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Garage Museum Announces Opening Date of Its New OMA Building

Nearly three years after Garage Museum of Contemporary Art founder Dasha Zhukova and architect Rem Koolhaas first revealed designs for the Moscow museum’s new building in Gorky Park, Garage has announced that its new home will open on June 12.


Miranda July Designs Just the Most Whimsical Handbag

Actress, writer, director, performance artist, app designer, and all-around mistress of quirk Miranda July now has another title to add to her expansive resume, and that title is “handbag designer.” In collaboration with Laurel Consuelo Broughton of Welcome Companions, whom she apparently came across in a random online browse, July has created “The Miranda” — a svelte, red, structured pocketbook with a long shoulder strap — which debuted yesterday as part of a limited edition sale at Opening Ceremony (for an even $1,725). “But wait,” you’re probably asking, “where are the myriad buttons, each from a beloved grandmother’s sweater? The patina of lipstick kisses from a thousand random pedestrians? Just what about this bag makes it so ‘Miranda’?” Well, just wait until she opens it.


Notre Dame Refitted with LED Lights

The Notre Dame de Paris just got an electronic facelift. Last week, tech company Royal Philips supplied the 13th century Gothic cathedral with a brand new LED lighting scheme that exposes details of the church that have never been seen before. The new lighting illuminates the rose windows regardless of exterior lighting while a near-invisible spotlight reveals details of the renowned sculpture, “Virgin and Child.”


3-D Printing Brings Piranesi Furniture Sketches to Life at London’s Sir John Soane Museum

A collection of furniture designed by eighteenth century Italian architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi has been realized for the first time using 3-D printing. Currently part of an exhibition at London’s Sir John Soane Museum titled “Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess,” the pieces were created by Madrid-based design studio Factum Arte.


Sotheby’s Withdraws Frank Lloyd Wright Desk and Chair From Auction

The auction house Sotheby’s in New York has informed us that they’ve decided to remove from Wednesday’s important 20th century design auction a desk and chair designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the S.C. Johnson and Son Administration Building in Racine, Wisconsin that were the sale’s featured items. Last week, the auction house had been sued by the maker of Windex and Pledge who sought the removal of the items from the sale claiming the desk and chair had been stolen. As per the complaint, though the plaintiffs keep meticulous records of sales and loans to museums, they didn’t have records of any sale or gift of the desk and the chair as indicated in the provenance in the Sotheby’s catalogue. The desk (lot 147) and chair (lot 148) were estimated to bring in up to $600,000 and $120,000, respectively. The items have been removed pending a conditional private sale whereby Sotheby’s will maintain possession of the items until there’s been a resolution of the litigation. (more…)

That Other Time S.C. Johnson Cried Theft Over Frank Lloyd Wright Chairs, and Failed

On December 10, Sotheby’s was sued by S.C. Johnson and Sons in an effort to stop a sale of a desk and chair that had been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as part of his historic 1938 design of S.C. Johnson’s Administration Building. However, this isn’t the first time that S.C. Johnson has cried theft over chairs designed for this building. In December 2008, the manufacturer of Drano and Scrubbing Bubbles spotted a similar chair — also in metal with circular red pads (similar to the one picture, from MoMA’s collection) — in a sale on eBay and called the police. (more…)

Sotheby’s Sued by Windex-Maker S.C. Johnson Over Frank Lloyd Wright Desk and Chair

One week before its important 20th century design sale, Sotheby’s was hit with a suit concerning its featured items: a rare desk (pictured) and chair from the S.C. Johnson and Son Administration Building, designed in 1938, and widely held to be one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic architectural works. Like the building, the furniture that was designed for it exemplifies American Modernism. (more…)

“Mad Men” and Marbled Papers: Tod Lippy on Esopus’s 20th Issue

Ten years ago, Tod Lippy founded bi-annual magazine Esopus, an ad-free experiment in publishing that featured artists projects, essays, poetry, and everything in between. The recently released 20th issue, “Special Collections,” is a whimsical look into the diverse range of materials that can be discovered in a variety of archives, from the Museum of Modern Art’s vaults to Matthew Weiner’s files. The more than a dozen articles and projects, which range in subject matter from vintage marbled papers to an artist project by Mark Dion, are each packaged in their own faux manila folders, allowing readers to explore and reshuffle as they please. We talked to Lippy about “Mad Men,” the aura of archival material, and what the next ten years will hold. (more…)

Architecture Meets the Amazon Rainforest at Cristina Grajales Gallery

In “Voyages/Explorations,” a recently opened show at downtown Manhattan’s Cristina Grajales Gallery, architectural materials meet the organic resources of the Amazon rainforest in a new show of bi-cultural handcrafted rugs, tapestries, and sculptural objects. Bogota-based weaving atelier Hechizoo, founded by self-taught weaver and former architect Jorge Lizarazo in 2000, specializes in integrating indigenous South American fibers with unexpected metallic elements. Lizarazo’s training as an architect with Santiago Calatrava and Massimiliano Fuksas informs his willingness to deploy the vocabulary of metal-edged architecture in the creation of supple fabrics. (more…)

Art Dealer Barry Friedman Announces Retirement

friedman-retiresArt dealer Barry Friedman, of Barry Friedman Ltd. and Friedman Benda, announced today at a dealers’ luncheon at “Salon: Art + Design,” which opens tonight at the Park Avenue Armory, that after 50 years in the business, he will be retiring. (more…)