Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Must Read.

We're incredibly excited about a new book by Daniel Abadie featuring the work of French sculptors, husband and wife team Francois-Xavier and Claude Lalanne. This is the most complete monograph to be published on the Lalannes,whose work is featured in major museums and galleries around the world and we can assure you this stunning tome is a must-have for any design enthusiasts. We should know - we gave ourselves an early Christmas present! To see more of their work click here and to pick up a book for yourself or a friend click here!
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

French Connection.

Photographer Karine Laval has been a dear friend of ours for almost 10 years. In fact, we can remember sitting on the beach out in Montauk with her years ago while she studied books on photography and fiddled with a classic Leica-type camera, taking numerous candid and posed shots. It was then that she told us she wanted to be a photographer. Knowing Karine (who moved here from Paris) and her adventurous spirit we were certain it wouldn't be long before she made good on this goal. Since then, she's not only full-filled her passion for photography but she has built an impressive resume with dozens of exhibitions throughout the United States as well as Europe and garnered critical acclaim along the way. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek International and many other respected publications. Exit magazine says "Her photographs are notably spontaneous, reminiscent of the photographs of masters such as Cartier Bresson and Eggleston, for she shares a similar use of color as an expressive tool." Represented by the highly respected Bonni Benrubi Gallery here in New York, Laval currently has a must-see solo exhibition entitled "Leisure" at the Tomas Maier gallery in Miami following Art Basel. We couldn't be more proud of Karine and her success and we hope you'll check out her brilliant photography here!

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pickin' & Grinnin'

Design Therapy was recently asked to guest blog for Decorati, the leading world-wide resource for high-end interior design products and designer portfolios, and of course we jumped at the opportunity. They asked us to select our favorite holiday picks from their online vendors and we chose close to 30 products ranging from lighting, rugs, to antiques. We've always been big fans of Decorati and are always pleasantly surprised at the plethora of resources they have available, especially with modern furnishings! We thought we'd share with you some of the amazing products we discovered on Decorati.
We chose these items because quite simply we think each one is beautifully designed. Individually, each piece is strong enough to stand on it's on yet could easily assimilate into any particular aesthetic whether it be modern or traditional. We've always been inspired by nature and were drawn to the organic forms and materials used with many of these items. In addition, we're big fans of the international style that developed during the industrial revolution and have always loved the idea of combining these two schools of thought-the handcrafted alongside the machine made. For the official post on Decorati's blog please click here. Enjoy our Picks!
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Stroll Patrol!

Attention New York Shoppers! Today, December 11th, your favorite stores, restaurants, and art galleries in SoHo will be staying open late, offering discounts, promotions, and refreshments to shoppers wearing the red SoHo Holiday Stroll bracelet. To learn more about how to get your bracelet and to find out who's participating click here. Of course, there will be incredible deals from Houston to Canal but one of the stores we're most excited about visiting is Aero Studios where you can get 20% off any in store merchandise. We adore Thomas O'Brien's keen sense of style and are always inspired by anything he puts his thumb print on whether it's for Hickory Chair, Reed and Barton, or Visual Comfort. Hope you guys can make it out this evening. Happy Strolling!
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Monday, December 8, 2008

Brock Star!

A smart, chic new gallery has come on to Design Therapy's radar - and we're excited about some of the things we're seeing! Brock Galerie opened its doors a few months ago in a developing area on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles and is sure to make itself a notable destination amongst designers and collectors alike. The crisp white-walled gallery showcases a beautiful collection of objects, artwork, and furniture - ranging from anonymous industrial pieces to very well-known ones by designers like Jean Prouve, Poul Kjaerholm, and Bruno Mathsson. What sets this gallery apart, though, is its rigorous, and yet unexpected, curation. This gallery with a real, fresh point-of-view should definitely be among the top of anyone's short list of Los Angeles "Hot Spots."
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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Alma Knack.

Alma Allen is a self-taught sculptor whose miniature works of art are both "utterly natural and unmistakably man-made." Using found wood, stone, and sometimes bone pieces, Allen meticulously sands and polishes each item creating smooth whimsical objects that are equally clever and stunning. "Sexuality, fertility, aggression, and humor flow out of his mind over his objects" according to his website which is certainly evident with the shapes and forms found in each sculpture. We're crazy about his work and are hoping we can make it to Boston to see his latest exhibition that just opened this weekend at the Anthony Greaney Gallery. Click here to see more of his objects and let us know what you think.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hall of Fame.

