I went from strangely amused to really impressed after looking through SanSamuel’s image gallery. First, the image of the Barcelona Chair caught my eye. You can’t help but know about this chair if you completed the first year architecture program at IIT (some people know it intimately, they had to draft it). Beautiful, minimal, and most importantly, designed by Mies van der Rohe, the Barcelona Chair is a valued piece of furniture on campus. So imagine my amusement to see this chair rendered in such an environment. How frivolous! (heh heh)
Anyway, SanSamuel’s other works stilled the laughter and quite often made me do a double take and then another. He’s an architect and 3d artist whose renderings come ridiculously close to appearing real. At first glance you could mistake it for a picture, but then you’re compelled to look closer to seek the imperfections in the fabric. That’s a quality I admire, to stir the need for a second look. It is very difficult to achieve “realness” in a rendering, from getting the right lighting, to setting and scaling the materials, to including all the little details. Yes, that light-switch really is important. I enjoyed delving into his collection. I have included my favorites, but you can check out more on his site.
Posted by pindsha21 on September 30, 2009
Chair, from the Snail Room c.1902
I went to the Art Institute of Chicago this past weekend and explored a bit. Just to note, if you have a Chicago Public Library Card then you have access to Museum Passes that grant you and three other people free admission into Chicago museums. There’s a lot to see at the Art Institute, but I’m giving attention to the pieces that instantly caught my eye and drew me in for a closer look. So consider this post the first in a series in which I share what I admired and talk a little about the artist.
Carlo Bugatti (1856 – 1940) was a prominent furniture designer and an intrinsic part of the Bugatti Dynasty, now widely known for their high-end vehicles. Born in Milan, Carlo studied at both the Brera Academy in Milan and the Académie des Beaux Arts in Paris. His style was distinct, inspired by exotic cultures, namely Japanese and Islam, his work differed from the European furniture traditions of that time. Carlo built his pieces using a combination of wood, copper, vellum, mother-of-pearl, or silk and he hand-painted animal and plant designs. His work was exhibited in Milan, Paris, and London and he developed an international following.
Bugatti Frame & Table - Image Taken by Man of Steel
The pieces that left me in awe were the Bugatti Frame and Table. The frame is a vellum-covered inlaid wood mirror inset with pewter, but I am unsure about the table. Bugatti pieces have an estimated value in the thousands. I would love to own one of his works, maybe in the distant future.
Read more about Carlo Bugatti or take a look at more of his furniture.
Posted by pindsha21 on September 18, 2009
Question Mark Chair by Tonon
Trendir is the child of designer Lillian Pikus and husband Joe Pikus (who handles the technical side). Lillian keeps track of modern trends and new products which she features on the site. It started really as a personal reference, an online folder to store her findings, but grew into so much more. Lillian and Joe work hard scanning websites frequently or corresponding with contractors, and now have an assisting blogging staff. Trendir was ranked second in 2008 in the Top 11 Utra Trendy Blogs by Trends Updates. Simply put, it is a must-see resource for modern furniture.
Reference (includes information on other popular sites): Design enthusiasts blog to test boundaries and stay a step ahead by Jason Damas, The Boston Globe
Posted by pindsha21 on September 14, 2009
In the previous post, I was on a mission to find crazy chandeliers. Naturally, one link leads to another intriguing link, which leads to another… Anyway I came across this article, Glass Chandelier Sparkles at National 3D Awards, which discusses glass artists Jim Dennison and Leanne Williams whose piece Quill won the national award. The Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Award is the only national contest for glass artists in New Zealand. Of course, I had to see Quill which is described by a judge as “a beautiful and extravagant object.” Quill along with twenty other pieces are being exhibited at the Whakatane District Museum and Gallery. Now I suspect the following image is Quill, but I found nothing on the gallery site confirming this.
Easy enough puzzle to solve right? Just go to the creators’ website: Jim Dennison and Leanne Williams a.k.a The Crystal Chain Gang and look at their documentation. Alas, I found nothing specific to Quill, but what I did find were some unique pieces, my favorite being Gloria from Prime Cuts. Another piece I thought to mention, is Slaughtered from their Slaughtered series. Once featured in the Danish museum GlasmuseetEbeltoft, Slaughtered “explores the interwoven relationship between cultural icons, colonialism and identity.”
Can anyone confirm the Quill conundrum?
Posted by pindsha21 on September 8, 2009