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August 29, 2011


Filed under: Gertrude Stein — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 12:25 pm

Disillusionment in living is finding that no one can really ever be agreeing with you completely in anything.
Gertrude Stein

Today’s post on GERTRUDE STEIN comes about by way of Woody Allen’s latest movie, Midnight in Paris.  The movie spends so much time with Gertrude Stein that I thought I would spend a bit of time on her today.

If you haven’t seen it, it is a  classic, regardless if you like his style of movie.  It is not a “New York” movie, for those of you who are not big fans of his genre.

The objective  of these patrons of the arts, is to bring to the forefront, so much talent, that without them, would never be seen!  So think, if Gertrude Stein and her brothers had not taken such a keen interest!


Gertrude Stein (1980) acrylic and ink on canvas by Andy Warhol – “Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century” – Jewish Museum, New York.

Writer and art patron. Born on February 3, 1874, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Gertude Stein was an imaginative, influential writer in the twentieth century. The daughter of a wealthy Jewish merchant, she spent her early years in

Europe with her family. The Steins later settled in Oakland, California. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1898 with a bachelor’s degree. While at the college,

Stein studied psychology under William James (and would

remain greatly influenced by his ideas). She went on to study medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School.


In 1903, Gertrude Stein moved to Paris to be with her brother, Leo, where they began collecting                                                                    HENRI MATISSE Postimpressionist paintings, thereby helping several leading artists such as                                                                                                      CEZANNE

Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

She and Leo established a famous literary and artistic salon at 27 rue de Fleurus. Leo moved to Florence, Italy, in 1912, taking many of the paintings with him. Gertrude remained

in Paris with her assistant Alice B. Toklas, who she met in 1909.

Toklas and Stein would become lifelong companions.

Much of Gertrude Stein’s fame derives from a private modern art gallery she assembled, from 1904 to 1913, with her brother Leo Stein.

Of the art collection at 27 Rue de Fleurus, McBride commented: “in proportion to its size and quality … [it is] just about the most potent of any that I have ever heard of in history.” commented one of many famous art historians.

McBride also made the observation that Gertrude “collected geniuses rather than masterpieces. She recognized them a long way off.”[19] The collection soon had a worldwide reputation.

Leo Stein’s acquaintances and study of modern art eventually resulted in the famous Stein art collections. Bernard Berenson hosted Gertrude and Leo in his English country house in 1902, and suggested they visit

Paul Cézanne and Ambroise Vollard‘s art gallery.[20]


The joint collection of Gertrude and Leo Stein began in late 1904, when Michael Stein announced that their trust account had accumulated a balance of 8,000 francs. They spent this at Vollard‘s Gallery,

buying Gauguin‘s Sunflowers[21] and Three Tahitians,[22] Cézanne’sBathers,[23] and two Renoirs.[24]

The art collection increased and the walls at Rue de Fleurus were rearranged continuously to make way for new acquisitions.[25] In “the first half of 1905″ the Steins acquired Cézanne‘s Portrait of Mme Cézanne

and Delacroix‘s Perseus and Andromeda.[26] Shortly after the opening of the Paris Autumn Salon of 1905 (on October 18, 1905), the Steins acquired Matisse’s Woman with a Hat[27] and Picasso’s Young Girl with Basket of Flowers.[28]

By early 1906, Leo and Gertrude Stein’s studio had many paintings by Henri Manguin, Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Honoré Daumier, Henri Matisse, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.[29]

Their collection was representative of two famous art exhibitions that took place during their residence together in Paris, and to which they contributed, either by lending their art, or by patronizing the featured artists.[30]

The Steins’ elder brother, Michael, and sister-in-law Sarah (Sally) acquired a large number of Henri Matissepaintings; Gertrude’s friends from Baltimore, Claribel and Etta Cone, collected similarly, eventually

donating their art collection, virtually intact, to the Baltimore Museum of Art[31]

While numerous artists visited the Stein salon, many of these artists were not represented among the paintings on the walls at 27 Rue de Fleurus. Where Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso’s works dominated

Leo and Gertrude’s collection, the collection of Michael andSarah Stein emphasized Matisse.[32]





August 28, 2011


Filed under: Uncategorized — jherzlinger @ 4:14 pm

Today’s front page of the Sunday Style Section certainly takes your emotions from a great article on the High Line, to the reality television actor who killed himself, to, if you are a parent of a college age child, especially a daughter, you take pause, and think you want to bring them home.

