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Eye On Design: Stuffed Shell Chair By Chris Schanck

chris schanck shell chair photo by gail worley
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One of my favorite contemporary furniture designers is Chris Schanck, and I always look forward to seeing his latest pieces when I attend The Salon Art + Design show each fall.  Schanck’s work embraces the tension between dilapidation and opulence, asking us to find unconventional beauty in the imperfect. His contribution to this year’s fair was the Stuffed Shell Chair in a copper finish. Let’s take a closer look at this beauty.

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Eye On Design: Winged Devil Costume from Rocketman

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There is no doubt that the costume designer plays an essential role in cinematic storytelling. For the Elton John biopic Rocketman (2019), costume designer Julian Day’s guiding principle was: the louder, the better.

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Eye On Design: Pink Floyd Lightbulb Suit By Storm Thorgerson

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One of many highlights from my fun-filled holiday trip to California was a visit to Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains; an immersive exhibit covering the complete history of the legendary progressive rock band that even a casual Pink Floyd fan will flip out over. Given my extreme fondness for costume design, you can only imagine my delight in finding that one of the galleries included replicas of the enigmatic Lightbulb Suits seen on the cover and related artwork for the band’s 1988 live album, Delicate Sound of Thunder. Talk about an “Oh, Wow” moment.

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Eye On Design: Black Hawk Console By Gloria Cortina

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While the streamlined curves of Gloria Cortina’s Black Hawk Console (2016) reference the design aesthetic of modern French opulence and glamour popular in the 20th century, Black Hawk serves as an homage to the perception of luxury in the Aztec empire.

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Eye On Design: Tristan Detwiler For Stan, Quilted Ensemble

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“America is not like a blanket — one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt  — many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread.”

— Jesse Jackson, 1984 Democratic National Convention

Tristan Detwiler (b. 1997) began reworking antique quilts into garments in 2018. A chance encounter with 80-year old quilt maker Claire McKarns introduced Detwiler to the Bumann Quilters of Olivenhain, California. After becoming a member, he applied the groups shared knowledge to his autumn/winter 2021-22 collection.

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Eye On Design: Paul Newman Rolex Coffee Table

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An homage to the most iconic watch ever made, this coffee table clock is a supersized version of legendary actor Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona, and was created by craftsman Pedro Costa.

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Eye On Design: CANstruction Returns to Brookfield Place

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In a previous life, I spent ten or so years in the world of architecture and interior design, which is where I first became acquainted with the Canstruction competition. Canstruction involves  teams of design industry professionals who conceive and build amazingly creative structures made entirely from cans of food. Sponsored by an eponymous international hunger relief charity, Canstruction sources donations of millions of pounds of food for local food banks through annual events across the country.  At the end of each competition, all the food is donated to a local food bank, such as NYC’s City Harvest.  In 2020, the event was canceled due to Covid, but his year, the completed structures were back on public display from November 4th to 15th at the Brookfield Place mall in Battery Park City. I’m happy to report I was able to check them out in person. Let’s take a look at the inspired competition from the 2021 Canstruction NYC!

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