Kinder Modern: Design for Kids at Collective Design Fair

8 May

Kinder Modern at Collective DesignFounded 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.Kinder Modern  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.


Artbook: Collective Design Fair

8 May

Artbook Logo Collective Design FairI 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 Collective Design Fair  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.Paul Evans Book

Jason Rens: West of Memphis

23 Apr
Party Seat

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

Shiva Vase by Ettore Sottsass

Vase Collection by Jason Rens

Knew Vase Collection by Jason Rens

Bookends Jason Rens
Bookends by Jason Rens

Solar Charge: Green Barrel Energy

18 Apr

Green Barrel EnergyIt’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. Green Charge Now, Green Barrel energy has developed a second model which will be launched sometime soon in Bryant Park.

Horace Gifford: Fire Island Architect, New Book

16 Apr

There is a new book, “Fire Island Modernist” that will be released in June about the architect Horace Gifford and his contribution to the homes of Fire Island.

 “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.”

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.


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House of Ladosha: Made in Queens

16 Apr

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.RIHANNAFROWN Ladosha_T_G Screen Shot 2013-04-16 at 3.44.45 PM 422150_10150765299549572_476209280_n jewel_tee_black

Karl Lagerfeld designed plastic shoes for Melissa//Brazil

9 Apr

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 4.49.48 PMI 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.Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 4.48.30 PM

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