Often described as a hybrid between art, architecture, design and landscape architecture, Dan Graham’s freestanding partitions and pavilions — made from two-way mirror glass — sometimes create a kaleidoscopic, psychedelic experience. If you’ve never seen his work in person and missed his Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walk About, which was installed at the Met Roof Garden back in 2014, a new exhibit at 303 Gallery entitled Three Models, Three Sizes, Three Price Ranges offers a fun introduction to the full scope of his oeuvre.
“When you’re working, there’s a communion between the object-maker and the material, [and] it transcends into something much greater,” said furniture designer and woodworker Sam Maloof. “When you make something and someone likes it, enjoys it and all, you’re paid tenfold.”
Maloof was one of the United States’ preeminent woodworkers during the second half of the twentieth century. In 1966, Paul J. Smith, Director of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), invited Maloof to show his Cradle Cabinet in a thematic exhibition, The Bed. A masterpiece of woodworking skill and sensitivity, the cabinet is also innovative in its design, combining all of the functional needs of a newborn’s nursery into a single piece of furniture.
Photographed in The Museum of Arts and Design in NYC.
A dramatic evocation of a downpour at nightfall, a convergence of nature and the urban world, New York Night is an installation of 120 hand-blown crystal pendants majestically cascades 90 feet through a six-story staircase, engaging the viewer in an ever-changing pattern of expansion and compression, much like the rhythm of a rain storm itself.
Set against the backdrop of polished charcoal venetian plaster, which amplifies each drops amber glow, the composition renders mirrored pools of street light and captures the cities landscape in reflection. Continue reading Eye On Design: New York Night Lighting Installation By Alison Berger
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.
The American film actress Jayne Mansfield, one of the leading blonde sex symbols of the 50s and 60s, starred in several popular Hollywood movies that emphasized her platinum-blonde hair, hourglass figure and cleavage-revealing costumes. Although her film career was short-lived, Jayne had several box-office successes and won one of two golden globe awards nominations for the The Girl Can’t Help It.
Ottiu designers translated Mansfield’s sexiness and beauty into modern furniture design, creating the Jayne Curved Armchair. Upholstered in cotton velvet with a pinewood structured supported by a brushed brass base, this mid-century modern armchair blends comfort with elegant curved lines. The Jayne Curved Armchair will be the ultimate eye-catching piece of your décor.
The Jayne armchair retails for 2790€ (approximately $3325).
The celebrated French artist César (born Cesare Baldaccini) was a founding member in 1960 of the Nouveaux Réalistes group. His amorphous bronze and glass Expansion Table (1977) is one of the rare works in which César applied his Expansion technique to a functional object. Whereas he also created a handful of bronze ashtrays, lamps, as well as the console commissioned by Henri Samuel, the Expansion Table is the object in which César philosophy — his belief that life and art are one entity, indivisible —achieves its apex.
Some background on César’s Expansions: One of the artist’s great breakthroughs in the late 1960s took the form of sculptural spills called Expansions. Realized with liquid polyurethane foam, a novel material at the time, each spill involved actively pouring specifically tinted foam, allowing it to expand, and then leaving it to set in a process that resulted in soft forms several times larger than their original liquid volume.
César was moved by this material’s freedom and energy — rather than conforming to the matrix of a mold, it actually spread and expanded in what would famously become a critically admired analog for the new spirit of liberation that marked the era. As Pierre Restany noted in 1970, “César’s expansions reveal a new phase in his work, the phase of maturity: the mastering of the technique allied to the freedom of form.”
Photographed at at Demisch Danant, Located at 30 West 12th Street in NYC.
Suitable for either indoor or outdoor use, Jonathan Trayte’s MelonMelonTangerine loveseat (2019) brings together different colors, textures and forms supported by a tubular frame of powder-coated steel in a warm, sunshine yellow.
The seat incorporates a variety of natural and man-made fabrics including a nylon-weave lower ‘shelf,’ black leather seats, cowhide upholstered seatbacks, and leather headrests, with furry wool armrest covering and polished brass accents. A mounted disc of polished marble provides a small table for holding your afternoon cocktails, or whatever you please.
Photographed at Friedman Benda Gallery in NYC as Part of the Exhibit, MelonMelonTangerine.