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Knoll Textiles 1945-2010: A comprehensive study detailing the past 65 years of superlative material design.

Known as one of the world’s leading modern furniture design companies, Knollhas employed the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen and other leading designers in its postwar production periods. Although less recognized, Knoll Textiles has played an essential role in Knoll’s success and widespread influence since day one. As the title suggests, Knoll Textiles 1945-2010 celebrates 65 years of premium textile design.

Reflecting the mid-century Modernist movement, Knoll Textiles prioritized color and texture as primary design elements, unlike any other company of the time. The book shows patterns created through the years in extreme detail, documented period by period. With insightful showroom, fabric swatch and furniture photographs, as well as sketches and illustrations, every page of this encyclopedia has something to teach the reader.

The latter portion of the massive book is dedicated to the stories of 84 designers known to have created for Knoll Textiles since 1942. Important for its contribution to modern design history, the detailed biographies contain previously unpublished and enlightening information on each designer, including design contribution and career timelines.

Recently released, Knoll Textiles 1945-2010 is available through its publisher Yale University Press andAmazon

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Warstic Wood Bat Company: Baseball Meets Pantone via Core 77 Design Magazine and Resource. 

The Texas-based Warstic Wood Bat Company knows that “there are very few secrets to making a great wood baseball bat,” they say. “It’s about sourcing and selecting the best wood, craftsmanship, attention to detail and knowing how to achieve the right feel.” But Warstic does the process one better by adding a dash of style, and even color, with their lines of Half Dip and Full Dip bats made from ash and maple.

Zoe Pawlak, Painter, Vancouver

Zoe Pawlak is a contemporary artist known for her unique approach to form and color. Her landscapes immediately caught our eye here at the Studio. The brushwork and color choices are brilliant, which are evident from the electric blue and purple skies and florescent horizons of red, orange, and pink.

Her experience and eye for contemporary style provides a unique bridge between art and interior design. Zoe is focused on creating unique pieces that are crafted with careful consideration for their specific environment.

For more on Zoe’s work visit her on the web. 

The Prospect House was designed by architect Jonathan Segal and is located in La Jolla, San Diego, California, on a previously abandoned 7200 square feet lot, vacant for almost 20 years.

 

Here is a description from the architect: This 7,200 square-foot lot was an abandoned brown-field site, vacant since 1992. The architect/owner used the space to build a private, urban residence for his family with an on-site architecture studio. The residence is a stucco box resting on and supported by Corten steel wall planes, providing both privacy and noise attenuation. The main living area is surrounded by a reflecting pool on one side and a glass floor on the other. Below grade, where the office and recreation facilities reside, the glass floor/ceiling liberates the space and allows ample natural light. The house is open and flowing extending the livable space into the private garden and reflecting pool. Boundaries are dissolved and extended through sliding panels and lightness, transparency, and expansive views.

We here at the Studio came across this small preview of an upcoming exhibition curated by Geoff Manaugh for the Center for Art and Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art. Manaugh has developed the exhibition over the past two years, and it includes the work of architects, landscape architects, and artists, such as David Benjamin & Soo-in Yang (The Living), Mark Smout & Laura Allen (Smout Allen), Mason White & Lola Sheppard (Lateral Office), Chris Woebken, and Liam Young.

Manaugh describes the exhibition — “Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions” — as an exploration of how: “planetary landscapes, and our perceptions of them, can be utterly transformed by technology and design. Specifically, it will investigate the shifting terrains of architectural invention, where the construction of new spatial devices on a variety of scales, from the inhabitable to the portable, can uncover previously inaccessible aspects of the built and natural environments. The devices on display—and the traces they reveal—will thus demonstrate that the landscape around us is like sheet music: an interpretive repository of bewildering variation that can be captured and made visible (even audible) through the perceptual instruments and recording devices that we invent.”

For more about his exhibition visit Nevada Museum of Art

David Poppie, mixed media artist, New York

Artist Statement: My recent work involves the reclaiming disposable objects in mass to create two and three dimensional works. Pieces can involve tea bags, matchbook strikes, plastic cutlery, etc. These items are generally disregarded and ignored by the everyday person. Through the gathering of the discards of contemporary culture, I ask the viewer to reconsider the function and value of these objects. I also reassign their value by re-contextualizing them by creating a piece of art from them. Besides utilizing the formal issues that interest me, based in the Minimalist school, I also am making a commentary on the disposable nature of contemporary culture.

For more on David’s work visit him on the web.