I just love this story – a case of creativity joining forces with technology to catapult a small Brooklyn quartet, Atomic Tom, to stardom. The week before last (actually Friday the 15th) this video was posted on YouTube and by Sunday had already received over a million hits. The premise for the video was that the band’s instruments had been stolen and they were forced to improvise using their iPhones. The truth is that their instruments are safe and sound. This is not the first YouTube video Atomic Tom had made but the invented back story and filming of this particular video caused it to garner unprecedented attention to such an extent that “Take Me Out” has since made it to the Top 100 iTunes single chart.…
In researching another post a while back, I came across the remarkable work of Champalimaud Design. Although a full service interior design firm, they are known primarily for their award winning work in the hospitality design sector. Founded by Alexandra Champalimaud twenty-seven years ago, they have completed renovations on hotels, restaurants, and spas around the world from the Carlyle and Algonquin in New York to the stunning suites at the Dorchester in London (one of my favorite projects – the bathrooms are incredible!) to the St. Regis in Beijing.
dorchester living room
One of their most interesting projects, however, was the renovation of the Fairmont San Francisco Penthouse, which just won the 2010 Americas Property Awards in the category of Interior Design, USA.…
Yesterday was my birthday. Not a landmark one, just your average annual affair. I spent most of the day working, waiting to see which of my children would remember to call – not completely true – I have two at home, both of whom thought my birthday was today until my husband clued them in. My elder daughter, who is away at boarding school, is inevitably reliable and called around lunch. My college son had to be reminded several times by his siblings and when he finally did get around to calling couched it with the ubiquitous plea for more money.…
Now that it has finally cooled off and the leaves are changing, I feel like fall is officially here. I am starting to break out my boots and sweaters and think about autumnal colors. This extends to my minimal beauty rituals also and I thought today we could indulge in a bit of frivolity . When I have time, I love getting pedicures and I try to continue, though not as frequently, throughout the year. In the cooler months it becomes almost a necessity so that my dry heels don’t snag my socks or run my stockings. But as long as I am getting the restorative treatment, I also enjoy putting a little color on my toes.…
Houdini Upside Down in the Water Torture Cell, c. 1913; The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Billy Rose Theatre Collection
There are so many terrific ongoing and upcoming exhibits at the museums in New York this fall that it’s hard to keep up. One of the more unusual shows opens next week at the Jewish Museum. Houdini: Art and Magic is the first major American museum exhibition about the famous magician and the impact he has had on visual media. The exhibit includes magic apparatus, posters, period photographs, archival films, and contemporary art work, all disclosing how Houdini inspired his audiences and continues to influence contemporary artists such as Matthew Barney, Petah Coyne, Jane Hammond, Vik Muniz, Deborah Oropallo, and Raymond Pettibon and Tim Lee, whose work is shown below.…
Philip Scott Johnson is a digital artist from St. Louis. His favorite quote, from Picasso, is “everything you can imagine is real” and once you see this clip you’ll understand why. His amazing video art has been viewed by millions and shown everywhere from the Kawaguchi Art Gallery in Tokyo to the White Square Gallery in Las Vegas. He has produced many pieces, including more commercial ones, but this is one of my favorites. You can try and guess all the portraits – I’ll post the answers at the end. Have fun!!
Artists in order of appearance:
0:08 – Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519
0:15 – Francisco Goya 1746-1828
0:22 – Albrecht Dürer 1471-1528
0:29 – Sir Joshua Reynolds 1723-1792
0:35 – Rembrandt 1606-1669
0:42 – Andy Warhol 1928-1987
0:48 – William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825-1905
0:55 – Henri Matisse 1869-1954
1:02 – Eugène Delacroix 1798-1863
1:09 – Jean-François Millet 1814-1875
1:15 – Jan van Eyck 1395-1441
1:22 – Peter Paul Rubens 1577-1640
1:28 – James McNeill Whistler 1834-1903
1:35 – John Singer Sargent 1856-1925
1:42 – Kazimir Malevich 1878-1935
1:49 – Nicolas Poussin 1594-1665
1:55 – Paul Cézanne 1839-1906
2:02 – Paul Gauguin 1848-1903
2:08 – Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890
2:15 – Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882
2:22 – Diego Velázquez 1599-1660
2:28 – Nicholas Hilliard 1547-1619
2:35 – Anthony van Dyck 1599-1641
2:41 – Titian 1485-1576
2:48 – Paolo Veronese 1528-1588
2:55 – Lucas Cranach the Elder 1472-1553
3:01 – Édouard Manet 1832-1883
3:08 – Pablo Picasso 1881-1973
Unfortunately, since I wrote this post several years ago, the owner, Caroline Breckenridge, has passed away. Please continue on to read about her work and for monogram design inspiration.
I don’t remember how I found Monogram Inc. but I’m certainly glad I did. Founded by owner Caroline Breckenridge in 1999, Monogram Inc. is a fabulous source for custom monograms. Caroline is a delight to work with and produces the most exquisite designs which can then be used for a variety of projects.
The history of monograms is fascinating and Caroline explains a bit about it on her lovely site. Markings on linens were originally used solely for identification purposes. …
I just received my new Town & Country this weekend. It’s a terrific issue and I couldn’t help but notice that we clearly were on the same wavelength this month. If you enjoyed my Christie’s Cache post about the upcoming jewelry sale at the auction house, then you should definitely read Carol Prisant’s informative profile of Rahul Kadakia, the debonair head of the jewelry department at Christie’s, who was quoted in my post and discusses some of the pieces I featured.
And if you liked reading my profile of Victoire de Castellane and her designs in my Dazzled at Dior piece, then be sure to check out J’adore Dior, a little write up produced by Heather Bracher Severs and Claudia Mata, of de Castellane’s LA D DE DIOR watch.…
There are so many wonderful design books making their debut this fall. I have already covered David Easton’s beautiful Timeless Elegance and will certainly be looking at several more. Most of these are compendiums of the designers’ projects, executed to focus on their work with beautiful photographs and text. And that is the way it should be – I am always excited to read them and have them in my bookcase (or more accurately, in the growing pile next to my bed) available to review for pleasure or research. But sometimes, there is a book that has clearly been given that extra care in terms of book design, layout and typography that sets it apart in terms of packaging.…
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