Pierce Arrow Factory Complex Building “K”

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Historic and current photograph, rough sketches and preliminary color palette for Pierce Arrow Factory Complex Building “K” Have you driven the former Pierce Arrow Factory Complex at the corner of Great Arrow and Elmwood Avenue? Great things are happening and we are excited to be a part of the project team for a little known, 9000 sf, 2-story building, referred to in historic documents as building “K”,  that sits between the former Administration Building to the south and Garage Building to the north. The following is a bit of history… 1711 Elmwood Avenue, also known as Building K, is located in […]

Retro 70’s…

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Maharam’s Stripe, designed by Alexander Girard in 1973 paired with complimentary colors from a retro, 21st century palette anchored by 2017 Mixed Stripe wallcovering designed by Paul Smith, befitting his penchant for stripes and creative, retro designs, clearly a nod to Mr. Girard and the 1970’s.. Also…checkout The “Stripe” Shop on Floral Street in London, one of Paul’s many shops around the world, all uniquely themed.


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Victoria + Albert Rotunda Chandelier viewed during my first trip to London and the V+A Museum. I should clarify this, I visited London briefly a very long time ago and I do not recall much except the hovercraft ride from the White Cliffs of Dover that brought me to Paris for the first of many visits. It is a beautiful sculpture, but reading more about it revealed the obvious, it is a challenge to clean.

Falling Water?

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We are all familiar with Falling Water, a remarkable residence in Bear Run, Pennsylvania designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Artist Jason Middlebrook’s take on Falling Water represents the artist’s fascination with the earth’s environment and the human effect juxtaposed with Wright’s vision of living in harmony with nature. This is a gigantic mobile fountain which at first glance appears to be made of stone, but in actuality it is constructed primarily of styrofoam.Falling Water by Middlebrook is another great example of the exhibits you will find at MASS MoCA, this was the perfect venue for artistic work of this scale.

12 Ton Birds

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Weighing in at 12 tons each, this male and female Phoenix duo was conceived by the talented Chinese artist Xu Bing. The Phoenix Project is on display in a football field size exhibition space at MASS MoCA’s Building 5 through October 27, 2013. You will be awestruck when you enter this room. On closer inspection of the parts and pieces used to create these creatures, you will enjoy identifying components that were salvaged from urban construction sites in China. These giant birds are illuminated with tiny LED lights and create a breathtaking sight at sundown. Note the welder’s masks in […]

Dutch Innovation

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The Dutch designer, Dirk Vander Kooij conceived the “robot arm” a new technique inspired by an old 3D printer for bringing designs to life. An endless thread of synthetic material sourced from recycled refrigerator materials is extruded creating unique textures and colorations for Studio Dirk Vander Kooij’s designs. The image above illustrates the Endless Flow Dining Chair along with Dirk in conversation with a visitor to ICFF 2013 in New York City where he displayed examples of his furniture. As an ICFF guest speaker with Material ConneXion Dr. Andrew Dent the designer presented this unique technology and described it’s role in future product development. […]

May 7, 2013

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May 7, 2013 was a perfect day to take in the sites in New York City, including a new art installation by artist Orly Genger entitled Red, Yellow and Blue, commissioned by Mad. Sq. Art in Madison Square Park.  These colorful sculptures will be on view through Summer 2013. The work is comprised of the artist’s signature material, approximately 1.4 million feet of hand-knotted nautical rope covered in 3,000+ gallons of paint and weighing in at a mere 100,000 pounds! It creates an impressive backdrop for this park’s already beautiful lawns and gardens. Another great excuse to take a stroll in NYC.

Works in Paper

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It is no secret that I love imaginative, whimsical creations that delight the eye and make people smile. This morning I found the latest Interior Design magazine in my mailbox. I thumbed through it quickly and turned to my favorite part, the back cover. Maharam, a provider of textiles to architects and interior designers, has been the source of these creative ads for as long as I can remember. Generally a single image, always eye-catching and without explanation, that truly makes you want to find out more and I did….. Upper left notes “Skira Rizzoli” a publisher of museum quality fine art books, […]

Wood Design

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I have never been a big fan of tree stump coffee tables or anything rustic for that matter. Until I started receiving unsolicited e-mails from a company named Wood Design. The first thing that caught my I was their logo, very clean, simple design and when I visited their website I also found it easy to navigate and well designed. Their website and blog celebrates exceptional, creative wood furniture and accessories designed by various artists, designers and furniture makers. An avenue is provided to purchase these items through an online shop. I think you will find even the simple tree […]