Loved the new exhibition at Maison Gerard Gallery that comes to present Maison Leleu, whose work the gallery has represented for decades. Entitled Maison Leleu: 1960's, it presents dozens of pieces of furniture created during the 50s and ‘60s as well as lighting and rugs, all designed exclusively for the Villa Medy Roc in Cap D’Antibes,
Love, love, love reading the book “Journey” by Alan Wanzenberg (published by Pointed Leaf Press), whose work I have admired for years. Reading the story of this extraordinary talent, who together with partner Jed Johnson created one of the most intriguing partnerships in the world of architecture/design,
The exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center have long been favorites, thus I was thrilled when it announced that from now on it plans on opening two shows a year. The first fall costume exhibition in seven years, entitled "Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire" comes to explore a marginal theme in the study of costume history, the dress of widowhood. With pieces worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra, this dramatic exhibition tells us that in Victorian times, upper-class women had black gowns made in the contemporary fashion, but that this strict codification of mourning attire eased up in the 20th century.
The gorgeous Charnley-Persky House in Chicago's Gold Coast, which was designed by Adler & Sullivan with the young Frank Lloyd Wright, who was a junior draftsman in Sullivan's office in 1891, serves today as the headquarters of Society of Architectural
Thank you, Robertino Consentino from Roberto Polo Gallery, for bringing to my attention the work of Eindhoven-based designer Paul Heijnen whose language emphasizes on the mechanical and structural aspects of the objects. While crafting his unorthodox objects of beams, low tech materials of cabinetry, Heijnen celebrates high-tech imagery. His lamp, which is called "Hyperion Spotlight," while robotic, reminds me of giant spiders of Louis Bourgeois.
When it comes to Salon Art + Design, Galerie Downtown from Paris always brings new surprises from the repertoire of French mid-century design. In the light of my upcoming film on collecting furniture by Charlotte Perriand, in which a number of world experts will be speaking, I am particularly interested in what the gallery will be showing in the upcoming fair, opens in two weeks. It will showcase seven unique pieces from The Borot House commission, one of Charlotte Perriand’s last works,
In the pantheon of the American interior, Elsie de Wolfe (1859-1950) has a place of honor. Her 1913 book "The House in Good Taste" has entered the list of mandatory texts for every architect and decorator.
I am into interior today, looking forward to my lecture tonight in the program on the History of the Interior at the New York School of Interior Design. The desire to merge art and design and to utilized various elements in creating a whole was among the most important features of the turn-or-the-20th-century interior, and particularly that created by Josef Hoffman in Vienna. The ideal gesamtkunstwerk, or ‘total work of art’ as found its most complete expression in the interiors created by the Wiener Werkstätte that Hoffman founded.
the "Pavillon de l'Esprit Nouveau" at the Paris Exposition des Arts Décoratifs of 1925 marked a turning point in the modern interior and a milestone in the evolution of architecture. Designed by Le Corbusier, it came to propose an alternative to the traditional interior, with standardized fitted cupboards built into the walls or suspended from them, acting as wardrobes for hanging as well as cupboards for storage, all replacing the traditional furniture, while leaving a maximum space.
We all remember Joan Fontaine, the Hollywood legend from her unforgettable role in Alfred Hitchcock's film Suspiciton for which she also won the 1941 Academy Award. She died last year, and Christie's will allow us to look into her lifestyle through its upcoming auction of the contents of her home in Carmel, CA.
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