1974. I was a 13 year old kid visiting a neighbors house that had been recently renovated. In the dining room I saw 3 richly colored silkscreens of Chairman Mao. They both disturbed and fascinated me. At that time Mao was an especially iconic figure, we had studied him in school and watched him on television with Nixon. But Andy made him look delicious, like a beautiful piece of candy. Warhol became the artist of my adolescence… his look and influence was everywhere, he defined the times.
Warhol…. a buzz word, a brand, a style, an era. The icon’s reach extends far beyond the world of art. He created a ripple affect in culture, art, design, fashion, that is still with us today. Making everyday things into heroic things and heroic things into everyday things, Warhol showed us new ways to see and define art. His advice was to “…let the little things that would normally bore you suddenly thrill you.”
Warhol’s unexpected color combinations made everyone rethink camouflage.
Warhol called his book Exposures “boring”
His album covers were provocative and innovative. The Sticky Fingers cover seemed to be more of an object than an album cover. I remember feeling like I owned an original Warhol in some small way. And of course, it was interactive. It had a real zipper. The same was true of the Velvet Underground and the Some Girls covers. I still look at them today as “art”.
“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” – Andy Warhol
Warhol and Basquiat sit in front of a massive collaborative painting.
Warhol with Blondie, Truman Capote, and Paloma Picasso at Studio 54 in NYC.
Bob Dylan with Warhol in the Factory.
Mohammed Ali and Warhol, prior to Warhol’s creation of Ali’s silkscreen portrait.
Halston relaxes at Warhol’s Montauk home.
Halston poses near 3 Warhol silk screens in his townhouse.
Jed Johnson used French Art Deco in this whimsical room of the couple’s 66th street townhouse.
Jane Holzer, one of Warhol’s Pop art icons, poses with part of her collection.
Warhol’s flowers decorate the wall of this Manhattan loft.
Warhol’s Pop art portrait of Debbie Harry evolved from the polaroids that he took of the singer.
Classic, chic, elegant, minimal, refined, bold. Any of these words, and infinite more, could describe black and white. But maybe the best word for the combination is “effortless.” It appeals to everyone, everywhere. Black and white films, Avedon’s photography, print on a stark white page. It’s always in style – a universal thread that connects all parts of our culture.
Coco Chanel by Richard Avedon.
Stroll down Charles Street and turn left on Greenwich. There, in the heart of Manhattan’s West Village, you will find a festive entrance to an enchanting retreat. The holiday pop-up shop, “Urban Zen Marketplace”, is a limited engagement organized by Donna Karan herself.
Along with several other designers, artisans, and creatives, we are honored to be a part of the Holiday Marketplace. A handful of our shawls are on display, as well as two full-size carpets and a few small meditation rugs. The dazzling selection of handmade objects, curated collectibles, and eco-friendly goods promises something for every shopper.
In addition to her roles as founder and creative director of one of the most recognizable fashion brands, Donna has started yet another admirable venture: Urban Zen. Donna created the brand with the goal of sharing culturally-inspired objects and clothing, often handmade by artisans and designers, and using the proceeds to give back to the global community.
In both New York City and Sag Harbor, shoppers can visit one of Urban Zen’s physical locations. An extensive selection of the store’s offerings is also available online at UrbanZen.com. There, purchases can be made by calling or emailing. Whether online or in-store, a percentage of each sale is donated to the Urban Zen Foundation.
Inside the Holiday Marketplace, which is next door to the Urban Zen storefront at 705 Greenwich Street, an expansive event space has been transformed into a shopper’s dream. Rugs hang from the lofted ceilings, tiny lights sparkle in decorative branches, clothing and accessories are thoughtfully displayed, and stylish tables provide holiday inspiration. The best part? Each and every purchase benefits a philanthropic cause.
In Donna’s own words, “She has spent decades dressing people. Now she wants to address them.” And she is doing just that. Her efforts to bring about real, sustainable improvement in individual lives and cultures are creating an impact around the world. Visit the Urban Zen Holiday Marketplace from now until December 31.
Oftentimes, the words “carpet” and “rug” are used interchangeably. From source to source, opinions vary as to the correct use of each term. We have our own system for differentiating between the two, but the question remains: is there any real consensus?
According to Pantone, blue is going to be one of 2014’s biggest colors. More specifically, the prediction is that Pantone’s cerulean hue, “Dazzling Blue” will be the hottest shade of the year. Although indigo is several ticks darker, it will undoubtedly be a popular variation. Read more…
Lightweight Cashmere Shawls in summer colors.
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