September 29, 2010

pattern - orla kiely

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Pattern looks to be a lovely coffee table book from London-based designer Orla Kiely.  The 304 pages include her bold, colorful graphics and her own personal account and inspirational images that have shaped her style.  The book explores the use of pattern in design and how they have shaped her collections that range from her womenswear line, housewares, furnishings, luggage, accessories, as well the coveted handbags.

September 24, 2010

Modern Marvel

All was a flutter yesterday afternoon and into the night at the New York Design Center’s What’s New, What’s Next, a virtual, in-the-flesh celebratory open house with programs by editors from top design and shelter publications, dealers, curators, authors and designers about every imaginable topic. Yours truly was present for the New Curators Event where bloggers were situated in showrooms on the 4th floor, and invited to yap, post, + tweet away about products, findings and news from the day’s events.

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I am convinced that my gig was the swellest, perched in the extraordinary Weinberg Modern, a newly opened showroom of incredible vintage modern findings, furniture, accessories, books and outsider art. So many incredible things, and by names rarely seen: Tony Paul, David Cressey, Alvin Lustig, Maurice Martine, Josef Frank, and atypical pieces from familiar names: Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer, Brandt, Ponti, Nelson, Vignelli, and myriad others. I could barely contain my excitement.

Sirrah AM-AS Series Table lamp                 Sirrah AM-AS Series Table lamp from the 1970's found in Italy 

Owner/founder Larry Weinberg, is a font of information. It was fascinating listening to stories of his hunt process, venturing to estate sales, antique shows, yard sales at 3 AM no less in pursuit of illusive finds. His first piece: a Noguci table for $24 in Delaware. His collection of Robert Lustig paintings and 20th art by unnamed artists is simply superb. Plus, he is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and dogs are welcomed too.

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Please, if you find yourself afoot and near East 33rd Street, I strongly encourage a visit. Or, if you must, please go online to www.weinbergmodern.com

Weinberg Modern 

New York Design Center

200 Lexington Avenue, Suite 420

New York, NY

Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

646.291.2059

 

 

September 22, 2010

"Good Design"

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German Industrial designer, Dieter Rams’ ten principles to “good design”-

Good design is innovative.
Good design makes a product useful.
Good design is aesthetic.
Good design makes a product understandable.
Good design is unobtrusive.
Good design is honest.
Good design is long-lasting.
Good design is thorough down to the last detail.
Good design is environmentally friendly.
Good design is as little design as possible.

Having worked as head of design at Braun for 30 years and also designing furniture for Vitsoe, his approach to "good design" continues today and has influenced many, including Apple.

Less and More, a retrospective of Rams' work was carried at The Design Museum in London 2007-2010.

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September 19, 2010

The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus Ohio, Mark Bradford, and me.

Happy Monday - Blog2Modern Readers,

I haven't had a chance to post an entry in a while, due to the fact that I am currently in Columbus, Ohio at the Wexner Center for the Arts (!!!)  I was invited (in August) to do a large-scale solo installation in the lobby area of the Deconstructivist gem, designed by Peter Eisenman - one of the New York Five.  (For you architects out there, you've probably seen the Wexner every contemporary Art History and Architecture book out there.)

(Below: Main façade of The Wexner Center for the Arts)
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Thanks Wikipedia for summing up the mission of the Wexner and doing all my links for me:
"The Wexner Center for the Arts is The Ohio State University’s multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art. Through exhibitions, screenings, performances, artist residencies, and educational programs, the Wexner Center acts as a forum where established and emerging artists can test ideas and where diverse audiences can participate in cultural experiences that enhance understanding of the art of our time. In its programs, the Wexner Center balances a commitment to experimentation with a commitment to traditions of innovation and affirms the university’s mission of education, research, and community service. The Wexner Center opened in November 1989, named in honor of the father of Limited Brands founder Leslie Wexner, who was a major donor to the Center."

Currently on view is Mark Bradford's mid-career retrospective.  They don't allow any photos in the galleries, but he did an installation in the lobby (below)

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Bradford and his assistant projected his name onto the wall, traced it and then painstakingly removed portions of the wall, exposing the myriad of past colors that the wall has been painted.  This wall will be removed and will travel to each of the venues (
Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) following its debut at The Wexner Center for the Arts.  Bradford is a recent recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award. (new recipients to be announced September 28).  His show is on view at The Wexner until October 10.


 

My installation will run concurrently with the remainder of Mark Bradford's show as well as the next round of exhbitions titled Six Solos which will open in November and run through February. I'm particularly excited to be showing with Erwin Redl, who works with LED lights and will be outdoors on the grid-façade.  I absolutely adore his work. I'm also excited for the Tobias Putrih/MOS show too!

(below: Erwin Redl, "Flow" 2007)

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I am working directly with the lobby, which is known for its "floating column".

(below: Eisenman's "floating column")

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We're still working on the installation, which was designed spontaneously on-site via 3D modeling software. Here are some teaser shots of my work in progress, title is still in the works.

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My website will have photos upon completion of the project. The installation opens on Tuesday, please come and see if you are in the Columbus Ohio area, or like to travel or drive.

This installation was inspired primarily by the supposed "death of print" and therefore, CMYK design. Thus my selection of cyan, yellow and magenta as my palette. The "off register" look of the striped walls was highly inspired by mis-printed cartoons, the printing process, mathematical progressions, the use of lines to create space, and the inherent translucency of the material, flagging tape. 

