American artist Jamie Zigelbaum's Triangular Series greets visitors at the entrance to Design Miami/Basel this year. Drawing his inspiration from observing mathematical patterns and harmonious form, his installation of lights suspended from the ceiling responds to the movements below with changes in the intensity of the light.
In Design Miami, the Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents work by Atelier Van Leishout, the multidisciplinary art collective. It creates work with evocative themes such as political ideology, organic philosophy and existentialism permeate the work, combining Surrealist and Minimalist forms. I particularly love its surreal forms and the way they are being utilized in objects.
The Portland Building by Michael Graves marked a defining moment in the emergence of postmodern architecture. His first major building, it crystallized the movement in the eyes of the public, theorists, critics, and writers. Loved reading the essay on the Portland Building by Meredith L. Clausen in the current issue of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.
The Cold War year witnessed the Space Race between the US and the Soviet Union. Men discovered the moon, women discovered the mini skirt, and design became most glamor and futuristic in representing the space age. David Bowie sang about Major Tom, the fictional astronaut who traveled into space and became lost during the journey. El The film Diamonds Are Forever featured the chic Elrod House, the ultimate bachelor pad of James Bond, built in Palm Springs and designed by John Lautner, and Paul Rudolph designed his own homage to space.
This was the year of iconic American decorator Mario Buatta, and it started with his book, Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration." Now, he will be receiving the 2014 Innovator award at New York Cottages & Gardens, which be awarded at the Harvard Club in September.
The Dallas Museum of Art is opening the show "From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith." Smith did some spectacular art jewelry inspired by some of the avant-garde movements in art, such as Primitivism, Biomorphism, and Surrealism. I have seen that show when it was opened at the Brooklyn Museum last year, and eedless to say that I am a big fan of his work in jewelry.
Detour, the new line of furniture produced by Mitterrand+ Cramer premieres Detour, and designed by Studio Job, co-edited by StonetouCH is presented at Design Miami/Basel. It is a series of objects made of marble, brass, and other materials, which look as it is rooted in the Postmodernist collectives active in Italy during the 70s and 80s and particularly that of Memphis. It is co-edited by StonetouCH, a Geneva-based design editor working almost exclusively with Swiss stones.
The Parisian design Galerie Gosserez, founded by Marie-Bérangère Gosserez is showing furniture by German designer Valentin Loellmann at Design Miami/Basel. His work is organic, irregular in a personal way, and tends to be poetic. It looks fragile, has a great presence of the craftsman hand, and evokes sense of nostalgia and community.
Cant wait to read the new book of the writings (translated to English) or architect and designer Josef Frank, entitled "Josef Frank Schriften/Writings," co-edited by Tano Bojankin and Iris Meder. Together with Oskar Wlach and Oskar Strnad and their interior design firm Haus & Garden, active from 1925 to 1934, Frank initiated the mode which is defined today "Alternative Modernism." During Nazi invasion of Austria, the Jewish Frank fled to Sweden where had a second chapter of flourishing career until his death in 1967.
There is something magical about the dialogue between glass and nature. Personally, i believe that glass installation look best when inserted withing landscapes. Now, the Denver Botanic Gardens is showing sculptures by Dale Chihuly, who created works that integrate within the landscape in a stunning way, bringing a new and wholly new dimension to his art.
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