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Artist of the moment……..Furniture Designer Richard Judd


Richard Judd is a modern fAmerican furniture designer. Richard Judd was born in Marshfield, Wisconsin in the year 1953.

Judd attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison for two years before finishing up and earning a degree from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in architecture.

Below a link to the website of Richard Judd:

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $9,000.

Judd is based out of Wisconsin. He opened a retail establishment called the Zazen Gallery that covers many aspects of home interior design.

Of the many furniture designers covered here I find him similar to Ron Arad. In addition to the their wonderful chairs, both artists use line in curvy rather that straight lines to make some very artsy and elegant bookshelves.



Artist of the moment……Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe

Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe was born in Aachen, Kingdom of Prussia, Germany in the year 1886. Van der Rohe is considered among the finest of modern American architects. He would be in the class of Frank Lloyd Wright and Alvar Alto. The Farnsworth House is an important example of modern American architecture. It is possible to stay the night in the Farnsworth House. A contemporary of this house is the Kensington House. The architect enjoyed using glass as a main feature in his work.

Van der Rohe was part of the famous Google Doodle in 2012. A brief overview of his style of building is included:

In this clip a brief biography about Van der Rohe by another practicing architect:

Van de Rohe was also a teacher at the famed Balthaus.

His father owned a stone carving shop where Van de Rohe worked as a young man. He would eventually apprentice under Peter Behrens and learn about modern German architecture.

The artist renamed himself and used his mothers name “Rohe” and the Dutch “van der” to show he was culturally significant.

Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe came into the international spotlight after World War 1. In the mid 1920s and 1930s he worked on several large buildings and skyscrapers.

In the 1930s the Nazi’s came to power and said the style of Mies Van der Rohe was simply not “German” enough. Since he wasn’t building much in Germany, he looked for an opportunity to move to the United States. At first he took a commission in Wyoming and then moved to Chicago to be a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He officially became an American citizen in 1944.

For his career in the United States Mies Van der Rohe was based out of Chicago, Illinois.

Van der Rohe designed the famed Lake Shore Drive Apartment Buildings. In addition Van der Rohe designed museum buildings in the United States and Germany.

Van der Rohe was also renown for his furniture design. Check out his furniture in this clip:

In  this clip we visit a house designed by Mies for Dr. Edith Farnsworth. The house is considered an important icon in American architecture and is located less than one hour outside of Chicago in Plato, Illinois:

Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe passed away in 1969 at the age of 83 years old.

The house as art! Wonderful!


New Collage by me…….. In Honor of the Antiques Roadshow….

I don’t keep with the Kardashians and don’t watch any weekly shows other than the Antiques Roadshow and Modern Family. It is so much pleasure to watch someone like Leigh or Leslie Keno talk about something you might think of as boring, they make it fascinating. I remember seeing Mr. Keno talk about an old sugar chest. It used to be kept under lock and key. Its very interesting to see how he comes up with dates and locations to where furniture was made. I wanted to make some furniture of my own in honor of the great work they do on the Antiques Roadshow.

I always shoot pictures of my collage work in the light and dark as the paper I use in some parts is highly reflective in some places. The chair shimmers best in low darkness, due to the reflective properties of the paper.

In addition, if you watch the Roadshow I hope you have seen the episode on the hit television series “Frasier.” It is hilarious as Martin the dad owns a bear clock that came from the Romanoff Family. The Crane family thinks they are now blue bloods.

Since I watch business news channels most of the time such as CNBC, and the Keno Brothers appeared on this channel in a new series titled “Buried Treasure.” The brothers visit old and abandoned houses. The episode I saw the brothers went to a house where the owner had passed away. The brother wanted someone to come in, sell the good stuff  and give it to his children.

I like to think of the collectors house as being a form of living art. I wanted this collector to live in a old mansion, but with modern looking accessories, like the rug. This collector is in their 50’s and enjoys the art deco period the most. A favorite artist of this collector is Erte.

