[August 3 2015] : TV Takeover
The inspiration to create my work mostly comes from movies. I’m sitting in the couch and watching a film and all of a sudden there’s a scene where I think “uhh, that is genius.” For sure the older I get and the more information that floats around in this world, it seems to take longer to come across these kinds of moments. But it still happens. The video clips selected are a few examples where my guts start to rumble and I feel connected to something bigger. Don’t ask me to what, for I would need a shrink to explain that. Text Olaf Breuning
Olaf Breuning’s current show “The Life” ends on August 7th at Metro Pictures, New York.
text by PETER LYLE
photography by OLIVIER AMSELLEM
The great Irish designer and architect Eileen Gray spent her life creating for the now; when she died in 1976 at the age of 98, she was enthusiastically working on a new kind of table. From first to last, Gray had been concerned with making beautiful and useful things for real people, rather than constructing monuments to her own excellence. She’d devoted her working days to mastering difficult materials and rarefied techniques, such as Japanese urushi lacquering. But Gray’s lack of interest in promoting her reputation during her lifetime almost led to her work and life disappearing from view after her death. For years, she was remembered only by a select group of design aficionados. That all changed when one of her Dragon Chairs sold for €21 million at a 2009 auction of Yves Saint Laurent’s personal collection, a record for a piece of 20th-century decorative art.
Other things take longer to turn around, though. Ninety years have passed since Gray began work on e.1027, the house she designed and built on a beautiful stretch of the rocky cliffs of Cap Martin, near the town of Roquebrune, between Menton and Monaco. The name and design were a coded tribute to her then-partner, the architectural journalist Jean Badovici, to whom she gave the house after they split (Badovici was just one of several influential lovers, male and female, who shaped Gray’s life and designs). Badovici died young, and his friend Le Corbusier, who loved the house, moved in, first painting the walls with his murals, then building his own structures all around it. In the process, he totally changed the delicate, subtle relationship that e.1027’s design had with the natural landscape and the shifting light of each day. Le Corbusier died on the beach below the house, and the condition of e.1027 only got worse in the years that followed.
But for more than a decade now, Eileen Gray acolytes have been gradually restoring her house, and recently, the furniture retailer Zeev Aram donated Gray-approved replicas of her designs to the house for the filming of a new biopic, The Price of Desire. The day when design pilgrims can visit this concise architectural classic finally seems near. Until then, we should perhaps just be grateful that the destination didn’t disappear altogether from our dreams and our world....
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[July 31 2015] : LoveView the gallery
Summer pool parties are all the rage here in L.A. from Beverly Hills all the way up to Malibu. If you are not invited, no biggie as you will see it all on the Internet within seconds. “We are having a wonderful time and you are NOT here,” will be the message.
Back in the day, during the seventies, 1977 to be exact, I went to two or three pool parties every weekend. One warm summer day, my friend John Rockwell invited me to a party at this amazing mansion on Benidict Canyon in Beverly Hills. The mansion sat right directly behind The Beverly Hills Hotel.
There were all these people there who looked like there were... Read More
Text and photo Brad Elterman