Themes and Thoughts about Collecting Design

What are some of the characteristics that make a great collector? Access – cultural and monetary, sustained interest, superior ‘taste’, patronage, and desire for self expression through objects are few that come to mind. As design has been formalized into … Continue reading

FRIDAY FINDS: Collecting with flair – Yves Saint Laurent and Jacques Doucet

Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s rue de Babylon appartment in Paris. The legendary Eileen Gray Dragon Chair (1917-1919) is in the foreground. Image courtesy of Nicolas Mathéus ….. JACQUES DOUCET (1853-1929) and YVES SAINT LAURENT (1935-2008) The current exhibition … Continue reading

Aurelie Hoegy’s Dancers

  Here we are – this is the place where the mindset for investing in design merges with that of contemporary art. These ‘chairs’ are arresting, provocative and demand our attention; particularly when viewed amongst traditional functional objects. What is their purpose and … Continue reading

Hommage to Philippe Hiquily – Galerie Yves Gastou

After the model created in 1968 commissioned by Louise de Vilmorin and André Malraux which is in the Chateau de Verrières-les-Buisson, France.  ~~ The exhibition, ‘Hommage’ at the Yves Gastou gallery shines the spotlight on the work of the late … Continue reading

Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design at the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC

If you get a chance to see this exhibition, grab it! Laid out over two floors and showing over 100 works, it explores the important contributions of women to modernism in postwar visual culture in the 1950s and 60s. At … Continue reading

#ParisDesignWeek Highlights from AD Interieurs and Now! Le Off

One can’t help but sense the lofty ideals, optimism about the future and nationalistic pride embodied in the grand Modern gestures of the Palais d’Iena. Designed by Auguste Perret for the Exposition Universelle de 1937,  it includes a monumental sweeping staircase … Continue reading

Pierre Cardin Design (and Art) sale in Bonnieux (Luberon)

 lot 14 Serge MANZON (1930-1998) pour Pierre CARDIN. Lampe Eclair. Réflecteur hémisphérique en métal chromé présentant un fût en bois laqué en forme d’ailette sur une base de forme libre en bronze, éclairant par une ampoule. Dimensions : 44,5×31,5×21 cm … Continue reading

Designers and Artisans

‘Irregular Bomb Sofa’ (2009) by Robert Stadler. In last week’s post we talked about how craft is increasingly being linked with innovation as well as tradition. It is a theme we are seeing more and more frequently.  ADCollections at Quai d’Orsay, which … Continue reading

Friday Finds!

  Upon reading a story in the NY Times about design  earlier this week we were inspired to contemplate the idea of copying vs. reinterpreting.  These reinterpreted 18th century Chinese vases by Studio Droog’s are part of the New Original Project collection – an … Continue reading