Space / Interior Design


With the advent of the interweb and the likes of Etsy.com, there is little excuse for giving boring, common gifts this holiday season. The fine folks at Candler Arts have a most unique selection of outsider/folk/self-taught artwork and artful objects that truly are one of a kind.

BOY WITH MUSKELLUNGE
Painting of Payton Woodard at Pardeeville Pond, Wisc., 1900. Two small spots of paint loss in the sky. 21.6 inches by 17.6 inches. $800

HAPPY JACKET
A plastic lense that covered a light fixture at a dry cleaners.
Circa 1960s. Great display piece. 29.6 inches by 21 inches.
$495

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Philip Germann of Centerville, Iowa, made this drawing on paper on May 18, 1936.
The fanciful script is reminiscent of much older writing exercises. 10.25 inches by 7.25 inches.
$175

DART BOARD
Expertly made but never used, circa 1940, from New England.
Formerly owned by the author of a game board book. 23.75 inches diameter, 0.75 inches thick.
$1,500

Owner Kevin Duffy, a former journalist and longtime seeker of idiosyncratic objects. His collection in his own words contains pieces that might be strange, offbeat, näive or all of the above. I couldn’t approve more.

To make an inquiry or a purchase, contact Kevin at candlerarts@gmail.com or call 404-217-1150.
Check out their blog: candlerarts.blogspot.com/

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Gorgeous, mobile apartment. Yours cheap!

The latest episode of current shows a fantastic retro-fitting of a vintage 1949 Portland Pullman railcar into a swank, modern apartment… which also has the benefit of being mobile, as it can be hitched to any cargo train and hauled across the country for an affordable $1.50 a mile. There were plans to tag the outside of the railcar, but they had to be scrapped when neighboring hobos complained of the declining real estate values that would engender.


A high quality, surrealistic yet practical floor cushion. Oversized pebbles in varying sizes and shapes you can arrange any way you see fit. Livingstones are a product of Stephanie Marin of Nice, France. She creates wonderful objects that merge natural shapes to functional and beautiful interior design.

— Anthony P. Munozapmunoz.com

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The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology merges the concepts of lighting and art with this spectacular 3D LED piece, dubbed NOVA. Created for the institute’s 150th anniversary, the display is made up of 25000 lightballs.

Incredibly it can display 16 million colors per second. The behemoth, which weighs 3.3 tonnes, is currently displayed at the Zurich train station’s main hall, where it will live until September 2009.
By Lisa Evans from The Cool Hunter.

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Anthony P. Munoz
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Worth checking out is the Tokyo Bar in the Tribeca neighborhood of NYC. Not to be mistaken with the cheesy dance club of the same name in Montreal, is the upstairs bar to the B-Flat underground cocktail den. This hip bar sports manga covered walls and “new Japanese comfort food” served tapas style, by chef Kensuke Kuri from Lan.


Definitely pick up a pack of matches as a souvenir or as a nice conversation piece for your coffee table.

Even their sidewalk projected logo is cool.

Here’s their hard-to-find official website: www.tokyobar-nyc.com/”

– Anthony P. Munoz
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Hotel KakslauttanenSure this time of year makes many resident of the top side of the Northern Hemisphere yearn for balmy weather. Why try a decidedly untypical get-away though? How about stylish Finland? The snow igloos that pop up each winter to complement the 20 spectacular glass igloos and 31 luxury log cabins at Kakslauttanen resort in Saariselkä, Finland are very, very slick.You can lie in your bed under the glass ceiling of your glass igloo, cozily covered by thick down duvets, and watch the snow fall gently in the light-blue air of the endless night. It is surreal and magical.There is also a snow chapel, the world’s largest snow restaurant for 150 people, a Finnish traditional smoke sauna, an eight-meter-tall glass tepee (designed to resemble the typical Lapp tepee called kota) for cocktail parties under the Aurora Borealis.
— Anthony P. Munoz
apmunoz.com

If you are in Paris anytime up until February 23rd, we urge you to go see the show at Galerie Patricia Dorfmann on rue de la Verrerie.STONARDS DAYBED, 2006 Mahogany with exotic marquetry and brass inlaysH 35 cm x L 212 x W 73 cm / backrest W 45 cmJohn A. Harris 24 January – 23 February 2008“Galerie Patricia Dorfmann is proud to present the first solo exhibition in Paris by the designerJohn A. Harris. ‘THE WOOD THAT WAS’ The modernity of the wooden furniture designed and crafted by John A. Harris lies found not so much in its style or the techniques used to make it, but in its mode of production.For the pieces of furniture made by Harris belong to that multifarious cohort of objects now coming to the fore on the art scene. These are objects that subvert the established categories, which cannot be placed in the category of functionalist design or decorative arts, let alone in that of the visual arts, bogged down as these are in obscure discourse. Visually remarkable and immaculately crafted, the merit of these objects is that they tell us about their maker. They are the fruit of a great number of lived experiences, and their perfection is the result of first-hand knowledge, passion and a real engagement with the material. Today, after years of deprecation, skill and technique are making a comeback. No longer synonymous with stiflingcrafts traditions, they are now part of a free and empirical learning process.The “haute couture” furniture made by John A. Harris shows that excellence is no longer the exclusive preserve of the specialist cabinetmakers, but can also be conquered by men and women who, following the imperatives of their creative process, are reinventing traditional techniques and thus, without necessarily thinking in such terms, are sculpting the contours of the future.John A. Harris was born in Nottingham, England, in 1964. He lives and works in London.In 1989 he and three friends founded an acid jazz group called The Sandals. They signed a contract with London Records and had two hit singles, Feet and Nothing, on the back of which they spent two years travelling round the world. Later, Harris became contributing fashion editor for Black Book magazine, New York, then Fashion editor for Rubbish magazine, London, he also worked as a stylist for The Independent.He made his first piece of furniture in summer 1990. This, he realised, was what he really wanted to do. As he himself recalls, with great simplicity, “I started working on a rather crude piece, putting it together with nails. I used whatever came to hand – an oak plank and a few bits of very old elm did the job. In spite of the roughness of the wood, its strangeness, I was really fascinated by this material. This was a real discovery that inspired me to create”.Harris works to his own rhythm, allowing long periods of latency when, he tries “to let the wood express itself while I am restoring and taking care of it. I wait for each piece to tell me what it wants to become.” These periods of waiting, discovery and listening thus constitute a kind of apprenticeship.The work is at once technical and ethical, resulting from the long quest for an asceticism that is elegant, subtle and richly expressive. And while this asceticism is obtained in the solitude of his studio, in the midst of his singular struggles with the material, it is no less cultivated for all that, meaning that it comes out of both the American tradition of a George Nakashima or a Ralph Rapson, and the European one of designers like Janette Laverrière and Gustave Gautier. The latter’s influence can be seen in the extreme delicacy of the finishes and articulations, and in the bold play on veneers. Such are the no doubt fortuitous formal evocations in the work of this artist who offers a talent combination of skill, originality and sensitivity.”Patrick Favardin – Paris, November 2007 Chaise by John A. HarrisEXCHANGE CHAISE, 2006 IrokoH 30 x L 49 x 68 cm / backrest L 30 x W 68 cm— Anthony P. Munoz apmunoz.com

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