While the upcoming show New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin American, which opens at MAD next week comes to introduce a surprising new territories, I particularly look forward to getting to know better the work of Studio Design da Gema and its whimsical, stylish, fresh objects. Based in Rio de Janeiro, it was founded by David Elia, whose origins of Lebanese and Uruguaian, and his growing up between France, the US, and Brazil, have made him a true citizen of the world. Yet his work, which I find sophisticated and surprising, also manifested a Brazilian identity, as he often addresses issues of social problems present within Brazilian society.
During the late 1970’s and early 1980’s Helmut Newton made a limited number of B&W 35mm photographic transparencies of his work, which he had originally set aside as his personal “reference collection”. These rare transparencies, their accompanying silver gelatin prints and these unusual polaroids are examples of what he considered to be his best and favorite work of that period. Now, ASYMMETRIK Gallery presents the first part of this collection, curated by my friend and colleague Christina Japp.
Suzy Slesin is one of the more ambitious publishers of design and design-related book. I was first introduced to her publication with the memorable publication "Helena Rubinstein: Over the Top," which presented a fresh look at the cosmetic icon's taste. Now,
Thank you, Beth Katleman, for hosting my class yesterday and for making this visit an extraordinary design experience. Brooklyn-based sculptor, Katleman has worked in porcelain in a way nobody has ever done, creating assemblages, or installations of fantastic white figurines and foliage in the spirit of 18th-century decorative arts. While her inspiration is rooted
In celebrating the tenth anniversary of Studio WiekiSomers, The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen opened a retrospective “Out of the Ordinary,” presenting the work of the super talented Dylan van den Berg and Wieki Somers, founders of the Studio. They have made their names with a unique vision when turning everyday objects into exceptional striking items, where fantasy and reality meet. They combine unique materials with technical ingenuity.
A new installation by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto in the Jardins des Tuileries, commissioned by Philippe Gravier Gallery pays tribute to Metabolism, the architectural movement of the 60s, born in Tokyo. The structure is intended to represent both an architectural intervention and a sculpture. Composed of suspended metal
Wright Chicago had its fall design auction last week, which has a strong representation of vintage American industrial furniture. Here are some notes on collectible American industrial design from the 30s through the 70s, for your attention, design collectors.
For the occasion of the newly-blushed book “Midcentury Houses Today” by Monacelli Press, the New Canaan Historical Society organized a tour of three of the town’s most distinctive modernist homes. No better way to spend a glorious autumn Saturday with my
Cannot wait for a show which will open at Demisch Danant Gallery next week, called “Paris Match: Henri Samuel and the Artists He Commissioned, 1968-1977,” exploring the legendary decorator and international tastemaker’s unique engagement with French artists and
Loved the new exhibition at Maison Gerard Gallery that comes to present Maison Leleu, whose work the gallery has represented for decades. Entitled Maison Leleu: 1960's, it presents dozens of pieces of furniture created during the 50s and ‘60s as well as lighting and rugs, all designed exclusively for the Villa Medy Roc in Cap D’Antibes,