Tuesday, December 1, 2009
A great trip, hope you enjoyed it as well!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
I have just spent four stimulating and informative days at the Las Vegas Market. I attended eight different seminars and lectures on subjects ranging from "The World of Design in the year 2020" to "How to Build a Business Warren Buffet would buy". It was also interesting to meet and hear the views of such renown designers as Charlotte Moss, Nina Campbell and Vicente Wolf.
The World Market Center itself was quite an experience, consisting of three buildings, two 16 floors high. The architecture is a combination of sweeping curves and sharp edges, but still quite cohesive.
In contrast, across the street is the Lou Ruvo Brain Center, that looks like it just melted down, it can be seen in the pictures above reflected from the glass walls of the World Market. Frank Gehry really went wild when he designed this one.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
In addition to works by Rodin, the museum also has works by his friends, including Camille Claudel and works of art Rodin collected himself. Being the textile aficionado that I am, I was thrilled to see a huge Brussels tapestry at the top of the main staircase. It is titled "La Mort d'Ananie" or "Ananie's Death", after a painting by Raphael.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I have a collection of over 40 Paisley Shawls. Some are hand embroidered and kani weave shawls from Kashmir, India. Others are jacquard woven shawls from Europe. All are from the 19th century. The shawl on top is Middle Eastern, probably Persian. The middle one is a so called "Four Seasons" shawl. The center of a Four Seasons shawl usually has four colors, thus the name. This one actually has five colors, but it is still known as Four Seasons. The bottom one is from France, with a white center, which is more unusual, you see mostly shawls with black centers. This one also has exquisite detail.