On a Happy note, the High Line if you are not familiar with it, is a wonderful park like boardwalk, that goes from Gansevoort Streetnto West 30th. To walk along this dream like walkway, where you can buy a wonderful coffee to a delicious ice cream, and take a seat and enjoy the view of the Hudson, is really a spectacular vision!

As for the reality television star, the article paints what the viewers love about reality tv, but it points out who these people really are.
And from the perspective of the show producing this genre, it is a business, and these people signed up.

There is a fun article and very interesting in Bright Ideas and one actually to give you a hint, will be available to you when JAMIE goes live this fall!

Great wedding, the featured one, where the girl that didn’t get asked to the prom, but believed in true love, and waited it out, and infect, wrote about true love every day, although she herself not having had the luck to find it, still marched on! I love that story, as it is all about fairytales coming to life! There is a wedding story where they met, and he followed her life on Face Book. And then they got together, so yey for Face Book!

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

August 26, 2011


Filed under: Hans-Peter Feldman — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 12:27 pm

I, from the time I was a small child, have been totally in love with installation art, and installation artists.  Their philosophy regarding being part of the art as opposed to the art being one

dimensional has always fascinated me.  I am very much drawn to philosophy and find that this expression of art goes very well with my philosophy towards interior design.  In interior design,

I create spaces that you participate in, in other words, you control how the space functions, as opposed to being given the space and expected to live as the space given you dictates.  I know, a lot, right!

You will enjoy this post, this artist is fascinating and his work is highly collectible if you are interested in adding a new artist to your collection.  I have posted a link for a gallery that represents his work!

Düsseldorf-based Hans-Peter Feldmann is a passionate collector of images and stories, an original thinker and one of the first conceptual artists.

NEW YORK — The first thing you might have thought  when you walked  into the gallery where Hans-Peter Feldmann had pinned 100,000 $1 bills to the wall is,

“$100,000 here and $100,000 there, and it’s still a pretty long time before you start talking about real money.”

Which just may be Feldmann’s point. Well, definitely maybe. Feldmann is the eighth winner of the Hugo Boss Prize, set up in partnership between the German clothier and the Guggenheim Museum in 1996 to promote contemporary art,

and his reward for being selected by an international committee is this one-man show in New York and a $100,000 honorarium. Feldmann, a native of Dusseldorf who at 69 is by far the oldest winner yet of the prize, decided that he would cash

out the award and pin it in overlapping sequence on the walls, using only old bills that had been in circulation for some time.

This conforms to Feldmann’s past practice, at least in part. Feldmann is an installation conceptualist and maker of artist’s books, with a penchant for rearranging found photographs or dutifully snapping his own of boring,

everyday subjects (one of his books is called “Photos Taken from Hotel Room Windows While Traveling,” and consists mostly of shots of parking lots). He has also assembled tableaux of old toys and household implements,

all used, and spotlit them to cast looming shadows on the gallery walls.

Feldmann entered the art world in the late 1960s when he began to construct and exhibit editions of small booklets containing found images such as postcards, magazine clippings, and posters. These images constituted part

of Feldmann’s massive “picture archive,” an assortment of images categorized according to the artist’s own system. In the event that a part of the archive was incomplete (an image was missing), Feldmann would capture this

image via his own photography. Using image reproduction, photography or otherwise, as a means to illuminate the mysteries of daily life, he consistently gives credence to under-recognized art forms such as the photo album,

never underestimating the power of the most “common” aesthetic strategies.

