(1) 212 – 966 5593 68 Greene St New York, NY 10012-4421 (bet Broome St & Spring st )
OPEN HOURS: 12:0o am – 7:00pm Monday – Saturday 12:0o am – 6:00pm Sunday
Take all the cool that Italian design that drips into the Diesel brand and then distill it into a single location. The result is more then a super hip jeans store, it is the Diesel Denim Gallery. While you can also shop for the best in Diesel-ware, the canvas for art installations is reason enough to visit. Artists like Korban Flaubert, Clemens Kogler,Paul Clay, Jason Hackenwerth and his balloon art, Christian Nguyen, and Jaime Hayon Arrojadoa with Elements designed for Moooi. Sebastien Agneesens, the founder of Formavision, has orchestrated the majority of the exhibitions.
Shop for accessories, a few lines designed especially for the store, and ‘limited edition’ hand made denim jeans. If you are curious about the jeans phenomenon, a new documentary Blue Gold can shed some light.
The Diesel Denim Gallery itself is warm and open. The furniture and displays are hand crafted and unique, while the space swims with the natural light. The staff is friendly and obviously happy being there.
OPEN HOURS: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday 12:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday
So in today’s age of ikea knock-offs and expensive DWR reproductions, where can you go to achieve true contemporary design? The answer is the Twentieth Store / Gallery (founded by Stefan Lawrence in 1999. Twentieth is on the forefront contemporary and innovation design working with many artists to bring anything you can dream of. That is, If you dream of Sci-fi pod beds to horse hair covered bar stools, melted hand-blown functional amber glass, giant animal shaped lamps, unique porcelain accessories, stylish Credenzas, contrting Sofas, Sculpted Chairs…….
What made this a wonderful experience for us was the truly welcoming staff that just loves design and are happy to share their knowledge and chat design history with you. It was inspiring to see so much creativity. There are many design stores posing as galleries these days and Twentieth is the best mix of eclectic design, signature pieces and pure style!
Some of the designers represented from around the world include: Italy – Mattia Biagi (with his Tar creations), California- Ron Reihel, Marcel Wanders, Tom Dixon, Zaha Hadid, Mexico – Alberto Fria (the creator of “transport” pod bed) as well as Jasper Morrison, Ross Lovegrove, Amanda Levete, Maarten Baas, Piet Boon, Bertjan Pot, Jurgen Bey, Sergio Rodriguez ……
William Earle Hal dining table and chairs Right side wishbone container in rosewood by Skram
Hivemind’s Rune Bed
The Diz Armchair by Brazilian designer Sergio Rodriguez in eucalyptus wood is supremely comfortable! in the background Tejo Remy rag chairs
OPEN HOURS: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm Sunday
At the J. Paul Getty Museum lives a fine collection of European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, European and American photographs aside rotating special exhibits. However, they all take a bit of a backseat to the wonderful Platinum LEED certified, modernist complex that highlights both nature and culture. Designed by Natural light architect Richard Meier, the “Getty” is a as much a park as it is museum. A haven in the sprawling expanse that is Los Angeles.
Admission to the Getty Center and to all exhibitions is FREE. This is such a wonderful opportunity for people young and old to connect to art, architecture and nature. The building and grounds are such a stunning park, we enjoyed our time outside as much as inside.
The adventure begins as you descend into the underground bond-like parking structure- spiraling down level after level. Then you ascend via tram to the high overlook, floating your gaze over the city- breathing air fresh blown from the sea. Meandering the inviting pathways, there are scattered bins with sun-umbrellas to protect against the strong sun.
One wanders in and out of the relaxed buildings; never feeling hurried or watched. The staff is helpful and polite. Photo taking is encouraged (no flash please) and the experience is one of wholeness. The collection is not about volume, but about experience. The complimentary colored galleries fill with natural light to create a bond between viewer and art; a bond that I didn’t know I was missing until I found it at the Getty Museum.
Lawrence Alma Tadema: Spring
Venus Reclining on a Sea Monster with Cupid and a Putto by John Deare
For more images of the Getty Center, please see our Flickr page.
In 1872 the Hungarian Parliament decided to purchase “industrial Vienna’s” 1873 World Exhibition and in 1890 a contest was held to design a suitable building to house the collection and be home to the School of Applied Arts on Hõgyes Endre street.
First prize was won by a series of plans, put forth by architects Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos, inspired in oriental forms. Construction began in 1893 and the building was opened by emperor Franz Joseph on October 25th 1896 as part of the Hungarian State’s millenium celebration.
Today, the Building itself is the main attraction. It is another fine example of Hungarian secession splendor; a fairytale palace full of angles, stairwells, columns and details that enchant the eye at every turn.
The Museum itself has 5 departments: Metalwork, Furnuture, Textiles, Ceramics and Glassware. In each department you can enjoy equisit examplels of Art Nouveau crafts. Here we glimpse the joy that defined the movement- the bringing of love, light, fancy and flare to many a mundane necessity. I wish today’s designers would indulge in a a bit more fantasy and get over this post-modernist utilitarianism 🙂
An interesting fact, according to the literature, is that this was the third museum to be built in Europe after the British Museum and and another in France (we’re trying to find a chronology, but having difficulty)
colored roof tiles from the Zsolnay porcelain factory, hand painted with plant motifs
The Szépmûvészeti Fine arts museum is in a neoclassical building located on Heroes’ Square -across from Műcsarnok (Palace of Arts) and next to Varosliget (the largest city park in Budapest). It is also close to the zoo and the Széchenyi Baths. Designed by by Albert Schickedanz and Fülöp Herzog, groundbreaking was in 1896 to commemorate the millennium of the Hungarian State and it was completed in 1903.
The art collection is home to works from Pablo Picasso, Oskar Kokoschka, Manet, Pierre Puvis de Chavanes, Paul Gauguin, Mark Chagall, Paul Cezanne, Henri de Touluse Lautrec, Delacroix, Corot, Rodin….
Check the website or local listings for information on special exhibits; they are normally quite fantastic, definitely worth the trip. On our last visit there was a Mucha exhibition, ‘In Praise of Women” that was so touching; I am still hoping for it to come to NY so I can see it again!
The museum is very easy to get to by Metro, just take it to the Heroes’ Square Station.