This icon, the "Table Trapeze," also known as the "Table Centrale," designed by Jean Prouvé in 1956, fetched a record of €1,241,300 at Artcurial’s design sale on May 19 in Paris. Doubling its upper presale estimate of €600,000, it sold to an American collector. This large table was designed for the university campus in Anthony, in the suburbs of Paris, for which he conceived all the furniture.
Spending the weekend in Hempshire, UK, in a small village where houses built in the 1600's are considered "new." Here is a beautiful medieval cottage, built in 1495, just three years after Columbus discovered America. The English oak framing timbers, the layered straw roof, and the center hall structure, surrounded one, substantial fireplace, have become the touchstone of the English house, and the model for the vernacular home in many countries.
The avant-garde fashion house of Boudicca, whose co-founder has been recently named the new head of fashion at the Royal College of Art in London, was established in 1997. It has been known for its non-commercial approach, producing critically acclaimed collections that are conceptually challenging and experimental. It was the first British fashion house to be invited to be a guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in 2007.
Registration to the fall season of the program Collecting Design is open now. Through lectures and conversations with experts, in this program, I seek to educate architects,interior designers, decorators, and art collectors in one of the most fascinating territories — the international marketplace. Lectures will address furniture, styles, and modes in the history of modern design that have a strong presence in the market.Those who register for the program receive free access to the annual report of the design market conducted by DeTnk.com (valued at $375). The program is presented by Cultured Magazine and co-sponsored by DeTnk.
The French film Mon Oncle ("My Uncle") of 1958, by filmmaker Jacques Tati was a reaction against French consumer society, and thus a great way to look at progressive design of its time. The film's character, Monsieur Hulot struggled with postwar modern design and industrial modernization, finding it hard to accept.
In my lecture in Tel Aviv last night, on the most influential domestic interiors of the 20th century, I included the Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House. Here, the accomplished architect established a new way of negotiating issues of gender and aesthetics in the Victorian society, creating a manifestation of the gesamstkunstwerk, a home as a total work of art. Situated in the town of Helensburgh, Scotland, the Hill House was also an expression of anti-industrialist sentiments when the feminine aspect of the interior was was dressed in pink and white while the masculine - in dark.
Our fabulous weekend in Hempshire, UK.
It was established in 1382, Winchester College, the famed school for boys, and it set a tradition, not only in competitive education, but also in school design that we can see throughout the UK and the US. Not Eton, but Winchester is Egngand's oldest school, existed in its present location since its very beginning, set the longest unbroken history of any school in England. Touring the school with my cousin Adrian Feuchtwanger who is a graduate from Winchester made the experience breathtaking.
Loved this new and whimsical vessles in porcelain slip by the Haas Brothers at R & Company and cannot wait for the first solo show of their work in the fall.
Nearly a century after the discovery of what is considered the most important archeological discovery of the 20th century, the contents of the tomb of Tutankhamun are yet to be properly studied. The reason? The curse. Now a new show "Discovering Tutankhamun" at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, comes to unveil one of the best kept secrets of Egyptology.
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