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Eye On Design: Beaded Vest By Marcus Amerman

Beaded Vest
All Photos By Gail

This elaborately Beaded Vest (2013) was inspired by the catalogs for the Burpee Seed Company, an online purveyor of gardening supplies. Whereas much Native American beadwork features flat, abstract designs, Marcus Amerman (Choctaw, Born 1959) stitches each bead individually, alternating colors to create three-dimensional effects. The result is vivid imagery that leaps off the surface and defies our expectations of the medium.

Beaded Vest

Although the realism and commercial source of Amerman’s imagery are nontraditional, floral imagery has a long history within Native North American beadwork as an art form and a symbol of cultural resilience. Floral imagery emerged as a mainstay of beadwork during the fur trade, when beaded horse gear, bags, and clothing found a ready market among non-Native traders and settlers. As Native groups were disrupted and displaced by expansion, disease and war, floral imagery retained symbolic meaning known only to tribes, forming a visual language capable of surviving the destructive forces of empire.

Beaded Vest

Photographed in the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, CA.

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Eye On Design: Workbox School Desk

Workbox School Desk
All Photos By Gail

A proposed remedy for problems faced by crowded New York City classrooms, the Workbox (2000) is a collapsible elementary school desk featuring a side blackboard for sanctioned graffiti and a private locker to stow clothes, preventing the spread of lice.

Workbox School Desk Detail
Desk Storage Detail

Designed by Deborah Gans and Matthew Jelacic, The New York School Construction Authority anticipated citywide distribution of the inventive design, but commissioned only 50 examples for evaluation.

Workbox School Desk

Photographed at the New York Historical Society, Located at 170 Central Park West in Manhattan.

Workbox School Desk

Eye On Design: Presence – Absence Table By Germans Ermics

Presence - Absence Table
All Photos By Gail

Amsterdam-based designer Germans Ermics has worked extensively with frosted, ombre and colored glass in his furniture design studio. The Presence – Absence Table expands on his ideas with a design made from  hardened laminated glass mirror with graduation from 100% Mirror to 100% Red Glass. It is really quire stunning.

Presence - Absence Table

Presence – Absence was originally created in collaboration with Iskos – Berlin for the Side by Side Outside SE exhibition at the Danish Museum of Art & Design in 2017.  A statement on the table is below:

“The clearest way to perceive and define the world is through negation, through opposites:

We understand the meaning of light when it becomes dark; we first understand what our parents mean for us when they are gone; the presence of loved ones is truly grasped in their absence.
Presence and Absence walk together – Side by Side – as inseparable as day and night”

Presence - Absence Table

Photographed at The Salon Art & Design in NYC. Limited Edition of 8 Pieces, Available from Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris.

Eye On Design: Tiffany Turtleback Lantern

Tiffany Turtleback Lantern
All Photos By Gail

Tiffany artisans made the irregularly surfaced Turtlebacks, a Tiffany Studio invention, by pressing glass into molds.

Tiffany Turtleback Lantern

The thick, irresecendent tiles were then incorporated into shades, bases and mosaics, to dramatic effect. This Turtleback Lantern was designed between 1900 – 1906.

Tiffany Turtleback Lantern
Photographed in the New York Historical Society.

Eye On Design: Petite Fleur Tables By Hélène de Saint Lager

Petite Fleur Tables By Helene De Saint Lager
All Photos By Gail

Hélène de Saint Lager is a French artist and sculptor, based in Paris, who is particularly known for her furniture made of resin. This trio of Petite Fleur Tables are a perfect exmaple of her works, of which no two are alike. A Saint Lager table is typically made over the course of a week, using a hollowed-out bed of sand. The artist forms that hollow to represent the mass of the table when it is filled. A canvas sheet then lines the void before Saint Leger pours a layer of resin a couple of inches deep onto it. Her next task is to decide how industrial dyes lend effects of opacity or transparency, depth or brilliance.

Petite Fleur Tables Detail
Table Surface, Detail

Metallic strips or iridescent drops or streaks might be added as the material is built up in each stage, with 24 hours needed for each layer to cure. Sometimes, mother of pearl or broken ceramics are added, and Saint Lager encourages personal effects to be entombed in her bespoke designs.

Petite Fleur Tables By Helene De Saint Lager

Photographed at The Salon Art and Design. Available from Twenty First Gallery in NYC.

Eye On Design: Bespoke Amber Chest of Drawers By Kam Tin

Amber Chest of Drawers
All Photos By Gail

I saw many, many breathtakingly beautiful things at The Salon Art and Design show at the Park Avenue Armory, and one of most unusual items, which I am sure I will never forget, was this three-drawer dresser by designer Kam Tin, which is covered on three sides in meticulously curated pieces of genuine Baltic Amber.

Amber Chest of Drawers

Have you ever seen anything like that? For this dresser, which Tin creates to-order so that no two are alike, the natural amber pieces are polished and mounted on the dresser’s wooden frame, fitted with brass legs, and topped with a plate of Italian tinted glass. The piece measures 27.5ʺW × 19.7ʺD × 31.4ʺH.

Amber Chest of Drawers Detail
Amber Drawer Surface Detail

Each piece of amber was hand-selected for its color and inclusions. This chest of drawers  has a retail price tag of $57,000.

Amber Chest of Drawers

Designed by Kam Tin for Maison Rapin at Decaso, Paris, France.

Eye On Design: Chicken Lamps By Sebastian Errazuriz

Chicken Lamps
Story and All Photos By Gail Worley

New York-based Chilean designer Sebastian Errazuriz is known for thinking way outside the box. Always on the look-out for interesting materials, he aims to strike a balance of artistic and practical qualities of design, and his sense of humor often ends up in the mix. In this case, Errazuriz obtained the bodies of taxidermy chickens (which died of natural causes) to create these fun and unique Chicken Lamps. Who says upcycling has to be dull?

Chicken Lamp with Egg Bulb

In one model, the light bulb is seen emerging from the bird’s hindquarters, just as an egg would.

Chicken Lamp with Shade

In an alternate design, the chicken’s head has been replaced by the light bulb. These lamps stand on the chicken’s two feet, mounted on a plexiglass disc. Available from R and Company.

Photographed at The Salon Art and Design at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC.

Chicken Lamps