i heart: Anni Albers

The Crafting Modernism exhibition at MAD has me so inspired. I’ve been smitten with the textile design of Anni Albers ever since I first saw her work. The textures and color palettes are so beautiful. Some patterns are chunky and rugged while others are smooth and refined. I love them all!

A bit about Anni: She was a student of the Bauhaus and later emigrated to America with her husband Josef, a very well established artist. They both taught at Black Mountain College near Asheville, North Carolina. Her passion for design led her to develop many new weaving techniques and textile patterns. She wrote several essays and books on weaving in addition to exploring printmaking and jewelry design.

all images via The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation


Curatorial Curiosities: Museum of Arts and Design – Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design

There are so many amazing artists featured in this exhibition running October 11, 2011 – January 15, 2012. I loved seeing the handcrafted design that developed when most of the nation was focused on the machine age technological advances and mass production techniques. Below are a few favorites:

anni albers, sheep may safely graze

arthur smith, neckpiece

jack lenor larsen, bas relief

rude osolnik, turned bowl

stanley lechtzin, pendant 4c

ruth radakovich, cocktail ring

I’m strangely fascinated by that cocktail ring!

all images via Museum of Arts and Design

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i heart: Design Sponge Book Launch

Congratulations to Grace Bonney and the Design Sponge team on the new book Design*Sponge at Home!

I’m super excited to check out the book and meet the author at the launch party tomorrow night.

Details from Design Sponge:

We are so excited to be working with West Elm as our tour co-sponsor. West Elm’s Upper West Side store will be hosting our first party and signing on the day of the official book launch, September 13th. This will be a truly special event and it will be open to everyone! We’re going all out for this party- there will be custom window displays out front, a special customized photo backdrop* (designed by Poppies & Posies) to go with the Smilebooth photos you can take, and, last but certainly not least, we’ll be auctioning off West Elm products (furniture & accessories) that have been customized by artists that were featured in the book! The auction will benefit the New York Public Library, the site of our first crafting event. Here are the details below:

Event: Signing/Party at West Elm Upper West Side store
Date: Tuesday, September 13th
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: West Elm 870 Broadway, (62nd Street and Broadway), New York, NY 10023
Details: In addition to a book signing and party, guests can take part in a charity auction to benefit the NYPL. We’ll also have a custom photo backdrop created by Poppies & Posies against which you can take photos with your friends.
RSVP: Please RSVP by September 9th right here at West Elm’s Facebook page. Just click “I’m going”

Illustrations for the D*S Book and book cover and all 30 of the invite signs/posters by Julia Rothman.

images via design sponge

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