Artist of the moment….James McNabb

James McNabb is a contemporary artist who creates spectacular cityscapes using wood. McNabb also creates unique furniture designs. He likes to call his style “sketching with the band saw.” Each piece is individual cut with a band saw and the artist uses scrap wood for his artwork.

Some pieces might have only one type of wood, for instance black walnut. But many works of art include many varieties of wood, thus giving more eye candy to the viewer.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we see some works by the artist including his renown circular cityscapes and his furniture designs are included.

I love cityscapes and had never seen them portrayed in wood. Very interesting!


Artist of the moment……Shiro Kuramata

Shiro Kuramata was one of the most influential interior designers of the 20th century born in Japan in the year 1934.

One of his most successful designs was the “How High is the Moon Chair.” Below is an example of this style of chair.


Kuramata was among the most experimental designers using materials like steel to produce couches and other interior furnishings.

Shiro Kuramata passed away in 1991.

In the beginning of this clip are credits and a few images of the artist. I would move ahead to 1:25 and you may view some Kuramata’s most famous works including the chair Miss Blanche.

price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $260,000.


Artist of the moment…….George Nakashima

George Nakashima was born in Spokane, Washington in the yer 1905. Nakashima is renown for his woodworking skills. For his collegiate education Nakashima studied architecture at the University of Washington earning a bachelors degree. Nakashima went on to earn a masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He often used walnut for his favorite type of wood.

In this clip we visit the home and studio of George Nakashima:

After college he bought a ticket to go around the world in a steam ship. He explored the continents of Europe and Africa and wound up in Japan. He was able to find work in Japan as an architect. Nakashima stayed in Japan and study their style of architecture.

Nakashima started to produce furniture in India in the late 1930s. He returned to America, but during the second world war was sent to an internment camp. Here he was able to meet a renown woodworker named Gentaro Hikogawa who would go on to mentor the artist.

After his release from the internment camp Nakashima would go onto design his own furniture and receive important commissions including a very large order for 200 works from Nelson Rockefeller.

price range information: Works range between $3,000 to $90,000.

The artist passed away in 1990.

In this clip we learn more about the artwork of George Nakashima:


Artist of the moment……Verner Panton

Verner Panton was a fantastic artist and architect born in Gentofte, Denmark in 1926. He is renown for his mass produced chairs, in particular the Panton Chair, the first single- form injection molded plastic chair. Though he was most popular as an artist during the end of the Pop Art movement and the 1960s and 1970s, he remained popular throughout his lifetiem for his modernistic designs. He would go onto design installations that were very modernistic and included the round shapes and S-curves that are associated with the artist.

For his collegiate studies the artist studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Art. For two years after college worked for another architect and learned his trade.

Price range information: Verner Panton produced some silkscreens and original art with works priced between $1,000 and $9,000.

In this clip we see many works by Panton and the next posting, Dieter Rams another designer from the 1960s.

In this clip we see the fine quality of the chair with no joints. His original designs are still in production and often copied.

Here we visit the image I most associate with the artist, the Phantasy Landscape.

Verner Panton passed away in 1998 at the age of 72 years old.

Artist of the moment…..Jean Prouve…

Jean Prouve was a famous architect and furniture designer born in Nancy, France in the year 1901. The artist was one of seven children and the participation in the arts was highly encouraged as his father was a well known painter Victor Prouve. His mother was a pianist. Below is an example of his father style of painting, Victor Prouve was active in France was a painter and sculptor.


In this clip we see some contemporary chair designs that use Prouve’s designs in conjunction with a Swiss furniture maker and apparel designer G-Star.

After his high school years he was an apprentice for a blacksmith and after that to a metal worker. In 1923 he took all of experiences and decided to open up his own studio.  Prouve designed lamps, chairs, and handrails. The artist often credited a movement to which his father belonged, L’ecole de Nancy, the School of Nancy is a lose translation. The agenda of the group was to marry art and industrial design alongside art and architecture.

In the midst of World War II he founded a company that was involved in designing bicycles.

