The Noho Design fair tends to bring new designers and objects into the world presenting in various locations in the Noho (North of Houston) neighborhood. The selection of work at 45 Bleeker street is meant to highlight new designers. There were a few gems in this space presented by Sight Unseen and Jawbone. Misha Kahn was showing a neon table, a shingled chest of semi-functioning drawers (you have to decide if you want the cabinet open or not) and porcelain bubble lamps. He is a recent recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, a graduate of RISD and working on his Masters in Design from the Bezalel Academy in Israel.
Eric Trine, the Portland based self described “Maker of Things” created a vignette that reminded me of the pictures in the old photo albums of my grandparents. I really love geometric wire plant stands which are available at Poketo in Los Angeles.
Another new addition to the design world is Caitlin Mociun. She is a jewelry and textile designer based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Among other things, she was showing these triangle pillows which are perfect to rest your tired little wrists from all that mouse clickage. Check out her store and website at Mociun.com
Founded by Lora Appleton and Bachman Brown Clem, Kinder MODERN is a New York City-based gallery showcasing vintage children’s design of the 20th century. The collection is edited with a playful eye and functional view, featuring both American and European design. They feature designers such as Hans Wegner, Marc Berthier, Friso Kramer and Ernest Igl. I love this child’s desk which comes complete with original sheepskin seat cover. Visit them today at the Collective Design Fair, now through May 11th.
Designed by Jason Rens
Jason Rens joins a new movement of designers who aim to improve, or explore the opportunities of Memphis, the design movement created by Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini, Nathalie du Pasquier and many others. Sottsass which I have written about before, was the forefather of the Memphis Group the colorful geometric design style of the 80s which died in 1988 when trends changed, and designers began to experiment with other forms. However, Jason Rens (Portland) along with people like ROLU (Minneapolis), Alma Allen (Joshua Tree) are using some of the shapes and colors of the Memphis Group, but are experimenting with new materials. Much of the new look is very west coast, with earthy colors and southwestern native prints and raw materials.
Shiva Vase by Ettore Sottsass
Knew Vase Collection by Jason Rens
- Bookends by Jason Rens
The California based artist Steven Harrington has created a very unique lamp in an edition of 12. His whimsical, colorful, tribalish work is very Cali, and reminds me of cheerful little hobbit men living in the base of a big redwood tree. I love the turquoise paint splattered shade, do I sense a DIY project coming on? The lamp is his first project with wood, and is in collaboration with Case Studyo.