Category: Design

  • Tommi Parzinger

    Tommi Parzinger

      Tommi Parzinger was a German designer who moved to New York City in the mid 1930’s. Well known for his furniture designs, Parzinger is considered an early proponent of the Hollywood Regency style. His furniture was elegant and sophisticated, marrying his traditional European design background with the modern tastes of the New York decorators and…

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  • Zandra Rhodes: a True Original

    Zandra Rhodes: a True Original

      As a textile designer and collector I particularly admire the work of Zandra Rhodes. She is a true original – creating her own artwork for fashion, home furnishings, jewelry, rugs, and more – she is an inspiration and a pioneer. Since the beginning of her career Rhodes has made her own rules and created…

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  • Memphis


      This vintage scarf is a complete mystery to me – no idea about the designer, manufacturer, etc.  All I know is that the colors and design are wacky – and totally remind me of the work from the Memphis group. I know many people do not like Memphis as an art period or “look”…

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  • Op Art, the Square and the art of Richard Anuszkiewicz

    Op Art, the Square and the art of Richard Anuszkiewicz

      I bought this handkerchief at a flea market recently – I loved the op art influence, the squares within squares, and of course that it is in shades of blue. I have always been fascinated by the artwork of Josef Albers and his “Homage to the Square” works. Months earlier I found a book…

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  • Giorgio di sant’Angelo

    Giorgio di sant’Angelo

    I found this scarf by fashion designer Giorgio di Sant’Angelo at the recent Vintage Fashion Expo in Los Angeles. The colors grabbed me as did the graphic design. I was familiar with the name Sant’Angelo but really knew nothing about the designer or his work.   Sant’Angelo was an American fashion designer born in Italy…

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  • The Robert Brady Museum – Mexico

    The Robert Brady Museum – Mexico

    This past November I visited the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico which is approximately 2 hours south of Mexico City. Friends took us to visit the Robert Brady Museum which was one of the most incredible places I have ever seen. The museum was the residence of Robert Brady who was an artist and bon vivant,…

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  • Marimekko and Nature

    Marimekko and Nature

      This Marimekko scarf features a section of the “Ruusupuu” design created in 1957 by Maija Isola. The name translates to “Rosetree” and it is one of the fabric company’s most iconic designs.     The legendary Maija Isola was the first full time designer hired by Marimekko in 1949. Isola was first and foremost…

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  • Sam Maloof – A Master Craftsman

    Sam Maloof – A Master Craftsman

    I recently had the pleasure of visiting the home and studio of woodworker Sam Maloof. Sam Maloof and his wife Alfreda built a stunning home in Alta Loma, California that has become a museum since his passing. Maloof was an American craftsman; a master woodworker who designed and made furniture for over fifty years. A pioneer…

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  • Isaac Mizrahi

    Isaac Mizrahi

      While in New York City I also visited The Jewish Museum to see the Isaac Mizrahi exhibit “An Unruly History.”  I have always loved Mizrahi’s use of color and the sense of whimsy in his work.  I find many of his fashions have a quirky retro feeling while also being timeless.  Photographs of his…

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  • Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

    Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

    The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum is an amazing museum dedicated to design and decorative art, and its current exhibitions are inspiring and exciting. Recently reopened after a lengthy renovation, the museum is housed in a landmark mansion by Andrew Carnegie in New York City. Visiting this museum was always a great experience but the…

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