Category Archive: design

upholstry

our dining chairs needed re-upholstering.  we commissioned a friend, a talented designer and weaver, to make a textile for us.  his idea was to weave a continuous piece of cloth that would yield… Continue reading

our new san francisco exhibition space

it was going to take an extraordinary space to replace our beautiful clementina street gallery, but that building was to be demolished to make way for a condo development and we were ready… Continue reading

a studio visit with julie chang

this dialogue and the photos from julie’s studio came out of the lead-up to her solo exhibition in our new york gallery space… todd hosfelt:   language is really important in your work.   you’ve… Continue reading

great legs

love this table by furniture designer paul loebach.  he calls it “watson table” for the scientist who discovered the structure of DNA.  it also refers to the “barley twist” in traditional english and… Continue reading

a slippery slope

the wool cover on our bertoia diamond chair was 22 years old and getting really ratty.   we composted it and bought a couple of beautiful pewter-colored sheep skins from s. h. frank &… Continue reading

an object of desire

an ottoman by christopher kurtz, made of reclaimed first-growth redwood. i love the mass. the weight and bulk made elegant by the hover off the ground. the historical reference to tufted upholstry. the… Continue reading

living with art

i think one of the best experiences you can have when you’re traveling is to get to visit the homes of people who live there.   for me, it’s particularly fun to see… Continue reading

the museum of contemporary art australia

i was in sydney for the opening of the expansion of the museum of contemporary art.   located on circular quay, the museum occupies an imposing art deco (former government) building in the very… Continue reading

design days dubai

there’s a new design fair in dubai, coinciding with the art fair.   my picks… chandeliers in brass and blown glass by jeff zimmerman… and a cut crystal pendant by david wiseman. “fragile future… Continue reading

the piano addition to art institute of chicago

the art institute of chicago opened a $300 million, 264,000 square foot addition designed by renzo piano in may of 2009.   i’m a big fan of piano’s museums — menil collection (1987), cy… Continue reading

adaptive radiation

is a concept in evolutionary science in which a pioneering organism enters an environment where it has little competition.   it reproduces profusely and differentiates rapidly and extensively, though never departs too dramatically from… Continue reading

milan’s design fair

i had dinner night before last with a friend who’d just come back from covering the design fairs in milan.   sounded like fun to me (and probably you), but for her, it was… Continue reading

an object of desire…

i want this table. the legs are bronze, the top is wood with gold leaf.   the first time i saw one was at a party at an art collector’s home in köln.    i… Continue reading

something i never do in the gallery…

is hang salon-style.    i have a well-earned reputation as a give-every-work-of art-the-space-it-needs kind of guy.  i’m the only gallerist i know who regularly leaves a couple (or more) of the walls of the… Continue reading

the most fun part

of an art fair is the people watching…    here’s a sampling of shoes in miami… noteworthy seams: a very cute couple: no big surprise – there were a lot of sandals: but a… Continue reading

some friends of mine built a house for their art.

don’t get me wrong, they live there too.  and it’s a very livable house.    but the house was designed to showcase a large collection of contemporary art made by women. its organized… Continue reading

drawing on our walls

our next show in san francisco, “wall drawing,” opens this saturday – the 20th.   it’s a group show exploring the practice of making art directly on the wall of the gallery. sol lewitt… Continue reading

a new chris ballantyne installation…

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