Archive for March, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

architectural digest home show 2011: glass artisans

The AD Home Show MADE sec­tion fea­tured some 150+ indi­vid­ual artists and design­ers of lim­ited edi­tion and/or one-of-a-kind objects and fur­nish­ings. There were an amaz­ing num­ber of cre­ative peo­ple here! I saw numer­ous glass arti­sans, and each had some­thing spe­cial to show. Con­sider these:

An extra­or­di­nary wall instal­la­tion of glass "peb­bles" from Bueno Glass. Notice the pen­dant light­ing on the right — fabulous!

glass stones from bueno glass

glass stones from bueno glass

Blown glass pen­dants from Jamie Har­ris Stu­dio LLC are delight­fully irregular:

hand blown glass pendants from jamie harris studio llc

hand blown glass pen­dants from jamie har­ris stu­dio llc

Lumi­nous col­ors and ele­gant shapes define the glass­ware from Michael Schunke of Nine Iron Stu­dios:

elegant glassware from nine iron studios

ele­gant glass­ware from nine iron studios

Grace­ful, tra­di­tional shapes excite with deli­cious translu­cent color from Hart­ford Art School alum Moshe Bur­suker:

lovely pendants from moshe bursuker

lovely pen­dants from moshe bursuker

This is just a sam­pling of the amaz­ing glass arti­sans on dis­play the the AD Home Show. The show fea­tures such tal­ent — be sure to attend next year if you missed it.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

architectural digest home show 2011: the new traditionalists

As an inte­rior designer, attend­ing a show like the Archi­tec­tural Digest Home Show is a chance to see new prod­ucts and ideas in per­son, and hope­fully have a few "wow" moments. And The New Tra­di­tion­al­ists' booth was one of those moments. The fur­ni­ture is sim­ply gor­geous, with excep­tional atten­tion to detail. If you love tra­di­tional style, the sil­hou­ettes feel com­fort­ably famil­iar but the inter­pre­ta­tion is strik­ingly dif­fer­ent. Dozens of wood fin­ishes and lac­quers are avail­able on the case goods. As seen in these pic­tures, the uphol­stered pieces offer lim­it­less oppor­tu­ni­ties for cre­ative expres­sion. Built right here in Con­necti­cut — what could be better?

The New Traditionalists Chair no. Twenty Nine in dune linen with brown hair-on-hide leather

The New Tra­di­tion­al­ists Chair no. Twenty Nine in dune linen with brown hair-on-hide leather

The New Traditionalists Loveseat no. Seventy Seven in walnut with aubergine leather

The New Tra­di­tion­al­ists Loveseat no. Sev­enty Seven in wal­nut with aubergine leather

he New Traditionalists Bed no. Ten Forty in bleached walnut with hair-on-hide panels

he New Tra­di­tion­al­ists Bed no. Ten Forty in bleached wal­nut with hair-on-hide panels

In our fairly con­ser­v­a­tive area of Con­necti­cut, where con­trast­ing welt (gasp!) is often viewed by tra­di­tion­al­ists as a bold state­ment, this is a col­lec­tion to con­sider. As their web­site says, "if you think "tra­di­tional" and "cool" are not mutu­ally exclu­sive", check out The New Tra­di­tion­al­ists. Visit too their children's line, duc­duc, for more fresh con­cepts. And a warm 'thank you' to social media maven and CEO of The Kalei­do­scope Part­ner­ship Leslie Carothers (@tkpleslie) and CEO Philip Erdoes of The New Tra­di­tion­al­ists (@CEO_TheNewTrad) for tak­ing time to chat and snap a few pic­tures. It was a plea­sure to meet you both!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

in the atelier…with cathie joy young

In the ate­lier today is painter Cathie Joy Young, whose work first came to my atten­tion via Twit­ter. In perus­ing her port­fo­lio online, I found I really had to stop and study each piece to try and inter­pret the mean­ing. The sto­ries are not under­stood at first glance. It's intrigu­ing that Cathie her­self feels the sto­ries are not hers, but rather bor­rowed.  The col­ors are rich, the abstract fig­ures always con­vey­ing emo­tion. With the artist as the con­duit for these visions, the viewer is invited to dive in and explore.

In her own words, here is Cathie Joy Young:

"Shall the Meek?" by Cathie Joy Young, acrylic on wood panel

"Shall the Meek?" by Cathie Joy Young, acrylic on wood panel

1)   What path led you to your life as an artist?

My Dad was a painter. When my brother and I were very young both par­ents encour­aged us to draw and later to paint. My Dad painted in oils and his stu­dio was in our home so I was around it all the time.

