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Hand Table

Hand Table
All Photos By Gail

Little is known about Costo Archillopoulo, the designer of this table (circa 1934), which is both a functional piece of furniture and a fantastical Surrealist sculpture. The glass tabletop rests improbably atop small balls balanced on the tips of three delicately tapering fingers, generating a sensation of tension and unease.

Hand Table 2

Disembodied hands and gloves are recurrent motifs in Surrealist art, with the left hand, in particular, symbolizing the irrational. The cloudlike element from which the hand emerges also suggests a transition from the conscious to the subconscious world.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

Velvet Chair and Dancing Videos

Velvet Chair and Dancing Videos
All Photos By Gail

The antique velvet chair seen above is part of the exhibit Maira Kalman Selects, on now at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. Embedded in the seat back of the chair is a small tablet screen which shows videos of dancing ballerinas. Thus the work’s title, Velvet Chair and Dancing Videos. Clever.

Dancing Videos Detail

For this exhibition, the author, artist and designer has filled the former first-floor Drawing Room of what was once the Carnegie Mansion, with 40 objects from sources including the Cooper Hewitt, the National Museum of American History, and her personal collection to suggest the journey of a life story, from birth through death.

Kalman is best known for her whimsical take on modern life. Here, she explores the human condition, presenting objects that create a picture of daily life as she sees and lives it. In her words, the exhibition is about “falling in love with a group of objects”; “the preciousness of time”; and the realization that “many of the most important memories in your life will be populated by the most seemingly unimportant objects. A chair. A bowl.”

And what does she suggest you do when you enter the exhibition? Just look. And listen. “To wander about in a room in a museum and to have the fluttery feeling of discovery and potential,” she says, “is a great feeling.”

Velvet Chair and Dancing Videos Signage

Maira Kalman Selects will be on View Through June 14th, 2015 at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Located on Fifth Avenue at the Corner of 92nd Street.

Stacking Chair By Danny Lane

Stacking Chair
All Photos By Gail

Danny Lane is a London-based designer, visual artist and glass sculptor who specializes in working with fractured and stacked glass.  His popular Stacked Chair (1993) is made up of slab-like green-tinted glass with polished, irregular edges. The chair back and rear, single leg are  constructed of an arched column of stacked irregularly cut and polished glass slabs held together by a central steel rod topped by a nut. Similar construction applies to the chair’s shorter front legs and feet

Stacking Chair Display Shot

This is what the chair looks like on display in the contemporary art wing of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where I took these photos last summer. You can actually find this chair for sale around the web, with a little Googling effort.

Stacking Chair Detail

Rack of Lamp

Breast Lamp with Chair
All Photos By Gail

Chamber is a cool design store on West 23rd Street that I’ve been wanting to visit since the summer, but it closes at 6 PM and I’m usually just getting to that neighborhood around that time for a gallery opening. This past Saturday, I made a point to get there early enough to check out the intriguing wares at this fun boutique devoted to exclusive, limited editions and unique works of art and design.

From the street you can see the soft glow of this Tit Lamp by Venini and Studio Job, which is crafted of Hand-Blown Murano Glass, Gold Plated Steel and Led, and available in an edition of 30. Pictured above with the comfy looking New Alphabet Chair by Wim Crouwel and Theo Ruth.

Breast Lamp

Chamber is Located at 515 W. 23rd Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Visit them online at Chamber NYC Dot Com.

Upholstered Chair that Looks like Marble

Upholstered Chair That Looks Like Marble
Photo By Gail

You can’t tell until you get right up on it that this fancy Armchair — which you’d swear to God is made of solid, rock hard Marble —  is in fact upholstered in a satin-like textile which has been digitally screen-printed to resemble marble. Oh, the cleverness.

Louis XV Goes to Sparta, as it is called, is designed by Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman for Cerruti Baleri. We spotted it at Kasher / Potamkin Boutique in the Chelsea Gallery District. Get more information and see more photos of this fabulous chair at This Link!

Luxury Sports Car Parts Get a Second Life in Strada Veloce at Dorian Grey Gallery

Lambo Engine Lid Desk with Red Lamp
Lambo 2005 Gallardo Engine Lid Desk with Red Lambo Caliper Lamp and Lambo Gallardo Wheel Table, All By Joe Mac Designs (All Photos by Gail)

A few days ago, you might have noticed the bitchen Ferrari Art Car posted here on The Gig after we immortalized it on the Blogosphere in honor of the opening reception of the Strada Veloce (“Fast Street”) group exhibit up now at the Dorian Grey Gallery. While the car was just making a drive by, so to speak, you still have until October 5th to see this exhibit’s eclectic assortment of custom home furnishings designed around various luxury car parts, as well as a selection of fine oil paintings of status symbol automobiles!

Lambo Gallardo Yellow Wheel Table
Detail of Table Seen in Above Photo

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show!

Lambo Cowhide Chair Lambo Green Lamp Ferrari Red Table

Lambo Chair, authentic wood shipping crates upholstered in Cowhide. Lambo Murcielago Verde Ithaca Calper Lamp in Green. Ferrari 456 Rossa Corsa Table in Red (Joe Mac Designs).

Porsche Exhaust Lamp on Lambo Gallardo Wheel Table in Verde Ithaca Green

Small Porsche Exhaust Lamp on Lambo Gallardo Wheel Table in Verde Ithaca Green.

Lusso with Porsche Exhaust Lamp and Lambo Shipping Crate Console Cabinet

Lusso Painting By Stephen Lack (Wall) with Porsche Exhaust Lamp atop Lambo Wood Shipping Crate Console Cabinet.

Nick Walker Love Vandal

Love Vandal, Spray Painted Ferrari Hood by Nick Walker.

Floc U Spray Enamel on Settee

Floc U, Spray Enamel on Fabric Settee By Meres/Flock Design House.

Stephen Lack Yellow Ferrari
Yellow Ferrari By Stephen Lack

Stephen Lack Red Testarossa
Red Testarossa By Stephen Lack

Stephen Lack Silver and Blue Ferrari
Silver and Blue Ferrari By Stephen Lack

Ferrari Art Car Model

And if you missed it at the opening, there is a scale model of John “CRASH” Matos’ Ferrari Art Car on display in the front window!

Strada Veloce will be on exhibit at Dorian Grey Gallery, Located at 437 East 9th Street (Between Ave A and 1st Ave) until October 5th, 2014.