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New York City continues to influence fashion, artistry, lifestyle and economy across the world. In this edition of my New York blog reports, I will continue reviewing the buzz, highlighting young Brooklyn-based talents, Manhattan fashion through hair and Architectural Digest trade show in the New York City. Brooklyn is the design pulse of the US. Young artists and companies make it their lives at home and at work. Let’s take a look at some of the best design views in the city!
I first “discovered” Susan Woods of Aswoon at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York show about six years ago. Her animation and spirit of fun, life and perspective are expressed through her unique art form. With a musical family background, Susan translated a melodic tone to her work through an industrial material and processing…metal and welding. “The simple shape of a circle is universal appeal to people” as her “bedspring” shapes matured into unique sculptural artistry.
Susan’s perspective on her work is described in her own words: “My work is about sculpture, whether that be in the design or in fine art. I cross over between these worlds on a regular basis, and let them inspire each other. I work with our visual memory, the universal language that reaches us all. Through the many years that I have been an artist, my clients have responded to my work and I’ve taken their reactions to try and delve further into communicating with them through sculptural elements.” Check out more of Susan’s incredible talent in the world of industrial artistry at www.aswoon.com.
Another medium that Susan has bridged into her portfolio is wood. Fluid and artful, a “rigid” material becomes animated. With a view of Brooklyn, the Lady Lounge (top) and Ribbon Float Lounge (bottom).
From large…Chaos (top) to small…Hang your hat (bottom), Susan Woods’ work is indicative of second and third looks.
Susan’s studio…serious fun! From sketching to sculpting, the material that beckons her creative vision is metal. Welding is her craft, and her feminine perspective applied to a traditionally industrial, hard material makes her artistry more appealing! I am elated that she will be designing a hubcap end table for me, trusting in her artistic eye and spirit. It will certainly be a conversational piece.
…and another studio view of metal and wood artistry.
View from Greenpoint/Brooklyn of Eastern Manhattan from Patty Bouley’s 7th floor converted rope warehouse studio.
Patty Bouley is a revered friend and design colleague, prolific in many creative mediums from writing to trend ideating to artistry. We have traveled together in Milan five years consecutively, and have interfaced on many projects within the design industry. Over the years, Patty has expressed herself through color via painting and has organized a collective of seven artistically inclined friends within a Manhattan studio. In the last year, they relocated to Greenpoint, a section of Brooklyn that has a beautiful eastern view of Manhattan. I spent a day with her exploring her view of the art world in her studio space. She remarked that in being there, she forgets about time, and the space allows her to step back from Manhattan. “It’s peaceful here and the light is fantastic. It’s all about looking around me and the noticing many proportions that allow me to try new techniques.”
Patty in her studio.
Patty Bouley’s transition from the commercial design world to studio artistry manifested itself into a 50-day journey with the New York Times. The collection is called Reading Between the Lines. She produced over 200 pieces reflecting this transitional journey. For more about this collection, visit Patty’s website at www.patriciabouley.com.
Top two paintings: Patty’s love of red is evident in her recent works…mixed with turquoise and subtle greys. She’s realized that the grey element has been surfacing in her work, while giving claim to the hardest winter months on record. The lines of white and grey mist have been an expressive inspiration when she gazes across the East River to Manhattan.
Bottom image: the Brooklyn Bridge is the main inspiration for the perimeter of designs translated in grey/red and black, while the central angular geometric paintings are architecturally inspired by the city skyline.
Fashion Through Hair
Located in SoHo, Manhattan, New York, Arrojo Studio is world renown for cutting-edge hair-trend design. Frosted Matte is a new series of hair color and cut that blur the natural with the synthetic qualities of color.
ARROJO Points to Iridescence
Frosted Matte, the new collection conceptualized by ARROJO master stylist Lina Arrojo, features virtuoso razor-cuts with rounded bangs, heavy fringes, layers and bobs with deconstructed shapes. Yet it is the colors, formulated by Ali Eskridge and Zach Norman, two talented colorists from the ARROJO team that surprise and delight. These whimsical shades scintillate in a range of metallics, from fox-fur grey to dusty rose to moss green to translucent tones of pink and blue.
