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Eye on Design: DCW Side Chair By Charles and Ray Eames

DCW Side Chair
Photos By Gail

This modern and affordable dining-room chair was designed by the American husband-and-wife team Charles and Ray Eames. Built after an exhaustive period of testing, the different parts of the chair were fabricated using heat and pressure to bend the plywood. The DCW Side Chair (1946) was lauded for being both ergonomic and comfortable

The Eames‘ pioneering use of new materials and technologies transformed the way people decorated their homes, introducing functional, affordable, and often highly sculptural objects and furnishings to so many middle-class Americans.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

DCW Side Chair

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Eye On Design: Paco Rabanne Disc Dress Circa 1966

Paco Rabanne Dress 1966
All Photos By Gail

Paco Rabanne presented his first fashion collection in 1966. It was entitled 12 Dresses in Unwearable Materials and included garments made from links of plastic fastened with metal hoops. Rabanne had proven that fabric, needle and thread were not altogether necessary to clothing design, and he quickly gained fame for his defiance of tradition.

Paco Rabanne Dress 1966 Installation View

Ready-to-wear Dress Circa 1966: Silver and Black Plastic Discs, Metal Hoops. Photographed in the Museum at FIT in Manhattan.

Eye On Design: Art Deco Lamp By Donald Deskey

Donald Deskey Art Deco Lamp
All Photos By Gail

Donald Deskey  (1894 – 1989) creator of the interiors at Radio City Music Hall, is a towering figure of modern design. This Art Deco Lamp (circa 1927) is a response to the upward thrust of the New York City skyline. Its boxy proportion echo a tall, narrow building, while on the two side panels, rectilinear puzzle-like patterns similarly evoke compressed architectural forms.

Donald Deskey Art Deco Lamp

The use of frosted glass in different textures activates the lamp’s surface, even as it diffuses the emitted light, and its compactness attests to Deskey’s awareness that he was typically designing for small domestic interiors.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

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Eye on Design: The Tree Evening Dress and The Petal Stole By Charles James

Tree Evening Dress
All Photos By Gail

With its petal-like stole, this evening gown, The Tree (1955),  transforms the wearer into a flower, giving her a sensual elegance. Couturier Charles James (1906 – 1978) often envisioned his clients as exotic flowers and he believed that fashion should arouse the mating instinct. Ooh!

Tree Evening Dress

Psychologist Nancy Etcoff writes, “Flowers are alluring landing strips for pollinating insects: They are the plant worlds sex objects.” Think about that next time you see  a flower.

Charles James 1946 By Irving Penn
Charles James, Photographed in 1946, By Irving Penn

Tree Evening Dress

Photographed as part of the Force of Nature Exhibit, on Through November 18th, 2017 at at The Museum at FIT, Located at the Southwest corner of Seventh Avenue and 27th Street, in NYC.

Eye On Design: Poltrona Bowl Chair By Lina Bo Bardi

Poltrona Bowl Chair
All Photos By Gail

Valuing geometric simplicity and economy of means, Lina Bo Bardi (1914 – 1992) designed the Poltona Bowl Chair with a steel frame and stackable seat containing two circular cushions.

Poltrona Bowl Chair

The shell on the metal ring can be adjusted in all directions to suit the position of the sitter. Bo Bardi, who emigrated from Italy to Brazil in 1946, played a lead role in advancing modernist architecture and design in postwar Brazil. Among the landmark buildings she designed was her Sao Paulo home, the Glass House (Casa de Vidro) which she furnished with Poltrona Bowl Chairs.

Poltrona Bowl Chair

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, where it is on display for the first time as part of the exhibit, Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, on view through August 13th, 2017.

Eye On Design: Fine Handmade Jewelry From John Hardy

John Hardy Counter Display
All Photos By Gail

Summer is in full swing here in the city, and warm weather fashions mean you are showing off more skin. Maybe you are thinking that it’s the perfect time to enhance your summer looks with a few pieces of fine jewelry that you can continue to wear all year long. I know just the plce you should go: the John Hardy boutique on Prince Street in SoHo. Their jewelry is gorgeous and their sale staff is friendly an knowledgeable. Best of all, each piece of jewelry is handmade, so the quality is unmatched.

Store View

Established on the island of Bali in Indonesia in 1975, John Hardy is dedicated to the creation of ultimate beauty through artisan hand-crafted jewelry. Their master artisans honor original craft through the perfection of modern design, creating timeless one-of-a-kind pieces that are brilliantly alive.

