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I stumbled across this glassware by Joseph Hoffman in a Wall Street Journal insert entitled…The Future of Everything. His background is fascinating, but the scope of his life’s work is amazing…furniture, glassware, architecture, jewelry etc.

With an eye that favored strict geometric shapes, Josef Hoffmann was in many ways anticipatory of the cubist movement. His fondness for the square was so well-known that the architect and designer earned the nickname Quadrati-Hoffmann (Square Hoffman) among his peers.

Hoffmann was among the rare breed of designers who could make anything. Coming to prominence at the turn of the 20th century, the Austrian creative put his mark on everything from lounge chairs and silverware to a modernist sanatorium. Hoffmann undoubtedly owed much of his success to good company—working alongside artists like Koloman Moser and Gustav Klimt, the young Hoffmann founded the Vienna Secession, an organization of artists that held exhibitions of progressive work as a reaction to the prevailing conservatism of the art world.”

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Recently, the Wall Street Journal’s Art Review featured a mural by Stuart Davis. “Swing Landscape”, one of a series of murals commissioned by the WPA, features the docks, houses and landscapes of Gloucester, Mass. “At some 7 by 14 feet, it explodes at us. The art historian Meyer Schapiro likened it to a “brass band.” It immediately established Davis as one of the most powerful of modern colorists.”

Stuart is considered “one of the century’s most accomplished muralists. And “Swing Landscape” (1938) is surely one of the greatest paintings of modern American art, a glorious summation of all Davis had been and was still to be.”

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GuilioMenossi_Primavera_La_Luminosa_via_del_cuoreAfter many years of working with bits of glass, Giulio Menossi is still playing with heart and spirit. “His ouevre is characterized by elegant, sweeping structural arcs always emblazoned with color, color, color.  There is a joie de vivre and playfulness here derived from slashes of color that look like they could have been made by crayons and his completely uncensored use of materials.  Lego pieces snuggle up to pearls; smalti and marble provide the background for a bunch of twigs.  What life!  What fun!”

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In this article from Mosaic Art Now, he describes his journey and what inspires him.

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gucci-editedYikes!!! It has been almost two months since my last post. My excuse…well, travel, working at and for the Co-Op and…procrastination!!!

As an amends, I found the perfect ‘back to work’ featured photo. It doesn’t get any better than ants, snakes, butterflies, lady bugs and beetles on silk organdy. We can thank Gucci for this amazing combination. Scroll through the whole Pre-Fall 2016 collection for more ‘interesting’ design inspiration.

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While flipping through the pages of the High Point Accessories Preview book, metallics appear to be ‘THE’ surface for Spring 2016. I apologize for the quality of the photos. Most of the items are new and the items have not been published online.

The feature photo is an oil from Prestige Art. The reflective nature of the gold veining is not apparent in this photo, but I see translating design into a marbled polymer surface or even mokume gane. Love the tonal effect of the grays in contrast to the gold.

flow decorThe trio of lamps from Flowdecor, features the metallics in a traditional greek key columnar shape, a sleek contemporary paired with acrylic and a glass & textural base.

Gold appears to dominate the metallic landscape this year, followed by bronze and then silver.

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legacy linen_editedThe next few posts will feature the colors, textures & trends from the Spring 2016 High Point Furniture Market. The preview books arrived yesterday and after a quick perusal, it appears this deep blue is ‘THE’ color. How to describe it…HMMM!!! The deeper blues in this beautiful agate are close, as is the background color of blueprints.

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sarah bagshawSarah Bagshaw’s work is informed by artists and designers working in a wide range of disciplines. That description applies to the underlying design process of many artists. We collect, study and ponder the world around us and then transform or translate those insights. Sarah Bagshawmakes one-off pattern designs using handmade processes (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and collage) combined with Photoshop. I use Photoshop in an experimental manner and love ‘happy accidents’.”

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