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Noguchi Prototype Prismatic Table sells for $290,500

An Important and Rare Prototype Prismatic Table for the Alcoa Forecast Program
The Aluminum Corporation of America (Alcoa) program emphasized the artistic and functional possibilities of aluminum. Select commissioned designs were featured in full-page advertisements shot by noted photographers in widely-read weekly magazines. It is for this program that Isamu Noguchi developed the iconic design of the Prismatic table.

Isamu Noguchi, who was the third artist featured in the Forecast program in early 1957, developed an abstract three-dimensional form. Noguchi’s Prismatic tables were conceived in multiple to form a “kaleidoscope” with variant colors with the intention of adaptability. The advertisement photographed by Irving Penn used the table as a casual, yet romantic platform for dinner at home.

Prototype Prismatic Table, Sold at Auction for $290,500, by Isamu Noguchi, at Sotheby’s

Stick that on YouTube!

Barnaby Barford (b.1977) graduated from the Royal College of Art and has worked with prestigious companies including Nymphenburg as well as creating his one-off pieces. (shown here)

Stick that on YouTube!, (Price on request), by Barnaby Barford, at David Gill Galleries

Photoshoot for the New Blu Dot Catalog

Furniture marketing follows fashion. These images are from an upcoming catalog for Blu Dot, the American furniture manufacturer. 

Furniture Catalog, by Matthew Rezac, for Blu Dot
Via: Walker Art Blog
 

New Work from New York

NEWWORK magazine is a large-format newspaper publication for readers who appreciate the value of new ideas. Designed and published biannually by studio NEWWORK, issue no.1 shows a selection of contributors solely from New York. Seven artists chosen by studio newwork present new ideas and images of art, design, high fashion, culture, and politics. From art directors to business leaders, from design students to curators, audience can find exiting new work and talent. Customized typefaces to reflect each contributors’ work stimulate thinking about typography in graphic design.

NEWWORK, $13.99, by newworkmag.com

Museum: Design & the Elastic Mind at MoMA

When In New York, visit the current exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Design and the Elastic Mind. If you can’t make it, the website is fun.

Exhibition: Design and the Elastic Mind, New York, MoMA

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Barnaby Barford (b.1977) graduated from the Royal College of Art and has worked with prestigious companies including Nymphenburg as well as creating his one-off pieces. (shown here)

Mary had a little lamb, (Price on request), by Barnaby Barford, at David Gill Galleries

Vertical Garden

Vertical Garden, by Patrick Blanc

The Design Issue

Scandinavian design has now entered the mainstream…

Spoof, from The Onion

High Fashion Protection


In an era of jewel encrusted everything, if you are going to wear it — may as well brand it.

Designer Gas Masks, (Not for Sale), by Designer Gas Masks

Ghost Chair

Viewed from a certain angle, Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn’s Ghost Chair seems extremely delicate, wispy, like a puff of smoke. Design Drift presented their Ghost Chair Collection during the Milan Furniture Fair at the new N-how Hotel.

Ghost Chair, by Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, for Design Drift

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