Hans-Peter Feldmann lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.





August 24, 2011


Filed under: The visual Vamp — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 12:24 pm

Welcome Valorie! We are so excited to have you join us today! For all of your
readers we have a special gift when they sign up to follow me, and use
The Visual Vamp as their code!

So, let’s get started! Tell us about who you are, what is it about your style
that separates your blog.

Valorie: I am Valorie Hart The Visual Vamp.
I am a blogger for fun. I earn my living as a writer, a stylist, an interior decorator,
and a producer of boutique events. 
OMG I’m Dina Manzo!
Oh no, not really:

I don’t live in New Jersey. But I am an ex New York City girl who now
lives and works from a home base in New Orleans. I am old. Very old.
So I have lots of stories to tell about the interesting life I have lived,
and at last look am still living.

Although I love and post pretty pictures like every other blogger,
I think my blog is quirky and inclusive.  The blog friends I have made
are loyal and true, and I continue to blog to be a part of this crazy web of

relationships where you often never meet people that become involved
in your life in an offbeat meaningful way. Internet social life is still an
amazing phenom to me.

Today I am doing a guest blog post for Jamie.
Don’t you just love guest blog posts? I do! It lets me slack off
for a day or so when someone else writes for me, and  feeds my
greedy blog that needs new material every day.

I wonder what Jamie is doing today, and who’s going to post on
my blog today while I’m over here.
The topic is all about leopard print,  and how leopard crosses from
fashion this season into interior design! 

influences home decor influences fashion -
It’s the amazing full life circle of leopard print

As far as I am concerned leopard has never been out of style,
and I do consider it a neutral. Fashion editors crack me up when they
revive it as the latest trend every couple of years,

like we forgot that it was already trending like a zillion years ago BC,
and like forever and for always. And leopard in home decor has been around forever too.

And who is to say which influences the other, although wearing
a pelt in cave man days might make it the original fashion inspiration for home decor.

An old professor once told me, everything becomes fresh again when
reinterpreted through a new experience. So take it away leopard print!
New again as a fashion trend for Fall 2011, and crossing over to home decor!
Let’s start the slide show – If I don’t give credit for an image it is because
I don’t know where it comes form because I forgot. If it’s yours. let
us know and we will give you props.

Mary McDonald does the best leopard print room ever! And she wears leopard too! Photo via – I would so do this in a room, wouldn’t you? Leopard walls, drapes, upholstery all look so neutral to me, in a fabulous fresh way.
Love this little leopard canopy on the bed of Carolina Herrera. What better way for

the worlds of fashion and home decor to collide! Photo from Domino? Elle Decor??  

Abstracted through her artful eye, animal prints made a strong showing in the Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2011 collection.
Do you see the connection between fashion and home decor?
She ripped that valance off the bed and put it on this skirt!
This time home decor influences fashion! Buy the skirt  HERE
Wall to wall leopard carpet is wonderful
- and I love it on stairs too. This room is by Jeffrey Billhuber.
Don’t these Zanotti leopard print shoes shoes look as soft as that carpet in the Bilhuber room? From Celebrity Heels
Love the leopard print area rug in this Domino style girly office
Do you think this Zanotti leopard clutch design influenced the design of the area rug?

What would The Visual Vamp blog post be without me digging up an old photo from my scrapbook for you to see?

Yes this is me, and yes that is my real hair, which looks a bit like a leopard print don’t you think?

And check out those earrings!I was in a rock band in the 1980′s in New York, and this was my signature 

look which was done by the hair stylist genius  Danilo. who was a my good friend then. Photo by John Delaria.

So that’s my guest blog post for Jamie Herzlinger, whom I adore, and I think is a major design talent. We’d love to hear about your fashion and home decor leopard stories, so don’t be lazy, and do leave a comment.

Also check out me out at Houzz, where I have a shopping idea book of some great leopard home decor products.

