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Eye On Design: Fine Handmade Jewelry From John Hardy

John Hardy Counter Display
All Photos By Gail

Summer is in full swing here in the city, and warm weather fashions mean you are showing off more skin. Maybe you are thinking that it’s the perfect time to enhance your summer looks with a few pieces of fine jewelry that you can continue to wear all year long. I know just the plce you should go: the John Hardy boutique on Prince Street in SoHo. Their jewelry is gorgeous and their sale staff is friendly an knowledgeable. Best of all, each piece of jewelry is handmade, so the quality is unmatched.

Store View

Established on the island of Bali in Indonesia in 1975, John Hardy is dedicated to the creation of ultimate beauty through artisan hand-crafted jewelry. Their master artisans honor original craft through the perfection of modern design, creating timeless one-of-a-kind pieces that are brilliantly alive.

Display Case

Founder John Hardy, an artist and visionary, first visited Bali in the 1970s and was enchanted by the island’s sublime beauty. There, he founded an authentic collective with local artisans and, since inception, the company has remained passionately committed to community, artisanship and sustainability.

Random Display

Each of John Hardy’s distinctive collections convey evocative symbolism and honor the transmission of creative energy from the artisan to the wearer. More than jewelry — an eternal connection to the source of inspiration. For the seekers, the explorers, the storytellers. Let’s take look at what a selection of the designs you’ll find at their store in SoHo.

Bamboo Pendants
Bamboo Collection Pendants in Gold with Diamonds

Precious and Tranquil, each piece in the Bamboo Collection reveals elegance and adaptability, and gives back through John Hardy’s “Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo” initiative, which ensures the planting of bamboo seedlings in Bali with each sustainable, luxury jewelry purchase, celebrating respect of the earth.

Bamboo Earrings and Matching Pendants
Bamboo Earrings and Rings With Faceted Gemstone

Bamboo Chandelier Earrings
Top: Bamboo Chandelier Earrings with Polished Gemstones

Dot Chandelier Earring in Hammered Metal
Dot Chandelier Earrings in Hammered Gold

With no beginning and no end, the textured and symmetrical spheres of the Dot Collection epitomize boundless love and infinite possibility. For these earrings, the ancient technique of hand-hammering metal produces lustrous, textured surfaces with a hint of the exotic

Three Dot Rings
Top: Dot Overlap Ring, Center: Dot Ring, Bottom: Dot Saddle Ring

Silver Cuffs from the Dot Collection

Assorted Silver Cuffs from the Dot Collection

Assorted Dot Cuffs

Dot Collection
Dot Cuff in Silver with Enamel, Dot Drop and Chandelier Earrings with Gemstones

Each tiny circle is applied by hand by dedicated artisans.

Legends Cobra necklace and Bracelet
Legends Cobra Necklace and Bracelet

The Cobra shedding its skin is a powerful manifestation of the creative life force of reincarnation. Wear items in the Legends Cobra collection to invoke transformation, renewal and vitality.

Legends Cobra Drop Necklace
Legends Cobra Drop Necklaces with Gemstones

Legends Cobra Earrings and Rings
Legends Cobra Drop Earrings and Rings

Legend Cobra Opal Ring
Legends Cobra Opal Ring (Detail)

Green Eyed Snake Cuff
Cuff with Faceted Gemstones

Legends Macan Pendent Necklace
Legends Macan Pendent Necklace

The spirit of the Macan, or Tiger, is known for its ferocity and perseverance. Wear Legends Macan designs to be imbued with courage, strength and passion.

Handmade Metal Clutch
One-of-a-kind, Hand-hammered Silver Metal Clutch, Displayed with with Legends Macan Doorknocker Earrings

Legends Macan Handbag Detail

This unique clutch converts to a cross-body bag with an attachable chain strap, which is included.

Legends Macan Cuffs
Assorted Legends Macan Cuffs

Legends Macan Rings
Legends Macan Post Earrings (Top) and Rings

Classic Chain Bracelets for Men in Silver and Rubber
Classic Chain Bracelets for Men in Silver and Rubber

John Hardy also makes variety of jewellery styles just for men.