We just got back from Interior Design Magazine's Hall of Fame dinner at the Waldorf Astoria and we're pretty much speechless. Bottom line is we were totally blown away by this year's honorees which included:

-Steven Harris, Lucien Rees Roberts of Steven Harris Architects & Ress Roberts+Partner

-Gwynne Pugh and Lawrence Scarpa of Pugh + Scarpa Architects

-Takashi Sugimoto founder and president of Super Potato Co.

-Erwin Hauer

We may have to collect our thoughts before we say too much more, but one thing is certain-Cindy Allen, editor of Interior Design, completely outdid herself with this year's selection. Again-we have to process our thoughts. In the meantime-we've collected some images from each honoree that we find incredibly inspiring. Enjoy! (click on the + sign to move slides faster or click on the individual slide show to see still images.)

Monday, December 1, 2008

All About Eve.

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, had plenty to eat and got rested up for round two of the upcoming holiday season. We had a nice little break here at Design Therapy, but we're back and ready to blog! So without further ado, here we go...We've been paying attention to interior designer Eve Robinson for some time now, and have always admired her understated interiors. However, it's this latest project in which she collaborated with architect Peter Pennoyer that we find especially inspiring. Perhaps it's the colors used, the artwork, the electic mix of furnishings or all of the above but we think this Park Avenue townhouse is a HOME run! Known for her sophisticated classic modern designs, Robinson opened her firm back in 1990 and has since been featured in House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Metropolitan Home, Interior Design as well as a host of other shelter magazines and books. We'll definitely be paying closer attention to this talented designer and look forward to follwing her already accomplished career . In the meantime, here's to you Mrs. Robinson.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

We know, We's a day early, but we're taking a few days off and wanted to make sure we had an opportunity to wish you a happy holiday! Walton Ford is one of our favorite artists who we first discovered years ago when we saw the above Wild Turkey painting at the Museum of Modern Art. Since then, we've become obsessed with his work, buying his books, going to his exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and checking in on his new work at the Paul Kasmin Gallery here in New York. Ford is one of the premier naturalist painter's of our time, and his watercolors of birds, mammals and other powerful creatures have often been described as "Audubon on Viagra". He is immensely talented when it comes to his skillful and colorful technique but he's also got an insanely wild imagination. Look beyond the main subject in any one of his paintings and you'll discover a deeper narrative with numerous subplots. This man is a true artistic genius and we couldn't be more thankful for the abundant inspiration he's provided us over the years. To see more of his work click here and if you really want to invest in learning more about Ford click here. In the meantime, we hope each of you have a wonderful, safe, healthy Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Fantastic News.

We're excited to report that Lange Production is re-issuing this brilliant chair designed by the late Danish furniture designer Grete Jalk. Known as the GJ chair, this molded plywood masterpiece was first introduced in 1963 at the Daily Mail International Furniture competition. Jalk won the British competition and later that year the Museum of Modern Art bought the chair where it's remained in their permanent collection ever since. Due to the complexity of the design, only around 300 copies were originally produced and only a few of those remain in existence today. Lange Production has chosen to launch the furniture in their original wood species, Teak and Oregon Pine, and have added a new black stained ash model. You can find the chair here in the States at Suite New York. We've included a slideshow to highlight more of Jalk's incredible designs, but to see more of her work as well as other Danish Modern masterpieces you should definitely click here to order the new beautifully photographed book by Andrew Hollingsworth.
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Beyond DelighTED!

We've long considered Ted Muehling one of today's most inspiring master craftsman so you can imagine how thrilled we were to finally get his new book "Ted Muehling: A portrait by Don Freeman." This beautifully photographed tome focuses not only on Muehling's stunning jewelry, but also on his many creations for companies such as Steuben, E.R. Butler, Nymphenburg, and Austrian glass maker Lobmeyr. In addition, there are incredible images of what inspires Muehling, as well as photographs showing his studio which is scattered with natural objects ranging from antlers, fossils, shells, stones, pinecones, feathers, coral, branches and bird's nests. “Rocks, shells, eggs, and insects all inspire me, and humble me as a designer,” Muehling says. “I try to keep shapes restrained, abstracting forms in nature, transforming them through the imperative to make objects that look beautiful and work beautifully. My designs trace the invisible forms that exist between nature and our perceptions of it.” We're crazy about this book and consider it a must have for anyone who truly appreciates stellar design. To learn more about it click here.

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