Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Science meets Art: Brainforest

The first time I discovered this installation piece, I was really intrigued about it and the seemingly chaotic, tangled spiderweb of stuff. What WAS this? This is Brainforest. It's a room that currently exists in the Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan.

The installation mimics the appearance of the human nervous system through cord, twine and rope. The beauty of a creative spark takes on the form of a variety of materials from toys, to leaves and feathers. It’s such a lovely and poetic way to express the beauty of an idea, an inspiration, a thought at the time it takes place in your brain.

I loved this quote from the artist: “In the rain forest of the brain, the bio-diversity of thoughts proliferates and the intellect's short-circuits whirr in your eyes. Needless to say, as time goes by the circuits get tired and nervous; there are burn-outs and failures. But chance creates the most sparkling ideas.”


Here are some images...

It does somewhat remind me a little bit of the mobiles and paintings by Joan Miro. Your thoughts?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bizarre, Fantastical & Brilliant!: The Footwear of Andreia Chaves

Bizarre, fantastical and brilliant! I was really excited to feature the gorgeous concept footwear of designer Andreia Chaves. I can only dream that such avant garde pieces like this could someday be available to the public!

Andreia was born and raised in Brazil, a cultural background that impacted the work she would later create" "The fact that I grew up in a chaotic city like Sao Paulo, full of contrasts, being in contact with such diversity and constant exposure to different visual inputs, has inspired me in how I think and conceptualize my shoes. Looking at my work, I can clearly see influence coming from my South American sense of versatility.  Also in the mix - what I have been experiencing in Europe."

True enough, each shoe is a work of art and a brilliant study in light, contrast, proportion and the fundamentals of balance and harmony. Conceptually, she reaches even further than the aesthetics, exploring deeper themes..

"The invisible shoe" photo by Fernando Biagioni
This mirrored shoe, named "The Invisible Shoe” has a fully mirrored surface and, like a chameleon, interacts or blends with the environment it steps into.

"Prism shoe" photo by Ian Murphy
I absolutely love “The Prism Shoe” because of the way it studies the 3 dimensional form of a shoe in the most unexpected way. Creating shapes reminiscent of origami boxes, she challenges the very definition of a traditional high heeled shoe.

"Form & Texture" photo by Ian Murphy
The “Form & Texture Shoe” is a mixed media piece that uses three dimensional cubes made of wood together with flat square leather panels to create a unified piece which is complex and in some ways evokes a sense of perfectly controlled anarchy.

Last but certainly not least, "Twirled" evokes movements and explores different materials to create an intriguing effect.

I really hope we see more of this brilliant designer in the upcoming years. If not at your local Neiman Marcus, then hopefully at the next Lady Gaga show!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Illegal Wedding Fair 2010

This weekend we had the pleasure of attending and experiencing New York's first Illegal Wedding Fair. We met wonderful couples, connected with some fabulous vendors and encountered old friends as well! Needless to say, the event was gorgeous as was the location itself, which is one of the most unique places I've seen in the city.

The event took place at 632 on Hudson. Originally built as a townhouse, it was then converted into a general store and produce market in the late 19th century. It was later purchased and restored in its present grand and theatrical incarnation. I absolutely loved all the multi-cultural pieces strewn throughout the house, from Italian paintings to a gorgeous antique Chinese wedding bed.

Photos Courtesy of 632 on Hudson

Each room was set up with an array of vendors some of which we met for the first time, others whom we have known for years. Some of our exciting new finds..

Nine Cakes
I totally fell in love with their whimsical style. Their cakes were unlike anything I've seen out there and were definitely a breath of fresh air! Not to mention they were incredibly nice and their cupcakes tasted delicious!

Dish Food and Events
Their hors d'oeuvres were simply delightful and delicate! They had one which I absolutely adored, which was a House Made Ricotta Crostini which had some honey and citrus in it. Yummy and perfectly light for summer.

E&V Weddings
This wedding photographer had a wonderfully unique vintage style. She featured some of her couple portraits, framed in these beautiful vintage frames a la 1900s portrait photography. The result is unique and romantic not to mention timeless!

Lion in The Sun
Last but not least, we reconnected with a fellow stationer that we first met at this year's National Stationery show. Melinda is so unbelievably nice and her quirky, Brooklyn and New York inspired pieces are so much fun! I loved the idea of an elephant walking across the Brooklyn bridge for an India meets New York wedding. Whimsical and fun!

We certainly had a blast and we hope everyone else did too!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Event: The Illegal Wedding Fair (06/06/10)

This morning I wanted to take the time to make a dedicated post to an amazing event we will be attending and showcasing at this weekend. It's a truly unique wedding fair that benefits Marriage Equality NY featuring a wonderful selection of hand picked gay-friendly event professionals dedicated to helping same-sex couples celebrate their love and commitment. It's a cause Steve and I truly and wholeheartedly stand for so we're honored and excited to be a part of it!

The event will take place on Sunday, June 6 at the exclusive downtown venue, 632 on Hudson, a gorgeous 5-story townhouse with a rooftop garden located in the heart of the West Village.  Some of our favorite New York vendors will be attending, including David Toussaint, Annie Lee from Daughter of Design, Cake Alchemy, Elan Artists, Lion in The Sun and many many more.

The event will showcase live entertainment and information presentations throughout the day and will also feature two open bars, champagne and lots of delicious sampling opportunities too!

So join us this weekend and help us unite against marriage inequality! To the thirty-eight New York State Senators who voted against legalizing gay marriage last December, we say, "Let them eat wedding cake!"

When: 12:00pm - 4:00pm on Sunday, June 6th 2010
Where: 632 on Hudson, 632 Hudson Street, NYC
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