Mens Bracelets
Assorted Mens Bracelets

Braided Chain Cufflink and Cuff in Blackened Bronze
Braided Chain Cuff-links and Cuff in Blackened Bronze

Mens Classic Dog Tag Necklaces in Assorted Finishes
Mens Classic Dog Tag Necklaces in Assorted Finishes

Legends Tassle Collection Display

There is really so much to see at the John Hardy Boutique, only a small fraction of which is shown in this post.  It is almost like visiting jewelry museum.

Legends Tassle Pendent
Legends Macan Tassle Pendent with Amber Beads

Each friendly and informed associate can answer any question you have and is there to ensure that you choose a piece of jewelry that speaks to you. Why not plan to visit John Hardy today?

John Hardy Boutique is Located at 118 Price Street in SoHo, NYC. For other locations and more information on the Collections, please visit This Link!

Elemental Energy Book

Necklace Display

Dot Display with Gemstones

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Eye On Design: Superloon Floor Lamp By Jasper Morrison

SuperLoon Black Finish
Superloon, 2015, Black Finish Option, By Jasper Morrison (This Image Courtesy of FLOS. All Other Photos By Gail Except Where Noted)

This week in Eye on Design, we get a bit more in-depth to take you inside an exclusive industry party, held at the FLOS lighting showroom in Soho, for the launch of the Superloon floor lamp, designed Jasper Morrison.

Superloon Party

Superloon is a minimally designed, flat disc lamp mounted on a gyroscopic axis atop a three-legged stand. The moon-inspired  light surface for which the lamp is named  is the result of a revolutionary Edge Lighting technology, which combines maximum performance, efficiency and visual comfort. Superloon includes the Dim-to-Warm function: as the intensity decreases, the light goes from a colder blue tone to a warmer spectrum, as seen with popular filament lamps.

Superloon Display

The stem includes the Soft Touch sensor, which reinvents interaction with the product. This optical sensor guarantees a fluid and precise control of the light flow with a simple, natural touch of the hand.

Award Winner Signage

Morrison offers the following insight about his inspiration to integrate this new technology with contemporary, modern design:

“A couple of years ago Piero Gandini showed me a new LED technology which consists of a ring of LEDs that send light sideways into the edge of a flat composite disc of translucent white material which, when lit, appears to be a flat white disc. Superloon is the answer to the question of what to do with this intriguing technology. Mounting the disc on a gyroscopic axis allows the light to be directed in infinite directions, while the light it gives out is broad and diffused but can be dimmed to a soft glow.”

SuperLoon Outside Night
Image Courtesy of FLOS

In the above image, you can see easily how Superloon was inspired directly by the moon as a light source.

Superloon with Other Lamps

Superloon is ideal as ambient light or reading lamp, its emission of the light is adjustable in intensity and temperature thanks to the Warm Tone Dimming. And its definitely conversation piece in any room or setting.

Crowd View 2

SuperLoon With Morrison Ad

Superloon Food

The food was also pretty special. Design, Booze, Food: I had a great time this party!

Jasper Morison’s Superloon Floor Lamp is available for Purchase at FLOS, Located at 152 Greene Street (Corner of Houston), Soho, New York. Find a Location near You at This Link! Available Finishes: Chrome, Black, and White. Contact the Store for Pricing.

Flos Store Exterior

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D*Face Double Crossed Mural on Broome Street, Soho

D*Face Blonde Mural
All Photos By Gail

I spotted this D*Face mural of a lovely blonde on Broome Street between Crosby and Lafayette Streets in Soho, NYC. These photos were taken around 5 PM, when the position of the sun makes it look pretty washed out. This mural, entitled Double Crossed, is part of the Lisa Project.

D*Face Blonde Mural

Cheese That Looks Like a Cake

Cheese Cake
Not a Cheesecake (All Photos By Gail)

The French Cheese Board opened its first US concept store in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood in Mid-May, and we attended the opening party; because, free cheese! At this boutique storefront, which is located at 41 Spring Street, Certified Cheese Masters will showcase their knowledge of flavor chemistry and cheese and beverage pairings. The flagship location will also serve as a customizable venue for cuisine, art, lifestyle, education, and more. The FCB plans to leverage its partnerships with industry and pop culture influencers to create private events in year-long programming.

