Whilst researching the Art Deco style, and its resurgence in the late 1960’s, I came across this wonderfully written and informative essay in the publishing content of the amazing THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY at the University of Chicago. This essay explains and highlights the many different styles within the Art Deco style, and reflects a much more inclusive, deeper understanding of the style than the introductory blog post on the basics of the Art Deco style posted last week. Art Deco LOUIS J. NATENSHON, KATHARINE L. KEEFE, 1973 The term “Art Deco” has become a collective term for almost any object of conscious design, whether sophisticated or naïve, if it was created between the First and Second World Wars. Included in this bewildering array are objects arising from opposite philosophies and representing all levels of aesthetic quality. Art Deco, as the term is used today, has been applied especially to the decorative arts (furniture, ceramics, silver, interior design) as well as to architecture, graphics, painting and sculpture. Artists as different as Mies van der Rohe and Marie Larencin, Fernand Leger and Rene Lalique have been included under the broad umbrella of this stylistic term. Art Deco is an abbreviation of the […] Read more!
Enjoy this educational introduction to the Art Deco style mostly as found on Encyclopædia Britannica. You can easily look up terminology and creators relevant to the period by following the links in the text. ART DECO MOVEMENT AND STYLE The Art Deco – also called style moderne – movement in the decorative arts and architecture originated in the 1920s, and developed into a major style in Western Europe and the United States during the 1930s. Its name was derived from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, where the style was first exhibited. Art Deco design represented modernism turned into fashion. Its products included both individually crafted luxury items and mass-produced wares, but, in either case, the intention was to create a sleek, anti-traditional elegance that symbolized wealth and sophistication. The distinguishing features of the style are simple, clean shapes, often with a “streamlined” look; ornament that is geometric or stylized from representational forms; and unusually varied, often expensive materials, which frequently include man-made substances (plastics, especially Bakelite; vita-glass; and ferroconcrete) in addition to natural ones (jade, silver, ivory, obsidian, chrome, and rock crystal). Though Art Deco objects were rarely mass-produced, the characteristic features of the style reflected admiration for the modernity […] Read more!
Ebony – one of the most precious & expensive woods in the world SCIENTIFIC NAMES Diospyros celebica or Diospyros macassar of the Family Ebenaceae. The rough translation of Diospyros is “fruit of the gods.” OTHER NAMES Macassar ebony, Indian ebony, marble wood, coromandel, calamander wood, tendu, temru, tunki, timbruni. Ebony is a collective trade name given to all species of Diospyros, which have a predominately black heartwood, by contrast to the North American white ebony, also known as persimmon. Macassar ebony from Indonesia is more variegated still. With a heartwood that is dark brown to black interspersed with contrasting bands of yellow to golden brown, Macassar ebony yields a bold and attractive look by offsetting the darkest of the dark woods with a variety of color. The name Macassar is most likely from the famous Macassar seaport on the islands. Some retailers have used the term Macassar ebony for any ebony that has a high contrast of light and dark streaks, although most people today limit the term to the species Diospyros celebica. PROPERTIES Macassar ebony is a prized wood. Its uses include high-end furniture and cabinetry, inlay work, musical instruments, billiard cues and other specialty items like jewelry boxes or walking sticks. Its sapwood, which is not […] Read more!
ECHOES GIULIANO BEKOR: Internationally recognized photographer holds a portfolio that includes fashion, beauty, celebrity, advertising, and fine art. Electric and sensual, Echoes captures the interplay of oil, water and organic materials as they bleed together in an languid environment. Shot in- camera with no special digital effects, this series renders a shape shifting and often kaleidoscopic vision of sexuality, rapture, creation and transcendental experience of bliss. No two frames are alike. As the eyes linger abstract forms appear as characters – creatures, animals, human faces. Colors dissolve like an audio vibration that shiftsand collides with its surroundings. With 30 years in the industry, Giuliano has perfected his craft to an exceptional level of expertise. Composed of light, color, space and form, he brings ideas conceptualized in his own imagination into reality throughout his work. Currently living between New York and Los Angeles, Giuliano is often on the move traveling for work and inspiration. Always the restless visionary, he never ceases to continually express his fresh and nuanced style. THE ARTIST WILL BE PRESENT IN PERSON FOR THE RECEPTION on MARCH 22, 2018 6-9 pm Read more!
