Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

We know, We know...it'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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Friday, November 21, 2008

Thank God It's Friday!

Not sure about you, but our week was a little
nutty and we're thrilled the weekend's finally
here. We thought we'd share some music from a
group we like to listen to when we need to unwind.
The Clientele has a retro-Bristish 60's
sound that is lush, mellow and above all relaxing.
Click on the above arrow to listen to several songs
from this talented UK band. We also wanted to let you
know about a new wallpaper source we just learned
about: Wallpaper Lab. Based here in New York and
founded by Ron Keyson in 2006, WL collaborates
with contemporary artists to translate their studio works
into conceptually heroic wallpaper and wall stickers.
The print in the above cassette is a detail from a paper
created by artist Markus Linnenbrink. Hope you guys
have a nice relaxing weekend and we'll see you
next week.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008


We had to give a presentation this evening in which one of the things we spoke about was growing up in the South surrounded by so many beautiful, natural resources, illustrating why nature has so much influence on our design sensibility. We were also brought up around a menagerie of animals ranging from livestock, to wildlife as well more traditional pets. With that in mind, we couldn't help but think about these whimsical bowls designed by Hella Jongerius for Nymphenburg that we simply adore. Jongerius has become known for the special way she fuses industry and craft, high and low tech, tradition and the contemporary. After graduating Eindhoven Design Academy in 1993 she started her own design company, Jongeriuslab, through which she produces her own projects and projects for clients such as Maharam, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, Vitra and IKEA. Her work has been shown at museums and galleries such as the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, MoMA, the Design Museum, Galerie KREO and Moss gallery here in New York (where these bowls are now available.) We'll give 100 dollars to the first person that sends us one!

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Yellow Fever!

This is one of our absolute favorite projects by the legendary Gio Ponti. In the early 1950's wealthy Venezuelans Armando and Anala Planchart flew to Milan with a mission: to persuade Modern Maestro Gio Ponti to design them a home overlooking Caracas. They got what they wanted and the end result is nothing short of Spectacular! Not only did Ponti design the house he also designed most of it's furnishings. We can't say enough about this space, other than it brings us complete Joy!
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hi, Society.

If you live in New York and haven't done so, please do yourself a favor and go visit The Japan Society. Designed by architect
Junzo Yoshimura with furnishings by master woodworker George Nakashima, this internationally known non-profit organization opened it's doors in 1971 to provide information on Japan and to experience the Japanese culture. The architecture, which includes a stunning backdrop of indoor gardens, a reflecting pool and a waterfall, is worth the trip alone, but the Society is also one of the premier U.S. institutions to showcase Japanese art. Currently there's an incredible exhibition titled: New Bamboo-Contemporary Japanese Masters. "This is the world's first exhibition devoted exclusively to Japanese bamboo as a sculptural medium, featuring 23 innovators, old and young, who explore to the full the tension between traditional skill and new expressive opportunities." If you can't make it to the show in person click here to see more of this incredible art form. And If you can get there, make sure you stop by their gift shop which has the most fantastic assortment of traditional and contemporary japanese gifts! (Also-we apologize for the late post...we're still playing catch-up from our trip to Dallas and we've got quite a busy week ahead of us.)
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dallas Maverick.

Design Therapy is spending the weekend in Dallas visiting family, so we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to highlight someone from the Lone Star State whose work we admire, Dallas based interior designer Emily Summers. Named one of Architectural Digest's top 100 designers, Summers uses a spare modern approach to create elegant and fresh contemporary interiors that intergrate art and architecture. With clients throughout Texas as well as Aspen, Colorado and Jackson Hole, Wyoming she has developed quite a reputation for her use of restraint. Summers says she "loves serene rooms where art is more important than wallcoverings" and she subcribes to the theory that "a room is finished when you cannot remove something without its being missed..." We couldn't agree more. Hope everyone has a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week! (if you feel like smiling...be sure to click on Dallas!)
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A WiseMan's Nature.

This evening we attended a preview of The Object Show at R 20th Century in Tribeca curated by owner's Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman. It's a brilliant collection of objects designed by a talented mix of artisans including Wendell Castle, Paula Hayes, Julia Krantz, Renate Muller, and Jeff Zimmerman to name a few. However, being the nature lovers we are , there was one person in particular who really stood out and whose work we've always admired. 26 year old RISD grad David Wiseman is a gifted craftsman who has a "unique aesthetic informed by his deep appreciation for subtleties in nature, such as the texture of bark or a pattern of moss growing on a rock. In his practice, David highlights these details, and brings his distinct perception of the wilderness to his objects." The above faceted bronze vase was one of our favorite pieces at tonight's show as well as a small bronze branch with porcelain blossoms similar to the branch chandelier in the above photo. Some of you may recognize Wiseman's work from his installation on the ceiling at the Cooper Hewitt Museum for 2006's National Design Triennial (fourth photo above). We're obsessed with the crystal pieces he designed for Artel (last photo). Phenomenal! The Object Show runs through January 10th and we strongly recommend you stop by to see this incredible display of true craftsmanship at it's best.

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