Display Case

Founder John Hardy, an artist and visionary, first visited Bali in the 1970s and was enchanted by the island’s sublime beauty. There, he founded an authentic collective with local artisans and, since inception, the company has remained passionately committed to community, artisanship and sustainability.

Random Display

Each of John Hardy’s distinctive collections convey evocative symbolism and honor the transmission of creative energy from the artisan to the wearer. More than jewelry — an eternal connection to the source of inspiration. For the seekers, the explorers, the storytellers. Let’s take look at what a selection of the designs you’ll find at their store in SoHo.

Bamboo Pendants
Bamboo Collection Pendants in Gold with Diamonds

Precious and Tranquil, each piece in the Bamboo Collection reveals elegance and adaptability, and gives back through John Hardy’s “Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo” initiative, which ensures the planting of bamboo seedlings in Bali with each sustainable, luxury jewelry purchase, celebrating respect of the earth.

Bamboo Earrings and Matching Pendants
Bamboo Earrings and Rings With Faceted Gemstone

Bamboo Chandelier Earrings
Top: Bamboo Chandelier Earrings with Polished Gemstones

Dot Chandelier Earring in Hammered Metal
Dot Chandelier Earrings in Hammered Gold

With no beginning and no end, the textured and symmetrical spheres of the Dot Collection epitomize boundless love and infinite possibility. For these earrings, the ancient technique of hand-hammering metal produces lustrous, textured surfaces with a hint of the exotic

Three Dot Rings
Top: Dot Overlap Ring, Center: Dot Ring, Bottom: Dot Saddle Ring

Silver Cuffs from the Dot Collection

Assorted Silver Cuffs from the Dot Collection

Assorted Dot Cuffs

Dot Collection
Dot Cuff in Silver with Enamel, Dot Drop and Chandelier Earrings with Gemstones

Each tiny circle is applied by hand by dedicated artisans.

Legends Cobra necklace and Bracelet
Legends Cobra Necklace and Bracelet

The Cobra shedding its skin is a powerful manifestation of the creative life force of reincarnation. Wear items in the Legends Cobra collection to invoke transformation, renewal and vitality.

Legends Cobra Drop Necklace
Legends Cobra Drop Necklaces with Gemstones

Legends Cobra Earrings and Rings
Legends Cobra Drop Earrings and Rings

Legend Cobra Opal Ring
Legends Cobra Opal Ring (Detail)

Green Eyed Snake Cuff
Cuff with Faceted Gemstones

Legends Macan Pendent Necklace
Legends Macan Pendent Necklace

The spirit of the Macan, or Tiger, is known for its ferocity and perseverance. Wear Legends Macan designs to be imbued with courage, strength and passion.

Handmade Metal Clutch
One-of-a-kind, Hand-hammered Silver Metal Clutch, Displayed with with Legends Macan Doorknocker Earrings

Legends Macan Handbag Detail

This unique clutch converts to a cross-body bag with an attachable chain strap, which is included.

Legends Macan Cuffs
Assorted Legends Macan Cuffs

Legends Macan Rings
Legends Macan Post Earrings (Top) and Rings

Classic Chain Bracelets for Men in Silver and Rubber
Classic Chain Bracelets for Men in Silver and Rubber

John Hardy also makes variety of jewellery styles just for men.

Mens Bracelets
Assorted Mens Bracelets

Braided Chain Cufflink and Cuff in Blackened Bronze
Braided Chain Cuff-links and Cuff in Blackened Bronze

Mens Classic Dog Tag Necklaces in Assorted Finishes
Mens Classic Dog Tag Necklaces in Assorted Finishes

Legends Tassle Collection Display

There is really so much to see at the John Hardy Boutique, only a small fraction of which is shown in this post.  It is almost like visiting jewelry museum.

Legends Tassle Pendent
Legends Macan Tassle Pendent with Amber Beads

Each friendly and informed associate can answer any question you have and is there to ensure that you choose a piece of jewelry that speaks to you. Why not plan to visit John Hardy today?

John Hardy Boutique is Located at 118 Price Street in SoHo, NYC. For other locations and more information on the Collections, please visit This Link!

Elemental Energy Book

Necklace Display

Dot Display with Gemstones

Eye On Design Presents: Paco Rabanne Gold Metal Handbag Circa 1966

Paco Rabanne Gold Metal Handbag
Photo By Gail

Paco Rabanne was first known as an accessories designer and his work was regularly featured in the pages of magazines such as Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. This bag was likely made after the designer has started his clothing line. It shows how his idea of “futuristic armor” was translated into an eye-catching accessory

Photographed in the Museum at FIT