March 29, 2011

Modern Living

Life can change drastically and quickly.  Some recent events have forced me and my fiance to move to take a new job and start a new life.

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This move has made me more familiar than ever with the new trend of modern living in historic renovation projects that are sprinkled throughout New England.  

These buildings tell a story of the regions manufacturing wealth and prosperity.  They symbolize both the tremendous opportunities of the past and the pain and desperation that was left behing when manufacturing found their way over seas. They symbolize so vehemently and graciously the absense of industry in the US. Slowly, very slowly these communities have struggled to rebuild and redefine themselves.  

People have taken note of the beauty and integrity of these old mills and mill communities.  Many of these communities  have been reborn an commuting cities or chic places for middle-income hipsters.

 

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These buildings tell a story of the regions manufacturing wealth and prosperity.  They symbolize both the tremendous opportunities of the past and the pain and desperation that was left behind when manufacturing found their way over seas. They symbolize so vehemently and graciously the absence of industry in the US. Slowly, very slowly these communities have struggled to rebuild and redefine themselves.  

People have taken note of the beauty and integrity of these old mills and mill communities.  Many of these communities  have been reborn an commuting cities or chic places for middle-income hipsters

 

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In the end I have fallen in love with mill living, and could probably write a short essay on all the benefits and joys of waking up to 14ft ceilings, 8ft windows, and wood and brick.  The purity is refreshing.  The history is utterly captivating. 

October 24, 2010

Warhol copies Brillo, someone copies Warhol: Hijinks ensue!

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Over 100 of Andy Warhol's "Brillo Boxes" have been found to be "different" from others...
Yes it's a rather strong claim - The board avoids using words such as “fake” or “inauthentic” in its report, nor would it say whether or not it will stamp any boxes presented to it as “denied”, or revoke existing letters of opinion.

 

The short story:

Two series of boxes produced by Pontus Hultén, the founding director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Hultén claimed that Warhol authorised the production of the boxes for the seminal exhibition that Hultén curated in Stockholm in 1968.

But in 2007, the Swedish newspaper Expressen discovered that no wooden boxes had been displayed in the show and that cardboard boxes from the Brillo factory had been used instead. It set out to research the date and manufacture of Hultén’s boxes, many of which had entered the market.

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Anyhow - the prices climb and climb and climb - are auctioned off (they had letters of authenticity and papers and important people saying they are real). Ten were sold through Christie’s shortly afterwards to a UK buyer for £475,650, who turned out to be the art dealer Anthony d’Offay.

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The board now says there are two sets of Hultén-­produced boxes: a small number (about 10 to 15) made in 1968, straight after the show. The board refers to these as “Stockholm type boxes”. The rest, 105, were produced at Hultén’s request by carpenters for a 1990 exhibition in Russia. The board refers to these as “Malmö type boxes”.

Full story here at The Art Newspaper

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October 20, 2010

Has the art market thawed? Frieze thinks so.

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Just in case you don't have your finger on the pulse of the art world, here's the skinny.  There are a series of "Art Fairs" in major cities all over the world that take place annually or biannually.  Galleries apply and pay a substantial amount of money to rent a "stall", and in turn sell artwork to the public. These fairs are massive cultural meccas - full of art, talks, panel discussions, performances, awards, and contemporary musings on current educational platforms and art-making in general. In short, it's a total playground for new and emerging ideas and practices as well as established ideas and concepts.

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Each year, thousands of collectors come in droves to these fairs - so smaller fairs have popped up around the bigger fairs and are populated by the galleries who were rejected from the bigger fairs, or simply didn't want to pay the premiums. These smaller fairs have leveled the playing ground somewhat, but there is a status symbol to being included in the big-deal fairs like Basel, The Armory, Frieze, Cologne,...

For example, the Frieze Art Fair takes place every October in Regent’s Park, London. The fair showcases new and established artists to an international audience (the complete list of exhibitors is here) over 170 galleries were exhibiting work this year, with miles and miles of labyrinth-like temporary walls studded with works - some hung so heavily that you wonder how the wall stays vertical.

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There are more galleries than ever this year and a higher quality of applicants,' says Frieze co-founder Amanda Sharp, who, when she set up the annual art fair eight years ago, never in her wildest dreams thought it would become such a London blockbuster. (from Wallpaper magazine)

Stories like this one are not uncommon: "New business is what makes fairs worth it, otherwise we could just stay in our galleries and work on our shows,” said Rachel Lehmann (B13). The gallerist sold only to new clients, including Jennifer Steinkamp’s Orbit 8, 2010 (shown below) (all three editions plus the artist’s proof), for $55,000 each." (From TheArtNewspaper.com's article here)

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Andreas Geiger at Sprüth Magers (B9) summed up the overall feeling: “People are acquiring, but there’s no more five-minute buying. The market has found a good pace, it’s not crazy, but it’s solid.” (The Art Newspaper)

But it's not all about selling - it's about seeing and learning. There are a series of talks and educational events, concerts and performances, and prizes awarded to Artists and Galleries. There are also a series of Artist Projects - including Jeffrey Vallance among others.

