Thursday, November 16, 2017

New York: Public Hotel and Public Kitchen


Our idea was to stack these two very distinct typologies on top of each other, on one hand to express their difference, while on the other to unify them within the same building skeleton. It was also our aim to complement them with a diverse mix of uses so that the building becomes like a city within the city. “
Herzog and DeMeuron

Public New York
Public is the new Ian Schrager hotel designed by award winning architects Herzog and DeMeuron. Located in the Bowery, the rapidly evolving cultural and artistic district in the center of Lower Manhattan, the hotel complex also offers a grocery, coffee shop, bars, trendy communal areas, a shop and a Jean-Georges’ restaurant.

Public New York
Taking the pretension out of luxury is important new idea. Hopefully it’s something that will change the industry. I always liked the idea of making cool things, sophisticated things, available to everybody.”
Ian Schrager
Going through a garden, spectacular, museum like, neon lit, mirrored escalators take you up to the lobby and hotel check-in. Beside the escalators a grocery store market serves gourmet organic “slow food” which guests can enjoy in the Louis communal area, work while they eat or take a snack to go.  

The Lobby
Great Service Great Style Great Fun Great Price
The hotel lobby and Lobby Bar is where lines blur between fun, socializing and culture. It is the hotel’s heartbeat and social hub with comfortable seating, easy power outlets where community comes to life.

"Public kitchen is the best of "New York" food, "World Food" really and all of the cultures that make up the eclectic mix and melting pot that is New York City.”
Jean-George Vongerichten

Public Kitchen
Public Kitchen features a smoker, a wood-burning grill and the eclectic menu, which is meant to be shared, it is executed by chef Thomas McKenna.

Popcorn-Cheddar Frico - Chives -  Crushed Chili

  Spicy Tuna Tartare  - Ginger Yuzu - Puffed Rice Crackers

Peach and Blackberry Cobbler
Caramelized Puff Pastry -  Blackberry, Vanilla Swirl Ice Cream
Strawberry Linzer Bar
Strawberry Sorbet - Strawberry Ice Cream


Trade is a new retail complex from Tania Schrager, Yelin Song and Steven Giles which takes a “No” brand philosophy. An unlikely combination of cool products not found in any one store. An eclectic curated selections of unique one-of-a-kind clothing, books, objects jewelry, accessories and more.

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

New York: MoMA – Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait - Exhibition


Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait

Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait, until January 28, curated by Deborah Wye and Sewon Kang, explores the prints, books, related sculptures and the creative process of the celebrated sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010). Bourgeois’s printed oeuvre, a little-known aspect of her work, is vast in scope and comprises some 1,200 printed compositions, created primarily in the last two decades of her life but also at the beginning of her career, in the 1940s.

Photograph and copyright Manfredi Bellati

The spider—why the spider? Because
my best friend was my mother and she
was deliberate, clever, patient, soothing,
reasonable, dainty, subtle, indispensable,
neat, and as useful as a spider.”

 Louise Bourgeois – Spiders
Louise Bourgeois is perhaps best known for sculptures of spiders, ranging in size from a brooch of four inches to monumental outdoor pieces that rise to 30 feet. Long a motif in Symbolist art, the spider encompassed several meanings for Bourgeois, who cited it most frequently as a stand-in for her mother, a tapestry restorer by trade who impressed Bourgeois with her steadfast reliability and clever inventiveness. Yet Bourgeois also appreciated the spider in more general terms, as a protector against evil, pointing out that this crafty arachnid is known for devouring mosquitoes and thereby preventing disease.

Louise Bourgeois
at the printing press in the lower level of her home/studio on 20th  street, New York, 1995
Photograph by Mathias Johansson
The exhibition explores this celebrated artist’s prints and books, a little known but highly significant part of Bourgeois’s larger practice. Her copious production in these mediums—addressing themes that perennially occupied her, including memory, trauma, and the body—is examined within the context of related sculptures, drawings, and paintings. This investigation sheds light on Bourgeois’s creative process, which is uniquely and vividly apparent through the evolving states and variants of her prints; seeing these sequences unfold is akin to looking over the artist’s shoulder as she worked.

  My Inner Life (#5) - 2008
etching – gouache – watercolor –pencil – stitched text on fabric
My Inner Life (#3): Eugenie Grandet  - 2008
etching – gouache – watercolor pencil

My poetic license is to remove the arms, to remove the head, and then, if I want, to fetch them back.
Louise Bourgeois

The Puritan - Folio set no.3
engravings, with selective wiping gouache and watercolor additions

Untitled (The Wedges) – 1950
painted wood
Printed grids, biomorphic ink drawings, and geometric wood totems are found in her early years, organically shaped marble and plaster sculptures come later, and an outpouring of abstract drawings and prints fills her last decade.  For Bourgeois, abstraction was yet another tool for understanding and coping with her feelings, which were always the driving forces of her art. She used terms like “calming,” “caressing,” or “stabbing” to describe strokes, and her drawn lines and evocative shapes reflect shifting moods and perceived vulnerabilities.

