Monday, 2 July 2018

Glaslabor

The products that are available at Glaslabor are designed by Rahel Koller and each of them is handmade in Bern (Switzerland) by her.
Made from borosilicate glass, the products are available in different sizes, and depending on the season when you purchase yours you get a different flower bulb.
As you can also let anything you want grow in it, we decided to give it a try with an avocado seed, and we were amazed to see that not only one but even two branches started to grow out of the seed.
What we love about the Glaslabor, is how you can see the roots of your plants and you can watch the growing process from the first moment.
The glass can also be cleaned if you take the plant out and put it back in very carefully, but we did not dare to touch our precious avocado seed and we don't mind the little deposits that occured due to the direct sunlight.
The glaslabor vases are a beautiful home accessory for everyone who loves plants but also loves to present them in an unusual way.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Art Basel 2018 | Looking back

The 49th edition of the art Basel creates once again opportunities to help galleries succeed in a place, where all curators can meet.
This year we saw 290 great galleries from more than 35 countries.
One of our highlights was once again the Art Unlimited, it is amazing how many artists actually show up at the show and how dedicated they are to their art and to reach almost perfection.
We take so many impressions with us after this week and we are looking back on this years art Basel with one smiling and one crying eye.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Art Unlimited 2018 | Jim Hodges - the narrow gate

To see the whole beauty of Jim Hodges the narrow gate, you have to look at it from two sides.
It was specially created for the artists first exhibition "turning pages in the book of love".
It consists of a room within a room, and if you look at it from one side you only see a wooden crate that is illuminated.
Already this creates a kind of mysterious atmosphere and when you walk around it and look through the crack of the wooden crate you can see a fragile glass rose tree that is surrounded by butterflies.
After the strong contrasts of darkness and light from the other side, this view seems even more delicate and precious and we love how this installation gives us the feeling that there is more to things than what you see at first sight.

Art Unlimited 2018 | Lygia Pape - Ttéia 1, B

Ttéeia 1, B by Lygia Pape is one of the works that best synthesizes her artistic process.
Constructed by the geometric installation of goldthreads, Ttéia 1, b creates an incredibly powerful visual effect and charges the space with a sense of the indefinable, the immaterial.
The word Ttéia is an elision of the Portuguese word for web and teteia, a word for a graceful and delicate person or thing.
This installation is so delicate and at the same time so strong and sharp, the closer you get the more you see how fine each of the threads is and the further away you stand the more you can let the whole construction work its magic.


Art Unlimited 2018 | Rashid Johnson - Antoine's Organ

Antoine's Organ consists of a black steel construction that is filled with mainly plants but also books, and other objects. In the centre of this sculptural installation there is a fully functioning piano and the pianist a music producer Antoine Baldwin who is playing it. You don't see that at first sight because the view is blocked by all the plants, but you can always hear it. The music together with the green of these all these plants that create an almost jungle-like atmosphere, has something magical, fascinating and very relaxing.

Art Unlimited 2018 | Claude Viallat - Untitled 1980

In his work from 1980 Claude Viallat uses military awning on which he printed his signature pattern, consisting of the same repeated symbol resembling a small bone. Since 1982 when it was showed at the Pompidou it was never exhibited again until now at the Art Unlimited 2018.
This is one of Viallats most spectacular pieces, the mere size of it is impressive and all the triangles seem to point at the viewer when he stands directly in front of it which makes it seem more narrow to the center and open up more and more towards the further out it goes not only because of the triangular shape but also because of how the three elements are arranged.