Donald Judd’s Home and Studio, 101 Spring Street

The opportunity to experience the personal environment of an artist offers a unique peek into their process. Honoring the legacy of Donald Judd, his home and studio at 101 Spring Street will open to the public in June. ‘Donald Judd revolutionized practices and attitudes surrounding art making and the exhibition of art, primarily advocating for the permanent installation of works by artists in carefully selected environments. Judd achieved this goal for his own work and that of his colleagues at both his studio and residence at 101 Spring Street in New York and in various locations in and around Marfa, Texas.’

“Too often, I believe, the meaning of a work of art is lost as a result of a thoughtless or unsuitable placement of the work for display. The installation of my own work, for example, as well as that of others, is contemporary with its creation, and the space surrounding the work is crucial to it. Frequently as much thought has gone into the placement of a piece as into the piece itself. Accordingly, it is my hope that such of my works of art which I own at the time of my death are installed at 101 Spring Street in New York City, or in Marfa, Texas, will be preserved where they are installed.”
–Donald Judd, 1993

Judd Foundation’s mission is to maintain and preserve Donald Judd’s permanently installed living and working spaces, libraries, and archives in New York and Marfa, Texas. The architecture of the building, and space in which he displayed his work was an important element in the art’s creation and display.

Excerpts sourced at the  Judd FoundationImage Source.

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Julianne Moore’s West Village Home

Understated. Minimal. Elegant. I love this home. Julianne Moore’s West Village apartment in New York City is so comfortable and livable, it reminds me of the qualities I adored in my own Brooklyn home. The vintage details of a prewar building, great light and well proportioned space, are the perfect backdrop to this modern collection of art and furniture. Although this space is simple, it possesses a wonderful spirit of the unexpected. If you look closely, you will spot some recognizable, but not overused vintage pieces. Did you notice the repurposed Florence Knoll credenza in the bathroom? What a creative solution for a narrow space, providing lots of storage and a double bowl sink. Floating the tub in the center of the space creates a ‘furniture-like’ focal point. Brilliant! The neutral palette of greys blacks and whites, are perfect with the mid-value wide plank wood floors, throughout the space. A very homey urban retreat.

Images sourced at homesdream.net

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ACE Hotel Inspiration: DIY Mural

I have recently had the very good fortune to visit the Ace Hotel, both in Portland while visiting family, and on a weekend trip to NYC. I absolutely love the brand, from the relaxed and edgy feel, to the city specific sensibility reflected in each personalized location. I enjoyed more than my share of Stumptown Coffee, and witnessed the sharing of the Roasted Suckling Pig at the Breslin. Each of these experiences rich in comfort and the culture of their environment.  In my room in New York, was an inspiring mural by artist Timothy Goodman. Unique and accessible, the artwork reflects a depth of content of the city, as well as the artist. A bit like reading a good book, I found myself visiting these images again and again during my visit.

Truly, an inspiration for a home DIY project, the handmade quality of imperfection in this beautiful display is something I believe could be personalized and stylized to suit any individual. Now, I won’t pretend to have the talent of Mr. Goodman, but I might be able to pull off a fun story for my own space. How about you?  Start by doodling, and enlarge or reduce images to suit your design, then tape them up on the wall. Once placed, sketch lightly first, then grab your marker and get to work. Personal, and forgiving, a mechanism to imprint a little bit of yourself on your space. Mr. Goodman describes taking the time to set up his project, to ensure proper alignment and position of each element. That’s experience talking, and worth the investment of time.

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Maja DeBear

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Maja is a fine artist turned entrepreneur living and working in Brooklyn, NY.  Her company Ursidae means family of bears, a play on her name and recognition of the fact that the inaugural Ursidae collection is a series of silk scarves based on her father’s tessellation drawings.  The collection got its start back in 1975 when her father, Robert DeBear started this series of drawings – infinite fields of interlocking figures ranging from zoological to mythological forms.  The project was never completed and sat filed away for nearly 40 years.  In 2011, he lost his long battle with cancer; but before he passed away, he asked that his family find a way to share these designs with the public.

Ursidae celebrates the beauty that is found in moments of loss.  The collection is launching this fall and we are quite certain it is going to be a wild success – take a look at a few of the look book shots below :

Maja’s collection involves the convergence of techniques – the patterns began as hand drawings by her father, were completed and transformed into a format that would work for her intended use and ultimately become digitally reproduced onto fabric.  Every production technique allows for different opportunities and has certain constraints.  Digital printing on fabrics is popping up more and more on the runways as designers can use manipulate photographic imagery for unique results.  Maja considers Greek designer, Mary Kantrazou, to be the most innovate designer creating with digitally printed fabric right now. Here are some of Maja’s favorite images from the Mary Kantrazou Spring/Summer 2012 lookbook.

Maja’s experience bringing the Ursidae product line to life has opened up new ideas and opportunities.  Come meet Maja at our Soho location on August 30th to hear more about her work and future plans.

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Happy New Year

1942: Times Square Waits for the Ball to Drop

2011: Times Square Waits for the Ball to Drop

Through the years the face of Times Square has changed. The architecture, design and technology have evolved with the times. Some would say for the better, while others prefer the simplicity of days gone by.  Yet, the spirit of celebration remains the same, and the longstanding traditions of gathering to greet the new year have continued. Every year, thousands gather here to share in the multi-cultural and multi-generational community of neighbors to celebrate the promise of a new year,  just as they do in communities like yours and mine all around the world. The clink of the glass and a celebration with those we hold dear. A toast to design of our everyday, and a wish for much beauty and meaning in the coming year. Happy New Year.

Image 1 sourced:  http://www.life.com
Image 2 sourced:  http://www.timessquarenewyears.com

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