Do you like monumental sculpture? I sure do. If that also happens to be your thing, and you’ve been looking for an excuse to head back over to the Chelsea Gallery District, you will want to know that Gladstone Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of new sculptures by Ugo Rondinone from the artist’s latest body of work, nuns + monks — and these things are massive.
German emigre Kem Weber (1889 – 1963) designed original and colorful furniture and interiors devoid of overt historical references and evocative of modern times. Weber came to the US in 1914 to supervise construction of the German Pavilion at the Panema-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. He settled in Southern California, where he developed a thriving design practice.
Produced as part of a nine-piece dining-room suite manufactured by Grand Rapids Chair Company, this Serving Table and Arm Chair (circa 1928–29) feature finishes of painted wood, walnut, and silver leaf with original leather upholstery.
The zigzag pattern in both the walnut veneer of the table and the striking green surfaces of both table and chair attest to Weber’s knowledge of French Art Moderne, while their smooth contours anticipate the sleek look of American streamlined design that would become popular in the 1930s.
Photographed in the Art Institute Chicago
Update June 21st, 2021:
Lo and behold, I was visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art this past weekend and thought I recognized the distinctive design of this Kem Weber sideboard and chair from an earlier post — and I was correct! To indulge the completist in me, I’ve added photos of those pieces to this post (sideboard shown with Stuart Davis’s Men and Machine.)
Hey what’s up? Is your Holiday shopping all done, or do you maybe need to pick up something special for the Buddhist or Yoga fan on your list? If that is the case, look no further than these totally bitchen, illuminated mosaic Buddha Heads. Available in an array of bright and cheery colors at the Union Square Holiday Market, Located in Union Square Park at 14th Street, between Union Square West and Broadway, through December 24th, 2016!
As consumers, we are constantly monitoring what we eat, and scrutinizing food product labels; but we don’t think as deeply about what we allow to touch our skin. Not many people are aware that a skincare product’s ingredients can, and do, find their way into our bloodstream. It’s a scary thought. After watching This Film, I became increasingly vigilant about checking labels on household products, searching out natural, fragrance-free, and chemically safe product alternatives for cleaning around my home and I came across to the maids service brooklyn, probably the best thing that happened to me.
Recently, I was asked to try the laundry powder Molly’s Suds and received a small sample packet it email to try on my own laundry. Molly’s Suds has a fascinating back story: the product line was created by a pediatric nurse, who began to do extensive research on chemical product additives after suffering the stillbirth of a child. She discovered that newborn baby cord blood and amniotic fluid have shown the presence of multiple non-natural toxins (as many as 240 chemicals have been found in cord blood). More than 120 of the chemicals were from toxins in food, personal care, household and environmental products. From her own personal tragedy, she felt a responsibility to teach others about these toxins, and to make a difference.
The sample I received (shown above) contained enough laundry powder for two average-sized loads of wash, and you need to use just over one measured tablespoon for effective cleaning! If you are in the habit of using half a cup of liquid detergent (or more) per load, as I am, you know this may seems weird, because you can’t believe that such a small amount of product will really work. I was excited to put it to the test!
Being detergent-free, Molly’s Suds is low-sudsing product (in fact, you may see no suds at all), but don’t panic just because you are accustomed to equating lots of suds with a higher degree of cleanliness. One thing has nothing to do with other, so just trust that the small amount you’ve added to your wash is sufficient to get your clothes clean.
Upon coming out of the dryer, my clothes smelled fresh and clean, but had no discernible perfume-y scent, and even a well-trod-upon rug came out bright and stain free. I am sold on this product and happy to spread the word about Molly’s Suds: A safe and effective laundry product! Learn more about Molly’s Suds and buy their products online at This Link!
I love a happy accident, which is what I have to call my discovery of this fun new exhibit by artist John Monti, which I spotted in the 42nd Street Lobby of The Grace Building as I walked past on the way to the F Train.
The installation, which is made up of seven amorphous-shaped bright Red and Lime Green sculptures, is called Beauties and it actually opens with a reception on Thursday, September 15th from 6 – 8 PM, which means there will probably be free wine!
Up close, you can see that the sculptures’ surfaces are covered with fine, sparkly glitter!
I enjoyed looking at them.
I know that if Geoffrey sees this photo he will say that they look like Sex Toys. Because they do.
Beauties will be on Exhibit through November 11th, 2016, at The Grace Building Lobby, Located at 1114 Avenue of the Americas (AKA Sixth Avenue), But the Main Entrance is on 42nd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, just across the street from Bryant Park and New York Public Library. This exhibit is sponsored by Arts Brookfield.
Laser cut from fluorescent green and fluorescent red acrylic, the Cactus Garden acts a both a day and night lighting fixture. The sculptures offer a subtle glow when in light thanks to the fluorescent material from which they are cut.
An LED wired base can also be fitted to each cactus, illumining the sculptures in UV blacklight. All cactus styles are cut to nest in the lamp base, making the design entirely interchangeable.
This installation was designed and fabricated by Nobel Truong in Los Angeles and photographed at the Architectural Digest Design Show in NYC.
Danny Lane is a London-based designer, visual artist and glass sculptor who specializes in working with fractured and stacked glass. His popular Stacked Chair (1993) is made up of slab-like green-tinted glass with polished, irregular edges. The chair back and rear, single leg are constructed of an arched column of stacked irregularly cut and polished glass slabs held together by a central steel rod topped by a nut. Similar construction applies to the chair’s shorter front legs and feet.
This is what the chair looks like on display in the contemporary art wing of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where I took these photos last summer. You can actually find this chair for sale around the web, with a little Googling effort.