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October 05, 2012

Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

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Schaukelwagen (Rocking car) by Hans Brockhage, 1950. On display at MoMA, New York.

Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From Louis Kahn in NYC to a celebration of George Nelson at Cranbrook to “House & Home” in Washington, D.C., there is richness to enjoy everywhere.

NEW YORK

Lori Bookstein Fine Art
Louis I. Kahn: In the Park - Opens Oct. 11

The Museum at FIT 
Ivy Style

MoMA
Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000

COLORADO

Denver Art Museum 
What is Modern? 

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September 18, 2012

Playboy Architecture, 1953–1979.

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Feature in 1956 issue of Playboy magazine. Image courtesy of Princeton University's Media + Modernity program.

As if we needed another reason to go to The Netherlands... The exhibition "Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979" will be on view at NAiM/Bureau-Europa from September 29 to February 10. Created in collaboration with Princeton University, the exhibition will explore "the way Playboy magazine used architecture and design as important tools to shape a new identity for the American male." Check out Interior Design for a preview of the exhibition and slideshow.

September 14, 2012

Craving Culture? Museum exhibitions to see now.

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Chipp, madras jacket, circa 1970, on display at FIT in New York.

Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From the "Ivy League look" in NYC to a celebration of George Nelson at Cranbrook to “House & Home” in Washington, D.C., there is richness to enjoy everywhere.

NEW YORK

The Museum at FIT
Ivy Style

MoMA
Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000

COLORADO

Denver Art Museum 
What is Modern? 

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August 06, 2012

Happy Birthday Andy!

In celebration of what would have been Andy Warhol's 84th birthday, we're reposting an interview we did last year with Arthur Edelman, who happened to be the artist's first boss.

The Andy Warhol Experience
Originally published December 12, 2011 

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Not long after arriving in New York City in 1953, a young artist named Andy Warhol began to make his way in the world of commercial illustration. Edelman Leather was one of Warhol’s first clients and over the course of several years he worked closely with owners Arthur and Teddy Edelman, producing everything from advertisements to showrooms. Their relationship culminated in a coloring book that could have only come from the mind of Warhol, created especially for clients' children for Christmas in 1961. Now back in print, A Coloring Book: Drawings by Andy Warhol (1961/2011) will amuse and charm a new audience, both young and old.

We recently had opportunity to speak with the Edelmans (if the name sounds familiar it's because they're our CEO's parents) about Warhol and what is was like working with the young commercial illustrator who would go on to become the most famous pop art artist in the world.

DWR: Describe the first time you saw Andy Warhol.

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July 30, 2012

MoMA's playful new exhibition.

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I want to play with every single thing shown in this photograph. Perhaps the name of MoMA's latest exhibition should be "Century of the child-at-heart" rather than "Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000." The show is the first "large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking." The themes explored include school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children's hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books. The must-see objects on display range from Alma Siedhoff-Buscher's Bauhaus nursery furniture to children's chairs by Marcel Breuer to works by Charles and Ray Eames.

Which childhood toy or game do you wish you still had?

July 03, 2012

Craving Culture? Museum exhibitions to see now.

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Olivetti: Innovation & Identity is currently at the Denver Art Museum.

Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From 100 years of chairs in Florida to a celebration of George Nelson at Cranbrook to “House & Home” in Washington, D.C., there is richness to enjoy everywhere.

COLORADO

Denver Art Museum 
What is Modern? 
Olivetti: Innovation & Identity

FLORIDA

Tampa Museum of Art
A Hundred Years - A Hundred Chairs: Masterworks from the Vitra Design Museum

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June 05, 2012

Tweeting from space?

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I was over the moon when I first saw these “tweets from space” but now I’m even more intrigued by the mystery behind them. According to NASA, Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi is not currently on the International Space Station (ISS). And according to the brilliantly named website howmanypeopleareinspacerightnow.com (my go-to site when needing big-picture perspective), there are only six people in space, and they’re all located on the ISS.

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Craving Culture? Exhibitions to see now.

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"House & Home" Family barbecue, circa. 1950. Architect: Chris Choate with designer Cliff May. Photo by Maynard L. Parker; The Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

National Building Museum
House & Home

NEW YORK

MoMA
Ecstatic Alphabets / Heaps of Language

International Center of Photography
Gordon Parks: 100 Years 

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May 21, 2012

Design Week NYC: Noho Design District.

The Noho Design District is one of the hottest design destinations in New York City during Design Week. It is produced and curated annually by Sight Unseen in partnership with NoHo-Bowery Stakeholders to coincide with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Here are a few highlights from this year's event, May 18-21.

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The CP Lounge Chair by Charles Pollock. Concrete Wallpaper by Piet Boon. Both at The Future Perfect satellite show at 2 Cooper Square.

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Sonos Soundalier by Kiel Mead and Lindsey Adelman. A combination of Adelman's iron chandeliers with Sonos Play speakers, the Soundalier introduces a new way to produce a 360 listening experience. 

