Spaces + Places: Joseph Dirand

. Monday, November 28, 2011

Freunde von Freunden spends the day with the amazing Joseph Dirand:

Parisian architect Joseph Dirand is a very well known architect in Paris and throughout the world. During our visit, he reveals the poetry of natural materials to us and speaks about urban beauty, his inspirations and role models such as Joseph Beuys and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Joseph invites us to his apartment, his office space and the neighborhood he lives in.

His beautiful monochromatic home with touches of brass and color, serves as the backdrop to an incredible collection of Serge Mouille, Jean Prouve, and Charlotte Perriand, with a few small doses of Mies, Eames, and Bertoia. Such great taste, absolute perfection.

Read the full interview here.

Watch: Address is Approximate

. Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Google Street View stop motion animation short made as a personal project by director Tom Jenkins.

Story: A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View.

All screen imagery was animated - there are no screen replacements.

Produced, animated, filmed, lit, edited & graded by Tom Jenkins of The Theory.

Thanks Sierra for the link.

Flashback: 1972: Bill Withers: Ain't No Sunshine


just good music.

Spaces: Toshiko Mori: Kelly Residence: Hudson Valley, NY

. Sunday, November 20, 2011

A beautiful light-filled home filled with an incredible collection of contemporary art and 20th Century design. Designed by Toshiko Mori for prominent gallerist Sean Kelly and his wife Mary, this amazing space features a clever floating staircase, and a sleek dining table set in the concrete floor.

Rare works of modernism furnish the interior, including an Ernest Race Penguin Donkey magazine table; an Antony wall lamps by Serge Mouille; Grand Prix and Giraffe dining chairs, a Swan chair, and a table lamp by Arne Jacobsen; platform benches and DAF chairs by George Nelson; as well a PK24 chaise, PK91 folding stool, several variations of coffee tables, and an impressive PK26 wall-mounted leather sofa, all by Poul Kjaerholm.

See the full project details at AD.

Fresh Finds: Charlotte Perriand, Poul Kjærholm, Bitossi, Stilnovo + More


Rare early examples of Poul Kjaerholm's PK1 in bent steel and handwoven wicker, the first of Kjaerholm's designs to be produced by Ejvid Kold Christensen. These examples were crafted during the initial production series of 1956-1960.

Impressed to top rail: Denmark.

A fine pair of Charlotte Perriand's folded metal wall lamps with pivoting shades. Manufactured and retailed by Galerie Steph Simon.

Both examples signed with labels: SCE Made in France.

An impressive table lamp featuring lyrical brass detailing, perforated bias-cut cone shade, and articulated reflector.

From an unknown studio, with Arredoluce and Arteluce having both produced similar models.

A fine pair of minimalist single-drawer nightstands in the style of Harvey Probber, sheathed in walnut veneer and floating on legs of solid brass.

A rare and impressive pair of side tables sheathed in tessellated fossilized coral stone with inlaid brass detailing.

These tables are exceptional examples of a movement championed by Karl Springer and Maitland Smith in the 70s and 80s, rooted in Jean Michel Frank's philosophy of combining luxury materials and old world craftsmanship, with clean lined modernist forms.

Both signed with labels: MAITLAND SMITH.

Asahara Sigheaki's minimalist Palemar floor lamp, featuring a tripod base and articulated parabolic shade.

Signed with embossement: STILNOVO: MADE IN ITALY.

Literature: Repertorio Del Design Italiano, 1950-2000, Giuliana Gramigna, Volume 2.

Subtle bamboo detailing adds a touch of glam to this otherwise minimalist 1970's coffee table of sleek chrome and glass.

A bold graphic ceramic bull from Bitossi Studios. This is a rare pattern that was also utilized on Howard Miller's Meridian Series Clock, Model 7589.

Signed with impressed mark: ITALY.

All via Modern Love, with many more great finds to come.

Icons: YSL


.... in his cognac-brown leather Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair.  Captured by'60s photographer Marie Cosindas.

Via whorange and the modern love tumblr.

Look+Listen: DJ Shadow x Little Dragon: Scale it Back

. Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Directed and Produced: Ewan Jones Morris & Casey Raymond​

Favorite Picks: Phillips de Pury X Lee Mindel: Nordic Design

. Sunday, November 13, 2011

Nordic Design will be the focus of Phillips de Pury London's upcoming November 17th auction. For this event, Phillips has asked acclaimed architect Lee Mindel to curate the collection. If you are a follower of this blog, then you should be very familiar with Mindel's firm Shelton Mindel and Associates, as I've featured their projects on numerous occasions. The result of this collaboration is an collection of works both exceptional and refined. These are my favorite picks:

A fine leather armchair, from the Göteborg Law Courts by ERIK GUNNAR ASPLUND.

A unique fire screen by OLOF HULT.

Pair of ‘Klismos’ chairs, from the Courthouse, Frederiksberg by KAJ GOTTLOB.

A button tufted stool by PEDER MOOS.

Tufted sofa, for the Radiohuset, Frederiksberg by VILHELM LAURITZEN.

KAARE KLINT's classic Propeller stool.

POUL KJÆRHOLM's Suspended sofa and stools.

PAAVO TYNELL floor lamps.

POUL HENNINGSEN's Spiral wall and pendant lamps.

Set of eight drawer units, for the Royal Hotel for SAS, Copenhagen, by ARNE JACOBSEN.

Make sure to see the equally beautiful online catalogue of the sale, which features some of Mindel's photography, also for sale.

Look+Listen: The Honey Trees: Moon River

. Friday, November 11, 2011

A beautifully pared-down minimalist take, on a classic Mercer-Mancini jazz standard.  By The Honey Trees.

What a voice!

Via the modern love tumblr.

Icons: Harry Bertoia Relaxing


....on what appears to be a prototypical Bird lounge chair with no rubber shockmounts.

Via the modern love tumblr.

Lottie Moss by Andrea Carter Bowman


Photographer Andrea Carter Bowman captures Kate Moss's little sister's modelling debut.  See the rest of the shoot at Fashionising.

Farewell: Loulou de la Falaise


Yves St. Laurent's long time muse and co-colaborator passes away at 64.

After Saint Laurent retired in 2002 de la Falaise launched her own fashion business with a clothing and jewellery line, and into her 60's Loulou remained strikingly beautiful and always poised - true fashion royalty.

Via pedestrian.

Helena Christensen by Guy Aroch

. Monday, November 7, 2011

Just a sample of a smoldering editorial by Guy Aroch for the Un-Titled Project.  See the full shoot at fashion gone rogue.

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