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

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Curatorial Curiosities: Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Plywood: Material, Process, Form

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the simple sinuous forms possible with plywood.

the classics…

yanagi butterfly stool

wegner shell chair

aalto tea trolley P900

eames lounge chair

eames elephant

modern pieces….

capellini pilot service table

poltrona frau arche stool

thonet 1010, a reinterpretation of marcel breuer's b9 nesting tables in wood

images via herman miller, hive modern, moma, thonet, poltrona frau, capellini

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Curatorial Curiosities: Alexander McQueen

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

is not to be missed!

on view until August 7, 2011

Here are some highlights…

“You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.”

—Alexander McQueen

“People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don’t see it as aggressive. I see it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of personality.”

—Alexander McQueen

“I have always loved the mechanics of nature and to a greater or lesser extent my work is always informed by that.”

—Alexander McQueen

enter his fantastical world of impeccable tailoring!

see more here

all images via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

noticed that yatzer also posted a tribute to McQueen take a look at more gorgeousness.

note:

The line is long….like up to two hours long. And it’s totally worth the wait.

Here’s some tips to ease the pain…

1. Bring friends, a book or music

2. If you are a member of the Met, you go to the front of the line.

3. Get there early (8:30am to line up, museum opens at 9:30) or late. I went on Sunday around 10am and the line was long, but it was much shorter at 2pm. If you opt for late, just be sure to leave yourself enough time to actually see the exhibit!

4. Sign up for an appointment to view the exhibition on Monday when the rest of the museum is closed ($50)

posted by cinde