The late 1940s the artist begins to design his fabricated houses, they were first made of aluminum. One inspiration for a design was to make temporary shelter available for people. A small two bedroom house could be built in seven hours.

The City of Nancy took over his house and it is sort of a museum. The city rents it out to architects and their family, but in order to stay on the property they must admit the public at certain times of the year.

Price range information:  Record high prices for Jean Prouve are 5 million dollars for a prefabricated house built for Africa that was sold at auction via Christies in 2007. Other than this price its difficult to form a pricing schedule.

In this clip view a clip of the $5 million dollar Tropicale House.

The artist passed away in 1984 at age of 82 years old.


Art is everywhere! You may even be sitting on it!


Artist of the moment…..Gaetano Pesce

Gaettano Pesce is a world renown artist perhaps known more for his furniture, but the artist has done a fair amount of work that was to be hung on a wall. Pesce was born in La Spieza, a region in the northern part of Italy, in the year 1939. He is now based out of New York.

For his collegiate studies Pesce studied architecture at the University of Venice.

World renown for art and architecture his most famous building is the “Organic Building” in Osaka, Japan. The building looks far different than most of its contemporary buildings for one striking characteristic, its covered with flower pots!


Pesce came to the United States in 1980. He has been a guest speaker at Cooper Union college in New York and other colleges around the world.

The artist has a reputation for using resin in his newer works.

Included in the Museum of Modern Art.

In this very recent clip a show given for the artist.

Price range information:  Pesce has most artistic works available between $1,000 and $10,000.

Not much more information on the artist. I really love his chairs, especially the ones with two figures kissing. Very unique! I always enjoying seeing those artists who in this case start as with an architecture background.


Artist of the moment…Emile Galle …



In this clip a gallery owner that deals in glass works by Galle gives us three examples of vases by the artist.

The same gallery owner tells us about a working table made by the artist. Its is very unique.

Emile Galle was an important icon in the art deco and home design movements in the early 1900s. Galle was also extremely well known for his medium of art expression, GLASS.  Emile Galle was born in France in the year 1848. The movement he is most associated with is the Art Nouveau movement.

Galle’s father was a producer of a fine furniture and ceramics. As a child Emile  loved to learn about plants and botany, philosophy, and drawing.

Galle moved to Meisenthal, France a region of the country well known for producing artists who were outstanding at working with glass. Glass works have been made in Meisenthal since the 1700s.

In the year 1873 he opened his own glass workshop in Nancy, France.  In 1874 the artist took control of his father’s furniture company.

1878 the artist won four gold medals at the Exposition Universelle.

In 1900 the artist won the Grand Prix prize at the Exposition Universelle.

In 1901 Emile Galle helped to start a state run school specializing in teaching artists the world of industrial  and commercial art.

Emile Galle died in 1904 at the age of  fifty eight years old.

From an artistic standpoint, the artist reminds me of John LaFarge. Both artists were highly successful in using their artistic eye to further enhancements in home furniture and ornament designs. LaFarge worked in many mediums but the one that suprised me most was that of stained glass. Here  an accurate use of color and design is absolutely necessary. An example of LaFarge’s work below. The work is titled, ” Peonies Blowing in the Wind.”


Price range info: The artist has done oils which range from $10,000 down to $500. He also has designed lamps and tables of which I couldn’t find a pricing schedule.

Early on in his career he developed two styles of glass that he worked with. Both were very high quality. One type of style was called “poems in glass.” These works took many hours to complete. His other style was still high quality enough that he was okay to attach his signature to it. This more commercial style of glass art was eventually called “industrial Galle.”  Great business is the best art as Andy Warhol used to say! Galle was certainly very clever in designing many home furnishings.

Emile passed away in 1904 and his widow took over the business. She put a star after all works made after the Galle’s death. One of his sons took over the business and ran it until it went out of business in 1936.

If you like this artist make sure and check out Art Deco artists like Romain de Tirtoff.