11.09.2016

SEATS: STUDIES OF FURNITURE DESIGNED BY WOMEN

“Seats: Studies of Furniture Designed by Women” is a series of sketches by illustrator Leanne Shapton throwing a sensitive spotlight on the diminished heritage of female designers. Together with her friend, Rachel Comey conceived the idea, after searching in vain for chairs by female designers to furnish Comey’s LA boutique. The failed hunt prompted them to ask why women in industrial design receive so much less recognition than their male counterparts, despite significant and often groundbreaking contributions to the field.

“I thought, I’ll draw the furniture we wish we had access to, that we wish was as easy to source as the Breuer and Eames chairs that are so ubiquitous now,” Shapton said. The result is 100 watercolor and ink paintings featuring Shapton’s abstractions of chairs, lights and tables by female designers throughout history: Lina Bo Bardi, Eileen Gray, Cini Boeri, Nanna Ditzel, Florence Knoll, Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Gigi Sabadin, Clara Rorset, Charlotte Perriand and Greta Magnusson Grossman, among them.

Can you tell the designer for each sketch? Some of them are easy to find...












All images © Leanne Shapton

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1&11. Florence Knoll
2. Eileen Gray
3. Gae Aulenti
4. Greta Magnusson Grossman
5. ? I'm guessing Charlotte Perriand but I am not sure
6. Clara Porset
7. Cini Boeri
8. ? Any info is more than wellcome
9. Gigi Sabadin
10. Lina Bo Bardi

11.03.2016

THE RUG COMPANY

Now that November has come and the weather has started to feel more like winter - at least here in Athens - I can't resist on sharing some of the beautiful rugs of The Rug Company. Rugs entirely hand crafted by highly skilled artisans with wool that comes from high on the Tibetan plateau, wool that is so rich in natural lanolin that it is oily to the touch. It must be handled by the spinners, weavers and dyers with such reverence that it loses none of its extraordinary properties, so it’s no strange that it takes four months for each rug to be ready.

THE RUG COMPANY “LACY X” BY EVA ZEISEL
 
THE RUG COMPANY “SPLIT LIGHT” BY PAUL SMITH
 
THE RUG COMPANY “CALYPSO” BY SUZANNE SHARP
 
THE RUG COMPANY “FORM 2” BY TOM DIXON
 
THE RUG COMPANY “THISTLE PEWTER” BY VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
 
THE RUG COMPANY “ARRAY LIGHT” BY KELLY WEARSTLER
 
THE RUG COMPANY “BAMBOO TRELLIS BLUET” BY NEISHA CROSLAND
 
THE RUG COMPANY “CAPITONE” BY JAIME HAYON
 
THE RUG COMPANY “FARRAH RUBY” BY NICOLE FULLER
 
All photos © The Rug Company

11.01.2016

KODACHROME LUIGI GHIRRY

In 1978 Luigi Ghirri self-published his first book, an avant-garde manifesto for the medium of photography and a landmark in his own remarkable oeuvre. This new edition of Kodachrome (2012) by MACK is published as a facsimile of the original, adopting the original design, text layout and image sequence, but using new image files scanned from Ghirri’s original film to take advantage of modern technology and printing methods.

MODENA, 1974, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI
 
HERGISWILL, 1971, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI
 
ILE ROUSSE, 1976, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI
 
BASTIA, 1976, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI
 
MARINA DI RAVENNA, 1972, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI
 
LIDO DI SPINA, 1974, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI
 
BOLOGNA, 1974, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI
 
VERSAILLES, 1977, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI
 
SCANDIANO, 1971, KODACHROME / © LUIGI GHIRRI
 
Ghirri presents his surroundings in tightly cropped images, making photographs of photographs and recording the Italian landscape through it’s adverts, postcards, potted plants, walls, windows, and people. His work is deadpan, reflecting a dry wit, and is a continuous engagement with the subject of reality and of landscape as a snapshot of our interaction with the world.

The meaning that I try to give to my work is that of the verification of how it is still possible to wish to face the way of knowledge, to make it possible at last to tell the real identity of man, of things, of life, from the image of man, of things, of life.
- Luigi Ghirri -

Born in Scandiano in 1943, Luigi Ghirri spent his working life in the Emilia Romagna region, where he produced one of the most open and layered bodies of work in the history of photography. He was published and exhibited extensively both in Italy and internationally and was at the height of his career at the time of his death in 1992.