"The coveted Cartier Award is open to artists living outside of the UK, up to five years from graduating from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or under thirty years of age. The Cartier Award is organized by Frieze Projects, sponsored by Cartier and presented in collaboration with Gasworks. The recipient of the prize will have the unique opportunity to present their work at Frieze Art Fair 2010, guaranteeing a major international audience. Additionally the prize will cover production costs of up to £10,000, an artist’s fee, per diems, travel expenses and a studio residency at Gasworks in London from August to October 2010." (from Art Knowledge News)

Bridget Riley was one of the featured "conversations" of the Frieze Art Fair, she spoke with Michael Bracewell about her lifetime of artmaking and development of her signature style. Many of the talks are available here as podcasts.

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Enjoy!

October 19, 2010

Estudio-Iris

Recently I was given a gift from Estudio-Iris's Dimple Collection.  I am in LOVE!  The simplicity and uniqueness of her designs are captivating.

This young designer, trained in architecture, has meticulous attention to detail and a controlled hand.  She is meticulously aware of how her work reacts to the body, giving the pieces a fanciful quality. Estudio-Iris has recently launched this jewelry line and I look forward to seeing more of what's to come. 

 

 

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Two Way Bracelet

 

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Stackable Rings

 

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All images courtesy of Estudio-Iris


October 13, 2010

RIP Joan Sutherland

Your voice is a design that makes an empty room full.

October 12, 2010

Kieran Timberlake - Loblolly House

Kieran Timberlake  won the 2010 Copper-Hewitt National Design Award.

A small firm based in Philadelphia, their work captures the organic way in which the best architecture develops from initial concept.  Taking inspiration from the site conditions, this house is "about the trees within the trees". The work is deep and incredibly thorough, taking into account the complexity of assemblage and looking responsibly onto the building life-cycle and the disassemblage necessary in the future. Much like the trees, the house has a structural system, from which all parts (walls, mechanical systems, cladding, etc. ) hang. Moreover, light is artfully manipulated both in the buildings orientation and in the careful choreagraphy of the external cladding; internal and external logic is fully defined.


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images of the Loblolly Project are taken from the Kieran Timberlake's website


Tio Collection

Designing with metal wires is like drawing in 3D space. By carefully considering how a few bent steel rods are positioned, Massproductions have created a truly comfortable, elegant and stackable chair.

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A feeling of transparency is achieved with this material, especially evident in the easy chair version, which uses the same diameter of rods but has more voluminous dimensions. 

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October 11, 2010

If I were a chicken...

I would want to live in this chicken house by Frederik Roije. 

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And if I were a magazine, I would want to be stored on this shelf. 

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And if I were in the dark, I would want this lamp.

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October 07, 2010

Tulip Chair Shoes :: Kobi Levi

1Admit it.  These Saarinen Tulip Chair-inspired shoes are pretty freaking fantastic.  Impractical, yes.  But there's a little part of you that loves the ridiculousness of it all, right?  Created by the very talented shoe designer Kobi Levi - be sure to check out the rest of his portfolio!

2 Also, a big thank you to Jeni for sending this my way!  [Jeni owns and operates Stitched Cards.  Check out her Chairs, Etc. series, a collection of greeting cards featuring iconic Mid-Century Modern furniture and accessories!]

So, what other furniture-inspired fashions have you seen?  Share in the comments!

October 06, 2010

Patricia Urquiola: Vieques Island

An earlier post at 2Modern design blog covered Patricia Urquiola's tile work which was delightful! Her focus on creating industrial products with personality and her approach to integrate layers of history into the memoriable patterns surely trigger sensation and success.

Patricia Urquiola's advise for new designers is to find “a few cultural references and people who can give you guidance to develop your personality,  try to defend your ideas and projects, create your own formula.”

She created a great formula for herself; her interiors are sensible, orginal and moving. The colors are plenty but they are relative and pleasing within the context of its surrounding.

The dynamics of colors in Urquiola's interiors can be explained by intuition and observation.

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The corners are created with a sense of comfort which drives its energy from colors, lighting and patterns.

  

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The outdoor furniture fits well into the nature's color scheme and also constitutes a lively drop within the earthy tones of the outdoor structure.

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The colors of the pillows intensify each other with hues that complement and contrast in design. The lightness of colors gets affected by neighboring tones. The light source brightens the overall affect.

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The colors and patterns in the living room are not used in a limited manner.

The color design develops around the amount, shape and placement of each design element in an interactional manner: The relativity makes the design pleasant and harmonious. 


 

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