Well known mid-century furniture maker, Herman Miller recently acquired Design Within Reach, giving it direct access to the design market. Need a cubicle? DWR will be supplying more Herman Miller products than ever before. DWR has always been regarded as a steadfast resource for classic midcentury design and it comes as no surprise to expect further growth in additional product offerings as well. Perhaps a geometric rug line?
Unbelievable Carpet Drawings With Ballpoint Pens by Jonathan Bréchignac
There’s a certain affinity for textiles and all things blue at Yatzer these days, so these mesmerising pen drawings by French artist Jonathan Bréchignac seem right at home here, continuing the theme. Their creator is Jonathan Bréchignac, art director of Joe&Nathan studio in Paris, France, who chose to create his seductive drawings on paper using just simple Bic pens. Each ”carpet” can take up to eight months to complete, while the very first one was in the making for a year and a half. For Bréchignac, creating these drawings through such a long and meticulous process is akin to being a scribe or a monk: every day he picks up his Bic pen as he fills in the white of the paper, treating his delicate effort as a meditation – an activity which allows him to relax and focus.
The whole process, and in some way the visual result as well, remind us of the Hindu practice of creating Mandalas – homocentric, symmetrical drawings of mind-expanding complexity that represent the entire universe. However, Jonathan Bréchignac got his idea not from the Hindu culture but from the traditional Muslim prayer rug, a rectangular woven tapestry used to cover the ground on which believers kneel down to pray. Inevitably, Bréchignac‘s designs draw from the non-figurative decoration of Arabic and Muslim art and architecture and are infused with motifs and elements from other cultures (French Roman, traditional Japanese, Native American and Mexican), as well as contemporary pop culture.
photo © Jonathan Bréchignac.
photo © Jonathan Bréchignac.
Jonathan Bréchignac wanted to create something enduring and slow-paced, something that would be the result of a longer process. The carpet drawings grow spontaneously as they are being made, with the artist having no predetermined master plan on which the designs are based. For him, creating these drawings is like making something that is bigger than oneself, with an almost religious reassurance that indeed patience and hard work can make big things happen. If these carpets are a meditation on time and the universe, Bréchignac is measuring the entire world, with one pen stroke at a time.
Bréchignac’s latest carpet creation, titled Ultraviolet -The Blue Carpet is a post-digital masterpiece that contains four hand-drawn QR codes which connect to an equal number of websites. Making its debut in Brussels, at Villa Empain, the piece itself will be on display from September 27th, 2013 to February 9th, 2014, as part of the The Blue Route: Journeys and Beauties from the Mediterranean to China Exhibition.
Rosemarie Trockel textile sells at Sotheby’s for $4.9million
Last night, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale totalled a whopping $364 million. One of the textile highlights was Rosemarie Trockel’s Untitled textile, selling for almost three times its $1.5-2million estimate, setting a new record for the artist at $4,981,000.
Born 1952, the German artist has been producing ‘knitted pictures’ or Strickbilder since 1985. She is one of the most successful female artists of her time and made a name for herself in a male-dominated environment. Her work consists mainly of lengths of machine-knitted woollen material stretched on to frames, which aligned with the revered process of ‘pure’ painting. The material is patterned with computer-generated geometrical motifs or recognisable logos, for example, the Playboy rabbit. The knitted works make a statement on feminism and comments ironically on the traditionally female past-time of knitting, placed in the context of being mass produced.
The design here has an inverted red and gold pattern of well-known Western logos. The endless repetition of motifs is Trockel’s trademark as well as symbolically de-contextualizing universally recognised logos, turning them into decorative patterns. Referencing the material of the work here, the Woolmark logo represents the image of the domestic female. The Playboy bunny, an emblem of the promiscuous, iconic magazine represents the sexualised, objectified female. The juxtaposition of the two represent opposing gender stereotypes and highlights the different categories which women are put into in everyday life.
The selection of iconographies raises questions about the role of our hyper-mediated society and how we can easily be influenced through the simple transformation and manipulation of images. Trockel’s work elevates the ‘domestic’ female work to the status of a work of art, simultaneously defying artistic codes and and undermining established female ideals and outdated gender politics. As Sotheby’s put it, ‘A wry commentary on conventional taxonomies and cultural hierarchies, Trockel’s striking wool painting is unique, yet universally resonant.’
New Runway Carpet for Burlington Arcade London
In the heart of London’s affluent Mayfair locale lies the Burlington Arcade, the longest covered shopping street in Britain. The stylish walkway offers brands such as Linley, Lulu Guinness, Wright & Teague, and Penhaligon’s. For such an exclusive venue one needs an exclusive carpet. On Monday of this week the Arcade’s new 180 metre carpet was revealed. Designed by David Linley’s design company Linley and UK carpet giants Brinton, the new carpet has an international outlook illustrating iconic structures from across the globe. Featured buildings include the Eiffel Tower in Paris, St Pauls Cathedral in London, Italy’s Duomo di Milano, Reichstag in Berlin, Seattle’s Space Needle, New York’s Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Guggenheim Museum, the Christ Redeemer in Rio, the Sydney Opera House, Moscow’s Dormition Cathedral, The Aspire Tower in Doha, India’s Taj Mahal, China’s Pearl TV Tower and Forbidden City and The Sail in Singapore.
