made from repurposed shipping pallets. This new upholstered stool is a leather-wrapped update on the wood-topped version, but the coolest aspect is that it moves with you. 

British designer Paul Smith adds to his growing roster of collaborations with Point by Paul Smith, a textile collection that’s pitch perfect on iconic chair designs from The Republic of Fritz Hansen.  Arne Jacobsen designed the iconic Egg and Swan chairs in 1958 for the lounge of Copenhagen’s Royal Hotel.

For the family that’s cleaning up crayons mere moments before dinner, CB2 introduces the Hearty Dining Table, a versatile work-play design created by Robert and Cortney Novogratz.