Yes, we know EVERYONE is heading to Miami, but we, being we, went in the other direction. Up to New Canaan, for a get together at the home of Henry Urbach, the Director of the Glass House. Henry lives in the house that was once David Whitney’s and seems to have the entire Glass House rolling property as his back yard, which is just about as swell as it gets. So we wandered around a little and saw some of the structures one usally doesn’t visit. For instance, above is the amazing tower Johnson built in 1985 as a memorial to Lincoln Kirstein. And below, is Murray, standing on it, having fearlessly climbed an entire foot to the first ledge. Yes, that boy is game.
Murray took time out from signing to chat with long time pal and well known sexual anthropologist Betony Vernon. And before you ask, no, she’s not standing on a box.
Last night, Murray dazzled the scene at Maison Baccarat by signing the ‘Baccarat: 250 Years’ book he co-authored with Laurence Benaim. The event was the European book launch for ‘Baccarat: 250 Years,’ the first book on the house of Baccarat. Exquis.
Murray signs the ‘Baccarat: 250 Years’ for a cheery guest
Murray with Baccarat CEO Daniela Riccardi
Murray with Betony Vernon
Murray with co-author Laurence Benaim
The scene at Maison Baccarat
‘Baccarat: 250 Years’
DUMBO is a harbor for the creative. No wonder PENSA LABS is representing Brooklyn from over there. Check out their DIWire. It’s not a 3D printer, but rather, it is the first desktop wire bender that can aid the seasoned, as well as budding, designer with rapid prototyping. In so many ways, it is three-dimensional drawing using wire as the medium.
While that is cool in and of itself, we noticed something of the design. It is minimal and pleasing, in a nod towards Dieter Rams.
See it and its user-friendly instructions here.
PENSA LABS DIWire
PENSA LABS DIWire
Nahui Olin is the cosmogonic name of Carmen Mondragón, a green-eyed artist’s model, painter, uninhibited spirit, intuitive female liberator, bohemian, and magnetic kindler. She was born in Mexico City in 1893, spending a fair amount of her childhood in France. She married. She divorced (maybe not, but…). She drew in the same circles as Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera, and modeled for Edward Weston. We need people like her, and, that is why she is relevant right now.
Read more about her life and times here.
Nahui Olin by Edward Weston
While perusing through the pages of the recent past, we came upon this interesting article titled “Enzo Mari: A rebel with an obsession for form,” by Alice Rawsthorn of the New York Times.
Here’s a snippet:
The objective, as Mari explained to Obrist, is less about pleasing the user, than the factory workers who make his products. One of his pet theories (a typically idiosyncratic conflation of the Communist Manifesto and Arts and Crafts Movement idealism) is that designers have a responsibility to liberate workers from the drudgery of what Mari calls their “alienated labor” by creating inspiring products for them to make in “transformative work.”
Read the rest of the article here. The ending is somewhat of an eye opener.
Enzo Mari sitting in his “Sedia 1 – Chair.”
For the next Rem, Zaha, and chasers of Le Corbusier’s legacy, iconic rap star Kanye West gave an impromptu speech at Harvard’s GSD yesterday before he performed in Boston. From the looks of it, there were plenty of Kool Aid smiles in the group as they listened to Yeezus.
Check a vid of the performance here: Kanye Speaks
Kanye West at Harvard’s GSD
Here’s Murray signing the Baccarat book at an event celebrating the topping out of the Baccarat Hotel and Residences building under construction across the street from MoMA, on West 53rd.
Visit mossPOP for more details on the Baccarat book
The 250 year history of Baccarat in a gorgeous photo-dense coffee table book (published by Rizzoli) was launched last night at a big party at the newly opened Baccarat Madison Ave shop where co-author Murray Moss signed books for the leopard coat wearing masses. In case you were unable to get past the Baccarat Bouncers last night and are devastated you missed out, you’re in luck. You can still get one of the Special Boxed Edition complete with dramatic and personal Moss signature by clicking on any of the champagne glasses in the photo. You’ll be swept away to mossPOP where you can plunk down your plastic and be made a happier person.
And we couldn’t agree more. Click on the row of tiny chairs to read the full article.