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Damien Hirst Spin Chair

Damien Hirst Spin Chair
All Photos by Gail

The problem with an item of furniture that is also an expensive piece of collectible art is that you tend to not want to use it for its originally intended function, which would be, of course, to sit on it. Because we’ve all been told countless items to refrain from touching the art, let alone putting our asses on it.

This unique Spin Chair by artist Damien Hirst, specifically entitled Beautiful Arrested Development,  can be found at Other Criteria, Hirst’s gift shop on Broome Street in NYC’s Soho district, selling for $13,400. Bring your Black Card.

Damien Hirst Spin Chair

Marshmallow Sofa

Marshmallow Sofa
Photo By Gail

Designed George Nelson™ and Irving Harper in 1956, the playful Marshmallow sofa is a landmark of Midcentury modern design that’s still turning heads and making people smile. The 18, round cushions can be all the same color or in multiple colors for the right look in a private office, lobby, lounge, living room or den.

Manufactured by Herman Miller, this design is currently on sale for $3,314.00 (with Free Shipping!) at This Link.

The Marshmallow Sofa in this post was photographed on display as part of Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City, Manhattan, NY.

Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism at The Museum of Jewish Heritage

Kaufman House
Julius Shulman Photo of Richard Nuetra’s Kaufman House in Palm Springs, CA (All Photos by Gail. Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Details)

Anyone smitten with Midcentury Design (as encapsulated and popularized by the Mad Men aesthetic) should plan a visit to the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, for their fantastic exhibit Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism. I was fortunate to attend a private preview of the exhibit the evening before it opened to the public, and was not only visually thrilled by this comprehensive showcase of vintage furnishings, housewares, graphics, and architecture, but I really learned a lot about the people behind these designs.

Midcentury Furniture
Midcentury Furniture Featuring George Nelson’s Marshmallow Sofa by Herman Miller

Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism explores how Jewish emigrants and American-born designers and architects helped spark America’s embrace of midcentury modernism — forging a bold new direction in design and thought. The exhibit focuses on the roles of more than 30 Jewish architects, designers, and patrons, including Anni Albers, George Nelson, and Richard Neutra; as well as others whose fascinating life stories and important contributions have received less acclaim.

Here are some favorite highlights from the exhibit!

Furniture By Paul Frankl
Sofa and Shelves By Paul Frankl

Furnture by Alvin Lustig
Furniture by Alvin Lustig

Furniture by Harry Rosenthal
Furniture by Harry Rosenthal, William Schiff House by Richard Neutra, (San Francisco, CA)

X-110 House
Exterior of X-110 House (Right), Interior of X-110 House (Center and Left). Prototype developed by Joseph Eichler. Designed by A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons (Photos By Ernest Braun)

Kaufman House
Richard Neutra’s Kaufman House (1946), Palm Springs CA, (Above and Below Photos by Julius Shulman, 1949)

Kaufman House Pool
Kaufman House Pool

Banner in Exhibition Hall
Banner in Exhibition Hall Featuring Modern Kitchen Appliances of the Day

The Modtini

The opening reception featured an open bar where they served this delicious classic vodka cocktail, the Modtini!

George Tscherny
Lark Cigarette Packages By George Tscherny, 1968

Booky Covers By Alvin Lustig
Book Covers By Alvin Lustig (1943, 1945)

Household Items by Henry Dreyfuss
Above and Below, Household Items by Henry Dreyfuss
Household Items by Henry Dreyfuss
Thermostat, Pink Princess Phone, Alarm Clock

Ernest Sohn Designed Products
Ernest Sohn, Esquire Coffee Pot with Lid, Creamer, Sugar Bowl with Lid, Small Casserole Dish with Lid (1963). (Center) Esquire Large Casserole Dish with Lid (1963). (Lower) Doric Coffee Urn with Lid and Stand, Creamer, Sugar Bowl with Lid, and Tray (1959)

Album Covers By Alex Steinweiss
Album Covers By Alex Steinweiss

In 1939, Alex Steinweiss (a graduate of NYC’s Parsons school of Design) designed what is recognized as the first example of album cover art and soon became the art director at Columbia Records. During the 1940s, he was asked to develop a packaging solution to protect a new product: the long playing 133 1/3 rpm vinyl record. Steinweiss designed a paper jacket that quickly became the industry standard. He oversaw cover art for Columbia up until the 1070s, designing thousands of album covers.

