October 02, 2010

Art + Design = Life

Handmade
(Etsy: ArgyleWhale)

When it comes to design, we forget that it is handmade, just in a different way.

Certainly this had some labor involved in its making.

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(NYT Logo - made of chairs)

But design can be fun and lite (or light).

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Design can be inspired from anywhere and anything.

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Ikea has put out a visually stunning cookbook (notcot.org) titled: Homemade is Best

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Is this the future? Will everything be broken down into a global visual language?

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Which begs the question:

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Design + life = unexpected delights in everyday life
(blend of hand-made, mass-produced, creative applications)


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Remember:

Everything is going to be alright

That goes for everyone. (below: Kumi Yamashita)

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And anyone.
After all, this is our world.

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(above: Richard Galpin, "Noosphere", 2006)

September 29, 2010

Acrylic Is Back

 

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moon chair - HStudio


Am I dreaming or did I just wake up and is it the 90’s?  Fashion these days is a reinterpretation of the 80’s and 90’s.  Why should furniture be any different?   We have seen the revival of acrylic, and for some of us it never left.  But now it is back in a big way with furniture designers adding their own expressions  mixing fabrics, steel, wood and texture with acrylic in fun colors and prints.  Not that acrylic isn’t fabulous all on its own, we do love something thrown into the mix.   

Here are a few notables.  

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The Tuilleries Coffee Table from Spectrum West mixing wood and acrylic.  

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French-born and tokyo-based designer Emmanuelle Moureaux has created the 'shibafu table'.
56 slender colored acrylic sticks are randomly arranged into a piece of transparent acrylic,
creating an aesthetic, reminiscent of a colorful shibafu or lawn.  Add a chair and you have a set.

 

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Founded by designer Jean Christophe Bernard, Acrila of France.  The innovative Acrila team has designed furnishing ranging from pop art  to baroque and painted city scapes.
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Admiral Bench - HStudio

 

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Wilson Chair - HStudio      Hstudio by Shlomi Haziza which was founded in the early 1990’s.  

 

 

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Red Console - AVF

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Ice Acrylic Table -AVF

And from the The House of Alexandera Von Furstenburg bright almost neon colors captivate.  Still modern and chic today as it was decades ago is what I say.

I even have a couple of acrylic bar stools myself.


Have an infinitely modern day!  

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.

  Flwhouse                Frank Lloyd Wright Chair commissioned for Drexel family from 1955 

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.

Herman miller sculpture                Herman Miller Sculpture 

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 23, 2010

Rita Chair + Table :: RS Barcelona

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I love this steel and wood furniture series from RS Barcelona: bright and colorful with all the right angles.  Could you ask for more?  I mean, really.  Just look at that gorgeous blending of materials!  Mm-mm!

About:

The secret of her beauty is her simplicity, her sincerity. Rita doesn’t try to hide behind fancy trappings. This is a collection of bold, strong tables and chairs, set apart by the way the wood is bonded to the metal. The metal penetrates the wood right through to the other side, adding a touch of color to the surface of the wood.

Available in 5 colors and the choice of Natural Maple or Wenge.

More pics after the jump!

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September 13, 2010

New from 2Modern: Leucos, Petunia Pickle Bottom, Heller, Fatboy, Shine Labs, and more

New Fatboy Metallic Soul Bag!
  Introducing the new Metallic Soul Bag from Fatboy! This fashionable bag has the same familiar feel as the origanl Soulbag, but this shiny variant gives a different shine to the soul.

 

New Sparrow Walnut Options!
  Oeuf has added walnut options to their popular Sparrow Collection which include their Dresser, Crib, and Conversion kit.

 

Blu Dot Strut Tables - now available in Slate!
  Everyone loves Blu Dot's line of versatile Strut Tables, but now we can love them in a new color... Slate! Available for all sizes of the Strut Table, Strut Coffee Table, Strut Console Table, and Strut Square Coffee Table.

Introducing Shine Labs

Introducing Shine Labs on 2Modern. Shine Labs offers a meticulously curated collection of contemporary lighting and accessories that will captivate audience with their unique designs. Between lighting, vases, and votives, you'll find something from their collection that you will love.

 

New item from Heller
  Heller has released their Left Twist Cube in multiple gorgeous colors. Each Color Cube is made of one piece roto molded polymer and is perfect for indoors or outdoors.

 

New Petunia Pickle Bottom items

Petunia Pickle Bottom has released 2 new items and several new colors to their existing items for the fall of 2010. The Sashay Satchel moves effortlessly from satchel to backpack, and from diaper bag to handbag, defining modern style. Hello, little black dress? Meet the Sashay Satchel. The Wistful Weekender is the day and night bag that expands and contracts as if by magic. Have Weekender, will travel. Both of these new bags are lightweight and earth-friendly, made from certified organic cotton. They each have internal pockets and a removeable, wipe-able changing pad.

