Posts Tagged ‘furniture design’

Fix up an old street for 3000 dollars

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

The Mexico City government gave Omelette, an interior and industrial design group, the equivalent of US $3000 to renew Calle Regina, a rundown old street of little shops and restaurants in the city’s downtown. “The renovation of 23 popular restaurants and stores on Mexico City’s historic Regina Street. A budget of 3000 dollars. With little more than a few concepts and some buckets of paint, this interior design project aims …read more

Donald Judd’s loft at 101 Spring Street

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

This is artist Donald Judd’s loft in Soho, maintained as a museum but only open infrequently during current restorations. It was one of the first artist’s lofts in Soho – not to mention in New York – and is now almost the paradigmatic example of loft living. Judd bought the entire 1870’s industrial building for 70,000 in 1968 and moved in with his family. One of the central figures in …read more

Joe Colombo

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Joe Colombo, 1930 – 1971, a prolific Italian architect, designer, artist and filmmaker, produced a substantial, instantly recognizable body of work before dying far too young at 41. 60s space age design owes much of its look to Colombo, who seemed to innately understand the capabilities of new injected molded plastics and other contemporary materials and who innovated with them to explore ergonomics and a kind of  space age psychedelia. The Tube Chair …read more

Bed in Italy

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

When this old Italian farmhouse was renovated, boards salvaged from outbuildings were brought in to make doors, beams and furniture. I’ve had this magazine clipping on my bulletin board for five years and have never grown tired of it. The beautiful bed, which probably works because of the thickness of the slabs and the buttery colour, wouldn’t actually be that hard to make if you had access to long heavy …read more

Gabriella Crespi

Monday, April 6th, 2009

This almost surreal Polished Steel Coffee Table by Italian architect and designer Gabriella Crespi looks like a metal crystal formation of some kind. Ca. 1970s. Very beautiful, and also multifunctional. The staggered leaves are retractable, as you can see, and it’s covered with a mirror-finish steel. It’s unfortunate that Crespi’s work never went into mass production – she did a lot of custom work – and that she eventually pulled away from …read more

Furniture makers of Middle Earth

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Every time I see this Todd Merrell Antiques magazine ad, which I find weirdly compelling, I invariably end up at his website and am suddenly transported into some dark Middle Earth underworld, where I feel I might be asked to retrieve an amulet with the help of a talking dog with eyes as big as saucers or something. Normally, dark, blocky, pseudo-primitive  furniture doesn’t appeal to me, but this particular …read more