Congratulations, Lenny Krativz for your 50th birthday. Over the course of two decades, four-time Grammy Award-winner Kravitz established himself as a superstar rocker, songwriter, and producer. Lately, he has built two other careers: one as a supporting actor in such films as Precious and The Hunger Games, and the other as an interior designer. For Kravitz, design is not only a passion, but also an integral part of his lifestyle and cultural agenda. On his design collection and collecting in the interview I have conducted with him for Modern Magazine.
The library atthe Glasgow School of Art is among the memorable spaces I have ever seen. Now, as flames licked through the windows at the top of famed School, this gem was lost. Built between 1897 and 1909, it was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and in the library, he payed a homage to medieval notions of education.
Italian Jewish architect Gino Levi-Montalicini was active in 1930s Turin, creating architecture of the Rationalist Movement. But in the postwar ear, he was occupied with designing furniture that was utilized in such public buildings as the Hall of the Press in Turin. One of the innovations in his furniture design, which he also patented was the “legno armato” or wood frame reinforced by internal steel rods, which enabled him to achieve extraordinarily thin and dynamic forms and lines.
One of my most favorite design events, opening the spring every year, also known as the best fashion event of the year, is the opening of the major show at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is always surprising, exciting, well-done, and mostly remarkable. This time, taking place at the new Anna Wintour Costume Center, of which ribbon was cut that morning by the First Lady Michelle Obama, is the breathtaking exhibition "Charles James: Beyond Fashion." It comes to celebrate the glamour career of one of the more important and intriguing figures in the history of fashion couture. To the visionary James, fashion was much more than a form of design. It was a form of art, and he, artist declared more than once to be the copied person in the world.
If you love design, you cannot not love the jewelry of French jeweler and glassmaker René Lalique (1860-1945). Now the collection of underwater-inspired bijoux is shown at the Lalique Museum. In his jewelry, In his jewels, Lalique tells the story of his love for the flora and fauna underwater, fish, sea horses, dragonflies, frogs, turtles, swans, water lilies.
Sometimes it seems as if we are back in the Atomic-Age design when looking at contemporary lights.
Always love car exhibitions. The High Museum of Art opens "Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas," an exhibition of the vehicles that drove consumers’ love affair with cars. It comes to highlight the history of concept cars, not those made for mass production, but those one-of-a-kind or limited-edition models whose advanced features push the limits of what has been possible. "Dream Cars" is just the right title for this show.
Some remarkable bookcases are coming up for sale at Phillips next month.
Some fabulous examples by Jean Royere are offered in the upcoming design sale at Phillps.
A few highlights from the upcoming Design Miami/ Basel . This time, it will consist of more than 50 galleries from 13 different countries which have been selected to participate. Compelling themes are already emerging from this year’s gallery program.
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