Wednesday, November 9, 2011

the devil's dress - michaël borremans

David Zwirner Gallery is exhibiting new works by Michaël Borremans, The Devil's Dress, on display at the gallery's 525 19th Street in New York.

November 4 - December 17, 2011 

Monday, November 7, 2011

santha jayalath

The artist on his work:

In his eternal quest for a meaningful existence, man tries to overcome obstacles and defy negative forces. In this long struggle and fight for life he has to cross many bridges to achieve his many objectives. He will also experience many mental conflicts.

His personal capacity to endure will be stretched to their limits in this battle for survival. I have tried to depict, through my paintings, the belief that man’s psychological insight should act as a compelling force for him to emerge a winner.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


For more than 25 years, the nude series by Paolo Roversi called »Nudi« is one of the most inspiring and aesthetic nude series in contemporary photography. A plain composition and a gentle use of light make the presented women appear like gracile painted nude studies. So, the viewer’s attention is directed to the shape and the pettiness of the female body. Next to photographs of Kate Moss, Tatjana Patitz and Guinevere van Seenus, the exhibition also includes nudes of models like Laetitia Casta, as well as lately produced male »Nudi«-photographs for the first time. 

Exhibition from November 26, 2011 until January 28, 2012
Camera Work, Berlin

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Capturing a subtle natural harmony, the Tourbillon Vase evokes an image of a water cycle.  


Constance Guisset hanging lamp 'Vertigo' rotates by the slightest puff of wind.

Friday, October 21, 2011

look sharp

Berlin-based photographer Andreas Mühe is a rising star in the industry and a selection of his work can be seen at Kunsthalle Rostock. The exhibition has been prolonged until October 31. He casts his subjects in a dramatic light. His technique has already won him a prominent supporter, legendary fashion photographer F.C. Gundlach. 


You can see that the Office-Pod was born out of frustration... If you want to work from home and still want to create a working space outside your private area then this cube, so they say, might be ideal. Taking a leak might be a problem, especially in bad weather...or did I miss the bowl? This thing should be remodeled and used as a toilet!

field messenger

In 1897, Filson opened C.C. Filson's Pioneer Alaska Clothing and Blanket Manufacturers, specializing in goods to outfit the stampeders to the Klondike Gold Rush. Stories of harrowing experiences in the Yukon were widely reported and it was for these terrible conditions that Filson designed his goods. He owned his own mill and manufactured Mackinaw clothing, Mackinaw blankets and knit goods, as well as selling boots, shoes, moccasins and sleeping bags specially designed for the frigid North.

w. eugene smith - monograph

American photographer W. Eugene Smith (1918 – 1978) revolutionized the photo-essay form with the works he published in Life magazine between 1948 and 1956. This monograph reproduces images from six of his classic sequences: "Country Doctor", which portrays the selfless and sometimes frustrating work of a doctor in rural America; "Spanish Village", the most powerful photographic study of 1950s Spain; "Nurse Midwife", which examines the life of a black woman in the American south; "A Man of Mercy", which documents Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s humanitarian work in Africa; "Minamata", a photo-essay recording the effects caused by a mercury spill in a region inhabited by Japanese fishermen, and Pittsburgh, Smith’s first freelance assignment.
Writings by W. Eugene Smith, clarifying his field techniques and guiding principles, are included here alongside the tale of his most praised photograph, "A Walk to a Paradise Garden", and an essay on Spain in the 1950s, the setting for his Spanish Village essay.

Exhibition: W. Eugene Smith - Retrospective
25. September - 27. November 2011
Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

Thursday, October 20, 2011

french dane

The armchair 'Sag Harbour' embodies an updated version of the great Danish tradition of bent wood furniture. Works very well! 


