For Shellshocked New Yorkers, Post-Election Subway Therapy

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In Manhattan’s Union Square subway station, a display of Post-It notes became a visual protest against the results of the November 8 Presidential election.

Say this for psychic turmoil: it stirs the creative soul. From Hemingway to Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf to Frida Kahlo, the most powerful artistic expression rarely emanates from a place of equilibrium and serenity. For many Americans—New Yorkers, in particular—neither equilibrium nor serenity comes easily, and, in the days and weeks following the Presidential election, emotional dissonance reached an apex not seen since 9/11. And so, Subway Therapy provided a highly original, if ultimately feeble, salve. Matthew ‘Levee’ Chavez, a New York-based artist, is the founder of the Subway Therapy project, a collaborative endeavor which requires the participation of passing strangers, and which predates the election—but sticks to its original premise: give frustrated and perpetually vexed subway riders Post-It notes and a pen, and they will write.

For Shellshocked New Yorkers, Post Election Subway Therapy

nyc-subway-therapy-project Say this for psychic turmoil: it stirs the creative soul. From Hemingway to Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf to Frida Kahlo, the most powerful artistic expression rarely emanates from a place of equilibrium and serenity. For many Americans—New Yorkers, in particular—neither equilibrium nor serenity comes easily, and, in the days and weeks following the Presidential election, emotional dissonance reached an apex not seen since 9/11. And so, Subway Therapy provided a highly original, if ultimately feeble, salve. Matthew ‘Levee’ Chavez, a New York-based artist, is the founder of the Subway Therapy project, a collaborative endeavor which requires the participation of passing strangers, and which predates the election—but sticks to its original premise: give frustrated and perpetually vexed subway riders Post-It notes and a pen, and they will write. nyc-subway-therapy “When people are overflowing with emotion, help channel their energy into something good,” explains Chavez. “Subway Therapy is about making people smile, laugh,
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Pantone 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

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Calling it a refreshing and revitalizing shade, Pantone has selected Greenery as its 2017 Color of the Year.

After choosing TWO colors as its 2016 Color of the Year, Pantone went the traditional route this year, selecting Pantone 15-0343, better known as Greenery, as its 2017 Color of the Year. “Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings…a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew,” explained the color authority, adding that “Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”

While last year’s dual selection of Rose Quartz and Serenity—pink and blue—brought with it distinct of political social changes a they related to gender roles and gender itself, Greenery has a more subtle inference to current events. “The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the
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In London, Contemporary Christmas Tree Art Installations

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In the newly refurbished rotunda of London’s Tate Britain, an upside-down Christmas tree installation by artist Shirazeh Houshiary.

London’s gone mad for Christmas trees. How else to explain what’s happneing all over town with evergreens—namely, a trio of festive installations that pay homage to the pine tree in ways best described as unusual. To begin with, there’s the Tate Britain’s upside down Christmas tree, an installation by the Iranian-born artist Shirazeh Houshiary, currently on view in the gallery’s refurbished rotunda. Centered and held aloft by wires, the tree is natural and unadorned, save its roots, which, having been given a gold-dipped makeover, remain the installation’s falshiest and most ornamental part. Explains the artist, “I would like us to contemplate that the pine tree is one of the oldest species and recognize the roots are the source of its continued stability, nourishment and longevity,” Houshiary, a celebrated sculptor, continues a Tate tradition of artist-commissioned Christmas tree interpretations—a
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In London, Contemporary Christmas Tree Art Installations

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In the newly refurbished rotunda of London’s Tate Britain, an upside-down Christmas tree installation by artist Shirazeh Houshiary.

