A personal tale of trial and error and how design history can help us out when searching for great design. Insert George Nelson. The latest bilingual post by Ceci Henrique
Taking some inspiration from ancient Chinese wisdom and comparing to past experiences we take a look at what the Year of the Pig has to offer. How do we make sense of the Year of the Pig at The Empty Apartment? Here are 5 trends we are predicting for the new year and how to prepare for them if you are collecting art and design for your own home.
Last week for a quick layover before heading to the Stockholm for Design Week, I stopped in Paris for a few days, you know just to pick up a few things and of course enjoy everything French, especially design. I write this post on Valentine’s Day which is quite appropriate, Paris deserves nothing less then love and I’ll focus that love on Rue de Seine and some of the best design galleries for French Mid-Century Modern of course.
Like many designers in the mid 20th century, Børge Mogensen (1914-1972) was an idealist and was focused on creating furniture that would not only stand the test of time in terms of quality but also inspire to design a home in a sensible and tasteful manner. His work was driven by social concerns, solving problems in residential living spaces with his studies in human proportions.
I’ve been following Louise Erhard’s work for several years now and I’m always so intrigued, not only with her artistic evolution but also, with the influences that have impacted her creativity. Her latest work, a series of erotic paintings, are product of research on mid-century color palettes, color block painting and abstract art.
Louise Erhard is a multidisciplinary artist, besides painting and drawings, she’s worked in photography, sculpture, and for the artistic form for which I learned about her work, collage. At an early age she learned to appreciate vintage finds. She grew up in her mother’s vintage clothing store and her father’s antique business. Her collage work includes many images taken from magazines from the 60s and 70s and today she still collects items from thrift stores and flea markets which contribute to her inspiration.
In her new series of paintings Louise Erhard plays on her past work, a common thread of themes combined with her passion for color theory and desire for a minimalist aesthetic. Playfulness, eroticism, and art history references beat like a pulse throughout each piece. Her upbringing in tropical South Florida and a nostalgia for the past are also reflected in her work. There is a sense of traditional conservatism built in her practice, however, mixed with contemporary sexual liberalism embraced in humor.
View more of Louise Erhard’s artworks available at The Empty Apartment here
“Always playing with physcological cause and effect, the color block nature of these works imply discovered narratives only after the viewer's eyes adjust, almost like a secret message.” - Louise Erhard
About Louise Erhard
Louise Erhard was born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1985. She attended Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. Her artwork has been part of group exhibitions curated by Jane Hart at the Arts and Culture Center in Hollywood, FL and by Beth Rudin de Woody at Gavlak Gallery, in Palm Beach, FL. Louise Erhard’s work has been featured on Grey Area. She has collaborated with design brands such as Print All Over Me and produced marketing and clothing campaigns for apparel brands such as American Apparel. She currently lives and works in Palm Beach, FL.
Designed in 1958 by Swedish architect and designer Kerstin Horlin Holmquist for the department store NK and their Triva furniture line, the Paradise Collection is a crossroads between traditional Swedish design and Scandinavian modern inspired in one of the most popular stories in the Bible.
Ceci tells us about her favorite functional pieces to keep her kid’s belongings in order. What to look for and where to find them. Another bilingual post from The Empty Apartment.
Historic and functional the Case Study Ceramic planter is a timeless classic.
A few of the treasures we found at the Brimfield Antique Market and the unique history we were able to discover later.
A review on the book goodbye, things. Inspiration and reason to let go.
Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel’s Basket Chair from 1951 has been re-edited by furniture company KETTAL in a different material, read about this new version and let us know what you think of this reproduction.
As ICFF wraps up we'd like to share with you Ceci's favorite exhibited pieces for kids only!
Opening Day at Brimfield starts early! Part 2 of my trip tells you what I found and how I managed the challenge, till next time!