Look+Listen: Nicki Bluhm + The Gramblers: I Can't Go For That (Hall + Oates)

. Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I have a sudden urge to go on a road trip. Thanks David for the link!

From the Van Sessions: http://www.nickibluhm.com/

Daily Dose: Maria Pergay: Place des Vosges


Pergay and Paulin come together in the epitome of French chic. Via Demisch Danant's facebook.

Listen: Beach House: Myth

. Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A melodically enchanting, beautiful song.  From their forthcoming album Bloom.

Via pedestrian.

Favorite Picks: Wright: Modern Design


A fine selection of important  20th Century Design is coming to the market in Wright's upcoming Modern Design auction.

These are my favorite picks:

A rare articulating MAA chair by George Nelson & Associates.

Classic walnut topped Tulip tables by Eero Saarinen.

A very rare armchair by Alexander Girard, upholstered in his bold and graphic checkerboard patterned fabric.

Spiralling Flamme sconces by Serge Mouille.

A leather and walnut adjustable daybed by Edward Wormley.

A Carousel weathervane by George Nelson & Associates.

Pierre Jeanneret's Scissor lounge chairs for Knoll.

Pierre Guariche's counterbalanced Equilibrium floor lamp.

A bio-morphic earthenware sculpture by Ruth Duckworth.

An Origins cabinet by George Nakashima for Widdicomb.

An iconic Arredoluce Triennale floor lamp in brass.

A selection of rare Italian table lamps by Max Ingrand and Angelo Lelli.

A sculptural mirror by Curtis Jeré.

A brass and chrome bookshelf by Paul Evans.

The auction takes place March 29th, see the full preview at Wright.

Icons: Happy Birthday Mies!


In honor of the maestro's birthday, Life has republished photographs from a 1957 photo essay titled “Emergence of a Master Architect.” The feature that ran in the March 1, 1957 issue of LIFE, at the same time that the architect’s signature achievement — the 38-story Seagram Building on Park Avenue in New York — was nearing completion.
See the photos here.

Look + Listen: Grimes: Oblivion

. Saturday, March 3, 2012

Grimes is both adorable and infectious, in this great first video from the album "Visions" (purchase the album at iTunes).  I just can't get this song out of my head.

Directed by: Emily Kai Bock
DOP: Evan Profofsky


Thanks Charlie & Lee!

Perriand oui, Prouvé non


Anyone that knows me, knows I love Charlotte Perriand, and I was pleased when this story broke. I wonder if we will see future posthumous battles for design credit from other heirs (Noguchi vs. Robsjohn-Gibbings comes to mind).

From ArtInfo France:

French Court Backs Charlotte Perriand Over Jean Prouvé in Posthumous Battle of the Design Stars

Last week a Paris appeals court issued a decision in favor of the heir of Charlotte Perriand, who had accused Bergerot-Galerie Patrick Seguin and the Sonnabend Gallery of wrongly denying Perriand's exclusive authorship of three designs. The pieces involved are the Tunisia, Mexico, and Cloud bookcases; the Air France or Tokyo stackable table; and a table and stool with triangular and spindle-shaped legs. The two galleries must pay €50,000 ($66,000) in damages to Pernette Martin-Barsac for having claimed that Perriand's sometime collaborator Jean Prouvé contributed to designing the three items.

For seven years, Martin-Barsac, Perriand's daughter, contested the notion of Prouvé's shared responsibility for the designs. The story began when the Pompidou Center hosted a retrospective of Perriand's work in 2005. The bookshelves for the Tunisia House in the University of Paris's student residences were accompanied by the following description: "the estate of Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) claimed that Prouvé participated in the design of these bookshelves, which was contested by the estate of Charlotte Perriand." Since then, the same disclaimer has appeared on the three designs in question whenever they have appeared at auction. But now the court has recognized Perriand as the sole creator of the designs.

Perriand struggled with similar authorship issues during her lifetime, objecting when the Tunisia bookshelves were put on the market in 1950 with the label "Jean Prouvé Studios." She was first noticed in 1927, at the age of 24, when critics raved about her "bar under the roof" of chrome-plated steel and anodized aluminum. In 1929, she joined the Association of Revolutionary Writers and Artists, alongside designers such as Paul Vaillant-Couturier and writers including André Gide, Paul Eluard, and André Malraux. For the 1935 World's Fair, she collaborated with Le Corbusier, René Herbst, Louis Sognot, and Pierre Jeanneret to create the "Young Man's House," which was divided into two parts representing the mind and the body. Perriand went on to revolutionize furnishings in the 1950s, making a name for herself in a field dominated by men. Now, this legal decision has affirmed her sole authorship of these three seminal designs.

1st photo is from Perriand Archives/ArtInfo, 2nd from Wright, 3rd from Phillips de Pury.  The 4th photo below is from 1953 and shows the Tunisie bookcase in situ, via centrepompidou.

Thanks Meaghan for the link!

Classic Spaces: Harry Bertoia x Gordon Bunshaft: Manufacturers Hanover Trust Building


Beautiful photos by Ezra Stoller of The Manufacturers Hanover Trust Building, a 1954 Modernist masterpiece designed by Gordon Bunshaft for Skidmore Owings and Merrill. The breathtaking multifaceted bronze screen was created by Harry Bertoia and served as a sculptural backdrop inside Bunshaft's clean lined box. The sculpture was recently in the centre of controversy, removed when the building was sold, but thankfully will soon be reinstalled (read the full story at The Architect's Newspaper).

An interesting side note, the screen will now serve to camouflage the dressing rooms for one of the building's new tenants: Canadian fashion retailer Joe Fresh, founded by Joseph Mimram (whose home I've previously featured here before).

Thanks Colen for the link.

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