Recently in “Museum Exhibitions”
Everything I've read about the newly opened
designed by internationally renowned architects
says that it's " all about the light"!!!
Historically the East End of Long Island has attracted
artists because of it's spectacular light!!!
Parish Director Terrie Sultan says one of the goals
of the museum's design
is to give its visitors the opportunity
to see the museum collection
"in the same light as the artists,
when they created the work."
Herzog & de Meuron Senior Partner
also referenced the light of the area ....
"The beautiful landscape and this light
is a very important form of inspiration to us."
Unfortunately thus far,
I have only gotten to see the museum at night .....
and I must report that it is spectacular!!!
But undoubtedly ......
I know I'll be seeing it in daylight soon!!!
All of a sudden it's everywhere!!!!
Camouflage has invaded my head & my 'hood!!!!
It all started with these two delightful chairs in
House Beautiful's Dec/Jan issue ....
I desperately coveted them!!!!
Then, I went to visit my niece in Buffalo ....
& saw artist Jim Hodges'
fabulous stainless steel & enamel
in front of the
Three day later, at a decadently delicious dinner
at a friend's fabulous new house
I fell madly in love with Chinese artist
The next sighting was at NYC's D&D Building,
where I visited fabric & wallpaper "star"
Clarence House .....
& this stunning linen fabric called to me,
insisting it had to recover my dining chairs!!!
OH, I almost forgot
my sighting of Wall Street's famous Charging Bull
"redressed" in crochet camouflage by
the avante-garde artist Olek ...
but, then again,
she "re-dresses"everything in camouflage!!!
Two days ago, I was visiting the divine WR
as he was packing his "Boy Birken,"
a divine monogramed L.L. Bean camouflage tote,
giving camouflage the ultimate
"fashion approval rating"!!!
FINALLY, I got home last night,
after days & days of being inundated
with "camouflage," .
& this gigantic High Line Billboard
greeted me with artist
"American Dream" .....
an homage of "Chrysler camouflage"!!!
As an "accessorator supreme"
all this intense camouflage imagery
can only mean one thing .....
A TREND .....
HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT!!!!
I love, love, love furniture designer
Arne Jacobsen's 1958
It's probably the world's most
I have seen a zillion variations in the
"design universe" .....
including artist Tal R's
50 bespoke chairs
at the MuBE (sculpture museum)
in Sao Paulo!!!
(see blog 9/20/12)
But, when I "met" these shiny yellow
molded plastic chairs .....
sitting side by side, in the lobby of the
I thought they were the cleverest,
most contemporary & fun version to date!!!
The theme of the
is "The Imminence of Poetics."
Included in the exhibition is world-renown textile artist
Her extraordinary "non-traditional" fiber pieces,
blurring the boundaries between art, craft, & design,
are "color-infused visual poetry"!!!
Introduced to this work by my friend the divine SDE,
I was immediately enchanted & inspired ......
the dynamic vitality of color, pattern, texture, & design
Ms. Hicks is an "accessorator supreme."!!!
By the way, if you don't get to Sao Paulo ....
her work can be seen in NYC at
I'm back ......
And I saw sooooo many fabulous things in Brazil .....
I'm not even sure where to start!!!
featured an installation of 50
Arne Jacobsen classic Egg chairs,
"reupholstered" by Copenhagen-based,
The chairs were divine ....
but unfortunately they weren't for sale!!!
I adore the work of Japanese artist
(blog 10/22/10 & 7/13/12)
This morning, I was thrilled to see this
divine Kusama installation
"accessorating" Pier 45
at the Hudson River Park !!!
Titled "Guidepost to the New Space" (2004)
the piece celebrates the her current retrospective at the
The exhibition continues through September 30th
& is an honest to goodness "must-see" ...
ONE LAST KUSAMA THOUGHT .......
I scored this fantastic pair of sunglasses
from the brilliant Kusama inspired
Louis Vuitton collection!!!
They are an absolutely fabulous, over-the-top
& I was told they are the only pair in NYC!!!
Last week, I stumbled upon the Oceanic Galleries
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art ....
& they are fabulous!!!
The centerpiece of the Melanesian Gallery is the
ceiling of a ceremonial house
of the Kwoma people of New Guinea .....
& it is covered with the most incredible
I have ever seen!!!
Commissioned by the Museum,
in the early 1970's,
the ceiling is more than 80 feet long & 30 feet wide,
& is composed of 270 stunning paintings,
from 24 master Kwoma artists.
I highly recommend a trip to the museum!!!
These galleries are a "must-see" .....
& there are another zillion incredible things
in the museum
that are divine eye-candy!!!
SOGNI INFRANTI, 1992 Mario Bellini
CHIMERE work in progress, 2012 Mario Bellini
I love the vibrancy & grace of blown glass
and was once again enchanted by
exhibition during Milan Design Week.