The long bench 'Lange Bank' is made of pair wood. Due to its flap seats it is an ideal place to hide your gems.

first class mail

Whenever you choose to write someone without using the internet you will want to do it right. This envelope will carry each personal message in style.

mobilier scandinave VI - Pierre Bergé Auction 23 October

Scandinavia Design Sale to be held on 23 October 2011
The Pierre Bergé & Associés auction house is a great fan of Scandinavian design. Coming up for auction are more than 300 lots of standard lamps, desks, ceramics and original pieces. This will be the sixth special sale to honour Nordic talent.
Following the initial launch and subsequent success of its Scandinavian design sales, the Pierre Bergé & Associés auction house is putting together a sixth auction. For collectors looking for original pieces in mint condition. For lovers of this design which was created in the cold Nordic countries. For anyone looking to embellish their interior.
Among the items selected with passion and rigour are some rare pieces of furniture (Crocodile cabinet by Hans. J. Wegner), decorative items (vase by Axel Salto), elegant tables (coffee table by Tapio Wirkalla), desks (desk by Bodil Kjaer) and some iconic items (Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen). The sale features some stunning pieces, as well as some great classics and objects of desire created by the Scandinavian school which peaked during the second half of the twentieth century.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

scandinasia down under

Khai Liew Design is an Adelaide-based showroom and workshop with a small scale of production carried out by a network of skilled artisans. The drawer 'Kokoso' has deservedly made it into the collection of the National Gallery of Australia

magazine palette

Brazilian architect Gregori Warchavchik (1896-1972) designed this masterpiece for his home in Sao Paolo in 1928. The magazine rack 'Leque' is made out of polished Imbuia wood and has been re-edited.

stool lamp

'Tube 311' by Berliner Messinglampen. The lamp shade is adjustable. The sixties design merges with todays know-how.


Roll up your sleeves! Desk 'Yves' by Pinch Design.

little blighter

The Minx Chair by Somerville Scott & Company

midcentury revisited

'Buonanotte Valentina' - sleep well! Ceccotti`s contemporary Midcentury bed.

freshen up

French perfumer Frédéric Malle commissions some of the world's most respected noses to create his Editions de Parfums series of scents and has also created fragrances for Hermès and Christian Lacroix. To complement his library of scents, Malle developed an electronic diffuser that delivers the intoxicating floral bouquets with panache. Designed in his signature red, the rechargeable 'Fleur Mécanique' is not just easy on the eye, but also quiet, simple and wireless

unfinished work

A classical Persian carpet goes digital. 'Playing with Tradition' by Richard Hutten

the regenerator

The magic essence to get rid of spots and scratches, to revive, polish and clean new, old and ancient wooden furniture. 

gossip girl

Multitsk bench 'gossip' from Jonathan Adler. 

behind bars

Lace Fence was designed by Demakersvan’s Joep Verhoeven in 2005 when he was still a student. It was part of his graduation project at Design Academy Eindhoven and exhibited at the academy’s show in Milan during the furniture fair in April 2006.

möbius table

Taking inspiration from the Noguchi table, the Moebius combines elements of mathematical genius with simple funtionality. It's as if the glass top is suspended in air. A Moebius strip (or Möbius) is a surface that has only one face. The base of the Moebius table follows the same idea, forming an endless twisting base for the 3/4" thick glass tabletop. Made of walnut-stained beechwood, the upright supports of the table are accented with brass connectors.

sexiest stationary

Japan’s Craft Design Technology have probably created the sexiest stationary in the world. Their products will make you want to roll up your sleeves and push some paper.

cool down

I was looking for a new refrigerator and after a long search I found one in the Czech Republic...of all places...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

jan kempenaers. spomenik - the forgotten monuments of former yugoslavia

Photographs of monuments in former Yugoslavia. Willem Jan Neutelings, quoted from this book: "The Antwerp-based photographer Jan Kempenaers undertook a laborious trek through the Balkans in order to photograph a series of these mysterious objects. He captures the Spomeniks in the misty mountain landscape at sundown. Looking at the photographs one must admit to a certain embarrassment. We see the powerful beauty of the monumental sculptures and we catch ourselves forgetting the victims in whose name they were built. This is in no way a reproach to the photographer, but rather attests to the strength of the images. After all, Kempenaers did not set out as a documentary photographer, but first and foremost as an artist seeking to create a new image. An image so powerful that it engulfs the viewer. He allows the viewer to enjoy the melancholy beauty of the Spomeniks, but in so doing, forces us to take a position on a social issue."

antoine d'agata

Antoine d'Agata: I try to distance myself from a certain type of documentary photography that often avails itself of symbols that are too easy to read and assimilate in order to present a complex reality in a balance that is endlessly discussed over and over between photography as an instrument of documentation and photography as being completely subjective. It isn’t the eye that photography poses on the world that interests me but its most intimate rapport with that world.