Giuliano Bekor Join us for the opening on the day of Fall Market October 6th, 2016 2-5pm RSVP here Read more!
My lovely friend and artist Marisabel Bazan found this fabulous little surprise in her inbox yesterday…her own mural has been picked to uplift our days and instagram!! http://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/these-9-murals-will-make-you-happy-and-improve-your-instagram-game/ For years now, I have felt the good vibes jumping off her canvases and lighting up public spaces internationally and of course here in our elected home town of Los Angeles. It is only good to see more people are catching on…. Dream Big Artist: Marisabel Bazan Location: John & Pete’s Fine Wine and Spirits, 621 N La Cienega Blvd. Read more!
West Hollywood Lifestyle presents: Cygal Art Deco: Handcrafted in Germany – built to last! Our new spread in West Hollywood Lifestyle Magazine. The sideboard is made of gorgeous Macassar with black high gloss details. The hardware is also cast by us, modeled on original Art Deco era handles, we found to be the best match for this timelessly classic piece. Read more!
Showtime hit series ‘Ray Donovan’ Season 3 showcases LA real estate all over town. The one set that was built is Mr. Finney’s study, a rich, wood-paneled room where he conducts private business matters. “It’s set off the central hallway, so we mimicked that style,” says Yamagata, whose credits include “Californication” and “House of Lies.” “It’s got very classical touches with an older Hollywood Regency style and it’s very masculine. It also has some sinister elements.” Such as? “The glass-topped coffee table with the brass horn base and the moody lighting — things that are sharp and dark.” Yamagata and set decorator Betty Berberian furnished the room with pieces from all over the L.A. area: the beige couch with nail head trim can be custom ordered from Lucas Studio/Harbinger on La Cienega Boulevard and the wood trimmed velvet chairs are available at Cygal Art Deco in the Pacific Design Center, Suite B 303. Read more!
Still celebrating their 40 year anniversary, the Pacific Design Center has announced several new luxury brands to expand their already impressive showroom and design collection. Accompanying favorites like Duralee Fabrics and Thomas Lavin, coming this fall will be prestigious textile purveyors, Holland & Sherry and Samuel and Sons, Cygal Art Deco, J|Geiger Shading Technology, and James Perse Furniture. California home design report on showroom gains in PDC Read more!
PDC, the heart of WEHO design district, attracting new global luxury brands. The new showrooms include Cygal Art Deco, which features the Peter Cygal Memory collection, inspired by the Art Deco period and the new Spring line Cordia. “We have already seen an improvement in our sales since relocating to PDC,” said Cygal partner Catrine Alexandra. “We are in the higher-section of the market, so it’s terrific that clients coming to PDC already know what they are looking for.” Cygal Art Deco moved from La Cienega Boulevard as will Holland & Sherry later this summer. Holland & Sherry are weavers and merchants of luxury fabrics. Read more!
New to the PDC this year is Cygal, an Art Deco furniture company founded in 1985 by designer and artist Peter Cygal. His son and successor Marcus has inherited the passion for Art Deco from his father and recently introduced two new collections: Peter Cygal Memory and Cordia. Memory represents the glamorous style of the French Art Deco of the 1920s and 1930s—sensitively designed and interpreted in a modern implementation. This line also features lighting and wall accessories to complement the furniture offerings. Introduced for spring, Cordia (Latin for the wood Ziricote) celebrates the spirit of Art Deco with its geometric and organic shapes. It is predominantly inspired by the uniqueness of nature and the Ziricote wood itself. The contrast of sapwood and heartwood brings out decorative and unique veneer images in the collection. “Diversity found in nature, unique shapes and precious materials [inspire our designs],” said Marcus. “Quality has always been natural for us. We are dedicated to the processing of exceptional wood veneers and premium materials. In attention to detail, you realize our furniture to be handmade with real craftsmanship.” To create the stylized furniture, Cygal Art Deco uses precious and exotic materials sourced from safe, established resources located […] Read more!
Emaux de Longwy is exclusively available at the CA Exclusives|Cygal Art Deco Showroom B 303 in the Pacific Design Center. Finally you can buy their fine decorative art objects and vases in the USA. Read more!
