1981. The Bedroom, ropes and lightbulbs.

Portrait of a Bed, Pt 10.
Memphis Design Group, 1981

"The Tawaraya Boxing Ring/Bed"

What's your guess? the kid's room, or parent's bed?
the Memphis Group, and Calder above. Awesome!
Memphis Posters on the wall.

"The Tawaraya boxing ring bed was the work of the Memphis group
(a Milan-based handful of extraordinary creative minds in furniture and product design)
– that you can actually see in a photo from 1981,
in the original ring bed.
A monochrome striped base with multicolored “ropes”
and light bulbs at each of the four corners of the ring,
the bed was the handy work of Masanori Umeda,
a Japanese architect collaborating with Memphis at the time.

It was an absolute declaration of love for the color, the use of color in design/architecture. "

text via here.

a photo of the rest of the home. amazing.
if you look close, you can see the bed in the background.
the lamps above the doorway into the bedroom are
some of my favorite lamps by the memphis group.

this home appears to be in Memphis, Tennessee too.
What are the odds?
(I grew up in Memphis, Tennesse, I wonder where this home is?)


image taken from flicker page here.
thank you memphis milano...

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Lines of Lights.

the light
wake me."

"When the light fades, wake me."

1. Gian Nicola Gigante
Floor lamp, designed by Gian Nicola Gigante for Zerbetto Italy (1981). Lamp can be used as object. Black metal base and frame with two fluorescent tubes of 36 W.

2. Ali Taylor
Ali Tayar, a principal of the New York-based “parallel design,” studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tayar’s work ranges from objects and furniture (ellen’s brackets) to commercial interiors (PoP Burger and Pizza Bar in NYC, the Omnia Hotel in Zermatt ) and international architectural projects.

3. Ernesto Gismondi, 1975

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and paths.

three sets of trees, and paths.

1. simon vahala, Suicide Forest (Aokigahara)
2. karin appollonia muller
3. dalton rooney


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Paul McCobbb,
via straylight wandering
flicker here.

1955 Planner Group Designs by Paul McCobb - Line Card

Paul McCobb (1917- March 10, 1969)

1955 Planner Group Designs by Paul McCobb - Cover

1955 Planner Group Designs by Paul McCobb - Foldout
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Good Kitchen Art! Cocktail Party...

Hosting an Art/ Cocktail / Dance Party. Pt 1.
House Party. (Inspired by Betty Freeman's home)

step 1. Purchase Dan Flavin neon sculpture. (go here),
or( here for less...), or (here)
step 2. Find a good corner with a plug close by.
(Extension cords across a dance floor are a pain, and dangerous!)
step 3. Plug it in, feel the glow. (read more about glow here)
(Note: Close mini blinds, to intensify the art.)
step 4. Pour killer cocktails.
step 5. Listen to Linger and Quiet's new mix. (Invite people like this guy, here.)
step 6. Dance your face off (deep bass and neon are a good mix.)
step 7. Create chill out room, with good art. i.e., roy lichtenstein.
(buy here....) Note: matching pillows to art intensifies art!
step 8. Call Lindsay, and tell her to bring these..
step 9. Let the party spill out into a driveway/lawn, like this one... (aka the brick house.here)

Note to self: Call Olafur and begin locating this (here, here, and here...) for the next party. Summer 2010.

the kitchen."

this is my new favorite photograph.
is that a real dan flavin?
how large is that lighting fixture about the kitchen table?
how tall is that plant?
when can i come over for coffee?
i need neighbors like this.

now look closely...
very closely....

is that this (here) , or this (here ) in that backroom?
thoughts? a doug wheeler next
to a baby grand, f@ck!

Betty Freeman's home.
via here

"She wrote books about the American artists Clyfford Still and Sam Francis. She was also an art collector. She lived in Beverly Hills, California and died in Los Angeles, California on January 4, 2009, at the age of 87."