 

Introducing Leucos

We are happy to introduce Leucos on 2Modern. Leucos has progressed alongside the evolution of design, exploring new techniques of glass manufacturing and developing “light” through constant engineering innovations. With its artistic philosophy focused on the value of design, the company’s offerings continue to mature, emphasized by collaborations with renowned international designers.

September 07, 2010

New on 2Modern: Knoll Kids, EVRT, FLOS, Bholu, and more

Introducing Knoll Kids

Brand new to 2Modern, Knoll Kids is a collection of spirited, modern furniture scaled for a younger generation. With the largest amount of fabrics and colors offered yet on 2Modern, we are proud to be one of the few online retailers to offer the full line of Knoll Kids products. The Child's Barcelona Chair was created in 1929 and features a pure compositional structure that now epitomizes modern architecture. The Womb Chair is GreenGuard certified and was designed by Finnish designer Eero Saarinen in 1948. The collection of Suzanne Lounge Seating is a versatile line that can be used as modular seating.

 

Introducing EVRT Studio at 2Modern.com

Introducing EVRT Studio on 2Modern! Developed by designer Brian Everett, EVRT Studio offers a collection of modern art prints, available on archival quality canvas and complete with frame. The artwork ranges from and combines elements of painting, drawing, photography and graphic design. Brian Everett has carefully selected three designs exclusive for 2Modern art enthusiasts: Atlas Oats, Birch Trees, and McGee - available only on 2Modern.com!

 

Great New FLOS Items!

2Modern is happy to introduce new modern lighting from Flos. With a mix of floor, ceiling, hanging and table lamps, we've added a wide variety. Starting with the Tab Table and Floor lamps, these items have a simple modern feel to them. We've also added the KTribe Floor and Wall lamps, the Smithfield Ceiling and Pendent, and the Chasen S2 Pendent. All these lamps have wonderful designs and will fit most contemporary styles. Last but not least, the Nebula Pendent. This is a very unique pendent that has that wow factor.

 

New Flower Powersol From Fatboy
  Fatboy celebrates the summer feel with a new peaceful and loving parasol. Overgrown with a sunny and iconic Scandinavian flower print by Marimekko, the Fatboy Flowerpowersol represents the ultimate summer feeling.

 

New Obstacle Courses from bObles
  bObles' popular Tumbling Animals are now available in cute obstacle course sets. The Small Obstacle Course is a 5 piece set featuring Fish, Crocodile, and Chicken. The Large Obstacle Course is an 8 piece set featuing Fish, Elephant, Crocodile, and Chicken.

 

Introducing Bholu on 2Modern!

2Modern is pleased to introduce Bholu - our newest vendor, featuring bold and free designs. All Bholu Rugs, Pillows, and Throws are handmade by traditional artisans from rural and urban communities in India, following Fair Trade standards. The Bholu collection of wallpaper is a collaboration with Porter's Paints, one of Australia's leading paint brands. All of Bholu's products can be mixed and matched with one another - there are no rules, so be brave and embrace Bholu's bold, free style.

 

New Tempaper Wallpaper

August 16, 2010

Alessi: Blow up- Bamboo Collection...

Alessi is commonly known for their well structured, stainless steel pieces which includes their Blow Up collection; in which the form of the objects is created by the play of shapes and spaces generated by the steel rods put together almost at random

I am head over heels over the new take on the Blow Up collection which features pieces made of hand-finished natural material; which to me resembles bits of driftwood and delicate twigs.  Enjoy!!!

Alessi small table
Alessi magazine holder
Alessi bowl
   

August 09, 2010

New from 2Modern!

New vendor urbancase

Say hello to urbancase, the newest vendor on 2Modern. This Seattle based company creates objects that contribute to a simpler, pared back lifestyle focusing on basic aesthetic elements...

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July 28, 2010

The Future Will be Chrome

Ping-pong-table

I loved it when I first saw it online last year, but now this limited edition, mirrored polished stainless steel ping pong table is now on display at Blum and Poe Gallery in Los Angeles.

Designed by artist Rirkrit Tiravanija for Cumulus Studios.

"Cumulus Studios was founded in 2008 by Nathalie Karg, a landscape designer.  The studio is giving established and emerging contemporary artists the opportunity to create functional objects for the outdoors.

The collection encompasses furniture, games, sport and garden utility.  Cumulus Studios is giving artists the freedom to execute a personal fantasy with its only limitation being functionality and weather resistance.  In turn, the participating artists embraced the invitation with great enthusiasm and wit."

July 20, 2010

Up-cycling Can Be Upscale

This weekend concluded the July 2009 Brimfield Antique Show--the largest outdoor antique and flea market in New England. After having heard so much hype about the show, I decided to make the drive and check it out for myself.  Antiques may not be your thing, but there is inevitably something gratifying about finding something in a market like this and ultimately making it fit your modern lifestyle.

Inspired by the show, here are some of my favorite furniture pieces from Uhuru whereby the designers recognize the value in salvaging quality materials and find inspiration in everyday used objects left behind by others. 

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Bilge Lounge Chair

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Chime Mirror

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 Standard Base Slab Bench

 

 

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