From Stockholm, With Love
The problem with loving all things Scandinavian is that for those of us in the United States, the objects of our affection are at least 4,000 miles away. While some larger companies make Scandinavian design available internationally, it's much more difficult to discover and get a hold of the work of independent designers. That's why Tiffany Orvet recently launched from Sthlm (fromsthlm.com), a website that helps connect design-lovers around the world with the work of independent Swedish designers by featuring the work of one designer each month.
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- It's no secret that Dwell has a special affinity for Heath Ceramics.
- If there was one exhibition I longed to see last year, it was 17 Swedish Designers.
This Cocktail Set is the answer to easy and elegant holiday entertaining. Each piece is a beautiful object on its own; together, they make for a sophisticated display. Included is a Jose Reguiero square walnut tray, 4 Holmegaard water glasses, 4 glass Dharma straws and a cleaning brush, 4 Native Organics gauze napkins, 4 Sara Barner brown leather coasters, an Iacoli & McAllister hex bottle opener, Morris Kitchen Spiced Apple Syrup, and Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup.
Peer into the backyards of Chris Schiavo's youth and you'll find a surreal landscape of brightly-hued plants, weathered lawn furniture, and costumed children. Taken over a 10-year period in Queens, New York, the images in "Backyard" look like ordinary snapshots of a typical 1980's neighborhood.
In "Star with Apples," a lone section of white picket fencing stands among fallen apples, its dark shadow painted on the lawn. Created before Photoshop, and before digitally editing images became norm, these theatrical frames combine constructed installations with existing environments. Schiavo treats her photographs like a painting by deliberately adding props, people, color, light, and shadow. In "Grapevine" she tints edges of leaves with day-glo green and sky blue vegetable-based paint and snakes garden hoses through the yard, mimicking the shapes of the orange and red vines in a very deliberate rendering of her backyard.
Now at ArtHaus in San Francisco until September 30th, "The Backyard" has been shown in the Yale University art gallery, On the Way in New York, and select works from the series are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art.
Sculptural pieces by landscape architect Deanna Glory are installed alongside Schiavo's images in ArtHaus' installation. Rather than recreate Schiavo's backyard scenes, Glory sought inspiration from the shapes and forms in them. "We decided that it would be great to turn the show into something beyond the photographs," says Gallery Director James Bacchi.
We love this little bit of bot decor from the Museum of Robots shop. You can use these six little guys (made from dark and light rimu wood) individually as coasters, or let them join forces to become a sci-fi trivet, perfect for protecting your tabletop.
- In our series, Coffee Break, Dwell editors travel far and wide to cover some of the most well designed coffee shops in the land.
- Greetings from Sweden!
- It's Friday, you know what that means—our weekly round-up of art, photography, architecture, music, and design finds.