Commissioned by the Dallas Museum of Art in 2020, Curbed Vanity is artist Chris Schanck’s response to a work in the museum’s collection: an ornately-crafted 19th century dressing table and stool made of solid silver. Schanck made this 21st century version utilizing his signature, Alu-foil process, which combines aluminum foil and resin, alluding to the aluminum factory in his hometown of Dallas, where the young artist and his father once worked. Continue reading Eye On Design: Curbed Vanity and Garden Chair By Chris Schanck
Niki de Saint Phalle (1930 – 2002) might be best known for her brightly-colored sculptures of voluptuous, dancing women, which she called Les Nana, but she had a rich career that spanned a variety of mediums. In addition to painting, film-making, and illustration of children’s books, she created unique sculptural furniture, including a series incorporating figures of snakes or serpents, to which this wall Mirror (Le Miroir) and Black Armchair (Fauteuil Noir), both circa 1980, belong.
Often described as a hybrid between art, architecture, design and landscape architecture, Dan Graham’s freestanding partitions and pavilions — made from two-way mirror glass — sometimes create a kaleidoscopic, psychedelic experience. If you’ve never seen his work in person and missed his Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walk About, which was installed at the Met Roof Garden back in 2014, a new exhibit at 303 Gallery entitled Three Models, Three Sizes, Three Price Ranges offers a fun introduction to the full scope of his oeuvre.
This Vanity (1928) stands as a harbinger in the evolution of an American modern style. Norman Bel Geddes (1893 -1988) conceived of it only a year after founding the first industrial design firm in the United States. His prior experience on theater and film sets lent a dramatic flair to his consumer products, including this dressing table and mirror, made of enameled and chrome-plated steel, which was part of a larger suite of metal bedroom furniture.
Continue reading Eye On Design: Dressing Table and Mirror By Norman Bel Geddes
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) design student Malorie Pangilinan created this Whale-shaped mirror, taking her inspiration from Kawaii; the quality of cuteness in the context of Japanese culture.
It sure is cute!
Photographed in May 2016 at the ICFF Trade Show at Javits Center in NYC.