April 7, 2012
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
In the end, while it is always wonderful to see the world, I am back in Milano for one of the best moments of the year. The weather is wonderful, for now, and the furniture fair arrives next week bringing artists, designers and architects from the best studios around the world to share with us what they have been thinking and working on this year. The Galleries will all be open to the public and professionals and visitors will flow over Milano in patterns seen reflected in the designs. An endless harmonic flood of people, ideas and beautiful objects to admire and dream to take home. It is a very good time to be home and to have my library to remind me of the endless rhythms of nature and design all great artists use.
Walking in the streets of Shanghai, there is an immediate attraction
to the beautiful wall of the new Balenciaga store.
The façade recalls one of my favorite artists, Erwin Hauer, and his ongoing pursuit of infinite patterns.
Trained in Austria, he moved to US and taught sculpture at Yale for many years.
Always attracted to light and the infinite, he created walls as screens and in concrete. Here is an unusual application of his work in a fashion atelier in New York City, from Design 1, 1950. His new Erwin Hauer Studios are bringing his patterns into the digital world for a new audience.
Since 1991 the Kris Ruhs screens welcome visitors and customers
to 10 Corso Como in Milano.
Since each 10 Corso Como around the world is also a reflection of the patterns of our environment here, Ruhs has designed similar screens and walls in Tokyo and Seoul.
Here the nature of infinity, patterns and identity side by side.
Marc Newson is now living in London via Australia, Tokyo and Paris and is one of the greats of present and future design, here is his alvear marble shelf/ wall, 2007.
On the right, another Hauer wall of great beauty.
In this ceiling of Ruhs installed in 2008 in Seoul, Korea, infinite patterns
repeat the shades of light and shadow.
Each piece, being created by hand, also adds its unique imprint to the flow of light, giving an immediate flow to the space below.
Each shape is the same and yet not. The flow of light, natural and artificial, is very important to Kris Ruhs who is showing in the Galleria this month.
The movement of light to create patterns for the eye is the focus. On the right, an outstanding ceramic table lamp mounted on steel from 2011.
On the left, a one of a kind hand crafted piece. This example of the work the Markoff Brothers who lived in Los Angeles after WWII
and designed one of a kind lamps for Hollywood.
Their MarBro lights were unique. Here a ceramic mounted on wood.
More patterns! If you start to look you see the harmonics of the infinite all over.
Here from left to right: the Honeycomb restaurant built in Shenzhen, China, by Sako Architects in 2007; and for the College of Design and Communications in London, this space by the architectural firm Foreign Office Architects, 2005;
and the O House built by Zurich based architect Philippe Stuebi in 2007.
But nothing can beat nature: the walls of wax built by the honey bee in their nests to store honey and pollen is surely the most perfect of all the infinite shapes we see.