A few weeks into Manhattan’s Covid lockdown it became clear that I would be working from home for the long haul, so I created a small budget to upgrade my home office with a few new items. A new task chair, a small colorful rug, and a set of strategically-measured storage cubes helped to create a pleasant and comfortable workplace within my apartment, while optimizing the functionality in the 50-square foot room. Now that our homes are often serving as offices, and even classrooms, you might also be looking for design ideas for the way we live right now. With that in mind, Modsy, an online interior design platform, has just released its 2021 Trend Report, which is brimming with quarantine-inspired interior design trends, emerging style predictions for next year, product sales comparison insights, and survey data from thousands of people across the U.S.
Oh man, I can’t even tell you how much I miss being able to go out to see new art, or attend my favorite design shows, such as the Architectural Digest Design Show and ICFF. Maybe you feel as I do, and are looking for new, creative ways to fight lockdown boredom, while also exercising your artistic talent and flair for design. If that is the case, then you will be excited to hear that manufacturers of custom, Mid-century design furniture, Joybird has created a free, downloadable coloring book featuring 8 escape-worthy living spaces for the interior design lover to color as they choose To start coloring, download the PDFs available at This Link and print them – it’s that easy. Here are a few of the cool room designs included.
Joybird would love to see the designs you come up with, so feel free to share your creations on social media with the hashtag #joybirdcolors.
Chamber home design boutique and gallery on West 23rd Street is currently hosting a selection of new creations from botanically-minded Japanese artist Azuma Makoto. We especially love this bean-shaped Sofa and Table set covered in vibrant green AstroTurf! Talk about successfully bringing nature indoors!
Each piece has what looks to us like a single, sprouted Leek bulb accent. This makes more sense when you see some of the other objects designed by Makoto, such as an array of crystal glass boxes shaped like seeds, sprouted bulbs suspended in acrylic cubes, and a tabletop collection of fungi dipped in precious metals, all of which are available in the boutique through April 30th, 2016.
Chamber is Located at 515 West 23rd Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
Forget the fact that he thinks Architected is a word, Domaine Home is actually praising Kanye West’s Interior Design Advice. Oy. Don’t they understand that if we keep giving him all of this attention he’ll never go away? Sigh. If you ever have a few hundred thousand to blow on an over-inflated ego, and need to learn which shade of taupe will look good on your ceiling – donate that money to a charity. Or hire Yeezus.
Geoffrey and I were meeting up at Sea Thai on North 6th Street in Williamsburg and I was a few minutes early, so I walked across the street to this cute furniture and design store to get out of the rain and texted him to meet me there. Go to Voucher Slug to get voucher codes for Laura Ashley furniture. I’m not sure how long A & G Merchandise has been open, but it is a super cool little place that sells all kinds of unique and original artsy home furnishings and accessories. I believe they also do custom orders online providing some of the best leather sofas around, but this is just a hunch. The people that work there also seem very friendly, which makes such a huge difference when it comes to forming my first impressions of a new business.
What I really felt charmed and almost transported by were several of the larger floor displays that include Nature Dioramas set into the walls of the store, such as the one seen above. It really reminded me of the Museum of Natural History, which is always a good thing.
Be sure to check them out if you are in the neighborhood, and please tell them The Worley Gig sent you.
A & G Merchandise is located at 111 North Sixth Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Get off at the Bedford Avenue Stop on the L Train.
Clive Murphys’s Post Neo Proto Demo exhibit is one that Geoffrey and I literally stumbled onto while in the same West 26th Street building for an entirely different exhibit. But I was immediately drawn into the Magnan Metz Gallery’s street level space because I cannot resist an exhibit that mixes Contemporary art with Modern Furniture Design. So, yeah.
Post Neo Proto Demo, Murphy’s third solo show at the gallery, “comments on how ones living space is a representation of a created personal philosophy” – that is certainly true in my apartment! – exploring the relationship between the radical and the domestic.
Taking the legacy of Modernism and the avant-garde as its point of departure, Murphy deconstructs and reassembles, delicately blending the familiar with uncanny, the purposeful with the dysfunctional.
The exhibition includes altered domestic tableaus comprised of sculpture made with modified domestic materials. The result allows the viewer to participate in Murphy’s inversion of the classic furniture showroom by blending the purposeful with dysfunctional.
In addition, new works drawn and spray painted on pages from iconic furnishing catalogs mirror the arranged living space tableaus with a tongue-in-cheek disruption of idealized domesticity.
I wish that some of these items were for sale at IKEA, because I would totally love to see them in my apartment. At any rate, I left with few inspired new design ideas of my own.
Clive Murphy’s Post Neo Proto Demo Will be on Exhibit Through April 12th, 2014 at Mangan Metz Gallery, Located at 521 West 26th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
Audiophiles, check this out! Designed by Denmark-based studio Genanvendt, the LP Table Lamp creates a soft and subdued lighting, thanks not only to the records themselves (which help moderate the glow) but also to the screen of translucent material creating a cylinder around the light bulb itself. The LP Table Lamp is available in different sizes with different numbers of LPs. Purchasing information is available at This Link.