Every now and then I read about a model describing the suffering endured to make a beautiful photograph. I never had much sympathy, until we started shooting images for Daydreams mirrors. Photographer Jeffrey Schad and I have shot in the rain at the crack of dawn in Colorado (I had to fly home to New York that afternoon with wet shoes), we've shot while standing in the ocean as high tide came in (eventually filling Jeffrey's waders with 40 degree water) and we've shot in the woods in two feet of snow. The latest shoot took place on the beach on Long Island. The images look like a beautiful summer day. In reality, it was so cold, I couldn't feel my fingers for an hour after we left. Maybe models do have a difficult job?
Milan Furniture Fair 2013
The Milan Furniture Fair is just weeks away (April 9 - 14). My latest lighting designs will be on view with Roll & Hill at Euroluce (Hall 13, Stand G02) and at Spazio Pontaccio in Brera. I am most excited about the additions to the Mini Endless collection, which now includes a custom-made brass ball joint for connection sections together at virturally any angle. Daydreams will be on display at Skitsch.
The Kent Sofa for The Future Perfect
My newest piece of furniture, the Kent Sofa, designed for The Future Perfect is now available. Made entirely from natural materials, the design references both mid-century and traditional American upholstery as well as Shaker woodwork. The image below is the very first sofa off the production line. It can be seen at the newly opened outpost of The Future Perfect in San Francisco.
New Installation - Hostaria del Piccolo
The largest Endless installation we've made to date was installed recently at Hostaria del Piccolo in Venice (the Venice in Los Angeles not Italy). Working with Architect Gregory Ginter, we created a single, 100 foot fixture that weaves from one end of the restaurant to the other. Individual tables are lit by four Mini Endless lamps. Thanks to the guys at Piccolo, Vittorio Viotti and Bobo Ivan.
Bergdorf Goodman opened their newly renovated men's department for fashion week in early September and it looks great. Below is an image of one of the Endless fixtures. Thanks again to everyone who made it happen.
GlassLab is a mobile glass blowing hot shop run by the Corning Museum of Glass. Designers are invited to work with the experts from the museum to make prototypes in glass. I was first invited to participate in GlassLab at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. The image below are two vessels we made which reference early American stoneware. I'm excited to have been invited back to do two sessions at the museum itself in Corning, NY on June 5 and June 6.
Daydreams Launching at ICFF 2012
In 2002 I designed a series of mirrors called Daydreams and for ten years I have been trying to get them into production. I have worked with four different manufacturers and countless factories from the US to Italy to China, yet the project always came to a dead end. It has left me feeling a bit like Ahab. Not wanting to give up, I recently found myself looking at the website of a factory that had made a batch of early prototypes years ago. I noticed they were promoting some new capabilities, exactly the capabilities that I had been searching for! We made made a few new prototypes, refined some details and now everything is perfect. I have found my whale. After ten years, I can finally say I am launching Daydreams. They can been seen at The Future Perfect in Manhattan during ICFF.
More at ICFF 2012
New York's annual design week is coming right up (May 19-22). In addition to launching Daydreams I will be showing the following new work.
Mini Endless -
My latest lighting design for Roll & Hill, Mini Endless, was launched in April at the Milan Furniture Fair. New installations will be on view at Roll & Hill's temporary showroom at 2 Cooper Square, at The Future Perfect in Manhattan and at the Roll & Hill booth at Javits.
Cream Modo / Woody Endless -
Roll & Hill is also launching new versions of Modo and Endless. The new version of Modo features cream-colored glass globes handmade in Italy. The process involves layering three different colors of glass to make globes that have me wondering why beige gets such a bad wrap. The new version of Endless features wood elements which make the fixture feel a little like a giant Lincoln Log (in a good way).
Milan Furniture Fair 2012
I am pleased to announce my newest lighting collection, designed for Roll & Hill, will be on view at Spazio Pontaccio, one of Milan's premier showrooms during Salone del Mobile next month. The exhibition opens April 17th. If you're going to be in Milan for the fair, come on by.
New Installation - Bergdorf Goodman
If a Cary Grant character uses it to impress a woman and Jay-Z includes it in a song about being a baller, you know it's got to be good. In a city made for shopping, Bergdorf Goodman is the absolute best. And now the men's department will be lit by two Endless fixtures. It's just a shame my life isn't more like a Cary Grant movie or a Jay-Z song.
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