August 23, 2011


Filed under: Karl Springer — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 12:28 pm

Hello Tuesday! With much excitement we should be sending out our first issue of JAMIE LOVES today! So if you haven’t signed up and would like to, just look at the follow me box, and go from there!

Tomorrow we welcome VALORIE HART from THE VISUAL VAMP as our guest blogger!
Have a great day!
Love, Jamie

One of Modern furniture all time greats was KARL SPRINGER

KARL SPRINGER was one of the greatest contemporary furniture stylists of the 20th century.  His unique blending of sophistication and crudeness made his work the most sought after as well as copied durning the 1970′s and 1980′s.

One can still sense and appreciate his influence in the contemporary furniture now being produced. Today’s blog comes about, due to a table I just bought for a client, that is the perfect side table.

Karl Springer was born in 1931 in Berlin.  After the watt, he immigrated to New York and became the top window dresser at Lord & Taylor.  His ability to juxtapose pure forms and exotic finishes made

his work instantly recognizable.  His designs were at once both restrained and vivid.  His inspirations were my all time favorite, Jean-Michele Frank and Tommy Parzinger.

With the support of some of his good friends, he created his own line of desk accessories and small furniture and began selling it thorough Henri Bendel’s.  It was an instant success and he quickly opened a small atelier on East 52nd street.

Desginers flocked to his shop and were charmed by his personality and his work.  he soon started taking commissions for larger and more important pieces.  He developed a network of artisans with incredible skill in exotic finishes.

He always demanded the highest quality of materials and workmanship.

It was at this point that he met Mark Eckman, a young industrial designer specializing in Lucite furniture and accessories.  They immediately began collaborating, first on Lucite forms and later on metal,

goatskin parchment and exotic wood veneers.  Karl brought in his brother Joachim and the business expanded rapidly as news of his extraordinary furniture spread through the design community.

By the mid 1980′s Mark had joined the company full time and the showroom relocated to a 20,000 square foot penthouse on East 61st. Karl passed away in mid 1991, leaving an incredible design legacy.  

He was honored with a one man show at the New York School of Interior design.

Have a great Day!




August 21, 2011


Filed under: sunday style section — Tags: , — jherzlinger @ 5:02 pm

Happy Sunday! I wish everyone a bit of peace today! This hiking thing has been really effective for gaining perspective and being able to calmly approach everything. A dear friend of mine, who is a professor of philosophy at a major university, has always told me, that if you wait at least ten seconds before responding to something that is troubling you will gain perspective. He also told me that if you have the ability not to answer something until the next day, that too, helps gain perspective. Sitting in yoga classes now, the mantra seems to be, perspective. Interesting, especially for me, as I am the poster girl for type AA

So, Sunday Style. Vicky Tiel, Punk Roots, Summer Scouting and the featured wedding!
Vicky Tiel, I am sure most of the women reading this remember her dresses, and her history as a fashion legend is amazing. When you see the styles, and how sexy and gorgeous they were, and how she trailblazed through the legions of plain and conservative designers. I have many fond memories of her dresses. There is a great play in NYC called , Love, Loss and What I wore. If you haven’t seen it do. Reading this article made me think of that play. Everyone has in their closets clothing and outfits that they can recall wearing to certain events in their lives that were markers. Passages through. Relationships, celebrations. Some we keep to remember some we keep to remind us. I always look at certain pairs of shoes and think where they have walked, as if they went without me!
Ok, Punk Roots, in my journal which is coming out this TUESDAY! So if you haven’t subscribed, you have a chance to, there is a piece on Tip Dye and now Punk Roots. Color is happening at all levels! I know, as I have one daughter with purple tip dyed hair!

