All posts tagged: designer

Rohde work: furniture sale

Before Charles and Ray Eames there was Gilbert Rohde. He’s not a household name, but we think you’ll really like his work. Rohde, who died in 1944, was an industrial designer and a key player in laying the groundwork for American Modernism. He was also an advisor to Herman Miller’s president DJ De Pree (see our Timeline for more). What defined his work? A lovely organic line and a fascination with new materials. This month Rago, a New Jersey-based auction house, is holding a spectacular sale of modern furniture. It’s a strong collection and holds rare pieces of Rohde’s work including a very cool wall mirror framed in mahogany (above) and one of his rare time pieces (below). For more on Rodhe check out Cooper Hewitt’s three part piece on the designer. And go to Herman Miller’s other blog – Discover – to read about Phyllis Ross’ recent book on the designer.  Want more? There is an excellent collection of Rohde’s work here.

hotel: the crosby opens next month

I just got word that the much anticipated first NY venture of the ever-stylish Tim and Kit Kemp will open in September. The Crosby Street Hotel in Soho will have 86 rooms and the Kemps are aiming for a GOLD LEED rating. I hope they get it. To create this kind of stylish space and go as green as they possibly can is to be applauded. I’m looking for an excuse to get back to New York and this may just be it!

art: paula hayes

An interesting roof top installation by landscape designer Paula Hayes at the Marianne Boesky gallery in New York. Til August 15. Read the NYTs article on Hayes here. Below is an acrylic bird bath she designed in her lush backyard. Via The Cut.

furniture: bargain sofa

This lovely sectional covered in linen is less than $3000. I haven’t seen it in the flesh but it looks good on ‘paper’. I came across it on designer David Golinda’s new site. Thanks Rochelle for the heads up on Golinda. He’s got a great website and a very nice eye.

milan: still in the news

Better late than never. The New York Times finally jumps on the Milanese bandwagon. It was worth the wait. They corralled one of my most favourite photographers- Todd Selby to document 12 designers who are under 40 and made a splash at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair. Numbers always frame a story beautifully, don’t you think? We had covered a few of the designers in Belle – Sayaka Yamamoto and Boaz Cohen, BCXSY and Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, Raw-Edges. But there were faces I hadn’t seen before. It’s always interesting to connect a person to their design. I like Maarten De Ceulaer’s  (above) stack of leather suitcases much more  now that I’ve seen what he looks like. He’s a 25-year-old graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven. I saw the makeshift wardrobe at ICFF and was taken by its sculptural quality and its fine detailing. But seeing the designer and how young he is makes it even more impressive. Also one I will keep an eye on is Philippe Malouin. Ingenious shelving – it’s the …