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Demisch Danant shines

March 1, 2017

We adore Suzanne Demisch and Stephane Danant and love their new Greenwich Village gallery! The exceptional selection from this amazingly talented duo centers on French design mainly from the 1950's-1970's. Showcasing giants such as Maria Pergay, Joseph-Andre Motte and Etienne Fermigier, the "collection" is as eclectic as it is stylized.

It took a "treasure hunt" to Morocco and an old fashioned phone book to track down Maria Pergay. As for the archives of Joseph-Andre Motte, those were only accessed after his family became familiar with Danant due to 7 years of weekly visits. The stories behind the Demisch Danant's items showcase a well-curated collection that was put together due to extreme patience. What a treat it is to visit this gorgeous gallery... t's not to miss when in NYC!

This beautiful Pierre Paulin Elysee bookcase is a rare find. The modular Plexiglas shelving is identical to one that was made for the former French president, Georges Pompidou's, apartment. Shockingly, this one was found in a flea market.

Image courtesy of: Demisch Danant

This elegant Maria Pergay piece, Table Marronnier (2015), has an organically shaped top in stainless steel with inlaid chestnut wood, hand sculpted bronze base interpreting tree forms. Dimension are: 13.8 (h) x 43 (w) inches. From a collection of 8.

Image courtesy of: Demisch Danant

This is Demisch Danant's beautifully designed showroom at last year's Design Miami (Art Basel, Miami).

Image courtesy of: Art Basel 2016

The new gallery will be about twice as large as the original second-floor gallery in Chelsea where Demisch has been located since 2005. This gorgeous space was designed by Rafael de Cárdenas of the New York-based Architecture at Large. The malleable space was created to accommodate larger exhibitions, as well as more intimate settings for showing a suite of furniture by Maria Pergay, for example.

Image courtesy of: Cultured Mag, photographed by: Nathan Ellis Perkel

Posted in: Interior Design
Tagged: FURNITURE DEMISCH DANANT FRENCH DESIGN

The resurgence of Paul Evans

February 28, 2017

We love Paul Evans! This American-born furniture designer, sculptor and artist was most famous for his vast contributions to American furniture design and the American Craft Movement of the 1970s. Evans’ creation of metal sculpted furniture was what made him “stand apart” from others. 

Posthumously, Evans’ pieces which were previously considered, junk, are now revered collectors’ items which fetch thousands of dollars at auctions. During the past decade, Evans has become a bit of a celebrity icon with big names such as Gwen Stefani and Tommy Hilfiger itching to purchase a signature piece such as a 1970s bronze steel and gold encrusted cabinet. Personally, we’re glad that Evans is getting a “second look”… it’s about time!

Paul EvansCityscape cabinet suite, c. 1975, Chrome-plated steel, 104.5” W x 25.25” D x 60.25” H 

Image courtesy of: Wright Auction

Paul EvansCityscape coffee table from the PE 400 series, c. 1975, Chrome-plated steel, walnut, burl, glass, 60” W x 36” D x 16” H 

Image courtesy o:f Wright Auction

Paul EvansRare Faceted Console, c. 1970s, Stainless Steel, 71” W x 27” D x 34” H, Todd Merrill 20th Century.

Image courtesy of: 1st Dibs

Audemars PiguetHaute Joaillerie Diamond Fury, Wristwatch, 4,635 Brilliant-cut diamonds.

Image courtesy of: Audemars Piguet

Posted in: Interior Design
Tagged: FURNITURE PAUL EVANS AMERICAN CRAFT MOVEMENT

Ballets Russes Inspiration

February 27, 2017

Ballets Russes inspired palette.

Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc.

We were thrilled as our client recently brought in her very special program of Ballets Russes, Théâtre du Châtelet, May-June 1912. The decorative plates enclosed inspired the palette for her space, and we selected favorites together to frame and feature as a collection. Enjoy a brief history of Ballets Russes, some of these favorite sketches and the palette that was the result of a very fruitful client collaboration!

La Spectre de la rose, Leon Bakst’s costume sketch for Vaslav Nijinsky, 1914.

Images courtesy of The Official Program of Ballets Russes, Théâtre du Châtelet, May-June 1912, by Vaslav Nijinsky (b. 1889, Kiev, Ukraine, - 1950, London)

The 1912 season of the Ballets Russes included Le Dieu Bleu, Thamar, Daphnis et Chloë, and L'Après-Midi d'un Faune.

La Dieu bleu, Leon Bakst’s costume sketch for Vaslav Nijinsky as the Blue God, 1912.

The Ballets Russes was a ballet company established in 1909 by the Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev in Paris, and was resident at the Théâtre Mogador and Théâtre du Châtelet, in Paris and in Monte Carlo, and in 1911 made its debut in London. The original thirteen members were from the Tsar's Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia, and the company featured and premiered now-famous works by the great choreographers Marius Petipa, Michel Fokine, Bronislava Nijinska, Leonide Massine, Vaslav Nijinsky, and a young George Balanchine at the start of his career.

Ballets Russes created a sensation in Western Europe as a part of the avant-garde due to ground-breaking artistic collaboration among contemporary choreographers, composers, artists, and dancers. 

L’Apres-midi d’un faune, Leon Bakst’s costume sketch, 1912.

Scheherazade, a sketch by Leon Bakst of Vera Fokina and Michel Fokine in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s ballet; Fokine was also the choreographer.

Image courtesy of The Official Program of Ballets Russes, Théâtre du Châtelet, May-June 1912, by Vaslav Nijinsky (b. 1889, Kiev, Ukraine, - 1950, London)

Posted in: Welcome to My Cage
Tagged: Color and Palette Ballets Russes

A competition was announced for architects to present designs for pit stops along the 5,772 mile long Trans-Siberian Railway. The world's longest railway is barren, deserted and isolated; and the air is usually cold along this route (which extends from Moscow to the Far East of Russia).

The London-based studio of Kamari Architects won the contest by proposing a series of wooden cabins which resemble elephant trunks. Traditional woodworking techniques will be used to create a form to showcase the train's movements. The elongated structures will be reminiscent of gabled cabins, slender and tall. 

Slightly raised from the ground in order to insulate them from the cold ground, these cabins are intended to compliment the landscape vs. overpowering it. Construction of 5 cabins will start in 2018. We love the idea of modern design "invading" Siberia, which accounts for 77% of Russia's land area. Here's to added beauty!

Perfect timing as the railway turned 100 last year!

Image courtesy of: Express UK

The traditional forms of architecture is what made Kamvari Architects designs stand out. These beautiful cabins are intended to provide shelter to the train's passengers.

Image courtesy of: Express UK

Sustainability at its best... the trunk will condense the air to minimize the need to cool or heat the cabin.

Image courtesy of: Express UK

We love how the cabins seamlessly blend into the landscape!

Image courtesy of: Dezeen

Posted in: Culture
Tagged: Russia TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY KAMVARI ARCHITECTS

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