Summer scouting, she hit it with some of the hottest pieces, and fall is selling now , which is a great barometer for our country. Even though the image is a bit bleak.
The featured wedding ROCKS!
It’s like reading a short script of a movie. Yey for romance!
Enjoy your weekend! Thanks for reading and following the blog! I received so many nice emails, please feel free to leave a comment or email directly, Jamie@jamieherzlinger.com

August 20, 2011


Filed under: SATURDAY SUPPER — Tags: , , , — jherzlinger @ 2:05 pm

HAPPY  SATURDAY ! Today’s menu I am really excited about, as my daughters and I went to the cutest farmers market and bought a WHOLE basket of nectarines! so I had to think quick! The sour cream with the nectarines is so yummy! When I was a girl, my Grandparents on both sides are European, so sour cream was a staple.  In fact, I had one Grandmother, That thought sour cream was the cure for everything that ailed you.







Serves 6

1 cup bulgar(cracked wheat)

1 cup fresh lemon juice

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

5 garlic cloves, minced

3 medium cucumbers, peeled seeded, cut into 1/4 inch pieces

2 cups finely chopped fresh italian parsley

8 green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup chopped fresh dill

1/3 chopped fresh mint

Feta cheese to taste for sprinkling on top

Place bulgar in large bowl.  Whisk lemon juice, oil and garlic to blend in small bowl; pour over bulgar.  Mix in cucumbers, parsley, green onions,

dill and mint.  cover and chill until bulgar is tender, about 6 hours.  Season with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead.  keep chilled.)

Serve cold or at room temp, sprinkle feta cheese on top


serves 4

1 small fennel bulb, throw out the stalks

3 medium carrots

1/2 lb small red potatoes, i like the creamers

1/2 cup kalamata olives, slivered

2 teaspoons finely grate fresh lemon zest

4 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

2 large garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 (11/2-lb) piece, center cut salmon fillet, skinned and cut fish into 4 square pieces

parchement paper

kitchen string

* Place a large baking sheet on bottom rack of oven and remove any other racks. Preheat oven to 400 F

*Halve fennel bulb lengthwise.  Remove most of the core, leaving enough intact to keep the layers together. when sliced.  If it starts to come apart, don’t flip out

*Using a manual slicer, cut fennel bulb lengthwise, carrots diagonally and potatoes into 1/8-inch-thick-slices keeping all the vegetables separate.  If you don’t have a manual slicer, its a good piece to get, but you can always just use a super sharp knife and slice it slowly and really thin

*Blanch vegetables, separately in salted boiling water: fennel 2 minutes, carrots 1 minute, potoates 2 minutes

Transfer fennel and carrots with a slotted spoon to a bowl of ice water, then drain well, the ice water stops the cooking, so try not to by pass this step-get the ice water ready before.  Drain potatoes.

*Toss fennel and carrots with olives, zest, thyme, half of garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt and perp to taste.  I love using sea salt or fleur de sell.  Toss potatoes with remaining oil and garlic and salt and pepper to taste.

*divide potatoe mixture among centers of parchment squares.  season salmon with salt and pepper and place on top of potatoes, then top salmon with fennel mixture

*Gather sides of parchment up over fennel mixture to form a pouch, leaving no openings and tie tightly with string.  *Place packages directly on hot baking sheet in oven and cook 20 minutes.  serve immediately.



(this is easy! trust me!)

8 servings

2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup(1stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1/2 cup whole milk

1 large egg

1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger


2 pounds nectarines(about 8 medium), peeled,pitted,sliced

2/3 cup(packed) golden or light brown sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


3 cups sour cream (24 ounces)

2/3 cup sugar

FOR BISQUITS;  Preheat oven to 400 F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  Combine the 5 first ingredients in processor; blend 10 seconds.  Add butter and blend until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Whisk ,ilk and egg in small bowl.  Add milk mixture to processor: blend using like 5 on/off turns.  Add crystalized ginger.  Using on/off turns, blend just until dough comes together.  turn dough out onto a work surface: knead gently about 5 turns.  Shape dough into a log; cut crosswise into 8 rounds.  Pat each round to 1-inch thickness; place on prepared baking sheet.

Bake biscuits until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 15 minutes.  Transfer to a rack;  cool at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours.


