Lights trace doorways at The Future Perfect's pink-toned New York exhibition
The Outlines exhibition at Brooklyn's The Future Perfect gallery

Lights trace arches and doorways at The Future Perfect's pink-toned New York exhibition

New York design gallery The Future Perfect is hosting an exhibition in Manhattan, which features light fixtures shaped like cloister vaults and metal mobiles that mimic plants.

The Outlines exhibition is taking place in The Future Perfect's new secret showroom, adjoining its offices, as part of this year's NYCxDesign festival.

The Outlines exhibition at Brooklyn's The Future Perfect gallery

New York designer Leilani Zahn – who runs interior design studio For Reference – styled the minimal showroom with a largely pink palette, continuing the colour's popularity after it dominated Milan design week 2017.

The space is laid out as an open-plan living, dining and bedroom to showcase her lighting and soft furnishings, along with furniture by Portuguese brand De La Espada and dramatic sculptures by Leilani's husband, designer Karl Zahn.

The Outlines exhibition at Brooklyn's The Future Perfect gallery

Leilani's bold LED lights are based on traditional architectural forms, with one following the outline of a doorway in the living area.

Another is suspended from the ceiling shapes a long barrel vault above the long light wooden dining room table.

The traditional cloister vaults – a vault made up of four concave sides – found in New York's City Hall informed the third light above the bed.

The Outlines exhibition at Brooklyn's The Future Perfect gallery

"I usually build architectural detailing into a space that I do so we do recess wallpaper and lightbulbs or recess cone lighting, or a lot of panel work or detailing," she told Dezeen.

"But for clients who aren't able to do that in their space it's nice to drop in something like this, it adds a nice architectural detailing without it being a full renovation."

Karl based his hanging sculptures on mimic plant forms, like his huge modular lights currently on show as part of Lindsey Adelman's exhibition.

The Outlines exhibition at Brooklyn's The Future Perfect gallery

One features bent metal leaves that are joined by chain links, while metals section overlap to create an upwards curve in another. His smaller-scale standing sculptures are made up of long lines that also extend upwards.

"There's a theme of organic or plant life, the Lindsey Adelman piece was inspired by that little burrows tail plant," Karl told Dezeen. "These kind of continue that like linkages and organic shape but in these hanging sculptures."

The Outlines exhibition at Brooklyn's The Future Perfect gallery

He also experimented with dichromate – a thin protective covering to the metal – to add an iridescent finish to some of the pieces.

Others are painted black and white to complement the neutral backdrop, which also forms a setting for De La Espada's range of designs by Neri&Hu, Matthew Hilton, Luca Nichetto and Studioilse.

The Outlines exhibition at Brooklyn's The Future Perfect gallery

The furniture is arranged according to its shape and predominantly shown in lighter tones.

"We went back to forms and that's why we chose all the materials we did, lighter shades, lighter shades of wood and lighter fabrics," said Leilani.

"We think of it in shapes and for us when we start sketching out spaces we think you need this kind of shape here."

The Outlines exhibition at Brooklyn's The Future Perfect gallery

She also created fold-out cushions and roll-mats, named The Cyl (Cylinder) and Pyr (Pyramid) Floor Pillows, as a reference to futons from her childhood.

To offer a contrasting texture, Anna Freya created pillows covered with long blond hair, while Brooklyn-based textile artist Monica Hofstadter and unusually-shaped hand-knit throw cushions.

Other highlights include patterned curtains based on floral arrangements by New York City-based Brrch, which line windows. The scene was hand-painted by Karl's sister, artist Natalya Zahn.

The Outlines exhibition at Brooklyn's The Future Perfect gallery

The De La Espada furniture pieces, Karl Zahn sculptures, and For Reference's debut lighting and soft goods collections, are all available exclusively through The Future Perfect.

Visits to Outlines are available upon request at The Future Perfect's main gallery located at 55 Great Jones St, New York, which is currently exhibiting a furniture collection by Rooms based on Soviet architecture in Georgia and alchemy.

Photography is by Lauren Coleman.

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The Outlines exhibition at Brooklyn's The Future Perfect gallery
The Outlines exhibition at Brooklyn's The Future Perfect gallery
The Outlines exhibition at Brooklyn's The Future Perfect gallery
The Outlines exhibition at Brooklyn's The Future Perfect gallery