It’s no secret, we love art showcased in unusual places. The ability to think outside of the box to create beauty in unexpected places is a true talent. We aren’t the only ones who appreciate this gift. Design Curial recently ranked the “Top 10 Best Designed Benches in the World“, and we have to admit we’re glad we didn’t have the tough job of ranking these benches. There are some incredible designs in the mix. They are all very different but beautiful in their own way.
Here are a few of our favorites
To see the entire list and learn a little about each of the benches go to Design Curial. Do you agree with their choices and rankings?
New Jersey born and current Brooklyn resident KAWS is known world wide and a favorite of celebrities. He’s collaborated with Nike, Vans, Dos Equis, and Hennessy to name a few. In 2013 he redesigned the moon man for the MTV Video Awards. If you want to own one of his pieces be prepared to shell out a minimum of $200,000. However, starting tomorrow through December 6, you can see a few of his pieces for the price of a ticket to the Brooklyn Museum.
(Photo: Adam Reich, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York)
“Along the Way”, KAWS’ 18 foot Mickey Mouse inspired wood sculptures, will be on display in the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby. This gift is in honor of Arnold Lehman, who has served as director of the museum for the past 17 years and is now leaving. Along with the massive statues, two of KAWS’ paintings, “Should I Be Attacking” and “Glass Smile” are on display as well.
Even though his work has been displayed around the world, we’re sure KAWS is very proud to have an exhibition practically his own backyard. His work is definitely worth a trip to the Brooklyn Museum.
Photo from KAWS’ Instagram
Photo from KAWS’ Instagram
Photo from KAWS’ Instagram
To keep up with KAWS and his latest works follow him on Instagram. .
Memorial Day weekend is upon us.The unofficial beginning of summer, despite when the calendar says it technically begins. Everyone is searching for the nearest body of water to cool off and enjoy a long weekend with friends and family. As much as we love to use a long weekend to get away for a bit, there’s something to be said for making your own backyard a destination in and of itself. No fighting traffic, long lines, or crowds. You could just open your back door to enjoy your own personal paradise. You used the space for entertaining guests or as a quite place to unwind at the end of a long week.
With this in mind we decided to share a few of our favorite backyard entertaining areas. They range from simple to palatial but all offer their own unique charm. Maybe we can find some inspiration to make our own outdoor entertaining areas a reality.
Spike Powell/Woman & Home
Ben Anders/Livingetc/IPC+ Syndication
Dan Duchars/Homes & Gardens/IPC+ Syndication
From the show Indoors Out on the DIY Network Episode: “Elevated Entertainment Room”
From the show Indoors Out on the the DIY Network Episode: “Open Range Saloon”
From the show Indoors Out on the DIY Network Episode : “Dockside Lobster Bar”
From the show Indoors Out on the DIY Network Episode: “Fresh Air Dining Room”
From the show Yard Crashers on the DIY Network Episode: “Chess Board Patio”
To learn more about the wonderful outdoor entertainment areas here or to see even more spaces check out the DIY Network or Real Simple.
We always applaud communities who have public or interactive art. These pieces bring an extra layer of excitement, beauty and charm to an area. When the work is interactive, it encourages citizens to join in on the fun of making their cities a little more beautiful.
Most people would agree that Boston is not lacking any interesting things to see or do, but it is still nice to see the interactive public art the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) had installed at Lawn on D as part of an initiative to create the first interactive public space in Boston. Lawn on D is a park in south Boston, which also hosts corn hole, bocce ball, an open air bar on weekends, and even music events. This is why designers Eric Howeler and Meejin Yoon, of the Boston firm Howeler and Yoon Architecture, thought their exhibit “Swing Time” would be a perfect addition to the space.
“Swing Time” is composed of 20 swings made in three different sizes using LED lights. The lights change colors depending on the speed the swings are moving. They are fun to take a ride on whether day or night, but they are absolutely beautiful to see when being used in the dark.
We can’t wait to see what else the MCCA comes up with for Lawn on D!
Read more about “Swing Time” and its designers here.
In an effort to make ourselves accessible to the widest range of people, we have our Yelp listing up and running. We invite anyone we have had the pleasure of working with in the past to leave a review about your experience with us. We look forward to not only connecting with new clients, but also working with some familiar faces again in the future.
David G Flatt Furniture, LTD
Spring is in the air. The days are getting longer. Temperatures are getting warmer. We are slowly forgetting about the pile of never ending snow. And last but not least, wedding season has officially begun. Whether you are a bride to be, helping a bride to be plan, or just have a mailbox full of invitations everyone has weddings on the brain in some form or fashion.
Since we like to think of us all as friends here, we want to share some priceless information with all the brides-to-be out there. Two of a Kind Rentals. Remember this name. Bookmark their website. They are here to help you. As Krista Li, the founder and CEO of Two of a Kind Rentals , says she launched the company, “as a way to provide trend-forward yet accessible event rentals to New York (and surrounding) markets.” What this means for you is Two of a Kind offers furniture and decorations from one place for great prices. They have everything from chairs to cake stands and chafing dishes. They have signs, marquee lights, and backdrops for rent or even to purchase if you would like. Their items are high quality and high fashion but for reasonable prices. They will also deliver your items and help you set up for a small fee.
In the interest of full disclosure, we might be a little biased since we teamed up with Two of a Kind to develop sturdy yet fashionable tables that don’t even need linens. We really enjoy working with this wonderful company, and we love that our work can be a part of couples’ special day.
Our classic wooden dining table hard at work
Our metal pipe dining table
Two of a Kind doesn’t just do weddings though. Thanks to their trendy, high quality, competitively priced items, they are perfect for almost any event you may be planning. In fact their items are often rented for fundraisers, TV shows, photo shoots, and corporate events.
Learn more about Two of a Kind New York Event Rentals
Here is just a small selection of the vendor spaces we created for this year’s Coterie show. Each client presents unique challenges and opportunities, and with each project we try to bring something new and fresh to the table for the brands we represent. When you consider that we work on all of these projects at one time, the task can be nothing short of daunting. But it’s what we love to do, and each year we rise to the challenge and do a ton of work that makes us all very proud to have such amazing clients.
More to come soon!