Thursday, November 09, 2006

Touching on...: a new bi-monthly column!

Industrial metals like steel and iron go luminous, airy, and golden:

From a Moroccan lamp, to an early 19th c. belt from Berlin (decorative and appealing when iron was expensive and rare due to war) to the wonderful "sea urchin" salt and pepper vessels (or vessels for earrings!) at Mothology (featured in the NYTimes "Personal Shopper"), the endeavor to change the crudeness and density of these metals through punching, or through mesh and bronze accents, or by way of using gold leaf inside a very rough, almost violent surface-- this is not so much a trend (yet) as much as an inspirational post right now. But with additional examples, we may find the use of crude metals in elegant permutations becoming more than inspiration...

This is the first of a bi-monthly Friday column, "Touching on..." solely about textural inspiration & up and coming textural trends. Hope you dig it! Let me know what you think!

Have a great weekend!

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Blogger kstyle said...

Very interesting. I love the sea urchin vessels and will keep my eyes open to the possibility of emerging trend. Thanks for the heads up. k

11:32 AM  
Blogger cls said...

hi phoebe,
beautiful post! i'm still reading your blog, and am always happy when you show pictures of art & objects from the past or from daily life that are beautiful, in addition to objects one can just go buy...
oh, and the column sounds great. just abstract enough -- or casting a wide enough net -- that you can be creative with it. xc(ls)

12:06 PM  
Blogger Phoebe said...

yay, glad you like, ladies! xx p

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love texture and I love this idea. Texture is so important in design. Thank you.

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well you know how I feel about those Moroccan lanterns...;-)

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I love the mesh belt. Reminds me of those wonderful bags from the 20s. And great idea for a column, since texture is one of the most important, but trickiest things to get right in design.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Heather Moore said...

I love those sea urchin salt and pepper vessels. So delicate.
Isn't it amazing how texture is something you esperience with your skin, even when looking at it in a photo on a screen?

3:25 AM  
Blogger Heather Moore said...

whoops, I mean "experience".

3:26 AM  
Blogger get zapped said...

Yes, such great use of metal and like most others, I adore the sea urchin vessels. A delight for the eye and table alike!

4:07 PM  

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