What the press has to say about the Ivan Butorac Exhibit: http://www.domusweb.it/en/news/2014/05/16/ivan_butorac.html http://nycxdesign.com/events/branching-light-exhibition-of-new-works-by-ivan-butorac-2014-05-18/#.U3va_Bwui4A http://designapplause.com/2014/events-planner-icff-2014/41735/ http://18.104.22.168/ny/events/show/336332-branching-light—exhibition-of-new-works-by-ivan-butorac http://www.ipidia.it/news/2818/news.aspx https://ph.celebrity.yahoo.com/news/cappellini-unveils-2014-collection-york-during-wanteddesign-153336741.html http://page2rss.com/6fbf7355607e86d3973bfbb635699309/7035288_7038043/pinterest http://cappellini.it/en/news/may-17th-2014-cappellini-new-york-hosts-exhibition-ivan-butorac Read more!
Cygal Art Deco opens first US showroom on the West Coast: Located at 741 N La Cienega Blvd, right in the heart of the high-end design destination in West Hollywood, the LCDQ (La Cienega Design Quarter). The business hours are weekdays from 10 am -5 pm. We are also available for appointments after hours and on weekends to accommodate your busy schedules and/or desire for privacy! Come visit or reach us at +1 424 288 4011 to make an appointment! Read more!
Introducing photographic artist Ivan Butorac: His artwork captures the raw organic beauty of plants and tree landscapes in today’s decaying environment. Ivan digitally transforms his photographs into art forms, and often uses repetition and symmetry to create surreal, haunting patterns and figures of nature, that will leave a permanent imprint on your imagination. Nature and love are his greatest inspiration. “…it is so pure and there is no ego in it and everything is working out to perfection…we tend to mess up a lot of things, we all need more love for each other and mother nature” Ivan Butorac Ivan was born March 9, 1980 in Belgrade, Serbia. Growing up in the war torn country, under malevolent dictator Slobodan Milosevic, he experienced circumstances seemingly unimaginable in a major, cultivated, European country reaching into the 21st Century. He was witness to immense suffering. He started transforming these experiences into his artwork, while still continuing his studies at the Academy of Art Braca Karic. Ivan surrounded himself with artistic people, who rebelled against the ongoing war by organizing and participating in nonviolent protests. Heavily influenced and encouraged by his artistic parents and an art filled home, he experimented with a lot of media. Ivan attempted to paint, write, and […] Read more!
Each fall, most schools send parents a list of suggestions for helping their kids set up a good study environment at home. The ideal location is quiet, with good lighting, plenty of space to spread out, and with ready access to tools like pencils and calculators. As former students ourselves, we understand how having such a place to study leads to better learning and good grades. But as adults, we often forget how much environments impact our success – and we don’t realize that failing to reach our goals may actually be caused by problems in our environments. That’s why I hope you’ll join me for September’s “Ask Jack Canfield” free tele-training … Ask Jack Canfield: “Creating Supportive Environments Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Your physical environment is only one of 9 environments that impact your results. During this month’s tele-training, you’ll discover: What the 9 environments of success are How to diagnose whether your environments are supporting or hindering your success Common challenges that occur in the different environments … and how to address them How to identify which environment to improve first And more…Reserve your place now. Read more!
Pierre-Yves Trémois, born January 08, 1921 in Paris, is a French visual artist and sculptor. He is known for evocative works drawing in equal proportions on surrealism and science illustration, and for combining graphic precision and rigor with flamboyant fantasy. Take note of his upcoming exhibit in Paris in September: For more information visit his website: trémois.com Read more!
“Balancing and enhancing the environment where you find yourself today is one of the best ways to energize and manifest your goals, hopes, and dreams for the future.” THE WESTERN GUIDE TO FENG SHUI by Terah Kathryn Collins Beauty and aesthetics are highly personal and subjective. As much as art, furniture and anything decorative, which fills peoples lives and homes. Many of us love to make our home personal and cozy, while others disregard decoration as wasteful and unnecessary. My prior business name – ART CURATES LIFE – underlines my deep knowing that the way we live and what we surround ourselves with influences our state of mind, that it affects our health, our relationships, and our overall livelihood. It reflects who we are, and who we may become as a human being. So what makes for good art, beautiful decor and an inviting home? Is it all about taste? How do we fulfill the need for harmony and balance? Feng Shui suggests by following our intuitive human need to dwell in a space which combines the 5 basic elements making up all of life: Earth, Wood, Water, Fire and Metal Our culture is concerned with energy, “good vibes”, “don’t be […] Read more!
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