Archives: July 2013

the pyromaniac black and white photographs of damion berger

With the recent bevy of the colorful crackling fireworks over the Hudson River this past fourth of July, I was reminded of two very different artists I’ve been meaning to feature whose clever experimental art is based on gunpowder and … Continue reading

what’s swedish for rare? olaf skoogfors

Olaf Skoogfors (1934-1975) is not a name rolling off everyone’s tongue.  A Swede who grew up in the United States, he began his long career working with silver having studied at the School for American Craftsmen in Rochester before apprenticing … Continue reading

the cerralbo palace in madrid

Today I’m over at The Daily Basics, featuring one of my favorite types of museums – the house museum.  Much like I did in these pages with the hotel particuliere of Nissim de Camondo in Paris, I’m sharing one of … Continue reading

saunas, pools and baths in the works of Brazilian artist Adriana Varejao

In the world of Contemporary Art, Brazilian artist Adriana Varejao (b.1964) dives head first into the fray – well, so it appears from her marvelous series of paintings depicting pools, saunas and baths (2003-2009) that shimmer with radiant light playing … Continue reading

wall décor; your very own wall of plants

Live Vertical Garden of Bayside, Long Island, have created a beautiful and functional new way to enjoy plants indoors.  This is perfect for people like me who live in city apartments, but long to have a bit of the outdoors, well … Continue reading

the st. germain armchair – who else but by french designer Christian Liaigre

I’ve been salivating over Christian Liaigre’s terribly sophisticated St. Germain armchair for a while and I can finally now put my hand around it.  Is it weird to get so excited for a lounge chair?  I think not, having discovered his … Continue reading

all the way to texas – the far reaching legacy of angelo donghia

Angelo Donghia, (1935-1985) was an American interior designer whose contemporary design innovations include unusual upholstery treatments, shiny lacquered walls and unusual combinations of fabric textures and patterns.  He became widely popular through shrewd marketing arrangements for products carrying his name … Continue reading