Category: Art

Bauhaus Archive


The Bauhaus Archive in Berlin is a must see. Designed by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius in 1964 and built posthumously in 1979, the building itself is a bit of an awkward hodgepodge – in my opinion not up to the high standards of his earlier work. I did, however, like the rounded vertical chambers depicted in this poster I picked up from the museum shop.

The real action is inside the galleries, with work by a virtual who’s who of inter-war architects, designers and artists. Previously, architecture and furniture design (much of which is still in production) usually came to mind when I thought about the Bauhaus school and its enormous influence. Visiting the archive was a reminder of the astonishing scope of work produced, including metalwork, ceramics, textiles, interiors, graphics, photography, painting, sculpture and stage design.

Another thing I came away with was the strong emphasis on craft. It wasn’t all about sleek, mass-produced machine made products and designs. Craft and industry co-existed, and there was a lot of overlap. Something could be modern and handcrafted – they were not mutually exclusive. Over 75 years since the Bauhaus was closed, it seems that we’re rediscovering the wisdom of this way of thinking. It’s about time.

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Design, Furniture, Travel & Places, Uncategorized

Living with Art

Having artwork by Merryl Berner Cicourel on display in my showroom alongside my furniture has got me thinking about how to live with art. So many of the homes with art collections that you see in magazines feel more like galleries than actual spaces you’d want to live in.

How refreshing then to stumble across these wonderful photos of the home of artists and collectors Robert Motherwell and Helen Frankenthaler (that’s her pictured). Posted on Wary Meyers, they were taken in their New York brownstone for the Nov/Dec 1967 issue of Art in America.

Collectors of some serious modern art including Rothko, Matisse, and Rodin mixed with Egyptian, Ancient Greek, African and Polynesian sculptures and artifacts, they have truly eclectic taste. The blend of styles, eras, scales, textures and colors, combined with his and hers Eames lounge chairs and a Milo Baughman sofa, is both livable and full of character. What an inspiring example of how to live with art.

Filed under: Art, Color, Interiors, Uncategorized

Art by Merryl Berner Cicourel at Jason Lees Design Showroom

We’ll be adorning our showroom walls with art we really like by Merryl Berner Cicourel, and hosting an opening reception on Friday, August 26th from 5:30-9:00 p.m. If you are in the area, please drop by.

Finding original art for the home can be challenging, so we are displaying Merryl’s work in our intimate showroom setting to complement our modern furniture designs. The show is entitled A Family Resemblance; Linking Aluminum Wall Sculptures, Constructions, Paintings and Prints, and will run from August 26th to October 1st. Our showroom is located at 1577 East 38th Street, Oakland, California 94602. We’ll be open on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for the duration of the show, and by appointment, as usual.

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