House of Hackney makes fashion look short-sighted; Why stop at your body, when you can just swathe your whole bedroom in unadulterated loveliness? Frieda Gormley and partner Javvy M Royle create the world I want to live in.
The new Donna Wilson “Bertha” chair which debuted at Maison Objet last week from SCP. You can see a lot of Donna Wilson’s work at Future Perfect in the Noho store (NYC).
The maker of the drink-klip, a metal clip that attaches to a surface to hold a drink which I first discovered when I met her at LDF 09, debuted a new series of wallpaper, a commanding (if not entirely comfortable looking ) chair and tableware made from Hanji (traditional Korean handmade paper) at Maison Objet this past week as well. Her name is Been Kim and she was selected as a Next Generation Design Leader of the year by the Korea Industrial Design Promotion in 2006 and in 2009. The collection is called Meeet.
And according to Maison Objet, one of the biggest best design shows on the calendar, and definitively Parisian for better or worse, this is the season of the Sweet Freak. Out with the serious and stressed vibe of the past, in with the nutso crazy. (When did the nutso crazy ever leave France?)
In other news, Moss, that old institution of design retail in New York, is closing. It may be the end of an era in design in New York but hopefully it’s a chance to usher in something new – a city where design environments with a sense of whimsy and warmth can thrive. Moss was a bit too musn’t-touch-it for the immersive hybrid retail of the future.
& let me leave you with Clouds rug by Elise Fouin of Chevelier Edition
Chevalier Edition (Paris)
Designers Block (London)
Future Perfect (New York)
For all price ranges and passions (the full post on Tythe.com)
Epicurean Designer Cutting Boards Though this Duluth, Minnesota run company …
Nomi Bags Nomi network produces recycled bags that fight human trafficking.
3. INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS
I’ve always loved the spunk of Junk Prints owner / designer Chanel Kennebrew.
4. GLOBAL DESIGN CULTURE
Yoshii Shirt Stripe Towels – Towels have a strong significance in Japan.
Stacking Vessels by Pia Wustenberg – As I see it, design is art and worth the price to celebrate the human ability to transform materials for use in our everyday lives.
-Chauncey Zalkin0 Comments
One thing leads to another. When you are a designer in Barcelona, you usually have your hands in many pots — it’s a free-flowing creative place if there ever was one, and seemingly not dictated by the market. The feeling in the air is of childlike innocence. There are no restrictions and design is a virtue — so it’s not surprising to see Julia Pelletier’s site listing her projects as including everything from costumes for Madame Butterfly to the curation of an illustrated book festival at La Central bookshop in Raval. I’ve also been getting her email updates for months about craft workshops she puts on for children there.
But what I want to share with you today is her wallpaper and the wall coverings of other fashion designers at a Barcelona company called Tres Tintas .I’ve been interested in the European market for wall coverings for some time.
The first to burst onto the scene were wall decals that were sophisticated and minimalist which I brought back to New York from Paris in 2006 for friends. But as things go, they multiplied and degraded becoming ubiquitous in Paris and all over Europe. The statement was so bold that it got relegated to a cheap ‘trendy’ mass market decor solution pretty fast. Too many candelabras, flitting birds, bold flowers, borders of grass, and trompe l’oeil statues and bookshelves can put you off the style.
But innovative wall treatments as a category have endless possibilities. One of my favorite companies also has one of my favorite websites, Surface View out of the UK where you can see blinds, murals, and wall coverings behind various rooms but they rely on databank’s of images for the website offering and the more niche custom work is done offline. Also on Tres Tintas is the work of Catalan designer Mriam Ocariz whose flowers are truly remarkable.
Hello! Claudia Brown and I make up the Portland-based surface design studio Pattern People. We opened up shop fairly recently after many wonderful years working in-house for clients. We’re paying a visit to What Women Make (formerly Girl on the street) to share a list of a few of our favorite influential women in the arts –– from painting, film, nature and textile design.
The artist, Vanessa Bell, is considered to be one of the major contributors to British portrait drawing and landscape art in the 2Oth Century. She was a member of the Bloomsbury Group, along with her sister, Virginia Woolf, and also a part of the Omega Workshops established by Roger Fry in 1913. The Omega Workshops produced painted accessories for the home, such as lamps and furniture, in addition to decorating walls and textiles. Her home, the Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, is an inspirational example of her work and the other members of the workshop. A short trip from London, the Farmhouse is worth a visit to experience the art in its original environment.
If you haven’t seen the work of Lotte Reiniger, add it to your list immediately. Originally from Germany, Lotte is a silhouette animator who gained recognition in the 1920s for her expressive and imaginative moving cutouts set against color backdrops. Her film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, is claimed to be the oldest surviving animation of all times. Her delicate craft has inspired many and appears to have influenced the work of modern day artist, Kara Walker.
Nature is a constant source of inspiration. One of our favorite gardens is Lotusland in Montecito, California, which includes a variety of exceptional plants. Opera singer, Madame Ganna Walska, who owned the property from 1941 until her death in 1984, created the 37-acre botanic garden. Madame Walska had a colorful history that included marrying six times. She bought the estate while married to her last husband. After divorcing him, she christened her estate, Lotusland, named after the lotus growing in one of the ponds on the property. She spent the next 40 years transforming her grounds into a fantasy world of botanical wonders.
A British fashion superstar, Zandra Rhodes, has been creating amazing hand drawn textile patterns since she graduated from the Royal College of Art back in the 60s. Each season she selects an interesting theme as her inspiration. A few collections have been based on her travels to the Grand Canyon, Mexico, Japan and Australia – each incorporating elements specific to the region. Still a practicing designer, Zandra has recently launched a handbags line in addition to her eponymous clothing label.
Demonstrating ingenuity and strength in their fields, each of these women continues to inspire – a true testament to their originality and creative genius.
Thanks Chauncey for letting us guest blog! To read more about influential designers, visit here.
-Jessie Whipple Vickery1 Comment
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