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4.11.11

ARTISTS: MARK HANDFORTH AND A COAT HANGER

COAT HANGER 2010 

FROM THE 'SCULPTURE NOW' SHOW AT  EVA PRESUNHUBER

For those of you who made it to the far to hectic Frieze Art Fair, you would have most likely come across a piece by Mark Handforth, represented by Gavin Brown's Enterprise, based in NY's West Village. One of Marks most recognizable qualities is to turn an everyday object and   make it a piece of art, with the help of super sizing and the environment it sits in.
The 'Coat Hanger' stands an impressive 3 metres tall by 3 metres wide, it's not something easily missed and received a lot of positive reviews at the fair. The simplicity of the concept, the movements of the metal and the sheer size made it our top pick at Frieze. 

OUR 1ST DIBS FAVOURITES : GILT MIRRORS FROM ARGENTINA



The 1950's wasn't a great decade for Argentina, with the peso struggling and various coups d'etat, though they did manage to make these beautiful mirrors. The uniquely small centre mirror is surrounded by even smaller mirrors encased in gilding, forming a feather like pattern. The smaller mirrors round the outside gives a much more interesting sense of depth then had it been a flat panel. It's decorative without being too ornate and is an idea we're thinking of adapting for a restaurant WC.

AXEL VERVOORDT: FURNITURE RANGE

 CLUB SARA



SIDE TABLE HANS




SOFA ELLIOT


DAYBED HOWARD

If there was a man put on this earth to create, find and put together beautiful things, Mr Vervoordt would be him.Today we're looking at his home collection. There's a strong, very recognizable style running throughout the collection. For his upholstered pieces, Axel takes inspiration from the Howard stlye chairs from the early Victorian era but makes subtle changes to create classic contemporary pieces. The hard furniture pieces are made from raw materials, mainly timber and slates but with perfect proportions, sitting effortlessly next to his upholstered pieces. 

If you ever get the chance, we strongly recommended a visit to Mr Vervoordt's 'Kanaal' space just on the outskirts of Antwerp, housing his home collection and antiques. 



1.11.11

HEROIC AFRICANS: MET MUSEUM NY


QUEEN MOTHER PENDANT MASK: IYOBA 16th CENTURY
NIGERIA: EDO PEOPLES

MEMORIAL HEAD: 19/20th CENTURY
GHANA: KWAHU AREA

ALTAR TO THE HAND OF EZOMO: 18/19th CENTURY 
NIGERIA: EDO PEOPLES

ALEXANDER WATERWORTH INTERIORS love all things African and we too have a modest collection of pieces from different parts of the African continent, though these works aren’t the typical tribal pieces we are more accustomed to seeing. The exhibition houses works loaned from mainly Europe and each being of some historical significance. Top artists of their areas were chosen to replicate the leaders and today at the Metropolitan, we can see the greatest collection of these kind of pieces assembled. 
The Metropolitan Museum: September 21, 2011–January 29, 2012

WATERWORTH ALEXNADER INTERIORS. ALEXANDER WATERWORTH INTERIORS. ALEXANDER INTERIORS WATERWORTH.


31.10.11

LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION: JORDAN - PHOTOS BY ALEXANDER WATERWORTH INTERIORS




Whilst we were trekking through the endless Jordanian desert, we came across the archaeological city of Petra. Created by the Nabataeans in the 6th Century BC, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Amazingly it was left unknown to the western world as recently 1812, when Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt found it.

Among the dusty red backdrop of the area, chariots led by somber looking horses ship the steady stream of tourists up and down the narrow gorges, passing tombs that in another setting, would stand out as an amazing human achievement in its on right, but this is Petra and these tombs are dwarfed by the major attractions, such as the 'Al Khazneh,' The Treasury.

The horses were laid with blankets and old sacks to give obvious protection to the riders. We found the fun patterns and the strong mix of colours a stark contrast to the endlessness of the bleak desert which surrounds Petra. The mix of leathers, the texture of the horses hair and the vibrant colours and patterns become its own mood board.


Photos: ALEXANDER WATERWORTH INTERIORS

INTERIORS: ELLE DECOR ITALIA | 2007





It took architect Vincent Van Duysen over 3 years to complete his Belgian townhouse. Natural materials including raw wood and different tones of chalk plaster throughout the house, blending in with Belgian furniture and Van Duysen's clever use of space, allowing light to poor through the house, gives the space a contemporary yet timeless feel.

Architect: Vincent Van Duysen

SOTHEBY'S: FINE FURNITURE, TAPESTRIES, CERAMICS, CLOCKS, SILVER AND CARPETS

AN ITALIAN WALNUT TABLE CABINET TUSCAN, 17th CENTURY


PAIR OF ITALIAN DEMI-LUNE WALNUT CONSOLE TABLES, PROBABLY TUSCAN OR BOLOGNESE: MID 18th CENTURY



LARGE ITALIAN CARVED WALNUT CENTRE TABLE, TUSCAN: LATE 17TH CENTURY

Italian Walnut pieces of this period more often are some of our favourite pieces. Not as popular to some out there, we firmly believe they can be used in the modern day world, if placed properly. We are currently in talks to design a very contemporary space and wanting to use pieces similar to the above and have no doubt, if given the chance, these pieces will not only look incredible within their own right but make the space that extra bit special.

 2 NOVEMBER 2011 - 34/35 NEW BOND LONDON W1A 2AA

NAN GOLDIN: 'SCOPOPHILIA' - MATTHEW MARK GALLERY


'CUPID WITH HIS WINGS ON FIRE', LOUVRE


'THE VEILED, PARILS' AND THE STATUE THAT INSPIRED IT

'SWAN LIKE EMBRACE' WITH 'PAOLO AND FRANCESCA' BY ART SCHEFFER


This week sees the opening of Nan Goldin’s  eighth exhibition with Matthew Mark Gallery NY, dating back to 1992, entitled ‘Scopohilia,’ ‘Love of looking.’ Alongside her work over the last few decades will sit a 25 minute slide show which was commissioned last year by the Louvre. Goldin was allowed unlimited access for 8 months to photo inside the immense space of the museum and has paired these images with her own images, dating back 40 years.

“It was one of the most sensuous experiences of my life, and I’ve had a lot of sensual experiences in my life.” NAN GOLDIN (NY TIMES)


OCTOBER 29 – DECEMBER 23 2011   522 W 22 STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10011