Clothing exercise of memory...

It makes me explore the past...

how did I feel when I wore that...
Louise Bourgeois

By 2000, Bourgeois had turned to printing on old handkerchiefs, and then other fabrics. She also constructed books of fabric collages. Printing on fabric was a major preoccupation of Bourgeois’s later years and she highly valued her collaboration with seamstress Mercedes Katz and the various printers with whom she worked. The old fabrics she selected resonated with memories yet, on occasion, she ran out of material when making an edition and had to seek out matching fabrics. To this same end, she sometimes took advantage of digital possibilities for duplicating aging or fading effects. In contrast to her prints and books on paper, Bourgeois’s fabric works have a tactile presence that gives them a decidedly sculptural dimension.
Ode a L’Oubli – Ode to Forgetting – 2002
fabric illustrated book – 32 fabric collages – two-hand addition - lithographed texts and cover

Madeleine – 2000
drypoint – selective wiping – fabric

Spiral Woman – 2001
Drypoint – ink – pencil and gouache

The Couple (from portfoglio La Reparation) – 2003
drypoint – engraving – acquatint

You pile up associations the way you pile up bricks. Memory itself is a form of architecture.”
Louise Bourgeois

She said, “My skyscrapers reflect a human condition,” and here they became personifications of loneliness, alienation, anger, and hostility. At that time, Bourgeois also created her Femme Maison, depicting a female body topped by a house. It became a feminist icon and was later issued as a print.
Femme Maison – 1946-47
Oil – ink on linen


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Monday, October 30, 2017

New York: MoMa – Items: Is Fashion Modern? – Exhibition + Terrace 5 Restaurant

Items: Is Fashion Modern?
“This is a design show that takes fashion as its focus… We wanted to communicate instantly that the exhibition is about each individual object.”
Paola Antonelli
The exhibition at MoMa - Items: Is Fashion Modern? - until January 28 is curated by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, and Michelle Millar Fisher, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, it explores the present, past—and sometimes the future—of 111 items of clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries—and continue to hold currency today.


Items: Is Fashion Modern?
In the exhibition there are well-known and transformative pieces such as Levi’s 501s, the Breton shirt, and the Little Black Dress, and also as, ancient and culturally charged pieces, as the sari, the pearl necklace, the kippah, and the keffiyeh.  Driven first and foremost by objects, not designers, the exhibition considers the many relationships between fashion and functionality, culture, aesthetics, politics, labor, identity, economy, and technology.
Levi Strauss and Co. – Jacob W. Davis - 501 Jeans
1947 - denim
Hanes – T-Shirt
2017 – cotton

c. 1990s – nylon - polyester  -spandex
photographer: Ellen von Unwerth –  model: Eva Herzigova
Wonderbra advertisement

The Little Black Dress
Thierry Mugler 1981 – Gianni Versace 1994
 Philippe Starck 1997 - Nervous System’s Kinematic Dress 2014  
Rick Owens 2014 - Pia Interlandi – Garments for the Grave 2012

The Shift Dress
Harry Gordon - 1967
Paper Dress - featuring Bob Dylan

 Issey Miyake – Dai Fujiwara – Miyake Design Studio
A-POC Queen  
1997 – cotton - nylon – polyurethane

Adolf (Adi) Dassler – Rudolph (Rudi) Dassler  
Adidas – Superstars
1983 – oxhide leather and rubber

Aheda Naetti – Ahilida – Burkini
2003 – polyester
David Azulay – Blueman – Bikini
1970s – Cotton
Speedo – U.S. Team Swimsuit
1972 – nylon

Mao Jacket - (Zhifu)
c. 1970s - cotton – plastic
Francesco Risso – Marni Mao Mirror
2017 – silver foil Cordura – Swedish fabric – Kantha embroidery

 The Suit
“Central power garment in any business combination.”
John T. Molloy - Dress for Success - 1975

Platform Shoes
Boots made for Elton John
1974 – leather – rubber – metal – textile

Items: Is fashion Modern? //Checklist
The Full List of 111 Items

Restaurant - Terrace 5, The Carroll and Milton Petrie Cafe
This sophisticated, airy cafe is situated adjacent to the Painting and Sculpture Galleries, and enjoys a spectacular fifth-floor view of The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden and the surrounding skyline, with outdoor terrace dining available seasonally.

Hibiscus Iced Tea
Terrace 5 is a cafe offering a seasonal menu of delicious savory selections and an array of desserts. Terrace 5 features Danish furniture and tableware from leading modernist designers and manufacturers, including Arne Jacobsen, Georg Jensen, and Fritz Hansen.

Chilled Carrot Ginger Soup
Coconut and Quinoa

  Truffled Brie on Ciabatta

T-Shirt - Sol LeWitt

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