Herman Miller, the legendary modern furniture manufacturer has acquired 84% ownership in Design Within Reach, the retailer of modernist furniture and furnishings. A perfect match and a new force is being born in the design world.
There, you would find stools inspired by food, planks of ancient oak dipped in clear resin to make a fabulous dining table, chandelier composed of colored Czech glass and other unusual cutting edge pieces. While design boutiques are being sprouted all over the place, it is rare to see one on the level of MINT located in Central London; it was established in 1998 by Lina Kanafani, a true design lover.
The blockbuster exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Glamour of Italian Fashion, 1945-2014, comes to tell the story of Italian fashion from its birth in the postwar years to the international acclaim it has achieved in the past three decades. Like in other forms of design, the victory of Italian fashion is rooted in the tradition and expertise of handcraftsmanship, embroidery, tailoring, leather, all of which have brought to the glamour of Italian fashion.
While Mattia Bonetti joins the long trail of remarkable French design, Shinichi Sumikawa, who is known for his stylish Walkman and radios for SONY, does the same for Japanese design. Since 1992, when he established Sumikawa Design in Tokyo, he has designed everything from cars to sports gear, to furniture, bringing the principles of Japanese aesthetics to the world of 21st design with sleek, organic, sophisticated form.
Summer of 2014 will be remembered in history for the Israeli war in Gaza. The summer of 1814, the Sir John Soane Museum is reminding us, celebrated peace after the Treaty of Paris following the fall of Napoleon. In a special exhibition that comes to commemorate this pivotal moment, the museum shows pieces that came to celebrate the even through the eyes of its contemporaries.
Ever since I last interviewed Mattia Bonetti, his work has become even more connected to the tradition of French design. The new solo show of his work at the David Gill Galleries in London, which I visited yesterday demonstrates Bonetti's commitment for traditional materials such as bronze, rock crystal, marble, and wood, and his ability to revisit French design throughout its history (Louis XVI, Art Deco, Jean Royere), and to contribute his own vision to its narrative.
Libby Sellers is a passionate dealer whose focus on contemporary design has brought her to the forefront of the collectible design renaissance. Visiting her gallery on Berners Street in London this morning, was a great pleasure, because at Libby’s you can see design you probably won’t see anywhere else. Innovative, inspiring,
If you love design, you must buy the new art book called "'1968: Radical Italian Design,' a new project from Toilet Paper in collaboration with the Deste Foundation in Athens. This handsome publication comes to celebrate the year of 1968 when the anti-design movement was born in Italy, bringing an unorthodox and totally exciting survey of the fantastic collection of Dakis Joannou, the world's best collection of Italian Radical Design of the 60s and 70s. The furniture pieces are shown in photographs that merge the seductive objects with pop images. The photos are complemented by drawings by Alessandro Mendinim, who designed the Proust Chair.
Loved, loved Lisa Roberts’ new book DesignPOP, which will be published by Rizzoli in the fall. My interview with Lisa will be published in the fall issue of Modern Magazine. Lisa, a promoter, collector, writer, and a connoisseur of design, teaches us, all of us, how appreciate design, how to judge good design, and how to live with it everyday. Everywhere.
Sorry to miss a private tour of Lee Mindel’s spectacular Southampton, house and adjacent poolhouse, which the AIANY Interiors Committee will be presenting next week. Completed in 2007 and published in Architectural Digest’s June 2007 issue and located on a waterfront site in the North Sea Hamlet of Southampton, it is a perfect example of living with objects of 20th-century design in a modernist structure in the country. All photos are courtesy of AD.