October 2010 Archives
I drove past this "stunning stack" and had to sneak back to take these pictures!!!
They are obviously the creation of an over the top "out-door accessorator"!!!!
I love good garden props ..... and these logs are sooooo perfect!!
I would never be able to break up this divine display!!!
I'd have to have a second stack of evey-day logs just for burning!!!
NYC is a treasure trove of "accessorations" & Saturday I happened upon this great find!!!
This corner in Chelsea had it's first "one-man" flea market of somebody's super stuff!!
If you can't resist any of this stuff, I found out the sale was organized by OrganizeNY!!!
Thank goodness I had will power & bought nothing!!!!
Do I need more things in my storage bins????
Absolutely not, even tho these are fabulous finds .....
especially the divine pairs of vintage chairs just waiting for re-upholstery!!!!!
But, I do love a great idea & this is definitely inspired .......
In fact, I may call & ask if I can have my own sale next week!!!!!!
Love, love, love these giant blooms by Kusama that are growing .........
behind the Victoria Miro Gallery in London!!!!!!
They are another fantastical addition to the list of "ultimate accessorations"!!!!!
Jack Hanley Gallery, New York ........
furniture by Folke Koebberling & Martin Kaltwasser
The Breeder Gallery, Athens ........ furniture by Andreas Angelidakis
Kate MacGarry Gallery, London ....... furniture & booth design by Martino Gamper
Greene Naftali Gallery, New York ......... furniture by Gelitin
For the past several years I have added "design" to my collecting & "accessorating"!!!
I feel very strongly that design is a major contemporary art form. Last week, I think one of the most interesting trends at the Frieze Art Fair in London was that international dealer's used furniture from artists, designers, & architects for display, as well as for sale. In addition, today I heard that "design" is playing a major role at the FIAC Fair in Paris too!!!
I love being ahead of the herd ...... and right again!!!!!!!
"Accessorator Supreme" Patrick Cox began an extraordinary career in the designer shoe business in the mid-1980's. His eponymous shoe collection became an immediate must-have for fashionista's world-wide!!! But, like all great "accessortators," he was ready for a new challenge after 20+ years ..... hence London's newest bakery, Cox Cookies & Cake, which opened last month to a delicious welcome!!!!!
The design of the Soho store is trendy & super hip ..... shiny black is the color-story, both interior and exterior. The staff, dressed in tee shirts, jeans, and studded aprons (again all black!!!), look like they just ambled down a runway!!! In addition to neon signage, a Tracey Emin signature neon word piece is on the wall, while the windows house neon cubes by the artist that act a cup cake stands. The over all design is "sex-shop chic," a new twist for a bakery!!!!
On to the cupcakes ....... created by "Cakeboy" Eric Lanlard,
a divine master French patissier ........
they are stunningly sexy to look at and taste fantastic!!!
London's newest bakery is YUMMIE on all counts ........
including the tee shirts, EAT ME & BITE ME!!!!
At the Frieze Art Fair in London, New York's Team Gallery showed these stunning works by 64 year old "geometric abstractionist" painter Stanley Whitney, an artist that has been working exclusively with pattern and color for over 40 years. These last 20+ years have been spent with grids of squares, while the previous 20 with grids of circles.
Whitney's "brushy" paintings incorporate solely primary and secondary color palettes. In addition, he divides his canvas into four gridded horizontal slices, then creates blocks within the slices that are surrounded by a single stripe of color. According to his dealer José Freire "he wakes up every morning knowing what he's going to paint .... but he never knows what the painting will look like finished."
The conforming format of the paintings does not hinder their individuality ......
they are extraordinary works & I highly recommend seeing them!!!!!
The ultimate English "accessoration" .........
and it's beyond divine!!!
Meeting by chance in 1925 in Monte Carlo, the Duke of Westminster fell madly in love with Coco Chanel. He pursued her and they were a couple from 1926 to 1931. Apparently to show her how much he adored her, he had his crest and the distinctive Channel logo put on every lampost in the Borough of Westminster!!!! They planned to marry but in classic Chanel style she changed her mind saying...... "There have been several Duchesses of Westminster. There is only one Chanel."
My friend Martha told me this delightful story Friday night ......
and even though it was raining, I had to see the lamposts for myself!!!
And here is proof positive ........
The lampposts still have the royal W and the Chanel logo!!!!
According to English designer Karen Ryan, her current exhibition AWKWARD: Whittle & Black Ink at the Marsden Woo Gallery "is a portrait of social unease, constrained and vulnerable... a life study in altering the anatomy of discarded chairs, drawing references to my own personal awkwardness." In this new body of work I find the starkness of the natural colored whittled furniture, in contrast to the ink stained pieces, creates a cleaner more contemporary modern aesthetic that becomes "louder" than the "reclaimed furniture" reference .... creating a more sculptural sensibility.
This work is a must see for all "accessorators" in London .......
and I look forward to seeing Karen's work in NYC in the not too distant future!!!
I love the Frieze Art Fair in Regents Park, London .........
And I adore these stools from Gelitin, an artists collective ........
featured at NYC's Greene Naftali Gallery.......
Sooooooo up my alley ....
Do I buy one or all four???????
I visited the new Talisman store on Edbury Street yesterday and it's fabulous!!!!
The flagship design store on King's Road has always been a must stop for me in London. I adore the eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary design, featuring designer legends that include Karl Springer, Paul Evans, & Curtis Jere. The new store is all that ........ and more of it!!!
Bravo to Ken Bolan for this wonderful addition to the London design scene ......
He is an "accessorator" supreme!!!!!