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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

9.02.2011

In Living Color (and Neutrals)


[Clockwise from the top left: orange mailbox via Hermes; Draga Obradovic's design for Anthro.
All other images my own. Details follow below. Please click and zoom to better see the pictures.]


[Marcel Wanders's macrame-like knotted chair.]

Modern by Design has barely been closed two weeks, but I think a couple of key themes will always stay with me: clear, brilliant color and natural materials. One camp of 20th century designers punched up sleek, often minimal furniture and household objects with bold hues while others favored the raw, mellow look of natural wood and metals.   


[Images of tin trunks via Toast.]

So, with an eye out for vivid color and neutral shades, here's a mix of things I recently spotted during this transitional time of year when school is back in session but it's still hot enough to ride with the top down and wait in long lines for ice cream. 

Kudos to the creative teams behind Hermes' promotional email campaigns and Tiffany's graphic ice cream-filled windows (cones piled high with colorful scoops were set against crisp, solid fabric). The International Harvester Scout with orange interior was seen outside Bee. A miniature version of the Wanders chair is available at the High's gift shop, and the scrambled alphabet juxtaposed with stripes on the upholstered seat of an antique chair is Draga Obradovic's design for Anthro. I first noticed Toast's trunks flipping through Elle Decoration, UK, September 2011.


[Lori Vrba Braids 2010, selenium and sepia toned silver gelatin print - 20x20 print is an edition of 10 and starts at $1000 unframed. Posted with permission from Jennifer Schwartz Gallery.]
BTW: Thinking of school and extracurricular childhood activities, don't forget to explore Lori Vrba's work while she's still the featured artist over at The Ten. (Price for prints featured in Schwartz's online exhibit, The Ten, is $250.)


[David Douglas Duncan's photograph of nine-year-old Paloma Picasso making art with common garden leaves. Visit the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin to learn more about Duncan.]


Also of interest: Eat, Breathe, Draw and The Party, and -- in the spirit of this weekend's big wedding -- Timeless, Daniela on Giving, and Oprah, Ralph, and Some Stripes.


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