Song of the day: “It’s Different for Girls” by Joe Jackson
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On a recent trip out to Montauk, my girlfriend and I made a stop at Wyeth in Wainscott. To our surprise the Wyeth showroom was featuring only Hans Wegner furniture. First the surprise, then the awe.
It’s one thing to walk into a modern furniture gallery/showroom these days and marvel at the great pieces they have. It’s another thing to walk into a showroom filled with Hans Wegner pieces. I’m new to furniture, only recently starting to familiarize myself with the different designers and periods. Mr. Wegner is special. He is one of the masters of Danish modern design. The craftsmanship is impeccable. His chairs are actually comfortable. The Swivel Chair was my favorite, one of the best desk chairs I’ve ever sat in (images 02 thru 04). The Papa Bear Chair was the one you melt into, it should be required in every home for healthy living (image 05). It cradles your body as if you were a gentle and frail thing but giving you support and stability at the same time. Sorry if that’s not the best description but it feels like that. Included in this post are detail photos of Fruit Bowls which are actual fruit bowls but some are large enough to be used as coffee tables (image 06 and 07). Folding Chair was designed to be hung on your wall when folded (image 08). There’s a whole lot more by Mr. Wegner and I highly recommend you see this collection under one roof as you probably won’t for a long time, if ever. One more thing, these are original pieces on view not replicas.
Almost forgot to tell you, we inquired about the price for the Swivel Chair and Papa Bear Chair.
As we drove away we reminded ourselves of that great lesson…if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it.
Hans Wegner at Wyeth
3654 Montauk Highway (at Wainscott Harbor Road)
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For one more week you can go see the world in Tight Spot.
You might say “The world is in a tight spot. All I gotta do is look at the stock market to know we’re in a tight spot.”
That’s true. But I’m talking about Tight Spot by David Byrne, the large globe stuffed under the High Line on a W.25 St lot.
What’s not to like? A piece of art that a 5 and 41 year old can enjoy on many different levels. And honestly, it’s been a while since I’ve seen a piece this simple and commanding of my imagination. My first impression was by the 5 year old in me that said “wow.” Then the 41 year old took over with my second reaction “damn that’s great.” And it is. And I love it. Sometimes art just doesn’t have to be complicated.
Then as you walk around the block you step into Junction by Richard Serra at the Gagosian Gallery. Literally, you can step into it and around it. But that’s simplifying what is an inspiring experience. (Full disclosure, Serra has to be one of my top 10 artists.)
My life has always been about an appreciation for the arts in all it’s mediums. And from time to time a piece of art can remind me of a moment in time just like a song does. This time Junction took me back to an assisting job years ago at Lake Powell. Myself, the photographer and writer kayaked through the canyons of Lake Powell. Yes, you can boat along Lake Powell but what’s much more interesting is wandering off the lake through one of the many small canyons in a kayak. As you paddle along the canyon it starts to close up and those beautiful red walls begin to rise up higher and higher, tighter and tighter till you can’t paddle your oar anymore. That’s when the magic sets in. At this point you can pull yourself along the canyon walls in the kayak covering your hands in the red dust and sand from the walls. As you look up to see a slice of blue sky above the red walls you realize you’re just as small as the dust that is on your hands. Just like the rust dust as you run your finger along Junction/Cycle . The sculpture opens wide and closes in. You feel small and large in a matter of seconds but all the while in awe of the weight of steel and calm in the flow of the curves.
Under the High Line at W. 25th St.
September 16–October 1.
Junction / Cycle
555 West 24th Street
September 14 – November 26, 2011
Once a year mom gets a few bushels of tomatoes and makes a ton of tomato sauce for the coming year. A simple process, some labor, but a lot of love.
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I got this from my cousin for her daughter’s communion.
There is a long-standing tradition in Europe of offering a small gift (bomboniera) to each person or each family who are guests at the receptions given for special occasions such as weddings, baptisms and anniversaries. The bomboniera serves as both a “thank you” and as a keepsake for many celebrations, including weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, engagement parties, graduations, communions, confirmations, rehearsal dinners, baptisms, anniversaries and birthdays.