A questionable attribution

This drawing, Interior of St. Peter's in Rome, has been attributed to Enneamond Alexandre Petitot, although it is likely that the drawing is by an unidentified artist working either in the circle of Giovanni Batista Piranesi or the workshop of Giuseppe Vasi, both of whom created scenes of notable monuments in Rome for the tourist trade in the mid eighteenth century. The drawing also bears comparison with the interior view of St.
Enneamond Alexandre Petitot, Giovanni Batista Piranesi, Giovanni Paolo Pannini, drawing

Original Copy

Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s renown for still-lifes and hunting scenes can be traced back to an enthusiastic review at the annual Exposition de la Jeunesse that was held on the feast of Corpus Christi in the Palace Dauphine, Paris in the early 1720s. His depictions of the spoils of the hunt were impressive not only for their rich and naturalistic depiction of objects and figures, but also for the ingenious arrangement of objects and overall composition.
Jean-Baptiste Oudry, drawing, copy, still life, Louis VX, parrot, fish

The coffee table as experiment

Search ‘Alfons Bach’ online and you will find a slew of images featuring modern, tubular steel furniture designed in the 1930s. This is what industrial designer Alfons Bach is most well known for.
Alfons Bach, Heywood-Wakefield Company, furniture, drawing, Bentwood furniture

There’s intrigue in the ordinary

Sometimes it’s the seemingly insignificant that holds the most meaning.
Constantin Boym, Vitaly Komar, Alex Melamid, Sears, drawing, furniture design, sofa

Tools for Easier Living

For craftsman and industrial designer Russel Wright (1904-1976), flatware was not just a tool for the tabletop. It was a tool for easier living. From the late 1920s through to the 1960s, Wright introduced Americans to modern, practical, and easy-to-care-for homewares and furnishings suited to a more informal and sociable way of life.
Russel Wright, flatware, design, modern design, table ware, drawing, stamps, Highlight/Pinch

An Ultra Modern Luxury Studio

For many of us residing in New York City, we quickly become accustomed to living in small apartments. Yet, through design, decoration, and furnishings we do our best to make our sometimes-cramped quarters as practical, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing as possible. In the 1930s, American-born designer Donald Deskey, inspired and influenced by European design of the period, created apartment interiors that were functional, sophisticated, and modern.
Donald Deskey, New York City, apartment, streamlining, interior design, Interior decoration, micro-unit, drawing

Grasset's Nymph

Graceful, swirling arcs envelop a golden-skinned, blue-coiffed woman.  Her eyes flicker back while her arm reaches forward, as if she is swimming away into the gilt turquoise surf intertwined with her cobalt locks.  Is she swimming amongst peaceful waves or against a looming kelp forest of her own serpentine locks?
Eugène-Samuel Grasset, Art Nouveau, jewelry design, drawing, hair, women

The Modern Hut

Swiss architect Mario Botta (b. 1943) is perhaps best known in the United States for his design for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (completed 1995). Composed of striated brick bands along its exterior facade, and featuring a prominent, central skylight, the building is a hallmark of the San Francisco cityscape. Botta’s design for Morbio Superiore (1982-83), a private residence in the Canton Ticino province of Switzerland, at once anticipates and diverges from the museum.
Mario Botta, Architecture, building, drawing, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Celebrating the Commercial Building

Ely Jacques Kahn (1884-1972), a commercial architect active throughout the 1920s and 30s, worked to define the New York aesthetic through his Art Deco skyscrapers. “The industrial structure,” he once commented, “sails merrily into experiment.” Kahn’s observation exemplified the architect’s dual pragmatism and creativity, his ability to meld a practical understanding of the architectural program with innovative form and decoration.
Ely Jacques Kahn, Hugh Ferriss, Architecture, skyscraper, drawing

To the Rescue!

An intrepid rescuer, clad in a seaman’s oilskin garb, and a swooning maiden, unprepared for the elements and limp in his arms, are thrust together by calamity. A blank sky with a threatening storm cloud heightens their isolation. We wonder where they are headed: at what or to whom does the hero direct his gaze?
Winslow Homer, U.S. Life-Saving Service (USLSS), Atlantic City, New York, Prouts Neck, drawing, painting