When I was about 12 my Dad started show­ing my work along­side his own at casual out­door art shows. It was all rep­re­sen­ta­tional work. I sold occa­sion­ally and that was inspir­ing. When I would get too cre­ative – as in work from my imag­i­na­tion instead of from ref­er­ence it was frowned upon because I was actu­ally mak­ing good pocket money doing water color roses and pen and ink horses. I did not take art classes in high school and was not active with art again until I decided to apply to art school. I fig­ured I needed to go to col­lege and I really did not want to have to deal with required under­grad­u­ate classes like math and sci­ence so I thought  a pri­vate art col­lege was the way to go. I got accepted to the Pacific NW Col­lege of Art in Port­land, OR, and intended on major­ing in Graphic Design. Half way through my first year I changed my major to paint­ing. After grad­u­a­tion I worked in restau­rants and painted at home and would show occa­sion­ally. Even­tu­ally I got art-related jobs so that I could make a liv­ing that way. I worked at a stag­ing and prop com­pany called Stage Right. I free-lanced at dec­o­ra­tive paint­ing jobs and then I con­tracted to McMe­namin’s and did mural work in their var­i­ous hotels, the­aters and pubs.  After leav­ing that job there were a few years when I did not paint at all, and then in 2005 I started all over again in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent way.

Since then I’ve been show­ing my work at var­i­ous gal­leries and shows in the US and sell­ing my work inter­na­tion­ally online.

"Inside Miracle" by Cathie Joy Young, acrylic on wood panel

"Inside Mir­a­cle" by Cathie Joy Young, acrylic on wood panel

2)   Please describe three sources of inspi­ra­tion for your art.

My inspi­ra­tion comes from painters I came across while I was in art school years ago and from authors I read going back as far as child­hood. The visual artists I most admire are Odil­lon Redon, Marc Cha­gall, Ivan Gen­er­alic, El Greco, and many of the Expres­sion­ists as well as medieval painters. The writ­ers who have helped shape the way I think are Her­mann Hesse, Aldous Hux­ley, John Galswor­thy, Thomas Hardy, Doris Less­ing, Tove Jans­son, and George McDon­ald. Besides the listed artists and writ­ers I am also inspired by the act of paint­ing. What I mean by this is that the very action of pro­duc­ing inter­est­ing imagery keeps me going.

"Egyptian Faience" by Cathie Joy Young, acrylic on wood panel

"Egypt­ian Faïence" by Cathie Joy Young, acrylic on wood panel

3)   What was the last item you brought home from a trip? Where did you go, and why that item?

I was recently in Hawaii and I brought home shells, coral, and inter­est­ing small rocks that I found at the beach. I really like rocks and shells and I always try to bring home a rock from wher­ever I go. I stayed away from bring­ing home a lava rock though because my Hawai­ian friend told me I would be cursed if I did. I don’t like to take chances with curses!

"Unexpected Clues" by Cathie Joy Young, acrylic on wood panel

"Unex­pected Clues" by Cathie Joy Young, acrylic on wood panel

4)   Please fill in the blank: If I was not an artist, I’d be:

A writer of books.

"Opening Sky" by Cathie Joy Young, acrylic on wood panel

"Open­ing Sky" by Cathie Joy Young, acrylic on wood panel

5)   What advice do you have for peo­ple who are afraid to buy art?

The pur­chase of Art has a dif­fer­ent and more endur­ing value than say the lat­est Iphone. The lat­ter will be out­dated in a few months and need to be replaced in a cou­ple of years. A piece of art is age­less and time­less and if you really love it, you always will.

"Astro Coo" by Cathie Joy Young, acrylic on wood panel

"Astro Coo" by Cathie Joy Young, acrylic on wood panel

I hope you've enjoyed get­ting to know Cathie a lit­tle bet­ter! Please visit her web­site to see more of her work. You can also email her at catjoy@cathiejoyyoung.com or shop online here. Please leave a note and let me know what you think of these fas­ci­nat­ing pieces!

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Friday, March 18, 2011

fabric friday: australian botanicals outdoor collection from mokum

Here is another exam­ple of sus­tain­able design in the world of fab­rics! From Aus­tralian com­pany Mokum, the Aus­tralian Botan­i­cals Out­door col­lec­tion is con­structed entirely from post-industrial waste fibers using an envi­ron­men­tally friendly pro­duc­tion process. These fab­rics are them­selves fully recy­clable and  Cradle-to-Cradle Sil­ver Cer­ti­fied.

Just a few sam­ples shown here, but other excit­ing col­ors are avail­able. The col­lec­tion, includ­ing graphic pat­terns, stripes and coör­di­nat­ing solids, is for indoor and out­door use. What a fun chance to extend your green dec­o­rat­ing phi­los­o­phy to your out­door space!

"firewheel" outdoor fabric from mokum

"firewheel" out­door fab­ric from mokum

"acacia stripe" from mokum

"aca­cia stripe" from mokum

"mimosa" from mokum

"mimosa" from mokum

"hakea" from mokum

"hakea" from mokum

As clients become more open to embrac­ing sus­tain­able design alter­na­tives, it helps when those alter­na­tives are aes­thet­i­cally appeal­ing even with­out their green story. Bravo to Mokum for this lovely collection!

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