For the first time ever, Paris-based arts patron and designer Sabine de Gunzburg will share her exquisite collection of artists’ rugs with the U.S. market, in an exhibition at New York gallery Atelier Courbet. The rugs feature the designs of artists and creative forces of the 20th and 21st centuries, but what truly sets the line apart is the materials. “The big difference is that this has never been done in silk,” de Gunzburg says. “Silk has something that no other material has, which is shine and reflection—one shade of red can be interpreted as 15 shades of red depending on the light.”
De Gunzburg’s initial foray into artists’ rugs began two years ago, when she approached the estate of French painter Francis Picabia, a favorite of de Gunzburg’s since childhood. She was granted permission to make one rug featuring his work. Upon seeing the quality of the completed piece, the estate approved a limited edition of signed, numbered rugs, and the series “took off from there,” de Gunzburg says.
The new collection that will be unveiled today at Atelier Courbet features stunning works based on pieces by Picabia and Serge Poliakoff, as well as designs by Frank Gehry, Vladimir Kagan, and Matthias Bitzer. The designs are available in limited editions of three or six, each signed by the artist or featuring the artist’s signature as certified by the estate. Select pieces from de Gunzburg’s own S2G Design line of rugs will also be on view; prices are available upon request for both collections.
Weaving a hand-knotted rug requires skill and time. The quality of a hand-knotted carpet is determined by the number of knots per square inch, and a higher density means better quality.A complex pattern can require very dense knotting and it can take a long time to produce. An average weaver can tie about 10,000 knots per day. So you can imagine how long it can take to complete one rug. The time involved also accounts for hand-knotted rugs costing more.
A hand tufted rug is made by punching strands of wool into a canvas which is stretched on a frame. This is accomplished with the help of a hand operated tool. This process is not very time intensive, and does not require the same level of skill that hand-knotting does.After piling with wool, the rug is removed from the frame and a scrim fabric is glued to the back, while a fringe is added by either sewing on, or gluing.
A hand-tufted rug will generally cost less than a hand-knotted rug, because it is produced using a less labor and skill intensive process.
A hand-knotted rug will generally outlast a hand-tufted one. It can become a family heirloom and last for generations if it is used with care. A hand-tufted rug will not last as long.
Value is determined not by how little or how much a rug costs. A good quality hand-knotted rug, can become a collector’s item, but you must remember this doesn’t hold true for just any rug, because there is a whole range from poorly made to exquisite. Hand-tufted rugs never quite achieve the heirloom status because they are never one of a kind.
Only in Vegas: The magic carpets designed to keep you awake and gambling
Las Vegas is well-known for being the city that never sleeps as gamblers are encouraged to spend their money around the clock. Now a new set of photographs has revealed that even the garish carpets that line the hotels and casinos have an important part to play.
Chris Maluszynski, 35, has spent four years snapping the kaleidoscopic designs after noticing them on a business trip. They include samples from the MGM Grand, Bellagio, Luxor and The Flamingo. He said: ‘Vegas is I feel the most surreal place in the world. In the middle of the desert you have this huge neon-lit metropolis, which is bizarre in itself. ‘Everywhere you look when you are on The Strip or Downtown there are flashing lights to mesmerize you. ‘I found myself trying to give my eyes a rest from the chaos by looking at the floor, but there is no respite even there. ‘I noticed the carpets were as loud as everything else out there and I was really blown away by the detail and effort that had gone into them. They are like carpets you see nowhere else. Only in Vegas, as the saying goes.’
The extreme carpets unleash an assault on the senses in a deliberate attempt to keep tourists wide awake. This is compounded by the fact Vegas casinos and hotels don’t have windows so that customers become confused about what time of day it is. Dr David Schwartz from the Center for Gaming Research in Nevada said: ‘Casino carpet is known as an exercise in deliberate bad taste that somehow encourages people to gamble. ‘Many of the carpets use wheels – famous to the Romans as a symbol of the relentless capriciousness of fortune. ‘Could it be a subtle reminders to casino patrons that life and luck are fleeting, and one should eat, drink, and be merry before the morrow brings a swing in fortune?’
Bloggers have also speculated that the intricate patterns also help to conceal the red and green chips that gamblers may accidentally drop. ‘It seems that every inch of everything out there has been designed to bombard your brain into staying awake,’ Mr Maluszynski concluded. ‘It’s all about keeping you stimulated. Tourists spend money when they are not asleep.’
Antique Persian Carpet Becomes The Most Expensive Rug In The WorldAntique Seventeenth Century Persian Rug Shatters All Auction Price Records and Fetches Nearly $34,000,000
There is a new antique rug that can boast the lofty distinction of being the most expensive rug ever sold at auction as a beautiful Persian carpet sold for nearly $34 million at a Sotheby’s auction in New York City. More than tripling the previous record price paid for a rug, the amazing piece that sold at Sotheby’s is a fantastic work of art of the highest order. According to Sotheby’s, the rug is a “sickle-leaf, vine scroll and palmette ‘vase’-technique carpet,” that is probably of Kerman origin, and had belonged to the Clark Collection