Friday, August 26, 2011
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Attributed to Anthony Redmile, the “master of the unusual” in furniture design, this coffee table is certainly a collectable and most definitely a conversation piece.
like many of Redmile’s designs, malachite is utilized. here it is in between each pair of eyes.
This piece was made in the 1970’s when he was creating similarly unique styles of furniture like this grasshopper coffee table we found for sale on 1stDibs for $9300 at Robert Massello Antiques.
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Monday, August 15, 2011
I feel like I need to chug from a snifter of brandy and smoke a cigar, which my husband and two year old might find more than a little strange since I’m not in the habit of doing either one, but especially given the fact that its Monday at 9:00 in the morning.
Like the habits of Hemingway in real life and his characters in his famous books, A Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast, boozing it up with an “eye-opener” at breakfast, wine at lunch, some mulled wine at dinner, a toddy afterwards, a little "hootch" at bedtime and a swig of cognac intermittently throughout the day was a regular thing.
The Lost Generation: Hemingway and the circle of ex-pat friends he later immortalised in The Sun Also Rises. - Hemingway, Harold Loeb, Lady Duff Twysden; Hadley, Don Stewart and Pat Guthrie at a cafe in Pamplona, Spain, July 1925)
Aside from all of the imbibing, the book has me thinking about the age of “The Lost Generation” and what it was like to live in Paris during the postwar 1920’s. Jazz music was all the rage and women were redefining womanhood with the age of the flapper.
Finally free of the corset, Paul Poiret’s dresses were well into vogue. As McLain writes, “…inspired by the orientalism of the Ballet Russes, Paul Poiret dressed women in culotte harem pants and fringed turbans and ropes and ropes of pearls.”
But according to an article from Flapper Magazine I found from 1922, Poiret’s once avant-garde styles were beginning to be on the outs.
It reads "M. Poiret, designer of Paris, has seen fit to take up the cudgels on behalf of the long skirt, and therefore he cannot object if the shafts of ridicule are hurled at him in return..."
Women were finding the lengths of his dresses too constricting and they were enthusiastically embracing Coco Chanel’s loose and shorter more practical lengths of dresses made of jersey (which had previously been popular for men’s underwear).
Not everyone was spending their precious Francs on clothes though. As Gertrude Stein famously said, “You can either buy clothes or buy pictures. It's that simple.” She was a wise woman to choose art over clothes!
Stein was holding her Saturday evening salon gatherings at 27, rue du Fleurus, the home she shared with her lover/partner Alice B. Toklas. Her guest list was a who's who of artists and writers living in Paris during the early part of the twentieth century: Picasso, Matisse, Apollinaire, Hemingway, and Sherwood Anderson are only a few of the notables who came by to look at her famous art collection and to talk about the direction of Modernism.