interiors into stories.
(sarah and charles)

There is something very fascinating to me
when interiors are used to tell a story,
or provoke some sort of memory...
Inside this wooden structure, it appears
that Sarah and Charles have built a small universe.

go here to see more of their work...

I'm curious to know more about this work...
but even without knowing more,
something is so captivating and haunting
about this image, the dark blue sky that lurks,
or the intense light casting shadows...

The Hero Dies …
But the Story Goes on Forever, 2008

Situation / scenery with prerecorded actors and time delay recording of the spectator, five projectors, computer, video camera, 4 DVD players. dimensions variable

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Chahan Interior Design



original design by Chahan

Born in 1961 in the Lebanon, into an Armenian family, Chahan Minassian arrived in France in 1976. After studying interior design in Paris, he joined the prestigious firm of Ralph Lauren where, for seven years, he was the creative director for Europe. In 1993, he created his own interior design agency, Chahan Interior Design, rapidly attracting commissions in the United States, Canada and Japan, as well as in Europe.

table by Peter Lane...

In 1999, Chahan Interior Design opened at 12 rue de Beaune in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, a discreetly elegant address at which Chahan receives his clientele. In his showroom here, a calm space that he often compares to a casket, his distinctive style can be viewed in an atmosphere of taste and timeless luxury. In 2008, an extension to the showroom was opened, Chahan Gallery at 11 rue de Lille in the 7th arrondissement of Paris.

Chahan shows here the work of notable American designers, his own furniture editions and a selection of fine decorative objects created by artists he promotes. In addition to this activity as a gallery director, he continues to travel the world attending to an ever growing portfolio of projects.

go here for more..

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NEW WORK : Lisa Eisner

a sailor of
the mind/soul.

May 1, 2010 - June 5, 2010,
Opening on Sat.
(lots of openings this week!)

isa Eisner

Psychonaut is a kaleidoscopic adventure into a vibrant world of seeming randomness, a collection of one-of-a-kind assemblages without editions and without using Photoshop that is her most personal work to date. Psychonaut explores the journey of a spiritual seeker who uses altered states of consciousness to address spiritual questions in a modern way, without the use of psilocybin.

Eisner draws inspiration from the kindred spirit of Buckminster Fuller and his geodesic domes, Native American culture, geometry, nature, birds, and a homegrown spirituality.


Her method is to, “accidentally discover what isn’t an accident” by working hands-on with the images. She is informed by the colors and textures of the photos rather than the themes and composition, and allows the process to guide the series. What emerges is a handcrafted, three-dimensional psychedelic explosion that is alternately bright and soothing, meditative and disorienting. Psychonaut does not explain but self-propagates the creative source from where it came. Eisner collaborated with Matt Monroe on the dome structure for Psychonaut and with Haley Alexander van Oosten/L’Oeil du Vert on the scent sculptures.

previous post on Lisa Eisner's work

612 North Almont Drive
Los Angeles, California 90069

M + B is an amazing gallery in WEHO, Los Angeles

Incredible photography shows.

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M A T E R I A L S : Pacha Design

subtle streaks of
light & dark with
tiny gold flecks
iron pyrites (fools gold) here and there!

Sammy and Glenn of Pacha Design,
posted this today on their blog.
It was just too beautiful to keep to myself.
Not to mention the description,
of fools gold streaks!

square slate & oak coffee table
sustainably sourced cornish oak - treated with an eco hard wax oil cornish slate - protected against stains with an eco sealant glues used are non-toxic & solvent free....

amazing rusted console... wow..

steel & oak console with drawer

sustainably sourced uk oak
finished with eco hard wax oil
reclaimed rusty steel
protected with a sealant
glues used are non-toxic & solvent free


go to pacha design here...
thanks sammy and glenn.
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signed, by the prince!

of a Man

Pt. 20

The Decorator
Egon von Fürstenberg
(more portraits here.)

Today, "The Power Look of Home"
arrived. Little did I know that
it would be signed by the Prince Himself!
A total score for 2 dollars!

What a perfect man, for
Number 20, The Decorator....

Although, I'm left wondering who this Judy is?

Egon von Fürstenberg
(first read about this book on 2thewalls blog!)

