Last night John and I attended the grand opening of the new Dune showroom at 200 Lex.
I’m so proud of these guys, and I think it is a great move. Anyone who has ever dragged clients around town looking at furniture knows the appeal of a “design center.” The showroom looks amazing and they had some new offerings. Like Ali Tayar’s industrial Waterloo coffee table and the Landscape sofa by Nina Edwards Anker.
Of course no Dune opening would be complete without some Harry Allen Pipeline - and they had a nice section in blue on display.
In attendance were lots of fun design world friends including Amy Lau and Cindy Allen. The night was sponsored by Interior Design Magazine, but I love this shot of Joe Doucet, Carl D’Aquino, Myself and John (in our short suits) on the Pipeline.
Liz Collins is a powerhouse of textile art and her show that is up this month in Provincetown is a sensory immersion. I collaborated with her on some furniture and lighting for her Sitting Room installation.
The red metal frames are woven with red knit fabric that spans from seat back to seat back. These chairs live in relationship to each other - independent, yet linked - like a a married couple. We called this installation Conversation, after the victorian seating of the same name. They make a nice alternative to a sofa or love seat as they are much more flexible in their configuration. Here are some shots of Conversation in action over the weekend:
Liz meditates before the party:
John and I converse with friends Constance Clare-Newman and Felice Newman at the opening:
The fabulous Justin Vivian Bond, and quite a few others, take in a screening Liquid Sky (Photo courtesy of Stefan Hengst):
Our lamp contributed to the show’s texture too. 200 lengths of pink yarn passing through a translucent box. It’s very pretty, but all the pics blew out. I will have some better images soon.
Thanks to everyone, especially Gallery Director Debbie Nadolney, for a successful show. If in Provincetown this September please pass by the AMP Gallery and check out the installation.
New Furniture and Lighting
Designed in collaboration with Liz Collins.
At the Art Market Gallery in Ptown.
Opening reception August 29th, 6-8 pm
Liz and I met during our residency at Haystack earlier in the summer. Nothing to show yet, but I have this pretty pic of some buoys that I took a few summers ago.
John and I just got back from Norway where the weather was phenomenal and everyone was living outside. The trip focused on family and friends, but there is beautiful design in Norway too. On the southern leg of our trip we stayed at the Farris Bad Hotel and Spa in Larvik, John’s hometown, which hangs out over the fjord.
In the harbor we stumbled upon this stunningly high-tech boat. It’s a Goldfish. Check out the minimal upholstery and Apollo 13 style control panel.
Our last stop was in Siljan where John’s brother, recently finished a renovation on the family cottage.
As many know, I love a contemporary upgrade to a rustic structure, and the dining area at Pete and Linda’s place now features two of my Eclipse lamps and a rooster photograph by our friend Rune Stokmo.
This post could have been much longer. Norway is inspiring in its colors and landscape and we were entertained in more than one beautiful cottage. Many thanks to Freyr (the Norse god of weather) who smiled upon us with ten perfect days, and to everyone who made our stay in Norway such a delight. I love design, but the picture is not complete until you fill it up with family, friends, food and laughter.
I was away when Massimo Vignelli passed, but I came across this in a drawer yesterday. A 1972 subway map of his mastermind that I picked up on ebay as inspiration.
I only had one real interaction with Mr. Vignelli. It was in the 90s, and I was called to work on a project for a watch company. It was a very attractive client, and they gathered a group of illustrious designers. I seem to recall that Tucker Viemeister was there, and the Vignellis. I was one of the youngest and most inexperienced. The meeting fell apart when it became apparent that the client did not want to pay for the design work. Its an age old problem, and I was very happy to have Mr. Vignelli there to explain the economics of design to the CEO.