Perriand and Mondrian

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It amazes me sometimes how much Piet Mondrian has inspired such a wide range of artists, architects, designers, and more. There’s Mobiado phones inspired by Mondrian, a kitchen design inspired by Mondrian, a “navigation concierge” hologram inside a GPS wearing Mondrian-inspired clothes … why, even Mother Nature has a bird that looks like it spent […]

A video ode to the lightbulb

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I think if you’re like most people, you don’t think of the light bulb as an artistic object, or in humanistic terms. I’m talking about the actual light bulb, which in this context is different from lighting and lighting fixtures, which can be artistic, in the right hands. Enter designer Michael Anastassiades, who has a […]

A collector’s tableau at the Newark Museum

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I saw this installation in the permanent collection galleries at the Newark Museum this past weekend. I thought it was an interesting way for the curator to present three items from the collection, because they’re set up in a tableau as if they were being viewed in a collector’s home rather than in a museum. […]

Keeping things off-balance with Hervé Van der Straeten

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The French designer Hervé Van der Straeten got his start creating jewelry, and expanded his work into furniture, mirrors and lighting. I was introduced to some of his designs via the NY Times T Magazine, and wanted to share a few with you. The ones I like are the ones that seem off-balance, or have […]

Kitchen equipment for lighting fixtures

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My wife and I had dinner at Brick Lane Curry House in Montclair tonight, and noticed these funky lighting fixtures putting out some interesting light patterns on the wall. A closer look reveals that they’re simply colanders, repurposed as lighting fixtures! I can’t say that I’ve ever seen kitchen utensils used in this way before, […]