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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lamps: Vibia, Mario Ruiz for B.Lux, Alart Punt Verd

by Vibia, Mario Ruiz for B.Lux and Alart Punt Verd
Sleek, clean, unadorned - elegant simplicity at its best!


Friday, August 27, 2010

Sotirios Papadopoulos

The Transcendence of Glass

Sotirios Papadopoulos website 
See our earlier post for Mr. Papadopoulos, July 16, 2010

Performance Artist, Laurie Anderson

In the following video, Ms. Anderson, "discusses the challenges involved in gathering the thousands of files she assembled for the project over the years, the daunting task of creating a single album from them, and the unfailing support she received from her husband and Homeland co-producer, Lou Reed, throughout the process."
Posted with permission from Nonsuch Records
Laurie Anderson website

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Agnieszka Group Vase

Clear glass receptacles, unable to stand alone, are tied together with  interchangeable rubber bands of varied colors - for flowers / herbs.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Press Listings


We are pleased to announce that our reviews are now listed in the following Press Rooms:

Thanks to those who follow our blog - and to all those who peek in from time to time! We now have visitors from every continent.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Element Grill from Fuego

From Fuego - a company specializing in practical and sleekly designed kitchen and outdoor cooking appliances. More on this and other innovative ideas - from the Industrial Designers Society of America. (see links, below)

The Daily Beast

Artist, Paula Hayes - Video

ARTIST, PAULA HAYES - Video (Link below)
Featured in an earlier post (July 2010), artist, Paula Hayes takes a break in her own Brooklyn backyard this summer. She has been very busy preparing for a MoMA survey of her career - and relaxes in her mockingbird-printed teepee. Learn more about the artist and her work in this video.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

545 Camino de La Familia
Santa Fe, NM
August 27 - October 16, 2010
Ingrid Bathe
Hiroe Hanazono
Deborah Schwartzkopf

Three Women Potters - Exquisite functional vessels for the presentation and serving of food.

Examples of each artist's work, not necessarily presented in exhibition:
1. Deborah Schwartzkopf 2. Ingrid Bathe 3. Hiroe Hanazono

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ubuntu Restaurant, Napa, CA

A fine dining experience, Napa, CA

"I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight."
Rita Rudner
(Ubuntu Restaurant is closed. Conceptually, it was wonderful - the food delicious. We are sorry to hear it's gone: Story, here.)
Today, the words, "gourmet" and "vegetable" are synonymous. Although there are still some 60s vegetarian restaurant holdouts, a number of creative, inventive and enlightened people are serving vegetable-only dishes in their restaurants. One such establishment, Ubuntu, may be the only one serving an all vegetable menu.
Upon arrival, the following words are prominent on the window of the building: Ubuntu - restaurant, yoga studio and annex. If you didn't know what to expect, you might think you were entering a sacred facility. In a sense, you might be correct. As explained below, the restaurant is born out of a philosophy of giving back to the community - a gift of health and vitality to nourish both body and soul.
The name, "Ubuntu", has its origins within the language of the Zulu people of South Africa. Defined as a humanistic philosophy of interconnectedness, it refers to community, sharing and generosity. The owner, Sandy Lawrence, was introduced to the term while living in South Africa over a fourteen year period.
Ms. Lawrence advocates a sustainable philosophy starting with the green design of the building itself and ending with an exceptional organic dining experience. Executive Chef, Aaron London (see link, below, to find out more about Mr. London), prepares seasonal vegetables, bio-dynamically grown within the restaurant's local garden and with participation from other local farms - all in the spirit of lowering the carbon footprint.
Appearing as lively, colorful works of art, delicious vegetable dishes are titled, along with a list of ingredients. For example, one might find, "clear cantaloupe and sage gazpacho, compressed and blackened melon", or, "rustic rancho gordo yellow eye bean stew - rosemary, hand-torn levain, chili and carrot tops". And for dessert, "chocolate brioche, braised figs, smoother pistachio - balsamic caramel ice cream, Micro Amaranth". Reading each ingredient allows the diner time to savor and wonder and it gives equal importance to all the ingredients. As with any untitled work of art,  all elements are listed, allowing the viewer to unearth meaning.
The dining environment includes a community table, thought-provoking artwork and subtle lighting in a spare and sleekly designed room - all within a converted 19th century stone building in downtown Napa. 

Dining at Ubuntu is truly a unique experience - a delight to the eye and palate. With its clear philosophy of community and interconnectedness, of working within a sustainable framework and providing locally grown produce, Sandy Lawrence has created a very special place - a place to dine, a place to practice yoga and a place for the community - an all around success!
(From left: Aaron London & Steve Thorlton in the Ubuntu garden.)

Restaurant and food photographs, above, credited to Jody Eddy

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Artist, Lee Bontecou

Lee Bontecou: All Freedom in Every Sense
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Through September 27, 2010

(Please enjoy images until sound is repaired.)
The most comprehensive exhibition of work created by artist, Lee Bontecou (American, b. 1931), is on view until September 27 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA QNS), Queens, NY
Featuring 53 sculptures and 52 drawings, not only from public and private collections, but from the artist's own collection, the exhibition documents the breadth and complexity of Ms. Bontecou's work from the late 1950s through 2000.
The exhibition features, ..."richly evocative forms that conjure biological, geological and technological motifs..." - work drawing upon themes issuing out of the natural world - both wondrous and horrific

The artist's awe-inspiring sculpture (above), created over a period of 18 years (1980-1998), is the centerpiece of the exhibition at MOMA. An untitled mobile, the sculpture appears as a galaxy of stars and planet-like forms which, as stated by the artist, encompass  "as much of life as possible - no barriers - no boundaries - all freedom in every sense.

Photograph, above:
Lee Bontecou, American, born 1931
Untitled. 1980-1998
Welded steel, porcelain, wire mesh, canvas, and wire. 7 x 8 x 6' (213.4 x 243.8 x 182.9 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Philip Johnson (by exchange) and the Nina and Gordon Bunshaft Bequest Fund
© 2010 Lee Bontecou

For more information: Museum of Modern Art
Video created by Plowshares Media

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Meet Your Farmer: Chase Farm

and small local businesses everywhere.

Small farms are located through-out the country. Please visit the websites below to find a local farm or farmer's market near you. Support local food and local farms everywhere. Local farms equal fresh food on our tables and in our local restaurants.

The following video, from Vimeo, is produced by the Maine Farmland Trust - from Pull-Start Pictures.

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