Eva Zeisel (1906-2011) crafted playful ceramic pieces and described herself as “a maker of useful things.” Originally a painter, Zeisel turned to ceramics as a more practical alternative career. She went on to become the first journeyman in the Hungarian guild for potters, and then worked in Germany for two years creating dinnerware, tea sets, and other assorted items. She moved to Russia “out of curiosity” and became the artistic director of the glass and ceramics industries for the Communist government. When she was 30, she was accused of plotting to assassinate Stalin and imprisoned for 16 months, 12 of which were in solitary confinement. This time altered her perception greatly, “You feel the difference first in the way you see colors,” she wrote later. She married Hans Zeisel, and they eventually moved to New York where she taught at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, presenting ceramics as an industrial design, rather than a traditional craft. Her work began to garner international attention, ultimately earning her the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewett National Design Museum, and she continued to actively work almost up until her death, at age 105.
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One of the last projects completed before Eva Zeisel’s death at age 105, this is also her first-ever lighting collection. In addition to the pendants, both silhouettes are available in table and sconce versions.
ASID members are invited to enjoy refreshing homemade lemonade and delicious cupcakes at the Rug Company’s colorful and unique SoHo store, as well as take home a copy of the company’s beautiful catalogue: an inspirational coffee table book. On display will be new wool and silk rugs by design legends Eva Zeisel, Neisha Crosland and one of London’s most respected decorators, Emily Todhunter.
Auction Item: Home Sweet Home Cushion
HOME SWEET HOME cushion by The Rug Company Boutique. A hand made, needlepoint cushion with pom poms. (21” x 16”, Retail value: $450).
An intimate and revealing collection of photographs of astonishingly beautiful, iconic, and undiscovered mid-century interiors. Among significant mid-century interiors, none are more celebrated yet underpublished as the homes created by architects and interior designers for themselves. This collection of newly commissioned photographs presents the most compelling homes by influential mid-century designers, such as Russel Wright, George Nakashima, Harry Bertoia, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eva Zeisel, among others. Intimate as well as revelatory, Williamson’s photographs show these creative homes as they were lived in by their designers: Walter Gropius’s historic Bauhaus home in Massachusetts; Albert Frey’s floating modernist aerie on a Palm Springs rock outcropping; Wharton Esherick’s completely handmade Pennsylvania house, from the organic handcarved staircase to the iconic furniture. Personal and breathtaking by turn—these homes are exemplary studies of domestic modernism at its warmest and most creative.