BERLIN 2015 Armed with only a bicycle and a camera, Austin, TX based photographer Al Oliver’s latest exhibition for GARDE centers on the architecture of Berlin. From the now decommissioned Tempelhof Airport to the 1979 Bauhaus Archive and even remnants of the iconic Berlin Wall, the framed black and white images highlight one of Europe’s most dramatic cities with a strong point of view to its post-war past. Limited edition of 25, framed. $1,600 BERLIN 1 Tempelhof Airport entrance. In use all the way to 2008 and is a "city " airport being close in to town. Hitlers architect, Speer, was ordered to make it grand & imposing in 1934. He expanded it to about a mile long and used shell limestone on the facade. Norman Foster called it " the mother of all airports". The runways are now a public park. print h20.5” x w13.75”/framed h26.75” x w20” BERLIN 2 On the left is a movie theater in former East Berlin and on the right are apartments. "I was struck by how little effort they put into the apartment architecture versus the movie theater." Many East Berlin apartments look monolithic like this. No balconies, and rows of windows all the same size. print h13.75” x w20.5”/framed h20” x w26.75” BERLIN 3 The Czech Rebublic embassy in West Berlin, completed in 1978. There are very few Brutalist buildings in Berlin. "It looked menacing and the entrance was hidden so your comrades on the street wouldn't see you coming and going with state secrets." print h13.25” x w19.25”/framed h20” x w26.5” BERLIN 4 The Columbia Theater was a cinema and now event /music venue. It was used initially by the US GIs occupying Berlin from 1951 onward. It looks Moderne but was built in 1951. print h14” x w20.5”/framed h20” x w26.75” BERLIN 5 Berlin Wall, looking from East to West. As an Easterner you would look over at these two buildings that had nothing to do with your architecture as both styles were reviled by the Nazis & Communists. On the right is a museum in the Neo Renaissance style by Martin Gropius from 1881. It's a perfect square at 70 meters each side. Damaged during the last days of WW2 it was closed until the early 80s. He was the great Uncle of Walter Gropius, a founder of the Bauhaus School. On the left is a Bauhuas era building finished in 1931 by Otto Firle. print h14” x w20.5”/framed h20” x w26.75” BERLIN 6 Church front built of concrete and glass mosaic in 1961. It sits adjacent to a bombed out Neo-Romanesque church from 1895 that was completely hollowed out by bombs in WW2. It was left alone as a shell and this modernist building was done as the new church right next to it. "I liked the tension of this and the slight brutality of the façade." print h14” x w20.5”/framed h20” x w26.75” BERLIN 7 The Bauhaus Archive building, completed in 1979. It has all their drawings, models etc . I was hit by how it looks like 1929, not 1979. print h19.75” x w13.25”/framed h26.75” x w20”
GARDE exclusive limited edition Glass Hearts, $995-$2300 Alexa Lixfeld studied in Germany and at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands. After graduating in 2007 she created her own company a year later. Alexa Lixfeld is a design studio, consultancy and production company in Hamburg, Germany. For her designs as much as for her productive achievements, Alexa has been awarded many prizes. Her work is constantly on show throughout the world and has been exhibited e.g. at MARTa (Herford), Rossana Orlandi (Milan) and Gallery Slott (Paris). It is part of the MAK Frankfurt’s permanent collection. The glass elements are handmade and mouth-blown in a workshop in Novy Bor, a small town in the Czech Republic, famous for its history of glass production. Meteorite Vessel Sahara, $1325 Trapeze Vessel Smoke, $1275 Glass Wood Vessel, $1450 Glass Vessel Violet, $1375 Meteorite Vessel Smoke, $1275 Gravity Bowl Black, $995
Born in Tokyo in 1958, Takahashi Yoshihiko studied glassmaking at Tama Art University. After graduation, he completed two years of training in Rheinbach, Germany, before establishing his own studio in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1985. Since then, he has presented his work mainly through solo and group exhibitions. Shortly after he decided to specialize in glass, Takahashi had the opportunity, to see European and American glass artists at work. Many were members of the first generation of the studio glass movement, through which artists unaffiliated with industrial glass companies began to treat glass as a means of individual expression. It was then that Takahashi realized that glass, like other media, the process by which glass fused at high temperatures takes on a three-dimensional form in the brief time before it cools and hardens - is far from a transitory action. It is a way of controlling a host of factors to give ideas form. Below are handblown glass domes from The Untochables Series available at GARDE:
Laurence Brabant Editions is a French glass studio helmed by husband and wife team Laurence Brabant (the designer) and Alain Villechange (the flameworker). Their intention is to produce unpretentious discreet designs through sophisticated, functional, simple objects. All of Laurence Brabant Editions are handmade, mouth-blown in their studio. No molds or modifications are used, and each unique piece is made in one go which requires seasoned skill and concentration. Borosilicate glass was chosen as a material, for it enabled Laurence to produce designs that were otherwise limited by pipe blowing. It also produced thin, light glass pieces that were heat-resistant and deceivingly durable. Laurence liked the contrast between the visible fragility and durability.