Oh, and "Go Bucks!"

And just in case you wanted some gift ideas - Check out this really rad CMYK inspired dishes and this neato pen "for designers" - I want all of the above!

September 08, 2010

Tokujin Yoshioka

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The complete work of Tokujin Yoshioka, one of the most innovative designers working today. Based in Tokyo, Tokujin Yoshioka has built a career using unconventional materials to create objects and spaces. Often employing paper and glass, as well as unusual elements, such as plastic drinking straws, his studio’s work has achieved a cult following among design enthusiasts. Leading design museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, have Yoshioka’s work in their permanent collections.~Rizzoli

Published by Rizzoli. Release date of October 2010.  MUST GET.

September 03, 2010

Modern Book Cases

I know Kindles and E-Book readers are what all the cool kids are doing, but I'm still a die-hard book fan. Although, I can only afford one of those cheapo Ikea bookcases, but in my ideal loft apartment, I'll own one of these really cool, modern book cases.

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The Beehive Bookcase by Dar en Art

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Comic Shelf by Oscar Nunez, Fusca Design

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The Wisdom Tree Bookshelf by Jordi Mila

September 01, 2010

Visual Journaling @Pikaland, A Sneak Peek

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Pika Artist Bootcamp 3: Create Your Own Story and Character Developmet

"Often one on the largest obstacles to overcome when creating a story or plot or new work of art is the need to pre-think the story rather than letting it have an organic origin. Sometimes this puts the brakes on it completely! Nothing happens because you put too much pressure on the work looking completely as you see it in your minds eye, you intimidate yourself with your left brain way of thinking! It's as if you're seeing Mt. Everest as a 29,000 ft tall mountain instead of a series of single steps that happen in an instant and organically. A mountain is intimidating, the steps aren't! First graders don't have this mountain view, children very rarely experience the un-doable (unless an adult instills it in them!). Children attempt things, they learn, they fall down and stand up. For this first weeks assignment we will silence the fearful adult and invite the adventurous child! Discovering new ways of operating and finding out what might be hidden within your left brain adult self!

-Excerpt from Week 1, Assignment 1 Breaking Barriers of Pika Artist Bootcamp 3: Create Your Own Story and Character Development Through your moleskine we'll unravel and discover your own unique voice! From the grocery store to the cafe to your desk and a friends hand, you'll tote your journal with you wherever you go,gathering source materials, inspirations, new ideas-- pasting, cutting, spilling, inking, stamping, photographing, creating along the way!!

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What exciting new characters will you create?? > Don't be afraid, take the plunge and discover something new about yourself this Fall through Visual Journaling!

Limited space still available! Enroll in our Visual Journaling Course by Sunday Sept 5th! Also check out our second Installment of Making Your Mark The first installment completely sold out and was a total blast! From looking at art in person to targeting your specific likes, fears and inspirations, we'll journey as a class through your art and help find and polish your creative voice! Now how's that for an awesome Fall semester! :D Treat yourself, learn, grow, and most importantly jump start your creative fire!

August 26, 2010

It's hot, get naked.

Spencer Tunick, an artist who is famous for working with hundreds of nude bodies in his photographs since the mid-90's is in the midst of several current projects including tackling each state in the US.

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above: "Mexico City 1 (Zócalo, MUCA/UNAM Campus)", 2007

His work has spawned an unofficial website/blog too -  his "installations", as he refers to them, are EPIC. They require thousands of participants getting naked and arranged in groups. So understandably, he's get a huge fan base of supporters.

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above: at the Bruges Theatre; below: The artist, Spencer Tunick

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Check out his website for more images - he is constantly repositioning naked people in large groups. Instead of this being strange and disturbing for the common person - it is more like looking at a landscape and then only realizing that it is made of people. There is a Soylent Green joke in there somewhere...

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Above: On pink rafts in a Miami pool!; below: Tunick talks about his work and past installations.



Stay cool!

August 21, 2010

Sam Winston - Text as Art

I came across the work of Sam Winston, a British artist, and am in love with it. So poetic, visual, labor intensive. His work is currently on show in the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. The institutions that have collected his work read like a laundry list of the best of the best - Getty Research Institute, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Glasgow School of Art, The British Library, London, UK.... and the list goes on.

My favorite pieces are - "Made Up True Story"

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And "Romeo & Juliet" a piece in which the artist painstakingly divided lines of Passion from lines of Rage. he sites these in addition to Indifference as being the three concurrent themes of Shakespeare's tale of "two young "star-cross'd lovers" whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families.

(below "Passion" - left; and "Rage" - right)

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Below - Check out the awesome sculpture - can't figure out what is going on there, but it is really quite striking as an object.

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Check out other works "Dictionary Story" (below: detail)

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Beautiful (and surprisingly quite reasonably priced too).

August 11, 2010

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I've just recently caught onto 032c Magazine after reading an in-depth interview with one of my fave designers, Rick Owens. Published bi-yearly out of Berlin, 032c "is a contemporary culture magazine that fiercely believes in the intelligence of its readers and rises to the challenge of surprising them....it is both timeless- a celebration of and for the most cutting-edge in art, culture and fashion". ~032c

After going thru their archives, I can see there's a lot to bite off and chew. You'll find pieces on designers, artists, architects, art collectives, fashion, bands, film directors and the list goes on and on.  Really cool stuff that's quite intriguing.

Archived articles and issues/subscriptions are available online here or check their worldwide list of retailers to pick one up in your area.

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