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As I mentioned in my last post, New England Home has launched a Connecticut edition and I couldn’t be more excited. In the premiere issue, I did an artist profile on Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh, a sculptor who translates the beauty and brutality of nature into sensuous form. Read about her amazing work (as seen below) and see the gorgeous interior designs in the magazine which is on sale at many of the major book and grocery stores in Fairfield County. For those of you who can’t get hold of the actual magazine, click here for Cornelia’s story.

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I’m excited to report that New England Home magazine has launched a Connecticut edition and I’m so pleased to have been asked to contribute a piece for the premiere issue.

The magazine, which offers a sophisticated look at area designers, architects, products and artists,  is now expanding its focus to the exceptional design world to be found in Fairfield County.

In this era of rough seas for the publishing biz it does my heart good to see such a lovely and esteemed magazine float confidently through the flotsam.

Kudos!

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I met husband and wife photographers Wendy Carlson and John  Kane when we did a magazine shoot together a while back.  I love the way Wendy captures a broad range of subjects with unpretentious elegance and, like the Momix and Pilobolus dancers that he works with, John’s photography elicits lyric and rhythm in human form.

I look forward to working with them again soon!

Photo courtesy of Wendy Carlson Photography

Photo courtesy of Wendy Carlson Photography

Photo Courtesy of Wendy Carlson Photography

Photo courtesy of Wendy Carlson Photography

Photo courtesy of Wendy Carlson Photography

Photo courtesy of Silver Sun Studio

Photo courtesy of Silver Sun Studio

Photo courtesy of Silver Sun Studio

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tables-crochet-pg3-imgThe Philadelphia Museum of Art will be hosting, Marcel Wanders: Daydreams; a dreamlike, multimedia installation personally created by the Dutch designer to represent pivotal points in his career. Per the museum’s website, the exhibit, which runs from November 22, 2009 to June 13, 2010,  will feature “new films detailing Wanders’s design process and philosophy in projects ranging from manufactured products, hotel interiors, and design art… The soundscape that accompanies the films provides Wanders’s personal views on design.”

I have  too many Wanders favorites to be able to showcase them all here, so I’ll just post a few today…

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Skygarden for Flos

Stair case at Mondrian Hotel in Miami

Stairway at Mondrian South beach

Stone Crystal Stool

Kartell Stone Stool

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Smart Deco Crochet Chair

Throw for Mooi

July Throw for Mooi

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I came across the hyper clever work of Kevin Van Aelst,  an artist who lives and works in New Haven, CT during the recent Open Studios group show.

Splash, 2009, carpet, monofilament

Splash, 2009, carpet, monofilament

The elasticity of his technicolor brain conceives these color photographs which he says, “consist of common artifacts and scenes from everyday life, which have been rearranged, assembled, and constructed into various forms, patterns, and illustrations… creating order where we expect to find randomness.” Photos of his can be seen  illustrating “The Medium” in the New York Times Magazine. (www.kevinvanaelst.com)

Driving at Night, 2009, digital c-print, 24 x 36

Driving at Night, 2009, digital c-print, 24 x 36

The Heart, 2009, digital c-print, 40 x 30"

The Heart, 2009, digital c-print, 40 x 30"

Hawaii, 2007, digital C-print, 12 x 18

Hawaii, 2007, digital C-print, 12 x 18

Phases of the Moon, 2006, series of 28 digital c-prints, each 11 x 11

Phases of the Moon, 2006, series of 28 digital c-prints, each 11 x 11

Left Pinky Finger,†2007, digital C-print, 43 x 34.5

Left Pinky Finger,†2007, digital C-print, 43 x 34.5

Right Index Finger,†2007, digital C-print, 43 x 34.5

Right Index Finger,†2007, digital C-print, 43 x 34.5

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Today, Interior Design Magazine’s Designwire Daily has a piece on two exhibitions which celebrate the 90th anniversary of a profoundly influential (and one of my favorite) design movements; the German Bauhaus school. “Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model”, is currently running at Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Baumuseum through October 4th, and the Museum of Modern Art will be hosting, “Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity”, from November 8 to January 18th. (See the entire story here.)


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Bauhaus (“House of Building” or “Building School”) was founded by Walter Gropius in 1919 and ran until 1933.  Its attempt at a “new way of living” combined crafts and the fine arts, with the idea of creating a total work in which all arts could be united;  a modern approach which reflected the social changes of the time.

Klaus Labuttis of the Dezignare Interior Design Collective (www.dezignare.com) writes: “The ‘New Man’ became the ideal, a concept that also expressed itself in living. The Bauhaus Design showed a simplicity with emphasis on straight edges and smooth, slim forms. The rooms were sparsely furnished, superfluous features were taboo. Shining steel was discovered as a material for furniture. The aim was to take advantage of the possibilities of mass production to achieve a style of design that was both functional and aesthetic. Objects were to be designed to have simplicity, multiplicity, economical use of space, material, time and money which looks as modern as anything in production today.”

◊ Bauhaus Style ◊

Furnishings:

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Adjustable MR Chaise Lounge for Knoll.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Adjustable MR Chaise Lounge for Knoll at 1st Dibs

Christian Dell (by Kaiser) Desk Lamp Circa 1930 at 1st Dibs

Christian Dell (by Kaiser) Desk Lamp Circa 1930 at 1st Dibs

1924 Marianne Brandt Silver and Ebony Tea Pot at Tecnolumen

1924 Marianne Brandt Silver and Ebony Tea Pot at Tecnolumen

1924 Wilhelm Wagenfeld Nickel plated Tea Cannister

1924 Wilhelm Wagenfeld Nickel plated Tea Cannister at Tecnolumen

Architecture:

1938 Walter Gropius house, Lincoln, Massachusetts

1938 Walter Gropius house, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Barcelona Mies van der Rohe Pavillon

Barcelona Mies van der Rohe Pavillon

Art:

Komposition 8; 1923 by Vasily Kandinsky at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Komposition 8; 1923 by Vasily Kandinsky at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Bauhaus Stairway by Oskar Schlemmer;1932 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Bauhaus Stairway by Oskar Schlemmer;1932 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York


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rea-adsz-indus-lace425x286The stretch wall treatments from Couture Interiors Corp. (www.coutureinteriorscorp.com) aren’t so much decorative as they are environmental. Why fuss about the perfect piece of art to put over your sofa or a less than ideal view when you can envelop yourself in extreme decor.

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