Monday, November 26, 2012

A Testimony of Serpent Handling.

This work by documentary photographer Hunter Barnes provides a unique and intimate portrait of a small community of Serpent Handlers in West Virginia. This devout way of life finds its roots in the King James Bible, with followers believing that the literal interpretation of passages of Mark and Luke regarding handling poisonous serpents and drinking lethal poisons is central to their faith. With lyrical reflections accompanying his photographs, Hunter’s sensitive study brings beauty and understanding to a perhaps misunderstood practice. In recording this slowly diminishing community, this photographic collection also provides a valuable service to the cultural history of the United States. 

A Testimony of Serpent Handling is a limited, numbered edition of 1000 books (we were lucky enough to buy one of the first editions!) To order one for yourself or if you're interested in purchasing a print click here! There will be an exhibition of this work starting December 13th at Milk Gallery located at 450 West 15th Street here in New York. In the meantime, be sure and watch the video below to learn more about Hunter's thoughts behind this fascinating culture. Bookmark and Share

Let's Get This Party Started.

We were recently asked by Remodelista to pin some holiday entertaining ideas on Pinterest. We've attached a few images above, but you can see even more ideas by clicking here. And if you want to read our thoughts behind our selections be sure and check out the original post on Remodelista. We appreciate their invitation to share our tips and hope to collaborate with them again in the near future...we've always been big fans of this inspiring blog! Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Set Your DVR.

We were recently asked to design a new Woody exclusively for Bulleit Bourbon and we're excited to learn it had been selected as one of the nine fantasy gifts for the 2012 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. The Woody has always been a labor of love and this one in particular is even more special with a lot of extras. To learn more about all of the bells and whistles click here!

We want to thank Bulleit, Moore and Giles Leather, John Davis from Silver Tear Campers and everyone else involved who made this partnership with Bulleit a reality.  This has been an incredible venture and we certainly couldn't have pulled it off on our own. 

And now the Woody is making it's first Live National Television Debut tomorrow morning, Wednesday October 24th on NBC's Today Show. We can't wait-we've been big fans of the Today Show for years and we're excited to finally be able to say we've made it onto the plaza! Be sure and tune in and let us know what you think about the new Woody as well as some of Neiman's other fantasy gifts! (Sure hope we get to meet Matt, Al, Natalie and Savannah...) Stay tuned! Oh..and to learn a little bit about what happened behind the scenes, check out this video of the Woody being made. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Holey Moley.

During October 2012, SUITE New York with Swarovski and Lange Production will present the third installment of The Pink Project. Following two wildly successful years, 2012’s The Pink Jalk Project to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation promises even more excitement, creativity and monies raised. SUITE New York launched The Pink Project in hopes of harnessing the wealth of talent found in the design world into a philanthropic enterprise to raise awareness for BCRF and their mission to achieve both prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime. 

For the first time, The Pink Project spotlights a chair designed by a woman. This year’s chair is the GJ Chair designed by Grete Jalk. Twenty leading interior designers, architects and design icons have been asked to customize the iconic GJ Chair in personal homage to BCRF and their worldwide initiatives. 

Our studio was one of the lucky design firms asked to participate and we came up with the design you see above. This iconic chair is so beautiful on it's own that we couldn't imagine trying to add to it. With that in mind, we decided to explore the idea of subtraction and what the chair would become by taking something away. In doing so, we soon discovered there was a certain beauty in making something more fragile while still maintaining it's integrity. As Sigmend Freud once said, "Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength". 

You can see some of the other chairs and learn more about the project in the New York Times T magazine and then start bidding this Monday at Charity Buzz. Good Luck! Bookmark and Share

Book Report: Roman and Williams.

It's the beginning of fall which means a plethora of new design books are headed our way.  One we're eager to get our hands on is the new Roman and Williams book: Building & Interiors: Things We Made. For their tenth anniversary, the design studio presents projects that blend the spirit of our collective history with a modernist edge. Roman and Williams’s style honors craftsmanship, the use of natural materials, and the overlooked in unexpected ways. Their understated, glamorous sensibility is imparted in Manhattan’s Ace Hotel interiors and restaurant The Breslin, The Standard Hotel, with its iconic Boom Boom Room, and the Royalton lobby. For such popular restaurants as The Dutch (one of our favorite restaurants!), the duo created environments with textured backdrops that reference a rich past with a contemporary sensibility. Their innovative work has captured the attention of firms such as Facebook—they recently completed its campus food hall—and their residences for celebrities such as Ben Stiller and Gwyneth Paltrow are equally imaginative. This book surveys the firm’s prestige projects, presented with Alesch’s architectural hand drawings and sketches and detailed views. Also included is their loft and Montauk home, which serve as design laboratories, and a collection of furnishings and fixtures. Wound up! Bookmark and Share

Light and Landscape.

One of our favorite fall destinations, Storm King, has a new exhibition entitled Light and Landscape. The show features work by fourteen artists who use natural light as an essential artistic material, much as they would use marble, paint, or wood. They take inspiration from the sun, moon, and stars; from lightning and fire. Their works highlight not only the visual experience of natural light, but also its vast impact on our daily lives and ecosystem. 