London’s gone mad for Christmas trees. How else to explain what’s happneing all over town with evergreens—namely, a trio of festive installations that pay homage to the pine tree in ways best described as unusual. To begin with, there’s the Tate Britain’s upside down Christmas, an installation by the Iranian-born artist Shirazeh Houshiary, currently on view in the gallery’s refurbished rotunda. Centered and held aloft by wires, the tree is natural and unadorned, save its roots, which, having been given a gold-dipped makeover, remain the installation’s falshiest and most ornamental part. Explains the artist, “I would like us to contemplate that the pine tree is one of the oldest species and recognize the roots are the source of its continued stability, nourishment and longevity,” Houshiary, a celebrated sculptor, continues a Tate tradition of artist-commissioned Christmas tree interpretations—a tradition
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Time Magazine Names Iconic Stahl House Photograph Amongst its Most Influential

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Named one of the most influential photographs in history by Time Magazine, this image of Stahl House was created by Julius Shulman in 1960.

A ravishing black-and-white photograph of Stahl House—an enduring symbol of modernist architecture—takes its place amongst portraits of Che Guevara and Demi Moore in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Images of All Time. One of only 3 man-made objects featured in Time’s 100 selections (the Hindenberg airship and Montana’s Fort Peck Damn are the other two), Stahl House is also one of the few aspirational shots featured in a roundup of painfully potent landmark moments extracted from America’s story—replete with wars, political unrest, famine, AIDS, and 9/11. In such weighty company, this iconic image of Stahl House—the most famous and widely disseminated photo from Julius Shulman’s architectural portfolio —is a welcome respite of breathtaking beauty, one that, according to Time,  ‘… perfected the art of aspirational staging, turning a house into the embodiment of
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GUBI Shines a Light on Greta M. Grossman

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The Gräshoppa Floor Lamp by Greta Grossman is one of the many design reprisals undertaken by GUBI.

If you find yourself suddenly in-the-know about Greta M. Grossman, you can thank GUBI. The Danish design brand, which is equally focused on the past and present, has been instrumental in introducing a whole new generation of design enthusiasts to Grossman, a Swedish product designer whose name never rolled off the tongue as easily as those of her male contemporaries, Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen. Chief amongst the iconic Mid Century products that GUBI has reprised is a collection of modern lamps designed by Grossman in the 1940s and 1950s, each piece instantly recognizable for its restrained beauty, brass detailing, and anthropomorphic form. Shop the GUBI Greta Grossman Collection here >
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The GUBI Gräshoppa Table Lamp by Greta Grossman, a 1948 design, is available in 5 colors.

Without a doubt, the most famous of
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Lamp Dance: Hector Serrano’s Ballet Pendant Lamps for Arturo Alvarez

arturo-alvarez-ballet-pendant-lamps Aside from their ethereal beauty, Spanish lighting designs by Arturo Alvarez have one thing in common: SIMETECH®, the proprietary patented material composed of stainless steel mesh and silicone, on display in the majority of the brand’s modern lighting designs. A highly malleable and moldable material, SIMETECH® is a key component to the sculptural, asymmetric forms that define Arturo Alvarez lighting designs—and never more so than in the brand’s recent collaboration with Valencia-based designer Hector Serrano, whose Ballet series elevates SIMETECH® to its most graceful heights yet. Save 20% on Arturo Alvarez Modern Lighting > valencia-designer-hector-serrano The designer explains, “At the beginning, I didn’t know how to contribute with something new and I felt a mix of sensations: on one hand, insecure about my ability to accomplish the assignment, on the other hand, respect for the work done by Arturo. I decided to keep going, but taking it from the beginning as an experiment. I would try
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Modern Lighting Sale | Save up to 25% on Top Brands

Innermost Stupa Collection We’re in the midst of a major Modern Lighting Sale, featuring a range of celebrated and innovative lighting brands from around the globe. Lasting through the end of October, this sale offers of up to 25% on pendant lights, chandeliers, table lamps and modern floor lamps by well-known contemporary design names, like Tom Dixon and Louis Poulsen, and bright new stars, like Britain’s Innermost and Denmark’s Lightyears. Other featured global names in this month-long Modern Lighting Sale include Italy’s award-winning FontanaArte, Spain’s innovative LZF, Denmark’s venerable Louis Poulsen, and American brands, Sonneman, and Pablo—and many more. Pendant lights, modern floor lamps, ceiling and wall lights, and contemporary table lamps are all featured in this sale. Shop the Modern Lighting Sale here >
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Blu Dot Annual Sale : Save 20% October 6 – 30

