Category Archives: Architecture

Greta Magnusson Grossman @ R20


I stopped by R 20th Century on my way home from work for the opening of the Greta Magnusson Grossman show A Car and Some Shorts.  I feel so lucky to have seen some wonderful original pieces in the past year by some of my very favorite furniture designers. I saw a Finn Juhl retrospective in October in Copenhagen at the Designmuseum Danmark, just saw the Eileen Gray show at the Pompidou in Paris, tonight I saw GMG’s show, and very much looking forward to seeing An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, a show at the MoMA on Le Corbusier opening on June 15.

The Greta Magnusson Grossman show has some original drawings and also original furniture (for sale of course, if you’re willing to part with many thousands of $$). It’s on display through June 29.R20-GretaGrossman GretaGrossmanPortrait GretaGrossman3 GretaGrossman2 GretaGrossman1

2 Favorite things = Berlin + UVA


I saw these photos posted on United Visual Artists’ Facebook page of a show they did in Berlin as part of the Olympus OM-D Photography Playground exhibition.

It’s called Vanishing Point, aptly named because it looks like the spatial actualization of the perspective construction diagrams you can find in the seminal work (one that any decent architecture student has on her shelf) by Robert Gill, Basic Perspective.


I recently had the privilege of working with Matt and Ben from UVA on a project that may or may not come to fruition. We’ll hopefully collaborate someday.




I love UVA because they keep finding new ways to work with light and it’s not just about the LED.  In this particular instance it’s about using light to define space and in their other work there is a craftsmanship and materiality that’s missing in the work of a lot of other artists using the same medium right now.

Eileen Gray at Centre Pompidou 2013

On my way back from the furniture fair in Milan, I took the overnight train to Paris (less romantic than it sounds) so I could see the Eileen Gray show at Centre Pompidou.  In true nerd-form, I spent hours poring over the items on display. It was a Monday morning at the museum and not very crowded. I took photos of everything I was allowed to photograph. Below are some highlights.

DSC02656The Eileen Gray show poster with Calder in the foreground.

The show started with her experiments in lacquer.


Above and below: some of her more decorative, early pieces.




They were showing many of her collages that were studies for rug designs.























Chromatism Trend

The exhibit designers at this year’s Salone in Milan looked to a spring fashion trend for inspiration (see Gucci’s Spring 2013 runway show).


Casamania was one of my favorite displays at Fuori Salone:


Vitra also had a nice show:



Fab at Most:



The Danish Chromatism exhibit at the Triennale:





Carl Hansen had a beautiful display of the iconic Wishbone chair and all of its components:


Ventura Lambrate 2013

I just returned today from a quick trip to Milan for the Salone, followed by a quick overnight train to Paris to see the Eileen Gray show at the Pompidou. All in all it was an inspiring long weekend trip, and somewhat of a whirlwind.  Here I will post some favorites from Ventura Lambrate, which is a spin off of the main fair, showing younger designers and artists. It’s a nice balance to go between the very established furniture houses at Fuori  and the more conceptual, design driven Lambrate.


I had the pleasure of meeting Sophie and Rolf from Studio Roso. They are sculptors who work at varying scales – here they tried their hand at furniture and came up with some very playful and beautifully crafted pieces.




Showing in the same Ventura Lambrate Warehouse, was this table by Maria Scarpulla:




These chairs were also shown in the same space.  Dali?

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And this bench by ROOMS:

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I also stopped in at 010-020 and saw some smaller scale works:


Woodstock by Jeroen van Leur


New textile collection ISH by Studio Mae Engelgeer:



These Grand cabinets by Mathieu Gustafsson and Niklas Karlssonwere inspired by the detailing of woven rattan and brass clasps seen in vintage handbags, specifically Palmgrens.







Radio Collection Display

I have been designing an office space on the upper east side for a therapist – it’s just about finished now!  She collects antique bakelite radios and wanted to display them in her new space. I designed these floating walnut shelves on a walnut wall.  The wall material is actually flooring from LV floors.


Givenchy Pre Fall 2013 Inspired by Gio Ponti

Above: Select furniture designed by Gio Ponti.

Above: Illustrates Ponti’s range – buildings to carpets to table top objects to door hardware.

Above are some selections from Givenchy’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection.

From the Architizer Website,

“Riccardo Tisci may design clothes for the quintessentially Parisian couture house Givenchy, but his collections never stray far from his Italian roots. For Givenchy’s pre-fall collection, Tisci turned to his fellow countryman Gio Ponti, the famed architect, industrial designer, and founder of Domus magazine.  Tisci’s sleek silhouettes — straight pencil skirts worn over slacks, minimalist floor-length columns — recalled  some of Ponti’s most iconic buildings, such as the Pirelli Tower and Taranto Cathedral, both in Milan, while his modernist patchwork dresses and blouses paid homage to the architect’s playful furniture and product design.

From top: Ponti’s Taranto Cathedral, 1970 © G. Ponti archives/S. Licitra; two looks from the Givenchy’s pre-fall 2013 collection; a Gio Ponti rug (image via arkpad) flanked by two of Givenchy’s patchwork dresses; Givenchy’s sleek slate silhouettes recalled Ponti’s famous Pirelli Tower, 1958 (image via”

ART BASEL MIAMI highlights

At NADA Art Fair At the Deauville Resort in North Miami Beach.

Seems like something I’d find in my own neighborhood…Bushwick. Seen at NADA


Mr.Brainwash = Mr. Potato Head + Picasso + Storm Troopers. Wha?? The joke is on you.


Ignasi Aballi, Sofia Hulten and Claudio Parmiggiani at  Meesen De Clercq ART BASEL

Caio Fonseca at Paul Kasmin Gallery ART BASEL

Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset for De Alvear Gallery at Art Basel

At Art Basel



Donald Judd Untitled Cadmium Red Woodcut series