Boston

Women, Charity, and Craft in America


This buttercup-yellow plate was made by Fanny Levine, a member of the Saturday Evening Girls Club. Founded in 1899 by Edith Guerrier, a librarian, and Edith Brown, an illustrator, the Saturday Evening Girls Club was a charitable organization dedicated to the education of poor immigrant women, particularly Jewish and Italian, living in the North End of Boston. As it was originally associated with the Boston Public Library, the club initially served to teach its members about art, literature, and etiquette.
Fanny Levine, Boston, Saturday Evening Girls Club, ceramics, craft, philanthropy

Cane with Pull-Out Map


This cane looks like a normal, regular walking cane until you pull a map out of it!
map, cane, Boston

Scaasi Spectacular at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


As a guest of Jean and Frederic Sharf, I spent this past weekend celebrating the Arnold Scaasi exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Museum’s recent acquisition of his archive and more than 100 of his designs.
Scaasi, Arnold Scaasi, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Exhibition, acquisition, archive, fashion design, custom-made, fashionable, socialites

Recounting The Genesis of Design Research


On September 21, Cooper-Hewitt and Chronicle Books celebrated the publication of Design Research: The Store that Brought Modern Living to American Homes, by Jane Thompson and Alexandra Lange.
Design Research, store, postwar, emporium, Boston, Chronicle Books, publication, Jane Thompson, panel, Rob Forbes, Glen Senk, public, Urban Outfitters, Jenna Lyons, J Crew, retail, customer, experience, vintage, Marimekko

Design Life Now in Boston


On September 28, Design Life Now will open at the Boston Institute of Comtemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, where it will be on view through January 6.
Design Life Now, traveling exhibitions, Triennial, exhibitions, installation, Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, ICA, Triennial, Michael Meredith, ICA building, Diller Scofidio and Renfro, 2007