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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Polka Dot Miniature Tea Set

pink tea set photo by gail worley
Photos By Gail

I’m just back from an amazing ten-day road trip through Utah, where I spotted this delicate miniature Pink Tea Service in a gift shop on Main Street in Park City. As we move slowly  out of the pandemic’s strict lock down guidelines — particularly as they apply to indoor dining —  I must say that  I’m really looking forward to going to a place like NYC’s Plaza Hotel again to immerse myself in their over-the-top Afternoon Tea experience. Sigh.

pink tea set photo by gail worley

Yes, It Exists: Deep Fried Toy Tanks

Deep Fried Toy Tank
Photos By Gail

This deep-fried toy tank is one of seven identical models that make up the artwork entitled Visual Art, Add Oil! March Forward! (19992005) by Chinese artist Zheng Guogu.

Deep Fried Toy Tanks

Photographed as Part of the Exhibit Art and China After 1989 at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.

Pink Thing Of The Day: Made in China (Pink) By Sui Jianguo

Made in China Pink
Photos By Gail

Available in a signed, limited edition of 120 pieces, Made in China (Pink) by Chinese artist Sui Jiango was photographed in the Taglialatella Galleries on Tenth Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Made in China Pink

Man With Shark Head Decorative Plate

Man Shark Decorative Plate
Photo By Gail

Cause Every Girl’s Crazy ’bout a Shark Dressed Man…

Photographed in A & G Merchandise in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.

Not My Cup of Tea Musical China Cabinet

Not My Cup of Tea
All Photos By Gail

Not My Cup of Tea follows Splendour Lender, a cabinet which addresses the Dutch tradition of displaying one’s porcelain in a “Pronkkast” as a symbol of status and happiness.

A coin, inserted into either cabinet, rolls down the porcelain, producing an enjoyable melody. In contrast to Splendour Lender, which holds a collection of porcelain, this cabinet contains identical cups and plates. While the cabinet alone encapsulates abundance, the meaning behind the phrase “Not My Cup of Tea” suggests discrimination. After each usage, the coin is returned, which would usually happen when a product is defective. The repetitious cups and their tunes show the universal cycle of consumption, the financial greed of modern times, regardless of difference in taste.

Created by Designer Jelle Mastenbroek, Eindhoven, Netherlands. Available at Chamber, Located at 515 W. 23rd Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. 

Not My Cup of Tea

Porca Miseria! Chandelier at MOMA

Porca Miseria! Chandelier Distance
All Photos By Gail

The Porca Miseria! Chandelier is a revolt against the “slickness” of contemporary design and designer  Ingo Maurer’s celebration of slow–motion cinematic explosions. Only 10 of these lamps are produced annually, as four builders and must work on each one for almost 5 days, carefully breaking plates with a hammer or dropping them on the floor to determine the arrangement of the final design. The title, a common Italian interjection similar to “damn,” expressing irritation, surprise, annoyance, or incredulity, evokes both the frustration of breaking a dish and the release that comes from breaking many of them.

Porca Miseria! Chandelier

Porca Miseria! Chandelier

Porca Miseria! was Photographed while on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, in the Design Gallery.

New Photo Added December 11, 2019

Porca Miseria

 

Coffee Table Museum By Joel Otterson

Coffee Table Museum
All Photos by Gail

On the way to Jonathan Levine Gallery for this past Saturday’s opening reception, I walked by Elizabeth Dee Gallery and was drawn inside by this stunning creation, which is called Coffee Table Museum, and was created by artist Joel Otterson in 1989. The mixed media installation / sculptures includes a natural wood plank coffee table adorned with perhaps a dozen coffee pots and coffee makers plus cups and what you might call coffee service accessories.

 

Coffee Table Museum

Here is the installation from another angle. I am just in love with this thing.

Coffee Table Museum

Note: the Pink Drip Coffee Maker.

Coffee Table Museum

Elizabeth Dee Gallery is Located at 545 West 20th Street, Just East of 11th Avenue, in the Chelsea Gallery District. (Note: The Gallery Has Moved from this Location as of 2018)