"Egon von Fürstenberg was born at Lausanne in Switzerland. Brought up in great privilege in Venice, Italy, he was baptized by the future Pope John XXIII. Fürstenberg began his career as a buyer for Macy's, and took night classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He began designing clothes for plus-size women, and later expanded to full fashion and ready-to-wear lines, including fragrances, product licensing and a haute couture line based out of Rome.

On 16 July 1969 at Montfort l'Amaury, Yvelines, France, he married the Belgium-born Diane Simone Michelle Halfin, daughter of a Holocaust survivor. She was Jewish, and the senior Fürstenbergs objected to the couple's union on that basis. They had two children, Prince Alexander von Furstenberg (b. 25 January 1970) and Princess Tatiana Desirée (b. 16 February 1971), and were soon divorced. His wife launched her own fashion house at Egon's urging, where she created the iconic wrap dress..."

"I always assumed there was a division of labor in decorating.
Women would do it and I would critique it.
All of that changed the weekend I separated from my wife."

The Prince's Introduction..

of a Man

Pt. 20

The Decorator
Egon von Fürstenberg

(more portraits here.)



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F*ck Yeah!


then head to:




h*ll yes!

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William J. O' Brien


So psyched that William J. O'Brien donated work
for the upcoming LACE Auction!

The online catalog will be live on May 6th.
Check it out! Should be a good one this year.

more to come.
image via Marianna Boesky, New York.


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Valery Lorenzo

Port Lligat,


thank you....
see more here,
via Ivan's blog too!

After having a hard day yesterday, I sorted through the day's mail, (not email!)
to find a hand painted envelope from Spain, from Valery Lorenzo. It made me remember how much I love sending out letters, and unannounced packages to friends.

Perhaps, I should spend less time blogging,
and more time writing postcards and making packages! Maybe this summer, I'll get a chance to meet some of you in France in person!
Till, then, postcards and packages it is.

with some research, I find out....

"Portlligat is a small village located in a small bay on Cap de Creus peninsula, on the Costa Brava of the Mediterranean Sea, near the city of Cadaqués in the Alt Empordà comarca, in Girona province, Catalonia, Spain. The Island of Port Lligat is located at the entrance of the bay, separated from the mainland by a narrow 30-meter-wide canal. Salvador Dalí lived in the village and his house has been converted into the Casa-Museo Salvador Dalí. Both the bay and the island have been represented in several of Dalí's paintings, such as The Madonna of Port Lligat, Crucifixion, and The Sacrament of the Last Supper...."

Valery Lorenzo...
more images here..
currently looking at his enitre portfolio, and
enjoying his work tremendously...
Thank you!



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Marius Engh

Time has turned into space,
and there will be no more
time till I get out of here.

Marius Engh

"The frst work of Marius Engh I ever saw had me pretty much seeing nothing. Entering the installation of his graduation exhibition almost ten years ago I was offered nothing more than a pitch dark space. Hesitantly inching my way forward, I realized soon after having turned several corners that the space also had turned into a labyrinth. I was confronted with a profound doubt regarding the point and purpose of the piece, but more importantly I was doubting my ability to return to the entrance. The solution was somewhere in between: I stood still and hoped for my eyes to adjust to the darkness.

Marius Engh’s works have since always required and rewarded in the same manners: wait and there is a chance you’ll be able to see."

"What Engh offers may, however, not so much be silence as a devaluation or re-evaluation of sign value. The four quilts here on display seem as much motivated by decorative as by communicative ambitions, leaving it unclear whether they are to be understood as mere ornaments or having any signifcance as signs. Hanging from the naked wooden structure, these four quilts resemble the fags of an optical telegraph where the bold patterns and rich array of colours would serve as syllables. However, the intense sensation of a language unfolding does not prevent the simultaneous sensation of meaning folding in. Recognizing being underprivileged yet again, I merely wait for the muteness to perforate."


all text taken
from Press Releaase
from Standard Oslo

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Interiors: ROPE

tie me up!

crazy rope box!

tie up the sidetable? why not!

Rope, one of my

favorite Hitchcock films, ever...

rope vases, chairs,
and tables oh my!

wear it
or hang it!