chip-stool-blu-dot-6 Our Annual Blu Dot Sale presents a rare opportunity to save on an inventive range of modern furniture, lighting and home decor items, bestsellers and new designs alike. Featured amongst the broad range of Blu Dot offerings are the beguiling Punk Lamp and beautifully contoured Clutch Dining Chair, two elegant contemporary designs with Mid Century Modern overtones. The Blue Dot Punk Lamp cuts a compact, immensely simple profile, featuring a monochromatic powder coated steel base and shade, topped off with a solid walnut wood switch. Three finishes—charcoal, white and metallic copper—and an exceedingly reductive profile give the Punk Lamp its irresistible visual appeal, while its diffused lighting ups the ante on ambience. The Clutch Dining Chair is a roomy, comfortable chair that gets its distinct identity from a gently bent molded plywood seat, upholstered bentwood back, and solid wood legs (in a choice of ash or oak). Clutch’s rounded edges
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David Bowie’s Art Collection Includes Vintage Modern Design Objects

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David Bowie’s eclectic art collection, which includes vintage deign pieces, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s London in November.

The late, great David Bowie left behind an art collection vast enough (some 400 items) to warrant 3 separate auctions—Sotheby’s Bowie/Collector auction takes place over 2 days this November—the last of which will feature Bowie’s collection of modern design. While the singer’s art acquisitions are, unsurprisingly, an eclectic collection of 20th Century works—paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture that Sotheby’s defines as “truly breathtaking in its scope and diversity, encompassing all the major art movements of the period.”—his design pieces focus predominantly on the Memphis Group, the Milanese Post Modern design movement founded in 1981 by the Italian architect and product designer Ettore Sottsass. David Bowie’s Magic Act >
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Ettore Sottsass’ Carlton Bookcase, an icon of 1980’s design, will be auctioned off in the Bowie/Collector sale at Sotheby’s London.

Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by this either. Though a serious and erudite
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Knoll Annual Sale: Save 15% | Get Free White Glove Delivery September 16 -27

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The Knoll Womb Chair & Ottoman by Eero Saarinen was designed in 1948.

Our Knoll Annual Sale has just begun, presenting a rare chance to own authentic, groundbreaking modern furniture by some of design world’s storied figures and rising stars. Now, through September 27th, save 15% on all Knoll chairs, tables, and storage pieces from Mid Century giants, like Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia, and Eero Saarinen, and more recent creations by contemporary designers, like David Adjaye and Barber Osgerby. Along with a 15% reduction, this event features complimentary white glove delivery, as well. Shop the Knoll Annual Sale here > 5 Knoll Designers Everyone Should Know >
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The Knoll Saarinen Oval Dining Table and chairs from the Tulip collection.

Finnish born Eero Saarinen, created dramatic architectural landmarks—the TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK Airport and the St. Louis Gateway Arch—and transcendent furniture designs. His elegant pedestal-based Tulip collection, and the sculptural Womb
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Yayoi Kusama Applies Her ‘Dot Obsession’ to Philip Johnson’s Glass House

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Philip Johnson’s Glass House, covered in the signature dots of Japanese conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama.

The Japanese Conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama’s preoccupation with dots has been whimsically projected onto a legendary Mid Century icon: Philip Johnson’s Glass House. Marking the occasion of what would have been the architect’s 110th birthday this past July, Kusama has bedecked the entire exterior of the house with an arrangement of her signature red dots. Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope, an installation which opened on September 1, will be on view only through September 26th, completing a trio of site-specific Kusama works on the property, dating back to the spring. Yayoi Kusama has decorated everything, from department store windows to clothing to George Clooney, with her dot compositions, but few of her canvases (Clooney included) have been as famous—for as long—as Johnson’s iconic Glass House, completed in 1949. And, one can argue, few are more suited to her work. The house’s
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Yayoi Kusama Applies Her ‘Dot Obsession’ to Philip Johnson’s Glass House

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Philip Johnson’s Glass House, covered in the signature dots of Japanese conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama.