Combine half of nectarines, 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice in heavy large skillet.  cook over high heat until fruit is just tender and juices bubble thickly, stirring often, about 5 minutes.  Transfer to bowl; repeat with remaining nectarines, sugar and lemon juice.  Set aside of a t least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.


Combine sour cream and sugar in bowl;  whisk to blend.

Cut biscuits horizontally in half.  Place 1 biscuit bottom in each of the 8 bowls.  Spoon filling and sour cream onto each;  cover each with biscuit top





August 19, 2011


Filed under: Finn Juhl — jherzlinger @ 12:24 pm

I was on the hunt for a perfect pair of chairs for a living room I am working on.  A very soft eclectic feeling, so a mix of a

stunning sofa in a navy almost black silk mossier, very 1940′s square arms by Christian Liagre, and I wanted a pair of danish chairs, particularly Finn Juhl’s

chairs, and I thought I would introduce you to a man who, without him we may not have as stunning as we do, eclectic projects, that inclued Danish Modernist inspiration!

Long sentence for an amazing talent!

Finn Juhl was born in 1912 and was a student of architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of fine arts. We know Juhl mostly for his iconic chairs, which I am sure you are familiar with, at

least one of the images.  Juhl gave a soft edge to the lines of wooden modernist chairs, favoring organic shapes which often took the wood to the limits of what was possible.  He generally used teak and other dark woods, unlike many of the other proponents of the Danish Modern Movement.  One of his hallmarks was the floating back and seat which is seen in most of his chair designs.

Its funny, as an interior designer to see periods of furniture go in and out of style.  

There was a time in the 80′s and 90′s when the influence of Danish design was not really sought

after.  But rest assured, this casual elegant, that we are all very onto now, includes pieces from the great master.




August 16, 2011

Say Hello to Guest Blogger Jeanie Hays from AphroChic!

Filed under: Aphro-Chic,Uncategorized — Tags: , — jherzlinger @ 4:01 pm

Today I am switching things up with a special post from guest blogger Jeanine Hays. Jeanine is the beauty and brains behind AphroChic and has been a longtime favorite blogger of mine. Her amazing style and ingenious concept of turning blogging into merchandising makes her a trailblazer in the design and blog world. So read on, enjoy and make sure to become a fan for a special gift!

Hello!  My name is Jeanine Hays, and I am the Creative Director & Founder of AphroChic, a textile company and interior design blog dedicated to modern soulful style.  I am so excited to be a guest blogger on Jamie’s blog today.  I absolutely love Jamie and her style, and I’m honored that she asked me to stop by and introduce her readers to AphroChic.

So, a little about me.  In a nutshell, I’m a lawyer-turned-blogger-turned-designer-turned-author.  It’s a mouthful, but it’s been a lot of fun.  Four years ago I made a decision that  has had a dramatic impact on my life, moving me away from my law career and into a field that I’ve always been passionate about but never thought I’d be a part of.  The decision was to start a blog.  I started the AphroChic blog to address something I saw missing in the world of modern design – modern interiors that embrace cultural style. I created the motto “Modern.Soulful.Style” as a way of explaining exactly what I was looking for, and what I wanted my blog to be about.  Through writing about design, I began to develop my own voice, and learned about the many incredible designers that are out there, including Jamie!

Two years after starting the blog, I went on to develop my own designs and founded the AphroChic textile company with my husband.  And now (two years after that), I am embarking on another brand new journey, writing my first book, which will be published by Clarkson Potter in Fall 2013.

It’s always great to say that you’ve had a dream come true.  It’s even more amazing when it’s a dream that you didn’t even know you had.  There are so many things that I’m looking forward to in writing this book.  It’s an opportunity to make a statement, and really explain what AphroChic is all about.  But I’m also looking forward to the experience of running around the country with my family taking pictures of amazing spaces and writing about them on a whole new level.

