Gerry Cahill, Dublin, Ireland
Gerry Cahill is one the most brilliant architects in Ireland. His work has always focused on preservation, urban renewal, and efficient and comfortable housing for the elderly and needy. He teaches at University College Dublin. His 1980 book, “Back to the Street,” is an important testament to his highly altruistic commitment to the profession.
Online review: http://archiseek.com/tag/gerry-cahill-architects/
There is no more visionary, socially aware architectural firm in the US. Their imaginative approach to integrating structures with their surroundings is really exciting and always aesthetically pleasing.
Founded in 1993 and based in New York and Naples. They say, “Our sustainable approach to construction through upcycling has been the basis of structural projects at all scales. We are committed to ecologically responsible and intelligent methods of building.”
Xavier Corbero home
Critic Viki Psihoyos says, “Xavier Corbero, considered by many to be Spain’s premier living sculptor, is finally settling into his dream home, a sprawling labyrinth of buildings seamlessly blending 17th with 21st century elements. After 40 years of design and creation, the compound has itself become a habitable sculpture, reflecting the artist’s vision. Located in the town of Esplugues de Llobregat, so named for the twisting maze of manmade caves it rests upon, some dating to Roman times, Corbero’s walled suite of structures wind down a quiet lane in a suburb of the revitalized Barcelona.”
One of our favorite friends is the Toronto-based artist and designer Kathleen Doody. Not only was she the senior designer for the Toronto Star for years, she’s done so many wonderfully creative things, from masks to the pebble mosaics and lighting design featured on her website.
“The ancient art of pebble mosaic uses smooth, water-worn stones, sourced locally or imported from around the world, to create beautiful, durable surfaces for public spaces and private gardens . . . Designs larger than 600mm diameter are built in several pieces that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Modern concrete casting methods ensure frost proof installationsthat are built to last. The upside down construction creates a flat walking surface. Modeledceramic bas-reliefs can be integrated into the design, adding greater detail and items of particular interest.”
“Lanterns and lamps are very sculptural. The natural beauty of the branches and handmade paper enhance any room, and the flickering light of the candles, or the soft glow of the light, add warmth and charm. Candle-lit, electric and lamp shades are all available in unique models . . .”
Alastair Dickson creates fantastic sculptures from found materials, ranging from wine bottle corks to rusted metal. He makes whole worlds of strange characters and creatures. His work on the short film “The Stone of Folly” won him a Prix du Jury in the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
Jeff Badger is based in Portland, Maine. Ken Greenleaf of The Portland Phoenix summed up his work thus: “When you enter Badger’s world you know that safety is mutable, and probably for reasons that are not only unforeseeable but that are only marginally sane. Which means that the ideas presented are, in these unfathomable times, realistic.”
Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York City. Her huge, spectacular collages are as organic as they are surreal, often addressing issues women face in our culture.
A creator of fanciful but profound sculptures, mainly at a very small scale, Lydia Badger’s work is a delight to the eye and major food for thought. Born in 1975, she is based in South Portland ME. Her work often depicts the clash between natural and artificial worlds through unexpected juxtapositions of animals and manmade environments.
Nick Golebiewski (born 1980) is a New York City based artist, originally from Buffalo, NY. He received a BFA in painting from the University at Buffalo (2002) and studied in Florence, Italy at the Scuolo Lorenzo de’Medici. His practice includes distinct processes, including painting, drawing, super 8 film and shadow puppet performances. Golebiewski has screened at Anthology Film Archives (NYC), performed at Richard Foreman’s Ontological Hysteric Theater (NYC) and exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia). As of 2011, he has worked out of a painting studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn. And, he probably bicycled to get there.
Labayru i Gonzalez Furniture, Barcelona, Spain
Angel Labayru Gonzalez designs and hand-crafts beautifully simple and elegant pieces, many of them from reclaimed wood from old buildings and wine barrels. Above is a very nice pine table.
Julia, blogger, Home on 129 Acres
Amidst the long and arduous process of renovation of an entire farm along with her husband, Julia has found the time and creative impulse to create some really lovely pieces of furniture, including a wonderfully-executed mud room bench.
Furniture as sculpture, or vice versa. Not much more you can say!
New Mission Workshop
Patrick Ashley is creating a revitalization of Mission Style (or Arts and Crafts) furniture with some truly elegant and functional designs.
George Nakashima, Woodworker
No one has made furniture more beautiful!
Lucy Wright, Lighting Designer
Lucy Wright’s lighting design is inspiringly utilitarian and elegant. Above is a concept sketch for wall lights with a distinctly nautical flair: compass roses and steering wheels.
Reclaimed Wood Blog
Greg Cater’s California-based blog features a wide range of uses for reclaimed wood, with a focus on the socially appropriate.
John Whitmarsh, Artist
Whitmarsh’s use of reclaimed wood and other materials in interior decoration is really admirable.
Their tagline is, “Every line has a point at the end.” The blog highlights wonderful architectural executions that are environmentally sensible, as well as beautiful, from around the world.
Johnson Trading Gallery
The instinct and fine sensibility of Paul Johnson has resulted in a collection of wonderful furniture and design that is unsurpassed anywhere.
An online magazine that shows a whole world of architecture and design that’s as sensible as it is imaginative.