Visiting the Museum of Arts and Design with my class this morning, we viewed the show "Re: Collection." It illuminates Chief Curator Emeritus David McFadden’s sixteen years at MAD through objects acquired during his tenure. During McFadden’s years at MAD, the permanent collection has grown from 800 objects to more than 3,000, and it showcases his selection of some inspiring objects that highlight the museum's mission of exploring materials and processes.
Had a wonderful time last evening in celebrating with High End Weekly, and its founder, friend and colleague, Vyna Phard. Marking the third anniversary of the blog that illuminates design, fashion, travel, and lifestyle events, the evening brought together great friends from the NYC's design world. The event was taking place on the roof of the new Viceroy Hotel on 57th Street with stunning views of Central Park.
A masterpiece of the Aesthetic Movement. Edward William Godwin was a visionary British designer working in 19th-century London, and his distinctive language was inspired by Japanese aesthetics. In 1878, he created a cabinet which was manufactured by William Watt Art Furniture, and decorated by Whistler with painting stippled golden clouds. Entitled "Harmony in Yellow and Gold: The Cloud Cabinet," it was probably made for the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle or for Whistler’s London home, the While House, which he commissioned Godwin to build. This cabinet was recently acquired by the National Museums Scotland.
New York-based design studio Sagmeister & Walsh is among the leading forces in the world of graphic design today. Now, it created a new graphic identity for the Jewish Museum, and one that speaks to the Museum’s unique vision for its future as a site of confluence between art and Jewish culture. I have been fortunate to be involved in the Jewish Museum for years, and admire its mission to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art and Jewish culture, always with fresh eyes and the highest ambitions.
Gio Ponti was the godfather of Italy's post-war design renaissance. He was a strong supporter of Italian craft and of the linkage between the artist workshop and industry, promoting the retention of traditions skills and aesthetic values alongside the formulation of new ones. Now, Molteni & C produces a couple of iconic models that Ponti created in those years.
One of the most iconic and classical designed object of the Golden Age of Italian Design is certainly the Moka Express, the best known and longer-lasting coffee-makers, designed and fabricated according by Alfonso and Renato Bialetti. It is a stove-top espresso coffee maker, based on the principle of preparing coffee with steam pressurized water. First patented by Alfonso Bialetti in 1933, his company, Bialetti continues to produce the same model to this day. It was originally made from aluminum with Bakelite handles.
It is one of only three houses designed by Glasgow-based architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it is located in the village of Kimacolm, west of Glasgow, and it is called Windyhill. Now, Windyhill is on the market for sale by its owner, who bought it 12 years ago while it was in poor condition. But with a labor of love he turned the seven-bedroom house to the jewel it was when constructed in 1902.
I am so much looking forward to tomorrow night’s reception hosted by Architecture Newspaper at the Ronald Feldman Gallery for my dearest friend, the super talented architect/artist/designer Allan Wexler. With work that is always intriguing, stimulating, and interdisciplinary, this time, the event comes to celebrate his solo show Breaking Ground, which will be closing this Saturday. Here, Allan explores interventions into landscape with a series of photo-based images and sculpture.
An international symposium examining the life, work and legacy of Eileen Gray, will be held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday 13 May and Wednesday 14 May 2014. The symposium is presented in association with the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in advance of the much anticipated opening of the restored villa E-1027 in 2015 and following the recent successful exhibition Eileen Gray Architect Designer Painter attended by some 80,000 visitors to IMMA. Below is my video on E-1027 and images of some of her greatest interiors.
Tomorrow is Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is marked on the 27th day of the Jewish month of Nisan and it comes to commemorate the Holocaust (spanned from before the start of World War II in 1939 and through to its end in 1945). For this occasion, Zvi Elhyani published a fascinating article about the design, memory, and imagery of one of the most painful events in Israeli’s history, the Eichmann Trial of 1961.