Storm King Art Center provides an inimitable setting for an exhibition about light, and its 500-acre landscape has proven inspiring to many. Ten works on display are site-specific, or made expressly for this exhibition. The exhibition is interspersed among Storm King’s permanent collection, both inside and out. The show runs through November learn more click here! Bookmark and Share


R 20th Century has a new exhibition entitled AFTER, curated by Kelly Behun and Alex P. White of kelly behun | STUDIO.  kelly behun | STUDIO is an interior design firm that operates on a laboratory model where experimentation is encouraged and collaborations with contemporary artists produce pioneering designs for the residential environment. AFTER marks the first public exhibition to present these designs as well as Behun and White's innovative vision for contemporary interior design. It also incorporates vintage and contemporary works from R 20th Century selected by Behun and White. Featured designers include Wendell Castle, Julia Krantz, Oscar Niemeyer and Jeff Zimmerman, who will present a custom illuminated sculpture. The show runs through October 27th and is definitely worth checking out...(pretty trippy!) To learn more click here!Bookmark and Share

Book Report: Interiors Atelier AM.

We recently received a copy of the new book showcasing the work of design firm Atelier AM and it does not disappoint. We've always been big fans of their work and admire their distinct point of view. A deft hand at creating interiors that mix materials, both rough-hewn and luxurious, antique and modern, marks the work of Alexandra and Michael Misczynski, the husband-and-wife team behind the Los Angeles–based firm Atelier AM. Only ten years after establishing their business, the couple has garnered a keen reputation for creating environments that are sensory experiences—visually sublime interiors enhanced with subtle, textural palettes. Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century furniture commingle with modernist pieces and ancient objects. Background colors and materials are muted and refined. Interiors Atelier AM showcases a selection of residences—each exhibiting the firm’s skill at mixing furniture and objects with backgrounds such as antique flooring and Venetian plaster, with bold and modern results. Their high-profile clients include Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise and the Michael Eisners. With text written by our good friend Mayer Russ, this book is a nice addition to any design library and one we know we'll reference for years to come. Bookmark and Share

Architecture & Design Film Festival.

Now in its fourth season, ADFF has become the premier festival for showcasing films about architecture and design. This year's festival at Tribeca Cinemas will offer more than 25 films from around the world, panel discussions with design leaders and filmmakers and architectural driving tours of lower Manhattan in a new Audi A8! To learn more here! In the meantime, below is a clip from one of this year's films we're excited about seeing...enjoy!
Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island from Design Onscreen on Vimeo. Bookmark and Share

Congrats Mr. Castle.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum will open Wendell Castle: Wandering Forms—Works from 1959–1979, the first major museum exhibition of the iconic American designer’s work in over twenty years, and the only one to focus exclusively on the period when he defined his inimitable style of ground-breaking sculptural furniture. 

The Aldrich will celebrate the opening with a preview benefit on Friday, October 19, 2012. The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, October 20, 2012, when the Museum will host a panel discussion and book signing at 2 pm. The exhibition coincides with Castle’s eightieth birthday and is accompanied by an illustrated monograph co-published by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and Gregory R. Miller & Co. To learn more click here! Bookmark and Share

Flower Power.

For the first time since Philip Johnson lived in his iconic Glass House, fresh flowers will be on display there, bringing new life to the building's interiors. The Glass House has launched a program, announced by Director Henry Urbach, to reintroduce fresh flower arrangements, which have not been seen in the house since Philip Johnson's and his partner, David Whitney's, passing in 2005. Local designer Dana Worlock will reinterpret Whitney's original plant selection, adding and adapting to suit the specific environmental conditions and seasonal changes of the Glass House. To learn more click here!
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012


We just put on our "perfection" eyeglasses and what did we see? This incredible room from Wild Bird in Big Sur designed by San Francisco architect, Nathaniel A. "Nat" Owings (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill). To see more images of this phenomenal house click here!

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Design Acquisition.

Expanding on its dominance of the Danish furniture business, Carl Hansen & Son has just acquired P.J. Furniture. In addition to Rud Rasmussen, the Danish company founded in 1869 and taken under the Hansen umbrella in 2011, this now gives the Carl Hansen, which dates from 1908, a portfolio that includes designs by Ole Wanscher.

"P.J. Furniture will be gradually integrated into the Carl Hansen & Son Group and will help strengthen our brand. We feel certain the products will have no trouble taking their rightful place amoung out other world-class designers and high-end furniture classics. Ole Wanscher's collection comprises excellent products and our expectations are very high. In this regard, we have both the obligation and the opportunity to manufacture and market some of the finest Danish furniture on the international market," says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son.

This Colonial Chair was originally designed by Wanscher in 1949, during a period of fascination with the design of 18th century English furniture. The chair went into production in the mid-1950s and has remained in production since. With the Carl Hansen American presence, the Colonial Chair is just one Danish design that will become widely available in the U.S.