(this post is inspired by the new david zwirner show...here)
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California Light.

california light

"New York light is clear and mild,
Los Angeles light is soft and fierce.
Edges stand out in New York.
In Los Angeles, they melt."

text from....Peter Schjeldahl, the New Yorker,
(about David Zwirner, Primary Atmospheres)
see some photos here, via 16 miles blog.

images via here... and here..
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J.D. Salinger, 1919-2010


"Don't ever tell anybody anything.

If you do, you start missing everybody."
the catcher in the rye, last lines.

“There is a marvelous peace in not publishing. It’s peaceful. Still. Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy. I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure.”

J.D. Salinger, 1974

"In 1953 Mr. Salinger, who had been living on East 57th Street in Manhattan, fled the literary world altogether and moved to a 90-acre compound on a wooded hillside in Cornish, N.H. He seemed to be fulfilling Holden’s desire to build himself “a little cabin somewhere with the dough I made and live there for the rest of my life,” away from “any goddam stupid conversation with anybody.”

"A series of fourteen letters written by J.D. Salinger

the reclusive author of "Catcher in the Rye," to the 18-year-old Joyce Maynard

were sold at Sotheby's New York Fine Books

nd Manuscripts auction in New York in 1999. Salinger died Thursday at the age of 91."

"Mr. Salinger’s privacy was further punctured in 1998 and again in 2000 with the publication of memoirs by, first, Joyce Maynard — with whom he had a 10-month affair in 1973, when Ms. Maynard was a college freshman — and then his daughter, Margaret. Some critics complained that both women were trying to exploit and profit from their history with Mr. Salinger, and Mr. Salinger’s son, Matthew, wrote in a letter to The New York Observer that his sister had “a troubled mind” and that he didn’t recognize the man portrayed in her account. But both books nevertheless added a creepy, Howard Hughesish element to the Salinger legend.

Mr. Salinger was controlling and sexually manipulative, Ms. Maynard wrote, and a health nut obsessed with homeopathic medicine and with his diet (frozen peas for breakfast, undercooked lamb burger for dinner). Ms. Salinger said that her father was pathologically self-centered and abusive toward her mother, and to the homeopathy and food fads she added a long list of other exotic enthusiasms: Zen Buddhism, Vedanta Hinduism, Christian Science, Scientology and acupuncture. Mr. Salinger drank his own urine, she wrote, and sat for hours in an orgone box."

all text taken from NY Times article, here, by Charles McGrath

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beautiful lamps
barcelona, spain.

Ultima Parada
sale and rent of lamps,
furniture, and objects from the xx century.

go here.

Ultima Parada.
Barcelona, Spain.

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Catherine Willis

Images from Catherine Willis' blog, here..
I was first introduced to her work by Ivan Terestchenko,
the incredible photographer.

Light candlestick
by Catherine Willis.

white plaster chandelier.2009.
Pièce unique.Collection CL. de B. France.

Catherine Willis
go here for more images.
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white mirror
black mirror,

white mirror
black mirror.

black mirror, white mirror.

1. Uno Kristiansson, 1960's, Sweden
2. Pascal Michalon laroue Mirror, current, France
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Portrait of a Nook.
late afternoon light.

unknown photograph.

the quiet nook. matt's home.

"headphone, with no stereo"

"Every day I wake up
Humming a song
But I don't need to run around
I just stay home.
Sing a little love song
My love and myself
If there's something that you want to hear
You can sing it yourself."

"Everything is Free", Gillian Welch

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Arthur Erickson

"The Architect of Soul"

"Erickson also designed a string of wonderful houses in Vancouver, California, Washington State and Hawaii. Specific to their site and owners, they feature simple, strong horizontal planes and surfaces that incorporate ideas about contemporary living. Unlike many new houses today, his buildings were not about image or bulk, but tended to disappear into the landscape.

Despite his stature, Erickson has had a tough time. Starting in 1989, each of his offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles and Saudi Arabia fell into bankruptcy.

architect, and lamps.
Arthur Erickson

Erickson once wrote: "With light as the palette ... we can bring soul and spirit back into architecture and perhaps find our own souls in the process."

