Posts Tagged ‘interior design’

The latest issue of the Wall Street Journal Magazine features a series of ‘Calderesque’ light fixtures.  The dramatic arrangement of the elements in the fixtures would translate well as pendants, suspended on a cable necklace. 

The photo on the left features a fixture from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio“Ladies & Gentlemen Studio is a  bi-coastal based design studio operating between Seattle and Brooklyn and embracing the best of both coasts. L&G Studio’s aesthetic and design philosophy is a balanced blend of warm minimalism, playful austerity, and simple sophistication.”

The photo on the right features the Helix Variant from lighting designer Bec Brittain & sculptor Hilda Hillstrom  and ” pairs LED lights and brass forms with pigmented jesmonite, illuminating the relationship between planar forms and volume.”



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Today’s post includes artists who are kindred spirits, who elevate the flotsam of our daily living to a new level and a new life. 

brenda guyton2Brenda Guyton’s work reflects her interest in artificial intelligence and biological adaptations. “In the body of work I am currently building, my intent is to shift the viewer’s perspective.  The figurative elements combine with the electronic parts to evoke images of the “future is now” melding of biological creature with machine “life”.  Perhaps one day our very thoughts will be software, riding on an electric network of consciousness.”

michelle stitzleinIn addition to creating artwork from recycled materials, Michelle Stitzlein has created a series of workshops, demonstrations and lectures for children, adults and teachers focusing on the use of bottle caps and other recycled materials. She “has been creating sculpture with recycled materials as a full-time artist since 2000 in her Baltimore, OH, studio. Her work has been shown in art and craft museums nationally. She has visited over 50 elementary schools and organizations as an artist-in-residence and continues to share her passion for creating with humble materials in her books, workshops, presentations and exhibitions.”


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Identical twins, Mike and Doug Starn’s work encompasses conceptual photographs and installations. “In the summer of 2010, their temporary site-specific installation Big Bambú transformed the Metropolitan Museum’s rooftop into an evolving, interactive waveform made entirely of bamboo poles; a version of the piece later appeared at the 2011 Venice Biennial. Another work by the Starns, the mosaic, fused-glass and stainless steel installation See it split, see it change, is permanently on view at the South Ferry subway station.”

For the featured photo, Mike and Doug mounted microscopic lenses on a large format camera and photographed actual  snowflakes in the midst of a storm.  The photograph, one of 50 gift suggestions, was printed as a full page in the December 6-7 edition of the  Wall Street Journal as a gift to the readers. 

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Monica-Rudquist-Monica Rudquist works primarily in porcelain and is know for her distinctive spiral design. “I love forming a piece of clay on the wheel while it is in a fluid state and I am compelled to create forms which retain this fluidity and gesture,” the Minneapolis artist explains. “I am curious about how far I can push the clay. I test these limits by cutting and recombining thrown forms. This begins a dialogue with the clay that spurs more questionsand responses to the developing form. I choose to work with traditionally functional objects because it introduces the possibility of creating sculptural forms that relate to people on a personal level.”

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DSCN2370One of the beautiful fabrics that we saw at the fall furniture market was this printed velvet at Sherrill Furniture, reminiscent of William Morris and the Art Nouveau style. There are several color combinations included in this fabric that are now on my TO DO list.

The predominant color was still orange, the 2012 color of the year, but this time toned into bittersweet.


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camille walalaLet’s add a little pop to our Friday with this design from Camille Walala.  “The simple desire to put a smile on people’s faces is one of the key objectives behind Camille Walala’s work. Based in London, her namesake brand was established in 2009 and since then her tribal pop prints have shouted from a myriad of products for the home and body in high octane colour.”

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altuzarraNothing is more classic than the spiral in jewelry design. Altuzarra includes several reverse cuff necklaces with spiral accents in his Spring 2014 collection. I think we can place this in the ‘we can do this category’.

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