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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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EmmanuelKasongoEmmanuel Kasongo is a Congolese jewelry artist who works with tiny glass seed beads to create jewelry with a ‘riot of color’. “Emmanuel Kasongo creates art jewelry, that is fabulous, vibrant, colorful and yet are totally wearable, statement pieces. Tubular beaded necklaces made from tiny glass beads in a myriad of unexpected colorations, filling fine Italian mesh tubes. His necklaces, bracelets and earings are a riot of color and color combinations, not simply filling a mesh tube in a single skein, but threaded, braided and knotted together in a riot of shapes with fanned and pointed ends. His African heritage clearly expressing itself through his art, honed and directed by his Parisian childhood, moving from his native Congo to Paris, where he began his career in fashion. Kasongo lived in both Paris and Milan, and worked for the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Marithe Francois Girbaud and Romeo Gigli, sourcing, planning and organizing fashion shows and events.”

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aja vazA search for Aja Vaz will lead you to her blog, etsy and facebook pages…but little else in the way of a background. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, follow the link to Aja Vaz’ Google Images.

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magick fusagerFalcher Fusager’s jewelry is meant to focus the wearer on their inner strengths and the harmony within. “Being an artist is a tremendous privilege, one that I treasure every day. Art, to me, embodies life’s magnificence and offers ways to communicate a dimension of emotion and experiences that can not else be seen or touched. Each of my designs embody distinctive senses of emotion and experiences..Harmony, Serenity, Creations, Abundance, Exploration & Revelations. 

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Alison-Sigethy-Sea-JewelsWatching the photos on Alison Sigethy’s home page brings a tranquility to the moment…and this is one of the goals of her creative process. The other goal is repurposing discarded materials and giving them a new life form“My choice in glass is largely environmental – structural glass, which makes up the majority of all manufactured glass, is not recycled but buried in land fills – so using building glass is part of my mission. But I also enjoy the challenge of taking a cold, hard sterile material and giving it new life as an organic form. People often comment that my work looks like it’s living, growing or in motion, and nothing could please me more.”

I can certainly use a moment of tranquility after returning from a wonderful vacation in coastal South Carolina. I worked up to cycling 6 miles each morning, crossing vistas of marsh and jungle like terrain…all so very un-Ohio. Now I am back to city life and all of the accoutremon of work, house for sale and a weeds that are calling my name. OH WELL…

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Today’s post features one of the 400+ photos that we took at the Atlanta market last week. It has only been in recent years that photography has been allowed in the showrooms. Taking photos rather than making notes, allows the buyer to move at a much faster pace and cover more showrooms.

aqua-gold-croppedThe color that remains strong is aqua…but in a muted tone rather than the bright summer color of several years ago.  Love the addition of antique gold banding to separate the creamy color of the base and the aqua.

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sonia-king“Mosaic is hard. Art is harder.”…words of wisdom from Sonia King. Scroll through Sonia King’s Google images  for a feast of color, neutrals and visual textures.

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