Wendy Goodman visits the James Cohan Gallery, which has an exciting tapestry exhibit opening tomorrow. She also went out to the Williamsburg studio of lighting designer Linnaea Tillett for some one-stop lighting shopping, and stopped by Galerie Van Dan Akker, where she found a gorgeous array of mid-century European furniture.
Amazing Woven Art
This week, the James Cohan Gallery, at 533 West 26th Street, is opening an unusual and exciting exhibit of handwoven tapestries by thirteen artists. The name of the show is "Demons, Yarns and Tales," and will run through Feb. 13. This is by Fred Tomaselli, and is called "After Migrant Fruit Thugs." It's 8'2" by 5'4." Christoper and Suzanne Sharp of the Rug Company curated the show.
Gary Hume's Georgie and Orchids
This tapestry is wool and raised-silk embroidery; it's eight feet by six feet ten inches.
Kara Walker's A Warm Summer Evening in 1863
Kara Walker's design depicts an actual event from a news story during the Civil War; it's made of wool with a hand-cut felt silhouette.
The Lighting Designer's Project Board
I went out to Williamsburg to visit the artist and lighting designer Linnaea Tillett, who has a wonderful lighting design studio, tillettlighting.com. Linnaea does residential and public spaces and has collaborated with artists including Kiki Smith and Maya Lin. This is a project commissioned by the city showing the Brooklyn Bridge underpass and the dramatic change in atmosphere that innovative lighting can bring.
This is an installation Linnaea worked on with Kiki Smith in Finland using fiber optic lights within the ice, creating an ethereal experience.
The Serene Kitchen
I was interested to see how Linnaea lives in her Brooklyn Heights apartment, vis-à-vis her lighting, since she does such sophisticated installations for her clients. I discovered that her apartment is serene, and filled with all sorts of different styles of lighting.
How the Lighting Designer Lights
There's this little solar-powered desk lamp from Ikea, for example.
The Fire Fly Light
And there's this "Fire Fly" light, designed by Seth Tillett (Linnaea's brother) and Nicole Rauscher of TAR.
This standing lamp by the angel was designed by Linnaea and Seth.
When You're Reading on the Sofa
The standing lamp by the sofa is by Tango.
So You Can See the Books
As is the bookshelf lighting.
Watching Over It All
And this angel is from Linnaea's parents' house.
A Handy Discovery
Linnaea introduced me to a fantastic resource in the same building where she has her studio. It's called Aurora Lampworks at 172 North 11th Street in Williamsburg (auroralampworks.com). I loved their office upstairs; it harks back to a fast-disappearing look of the city, but happily still exists in pockets.
Wire It Up
You know all those funny objects you find at the flea markets that you want to make into lamps? This is the place to come. They'll wire or fix anything.
Where Would You Put It?
They also restore incredible pieces. This is a huge lantern that must have been on the side of a building at some point. It's about six feet high.
One-Stop Lighting Shopping
The great thing is you can walk in and find just about any kind of lamp you're looking for. It's one-stop lighting shopping.
The Dream Worktable
Now we're at Galerie Van Dan Akker, at 210 East 58th Street in Manhattan. I found a gorgeous array of mid-century European furniture. Here's a really handsome Gio Ponti table. It could be for dinner or, my fantasy, the longest worktable.
More Mid-Century Wonderful
This cantilevered red desk is by Jean Prouve and Jules Leleu.
The Italians Were Clearly Thinking About Parties a Lot
This very mod-looking glass and wood bar is by Valabrega; it's Italian, ca. 1940.
Fornasetti Never Ceases to Delight
Just when I think I've seen every Fornasetti print or pattern, I come upon something I've never seen before, like this pansy table. You could design a whole room around it.
Maybe If I Saved My New York Times ...
And of course there's the Fornasetti newsprint desk, another surprise.
Of Course It's From 1968
This is a very rare piece — a club chair made of acrylic with a patent leather quilted seat by Rossi Molinari.
For the Patio
Here are half a dozen metal patio chairs; they're French, from the fifties.
Up, Down, Up, Down
This is Jean Royer's "spin" table from 1950, which goes from dining height to coffee-table height just by spinning.
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