1 and 2. Charles de Isle Workshop, SF
3. ROPE, Hitchcock!
4. Christian Astuguevieille's Paris apartment, Ethnic Interiors by Dinah Hall, 1992.
buy a copy here! Astuguevieille (thanks raina!)
5. 60's Deer Antler Bast Rope Ethno Belt Necklace...go here..
via Weltenbuerger

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Matt Lipps

April 30 – June 5, 2010
Opening Reception: April 30, 6 -8 PM

when interiors become
memories become photographs.

Silverman Gallery is pleased to present HOME,
an exhibition of photographs by Matt Lipps on view from April 30 – June 5, 2010.

The artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery uses cut-outs, appropriation and re-presentation to create still-lives and landscapes that negotiate the history of photography. In particular, Home presents photographs of domestic interiors that have been printed on several sheets of colored paper, cut into facets and taped back together so they cohere into the original image. These 8 by 11 inch assemblages serve as makeshift backdrops for abstracted elements cut out from black & white reproductions of Ansel Adam’s heroic landscapes. Captured on transparency film with a 4×5 camera, the resulting composite images are made entirely in-camera and printed large-scale to reveal and exaggerate their fabricated flimsiness.

As in previous work, Lipps’ complex visual spaces explore the medium’s relationship to memory and nostalgia, while speaking to the shifting nature of the photographic. Uncovering subtle but legible cultural and class markers, these works also weave together questions of identity construction, the familial archive, and the legacy of analog technology. Ultimately, Lipps’ process yields emotive and enigmatic topographies that mine the seams between aesthetic legacies and personal history.

go here
for more...

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A Selection of
Taken by
Felix Gonzalez-Torres

"a visual report on Felix's outlook at particular moments
in time, small gestures of hope, pleasure, and desire. "

Felix Gonzalez-Torres;
Alejandro Cesarco, editor

A Selection of Snapshots Taken by Felix Gonzalez-Torres

New York, NY: A.R.T. Press. 2010

"This book presents a selection of snapshots, and accompanying inscriptions, sent by Felix Gonzalez-Torres to Doug Ashford, Julie Ault, Bill Bartman, Susan Cahan, Amada Cruz, David Deitcher, Suzanne Ghez, Ann Goldstein, Claudio González, Jim Hodges, Susan Morgan, Robert Nickas, Mario Nuñez, and Christopher Williams between the years 1991–1995. The snapshots are quick poetic communiqués, a visual report on Felix's outlook at particular moments in time, small gestures of hope, pleasure, and desire.

They give evidence to some of his multiple fascinations: pets, furniture, collectible dolls, politics, art, friendship, beauty, love and optimism."

buy the book at
Printed Matter here.

image take from here.


"Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that's why I made works of art. "

— Felix Gonzalez-Torres


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Futility, LTD.


Advertisements for the Futility, Ltd. line of pottery.
Futility, Ltd. is an effort to figure out what kind of pottery
the community of people I know might want and need.


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and walls

Ron Terada,
"Stay away from lonely places"

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inspired by
OUNO Design..
thanks Lindsey!
her design blog is truly one of
the best..


love looking and seeing
this piece installed three
different ways... each
bringing something
unique to the piece.

go see more of
Ron's work here..

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Los Angeles

Atelier AM
(via Remodelista)

(is that a louise nevelson above?)
stunning composition.....


Louise Nevelson,

painted wood, black

"Whether it's a Mediterranean beach house, a Tuscan villa, or a Manhattan penthouse, the Misczynskis always place a premium on clean lines, classical proportions, and furniture of fine pedigree and sculptural brio. The couple possesses an extraordinary understanding of design history - as well as an intimate acquaintance with the best international resources for decorative arts - and they regularly travel across the globe to locate a perfect chair, a sublime desk, or an otherworldly textile. Another hallmark of the couple's work is their finesse in integrating important artworks and important antiques in a manner that is both sensitive and mutually ennobling - CY Twombly and Jean-Michel Frank, Willem de Kooning and Pierre Chareau, Franz Kline and Alberto & Diego Giacometti."


Los Angeles

go to their site
for more info..
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In all chaos there is a cosmos,
in all disorder a secret order.

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.

The creation of something new is not accomplished
by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.
The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

-- -- -- --

all text by Carl Jung.
paintings by Gregor Hylla, 2009

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remembering new york

with the

high violet

(image de rijke/ de rooij)

"Sorrow found me

when I was young
Sorrow waited,
sorrow won.”

