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Monthly Archives: October 2010
What’s new at High Point Furniture Market this week? One of the most exciting trends is Made in America. Furniture designer John Strauss of Canton, Ohio is in the forefront of this movement. Shown above is just one of his designs, “Lozere Table”, that comes in 6 vibrant shades. I told John that I thought the table had wonderful feng shui. Why? Because it has an octagonal shape that reminds me of the bagua, it has yin curves and yang angles combined in a balanced and pleasing way, and the colors are chi-ful. Plus, they are good karma since John uses sustainable woods, sustainable paint, and produces this line in an Amish factory in Ohio. While I was in the John Strauss showroom admiring his furniture, I met the very dynamic Veronika Miller, CEO of Modenus. Check out the Modenus interactive website for inspiration and up-to-date design information and their blog for Veronika’s take on John’s table. John Strauss furniture is custom made and that means if you want to order a single piece, you probably can. Check it out at StraussFurniture.com.
There’s a house on the market in Bel Air, California (a very ritzy part of LA) going for $17.5 Million. I love looking at real estate and when I got this listing from Rose + Chang I just had to check it out with my feng shui eyes. If I had a serious art collection this is the type of home I would seek out to show it to its best advantage. These types of spaces can often come across as sterile, cold, and institutional looking. But I think here the architect and designer (I’m assuming the furnishings were “staged”) have done a good job of creating a warm and inviting environment despite the large areas of the interiors. They have used wood very wisely and sparingly. The furnishings have a nice blend of curves to offset the masculine lines of the building itself. I particularly like the bathroom with the almost perfect use of the elements. Would you like living here or is it too big for you? Do you prefer traditional to minimal?
Ever feel like a minute spec in a giant space? 100 million handpainted porcelain sunflower seeds illustrates this point vividly. Ai Wei Wei is one of China’s prominent artists and his installation at the Tate in London is breathtakingly beautiful in its simplicity and scope. Things to contemplate while immersed in the seeds…how will our planet handle the feng shui of our exploding population? How will there be enough water and clean air for everyone? Where will we all live when space becomes more and more limited? Will our seeds take root and nourish the next generations or will only a few survive?
This just in: an update on the status of the installation. Apparently now the Tate will NOT let people interact with the installation (originally one could walk in it, lie down in it, scoop up the “seeds”. Now you can’t.