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Foster’s and Design Philadelphia

Foster’s in Philly has some new items from emerging artist, Josh Owens. In celebration of new product designs during the month of April, Foster’s is kicking things off with a cocktail reception in their store on Saturday, April 1st from 4-7 p.m.
If you’re in Philadelphia, please don’t miss it because I’m sure you’ll have a great time meeting Josh and fellow design addicts like yourself. Josh has some great new designs out, my favorites being the Magnito Salt and Pepper Shakers for $9.50 and the Bookends picture frames, set of 2 for $12.50. Both are available online at Foster’s.

While we’re spotlighting Philly, don’t miss the Design Philadelphia Exhibition and Symposium at the Marketplace Design Center on Thursday, April 6th from 10 am to 8 pm. Design Philadephia describes it this way:

A multidisciplinary design exhibition considering the theme of Emerging Neighborhoods, Emerging Design. Seven schools. Seven design disciplines:

? Art Institute of Philadelphia – fashion
? Drexel University – design & merchandising
? Moore College of Art and Design – interior design
? Philadelphia University – industrial design
? Temple University/Tyler School of Art – architecture
? The University of the Arts – multimedia
? University of Pennsylvania – graphic design

Sounds like a lot of fun! There are many other exciting events happening in Philadelphia next month, so make sure you visit the Design Philadelphia website for a complete listing of all design events, including an ASID sponsored tour and a DWR book signing event.

(photos from Foster’s)

Posted in events + markets on March 23, 2006

Boston Design Home 2006

Boston magazine, Fallon Custom Homes & Renovations, and The Home for Little Wanderers are proud to unveil Design Home 2006, presented by Hub International.
Located this year in the charming town of Wellesley, MA (just outside of Boston), the luxurious 10,580 square foot, 30-room home will open its doors to the public for tours in September 2006 and all ticket proceeds will benefit our non-profit partner – The Home for Little Wanderers.

Come knock on our door, and let us show you what supreme luxury living is all about from furniture to faucets to flat screens and everything in between. The best technology and amenities will grace this house and its all here to inspire you and to support a great cause. The Open House tour structure allows you to explore the home at your leisure and affords an opportunity to linger and to get a closer look at product details. Throughout the tours, rooms will be staffed with volunteers to provide information and answer questions, too!

Visit the Design Home website to learn more!

(photo from the design home website.)

Posted in events + markets, shopping, travel on March 08, 2006

MIT Visual Arts Center: America Starts Here

By Christine M. Liu, Contributor, decor8

As a student of the media lab at MIT, I literally spend each day sitting on a goldmine. And that, dear friends, is the List Visual Arts Center, a gallery for contemporary art lovingly curated by Bill Arning, directed by Jane Farver, and coordinated by Hiroko Kikuchi. The List is located on campus, in the Weisner building E-15; if you’re in the vicinity you should stop by for the current exhibition America Starts Here, works by Kate Ericson and Mel Zeigler.

MIT Media Lab, Wiesner Building, Cambridge, MA

No one can describe their work better than Bill; however, I can introduce Zeigler and Ericson as a duo who focus on public works, giving new interpretations of everyday life, public space, history and memory, home and family, and the human experience. The works mostly approach the idea of american identity through domestic media like paint, glass, and construction materials. the house as home focus establishes the psychological space of safety, comfort, and ritual.

A favorite piece of mine incorporates a full set of china dinnerware that is elegantly decorated with gold flourishes and script letters. Only when you look closely do you realise that it’s not your typical fancy plating; the gilt words on the Dutch china spell out the names of industrial compounds from the central chemical factory in the origin town. It’s an amusing cognitive tingle, to imagine resting your dessert fork on the tetrachloronickelate lettered rim…

Camouflagued History, 1999

The strikingly painted house (the cover work for the exhibit) was produced in response to reinterpreting the colors defined by the neighborhood council to be acceptable for residences. The artists, in conjunction with the owner of the house, painted the exterior of the house with a camouflage pattern (a real design commissioned from the U.S. Army) composed from all the permissible colourings. The official names of the shades were printed as well, their descriptive names shedding a subtle dimension of the neighborhood and the intrinsic history embodied within.

The partnership of these two artists as lovers and as producers permeates the pieces with emotion and strength. An additional dimension to the exhibition is the fact that sadly, Ericson suffered from a brain tumor and passed away in 2005 (with Ziegler still alive today), giving a sense of her spirit finding new life in the exhibition of their work. More works from the exhibition:

Hollow Oak Our Palace Is, 1989

America Starts Here, 1988

I had a bit of a challenge finding some of their works documented online, though here is an feature that I found on one of their objects, Sift Before Measuring. Inside a dry sink, they placed numerous jars, each filled with flour and etched with the names of traditional american cake recipes.

And don’t forget the small room adjacent to the main gallery, which features an extensive slide presentation of more of their public works and performances. There’s even a picture of them dining on the Dutch dinnerware! :)

[photos above from LVAC]

Renegade Craft Fairs

Wow. Cool. I just found out that as of yesterday, the Renegade Craft Fair girls have opened up the phone lines for reserving a coveted space at one of their two summer indie craft fairs. With 150 booths at each fair, you can browse booths with amazing goods handmade by some seriously talented indie artists from around the country. The fair is scheduled to take place in Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL. The show features a lot of fashion related merchandise, however they do carry some neat interior design things like pillows, art, kitchen stuff, etc. Check out their website for details, or to exhibit, contact them directly at hello [at] renegadecraft [dot] com

Posted in events + markets, uncategorized on January 09, 2006

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