The Japanese conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama’s preoccupation with dots has been whimsically projected onto a legendary Mid Century icon: Philip Johnson’s Glass House. Marking the occasion of what would have been the architect’s 110th birthday this past July, Kusama has bedecked the entire exterior of the house with an arrangement of her signature red dots. Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope, an installation which opened on September 1, will be on view only through September 26th, completing a trio of site-specific Kusama works on the property, dating back to the spring. Yayoi Kusama has decorated everything from department store windows to clothing, to George Clooney with her dot compositions, but few of her canvases (Clooney included) have been as famous—for as long—as Johnson’s iconic Glass House, completed in 1949. And, one can argue, few are more suited to her work. The house’s pure
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On the New Jersey Shore, Mid Century Treasures Galore

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The facade of a Mid Century motel in The Wildwoods, New Jersey, invokes a distinct west coast architectural vernacular.

Who would have thought that the New Jersey shoreline was a bastion of Mid Century Modern architecture? Not us, we confess. But that’s exactly what photographer Tyler Haughey set out to illustrate—impressively, we might add—with his beautifully composed Ebb Tide series, featuring images of modest vintage structures that dot a five-mile-long barrier island along the southern New Jersey coastline. Known collectively as The Wildwoods. the area’s suite of five small shore towns, Haughey claims, holds “the largest concentration of postwar resort architecture in the United States,” a collection embodied by a series of motels, built in the 1950’s and 1960’s, that remain astonishingly intact today.
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Tyler Haughey’s phtograph of a Jersey Shore motel shows a remarkably well preserved Mid Century facade.

What’s most remarkable about Tyler Haughey’s photographs is how thoroughly Californian they look. Spare, color-inflected, and flat-roofed, these
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British Accent: The Ageless Anglepoise Lamp

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Designed in 1931, but forever young, the Anglepoise 1227 Desk Lamp

If being immortalized on a postage stamp is any indication of an object’s significance, it’s safe to say that the original Anglepoise desk lamp qualifies as a full-fledged icon. Back in 2009, Britain’s Royal Mail included the classic Anglepoise table lamp amongst its 10 British Design Classics postage stamp series, cementing the famous lamp’s place amongst the most recognizable of Britain’s design objects—alongside other ubiquitous symbols, like the red double decker bus and the London Underground Map. And little wonder, considering the Anglepoise’s timeless appeal. Developed in 1931 by an automotive engineer named George Carwardine, the first Angelpoise lamp had a novel three-spring system that was revolutionary enough to be granted a patent in 1932. In production since then, the familiar anthropomorphic Anglepoise profile has been endlessly replicated by countless manufacturers of modern lamps, but stands alone as an emblem of British lighting design innovation. Shop the
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New Soho Building Features Cast Aluminum Facade

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XOCO 325, a new condominium building in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood, features a cast aluminum facade.

A new condominium building in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood has found a way to both blend into and stand apart from the area’s distinctive architectural style. XOCO 325 (aka 325 West Broadway) is a luxury apartment building that features the usual amenities expected of New York’s tony residences—walls of glass, outsized square footage, designer fixturesLEED™ certification—but its most distinctive feature is its cast aluminum facade, a homage to Soho’s famous pre-war buildings. Occupying what was once a chocolate factory, XOCO 325 was designed by DDG, a multi-disciplinary firm which calls its latest project “a modern interpretation of the district’s historic cast-iron loft buildings,” a collection of  250 buildings long ago given landmark status. DDG’s reinterpretation trades in the vernacular’s delicate ornamentation for a chunkier sculptural version, echoing as much Antoni Gaudi’s neo-Gothic architecture as Soho’s revered cast iron buildings.