Summer Dalhia

Here is my new Thomas Fuchs Creative Ombre glass used as a vase for my late summer Dalhia.   They would also be beautiful votives with the dark lower area covering the candle and the flame in the lighter color above.

Here are some Ombre glasses without flowers.

April 23, 2018 by Alech Blumenfeld

Bright Idea

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Here is a new fun Light Bulb to add some fun and glamour to your lamp or chandelier.

Swedish graphic designer Eric Therner has created this energy efficient 15-watt halogen bulb encased in an elegant diamond shaped clear glass.

April 23, 2018 by Alech Blumenfeld

Making a Murano glass leaf

I just returned from visiting my glass factories in Italy and I thought I would shed a little light on part of the hand made, mouth blown, magical process of making glass objects.  I will do a couple of postings of other processes I find fascinating.  I hope this gives a renewed interest in the fascinating world of hand made, mouth blown glass.  I believe it is a little bit of magic and passion in our high tech world.

The molten glass is poured into a metal leaf form or shape.  This form will stop the now liquid glass from running all over and this will keep the thickness at the authentic voluptuous level.

The molten glass is scored to make the leaf veins.

The form is removed and the leaf is examined and begins the process of being curved.

The molten leaf is slid onto the warmed form.

The leaf will stay for a very short time here before it goes into to oven so that it can cool slowly, avoiding any cracks.

The finished piece.

I hope you find this as amazing as I do.  I have been working in the factories for longer then I would like to say and it never gets old.

April 20, 2018 by Alech Blumenfeld

Water

These images are from an amazingly visual blog I recently discovered called Moniquetdany.  I have to brush up on my French to get the entire story but the images are enough to make my create mind wonder.

April 20, 2018 by Alech Blumenfeld

Distraction

In regards to doing business in Italy for Otium, in theory, this is my slow time since the glass factories on the island of Murano are closed for Summer Holiday. Imagine being out of the office for the month of August. I can't decide if that is a good thing or bad. I genuinely love what I do and I don't want to stop but this inability to call or email the factory everyday gives me time and piece of mind to focus on, or be distracted with, some creative projects as well to a catch up on unfinished tedious office projects.

Here are a few of my summer sketches (distractions).

Enjoy.

April 09, 2018 by Alech Blumenfeld

Fear of design Commitment

On a recent downtown trip to SOHO to explore some of my favorite shopping treasures of NYC like Ted Muehling, Moss, de Vera, Etc. I started to notice a lot more graffiti then on my last visit. At first I was a little concerned remembering the Pre-Giuliani days in NYC when graffiti was everywhere with little regard to New Yorkers that had to survive here. Covering all the subway maps, or any sign in the subway for that matter. When a taxi horn brought me out of my daydream of old NYC, I became fascinated with the concept of Design (or art) without commitment. You have an idea, do it on the wall, and walk away, done!
What a wonderful way to do Design (or create), no commitment to production, no clients to appease, no shipping, no quality control, no estimated taxes to pay, no design drift, just raw design. Wow, no overhead other then the cost of the can of paint. But of course no income either, but let me have my fantasy. Just design from the Gut, guttural design, like when I am sitting at the drawing table with a big piece of paper and lots of tiny inspirational sketches. Treasure this moment before you turn it into production. Who could ask for more?
Be sure to check out this months issue of Interview magazine to read about Brian Donnelly a.k.a KAWS a street artist's life. Or to see a video on Mr. Donnelly click KAWS.

 

April 09, 2018 by Alech Blumenfeld

TFC NEW PLACEMATS

Here are a few of our newest additions to the Thomas Fuchs Creative collection and an entirely new departure from 3D objects.  It has been an amazing experience to work with our new manufacture and the exciting new material of glass beads.  As you may know by seeing my previous designs, in glass, wood, metal, etc., I love texture.  I am just getting my feet wet but soon you will see a lot more in an array of beaded placemats utilizing the depth and texture (and COLOR) you can get from this new medium for me.

 

These will all be available at Barneys New York in early Fall. 

March 23, 2018 by Alech Blumenfeld

David Webb and the Zodiac

Last Thursday, Dec 5th Michou and I were invited to Doyle Auction House for a book signing for the legendary jeweler David Webb. All I could think about is how Art imitates life.  Currently I am taking a class on how jewelry is made. In class we are at the point of enameling which is the forte of Mr. Webb so this event came upon us at the most auspicious of times.

 

Below I have given a hint as to my project of depicting the zodiac and to David Webb's Book and talk.

 

Enjoy!

 

-Thomas Fuchs

David Webb's Book

http://www.doylenewyork.com/events/eventsNY.asp

David Webb, The Quintessential American Jeweler, Ruth Peltason

Slide Presentation and Book Signing Reception with Ruth Peltason

David Webb, The Quintessential American Jeweler (Assouline Publishing) by Ruth Peltason is the first monograph on this important designer who redefined 20th century American jewelry. Opening shop in 1948 at the age of 21, David Webb became the indispensable jeweler for society swans and Hollywood stars alike. He understood that women wanted one-of-a-kind pieces, and his jewelry offered bold shapes and exuberant color. Published on the company’s 65th anniversary, this richly illustrated book details Webb’s evolution as an artist and identifies his major collections. The pieces are accompanied by Webb’s drawings, editorial from leading fashion magazines, and photographs of the many women who adored his jewelry, including Diana Vreeland, Elizabeth Taylor, Brooke Astor, Gloria Vanderbilt, Barbra Streisand and Gwen Stefani. Ruth Peltason is also the author of Living Jewels and editor of Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry.

Rsvp: 212-427-4141, ext 600, or Events@DoyleNewYork.com

March 23, 2018 by Alech Blumenfeld

Restoration Hardware and Luxury...

Last Friday Michou and I ventured over to the new Restoration Hardware. Restoration Hardware, which has reinvented it self twice since launching is really staying ahead of the curve by offering attainable art in an uber luxurious setting, begging us to question:
 
We are hoping the ambiance does not alienate the customers they are intending to lure.
 
Please visit their website:
437 West 16th Street
New York, New York 10011
212-675-4200
March 12, 2018 by Alech Blumenfeld

Africa Now

Having just come back from Africa with Michou Mahtani, my vision of El Anatsui's show at the Brooklyn Museum is refreshed. 

El Anatsui (born 1944) is a Ghanaian sculptor active for much of his career in Nigeria.
Anatsui was born in Anyako, and trained at the College of Art, University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi, in central Ghana. He began teaching at the University of NigeriaNsukka, in 1975, and has become affiliated with the Nsukka group.[1]
Anatsui's preferred media are clay and wood, which he uses to create objects based on traditional Ghanaian beliefs and other subjects. He has cut wood with chainsaws and blackened it with acetylene torches; more recently, he has turned to installation art. Some of his works resemble woven cloths such as kente cloth. Anatsui also incorporates uli and nsibidi into his works alongside Ghanaian motifs.
March 12, 2018 by Alech Blumenfeld