Sorrow, High Violet...

Matt Berninger’s notebook of lyrics
for The National
(via nytimes..

“High Violet” is the National’s latest album for their time.
It’s the world according to a man who isn’t getting any younger,
mostly wants to be a good father and husband and employee and friend —
and might be happy, but for all that resistance he thinks he keeps tamped in his own head.

-- -- --

He used to be the Great White Hope, the hero of his own box-size living room.
Now he’s got a kid on his shoulder, lives on coffee and cut flowers while thinking about clearing out of the Silver City and going back to Ohio where life is simpler —
until you get there and remember why you left.

(luisa lambri, here..)

"i think the kids are in trouble
i do not know what all the troubles are for
give them ice for their fevers you're the only thing i ever want anymore
we'll live on coffee and flowers
try not to wonder what the weather will be
i figured out what we're missing
tell you miserable things after you are asleep."

conversation 16

-- -- --

read full

article here.

-- -- --

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one lamp

Rare Aldo Nason
Mazzega Murano
via atelier blog.

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the inside,
c/o new art centre

"I’ve always liked cardboard and cardboard boxes as a versatile and freely available material. I used cardboard boxes (with help) to make a robot costume at primary school then assemblages at secondary school, environments that you could crawl through at art school, play spaces and equipment for my children in their turn.

Flattened cardboard boxes were the material that I distributed for workshops that I ran in art schools and were also the basis of a group of my sculptures in the early 90s."

go to
New Art Centre here
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John Orth

New Work,
John Orth

latex, on chipboard....

New work, by
John Orth
of Holopaw...
take a listen to Holopaw!


"I took a step towards the dark,
the dark took a step towards me.
All holes. No Glory...
the cherry glow,
only rubies reflecting in the early snow."


go here for more...

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works on paper
by Matt Connors!


Spent the afternoon,

organizing the work for the
upcoming LACE 2010 Auction.

All the work has arrived safely,
some still at framers, and some in boxes.
Deciding on wall space, and the organization
for the works included...

Ken Weathersby, go here.. wrapped in bubble paper.
Can't wait to see everything installed!

More info soon,
as the catalog will
be online
in a couple weeks...

Thanks again to Ivan, Matt, William, Ian, and Ken!


Andrew Berardini, Barbara Bestor, Andrea Bowers, Kristin Calabrese & Joshua Aster, Carolyn Castaño, Tim Christian, David John Dick (YHBHS) Tomory Dodge, Robert Fontenot & Glenn R. Phillips, Brooke Hodge, Julian Hoeber, Onya Hogan-Finlay, Jeff Kopp, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Kim McCarty, Jamie Rosenthal, Joy Silverman, and Monique van Genderen.


Irina Alimanestianu, Carmen Argote, Kristin Calabrese & Joshua Aster, Darren Bader, Ball-Nogues Studio, Louise Bonnet, Heather Brown, Andrew Bush, Josh Callaghan, Terry Chatkupt, Susan Cianciolo, Matt Connors, Carlee Fernandez, Gary Garay, Kathryn Garcia, Jill Giegerich, Marsha Ginsberg, Sayre Gomez, April Greiman, Sherin Guirguis, Emlie Halpern, Naotaka Hiro, Hadley Holliday, Margaret Honda, Charles Irvin, Alice Cisternino Jackel, Adam Janes, Charles Karubian, Matt Keegan, Soo Kim, Karen Kimmel, Olga Koumoundouros, Annie Lapin, Joseph Lee, Spencer Lewis, CK Lyons, Euan MacDonald, Jay McCafferty,
Ian McDonald
, Sandeep Mukherjee, D'Ette Nogle, William J. O'Brien, Michele O'Marah, Eamon Ore-giron, Claudia Padrucci, Heather Rasmussen, Sarada Rauch, Erwin Redl, Laura Riboli, Rebecca Ripple, Brett Cody Rogers, Lezley Saar, Shizu Saldamando, Sergio Sergio, Jeff Sheng, Lily Skolnick Simonson, Don Suggs, Erin Trefry, Jeffrey Vallance, Ingrid von Sydow, Ivan Terestchenko, Sage Vaughn, Mary Weatherford, Ken Weathersby , Bari Ziperstein (list in formation)

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