I loved everything about the German Expressionism Movement, which flourished during the 20s. I love the paintings of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and the architecture of such visionaries Bruno Taut and Hans Poelzig, which created architecture manifested in ideas and philosophies more than in realized buildings. The largest constructed building of the Movement is Rudolf Steiner's second Goetheanum, which the founder of the anthroposophy movement designed in 1928. It has it all: the form of the crystal, a metaphor of purity and renewal; the dramatic, experimental form; and the poetic quality.
Shigeru Ban, the Japanese architect known for his cardboard structures, has been named as the 2014 Pritzker Prize, the most prestigious price in architecture. Since founding his studio in 1985, he has made his name with temporary structures, some of which are disaster relief buildings, frequently made of cardboard tubing.
Brazilian mid-century furniture has become known in the marketplace in the recent years. It was rediscovered and promoted by R & Company Gallery in NY. Here are a couple of examples from its recent offering.
With Sotheby's expanding its activities in recent years, I am not surprised that it has opened its inaugural designer showhouse. It showcases six designers and design firms who created rooms at Sotheby's Manhattan headquarters. What I find interesting and unique in the approach behind this showcase is that each designer pulled pieces from Sotheby's upcoming spring shows including 20th century design and Contemporary and Impressionist prints, as well as other sales.
She is known as Lady Gaga's favorite fashion designer, but Dutch designer Iris van Herpen, who did her first internship with Alexander McQueen in London and started her own label in 2007 is also one of the youngest guest members of the prestigious Parisian Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Her garments express her interest in experimental materials, techniques, and technologies, and her sculptural, fantastic forms are often borrowed from science and new innovation in 3D printing.
One of the more extraordinary homes of the Cold War era, this townhouse, on 101 East 63rd street was designed by Paul Rudolph in 1967 for real-estate lawyer Alexander Hirsch and his partner, Lewis Turner. It was purchased seven years later by Halston (Roy Halston Frowick) and was later owned by Swiss photographer and art collector Gunter Sachs who had famously hung dozens black-and-white Warhol photos of Halston’s crowd such as Jacqueline Onassis and Bianca Jagger and the image of his former wife Brigitte BardotBridgitte Bardot in the bedroom.
The line has been the key tool in creating a signature style by Antwerp-based designers Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen, known as Studio Muller Van Severen. Their language is simple, yet complex, sophisticated, humoristic, yet sincere, airy, and fresh, sort of continuation to the Minimalist vocabulary initiated in the 60s and 70s by Donald Judd and Sol Lewitt.
Gabriella Crespi, the Italian designer, sculptor, artist, glamor socialite created furniture of futuristic space-age aesthetics in the 70s and 80s. Among her clientele were such prolific personalities as Elizabeth Arden, Thomas Hoving, Princess Grace, Gunther Sachs, and the Shah of Iran. In New York, her furniture was sold in Casa Bella and Neiman Marcus. A renewed interest in her furniture and accessories in recent years, has brought her legacy into the territory of collectible design. In 1979, she created the Yang Yin collection, made of two contracting materials, such as ebony and brass, etc; Crespi stopped producing this collection in 1987.
This fantasy was assembled from cutout plants and animals by Andrea Mastrovito as an installation inspired in part by H. G. Wells’ science fiction novel The Island of Doctor Moreau. Entitled "The Island of Dr. Mastrovito and The Island of Dr. Mastrovito II," it was initially installed at Governors Island in New York in 2010, and now at Mudac in Lausanne, Switzerland.
"Konstantin Grcic – Panorama" is a retrospective opening at the Vitra Design Museum this weekend, allowing us to experience and evaluate the narrative of the German star-designer, whose work has touched on so many territories. The exhibition presents finished objects along with prototypes, drawings, and artefacts serving as Grcic's sources of inspiration. Born in 1965, he was largely influenced by the minimalism of Jasper Morrison, his mentor in the 80s, yet Grcic has emerged with a personal distinctive stylistic idiom, landing it to design produced in limited edition by Galerie Kreo and to such companies as Authentics, Flos, Magis, Vitra, ClassiCon, and Plank.
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