25 of the Most Important Chair Designs of All Time

25 of the Most Important Chair Designs of All Time

Some innovations are heralded as turning points for civilization. The wheel propelled us great distances, the combustion engine transformed lives, and the television transported us to imagined lands. The chair doesn’t tend to receive quite the same status, despite literally lifting humans off the ground. But what started as something purely utilitarian has morphed into…

Timeless Perfumes and Collectible Vintage Scents

Timeless Perfumes and Collectible Vintage Scents

Hundreds of new perfumes are launched every year; it’s easy to become a little overwhelmed when trying to select a new scent. Are you floral or woody? Where do you stand on a strong oudh? The wealth of choice can make you dizzy. Perhaps this is why the perfumes we’ve come to know as timeless…

Simplicity and Modernity: The Charles and Ray Eames Design Philosophy

Simplicity and Modernity: The Charles and Ray Eames Design Philosophy

Steeped in practicality, yet brimming with Midcentury cool and bursting with technological advancements, the designs of Charles and Ray Eames were as thrilling to their post-war audiences as they are timeless today. Underpinning it all was a design philosophy with an elegantly simple and enduringly modern approach that furthered technology and created a legacy that…

Picasso’s Periods — A Timeline

Picasso’s Periods — A Timeline

It is impossible to discuss modern art without invoking the name Pablo Picasso, who rose from relatively humble beginnings to become an international superstar. Picasso was a true artistic revolutionary, unafraid to break artistic conventions to carry art into a dynamic new era. That enduring spark of avant-garde innovation translated into a remarkably productive career,…

Bernard Leach: Father of British Studio Pottery

Bernard Leach: Father of British Studio Pottery

Rightly revered as the father of British Studio pottery, Bernard Leach’s influence as a ceramicist is hard to overstate. As someone who exceeded his accolades, Leach’s pure and utilitarian form of pottery stood in opposition to mass production and had a lasting influence on modern design in North America during the 1950s and 1960s. It…

Gerhard Richter’s Atlas

Gerhard Richter’s Atlas

Gerhard Richter is one of Europe’s most prolific and acclaimed post-war artists. His work spans some six decades and ranges from painting, photography, printmaking and collage to sculpture and designs for stained-glass windows. He has produced portraits and landscapes as well as dramatic abstract works, boldly and bravely interrogating subjects such as growing up during…

What is Blue-Chip Art and How to Start Investing in it

What is Blue-Chip Art and How to Start Investing in it

“Blue chip” is a term used to describe established companies whose value is a certainty. In the same vein, blue-chip art refers to the works of the most important and recognizable artists, whose pieces consistently sell in volume and at high prices. Blue-chip art is not acquired on a speculative basis – the art market is…

Fifteen Fabulous Art Museums to Explore in New York City

Fifteen Fabulous Art Museums to Explore in New York City

New York ranks among the top cities in the world for its art museums: from the expansive collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the modern and contemporary wonders of the Guggenheim or the New Museum, art lovers are in for a treat when it comes to museum-hopping.  The beauty of the Big Apple’s…

Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Collaboration and Friendship

Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Collaboration and Friendship

He’s one of the most famous and recognizable artists that the United States has ever produced. His young protégée would become the wunderkind of the New York art scene who would sky rocket to fame as a figure of his generation. Together, they would become an unlikely powerhouse pairing of artistic talent and one of…