La silla Eames de fibra de vidrio, tiene el estilo y la versatilidad que estaba buscando para mi comedor con mis 2 pequeños comensales.

The Eames fiberglass chair has the style and versatility I was looking for in my dining room with my 2 little dinner guests.

Here at The Empty Apartment authenticity and proper documentation is what we strive for the most. No easy task when we are working with design pieces that were created more than 50 years ago and created for the purpose of everyday use. Here are some tips for finding documentation to preserve the historicity of your collectible piece.

SP El verano se ha pasado volando y con los niños de vuelta en la escuela me puedo dar unos lujos, que con tanta corrida, planes, amigos, piscina, no me lo permitieron en estas 11 semanas. Es algo que mi mamá llama: ¨pasear en la carroza¨ o soñar despierta. Aqui les va mi lista de piezas favoritas disponibles en Incollect y Chairish…/ EN Summer has flown by and with the kids back in school I can give myself some treats, that with so many errands, plans, friends, pool, I couldn´t in these 11 weeks. It's something my mom calls: "pacing in the carriage" or daydreaming. Here is my list of favorite pieces available in Incollect and Chairish…

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Desde que empezamos a trabajar juntas siempre me impresionó lo rápido que Lina hizo el click en su cerebro sobre el trabajo en equipo.  Luego de ser durante mucho tiempo la mujer orquesta en The Empty Apartment, Lina con su perfil más artístico y yo con mi pragmatismo hemos desembocado en un balance inesperado.

Así es que cuando emprendimos el viaje a Nueva York yo estaba muy emocionada por ver las nuevas tendencias de la Feria Internacional de Muebles Contemporáneos (IFCC) y luego iríamos a Sight Unseen (Sitio Sin Haberlo Visto), una exposición de diseño.  

Sight Unseen fue un vendaval. ¨¿Cómo? ¿Se puede vivir en el arte? Yo había oído muchas veces eso de que la obra está completa con el espectador. Pero esto, en que uno es parte de la obra, era algo de lo que Lina me venía hablando hace mucho tiempo, yo he ido a páneles donde ella expone sobre el tema, pero experimentarlo le dio una nueva perspectiva para mi.  

El diseño artístico  o arte funcional  era algo que justamente por mi necesidad de encontrarle el uso práctico a las cosas me resultaba intrigante. La mayoría de los mortales consideramos que el arte o lo artístico es algo subjetivo y visceral y en el otro opuesto se encuentra el diseño aplicado a la funcionalidad.

Pues que revelación tan maravillosa descubrir que uno está equivocado. Todos necesitamos arte en nuestra vida. Es algo absolutamente  intrínseco al ser humano. Seas consciente o no. ¿Acaso no escuchas música? ¿No tomas fotos? ¿No tienes aunque sea un cuadro en tu casa? Ya luego podemos discutir si es bueno o malo, feo, lindo, caro, barato, pero es indiscutible que son expresiones de las emociones humanas.

Me vi enfrente a una silla, que no parecía silla, era un arco de lino y de madera laqueada, con una especie de cojín flotante de gamuza y una columna de roble descentrada en la parte posterior, parecía una escultura y pues era una escultura, pero si, también era una silla.

La Silla pnKRck una colaboración de Kelly Nehun y Narciso Rodriguez

Que balance más extraordinario,  yo siempre supe que el arte tiene un propósito, pero siempre lo relacioné con algo abstracto, social, político, de protesta, de manifiesto. Poder acceder a arte en el cual uno pueda vivir y no simplemente ser un mero espectador me hizo sentir especial.

Para mas informacion visite:

Sight Unseen Offsite

 Una publicación de historias de Instagram, síguenos! Instagram  @the_empty_apartment

Una publicación de historias de Instagram, síguenos! Instagram @the_empty_apartment

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Since we started working together, I've been impressed in how quickly Lina made the switch to teamwork. After being a one-woman shop for quite some time, Lina with her artistic profile, together with my pragmatism has created an unlikely balance. When we took off to New York, I was very excited to see new tendencies at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), later we would visit Sight Unseen, a design exposition. 

Sight Unseen was a whirlwind. What? You can live in art? I had heard many times that the artwork is completed by the spectator. But to be part of the work was something that I had heard Lina talk about a long time ago. I've gone to panel convos where she's spoken about this but to experience it was a new perspective for me. 

The artistic design or functional art piece was exactly what I found intriguing due to my nature to find the pragmatic use of objects. The majority of us mortals consider art or the artistic to be something subjective and visceral, and on the other hand, there is applied design which is functional.

Well, the wonderful revelation to discover that you are wrong. We all need art in our lives. It is something absolutely intrinsic to human nature. Whether you are conscious or not. Don't you listen to music? Take photographs? Haven't you at least 1 artwork in your home? We can discuss later if it is good, bad, pretty, ugly, expensive, cheap, what is unarguable is that these are expressions of human emotion.   

I found myself in front of a chair, that didn't look like a chair but an arch of linen and lacquer wood, with a floating suede cushion and an uncentered oak column. It looked like a sculpture and well it was, a sculpture, but also a chair.

The chair pnKRck is a collaboration between Kelly Nehun y Narciso Rodriguez

What an extraordinary balance. I always knew that art served a purpose but I always associated it with an abstract idea, social, political, a manifestation. To be able to access art in which you can live in and not solely as a spectator made me feel special. 

For more information check out:

Sight Unseen Offsite

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Coffee Tables, dining tables, side tables and nightstands are all great opportunities to display the personal items that we collect. I personally love coffee tables and large ones, for displays since typically they are in an area of entertainment and gathering, and a focal point for the room.

Budgets here can be as large or a small as you like, the key is to find pieces that speak to you, your travels, your hobbies, items that have a personal meaning.

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When working on decorating projects I like to start by restaging table displays with personal items found around the house, many times it's simply a matter of reorganizing and placing items in a new way. I'll ask clients about their favorite decorative pieces. Favorite books are such a great item to decorate with and usually, these are tucked away on a library shelf.      

Bowls and trays are great to have on a table, they catch keys, pocket change, matchboxes from your favorite bar, restaurant or hotel. I love looking for bowls and trays at flea markets, in small curated home stores, or purchased directly from local artists. A mix of colors and materials make for a nice display. 

The coffee table is a great place to display collected items that reflect your personality. What is yours saying about who you are?

Small plants like miniature orchids or succulents also work well on tabletops. Plants add life to any room and it is proven plants improve our wellbeing. Check out The Sill for recommendations on small plants for all types of lighting. The Sill delivers plants already potted for you.

Candles and candle holders make for great sculptural items. Find scents that are relaxing and set a mood, it'll add to who you are and the personal space you are creating.

Have fun with mixing and matching your items, change up your display often and discover new items that bring you joy. 

Here are some online sites we really like for tabletop items:

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Morihata

Alder & Co