From Sweden with Love (and Whimsy)

by Breeze Giannasio in ,

If you're a DC local and you're sad to see the cherry blossom's fade, why not swing by the House of Sweden for their latest exhibit: The Enduring Designs of Josef Frank.  It's bound to be a pick me up as Frank's whimsy and joyfulness is present in all of his work.  A leading pioneer in Swedish modernism, Frank eschewed the radical minimalism of Bauhaus furniture in favor of curves and color, saying in a lecture, “No hard corners: humans are soft and shapes should be too.”

In other Josef Frank news, the talented Brittany Watson of the House that Lars Built just featured Josef Frank on her blog in tandem with guest-pinning for 1st Dibs.  Check out some of her lovingly curated gems from his vast ouvre.  Way to spread the love Brittany!

Nick Cave does Grand Central

by Breeze Giannasio in ,

Oh, I wish I were in NY this week! Nick Cave's soundsuit horses take over Grand Central twice a day until the 31st. Please take photos and send them to me! What surreal beauty, no?  Let the grazing begin.

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Hump Day Culture: Detroit Disassembled

by Breeze Giannasio in

You only have four more days to catch Andrew Moore's "Detroit Disassembled" exhibit and Camilo Jose Vergara's "Detroit is No Dry Bones" exhibit at the National Building Museum.  Both exhibits beautifully explore the residential, commercial and industrial ruins and surviving communities of Detroit, Michigan.  You may remember my mini obsession with Detroit so you better believe I'll be squeezing this in.

Designing Women

by Breeze Giannasio in



In an atmosphere where men dictate so many of the terms by which designers are chosen, hired, paid, and their pieces put into production and ultimately distributed, what do women bring to the field of industrial design that is uniquely their own? What female personalities are leading the trend in product design and how have they broken away from their male counterparts to create their own visual language? What have they done individually and as a group to influence designers of both sexes and design history in general? Top designers like Patricia Urquiola (Spain), Hella Jongerius (Netherlands) and the Nordic group Front (Sweden) as well as Defne Koz (Turkey), Monica Forster (Sweden), Nani Marquina (Spain) and Ludovica Serafini (Italy) are more prolific than ever and are setting the trends that are ultimately picked up by others around the world and made into the items we use every day.

This panel discussion will focus on how female industrial designers from the 20th century influenced today’s crop of creatives and how today’s manufacturers are now clamoring to include female product designers into their assortment.

Saturday, March 2, 5-6:30pm, presentation and reception to follow.  Located at the Dome Theatre inside Artisphere.  Part of the month long Washington International Design Festival Featuring the exhibit, The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century.


Hump Day Culture: Chad Wys

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Inside the digital portfolio of artist Chad Wys is an imaginative body of work. He is a conceptual artist, designer, and writer who works out of Illinois where he was born in 1983. He has a playful approach of manipulating and deconstructing historical works of art.  He has a vast range of work that brings to mind Dali and surrealism, but I lately I've been sort of loving his more restrained work below.  No matter what he does, Wys is an artist that successfully evokes the age old conversation about the meaning of art by looking to the past and re-contextualizing it.  Enjoy.  His work is also available on Etsy.

Hump Day Culture: The Phillips Collection

by Breeze Giannasio in

The Phillips Collection is a DC favorite -- and sometimes it's a treat to combine museum visits with some healthy mingling.  The Phillips After 5 monthly events have been going strong (and selling out) for years. The museum just announced extended hours on Thursdays, so you now have an extra 3.5 hours (until 8:30 p.m.) to peruse the offerings. Now through February 10, you can check out(IN)balance, the first major U.S. presentation of Xavier Veilhan's work, which ranges from sculpture to painting. 

Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW; 202-387-2151. 

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