A side project I work on Florida Modernism + Design, how it began and the latest post on the blog on the Lido Beach Casino in Sarasota.
We begin moving out of our parent's home, perhaps. A search for a new abode, a place to call home. Sometimes with roommates, in a different city, with a budget in mind. What we are to find, we have no idea. Best to keep expectations at a low, the energy of adventure is high. The experience of moving might be stressful for some, exciting for others. We all want to feel that sense of security and comfort in a home. The possibilities of how this happens might be endless. Finding a new home whether purchasing or renting becomes a new chapter in our life.
The Empty Apartment is always going back to this initial experience of walking through an empty space and listening to the architecture that is already speaking a monologue. The monologue is the history of the location, the purpose of the building, the architectural details that perhaps have been hidden, removed or destroyed over time. How do we turn these monologues into conversations when we move into the space and make it our home?
The conversation gets rich when we bring in our Grandmother's lounge chair, that dining table gifted from our neighbor who was moving out that fits everyone who comes over, and that wallpaper we fell in love with on a whim but had to go back to the store to buy more as we clearly didn't know how to calculate wallpaper in the first place. The experience of building a home begins with Architecture. Space will dictate the movement and flow of habitual interaction. It is our process to collect the items that will speak about our journey and how we interact with space. The home is only made once we have left our imprint on it.
"Architecture is exposed to life. If its body is sensitive enough, it can assume a quality that bears witness to past life" - architect Peter Zumthor.
While the Olympics are front and center right now, The Empty Apartment is taking a close look at some of the great art and design that has come out of this lush, Amazonian country.
Side note: If you haven’t already started following The Empty Apartment on Facebook it’s where you will get daily information on collecting, styles and what to look for so check it out.
During the Olympics I have featured (via Facebook) furniture pieces to collect, architecture to drool over, art and design inspired by social issues such as waste and poverty and how avant garde Brazilian’s notion of Modernity was in the mid-century.
It’s a beautiful culture that has integrated European influences and environmental surroundings to create timeless aesthetics. The use of organic materials such as leather, dark woods and bringing the outside vegetation into our interior spaces is a great juxtaposition to the bright colors used in textiles and pigments. The conceptual reuse of materials seems to be quite significant for the Brazilian creative as well.
So where can we find Brazilian Art & Design to collect? Here are some places to look. Start collecting!
Have breakfast at La Sirena by Mario Batali (just happened to be in the hotel)
Enjoy the decor and compare it to many other hotel restaurants: it’s nice but not groundbreaking.
Meet longtime friend Marco (designer) at the Chelsea Market
Walk the High Line while catching up
Head to design fair Wanted Design for a lecture with Alberto Alessi (as in over 100 year old Italian Design company Alessi) together with his nephew Carlo Alberto Gasparini, professors Tom Kovac, Reiner Zettl, architect Hernan Diaz Alonso and moderator Editor of Metropolis Magazine Susan Szenasy about the Future of Design.
Take away: Companies need to embrace technology together with skill to produce art and poetry through design.
Walk through Wanted Design
Highlights: New furniture for kids by Nursery Works, Kinder Modern and Oeuf. Table top pieces: French ceramics by Maison Sarah Lavoine, glass pieces by Nordic designer Lars Beller Fjetland and Marble catch all pieces by Retegui.
Hop in an Uber to design fair Sight Unseen OFFSITE at the beautiful Grace building.
Initial reaction: the Grace was a great venue with gorgeous views of Bryant Park.
Highlights: Norway x New York, Mast together with Calico Wallpaper, Bower, the Furnishing Utopia exhibition, Object & Totem, Bloc Studios and so many more. Overall there were great lighting pieces and ceramics.
Hop in a cab to Soho
Get off at Spring St to find lunch
Eat at Lovely Day
Walk over to design stores Alessi and Morosso.
See designer Patricia Urquiola at Morosso and be totally star struck.
Walk over to Canal Street to see the group show at Good Colony
Miss a lecture by Rafael de Cardenas
Meet founder and curator of Good Colony Jean Lin
Learn about Good Colony’s new collaboration with nordic textile company Febrik
Walk pass Opening Ceremony to window shop
Continue on to Matter
Ogle Matter made light pieces that resemble midcentury modern sunshades
Walk north to Future Perfect on Great Jones St
Check out the exhibition of works by Christopher Stuart and Ladies & Gentleman Studio with John Hogan.
Walk over to the Village for a drink at The Half Pint
Order hot toddy, fried calamari and coffee
Talk shop with Marco on everything we saw, the industrial design world, trade shows, future projects and potential collaborations
Take notes on to-dos
Call it a night
Breakfast again at La Sirena this time order better: Duck egg with Polenta, yes!
Check out of hotel
Leave carry on at front desk
Head over to trade show ICFF
Begin to walk the hallways
Head over to lecture on the second floor Designing Retail Stores for Today’s Savvy Shopper with Harry Cunningham from Vera Bradley, Adam Carmichael with the Saks group and Diana M. Bernal, luxe brands.
Take away: Brick and mortar is now about telling a brand story and consumer experience. Focus on materials that age well
Continue walking though ICFF to find a phone charger
Hangout at the Design Milk Lounge designed by Bower and Flor to charge phone and check map for exhibitors.
Walk up and down the hallways for the next couple hours
Purchase a crappy turkey sandwich - eat it, drink water
Continue walking up and down hallways
See new collections by Muuto, Rich Brilliant and Willing, Bernhardt Design, Egg Collective, Piet Boon, Tom Dixon and many, many others.
Get back to the hotel
Realize you still have an hour before you actually have to head to airport
Walk over to the Vitra store check out Kaari Collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Artek
Pick up a free coffee and cookie in the Vitra store lobby
Realize you still have 30 minutes to spare
Head over to Rebecca Taylor in the Meatpacking and make an impulsive purchase you’ll never regret.
Make it to the airport
Eat whatever they have at the Centurion Lounge
Sort through photos of all the awesome pieces you want to use in future projects
Don't miss your flight
For images from NYCxDesign check out my Instagram feed
Halloween has past and we all know Thanksgiving is just around the corner piled in by Art Basel Miami Beach or Miami Art Week as it’s called these days, leaving no time left for Christmas shopping. Experiences, they say make the best gifts these days. So, I am getting a head start here with a few ideas for weekend trips that can keep on giving great memories and accruing Instagram likes. An IOU for one of these getaways in 2016 is perfect for any art and design loving mind.
Part 1 of my visit to NYC for Design Week