Loved reading Margherita Zanoletti's paper "Bruno Munari's creativity in theory and practice," exploring the work of one of the most fascinating figures in the world of 20th-century design. The paper analyses the intense relationship between visual work and his written word of this important and innovative artist and designer whose work was sophisticated and original.
It is the most beautiful Arts and Crafts home in America, Craftsman Farms, a testimony to a movement that had a tremendous impact on the decorative arts, domestic culture, and design. It is the former country estate of Gustav Stickley, the major proponent of the Movement and the designer, manufacturer, publisher, philosopher, and social critic. known today mainly for his furniture. He began acquiring the land in 1908, when envisioning the establishment of a farm school for boys. The house, originally designed as a "club house," a gathering place for workers, students and guests, was eventually turned into his own home, and today, a symbol of the era.
The Aura collection consists of a variety of three cirkel shaped lighting items in different sizes, crafted of anodized aluminum and fixed with fairground led light bulbs, these design objects are playful.
The culmination of Charles and Ray Eames’s experimentation in molded plywood, was the so-called Eames Lounge Chair of 1956. which represents the epitome of both American Modernism of the postwar era and the traditional American taste. It was called the 670 Lounge and it is composed of 3 curved plywood shells which are covered in soft Italian leather (removable) cushions. Originaly, these were filled with down and duck feathers, but in the 70s, foam was used instead. Now, foam and fiberfill are being used. Initially the plywood shells were made in Brazilian rosewood ply veneer, but since it has a throughout the world embargo, the Lounge is now more typical to find Walnut or Palisander plywood veneer even though other options are accessible. The 5 star aluminum cast foundation of the chair enable the lounge chair to swivel for optimum convenience.
Loved lecturing last evening at the furniture design program of Shenkar in Tel Aviv about the forefront of furniture design in the 21st century and the role of materials, technologies, and process in this rather culturally important territory.
Congratulating R & Company Gallery for what looks like a beautiful representation of American Design at the Guild International Design Fair, opening this weekend in Cape Town, South Africa. Works by Wendell Castle, The Haas Brothers, David Wiseman, Thaddeus Wolfe and Jeff Zimmerman, according to this curated show, exemplify the American Studio design.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art holds the most extensive design collection of the period between 1985 to the present, and not, I read that Alessi donates 29 of its most iconic products to the Museum. Among these products are Michael Graves' Piazza Service set and his teapot; Philippe Starck's juicer; Alessandro Mendini's Anna G. corkscrew, Marc Newson's Gemini salt and pepper mills, and Branzi’s ‘Mama-ó’ kettle, just to name a few.
Congratulating my friend and colleague Adriana Kertzer on her new book, published by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, entitled "Favelization: The Imaginary Brazil in Contemporary Film, Fashion & Design." Based on her master thesis, Kretzer, who grew up in São Paulo, sets out to understand the ways in which specific producers of contemporary Brazilian culture capitalized on misappropriations of the favela (informal squatter settlements that grow along the hillsides and lowlands of many Brazilian cities) in order to brand luxury items as “Brazilian.”
Loved hearing Fiona Shaw's documentary "Eileen Gray: The Missing Heart of Design" on BBC Radio 3, which features contributions from Colm Toibin, Beatriz Colomina, Alice Rawsthorn, and Joseph Rykwert. It was fascinating, informative, and very well done. Bravo.
If tastemakers are those who, through thinking out of the box and promoting an intelligent taste, popularize new directions in aesthetics, then Barry Friedman is definitely a tastemaker. For nearly five decades, he has established himself as one of New York's leading art dealers. When it comes to design, Friedman has been responsible for creating trends, unearthing neglected historical periods, discovering new talents, creating some of the world's leading design fairs, and guiding such legendary collectors as Andy Warhol and Barbara Streisend. Icons of modern design have made their way from his gallery to museum collections and many of world's finest homes. Next month, Christie's will celebrate his retirement with a three-day auction entitled "Barry Friedman, The Eclectic Eye." My article on the sale was published inCultured Magazine this month.