While most of the street art that I discover on my adventures is clearly tagged, sometimes that tag is hard to decipher, and I need some assistance identifying the artist. By connecting with artists on Instagram, I’ve learned that they all seem to know and support each other, which is cool and very helpful. If I don’t know the artist behind a work that I want to put on the blog, and the first person I ask doesn’t know, then they know someone who does. This is how I ended up connecting with the creator of an unsigned series of works that I’ve been seeing on the streets, and documenting, since around Christmastime last year. Each of the paste-ups in this very distinctive series features one to three still life images accompanied by a one-word title, and the artist’s signature conspicuously absent. If you live in the east village or downtown, there’s no way you haven’t seen them. All I can say is that they speak me.
Installation View With Maria Pergay’s DeerLamp (All Photos By Gail)
Christian Germanaz is a French industrial designer and maker of furniture who studied, and still works, in Paris. Created in 1982, hisComedia Chair is comprised of foam over a metal frame construction, with a seasonal/interchangeable slipcover in bright red. The chair’s dimensions are 29 inches tall by 35 inches deep by 40 inches wide.
We understand that it sits as comfortably as you would expect by the look of the sumptuous, multitudes of pleats and folds in the chair’s slipcover. Comparisons to the appearance of the wrinkly puppy known as the Shar Pei are not unwarranted.
Perfect for curling up with a good book, or your iPad!
Photographed at Demisch Danant, Located at 30 West 12th Street in the West Village, NYC.
Symbols of speed and good fortune, Dolphins swim down the sides of this ocean-colored vase (1866–70s) from Salviati & Co. John Ruskin’s Stones of Venice created a wave of enthusiasm for the lost art of cristallo. Published from 1851 to 1853, Ruskin’s book proved a stroke of good luck for Venetians seeking to revive old glassblowing techniques.
Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
One of the pioneers of Conceptual art, Sol LeWitt gave primacy to the originating idea of a work of art rather than to its execution. LeWitt had been developing these ideas in three-dimensional objects he called “structures.” Based on the unit of an open, rather than solid, cube, the works peel away what he perceived as the decorative skin on traditional sculpture, revealing their underlying skeleton, or structure.
Though he created structures in a range of scales and shapes — the permutations growing more intricate over the decades — LeWitt maintained the use of white cubes with a ratio of 1:8.5; that is, the open space between the edges of a cube is 8.5 times the width of each edge. Five Towers (1986), a later, more complex structure, rises more than seven feet high, culminating in four towers on each corner of a square, with a fifth tower in the center.
The multi-story behemoth that is Restoration Hardware’s Meatpacking district flagship store is very much like a museum of home design retail. You could spend a week in that place. The abundance of fully-furnished display rooms also makes it a great place to find Pink Things. Case in point: these Paris Pink Lacquered Storage Boxes, which I covet wildly.
These hand-poured and polished lacquer wood boxes — each layer individually hand polished to create a deep, rich finish impervious to heat and alcohol — feature a a velvet-lined interior, which makes them ideal for keeping your jewelry safe and pampered. Made in the United States by Pacific Connections, they are available in a range of sizes and can be purchased online Here.
Oh, You Pretty Things . . .
Photographed in the Restoration Hardware Flagship Store in NYC’s Meatpacking District.
Do you like Tea? I sure do. Hot, Iced, Whatever; Tea is a marvelous drink whose appeal transitions seamlessly from season to season. Spring in NYC is a great time to rediscover your love of Tea, because there are chilly days when you want to warm up with a cup of hot tea, and a slow move to warmer weather that may have you craving a cold glass of freshly brewed iced tea. With Tea Drops, a delicious and convenient way to drink tea that takes the tea bag completely out of the equation, you can have both!
New York is an influential state and city, with millions of tourists flocking there year after year so that they can experience the Big Apple. This is because New York is known for and famous for a variety of things such as its iconic Statue of Liberty, exciting Broadway performances, and exclusive shops. The state and city have captivated people all over the globe, and it’s showing no signs of lessening its grip and influence on the rest of the world.
What about New York and the music scene, however? New York and music go hand-in-hand, with some of the biggest bands and musical performances coming from this high-rise city. In 2021, New York is still influencing the music scene.