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Harry Bertoia’s $100,000 Dandelion

Harry Bertoia is best known as a sculptor, but he also designed furniture for Knoll, who often used his pieces as props in their advertising. The “Dandelions” are made from from gilt stainless steel, brass with a slate base. This work is one of seven Dandelions exhibited at Eastman Kodak Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in 1964.

Untitled (Dandelion), 1964, by Harry Bertoia, Estimate: $100,000–150,000 at Wright
+ Midcentury Modernist

Leica M8 Limited Edition in White

When compared with the classic black and silver models in the M8 series, this special limited edition with a white leather finish is destined to be the eye-catcher of this summer.
The Leica M8 ‘White Edition’ is available in a set including a silver anodised lens and strictly limited to just 275 examples. The uniqueness is further emphasised by the special serial numbers assigned exclusively to the cameras. All control elements are finished in silver chrome and, in combination with the lens, perfectly round off the overall styling of the set. The top cover, bottom plate and the camera back are finished in white paint.

Leica M8 White Edition, by Leica

NASA Space Tools Designed for Hubble Mission

When space shuttle Atlantis blasts off on the final flight to Hubble, the astronauts will be carrying 180 special tools, and 116 of them were designed just for this mission, which involves tricky repairs to two science instruments that were never intended to be fixed in space.

Photos:
1. (left) The EVA pistol grip tool is a high-torque, low-speed, microprocessor-controlled power tool used by spacewalking astronauts. It greatly reduces hand fatigue while astronauts work in pressurized spacesuits and helps reduce the amount of time it takes to loosen and tighten fasteners. (right) The washer extraction tool is used by spacewalking astronauts to secure washers that would otherwise float away in space.

2. This is a high-speed, low-torque power tool designed to help astronauts quickly remove the large number of screws during the repair tasks.

3. The EVA mini-workstation mounts to the front chest of an astronaut’s spacesuit and holds equipment needed during spacewalks.

NASA Space Tools, for NASA, Photography by Michael Soluri
via: NPR

Rare Zapotec Effigy Vessel at Sotheby’s Auction

Sotheby’s upcoming auction of African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art includes this important vessel showing Olmec influence and symbolism in regional interpretations. It is one of the few full-bodied ceramic depictions of the omnipotent earth monster or jaguar-dragon of Olmec inspiration. The dragon zoomorph is well known in Olmec art through schematized incised motifs on blackware ceramics but it is rarely seen in three-dimensional form. This vessel is finely modeled in typical Monte Alban fine-grained grayware, and shows early forms of Zapotec iconography such as buccal snout, bifurcated fang, and scrolling brows.

A Rare Zapotec Effigy Vessel, Monte Alban II, ca. 200 B.C. to 250 A.D.
$40,000 – $60,000 at Sotheby’s, New York
Update : Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium: $92,500 USD

Exhibition: Le Corbusier — The Art of Architecture

Le Corbusier — The Art of Architecture is the first major survey in London of the internationally renowned architect in more than 20 years. This timely reassessment presents a wealth of original models, interior settings, drawings, furniture, photographs, films, tapestries, paintings, sculpture and books by designed and written by the architect himself.

The exhibition charts how Le Corbusier’s work changed dramatically over the years from the regional vernacular of his early houses in Switzerland, to his iconic Purist villas and interiors of the 1920s, to the dynamic synthesis achieved between his art and architecture as exemplified by his chapel at Ronchamp (1950-55), and his civic buildings in Chandigarh, India (1952-64). Important works by his collaborators, such as Fernand Léger, Amédée Ozenfant, Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé are also featured.

Exhibition: The Art of Architecture: 19 Feb – 24 May at Barbican Art Gallery London, UK

Veuve Clicquot DesignBox by Tom Dixon, Front & 5.5 Designers

This year during the Milan Furniture Fair, Veuve Clicquot will reveal DesignBox – its own exclusive eco-friendly gift box – and showcasing three interpretations of DesignBox by Tom Dixon, Front Design and 5.5 Designers. These collaborations are being presented as part of an installation called “Out of The Box” at Superstudio+.

DesignBox, by Tom Dixon, Front Design and 5.5 Designers, for Veuve Clicquot

Exhibition: Spaces Etc./An Exercise in Utility

Ron Gilad’s latest body of work, Spaces Etc./An Exercise in Utility has launched its own site.

Gilad refuses to be pigeonholed and is not interested in distinctions. Instead he moves with ease between disciplines and materials. Borrowing from the history of art and design, he draws references from the work of artists such as René Magritte, Giorgio de Chirico, and Marcel Duchamp, as well as a later generation of designers such as the Italian masters Enzo Mari, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, and Ettore Sottsass. Links can also be made to more recent innovators, especially the work of Jurgen Bey and Richard Hutten for Droog in the Netherlands. Like them he takes an intuitive, rather than a rationalist, approach to his practice imbuing his works with a diverse range of ideas that seek to radically alter the evaluation of an object beyond its utility.

Exhibition: Spaces Etc./An Exercise in Utility by Ron Gilad, April 29 – May 9, at Wright, Chicago, USA

Jean-Paul Gaultier Evian Collection by Baccarat

After the ready-to-wear edition of the bottle in 2009, designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier, Evian works with Baccarat to create five exclusive limited edition bottles. 5 unique bottles dressed transparently to evoke Evian’s best asset: purity. Bubbles bottle, drops bottle, tray bottle, reflection bottle and spring bottle: 5 exceptional creations presenting the tremendous savoir-faire of Baccarat artisans.

Designs will be presented at Colette March 16th-21st and at Maison Baccarat March 24th-30th before being auctioned next April 7th at 8pm at Artcurial.
via: Trend.Land

Abstract Reasoning Test

Can you identify this object? …Answer is here

Photography by James Day

Exhibition: John Lautner in Glasgow

Between Heaven and Earth: the Architecture of John Lautner shows work from the Lautner archive, held at the Getty Research Institute.

Known for his extensive and progressive residential work, Lautner’s hand was behind over 100 (some built, some unbuilt) projects, many of which are present in this show, which promises to be architectural heaven for the lovers of rare hand drawings, sketches and detailed models. A series of events have been organised to accompany and compliment the show, so if you are keen to find out more about the American architect, there is a number of happenings to choose from, from exhibition tours, to film screenings.

Between Heaven and Earth: the Architecture of John Lautner, originally curated by Nicholas Olsberg and Frank Escher, Lighthouse Gallery, Glasgow, 20 March 2009 to 26 July
via: Wallpaper

Long overshadowed by modernist contemporaries Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra, John Lautner and the homes he built in Southern California are set to receive unprecedented attention thanks to the publication of a book published by Rizzoli. The book details Lautner’s inspirations, philosophies and legacy, not the least of which is the Chemosphere, originally derided by some critics as a silly fantasy.
Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner, Edited by historian Nicholas Olsberg
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