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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.

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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

Eye On Design: Pink Ralph Lauren Evening Gown Worn By Gwyneth Paltrow

Ralph Lauren Evening Gown Front
All Photos By Gail

The Pink Dress that Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the 1999 Academy Awards was designed by Ralph Lauren to recall Grace Kelly. Featured in Hal Rubenstein’s 100 Unforgettable Dresses, it testifies to the enduring appeal of a pretty pink dress that makes the wearer look like a princess.

Gwyneth Paltrn in Ralph Lauren Evening Gown

Ralph Lauren Evening Gown Side

Ralph Lauren Evening Gown Back

Photographed as Part of The Exhibit, Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, on Exhibit Through January 5th, 2019 at The Museum at FIT, Located at Seventh Avenue and 27th Street in NYC.

Eye On Design: Chippendale Side Chair Circa 1772

Chippendale Side Chair
All Photos By Gail

Around 1748, the young British furniture maker Thomas Chippendale moved from his home in Yorkshire to London, a cosmopolitan city full of opportunity but also stiff competition in the luxury trades. Although there was no guarantee that his business would succeed, within a decade “Chippendale” had become a household name and a hallmark of quality British Furniture.

Chippendale Side Chair Seat Detail
Red Morocco Leather Seat Upholstery, Detail

This classically inspired, fan-shaped chair back with a central medallion draped in garlands is one of the few examples of furniture that can be securely attributed to the workshop of Thomas Chippendale. This Chippendale Side Chair was made as part of a set of fourteen for the politician Daniel Lascelles (17121795) at Goldsborough Hall, Yorkshire.

Chippendale Side Chair

Executed from Mahogany in the neoclassical style, the chair illustrates how Chippendale kept-up-to date-on the latest fashions and tastes of his clients. His workshop created similar sets of neoclassical chairs, including one for Daniel’s brother Edwin at Harewood House, where Chippendale collaborated with the famous architect, Robert Adam (17281792).

Chippendale Side Chair
Chippendale Side Chair, Installation View

Chippendale’s designs spread throughout the British Empire, following the routes of the nation’s expanding maritime trade and colonization of North America and the Caribbean. As talented craftsmen and consumers adopted his design and aesthetic, blending them with their own local traditions, the name Chippendale came to refer not only to a prominent local cabinetmaker but also to an enduring style, one that has played a central role in British and American furniture design for more than 250 years.

Photographed as Part of The Exhibit: Chippendale’s Director: The Designs and Legacy of Furniture Maker at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.