We recently met and marvelled at Isaac Abrams, who, we later learned, had founded the first gallery of Psychedelic Art in the world in 1965. A painter, sculptor and animation artist, Isaac has work shown in venues such as The Whitney Museum of Art in New York, The Tate in Liverpool, and dozens of prestigious art galleries throughout the world. We were mesmerized by the amazing detail and colorful displays in his work.
Isaac continues to produce vibrant paintings, perfect as focal points for any modernist setting, that boggle the mind in their clarity, color, and detailed precision work. Many of his paintings are also available as prints for framing. See more of his collection at isaacabrams.com.
Our modernist eye recently found great chair designs from Dan Gomes at Heartwood Furniture. His fold-up, mid-century style patio or indoor chairs are amazingly portable and truly comfortable. The steam bent legs and ergonomic design make the Scoop™ Chair a winner. The cushions are comfortable and the entire chair folds up flat for easy portability. The beautiful, smooth finish of the woods and easy care Sunbrella fabric on the cushions, makes this an easy ModernistToday “thumbs up”.
Other great designs include “Bermuda BenchTM” – the seat section pulls out and fits inside the back for flat storage. This robust and sturdy bench provides comfort and easy portability, making it a great choice for any outdoor event or sun area. Go to Heartwood’s website: letssit.com for ordering information.
Lise Bouvet creates fabulous eco-friendly jewelry and colorful, contemporary Shibori silk scarves. Her modernist jewelry designs are delicately hand-formed, created using primarily recycled gold and silver. Her simple design aesthetic draws you in.
Lise has explored different metalsmithing techniques as a full time studio artist. More of her collection is available at lisebouvet.com.
We absolutely loved the BDNY Show at the Javits Center in Manhattan this November. We met many talented designers and vendors, all with fabulous modernist offerings, ready to wow us – and they delivered.
At left, from the fascinating “Trend Walk” exhibit curated by Stacy Garcia, contributing designers were selected to showcase eight design trends. The result was inspirational, from the “Mid-Century Ideal” exhibit from J/Brice Design International, to the “Acid Hip” (entrance shown below) installation from Dovetail Design. Our exploration of modernist living continues…