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Eye On Design: Mid-Century Armchairs by Paola Buffa

paola buffa midcentury armchairs photo by gail worley
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Paolo Buffa (19031970) was an Italian architect and designer best known for his designs of mid-century furniture. Characterized by a melding of tradition and modernity, he used a combination of low-profile, rectilinear, and hardwood forms to produce his most classic pieces. This pair of Rose-colored Velvet Upholstered Armchairs from the 1960s are examples of his dedication to  superior craftsmanship.

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Instagram Photo of The Week: Under The Table at The Broad Museum

Happy New Year, Everyone! I am still coping with minor jet lag after my two adventure-filled weeks enjoying the holidaze in Southern California, but tomorrow it’s back to the grind I must go! This photo of Robert Therrian’s monumental installation, Under The Table, was taken on my first full day in Los Angeles, at The Broad Museum in downtown LA. See more fun photos from that trip by following me on Instagram at @WorleyGigDotCom!

Eye On Design: Cast Glass Chairs By Marc Newson

Marc Newson Glass Chairs
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From the outset of his singular career, designer Marc Newson has pursued parallel activities in limited and mass production of functional design objects. Revisiting his roots as a jeweler and silversmith in an exhibition at Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea, Newson explores increasingly rare decorative techniques at an unconventionally large, even unprecedented, scale.

Marc Newson Glass Chairs

Newson’s Cast Glass Chairs (2017), made in the Czech Republic, are continuous symmetrical forms comprised of two hollow quarter-spheres. The boldly colored upper halves rest on clear bases, which absorb some of the reflected hues in their clouded interiors, an effect that subtly changes depending on the viewer’s vantage point.

Marc Newson Glass Chairs
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Photographed in the Gagosian Gallery, Located at 522 West 21st Street, Chelsea Gallery District, NYC· The Chairs are on View in the Gallery as Part of a Larger Exhibition of Newson’s Limited-Edition Furniture and Artworks, Through February 20th, 2019.

Marc Newson Glass Chairs

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Adirondack Chairs

Pink Adirondack Chairs
Photos By Gail

I spotted this pair of bright Pink Adirondack Chairs late last summer in Nova Scotia, while I was on a shore excursion during a very fun and unexpectedly cold cruise of Canada and New England. I wish I had had the presence of mind to kick that yellow plastic table out of frame. Hindsight: 20/20.

Photographed at Sugar Bubbles Bath Bakery,  Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Pink Adirondack Chairs

Open House By Liz Glynn in Central Park

Open House Installation View
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At the turn of the 20th century, New York City’s wealthy elite gathered in opulent private ballrooms to define their social status. In contrast, Central Park granted democratic access to public space when it was established in the 1850s as one of the nation’s first urban parks.

Open House Arches

Open House is a new commission by Los Angeles-based artist Liz Glynn (b. 1981, Boston, MA) that highlights these historic class distinctions. It references one of the grandest Fifth Avenue interiors designed by Gilded Age architect Stanford White: the now-demolished William C. Whitney Ballroom.

Open House Arches

Open House transforms Doris C. Freedman Plaza into an open air ballroom, where only scattered furniture and arches remain eight blocks south from the original mansion.

Open House Installation View
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Glynn’s lavish Louis XIV sofas, chairs, and footstools evoke the historic home, but with a twist —- these objects feature sculpted additions and are cast in concrete, a populist material more commonly seen in modern architecture.

Cement Chair

With this revision, the artist invites the public to enjoy a previously exclusive interior space that is now open and accessible to all. In this strange facsimile, Glynn addresses the evolving face of a city: who has access to space in a society that is increasingly divided along socio-economic lines?

Open House will be on Exhibit Through September 24th, 2017, at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Located at 5th Avenue and 60th Street at the Entrance to Central Park in Manhattan.

Open House Signage