Anthropologie has officially launched their much-anticipated in-store “Decorator Concept Shops.” The concept shops are now available at 12 Anthropologie stores in the U.K. and U.S., including the Chelsea Market store in Manhattan. The concept shop area offers a focused selection of product for the home – including rugs, wallpaper, furniture, lighting and hardware. Anthropologie aims to inspire customers, offering design assistance and holding regular design workshops open to the public. A natural extension of the brand, the shops feature the vintage-inspired displays and bohemian-flavored product which are Anthropologie’s signature.
Written by Camron NY intern Kate Colangeli
This month saw the opening of Glenn Ligon: AMERICA at the Whitney Museum. The show is the first comprehensive retrospective of Ligon, the New York-based conceptual artist known for exploring issues of race, sexuality, and language. The exhibition includes many of Ligon’s most iconic works including text-based paintings that quote everyone from Jean Genet to Richard Pryor, as well as Ligon’s appropriation of a series of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe. Also on view is a series of “black neon” installations, which Ligon created after moving to a studio that happened to be above a custom neon lighting manufacturer.
Running alongside the Yohji Yamamoto retrospective at the Victoria & Albert Museum are two further odes to the designer curated by Jules Wright of The Wapping Project. Yohji’s Women an exhibition at Wrights Wapping Bankside showcases some of Yamamoto’s key collaborations captured by photographers including Nick Knight, Inez & Vinoodh, Peter Lindbergh and Max Vadukul. However the pièce de résistance is Making Waves, an installation at the Wapping Project were the striking white silk wedding dress taken from the designer’s autumn/winter 1998 collection is suspended over a flooded gallery space, which visitors explore by boat. This is the best art installation in London at the moment and a definite must see!
Last Thursday White Cube Hoxton Square opened Anselm Kiefer’s exhibition Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen: The waves of sea and love. The works were divided in 2 parts. Downstairs, 24 very impressive panoramic seascapes are superimposed with a rusty (and supposedly very painful) gynecological object. In the centre of the space, vitrines contain copies of one of the artist’s beautiful books, each opened at a different page. Upstairs, a series of stunning smaller works, romantically named I hold all the Indians in my hand, fill the more intimate space.
A favorite source for interior designers and in-the-know consumers, 1stdibs.com is an online marketplace for vintage furniture, lighting, and objects. The site, founded by Michael Bruno, recently expanded into fine art, jewelry, and fashion. And now, after 10 years in business online, 1stdibs has a physical presence. Taking up the entire 10th floor of the New York Design Center and housing 54 dealers and their diverse wares, the new 1stdibs@NYDC is a treasure trove of finds. Interior designer Martin Brudnizki dubbed it “a brilliant resource” during our recent tour.