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We recently asked the fantastic landscape designer Jayson DeGeeter to write a blog for us. We are so thrilled that he brought us this wonderful report of his recent visit to the New York Orchid show! Enjoy, and read on....
February into March: the tail-end of winter is a season of relentless anticipation. This year’s unseasonably (even record-breaking) warm weather certainly brought a welcome tease for Spring.
So, thank goodness for orchid shows.
While we pine for the first hints of color outside, these "gardens under glass" offer an abundant display of color. Whichever show you attend (my personal favorites are those hosted by the Chicago Botanic Garden, the New York Botanical Garden, and Longwood Gardens) it is possible to emerge blissfully dizzy with a botanically-induced overdose of color and fragrance.
A recent trip provided the opportunity to visit the “Thailand” show hosted by the New York Botanical Garden. After a sparkling moment at the central atrium, where eyeglasses de-fog and coats are shed, the display begins with a lesson. Ephiphytes (such as Oncidiums, Dendrobiums, and Phalaenopsis) are tucked into trees; while terrestrial species (such as Cymbidiums and Paphiopedilums) are displayed in containers.
The desert rooms mark the center point of the NYBG exhibit. It’s a welcome reprieve as we work our way to "Color"!
A collection of coral, orange, and magenta Phalaenopsis framed by a burgundy hued Musa. The Cordyline with striated foliage that perfectly matches the blooms of an adjacent Cymbidium. Then there are combinations fit for a master class in color theory.
It’s certainly enough to fortify the winter-weary. Sufficiently satiated, we’re ready to await an even grander show to come as Spring makes her way to center stage.
Growing up in Spokane, Washington among the forests of the Olympic Peninsula, it's only natural that George Nakashima was greatly influenced by wood! Nakashima spent his early years traveling the world, eventually securing a job in Tokyo. As soon as the war broke out, Nakashima moved back to the US where he met and married his wife. Sent to an internment in Idaho, the Nakashima's were eventually sponsored by Antonin Raymond. Nakashima came to work on Raymond's farm in Bucks County where he rented a house; in time, purchasing a piece of land and gain on to design and build his own house and workshop.
Nakashima went on to become one of the leading innovators of 20th century furniture design and a father of the "American Craft Movement". One of his greatest honors was bestowed upon him in 1983 when he accepted the Order of the Sacred Treasure, an honor given by the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese government.
Nakashima's signature woodworking design was his large-scale tables made of large wood slabs with smooth tops but unfinished natural edges, consisting of multiple slabs connected with butterfly joints.
We love this quote which sums up Nakashima's perspective perfectly "...My relationship to furniture and construction is basically my dialogue with a tree, with a complete and psychic empathy ... Since design need not be a personal expression, the function of construction becomes primary."
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!
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!