Truly blending the worlds of furniture and art in a clear tribute to designer / architect Ettore Sottsass, the rule-breaking creative team at Malabar has designed this versatile piece of art furniture: the Sketch Chest of Drawers.
Sottsass was a member of the Italian design collective — inspired by the popular art movements at the time, Art Deco and Pop Art — known as The Memphis Group; a riotous rejection of sensible modernism whose debut collection caused a sensation at Milan’s 1981 Salone del Mobile. Known for its bright and bold furniture design style, The Memphis Group continues to inspire artists and create trends in interiors and furniture.
If you’re unsure whether it’s a shelving unit, a room divider, or art, well, that’s the point. With a rich palette and mix of Verde Guatemala and Rosso Levanto marbles, polished and brushed brass, and walnut, black stained ash wood, and Tanganyika wood leaves, this handcrafted chest of drawers is like a sketch infusion of Memphis’ DNA.
The Sketch chest of drawers will bring an abundance of joy into the design of your personal space.
It may have been as long ago as last summer that I met Christian, as he set up a table near the corner of 10th Avenue and 23rd Street in the Chelsea Gallery Distinct to hand out his amazing coloring /activity books that he makes himself.
On each of the book’s pages you will find an icon of the art, fashion or music world along with a famous original quote of theirs. Here is Andy Warhol, my favorite artist ever in the Universe of all time, also accompanied by my favorite quote of his, “Art is What you Can Get Away With.” That is so true.
Here we see Freddie Mercury and Grace Jones (as seen on the cover of her legendary CD, Island Life).
Elton John, I love him!
I can feel Bjork on this quote, because people asked me the same thing when I got home from an Alaskan Cruise. Really people? Eskimos? It was cruise, not an anthropological expedition!
Andre Leon Talley is an eccentric fashion mogul who sometimes gets himself into trouble, because he has a very sassy mouth!
There are alossome fun games and activity pages in the book, such as this cool maze to help Andy Warhol find funding for his art, or something like that!
Also, you can connect-the-dots to draw designer Karl Lagerfeld. So fun!
Find out more about Christian and see how he has colored and decorated some of these pages himself on his Facebook page, Christian Loves Sparkle!
For the famed furniture designers, 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, they utilize everyday elements in unexpected ways, such as this looped red cord for the opulent pile upholstery of this Vermelha (Red) chair (2007).
The Campana brothers are most celebrated for their design of the Vermelha chair — an iconic piece handmade from a huge length of rope, wrapped and woven to create the chair’s nest-like structure. “The Vermelha chair is an homage to chaos,” says Humberto. “It’s a portrait of Brazil, a melting pot of culture and races…and I try to manifest this idea into a kind of chair that is chaotic in its very construction.” The chair was the first piece of work exhibited by Brazilians at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Their studio continues to produce and develop furniture made from ordinary everyday materials that have been discarded, such as rope, fabric, wood, cardboard, plastic tubes, and aluminum wire.
Photographed in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in NYC.
Full of Secrets Zip Bag By Jac Vanek (All Photos By Gail)
Just as we’re breaking out the fall outerwear here in NYC, Fashion Designers are showcasing their designs for Spring, so we have something to look forward to! Red Light PR, one of Manhattan’s key players in Fashion PR, hosted a lively event in their showroom last week to give press a sneak preview of exciting new designs we’ll soon be seeing in stores. Please enjoy a selection of our favorite pieces!
We are just crazy about this simple Red and White Floral Print Top By casual wear designer Jac Vanek, a brand whose slogan is “Because Everything Else is Really Boring” — love it!
Do you remember Layana Aguilar from Season 11 of Project Runway? Layana was at the party meeting fans and introducing her Spring line. Check out one of her jackets below.
Layana’s collection features lots of separates in pastel colors with lace details and cut outs. Very youthful and on trend.
Alice’s Pig seems to favor a fun retro look that we were very attracted to. This bold Red and White Color Block Top goes great with the Red and White Striped Short Skirt pictured below.
Just add a pair of boots and a vibrant hand bag and you’re good to go-go!
This Summer print Long Dress by designer Sofia Arana would be ideal for a warm weather Garden Party!
Here is Sofia posing proudly with her designs. This dress, which debuted on the runways at New York Fashion Week, was a favorite among party goers! See more of her collection at Sofia Arana Dot Com.
Pink Print Silk Dress By Darling
The Darling fashion brand is the vision of Nadia Moraes, a London based designer and entrepreneur who created the label in 2008. Darling’s very wearable dresses and separates are all about offering affordable luxury product with an emphasis on quality and attention to detail. Look at all of these cute dresses!
Navy, Peach and Creme Color Block, Pleated-Skirt Short Dress.
Apricot Short Dress.
Red Lace Short Dress.
Cropped Floral Motorcycle Jacket. This jacket would go with everything.
This gorgeous Rose Bustier is from Durdoux (dur-“do”), a NY based Womens RTW brand that’s based on wearability with an avant-garde sensibility. Designer Najla Burt is the creative force behind these “fashions for everyday Rock Stars” (our words). Check out her fabulous clothes!
Magenta Silk Brocade Skirt.
Matching Magenta Silk Brocade Handbag.
Silk Brocade Long Jacket. The collection features other separates in this same luxury fabric as well!
Bright Yellow Lace Bandeau and Full Skirt.
Bright Yellow Leather Bustier and Slim Skirt.
White and Black Leather Skinny Jeans. Rockin’!
Silver Leather Short Jacket – so great! Special thanks to Cynthia (Najla’s mom) who assisted in this fashion shoot by holding the clothes!
Black and Gold Beaded Short Dress By Forever Unique
Forever Unique is a London-based luxury fashion brand, specializing in ladies occasion wear.
Blue Beaded Short Dress
With a unique take on the trends of the moment, Forever Unique’s stand out silhouettes, body perfecting construction and premium embellishment offer everything needed to maximize your look for when it matters most.
Beaded and Sequined Skirt
Check out this showcase piece below!
This exquisite Beaded and Feather Strapless Evening Dress is really all-season appropriate for any formal occasion where you want to be the most glamorous woman in the room!
Thanks To Red Light PR for keeping us in the loop!
Variations on the Theme: Ice (Various Artists. Above Photo by Gail. All Other Photos Courtesy of Goldstein Communications)
The idea of “wearable art” in the realm of modern design is fascinating me to, so I was very excited to attend an opening reception last week for the American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC)’s exhibit at Forbes Galleries showcasing 25 years of outstanding jewelry design. The exhibition, Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC, will dazzle museum visitors with one-of-a-kind works from over 40 Designers who are AJDC members. Continue reading Variations on a Theme: Must-See Art Jewelry Exhibit at Forbes Galleries→