Grand Designs

For every suburban dwelling swathed in the ubiquitous builder-beige color palette, there's a soccer mom and dad who hope to stamp their home with their own personal style. Problem is, this style seems to be shared by everyone in their ZIP code, which means McDesign for your McMansion.

If blendin' in with the McJoneses ain't your thang, check out the "Furniture of Soheil Farsani" exhibit. The Tehran, Iran-born architect, artist, and furniture designer recently relocated to Scottsdale from San Francisco via Las Vegas after his partner encouraged him to come to our little slice of desert. "The desert-like environment and its art-loving people and culture is an invitation for me to stay. I feel it in my bones," Farsani tells New Times.

That's good news for folks who aren't looking for McFurniture, because the award-winning designer's quirky, funky metal and wood chairs take on personalities and lives of their own, with cool names like "The Snail" and "The Goat." A quick peek at his functional works will make even the biggest Vitra snob giggle.

Some have called these pieces "joyful," and we're inclined to agree. The best part? You can sit on the objets d'art. "I have learned a lot from the way wood, steel, and glass can live harmoniously side by side and be visually appealing," Farsani says. "That's the way people could be."