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.
I had the pleasure of finding the best books about design to include in the first ever Collective Design Fair taking place right now through May 11th. Artbook asked me to transform a former parking garage and municipal storage facility at pier 57 in Manhattan, into a pop-up shop selling the best design books you can buy. On Friday at 2:00, we will be having a book event with the author Jeffrey Head about the artist/designer Paul Evans. Get a copy for yourself at the fair or online using my special Popular Offerings reader discount code ARTBOOK25.
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.
It’s Earth Day on Monday and I recently heard about this start up that is working to create charging stations in public parks in New York. It’s called Green Barrel Energy, and they’ve developed this handy portable solar-powered charging station for your phone. This came in very handy during Hurricane Sandy, where they set up a charging station where there was no power on 23rd street. After power was restored in Manhattan, they sent the stations down to Red Hook, where power was out for quite a bit longer. Now, Green Barrel energy has developed a second model which will be launched sometime soon in Bryant Park.
“Gifford’s serene 1960s pavilions provided refuge from a hostile world, while his exuberant post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS masterpieces orchestrated bacchanals of liberation. Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift once spurned Hollywood limos for the rustic charm of Fire Island’s boardwalks. Truman Capote wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s here. Diane von Furstenburg showed off her latest wrap dresses to an audience that included Halston, Giorgio Sant’ Angelo, Calvin Klein and Geoffrey Beene.” -artbook.com
With a foreward by Alistair Gordon and text by Christopher Rawlins, you simply must put this in your must have list, and don’t forget to get yourself a copy. Horace Gifford is an overlooked major contributor to the modernist movement. With 70 homes in Fire Island, his contribution cannot go overlooked any more.
What’s the tea? House of Ladosha is a team of queens in Queens that create music, events, balls and T-Shirts. I am really into this Rhianna/Nirvana tee. Check them out on Soundcloud and scamper over to their website and order a T to wear to the TEA DANCE. Limited edition shirts are available at VFILES.
I am mainly posting this for my mother, because she has more shoes in her closet room than most people do. Karl Lagerfeld has designed some plastic heels for Melissa of Brazil. These designer collaborations are nothing new for Melissa with past designers including, Jason Wu, Vivienne Westwood, and The Campana Brothers. Remember jellies? (click here if you want to refer to what they looked like, I wouldn’t dare put them on Popular Offerings). Karl wouldn’t let you wear jellies. They come in a variety of flavors and are available at Colette.