Creativity abounds in the lighting industry where sculptural forms dangling from cords have earned their status as veritable art. It’s amazing to witness how a light fixture can completely transform an ordinary space into one that ignites a conversation.
Here are a few that we at Martha Angus are eying for various projects, clients willing. Just say yes!
There’s a new furniture collection at DSEGNARE that will make you stop in your tracks and mouth the word “gorgeous.” The Iro Collection is the work of architect Jo Nagasaka. Iro means color in Japanese and colorful it is. Each of the four pieces is composed of Douglas Fir stripped down to its textural grain and then coated in a bright hue of resin. It’s an ancient Japanese method but feels so utterly contemporary in its design. They’re simply breathtaking.
I don’t often offer up a peek behind the curtain. It’s not that I am trying to hide anything. It just doesn’t occur to me. The team at the office keeps suggesting that I share a little bit more of our work on Post + Grant and perhaps they are right, why not.
With that in mind, here are a few boards to get you in the mood. It’s a family home but one that reveres what’s chic, bold and in some cases even downright sexy. Bon Appétit!
I spent a divine week of my summer exploring Mexico City. My hotel of choice was the much talked about Hotel Condesa DF and it did not disappoint. Of course, I left the hotel every day but truthfully I could have stayed there for hours on end absorbing every detail. Picture a neoclassical exterior revealing a thoroughly contemporary and uber chic interior courtesy of India Mahdavi. It was sublime. The best part was the central patio with three floors of white shutters opening to the sky. It gave a whole new meaning to the game of peek-a-boo.
Wallpaper is all the rage right now and we don’t see this trend going anywhere for a while. Now bring me some white walls and let’s go have some fun.
As the summer fog rolls through our city, I find myself retreating indoors for a dose of inspiration. Luckily, I don’t have to wander far to find it. Strut right on over to Gorgeous at the Asian Art Museum and feast your eyes (and soul) on a new kind of exhibit, one organized into fluid groupings that ask you to define what’s gorgeous to you. Words like Seduction, Dress Up, Danger and In Bounds frame the collection but the curators leave the rest to you. I like it.
Perhaps, I first became intrigued by the name. I mean, you don’t run across too many Barnaby Barfords out there. Well let me tell you that this fabulous name creates some seriously jaw-dropping works. Barford uses ceramics to explore some heady topics like the “Seven Deadly Sins” with wit and sarcasm. He’s perhaps best known for his sardonic rearrangement of mass market and porcelain figurines to demonstrate the irony of our contemporary lives. Picture Little Bo Peep spit-roasting her beloved sheep. It’s hardly warm and fuzzy but it makes you think.
I finally got to visit a home designed by an architect whose work I have greatly admired for years. The architect is Luis Barragan and this Mexico City casa he designed for one of his clients, did not disappoint.
Barragan was inspired by the Modernist movement but he rejected the “machine for living” approach in favor of one that embraced emotional architecture. He used bright vivid colors and surrounded his homes with super high walls to keep the focus on the architecture versus the view. One signature quirky nuance of his was to hang paintings slightly off-center. Why be predictable? The effect is dazzling.
While in Buenos Aires, I dove into the city’s art scene and was smitten by the works of Nicholas Garcia Uribiuru. Uribiuru catapulted himself onto the global art scene at the 1968 Venice Biennale where he dyed the canals bright green. That was just the shocking start for this masterful artist and environmental activist. Next came the East River, the Seine and the Riachuelo. Uribiuru cleverly used this new form of art, dubbed land art, to rally for conservation. What’s not to love about a man who puts his art to work for the greater good.
In this digital era, I still find it utterly satisfying to turn the pages of a magazine. This excitement is amplified when the pages are filled with gorgeous photos of stunning spaces. Enter Luxe SF, a feast for the eyes. The debut San Francisco edition is ready to behold, so grab a copy pronto and escape to the nearest cozy corner for a good old-fashioned read.