Sweet Cheeses

They also try to make the cheese displays look like art, or sweets, which is fun. However, you can tell by the way it smells in there, that they are selling cheese. Just giving you a head’s up on that.

Cheese Art
Cheese Art

The mission of the FCB, the umbrella organization for French dairy products, is to create awareness about the variety of cheeses from France available on the U.S. market. The organization also provides a platform for information, communication and exchange of ideas between French cheesemakers, researchers of the French dairy sector, artists, designers and chefs.

Pink Thing of The Day: White Girl Rose Ad on Building

White Girl Rose
Photo By Gail

“We’re All Pink on the Inside.” This advert on the side of a building was photographed by me, while walking west on Prince Street towards Broadway in Soho, NYC.

Allouche Gallery Opens Pop-Up Space in Soho

BAST Neon Sign
BAST Neon Sign (All Photos By Gail)

Gallerist Eric Allouche (Opera Gallery) has reopened his now eponymous gallery with a pop-up space on Wooster Street after leaving Opera/Allouche’s long-held previous address on Spring Street, where we attended many, many exhibits over the span of a few short years. The Wooster Street address is just temporary, until Allouche can find an ideal new home in which to showcase the works of his cache of represented contemporary pop artists, such as Ron English and FAILE. A low-key opening reception took place last Thursday and fans of the gallery were more than happy to have a destination to draw them in from the newly-arrived polar vortex holding adventure-seeking Manhattanites in its tight grip.

Faile Fox Hunt Go Get Em
FAILE: Fox Hunt Go Get Em

The current exhibit is a bit of a ‘warm up’ or re-boot, featuring both new and older works in Allouche’s collection. If you were fortunate enough to attend last summer’s FAILE exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, then the above collage will look familiar to you, as will the bright Neon sign in the gallery’s front window, which was included in the BAST/FAILE Arcade collaboration.

Detail from Faile Fox Hunt Go Get Em
Fox Hunt Go Get Em Detail

Jessica Lichtenstein Afterglow

Also on display are the Japanese Manga-influenced works by Jessica Lichtenstein, including the title piece from her Afterglow exhibit seen previously at Gallery nine5.

Afterglow Detail
Afterglow Detail

Lichtenstein’s works are recognizable for the flocks of tiny naked ladies in her images; which, from a distance, can easily be mistaken for blossom clusters. Clever.

Jessica Lichtenstein War
Jessica Lichtenstein: War (2013) Edition of 3

She has also this piece in the show, which is populated with hyper-sexualized, semi-clad females cavorting on WMDs. War is Hell.

Rafa Macarron Caos
Rafa Macarron, Caos

Spanish artist Rafa Macarron has several of his mix-media large canvases in the show. His cartoonish drawings are lots of fun.

Rafa Macarron Caos Detai
Caos, Detail

Ron English
Ron English, All American Lady Lick

Kid Zoom Rose
Kid Zoom, Rose

Psychogeography
Dustin Yellin, Psychogeography Study, Matter

The gallery has a small rear space, where they managed to stage a surprising number of pieces, including these two glass/acrylic sculptures by Dustin Yellin.

Zulu Jungle Cave No. 1
Dustin Yellin, Zulu Jungle Cave No. 1

Warhol Map
Andy Warhol, Map of Eastern USSR Missile Bases

And of course, the Holy Trinity of late, NYC-based pop artists, Warhol, Haring and Basquiat are all represented.

Basquiat Untitled
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled Drawings

Allouche Gallery Pop-Up Space is Located at 148 Wooster Street, Between Price and Houston, in Soho, NYC. Permanent Location Coming Soon!

Gallery View

Camping in the Snow Window Display

Camping
Photo By Gail

Now that we’re in the midst of crazy Winter Storm Action here in NYC, looking at this snow-themed window display of camper-mannequins toasting marshmallows over a fake camp fire actually makes me feel warm. I forgot to pay attention to the name of whatever store this fun display is part of, but it’s on Broadway above Canal Street, perhaps between Grand and Prince. Happy Hunting.