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Eye On Design: Botanical Sofa and Side Table By Azuma Makoto

Botanical Sofa and Side Table
All Photos By Gail

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!

Botanical Side Table
Botanical Side Table

Botanical Sofa
Botanical Sofa

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.

Botanical Sofa Detail

Azuma Makoto Signage

Chamber is Located at 515 West 23rd Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

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Yes, It Exists: Kanye West Home Decor Advice

Kanye West Design Advice
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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 what color is taupe, and which taupe will look good on your ceiling – donate that money to a charity. Or hire Yeezus.

Store Furniture Display with Nature Diorama

A&G Merchandise
Photo By Gail

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 Murphy’s Post Neo Proto Demo

Clive Murphy New Geometry
All Photos By Gail (Click on Any Image to Enlarge)

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.

Clive Murphy Plant

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.

TV Antennas

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.

Clive Murphy Green Floor Lamp

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.

Clive Murphy Material World

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.

Clive Murphy Tabletop Sculpture

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 Asian Lamp Sculpture

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.

Clive Murphy Post Neo Proto Demo

Vinyl Record Lamps

Vinyl Record Table Lamp
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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.

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Make Yourself At Home at NYC’s 7eleven Gallery


All Photos By Geoffrey Dicker

Life is but a Dream. That lyric from a ubiquitously famous children’s song takes on a deeper, and far more surreal, meaning when placed in reference to certain forms of contemporary art. For me, the experience of any kind of artwork is always more satisfying when it can facilitate transportation to an alternate reality or dreamlike state. Having taken possession of a massive, street level space in Chelsea, the 7eleven Gallery is currently hosting just such an experience; a group exhibit entitled Make Yourself at Home. As the title suggests, the vast industrial space has been transformed into life sized tableaus of re-imagined every day rooms – bath, bed, living, dining – that reminded me of interior design as executed by Tim Burton consulting with David Lynch. While the furniture – which included a fountain springing from the center of an upholstered ottoman, a sofa woven from black electrical chord (adorned with eyeball throw pillows) and a bed with a staircase replacing its mattress – provided the focal centerpieces, I appreciated the small details, from wallpaper printed with thousands of tiny helicopters to a Hello Kitty Pez on its own tiny shelf, that brought the themes of each room to life.

Helllooo, Kitty!

What could be a teenager’s bedroom featured a newspaper photo tacked to the wall depicting the classic Sid Barrett-era Pink Floyd, complete with googly eyes glued to Barrett’s Face. I also loved the shower stall’s falling water hologram accompanied by the sound effects of water running. Very trippy!

In direct opposition to most exhibit’s strictly hands-off policy when it comes to “interacting” with the art works, here visitors are encouraged to literally ‘make themselves at home’ and touch or sit on the furniture. Like an underground version of last year’s high profile Showtime House, Make Yourself At Home – highly recommended for both fans of art and modern interior design – is one of my favorite exhibits of the year so far. More cool pictures can be seen over at Geoffrey’s Blog, and I thank him for providing the images seen here.

Make Yourself At Home runs only through June 6, 2010 at the 7eleven Gallery, located (temporarily) at 169 Tenth Avenue near 20th Street in Manhattan.

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