(see blog 4/21/11)
It was held at the divine Museo Bagatti Valsecchi,
a stunning "house museum" on Via Gesu,
in the middle of Milan's shopping mecca,
between Via Monte Napoleone & Via Spiga!!!
Titled "The White Collection,"
this extraordinary selection of "glass art" includes
renown international designers,
including Japanese architect Tadao Ando,
Italian designer Alessandro Mendini,
and English designers Barber & Osgerby,
who most recently designed the 2012 Olympic Torch.
I was most captivated by the two collections,
created 10 years apart, by Italian designer & architect
All six pieces are sublime ....
the over-the-top whimsey & color in the earlier series
is a revered "accessoration supreme,"
while the more minimal, sculptural shapes & colors of 2012
have a more contemporary feeling.
I can't make a "must-have" decision ....
& would be equally thrilled
by anyone of these pieces
"accessorating" my living room!!!
68 pieces of Ikea Lack furniture purchased off Craigslist & screws
7 feet x 30 feet x 2 inches
Site Specific Intallation @ Scope Art Fair
Art is the "buzz word" in NYC this week!!!!
There are art fairs everywhere ...
& it is up to all of us to get to
one, two, three, four ....
or even all five!!!
March 7 - 11, 2012
Park Avenue Armory
Park Avenue & 67 Street
March 8 - 11, 2012
Piers 92 & 94
Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street
March 7 - 11, 2012
57th Street & 12th Avenue
March 8 - 11, 2012
548 West 22nd Street
MARCH 8 - 11, 2012
7 West 34th Street
Thomas Schütte, "Berengo Head" 2011
Tokujin Yoshioka. "The Glass Tea House" 2011
Jaume Plensa, "Glassman II" 2004
Yutaka Stone, "Every Snowflake Has a Different Shape #30" 2010
Jan Fabre, "Greek Gods In A Body-Landscape" 2011
Barbara Bloom, "To Allan McCollum From Each And
Every One of Us (Together In Harmony)" 2010
Javier Perez, "Corona" 2011
Marya Kazoun, "They Were There" 2011
Koen Vanmechelen, "The Walking Egg" 1989
Kiki Smith, "Milky Way" 2011
my favorite exhibition at the 2009 & 2011
had it's American debut yesterday .....
at the Museum of Art & Design!!!!
Adriano Berengo curator & createur
of this project commissioned a group of international
artists & designers,
unpracticed in glass as a creative medium,
to create a new visionary collaboration between
glass & their own practices.
The work is innovative, interesting, & exciting .....
a major "must see" for all accessorators!!!
One of my favorite Englishmen, James Brett
is bringing his delightful
as well as the stunning books
that were created for the museum's exhibitions,
to NYC this month!!!!
January 21, 1:00pm
Book Launch & Talk plus Q&A by James
125 West 18th Street
January 26 - 29
The Shop of Everything .......
includes "everything" divine featured at
(see blog 10-17,18,19 2011)
7 West 34 Street
2:00pm Film "Is It Art?"
5:30pm "Films of Everything" & talk
6:00pm "Collecting Obsession" panel discussion
I'LL BE AT "EVERYTHING".....
COME JOIN ME!!!!
James Brett's Museum of Everything pop-up is extraordinary,
the "Store of Everything" is fantastic .......
but Selfridges "Windows of Everything" are the best!!!!!
Imagine devoting every window on Oxford Street,
a gigantic city block in London,
spanning the front of one of the world's greatest stores,
to "everything" that can't be sold!!!!
This is a phenomenal design installation,
and I applaud the Selfridges team for being sooooo brave!!!
This is a major tribute to the arts ....
but I can't help wondering,
who in NYC would ever be this brave?????
James Brett's pop-up
Museum of Everything (blog 12/14/10)
Brett's collection of self taught artists,
with developmental and physical disabilities,
is on display in a delightful warren of rooms
in the department store's lower level.
In addition to the the delicious exhibition,
great graphics are throughout the store,
a divine "shop of everything" is on the main floor,
& sublime "windows of everything" run across Oxford Street!!!!
You can't miss this "installation of everything"......
it's all the "accessoration quirkiness"
that makes London ..... London!!!
English designer (and my friend!) Lisa Whatmough,
owner of the fabulous London furniture company .......
was asked by the London Transport Museum
to create this divine bespoke sofa .......
to be used on the posters that appeared in the Underground Tube stations
during the London Design Festival!!!!!
Made from the famous "moquette" fabric,
which has been used to upholster seating across the
London Transport system for over 100 years.
Lisa incorporated some of the most iconic patterns,
including the bold District Line pattern
designed by Misha Black in 1978 ...
and the Green Line moquette.
In addition, Lisa created a bespoke chair that was auctioned-off
at the Tent London design exhibition last week.
Surrounded by loads of people trying to "win" the chair ......
it was almost impossible to get it's picture!!!!
But, here it is!!!
Wish I'd won it ......... don't you!!!