Archive for December, 2009
The Future Perfect’s recently opened store on Great Jones Street is now showing an exhibit featuring works by Constantin and Laurene Boym set to run through the holidays until January 7, 2010. Their presentation of Timeless Objects includes a number of items created exclusively for The Future Perfect. Prior to the store’s installation, the Boym duo presented Timeless Objects to the public at Lisbon’s ExperimentaDesign in September, NYC’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in October, and in a personal exhibition last month at Wright in Chicago.
(Photo from Dezeen.com)
(Photo from Objectdesignleague.org)
As modern alchemists in their Brooklyn studio, the Boyms take ordinary objects and apply a coat of special, secret formula for a tough type of polymer that ends up looking like the dripping bronze of historical monuments. And voila! The mundane, discarded objects are now quite beautiful, giving new life worthy of a second look from the people who might otherwise disregard them in their everyday worlds.
Their handmade collection, a sort of commentary on the essential versus the trivial, challenges the commonplace with permanence and attempts to give the objects everlasting value. In line with the Boyms’ earlier projects, such as Recycle (1989), Searstyle (1992-94), and SalvationCeramics (2000-02), Constantin and Laurene Boym aspired to emancipate conventional objects from oblivion and neglect to give them new value and another life.
Visit the exhibit at The Future Perfect Manhattan outpost:
The Future Perfect
55 Great Jones Street (Bowery)
New York City, 10012
Posted by Nicole Bruce
Real or fake? Appraisal being something of a way of life, this question is applied to almost everything nowadays from memoir writers, TV shows and handbags, along with its more traditional subjects like body parts, bacon bits, and bling. The understanding is always that real is better, preferred, and ideal. And, sometimes it is. But with the holiday season upon us, this seems a perfect time to celebrate an authenticity not of pretty objects and entertainment, but of feelings, words and actions. And conversely, to appreciate the sly value of the blatantly, shamelessly unreal, the charmingly sincere fake that does not seek to deceive. In that spirit, here’s the following fake trees, ranging from tabletop to full size, as an invitation to rethink what makes something “a good fake.”
In the words of the band Blonde Redhead: Fake can be just as good
Felt Trees from CB2
The clean lines and spare profile of these soft conical wonders from CB2 add a decorative touch without any fussiness.
Mini Ornament Tree from Crate and Barrel
If all you really want is to show off your ornament collection, then maybe all that greenery is just in the way. This tiny ornament tree with its scrolled hooks for ornaments is an ideal way to showcase beloved favorites so they don’t get lost in the branches.
This German import featuring a rendition of the humble bottle brush elevates the mundane to the celebratory and was designed by Kuno Prey, a professor at the Free University of Bolzano in Italy.
Why is it that so many trends in fashion can be traced back to starting in home interiors? We’ve seen it in the nautical/maritime trend: anchor andirons, blown glass buoys woven in rope, and porthole window mirrors all leading the way for pea coats and French sailor shirts.
Stores like Urban Outfitters and Topshop have taken the taxidermy trend of stag’s heads and horns and turned them into screen prints on t-shirts and button-fronts. Sheepskin rugs, first thrown over chair backs and on hardwood floors, have been transformed into puffy sheepskin vests and bolero jackets.
Given this tendency, it shouldn’t take a crystal ball or visit to the local psychic to have forecasted today’s Navajo textiles trend. This interiors trend was first revealed to me last year during my visit to HD Buttercup in LA’s Culver City region. These European, handcrafted trunks, upholstered in a woolen Navajo pattern, definitely stood out from the classic leather trunks and cases. (So much so that I was compelled to invest. The large trunk now resides in my living room as both coffee table and storage space!)
One year later, Navajo blanket ponchos and jackets are popping up all over the contemporary fashion market. Whether in the home or in your closet, one things is for certain: Navajo textiles and designs are a great way to add a little color and texture to your aesthetic!
With the countdown to Hanukkah already underway, what better time to look at some of the extraordinary ways the quintessential symbol of the Festival of Lights has been reimagined as an objet de art, at times playful, but always creative. If you have not yet found your own personal platonic ideal of a menorah, then look to our round-up below.
Michael Aram Lotus Blossom Menorah
This handcrafted nickel-plate menorah composed of graceful, intertwined lotus blossoms displays the nature motif so central to Aram’s work and would make a beautiful and elegant centerpiece. The delicate stems are reminiscent of Tim Burton’s artwork.
Bringing industrial style to the holiday, this menorah crafted from galvanized steel pipes comes to us from modern Renaissance man Joe Grand- an electrical engineer/hacker/inventor-cum-author/computer security guru/president of the San Francisco-based Grand Idea Studios.
The Jewish Museum Menorahmorph in Blue by Karim Rashid
The Jewish Museum in New York commissioned this appropriately titled silicone menorah in honor of its centennial in 2004. Also available in orange and lime, this signature piece will be immediately familiar to anyone acquainted with Rashid’s work.
Concrete Menorah from ceMMent Design
Israeli-born designer Marit Meisler founded ceMMent Design to showcase her innovative creations, which are made–intuitively enough–of cement. This adaptable cement and stainless steel menorah can be configured in any number of ways, making it an incredibly versatile choice.
Candorah Candle Holder by Michelle Ivankovic for Umbra
Menorah designed by Marilyn Davidson for Nambé
The clean lines of this simple and elegant menorah made of Nambé’s signature metal would complement any décor.
Jonathan Adler Utopia Man/Woman Menorah
Finally, a reversible menorah! This set of nine distinctive pieces made of high fired brown stoneware with a high gloss sheer white glaze can be turned to reveal either a passel of glasses-wearing hipsters accompanied by rosy cheeked lasses, or a bevy of mustachioed older gentlemen with their elegantly coiffed-and-necklaced female counterparts. Or, mix and match!
Posted by Jocelyn Kwiatkowski
In the style of beaux-arts architecture, the Cockcroft Building (today known as the Croft Building) was built in 1905 as office space. Nassau Street was a central hub for major headquarters such as, the New York Times, Western Union Telegraphs and most notably as the “Stamp District”. In the 1920s, stamp collecting became very popular and with dozens of stamp and coin dealers along its short length. The book titled Nassau Street written in the 1960’s by Hermain Herst Jr. also describes the “golden age” of stamp collecting during this time. The building remained an office space until 2004 when the Financial District became a residential destination. The building facade remained as originally built and the interior spaces were converted into lofts.
In comes Sarah Magness, the worldly interior designer behind the new Manhattan-based firm Magness Design. She and her husband, Rob Magness, designer and founder of Grown & Sewn, reside in this refurbished, light-filled space that they have appointed with a mix of modern furnishings and organic accessories. We love the subtle feminine touches like the white, lacy bedroom and delicate glass vases on the dining room table, juxtaposed with the industrial black column in the middle of the living room. The casually elegant space exemplifies nicely the livability of a commercial-to-residential conversion.