Album Cover By Alex Steinweiss

Steinweiss’s covers combine witty cartoon figures, abstract shapes, bright colors and his signature, curly hand-drawn lettering.

Corporate Logos
Corporate Logos by Saul Bass, Louis Danziger, Paul Rand

Movie Ad for the man with the Golden Arm
Movie Ad for the Man with the Golden Arm By Saul Bass

There is so much to see and learn at the Designing Home exhibit and I really cannot recommend it highly enough. Aside from this one show, the museum hosts many other permanent exhibits and is situated right on the water in Battery Park City, which means spectacular views!

Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism is Currently on Exhibit at The Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Located at Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, Battery Park City, New York, NY 10280 (By Subway: Take the 4 or 5 Train to Bowling Green and walk west along Battery Place). Admission is Free on Wednesday Evenings, and you can visit them online at MJHNYC Dot Org for Admission, Hours and Other Exhibit Information. I’m not quite sure when the Designing Home Exhibit ends, so maybe give them a call at 646-437-4202 before you plan your visit!

Designing Home Signage
Banner

Cinderella Table and Attracted to Light Lamp

Cinderella Table and Attracted to Light Lamp
All Photos By Gail

If you have timed tickets to the Bjork Songlines exhibit and need to kill a couple of hours at MOMA while you wait, be sure to visit the third floor Architecture and Design Galleries, many of which have just recently been restaged!

That’s where you’ll find Geoffrey Mann’s Attracted to Light hanging lamp (2005). According to the designer “Attracted to Light narrates the erratic behavior of a moth upon the stimulus of light.” The insect’s path through the air is captured using cinematic technology and materialized through rapid prototyping (also called 3D printing), a process by which computer-controlled lasers solidify liquid or powdered resin layer by layer to create a three-dimensional rendering of a digital design – in this case forming a delicate hanging lamp.

Attracted to Light Lamp
Attracted to Light (Detail)

The design is part oh Mann’s Long Exposure series, which also features lamps based on the trajectories of a bird in flight, taking off, and landing.

Just under the lamp you’ll find the Cinderella Table (2004) by Dutch designer Jeroen Verhoeven for his firm Demakersvan (“The Makers of”). With this table, Demakersvan merged traditional and advanced manufacturing techniques. Using computer software, they translated sketches of the profiles of two tables into digital drawings and then made a rendering representing the two morphing into each other.

Next, using computer-driven woodcutting machines normally employed for mass production, they fabricated the drawing as a three-dimensional object, in thin vertical sections out of sheets of birch. Each slice was glued by hand to the next, forming a unique piece of furniture.
Cinderella Table
Cinderella Table Detail

Cinderella Table

Mid-Century Bar with Circular Mirrors

Mid-Century Bar with Circular Mirrors
Photo By Gail

We spotted this fantastic Mid-Century Design Service Bar at an event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel and had to take a snap! The design would look great as part of any retro or modern decor, but in this case, we think that the carpet’s print reflects onto the mirrors to make the orbs look like a constellation of planets! Very Cool!

Moss Lamp

Moss Lamp
All Photos By Gail

This Moss Lamp (1999) exemplifies designer Gaetano Pesce’s use of industrial production techniques and materials to produce unique objects. Here, he pours silicone in thread-like trails to achieve a textured and translucent sphere that casts a soft glow through irregular gaps and varied thicknesses. The end result is dictated by the behavior of the material.

Moss Lamp Display

Vermelha Chair

Vermelha Chair
All Photos By Gail

For the brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana, startling materials are a hallmark of their design practice. Often evoking the rich street-market culture of their native Brazil, the utilize everyday elements in unexpected ways, such as this looped red cord for the opulent pile upholstery of this Vermelha (Red) chair (2007).

Photographed in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in NYC.

Vermelha Chair