It began a few seasons ago, when ombre first took off. The ‘melting’ together of stark, dark to light color tones was only for the daring at first. Soon, the colors became more natural and consumer-friendly and ombre came to Main Street.
From there, trailblazing hairdressers have been pushing the editorial, avant-garde end of the trend. Inspired by the candy-coated, pastel-gelato shades seen in campaigns from the likes of Mulberry, circa 2012, a whole new rainbow of shades and effects are getting put into practice.
Frosted Matte is ARROJO’s vision of the new zeitgeist. “By choosing to work with pastel, concrete and dusty colors––rather than more traditional tones like red and brown––by tailoring the color applications to the shape of cut, and by using innovative foiling and hand-painting techniques that blend tones seamlessly, we are able to put an iridescent quality into each hue.”
“Whether looking at the long, layered look in a variety of pastels, the dusty grey into translucent rose with an opaque base, the high-fashion grey with blue at the root, or the natural raven-head transitioning into moss green, we use multi-layered colors that produce a luminous, optical phenomenon––colors change when seen from different angles, or when hair-styled in a new way”.
More and more of salon clients are asking for color with a multi-dimensional, high-fashion feeling so it was time to create an editorial to reflect this trend.
All haircuts and styling: Lina Arrojo
All hair color: Ali Eskridge and Zach Norman
Nick Arrojo is paving the way for a new era in the world of hairdressing. A master hairstylist and founder of New York City’s own ARROJO Studio, Nick is recognized from his work on seven seasons of the U.S. television makeover show, TLC’s hit show What Not To Wear. His work has graced the fashion magazines of the world on countless occasions. Haircuts and styling also by Lina Arrojo and all color by Ali Eskridge and Zach Norman. Photos: Pedro Zoo
Each year in March, the Architectural Digest (AD) show gathers at Pier 94 with quality craftsmanship and artwork. Albeit a small show, its quality is gallery quality for the residential market. An example of the refined products is a New-York-based artist, Fiyel Levent, that translated her drawings into laser-etched lampshades. A soft glow emanates from her refined geometric patterning on lighting shades. Not only does she design shades, but also produces stationery.
Collage art by Glenn Fischer, utilizing recycled record album covers by decade, over the last century. A colorful visual read and study within the graphics industry.
Kaiser Suidan at Next Step Studio & Gallery, from Michigan. This work is a study in order and structure, based on the simplest of geometric forms. There is a great deal of freedom involved in the imposition of strict rules…within the structure of the grid, the confines of the cube, spheres and jacks…with the possibility of endless variations.
New York artist Catherine Latson artfully creates Copper Corset, 2014 made from cotton, silk, recycled Japanese fish net, twine, wire and found objects. The Garment Series explores the language of clothing and offers unconventional versions of the packages we put ourselves in and, perhaps, too often define ourselves by. I allow my medium to take the creative lead in building each garment’s personality. www.catherinelatson.com
Dining by Design
Interior Design Magazine commemorates 30 years of DIFFA (Designing Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) in the effort to fight AIDS & HIV with Dining by Design NY. This 2014 event starts a national tour in Kansas City, Detroit, and Chicago as notable interior companies and universities have designed dining spaces in support of the DIFFA effort. For more information about this event, click on www.diffa.org
Studios Architecture of New York creates a dimensional and airy dining experience, mixed with graphics, lighting and circular shapes.
Designed by Designtex textiles, the wall covering collection of 12 designs is from illustrations of Charley Harper and textiles developed in consultation with Todd Oldham.
Kravet fabrics designed by Diane von Furstenburg (top), is signature of her expert use of mixing prints, colors and unexpected patterns and scales. This is her first collection for Kravet. Marc Blackwell of New York designed DBD (Dining by Design), a table that is self-contained—lighting, table, guests…all in one unit (bottom). This is his vision looking forward to the day when we celebrate the end of AIDS.
Milan Design Week 2014, highlighting kitchens & baths will be my next blog review. Link in and find out what hot new directions are cooking with The ColorVoyant Watch!