Major Design Auction @ Phillips

Phillips Auction House/London is having a major Design auction on April 28, 2015. Examples including the “Lockheed lounge” designed by Marc Newson and “Miss Blanche” & a “Feather Stool” by Shiro Kuramata will go under hammer that day. These 3 lots are some of the most iconic pieces of design from the last 30-40 years and exceedingly rare to come up at auction.

 

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The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia-Cranbrook

 

First ever museum exhibition of the fantastic jewelry made by Harry Bertoia, appropriately occurring on what would have been Bertoia’s 100th birthday!

“Former Cranbrook Academy of Art student and metalsmithing instructor Harry Bertoia (1915–1978) has received international acclaim for his metal furniture and sculpture, but not for his exploration of the medium originated in jewelry design. Out of the hundreds of jewelry works attributed to Bertoia, the majority was produced during his years at Cranbrook, offering an early glimpse of a creative vision that would crystallize as his career matured. The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia examines the artist’s experimentations with form, dimension, and fabrication on a concentrated and bankable scale—establishing Bertoia as a pioneer of the American Studio Jewelry movement and a master of elevating fashionable adornment to object l’art” curator Shelley Selim describes in the notification of this upcoming exhibition. The exhibition dates are March 14-November 29, 2015.

 

 

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Earl Pardon Jewelry Exhibition-High Museum of Art

[37] Earl Pandon Bracelet and Brooch

Earl Pardon Exhibition opening at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia on February 3, 2015. Earl Pardon is best known for his colorful enamel mosaic jewelry. He made mainly abstract collages of gold, silver, enamel and colored gemstones. He is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and the Museum of Art & Design in NY.

Vitra Exhibition-Philadelphia 11/22/2014-4/26/2015

Vitra- A European Project with American roots recently opened up at the Philadelphia Musem. The exhibition traces the Vitra Company from from it’s founding by Willi and Erika Fehlbaum in 1957. In 1977, Rolf Fehbaum joined the family company and launched their architecture program with the building of a new factory designed by Nicholas Grimshaw in 1981 after a fire destroyed a substantial part of the original factory. The architectural program continued with other building commissions including the Vitra Design Museum by Frank Ghery, a fire station designed by Zaha Hadid, a conference pavilion by Tadao Ando, and VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron with more building commissions scheduled.

The exhibition’s main focus includes historical objects and archival material that represent their American roots including designs by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard. Contemporary products manufactured throughout their existence also is included in this exhibition. The title “European Project” implies that their work continues with numerous new furniture, objects and buildings planned into the future.

Great exhibit- worthwhile if you love design, architecture and want to honor how a visionary has pushed a company to continue to provide excellent products.