Archive for February, 2012
Kathleen from Jacksonville Beach, FL!
Congratulations Kathleen for winning the giveaway. Here is a living room that she designed for a client in San Marco – Jacksonville, FL. What a lovely room with wonderful details!
Please see the link to photos from my talk on “Home Trends in Auction & Art” at the Swann Galleries hosted by the IFDA NY Chapter:
Remember, tonight at midnight is the deadline for entering the giveaway contest to win a customized house sign from RAMSIGN! Just send one photo of your favorite room to email@example.com
Good luck to all participants. The winner will be announced shortly!
Join me, Swann Auction Galleries Director of Photographs, Daile Kaplan and the International Furnishing and Design Association (IFDA) for an evening discussion on home trends as represented by popularity in auction and art. The program will explore the influence of art and photography on home furnishings and interior design, the impact of the right artwork in a space and how auction acts as an early indicator of what’s to come.
I will be talking about how art influences how I plan the design of a space, the impact the right artwork or photography have on a space, and how art influences home furnishings design for VW Home.
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., 6 – 6:45 p.m. networking reception followed by program
Where: 104 East 25th Street between Park and Lexington, 5th Floor Gallery
To RSVP and register, please visit: http://conta.cc/zxvkcp
IFDA (the International Furnishings & Design Association) is the only organization whose members represent the total design and furnishings industry in all its aspects. IFDA provides a professional forum for communication and interaction for people in all facets of the home furnishings and design industries. In 2012 the group is celebrating its 65th year.
Link to IFDA”s new blog: http://ifdany.blogspot.com/
About Swann Galleries
Swann Auction Galleries was founded in 1941 as an auction house specializing in Rare and Antiquarian Books, and today is the largest specialist auctioneers of Works on Paper in the world. Swann conducts an average of 40 sales a year, encompassing Rare & Antiquarian Books, Autographs, Maps, Photographs & Photobooks, Old Master through Contemporary Prints & Drawings and Vintage Posters and African-American Fine Art. Visit www.swanngalleries.com for more information.
I was approached by RAMSIGN to host a giveaway for my readers…that’s you all! They are really beautiful porcelain enamal signs and they remind me of street and building signs in Paris. You can have the name of your company, house number, or name featured promiently on a genuine hand-crafted sign! The winner will get to choose the sign of thier choice and what goes on it as well.
It is very kind of them to offer a sign for our giveaway. Visit their website http://ramsign.com/ to see what signs they have on offer.
To enter this contest, please send me one photo of your favorite room (it can be of your own design if you so desire) and I will choose the one that I like the most. All entries must be submitted by next Wednesday, February 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your first and last name and e-mail address. I will announce the winner on the blog next week.
All my readers around the world are eligible for this contest!
This is a must for any creative person who is looking for inspiration. The David Zwirner Gallery at 525 West 19th Street is having the most extraordinary show on Doug Wheeler, which will be up until February 25. It is hard to explain what an a wonderful visual experience it is to see this work. Mr. Wheeler is one of the pioneers of the light and space movement that flourished in Southern California in the 60s and 70s. In this piece – which encompasses the whole gallery - he explores the metareality of light while emphasizing the viewer’s physical experience of infinity space. As they only allow nine people into the space at a time, there is a long wait. You will likely wait in line on the street for approximately 30-45 minutes. When you enter the gallery, you may have to wait another 30 minutes to view the piece. I will tell you that I have a short attention span, but I was in no way disappointed with the experience. There was an endless stream of “Oh wows” and “I can’t believe this!” that were being uttered by the other eight in the room with me.
Please do not miss this exhibition. The best time to get there is to get there at 10 a.m. when it opens, or during the week (but not at lunch hour).
Photo credit: David Zwirner Gallery
For so many years I have heard about Gaudi and his work in Barcelona. He is known for his whimsical architecture and nature-inspired design. Seeing is work in person was certainly was worth it. I visited most of his buildings and gardens, including the apartment building La Pedrera. His attention to detail is amazing. He used organic shapes threaded throughout the architecture and interestingly-shaped chimney stacks on the roof. There is museum on the rooftop showing the progress of his design and evolution through scale models, plans and objects. You get a sense of how he developed his ideas and brought them to fruition. There is an apartment that you can walk through and he see how he laid out his spaces. I think he sacrificed some functionality to fufill his aesthetic goals. In general, when you look at the building and the lobby, even the most miniscule elements were embellished with with tile, metal, wood, or anything that he could get his hands on.
I also visited the Palau Guell, a private residence which was built between 1885-1890 with a much more somber construction. The space is still loaded with details but feels very introverted. You don’t get a sense a light and openness when you walk through. Gaudi used staircase rails, stained glass, and carved plaster throughout the space. Only when you reach the roof do you feel a sense of lightness and spirit in his design.
Out of all the private residences he designed, the one that I enjoyed the most is Casa Batllo. He plays with color and the space has a strong art neuvou influence. He uses almost anatomical elements in the design, like ribs and gills.
His crowning glory is the cathedral, Sagrada Familia, which is still under construction even after many decades of work. It soars to the heavens with a great sense of lightness, because it is all built out of light-colored stone juxtaposed by bronzes depicting the life of Jesus. There are several entrances, each with signficance about the life of Christ. All in all I have gained a great respect for a man whose dreams were made into reality. He was truly one of the most individual architects of the 19th and early 20th Centuries whose work spoke of his vision…a very different contrast to Mies van der Rohe.
In Barcelona, you can take a funicular (tram) to see the Miro museum. It’s worth seeing, there are beautiful Miro pieces at the museum. You can take a walk to the National Museum Catalunya, which was built for the same world’s fair as Mies’ Pavilion. It’s a lovely walk and you will certainly enjoy it.
It was three hectic of touring, walking, and trying to absorb the city. In between, I saw my goddaughter who lives in Barcelena and drank some good Spanish wine. All in all, three productive days.
I – along with some of the others who made this year’s AD 100 list - was interviewed for Architectural Digest’s New AD 100 video.
Click here to watch the video! Enjoy!
Well…I’m back in New York after spending several weeks traveling abroad and shopping for the showroom. Before the trip fades away in my memory, I want to share different parts of my trip with you.
From New York I went to Spain, and my first stop was in Barcelona where I made a pilgrimage to see the Barcelona Pavilion. This incredible space was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and was the German Pavilion for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, Spain.
It was quite an experience. Mies’ talent and his design’s timeless quality makes this pavilion one of the most incredible pieces of architecture that exists. It epitomizes what contemporary design is all about. He plays with texture and pattern between different marbles, reflective steel, and clear and frosted glass. He also thought a lot about how light plays in the reflecting pond. The simplicity of one beautiful piece of bronze sculpture floating in space is quite amazing. It’s a sculpture by Georg Kolbes, and is named Dawn. I got chills just standing there and taking in the space. If there was ever a temple built for modernity, this is it.
Below are pictures I took of the pavilion. Enjoy!