Winter Trend Watch: Cozying Up to Danish Hygge

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Neutral colors, natural materials, and minimal elements define the Danish hygge concept.

Whether or not hygge is here to stay is anyone’s guess, but there can be no doubt that this Danish concept, which includes a contemporary interior design esthetic, is most definitely here. Somewhat nebulous by definition, hygge (pronounced who-guh, and loosely translated from the Danish as ‘cozy’) or hyggelig has Scandinavia written all over it—which is to say, it endorses restraint, tranquility, and community, and, as such, is wholly inviting to those of us inhabiting a considerably less tranquil culture. Lately, spreading the word on hygge has become something of a winter design obsession, yielding an endless stream of casually attractive vignettes, replete with chunky blankets, hot cups of cocoa, springs of herbs, and loads of all-around homespun goodness.
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Hand applied workmanship and textured layers are essential to hygge, exemplified by casually draped chunky knitted blankets.

Home—or, more accurately, refuge—is, in fact, a key component of hygge, no
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Winter Trend Watch: Cozying Up to Danish Hygge

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Neutral colors, natural materials, and minimal elements define the Danish hygge concept.

Whether or not hygge is here to stay is anyone’s guess, but there can be no doubt that this Danish concept, which includes a contemporary interior design esthetic, is most definitely here. Somewhat nebulous by definition, hygge (pronounced who-guh, and loosely translated from the Danish as ‘cozy’) or hyggelig has Scandinavia written all over it—which is to say, it endorses restraint, tranquility, and community, and, as such, is wholly inviting to those of us inhabiting a considerably less tranquil culture. Lately, spreading the word on hygge has become something of a winter design obsession, yielding an endless stream of casually attractive vignettes, replete with chunky blankets, hot cups of cocoa, springs of herbs, and loads of all-around homespun goodness.
hygge-ohhio-blanket

Hand applied workmanship and textured layers are essential to hygge, exemplified by casually draped chunky knitted blankets.

Home—or, more accurately, refuge—is, in fact, a key component of hygge, no
hygge-tea
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Winter Trend Watch: Cozying Up to Danish Hygge

hygge-table-vignette

Neutral colors, natural materials, and minimal elements define the Danish hygge concept.

Whether or not hygge is here to stay is anyone’s guess, but there can be no doubt that this Danish concept, which includes a contemporary interior design esthetic, is most definitely here. Somewhat nebulous by definition, hygge (pronounced who-guh, and loosely translated from the Danish as ‘cozy’) or hyggelig has Scandinavia written all over it—which is to say, it endorses restraint, tranquility, and community, and, as such, is wholly inviting to those of us inhabiting a considerably less tranquil culture. Lately, spreading the word on hygge has become something of a winter design obsession, yielding an endless stream of casually attractive vignettes, replete with chunky blankets, hot cups of cocoa, springs of herbs, and loads of all-around homespun goodness.
hygge-ohhio-blanket

Hand applied workmanship and textured layers are essential to hygge, exemplified by casually draped chunky knitted blankets.

Home—or, more accurately, refuge—is, in fact, a key component of hygge, no
hygge-tea
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Continue reading "Winter Trend Watch: Cozying Up to Danish Hygge"

Winter Trend Watch: Cozying Up to Danish Hygge

hygge-table-vignette

Neutral colors, natural materials, and minimal elements define the Danish hygge concept.

Whether or not hygge is here to stay is anyone’s guess, but there can be no doubt that this Danish concept, which includes a contemporary interior design esthetic, is most definitely here. Somewhat nebulous by definition, hygge (pronounced who-guh, and loosely translated from the Danish as ‘cozy’) or hyggelig has Scandinavia written all over it—which is to say, it endorses restraint, tranquility, and community, and, as such, is wholly inviting to those of us inhabiting a considerably less tranquil culture. Lately, spreading the word on hygge has become something of a winter design obsession, yielding an endless stream of casually attractive vignettes, replete with chunky blankets, hot cups of cocoa, springs of herbs, and loads of all-around homespun goodness.
hygge-ohhio-blanket

Hand applied workmanship and textured layers are essential to hygge, exemplified by casually draped chunky knitted blankets.

Home—or, more accurately, refuge—is, in fact, a key component of hygge, no
hygge-tea
hygge-living-room
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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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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

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

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.

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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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