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May 04, 2012

Telling stories in pictures.

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Bonnie Edelman at Bordoneo Farm in Uruguay. Photo by Marcela Ganly.

DWR's Bonnie Edelman is featured in Wag Magazine this month. Journalist Mary Shustack reports on the photographer's special connection to Uruguay, horse breeder Althea Ganly, and a special training method called imprinting. "What happens is you get these very calm, docile horses, friendly horses,” says Edelman. "So while they look wild, they are quite easy to work with." Read the article at wagmag.com.

May 03, 2012

Something borrowed, something blue, something modern, something new.

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Congratulations and best wishes to Lindsey Wynans, a residential designer in Houston who had her bridal portraits taken at the DWR Studio in her city. Photographer Lynsey Creative beautifully captured this modern bride, and we were flattered to be included in such a special occasion. As for which chair caught the bouquet, we're guessing it was the Eames Rocker in light blue.

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May 02, 2012

Unsuspecting Drivers Become … Artists?

 

What could be more chaotic than a four-way intersection in the middle of Berlin with no traffic lights? How about a four-way intersection in the middle of Berlin covered in fluorescent paint! IEPE Rubingh was the mastermind behind this piece, with the enlisted help of what he calls an “anonymous crew”. Rubingh, who has become known for his large performance pieces in public spaces, took the initiative to create modern art in a way that we have never seen.

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April 21, 2012

Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

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Source: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

CALIFORNIA

San Francisco MoMA
The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area
Through July 29 

LACMA 
California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way 
Through June 3

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April 06, 2012

“Light and Magic” by Rob Forbes.

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Kimbell Art Museum, photo by Rob Forbes

Featured in a special issue of Design Gossip by the lighting company Flos, DWR founder Rob Forbes takes readers on a journey of visual literacy this month. From the Pantheon in Rome to a wine cellar in California, Forbes gives examples of how architects – often unwittingly – can be extraordinary lighting designers. The essay reminds me of George Nelson’s writings in How To See, in which Nelson presents his ideas on how to read the man-made environment. Like Nelson, Forbes carries his camera everywhere and is a master at recognizing and evaluating the things that surround us every day. Learn more about how Forbes sees the world in “Light and Magic.”

In 2010, Forbes founded PUBLIC, with a mission to help improve the quality of our public spaces and our public lives.

Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

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Lyonel Feininger photograph: Bauhaus [Dessau] March 26, 1929

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Kandinsky at the Bauhaus, 1922-1933
Ends April 15

J. Paul Getty Museum
In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945-1980
Ends May 6

Portland Art Museum
Through the Looking Glass: Photography's Use of Windows, Doorways and Mirrors
Ends May 6 
Mark Rothko
Ends May 27 

Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum
Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939
Ends June 2. This is the final venue for this traveling exhibition.

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March 08, 2012

Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

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Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Still #22, 1978

MoMA
Cindy Sherman
Ends June 11

Cranbrook Art Musuem
No Object is an Island
Material Workshop: Cranbrook for Alessi
Both end March 25 

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March 06, 2012

Auction Watch: Sotheby's 20th Century Design.

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Lot 33: Charlotte Perriand, Early “Tokyo” Bench, circa 1955.            

Get your paddles ready. Tomorrow, Sotheby’s Auction House will hold a sale for 20th Century Design including a Private Collection of Mid-Century Design and Ceramic Art. The event promises to showcase some rare mid-century gems and a few peculiar lots, such as a staircase designed by Le Corbusier for The Unité d'Habitation in France. Other classics include an "Eye" Wall Clock designed by George Nelson Associates for the Howard Miller Clock Company, a  "Grasshopper" Floor Lamp by Greta Magnusson Grossman and our editorial director’s favorite, the Swivel Chair by Hans Wegner. Here are a few of the lots we’ll be watching ...

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February 08, 2012

Which lives longer, a Chicken or a Cat?

Assuming that the chicken and cat are not living together, you may be surprised to learn which one has the longer lifespan. Find the answer on this very cool animal longevity chart by Otto and Marie Neurath, who pioneered the International System of Typographic Picture Education (ISOTYPE).

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February 06, 2012

Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

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Museum Exhibitions

Milwaukee Art Museum (shown above)
Building a Masterpiece: Santiago Calatrava and the Milwaukee Art Museum
Ends Feb. 12

SFMoMA
Less and More: The design ethos of Dieter Rams
Ends Feb. 20

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion
Ends March 25

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January 19, 2012

An icon of modern design for an American icon.

David Lynch
Our good friend David Lynch stopped by our LA Beverly Blvd Studio yesterday to test-drive Saarinen's classic Womb Chair and Ottoman before making his final decision to purchase the set in Crimson (although, we think he looks incredibly handsome in the aegean blue). David is a true artist and inspiration. His 2009 book signing at DWR was standing room only. Did you know he released an album in 2011 and has his own brand of coffee too?