27.2.11

Marta Giardini makes you smile

The Marie Antonietta collection of porcelain bowls was designed by Marta Giardini  to complement her Louis dinnerware. The playful forms of the bowls were inspired by 18th century hair styles and they are produced and hand-painted in Italy. Those ceramic pieces would add to any table with their simple lines that curl up into a smile. Find them at gretelhome.





26.2.11

Philippe Hiquily, an erotic metal sculptor and furniture designer.

The French modernist sculptor, Philippe Hiquily, worked for a full decade creating abstract figurative sculpture before turning his attention in 1960 to making furniture from his favorite sculptural material: metal. His mobiliers are every bit as beautifully crafted, and as overtly erotic, as his sculptures which take as their point of departure the human (female) body in sexually ecstatic positions. 









24.2.11

exotic sleep

I am always inspired by exotic destinations. Indian and African and the Mediterranean culture resonate very strong when they are treated in a rather minimalist and modern space.

AD France

Living etc
Studio Ko

AD Italia

Cote Sud



23.2.11

Architectural Photos by Ezra Stoller
















Yossi Milo Gallery just completed an exhibition of architectural photos by Ezra Stoller (1915-2004). Stoller was the preeminent recorder of American modernist architecture and he used a large format camera to capture the TWA terminal at JFK, the Guggenheim, the Seagram buildings, to name a few, in black and white silver gelatin prints. He was often commissioned by the architects themselves (Wright, Saarinen, Johnson et al.) and what he turned out was exquisite, crisp photographs highlighting the elegant forms, texture and sinuous symmetry of his subjects. One of my favorites is a night scene, where the streets are glistening mirrors with rain and the building glows from within. As a reminder, these photos were taken upon completion of the structure. What is not lost now is the clothing of the few people that populate the photos, the vintage cars, the modernist style of furniture which has also been captured in these scenes. With today's trend for the mid century and a zeitgeist for all things "Mad Men", these depictions look especially stylish in their cold simplicity and slickness. Many of his prints are held in museum collections, however, the gallery offered posthumous prints in this exhibition, which are very reasonable in price.

Paintings and Works on Paper by Hope Gangloff























Right now there are two great solos exhibitions by the young artist, Hope Gangloff. The exhibition at the Susan Inglett Gallery in Chelsea will be open until March while her exhibition at the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut will be open until June. Gangloff, who began her career as an illustrator, draws from a multitude of historical styles and specific painters but her work is completely contemporary and her own. In her paintings and works on paper, you can see vivid colors and forms of the German expressionists in the early 20th century, the whitish, ghostly skin of her figures which reminds one of Egon Schiele, the cropping of space, and the merging of foreground and background creating a compressed, claustrophobic space which was utilized by the modernists, and the use of obsessive line and focus on patterning and decoration found in Klimt. What jars the viewer is the deft combination of these techniques and stylistic devices with the contemporary subject matter of her work. Gangloff works from life and from photographs of her close group of friends, some musicians and other artists, and the ephemera of their life(books, cards, cigarettes, beer bottles). There is a feeling that you are joining the party or the aftermath of the party with her friends and an intense decedent, psychological treatment to her subjects. There is both a comfort and relaxation in their attitude and activities that you would find in an intimate group. Her paintings, acrylic on canvas, are quite large and the figures close to life size and she uses a variety of brilliant colors, while her very intricate smaller drawings, she uses a honed down palette of whites, variations of blue and red inks on clay-coated paper which creates a chalky opacity and serves to intensify the hues. They are beautiful!!

Custom bed

I really appreciate the work done by designers that do not always buy off the shelf products but rather try to customize a space to the client needs and taste. All those beds have been thought to fit a particular room for a particular client, and that is the way it should be done.


Circa

Metropolitan Home

Rees Robert

Elle Deco France
desire to inspire

Pierre Yavanovitch

22.2.11

AD get a revamp, and we like it!

Margaret Russell is the new editor of Architectural Digest. She is bringing a young, fresh and definitely NY/LA feel to the magazine, a direction we will not complain of. I have always missed my european ADs. I love AD spain, germany and France and now I am really hoping to fall in love with this "revamped magazine" that would have the energy, the courage and the inspirational force of its european counterparts.

Jacobsen Architecture

Juan Montaya

Martha Sturdy

Mindel & Assoc

The wireman group

Sharing with more than two...

It is vacation time again! We are going with three families. Each of them have three kids, what do we do? A classic among my friends, I believe we all have or will face that problem. I love those custom solutions, that allows four kids to share a fabulous place without the "train couchette" feeling. (Note: the play with the windows)

Yh2 Architect


John Maniscalco
Elle Deco

Desire to inspire

Living etc

NY Times


21.2.11

Sharing is caring!

When two young people need to share a bedroom, there are more options than the classic bunk beds.
From two beds built in the wall to the parallel beds, we found lots of creative ways to avoid the boring off-the-shelves solution.

Leroy Street Studio

Houzz

Living etc

Twin Sahl
Desire To Inspire
Metropolitan Home


20.2.11

White and fresh mornings?

There is something about waking up in a summer house. We often leave the city on Friday night, in the middle of the crowd, just to be able to wake up in a fresh house, windows all opened, curtains moving with the wind, white linen etc... I am missing it so much right now...

Desire to Inspire

Desire to Inspire

Lonny Magazine

Marie Claire Maison