"To him ... the way we experience its anatomy, its vistas and its spatial passages, rather than its surface and structure, opens up 'the spiritual dimension of architecture,."

states Nicholas Olsberg

"A 1961 trip to Japan changed his life. The Japanese used concrete like he had never seen before, with an appreciation of its richly textured surface and strength of expression of form. He would become what one writer called "a virtuoso of concrete."

1965, table lamps


(text taken from here)
images above, 1977 Pacific Northwest Home.
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The Bedroom

Portrait of a Bed, Pt 10.

Early Roy McMakin bed, Domestic Furniture.

Velvet Underground, on the floor.

Off center chandelier, chic!

floral tiles meets plaid headboard. crazy symmetry..

Portrait of a bed Pt 10
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Craft in America, PBS

Sam Maloof

This documentary series, produced by PBS, gathers three episodes that explore the rise of craftwork in America. In "Memory," modern-day artisans discuss the history of the movement, while in "Landscape," they look at their connection to their art and what inspires it. "Community" studies the sociological impact of craft. What results is a fascinating look at the convergence of art and history, a phenomenon with far-reaching cultural impact.

"Over the course of five hours, major influences on craft artists come to life: Memory, Landscape, Community, Origins, and Process. How does each play a part in how craft came to be? What about them drives artists to do what they do? How do craft artists develop and adapt their techniques in today’s world?"

go here to watch...

go to pbs site here..
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Jorge Pardo

city lighting.


jorge pardo.

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Jorge Eieslon

QUIPUS 24 B2, 1966

the talking knot: quipus

Jorge Eieslon
April 13, 1924 – March 8, 2006

the talking knots...

"A quipu usually consisted of colored spun and plied thread or strings from llama hair. It could also be made of cotton cords. The cords contained numeric and other values encoded by knots in a base ten positional system. Quipus might have just a few or up to 2,000 cords."

assemblage on canvas

"For Eielson the power of the knot, with its expressive codes, is securely had in the complex significances which they imply. The knot, is for him, a graphic sign, fundamentally esthetic-a nucleus of color. Moreover, the knot is the welding point between pre-Columbian culture and his present history, both personal and artistic. Other Latin American artists looked in the codes of the Maya and Aztec civilizations or in other forms of pre-Hispanic art, for a sign that could come to modify their contemporary language while also suggesting the profundity of their historical roots. But only Eielson knew how to find the artistic and anthropologic sediment in quipus and how to transform the ancient Queschua sign into the esthetic and semantic nucleus of its distant modern day language."

QUIPUS 43 AR, 1980

"Eielson is able to articulate the energy and beauty enclosed in knot-used also to vocalize language of his pre-Columbian ancestors- and in 1963 Eielson begins the first of the quipus series, using fabrics of various brilliant colors, knotted and tied on canvas. He arrives, in this way, at a true cultural synthesis, plastic, magical and symbolic while, at the same time, expressing the language of the ancient American ancestors. He is intent on a more visual aspect, operating in strict harmony with one of the fundamental elements of occidental art: the European canvas. The duality of cloth and canvas is recomposed by the artist and it becomes a new esthetic object that coincides with the spatial concept of Fontana. Thus, the duality of cloth-canvas is rendered as the protagonist of the work. The knot, however, matches to every type of civilization and parts from simple utilitarian function to a more sophisticated mythical conception, both magical and sacred. Eielson is conscious of this, and does not pretend to re-elaborate any language, but to highlight a plastic entity and a colorful preview of an almost unexplored archetypical subject."

acrylic paint and canvas on wooden frame
cm. 150(diam.)x13,5

"In the late 1950s, he abandoned avant-garde and resorts to using materials such as earth, sand and clay to sculpt in the canvas surface; at first he uses this technique to depict landscapes but gradually moves towards human figures represented through clothing of various kinds. In 1963 he started his first quipu, reinventing this ancient Andean device with fabrics of brilliant colors, knotted and tied on canvas. Eielson's quipus were exhibited in the 1964 Venice Biennale to wide acclaim. In the mid 1970s, he traveled to Peru where he devoted himself to the study of pre-Columbian art; during this period, the Instituto Nacional de Cultura (National Institute of Culture) published most of his poetry under the title Poesía escrita.

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