What I’ve learned over the past four years is that life is unpredictable, and that you have to be up for anything.  There could always be something amazing around the corner, and I’m always ready to embrace whatever is next.  When I started writing my blog, I had no idea the places it would take me, the people I would meet or the experiences I would get to have.  I was just doing something that I loved, and that I wanted to share with others who I hoped would enjoy it as much.  Now, I’m happy to say that nothing’s changed.  I‘m still doing what I love, I still love to share it with as many people as possible, and I still have no idea what’s coming next.  And that’s fine with me.

Anyway, that‘s a bit about me.  Thanks to Jamie and all of you for having me today, and keep an eye out for AphroChic: Modern.Soulful.Style. come Fall 2013.

Thank you to everyone following today’s blog and our loyal readers! Please sign up today to become a fan and receive today’s promotional code via email which you will be able to redeem once JAMIE goes live!



August 15, 2011


Filed under: interiors magazine — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 4:07 pm


IN THE WHITEWASHED mountains of Switzerland, late in the 18th century, a winter of assiduous watchmaker’s hands shaped the elegant, nuanced ancestor to the mp3 player. A music box shares none of the digital slick proffered by a slim, luxuriously customized play list, which is why the soulful, exacting creations of Reuge have such resonance. Versions of the music box existed before Antoine Favre’s improved gadget in 1796, yet his streamlined rendition introduced a metal comb with pre-tuned metallic notes, revolutionizing the depth and control of sound. Various incarnations followed, and so was the advent of an astoundingly complex craft.  To open a Reuge music box and observe its mechanics is a like a visual distillation of every crowded venue, every grand orchestra hall and pulsating stage, as it brings one closer to the seductive physicality of music. Reuge is the only company still producing music boxes and singing birds, a legacy that has been a patient witness to nearly every other recorded format for listening. The beauty in each piece may be its awareness that music is nostalgia, arousing intimate memories and emotions, and the insistence that at this level, such personal compositions cannot be treated as background noise. CEO Kurt Kupper describes it simple: “Listen to a music box, close your eyes…you will understand.”

For the 40 artisans working in the Reuge studio, knowledge of the craft is generational, where the handmade element is preserved and not rushed. The Imperia, a large standing music box, takes six months to create. “While the design might sometimes use computer technology,” Kupper relays, “the creative part is done by imagination, taste and emotion. The melody is still created as it was in 1865-by listening and re-arranging, by the hand and mind of a skilled musician.”  Classical works are expected- Mozart, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Puccini- and the 1865 collection complements the Reuge heritage (Baroque, Classicisme, Renaissance) with traditional shapes of dark, rich wood inlay and time-honered details. The Studio and Lounge series are sassier, contemporary accompaniments, their designs in high-concept  free-fall with works in glass, metal, enamel, leather and steel. The Winch model, for example, is a handsome contoured boat, featuring a carbon sail. Undeniably bespoke, Reuge has fashioned custom pieces playing The Clash and Pink Floyd, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and ABBA, recreating national anthems and rap songs- though slightly more challenging technically- for clients seeking their own handcrafted music libraries. Limitless and inventive, the company has also engaged in elaborate collaborations with notable names, and often visits the glamorous provinces of luxury brands like Boucheron, Mercedes, Harry Winston, Ferrari, as well as special commissions for boutique hotels.

Awe must be reserved for Reuge’s singing bird creations. A resplendent little creature dressed in a rainbow of feathers that are individually placed by the hand of one specialist, the bird is profoundly impressive. Synchronized, beak open while singing, a harmony of nature and precision for private enjoyment- the singing bird is a captivating reminder of artistry in a glaze of technology. “With a music box you create a heritage, an heirloom, but not one which we feel an obligation to have,” says Kupper, “but one that keeps a positive memory.”

-Arianne Nardo Reuge SA, Rue des Rasses 26, Sainte-Croix, Switzerland +41 24 455 22 22 reuge.com, to view, OC Concept Store, occonceptstore.com

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