New Orleans is known for its sultry jazz and tasty po-boys, but it’s also developing a reputation as a center for modern and contemporary design. This was particularly evident when I was in the Big Easy this past weekend judging the first annual Billes Product Design Competition (which attracted entrants from across the United States as well as both the Atlantic and Pacific).
Just because you can’t afford a vintage Eames chair doesn’t mean you can’t have a little Eames in your life. A little scouting on Etsy, a website where artists set up storefronts and sell “all things handmade,” resulted in a whole slew of beautiful Eames-inspired wall art (in addition to note cards and necklaces).
Maya Lin’s newly opened exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, titled Systematic Landscapes, depicts a stunning collection of recent and brand-new works that explore what the New York–based artist describes as the “notions of landscape and geologic phenomena.” Lin came to prominence in 1981 when she, as a senior at Yale University, won the design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
Arne Jacobsen’s Swan chair is no ugly duckling—especially when upholstered in swan-white leather, finished with a pearl-white base, and decorated with a sterling silver bracelet and pendant marking the chair’s 50th anniversary.
1963 was a big one for Grete Jalk. That year, the Danish furniture designer debuted her Lounge Chair and Nesting Tables, won the Daily Mail International Furniture competition for their designs, and saw the set become a permanent piece in the New York MoMA’s collection.