Modernist Home Decor Creations at New Paltz Crafts Fair

Recently, during a trip to the New Paltz Craft Fair in upstate New York, we found modernist influences in many of the artisan’s works.  First, we were very impressed by the rich, vibrant colors of the beautiful, hand painted glass bowls, plates and trays by Margarita Carreras. Each is a one-of-a-kind modernist creation, using reverse hand painting on glass. Gold and silver leaf acrylic paint brings just the right amount of “bling”, and the high gloss glaze brings these fabulous colors to life.  Functional and beautiful, we found these creations to be one of the stars of the Fair. Visit blackbeansandrice.net for more of this artisan’s beautiful work.



Award-Winning Photography at Crafts Fair in New Paltz

Award-winning photographer Robert Goldwitz offers modernist and abstract photographs. The fabulous capture, “Shawangunk Dawn”, won the Best in Show Award at the 36th Annual Mount Saint Mary College Art Fair.  It has a quiet, ethereal effect and mesmerizes the viewer with its warm colors, evoking a totally American West story, even in upstate New York.

“Minnewaska Winter” (above top) has a fabulous modernist feel with repeating black lines contrasted on the white of the birch trees against the snow. “Desert Ramada” (bottom right) appeals to the modernist architect in all of us. These gems are available as framed work of art, and are a terrific choice as focal points in any luxury, minimalist or modernist environment.  Visit robertgoldwitz.com for more.

Abstract Glass Creations for Contemporary Decor

Beautiful and elegant glass creations caught our modernist eye last month, at the New Paltz Craft Fair in New York, from artist/designer Amalia Flaisher of Sand and Water.

These colorful abstract glass designs are fabulous for any contemporary setting, and are produced with meticulous attention to detail.

Help encourage our local artists by supporting their tremendous efforts. The images shown here from www.glassartists.org. Visit them for more information about the artist.

E-mail Amalia directly at amalia@sand-and-water.com for more information on where to buy these fabulous modernist pieces.

Textile Designs by Marimekko Stand the Test of Time

Marimekko, established in 1951, is a Finnish textile and clothing design company known for their iconic original prints . The fun, colorful and innovative designs became an instant sensation in 1960 when Jackie Kennedy appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated wearing a fabulous sleeveless Marimekko red dress. Sales soared. These brightly colored textiles, simply designed with minimal ornament, allowed mixing and matching in fun new ways. They became iconic images of the time.

Simple black and whites were designed as perfect accompaniments in modern decors. The brightly colored upholstery fabrics made their own statement and were used in many of the fine modern interior designs of the era.

Recently there has been a amazing resurgence in Marimekko’s popularity. The iconic fabrics are showing in many luxury modernist interiors as accents and focal points.

When used as accents, the vibrant fabrics draw you in to almost any modern environment and cause many smiles.

Marimekko continues to design and manufacture new clothing, textiles, bags and other accessories, all with their magical signature style.

Placemats and pillows…bags and wall art… Check them out, and be inspired.

Modernist Trends From New York’s BDNY Show

At the BDNY (Boutique Design New York) show recently, our modernist eye caught new and exotic materials being used in many innovative and exciting ways. Many designers will be using these unusual and eclectic pieces for their luxury, modernist environments.

Interesting fabrics and new textures create warm, inviting spaces and make fantastic conversation pieces.  Keep your eyes open for rough canvas upholstery materials and neutral animal prints used in new ways to warm up modernist home interiors.

The Psychedelic Art of Isaac Abrams

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.

Form and Function in Chair Designs by Gomes at Heartwood

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.

Designers Display Modernist Muscle at BDNY Show

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…

Lap Lanes and Decks Perfect for Modernist Luxury Environments

Recently, more and more designers and architects have included LAP LANES in their designs as a focal point in outdoor spaces, instead of standard in-ground pools.  The clean, welcoming lines of a single lane pool creates a comfortable, yet modernist environment. With the use of LED lighting and some natural flora, these works of art can truly inspire the guest and resident alike.

Stools and tables made of weather-resistant teak with metal support, designed in the “form follows function” philosophy, allow the space to create a spa-like aura, but these fabulous one-laners will shine no matter what the decor.

Keep your eyes open for more laplanes in the future.  They require less space, are cost-effective, and the use of the design aesthetic is limitless.

Discover Modernist Treasures at Longhouse Reserve Easthampton

Large, cobalt blue spears of blown glass greet you when you arrive at the magnificent gardens at LongHouse Reserve in Easthampton, Long Island.  They stand, striking and tall, to draw you into the over 16 acres of sculpture and gardens.

Through the evergreens, a dome by Buckminster Fuller stands, as if an old UFO, nestled among the trees.

The LongHouse property, purchased by Jack Lenor Larsen in 1970, now displays over 60 works of art displayed throughout the meticulous landscape.  Larsen has recently received the Hamptons Cottages and Gardens Innovator Award for his outstanding contribution to design, which follows an impressive career as textile designer, author and collector. LongHouse is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and now is a great time to visit.

As you walk through from one garden area to another, the collection of sculpture is sure to inspire. LongHouse pond reveals wonderfully whimsical treasures, first of which is Dale Chihuly‘s “Blue and Purple Boat”, amazing in it’s color and vivacity.  Jaw-dropping in its beauty, the blue and purple blown glass floats among the water lilies. A wood and concrete bench by Nico Yektai adorns the side of the pond.


Roy Lichtenstein‘s “Endless Drip” sculpture pops up at the entrance to a rectangular pool area, where an upside-down elephant balances from his bronze trunk at the opposite end.

Every turn throughout these gardens reveals new and intriguing works. If you are anywhere near New York City and can make it out to the Hamptons this summer, don’t miss this fabulous collection!