Thursday, December 31, 2009
We lost Mr. Cunningham this year but when our friend Elizabeth Davies passed along this picture I thought is was the most forward looking image I have seen in a long while. Let's all leap forward with only the very special chairs on your back.....Happy New Year Annie
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
We visited our dear friend Serban Ionescu in Greenpoint at the first of the week. He gave us a tour of his most recent project- A Major and A Miner. An architectural puzzle for five people which resides in a loft space. Serban's partners in crime are Justin Smith, Jim Dietlein aka "The Objectionists" and building support from Narek Gevorgian and Brian Nemeth. Serban served some Polish pink tea-which I will always now associate with formal precision....
We finally got to take a walk in Brooklyn's Greenwood Cemetery this trip. We have been working in this neighborhood for four years and have never gotten to take the time. It is an extraordinary place. An architectural history lesson with styles ranging from Gothic to Brooklyn Polshek Brand Modern and a little 19th century Chrystal Palace across the street at the convenient florist......
New York was full of surprises this trip. We did not follow the "plan" this time and we saw wonderful things . While seeing the Nutcracker (again) at Lincoln Center what do I spy in the lobby-a lobby I love more as Lincoln Center makes corporate- like changes-more later-BUT a beautiful Lee Bontecou piece. Absolutely giant-10-12 feet long. One can stick their head in one of her deep rabbit wholes. I was thrilled so special to be so close to such great work. Go visit it.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I didn't get to show this piece completed before Christmas because it was a gift. The chair was the recipients grandmother's and I worked from Eudora Welty's story The Optimist's Daughter. The recipient is a wonderful woman who reminds me of the characters of "The Bridesmaid's"-the group of women that you grew up with who in all times of crisis whisk in with pound cake and tomato aspic for funerals to hip surgery.....This chair is a homage to such love and community.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
So we leave for Brooklyn in the morning. I want to see the Droog Store in Soho, the new Cooper Union building, the new Museum of Chinese in America and this little show at Art Since 1969 gallery with Mary Heilman furniture. And the Crawford family tradition of seeing the Neapolitan baroque creche at the Metropolitian. Oh! I forgot to say-see you next year- Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!! Annie
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Christmas is funny in the South. Sometimes its not that pretty or picturesque lets say. The leaves on the trees are gone , its abit gray and its not going to snow probably. But the christmas lights are very crazy. Just shear determination to celebrate..........
Friday, December 18, 2009
I stumbled upon this very nice idea via Design Observer. Yale design student Benjamin Critton has sent up a forum to examine consumption. Everyday for 100 days he is putting a object owned by him up for sale-the project is called Surplus. I own a lot of the things he wants to sell but I will watch avidly anyway.....
It looks like Little Building Cafe will be on the road alot in early spring. It has be chosen for presentations at the ACSA conference in New Orleans in March as well as the IDEC Conference in Atlanta. And perhaps some chairs will show up at a show at SCAD. We will keep you posted.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The work of Henrique Oliveira really brings forward the idea that material, material from the world in and of itself will make space. There may be a time when drywall and applied claddings will not be in favor. Something to look for in the architectural world-the art world has it happening....
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I guess I missed this last summer-a project by the Starn brothers-Big Bambu. A bamboo structure built over a year long period with no preconceived notion of its end. The building, un-building, re-building of material capabilties.....amazing.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
One person I learned about while reading the Art Basil coverage is Julia Lohmann. I had of course seen her cow benches at MOMA and were not that interested but looking at her web site you see her process and her interest in materials. her work owes a lot to Eva Hesse and is akin visually to hot designer Neri Oxman. I find her authenticity, well authentic. Look up what this multiple study is from...but very beautiful.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I have been trying to sort out how disappointed I have been with the images coming out of Dutch Design Week as well as Art Basil/Miami. I know I should not try to critique virtually but as a teacher I am trying to figure it out. So I was very pleased to see this project by Maarten Baas in the New York Times this weekend. He torched the paneling for the wine cellar/dining room- this is an exciting extension of the torch work...didn't know it could move forward. Great.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Well we finally did it. After years of being a "sustainable practice", driving a Prius and having the garbage men look at me with suspicion as he takes our ONE garbage bag; we made our own tree. Rational includes,"we are designers and we should design everything", "we are in NYC during the xmas week and its a waste"...but it is fun to start a new tradition in the middle of it all....oh and the blonde barbie angel is a tradition brought from Brooklyn. You mean Barbie Angels aren't common practice in the south?????
Thursday, December 10, 2009
My other inspiration treat was a new monograph about Patricia Urquiola, Spanish born-Milanese designer. Her book is very different from Hella Jongerius whose book is all process and Urquiola's is all glorious form! I really was taken with this rug project for Paola Lenti in 2005. I am really excited about both books and how I much I can learn from just looking at their work...happy holidays ME!
Santa's workshop is in full swing here on Greensboro Street. Working on this commission and another little boy's chair. Its good to be in the studio making things again. This chair was my neighbor's grandmum's kitchen chair- I think it looks just right on the front porch.....
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Back to ideas....I am not a shopper. I got myself this Hella Jongerius book recently to get me going for the next project. I am really impressed. The interview that accompanies the photos of working in her studio as well as exhibition examples is a wonderful jump start for thinking about teaching next term. On the subject of "non-design"; a trend I see in current student work,Jongerius contends,"Modesty in design, that's what its all about: not adding anything irrelevant."
Monday, December 7, 2009
So this is how bad a shopper I am. I would have one more gift to buy and I would buy this because its red and I was obviously only meant to but red and orange things.....see you probably should have waited for your present in July. But truthfully if someone gave me this I would be really happy.....Happy holidays and back to the world of design ideas tomorrow.
My very best friend Karen hand paints these very beautiful wooden tiles for her company appropriately called Wooden Tile. It occurred to me that starting with one tile you could give one a year and then the "gifted" would have this tremendous collection-I see a whole room in these pieces?????
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
If you have a great friend who has been there for you for all your creative endeavors-this is the book to share with them. And yes, I am a little star struck because I meet the author Rachel Cohen last month at BAM. This book will answer all your questions about a friendship truly being about creative work.
Friday, December 4, 2009
I think I will make a drawing for Caleb and get a used copy of this book for him. Madeline and I read it for the mother /daughter book club and it made our heart soar. I learned so much about parenting and being in the world. I would like to share it with my other best friend.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
One gift giving mantra I have is Local Handmade,local handmade...... For me luckily that means the very chic work of Natalie Chanin and her company Alabama Chanin. I am giving beautiful handmade t-shirts to all my buddies who have helped me so much with my crazy work this year.