In these times, a blanket is a utilitarian necessity, or it becomes a canvas for over-designed Ikea duvet covers. But the old-world tradition of tapestry-weaving transforms the humble blanket into a work of art. Recently, I was introduced to textile artist Richard Saja who weaves one-of-a-kind blankets that deserve the kind of exposed brick wall-space that none of us middle class city dwellers will ever have access to. These blankets are huge and completely breathtaking when hung from the ceiling. Saja’s work is available for purchase at de Castellane Gallery in Brooklyn. Each blanket is unique and the price? Surprisingly low for such detailed handiwork.
Ikea dominated the furniture market, and now the Swedish retail giant is rolling out a mass media takeover. The recently-launched Ikea cookbook is visually remarkable. The arty photos were shot by Carl Kleiner and styled by Evelina Bratell; and though it’s not food porn, it’s definitely soft core art porn. One can only imagine how fun it was to strategically place the ingredients in abstract formations. Well, fun, or just really annoying. This reminds me of this video.
But Ikea isn’t stopping there; a branded iPhone-app that’s being marketed with the book, the Kondis, is being rolled out. Here’s sneak peak:
The app is more or less a cooler, streamlined version of Weight watchers. And honestly, I’m not over the moon about the app’s usability. I’m mostly impressed with how awesome (and Scandinavian) the commercial is.
review from the Times a few days ago
I’ve been in the city for about 6 months and have yet to stop by one of my favorite Chelsea galleries, the David Zwirner gallery.
I feel like such a dilettante sometimes, engaging in visual art by way of the interweb. I have to figure out how to manage my weekend time better, meaning, less trekking for foodstuff (Brooklyn Kitchen visits consume half a day usually–do I really need THIS much grasss-fed beef?), more visiting of galleries and museums and the yoga studio. I missed out on a Thomas Ruff show, although from the select works I saw online, didn’t miss too much. However, the gallery is currently housing a joint show for Mamma Andersson and Jockum Nordstrom, Swedish artist couple who until this show, have never exhibited their work together. Talk about separate bank accounts! “That’s MY tube of gouache, Jockum.”
I especially like Mamma Andersson’s style (though quite similar to Nordstrom’s)– not going to critique artwork I haven’t seen in person, so I’ll tease you with some press photos. Maybe I’ll see you this weekend? And then we can head over to El Quinto Pino for a frozen horchata and an uni panini afterwards.
David Zwirner Gallery
525 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011-2808
I’m just wild about geometric prints and patterns. This week’s two photographic finds are very representative of my current interior design aesthetic. But my body-ink-design aesthetic has always veered towards sharp lines and geometric configurations (see 3rd photo below). Never did get that lower back tat of a rhombus…would have perfectly adorned my crop tops and belly ring. Well, I’ve got time. And there’s always Cabo.
via the Sartorialist