Maximal Design

A Beautiful Lamp…or One Very Expensive Cat Toy
Parisian artist Herve Matejewski dabbled in couture, design, and food before finding his calling in industrial-but-whimsical practical art. Mat & Jewski feather lamp, $1,450, Louis Boston, 234 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-262-6100,

Haute Couture Meets Magnum, P.I.
Dreamy fabric tops this streamlined sofa by Dutch wunderkind Marcel Wanders. Print sofa, $9,759, Montage, 75 Arlington St., Boston, 617-451-9400,

A Plate to Go with Your Hubcap Collection
Providence-based metalsmith Boris Bally finds the raw materials for his artwork from 30,000-pound scrap metal piles, in which he roots for gems he can repurpose into unique platters, chairs, and tables. Sign platters, $200–$360, SAC Exhibit Gallery, 175 Newbury St., Boston, 617-266-1810,

A Hand-Me-Down from the Hippie Parents We Never Had
Hans Hopfer brings the sectional down to earth with this pillowlike piece that comes in a range of Missoni fabrics, and has a removable back for myriad configurations. Mah Jong seating, $3,200–$5,000, Roche Bobois, 2 Avery St., Boston, 617-742-9611,

Optical Allusion
Londoner Annette Taylor-Anderson just graduated from design school, but her snappy patterns are already shaking things up. This wallpaper from her Funky Style line brings Art Nouveau into the 21st century. ATAD1009, $26 per meter,

Lite-Brite for Grownups!
Dutch designer David Graas says, “Let’s stop designing better products and start designing better garbage!” The shipping box is the fixture itself: Punch it out and plug it in. Not a Lamp, $86,