When it comes to Salon Art + Design, Galerie Downtown from Paris always brings new surprises from the repertoire of French mid-century design. In the light of my upcoming film on collecting furniture by Charlotte Perriand, in which a number of world experts will be speaking, I am particularly interested in what the gallery will be showing in the upcoming fair, opens in two weeks. It will showcase seven unique pieces from The Borot House commission, one of Charlotte Perriand’s last works,
In the pantheon of the American interior, Elsie de Wolfe (1859-1950) has a place of honor. Her 1913 book "The House in Good Taste" has entered the list of mandatory texts for every architect and decorator.
I am into interior today, looking forward to my lecture tonight in the program on the History of the Interior at the New York School of Interior Design. The desire to merge art and design and to utilized various elements in creating a whole was among the most important features of the turn-or-the-20th-century interior, and particularly that created by Josef Hoffman in Vienna. The ideal gesamtkunstwerk, or ‘total work of art’ as found its most complete expression in the interiors created by the Wiener Werkstätte that Hoffman founded.
the "Pavillon de l'Esprit Nouveau" at the Paris Exposition des Arts Décoratifs of 1925 marked a turning point in the modern interior and a milestone in the evolution of architecture. Designed by Le Corbusier, it came to propose an alternative to the traditional interior, with standardized fitted cupboards built into the walls or suspended from them, acting as wardrobes for hanging as well as cupboards for storage, all replacing the traditional furniture, while leaving a maximum space.
We all remember Joan Fontaine, the Hollywood legend from her unforgettable role in Alfred Hitchcock's film Suspiciton for which she also won the 1941 Academy Award. She died last year, and Christie's will allow us to look into her lifestyle through its upcoming auction of the contents of her home in Carmel, CA.
I love how contemporary design is being shown and interpreted at Galerie Kreo, one of my favorite contemporary design gallery. Its current show, entitled "Contrast Control," which proposes a fresh look at pieces of furniture that differ in sizes. Placing a large and small together, the show proposes, brings a new perspective on the design pieces on show, by Pierre Charpin, Joschua Brunn, and more.
Bob Aibel, founder of Monderne Gallery is doing an extraordinary job in preserving and presenting the legacy of the American Studio Movement in the most genuine, schlarly way. Now, he is opening a show that comes to examine the work of mid-century modern
In 1953, the ambitious Rabbi Mortimer J. Cohen from Beth Shalom Synagogue in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania wrote a letter of induction to Frank Lloyd Wright, a letter which came to change the history of American architecture. His congregation was ready to embark on
The Architecture and Design Film Festival has presented a panel discussion in conjunction with the screening of Gray Matters, the documentary on Eileen Gray. The panel, moderated by Mary McGuckian, featured three speakers: Caroline Constant who published
In one of his most important contributions to the history of mid-century architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright designed his Usonian houses as economical and modest, for middle income clients. From all Usonian houses, his Auldbrass Plantation, built in Yemassee, South