Janus, the Roman god of gates and doorways, past and future.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true. - Alfred Lord Tennyson
A very happy New Year to all.
Now playing: ABC - By Default by Design
Thursday, 31 December 2009
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
What with one thing and another, there just wasn't time enough to do it it all.
One thing being an office revamp for a client. From this...
Seemingly simple enough, but rife with delays on every front. Even the one and only lampshade proved to be problematic. And, it all still has as yet to be photographed properly.
Another thing being - the home invasion. Anne Bass was lucky. At least she didn't have to make her intruders endless cups of tea or spend a dime. Two local characters, and an assortment of their cronies, came into my house (already in a precarious state of organised chaos) and not only wreaked havoc, but also completely emptied my pockets (which are also always in an equally precarious state).
Though nowhere near done, the house is all the better for it.
And nothing gets in the way of Christmas.
Now playing: Annie Lennox - The Gift
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Those humble and honest objects that WASPy old dears pressed into service with great aplomb.
Terracotta pots and saucers instead of cachepot.
Wicker baskets, used for everything from bread to wastepaper.
A colourful 19th century American hooked rug with a geometric design.
A cushion faced with a floral needlepoint panel.
Bright, purposeful handiwork pieces: hooked rugs, needlepoint (in all its mutations), patchwork quilts, etc.
Both the cushion and the hooked rug are from Sybil Colefax & John Fowler Antiques.
Tole ware, whether decorated or plain, fashioned into absolutely anything useful.
Now playing: Richard Wagner - Die Walküre
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Copper vessels once the property of the late Ingmar Bergman, whose estate was auctioned by Bukowskis in September.
Ingmar Bergman photographed by Irving Penn, 1964
Now playing: Benjamin Britten - Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80 - II. Fuga
Saturday, 24 October 2009
At Longleat, in this very room:
A little girl pleadingly to her mother, Mummy why don't we have things like these?
The mother scornfully to her daughter, Because this is not our taste.
Now playing: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Teach Your Children
Now playing: Katey Sagal - Daddy's Girl
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
All Visual Arts presents The Age of the Marvellous
Inspired by the Wunderkammer, or Cabinet of Curiosities, popular in the late Renaissance through the Baroque period (ca. 1550–ca. 1700). An era characterized by a revival of learning, the sum of all of man’s knowledge could be represented in rooms filled with natural wonders, artificial exotica and relics or art works concerned with the supernatural.
The Wunderkammer‘s particular ability to evoke the marvellous, to incite the emotions of awe, wonder, surprise and astonishment leading to curiosity and then learning was based on its ability to draw parallels and unify seemingly unrelated fields of human knowledge like Science and Art. The brilliant evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson considered the unification of knowledge – or what he labeled ‘Consilience’ in his eponymous book published in 1998 - nothing short of imperative for the survival of the human species.
Adam Fuss’s photograms
Alastair Mackie's Metamorphoses
Polly Morgan's At the Beginning, inspired by a Victorian proposal for a flying machine.
Kate MccGwire's sculptural works made from crow and jackdaw feathers.
Now playing: Depeche Mode - World in my Eyes
Thursday, 15 October 2009
That was how Joanna Lumley's fashion editor character, Patsy Stone, in Absolutely Fabulous described her idol Grace Coddington.
Vogue's Grace Coddington
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With the release of The September Issue Coddington finds a new audience and confirms what those of a certain age already knew - she is genius.
Her 2002 opus Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue
Now playing: Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Taken from the November issue of The World of Interiors.
The courtyard of Cranbrook's Saarinen House photographed by Richard Powers.
A covered patio in Tangier photographed by Roland Beaufre.
Recently, I read somewhere (and it wasn't over the rainbow) that there are people who actually believe that designers create a WOI look just to be published in those hallowed pages.
Now playing: Toni Childs - Blind
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
The maquette for the eventual bronze statue to honour the legend that was Nina Simone. It only seems fitting that it be, like the lady herself, larger than life. The Eunice Waymon-Nina Simone Memorial Project has commissioned the Philadelphia based sculptor Zenos Frudakis to execute the work.
Participation in The Eunice Waymon—Nina Simone Memorial Project supports the recognition of an international musical legend and an icon of human potential realized.
Now playing: Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue
Monday, 12 October 2009
If known for nothing else, it should be known for being the birthplace of one Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003). Who was better known as Nina Simone.
Screen shots from the documentary Nina Simone: The Legend; the last being of the house she grew up in.
Nina Simone performing Four Women at the Antibes Jazz Festival, 1965.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Is the financial gain so significant it justifies the bastardisation of the esoteric?
Four from Oly:
swan oil painting
cast resin ornament w/ metal base (sold individually)
cast resin with black wood base
albert and fiona busts
resin busts with hand-appled green verdi-gris finish
albert (right), fiona (left)
Four from life:
Trumpeter Swan, plate 406 from Birds of America, 1827-1835
by John James Audubon
Early 19th Century whale's vertebra
Collection of mounted 19th Century sawfish blades
Bust of Dame Edith Sitwell
by Maurice Lambert
Now playing: Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales of San Francisco (radio edit)
Friday, 9 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
A CHARLES X ELM AND AMARANTH CARTONNIER
With two columns of seven gilt-tooled red leather boxes numbered 1-14, with side locking flaps, on bun feet, with paper label inscribed '1101', inscribed to the back
A CHARLES X BIRD'S-EYE MAPLE BUREAU PLAT
Line-inlaid, with gilt-tooled red leather writing surface, the shaped kneehole with drawer flanked by two drawers to left and a deep drawer simulated as two drawers to right with coffre-fort, with a slide to each end, on scroll legs joined by stretchers
A CHARLES X BIRD'S-EYE MAPLE AND MARQUETRY FAUTEUIL DE BUREAU
With scrolled back and large scroll arms on lotus-leaf headed scroll legs, upholstered in black patterned horsehair, with pencil inscription; together with a side chair with ladder back and green cotton upholstered drop-in seat, with pencil inscription 'Martin' and branded '8'
Christie's Sale 7746
Le autre Le Dix
Now playing: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Boléro