Vintage CorningWare and a Surreal Windsor Chair

Photo: Eva Herzog, Colleen E. Hayes/Netflix, Brian W. Ferry, Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press

Every two weeks, I’ll collect and share items, creators, news, and events worth knowing about.

Photo: Eva Herzog

Barber Osgerby — the British design studio behind the 2012 olympic torch, status task chairs, Rimowa Luggageand Supreme Approved Table Lamps — just released a new lighting collection with Paris Kreo Gallery. The line of lamps and pendants, named Signals, began with Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby’s obsession with cones, which they describe as “the perfect geometry” found in everything from broadcast equipment to the lights at the rear of the trains. “A cone can completely distort a viewer’s perspective and play tricks on the mind,” says Barber, referring to how it looks flat from an angle and only reveals its depth as you move around it. . I’ve always loved how Barber Osgerby looks to industrial objects and manufacturing techniques to inspire his art furniture. These Venini glass shades on aluminum housings immediately reminded me of public transit infrastructure, as a visual nod to the studio’s industrial design history.

Pictures: Colleen E. Hayes/Netflix.

Pictures: Colleen E. Hayes/Netflix.

Anna, the main character of Netflix’s new psychological thriller The woman in the house opposite the girl at the windowis a casserole lover who manages to break a lot of pans. And these are not just any dishes; they are Classic corningware blueberry design, which was everywhere in the 1970s and 1980s and has become a highly sought-after collector’s item today. (Although someone Actually pay $3,500 for one?!) The cocottes are a index into the murder mystery and a perfectly nostalgic symbol of Anna’s grief. The innovation of the dish comes from its composition: pyroceramics, a glass-ceramic material that resists thermal shock, does not stain, does not retain odors and was originally invented for the military. When CorningWare introduced the design in 1965, it came with blue cornflowers designed by Joseph Baum, artist in a Connecticut advertising agency. Although CorningWare added other patterns over time, blueberries remained the most popular, so much so that the company reissued the pattern in 2018. Seeing the dish on the show depressed me for a long time TikTok Rabbit Hole in which I found a video of someone who got the blue flowers tattoo on lower back (grimace!). Rest assured, no vintage dishes were damaged in the making of the Netflix show.

Photo: Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press

There is a line in the introduction of The women who changed architecture, a forthcoming book from Princeton Architectural Press, which has stuck with me ever since I read it: “Female models don’t exist in textbooks, even though they exist in schools.” This brings us to one of the major design issues: who gets credit and recognition for their work, and how does this affect the way buildings and cities are designed? The book, edited by Jan Cigliano Hartman, features 122 women working in architecture, from historical figures like Lina Bo Bardi to contemporary architects like Billie Tsien and Neri Oxman. Each profile explains how the women charted their journey in architecture, revealing some common themes in their practices, such as working more collaboratively, mixing multiple disciplines in their process, and engaging with political, social and environmental issues.

Photo: Brian W. Ferry

In its latest exhibition, Superhouse presents Sue Ravitz and Aaron Blendowski at his ten-by-ten-foot gallery in Chinatown’s 75 East Broadway Mall. Ravitz, a fiber artist, and Blendowski, a sculptor and industrial designer, both distort traditional household objects through a surreal lens. Ravitz’s braided rug is like a pool of molten colors, and Blendowski’s scalloped-edge Windsor chair looks like dollhouse furniture bloated to life-size proportions. Seeing their work together, I feel like I have walked through the looking glass.

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