Water Block

Located on the 5th floor at the Musee de Orsay, Tokujon Yoshioka’s Water Block benches coexist with impressionist painting. Providing both seating and sculpture to the gallery, the benches are a unique addition to the floor.




Water Block sits effortlessly within the gallery, acting as a modern foil to the impressionist paintings.


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Cast Landscape at Tippet Rise Art Center

Opening June 17th in Montana, Tippet Rise Art Center will be a place where landscape, art, architecture, and music live simultaneously to create a unique experience for visitors. Located just north of Yellowstone National Park, Tippet Rise has enlisted artists to transform the land in a way that positively interacts with the landscape. Ensemble Studio answered the call, casting monuments in the landscape itself. Using rebar, cement, and dirt they created structures that are equal parts shelter and sculpture.

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To create the rock-like forms, Ensemble Studio uses construction equipment to maneuver dirt, covering the indentation with plastic and casting it in cement. The result is a highly engineered process that mimics the imagery of naturally eroded landscape. View a video of their process here.


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both1“Beartooth” and “Inverted Portal” Ensemble Studio at Tippet Rise Art Center


The resulting impact on the landscape is minimal and emotional. We are excited to see Tippet Rise Art Center grow. All images courtesy of Ensemble Studio. As always, please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and‘Like’ us on Facebook.


Go Before They’re Gone: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Ending this Sunday June 5th, two MCA exhibitions are worth one last view. Alexandre de Cunha’s outdoor sculptures mark the MCA’s fifth Plaza Project. The pieces, made of found materials including a repurposed cement mixer and cement sewer pipes, take found-art to the urban scale. Make sure to take a peek into the cement-mixer to see a kaleidescope of shadows.


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Once inside the museum, wander over to the Bergman Galleries to view a beautifully curated exhibition called “Surrealism: The Conjured Life”. Per the MCA, the exhibit “presents more than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs that demonstrate the deep currents that Surrealism sent through the international art world—and especially through Chicago—since its emergence in the first half of the twentieth century”. The exhibition shows Surrealist works from the 30’s and 40’s alongside contemporary works influenced by the movement.


magritteRené Magritte, Les merveilles de la nature (The Wonders of Nature), 1953
rambergChristina Ramberg, Muscular Alternative, 1979



We hope you enjoy the works and your weekend, all images courtesy of the MCA’s website. As always, please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Blog Spotlight

This week, we decided to honor one of many blogs that inspire us daily. Remodelista has been an infinite source for good reads with an emphasis on aesthetic. We look forward to seeing their compositions daily. The personal anecdotes mixed with inspiration and the occasional picture of their own home make Remodelista read like an old friend.


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Remodelista’s history is as unique as its layout. Founded in 2008, they became pioneers of online design advice and were bought by SayMedia in 2011. In 2015, the founders bought Remodelista back. Through it all, the heart of the site has remained the same. They describe themselves as “a group of friends who share eerily similar design sensibilities; a collective design DNA”. We thank them for the great articles and continued rainy-day inspiration!

We invite you to read some of our favorite articles this week:

Remodeling 101: How Shaker Peg Rails Saved My Summer Sanity

Current Obsessions: Artistic License

Angel Face: A Lyonnaise-Style Bar in Portland, Oregon

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Galleries and Learning in the Online Age

The Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, in New York has released an online gallery of sorts called MomaLearning. It offers a selection of artists and themes to discover, giving viewers well-curated art history lessons complete with slideshows and worksheets. Our favorite of the day is the “gallery” titled Marcel Duchamp and the Ready Made. Below, we’ve shared some of our favorite pieces of history all courtesy of this great resource!



Duchamp.-Bicycle-Wheel-395x395Bicycle Wheel, Marcel Duchamp (American, born France. 1887–1968)


Dada artist Marcel Duchamp created his ‘Readymades’ as an alternative to representing objects in paint. He chose commercial objects to designate as art, titling them and displaying them in the same way of traditional works. He stated “an ordinary object could be elevated to the dignity of artwork by the mere choice of an artist.” His ideas disrupted centuries of thinking.


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Duchamp was a pioneer for Conceptual Art and these works mark a pivotal moment in history. The movement questioned assumptions of what art should be and still provides inspiration to artists working today. 


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Student work in Milan

Eight talented students from the Rhode Island School of Design are being featured at the XXI Triennale International Exhibition Milan 2016. The student work came from a research studio course where furniture design students were teamed with textile students and given the task of challenging the role of soft material in furniture design. The resulting pieces are beautiful and innovative. We commend them on the success!



