Lee F. Mindel will take part in the upcoming video series on collecting design, and I have become an avid reader of his column in AD, which features his spectacular architectural photographs. In the current issue, Lee explores the architecture of churches and synagogues in the Hamptons. He visits such icons as the First Presbyterian Church of Southampton, built in 1640; the St. Andrew’s Dune Church with its wood interior; the Victorian Italianate First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett; and my beloved Jewish Center of the Hamptons Shaarey Pardes, which Norman Jaffe so successfully integrated into the built landscape of the Hamptons. All photos by Lee F. Mindel for AD.
With its new Nikeames, Nike pays tribute to Charles and Ray Eames, the darlings of American mid-century design who during the 40s and 50s experimented with molded plywood and applied the then progressive process to the creation of American Modern. French designer Ora-Ïto developed a conceptual trainer with curved veneer sections to reference the famed Eames Lounge 670 armchair, which has been produced by Herman Miller since 1956.
It is going to be the first Congress devoted exclusively to research on the life and work of Antoni Gaudí, and it will be taking place in Barcelona between October 6th and 10th. It is the place to hear leading world specialists who will share latest discoveries that approach Gaudí as a multidisciplinary creator.
Visiting AMMA Studio yesterday, which was founded by sculptor Fernando Mastrangelo and interior designer Samuel Amoia. They two create furniture of polished concrete in various colors combined with such unusual materials as Himalayan salt and BB gun bullets. The result is fresh and intriguing. I particularly liked the series of stools, where the sleek, precised forms are highlighted by the color and texture of the materials.
One of my favorite design experiences in London is exploring its contemporary architecture, because London is a like a living architectural exhibition, with some of the most exciting buildings of our time. Routledge published a new guide, entitled "London Contemporary Architecture," by Ken Allinson and Victorian Thornton, which offers architectural experiences and insights into London’s finest contemporary architecture.
Just like in Lenny Kravitz's apartment in Paris, the sculptured bronze wall-mounted console by Paul Evans, which will be exhibited during the the upcoming Biennale des Antiquaires. The show, a collaboration between Todd Merrill Studio and the auction house Tajan, will present furniture by Paul Evans and Joseph Walsh and will be taking place at the Parisian auction house’s headquarters on rue des Mathurins. It is going to be the first exhibition dedicated to Evans outside of the United States.
I was so excited to learn today that the Salon: Art+Design, the fair which will be held in November at the Park Avenue Armory, and in which I am a committee member will present French dealer Jean-David Botella of Paris,. for the second time. As Botella is one one of the leading dealers of decorative arts of the 20th century, he will bring another dimension to what I consider New York's best design fair.
Here are some great pieces of mid-century and late 20th-century Brazilian furniture that I love at R & Company, one of my favorite design galleries.
Gordijn and Nauta of Studio Drift create objects that merge nature with man-made art. Both graduates from the Design Academy Eindhoven, Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn founded Studio Drift in 2006, and their sculptural lights are represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery, all crafted of dandelion seeds and bronze.
Fabio Correa of the Mexican firm Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop created a unique staircase to join two levels of an apartment. It is made of walnut formed around a metal structure that is anchored to the walls, enclosing the staircase on both sides. While the staircase forms the heart of the entire apartment, I like it on its own, rather than in the context of this particular interior. Photography is by Bharath Ramamrutham.