Savoring today's sunshine with the Financial Times' Richard Gerstl review and the Neue Galerie's Sigmund Freud sunshades.
#regram via @neuegaleriebookstore: For several years I sat at the little kindergarten table-top...I soon became susceptible to constructive pattern evolving in everything I saw. I learned to 'see' this way and when I did, I did not care to draw casual incidentals of Nature. I wanted to design. - Frank Lloyd Wright Architect and artist Norman Brosterman shows how his vast educational program influenced the course of art history. Using examples from the work of important artists who attended kindergarten -- including Georges Braque, Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier, among others -- he demonstrated that the design ideas of kindergarten prefigured modern conceptions of the aesthetic power of geometric abstraction. Inventing Kindergarten is a New York Times Notable Book by Norman Brosterman, and is available in-store and online at shop.neuegalerie.org.
Viennese silversmith Michael Klama's Biedermeier silver dish, originally designed in 1817 and produced exclusively for the Neue Galerie's Design Shop by First Edition. Michael Klama was born in Vienna in 1783 and trained there as a silversmith. This spare geometric dish with its cunning ribbed base became a model for the Modern movement. The design—little changed—was presented as a modern ashtray over one hundred years later in 1924 by Marianne Brandt, one of the leading designers of the Bauhaus. Whether or not Brandt was aware of this exact dish and copied its design, or whether the similarity is merely coincidental, is unknown. More importantly, Klama created an object of captivating elegance that has retained its relevance as a quintessentially modern form for nearly two hundred years. First Edition produces the classic designs of 19th-century Viennese silversmiths, using the original techniques pioneered by Biedermeier master craftsmen. The company has the privileged access and knowledge to ensure that all First Edition objects remain faithful to the originals. Available in-store and online at shop.neuegalerie.org.
Actress Rebecca Dayan shot at Café Sabarsky for W Magazine. Photo: Dominick Sheldon.
Can you guess who designed this chair, and in what year?