Miami – Isn’t it time super-cute, super-fun art collective FriendsWithYou had a home? They do now. The Miami-based collaboration between Arturo ‘Tury’ Sandoval and Sam Borkson has just launched its first retail space, during the opening day of the Miami Design Festival.
‘Finally it’s happening, our own lab,’ Tury grinned to LS:N as he signed the collective’s Super Malfi toys for grateful friends at the opening party last night.
With queues running round the corner, past the (free) candy floss and sugar-coated almond stands and down the stairs, the 750-square-foot store and 3,000-square-foot studio was packed with FriendsWithYou’s friends, including hip-hop star Pharrell Williams (in a pair of high-top, gold-studded white leather sneakers).
As well as the collective’s typical bright dots, smiley cloud and smiley mushroom motifs on toys, prints and t-shirts, the opening saw the launch of a signature FriendsWithYou rainbow sculpture, available in a limited edition of 25. At $3.5K, two had been snapped up by the time LS:N said goodbye.
With products that make you feel so, well, cheery, who wouldn’t want to be friends with them?