The Looped Pile Seat by undergraduate student Ana Mosseri and graduate student Elaina Runge features a woven seat referencing the looped piling in rugs. The chair has a subtle color shift from coral to fuchsia, giving it smart visual weight. It is a chair that invites you in.



Undergraduate student Michelle Dunbar and graduate student Mayela Mujica also used smart color choices in their knitted chair. The orange peek is only shown when someone is sitting, highlighting how the human form affects the material. The piece, titled Stretch Lounge, is constructed using industrially knitted wool, cotton and spandex.


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The final two pieces featured in the exhibition are both crocheted, but radically different. The first pictured was created by two graduate students, Maria Camarena Bernard and Aakanksha Sirothia, using crocheted acrylic yarn as both the textile and the structure. The stuffed chair has ruffled arm and neck rests and is comfortably stuffed.




The next crocheted piece makes use of a steel frame with self-reinforcing arms and backrest. The paper yarn crochet suspends between, creating a beautiful perch. Created by undergraduate students Andrew Bannar and Noelle Webster.




Their professor, Lothar Windels, says of the pieces, “The furniture…tells a visual story about how it was made, in each piece, various components come together in a transparent, self-explanatory manner”. We couldn’t agree more. (via RISD)


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The Modern Chair

Our home-base museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, opened a new exhibit yesterday called “The Modern Chair”. It is the first in a series of exhibitions that will lead up to the opening of the museum’s first permanent collection of 20th-21st century architecture and design. The exhibit features furniture starting in the Machine Age, highlighting a move from carpenters to industrial designers in the furniture industry.


Rudolph Schindler. Wilshire Medical Office Side Chair, about 1943

During this time, the chair became more than a utilitarian object. Architects and Designers began seeing the chair as an opportunity for engineering. It became a means for material exploration and the study of the human body. Tubular steel, plywood, and fiberglass began to have a role in furniture.  “The Modern Chair” features famed chairs from Charles and Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Harry Bertoia, and Le Corbusier, all of whom contributed to a new, modern, ideal. (via).

le corbusierLe Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris), Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand
Chaise Lounge, designed 1928, manufactured about 1933


Here at Maxine Snider, we can see this influence in our own furniture. Our City Bench and Bauhaus Sofa combine steel and upholstery with crisp lines and a clean aesthetic reflective of the era.


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It is exciting to see the AIC’s renewed interest in the history of design and it’s influences, and we look forward to seeing more work by those that inspire us.


All images via The Art Institute of Chicago and Maxine Snider Inc.

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Ghost Architecture by Edoardo Tresoldi

In Puglia Italy, artist Edoardo Tresoldi has created a masterful sculptural installation that reinterprets the remains of an ancient church. Tresoldi worked with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and the Archaeology Superintendence of Puglia to re-imagine the splendor of the church at the Archaeological Park of Siponto. The work, simply named Basilica di Siponto revives the remains, allowing visitors to transcend time and see the splendor of the cathedral.

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Photographs taken by Blind Eye Factory detail the magnitude of the project. Showing how the work sits beautifully in the archeological site. Tresoldi’s eye for detail, and the original architect’s eye for space is breathtaking.


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Tresoldi included replicas of even the smallest detail, including columns and the original sculptural figures.




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Process Refinement: From Dirt to Sphere

Hikaro Dorodango is the ancient Japanese art of turning dirt into spheres. Artist Bruce Gardner has mastered this craft. Gardner describes his spheres as “nearly the perfect expression of process refinement”. Each Dorodango feels personified, their perfection through labor and extreme fragility through material allowing them to feel intimate.

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“A traditional pastime among the children of Japan, the exact origin of hikaru dorodango is unknown. The tradition was dying out until taken up by Professor Fumio Kayo, of the Kyoto University of Education, as a means to study the psychology of children’s play. In the course of his research, Kayo developed a simple technique for creating dorodango. With the help of Japanese media, Kayo has revived and extended the popular reach of this tradition to the point where it is now an international phenomenon.” –Bruce Gardner


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Watch the beautiful video by P2 photography, then go try the practice yourself with the instructions on Bruce Gardner’s website.

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To Sharpen a Pencil

Professors at the Free University of Bolzano in Italy conceived a clever project for 20 of their design students.  The project, called La Matita Rossa, challenged them to rethink the user’s experience when sharpening a pencil.

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The students came up with many thoughtful new approaches.

A notched handheld with blade.

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A tool kit for fine tuning the perfect point.

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A wearable approach.

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The interactive method.

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A fantastic project that challenged the students and yielded amazing creations.  To view more of the concepts click here.


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