"This project began when I was cooped up in Chicago. As a native Texan, I missed the big sky of my youth and so set out on the road with no goal other than photographing the expanse of West Texas. Patterns emerged after a few trips; I began to view the boom and bust cycle of Western and Panhandle Texas as a never-ending loop. Something is built in the middle of nowhere and nature eventually destroys it. Strike oil, build town, create a community, oil bust, destroy a community. Repeat and repeat. Yet people keep going at it. At the same time, I saw a visual beauty in the space and the objects against the space. Like those who tried to build out there, I am trying to impose a photographic composition onto untameable openness. To little avail but I keep going at it. These are not pretty pictures. Too many people do that well. For me, honky tonks and train tracks are beauty. I prefer an abandoned car dealership over a beautiful sunset." Al Oliver February 2013 "Prada Marfa" $1,525.00 framed 26w x 21"h "Claude Train" $1,525.00 framed 21w x 26"h "Tulia Grain" $1,525.00 framed 26w x 21"h "Bellhop" $1,525.00 framed 26w x 21"h
Larusi tribal rugs and textiles was set up by Moroccan native and UK resident Souad Larusi in 2000, initially specializing in the weavings of the Berber tribes of Morocco to bring them to a wider audience and to encourage their use for interior decoration. Now, more than 10 years later, spurned on by her curiosity for well crafted textiles and weavings and encouraged by loyal clients' particular needs, she has cast the net wider and built up a collection with an enlarged range of textiles from all over the world. The recent resurgent interest in tribal weavings, and in particular Berber Beni Ouarain rugs, has seen a large quantity of low grade imitations flooding the market. From the outset Larusi has sought to offer only weavings of quality and value, that are genuinely old/vintage. The collection at GARDE follows below. All pieces are vintage. Click on any description for more information and for how to purchase. Beni Ouarain pile rug, 48" x 69" Beni Ouarain pile rug, 56" x 85" High Atlas pile rug, 38" x 72" Loop pile Beni Ouarain; rags sewn from back to front, 51" x 71" Vintage Moroccan from Azilal region (NE of Merrakech), 49" x 87" Vintage Moroccan from Azilal region (NE of Merrakech), 52" x 89" Anatolian Kilim Runner - Turkish, 2.3" x 9.6" Anatolian Kilim Runner - Turkish, 2' x 12.7"
Bemboka’s knitting factory has been producing merchandise of exceptional quality since 1962 and has an established reputation as a luxury brand that has set the standard for sophisticated, understated blankets and throws of superb quality. Bemboka's exclusive yarns are of such outstanding quality that all Bemboka products may be machine washed and tumble dried by the consumer. Click on any image to visit our web shop. Bemboka angora and merino wool throws are a perfect balance of superb natural fibres, made in New Zealand using superfine Australian merino wool and a rare quality of angora carefully selected because it is almost as fine as cashmere. These angora and fine merino blend blankets and throws are light, luxurious and very warm – they may also be machine washed and tumble dried. Bemboka cotton blankets and throws combine the finest long-staple cotton processed to a high quality melange yarn. They are wet finished, tumble dried and pre-shrunk in our own production facility. All blankets are hand finished by our own expert seamstresses. Bemboka's Director Petr Houf with Mila
San Francisco based artist and fashion blogger Paula Mangin's tongue in cheek take on celebrity fashion and style from this year's Golden Globes. Colored marker on paper, signed by artist. $175 framed (15.5" h x 13" w)/$100 unframed (12" h x 10"w) We will update availability here on this blog, so check back often. Stop by the shop to see them in person, send us an email or call at 323-424-4667. Amanda Seyfried Adele, SOLD Anne Hathaway Halle Berry, SOLD Jennifer Lawrence Jessica Chastain, framed Jessica Alba, framed Jennifer Lopez, SOLD Jodie Foster, SOLD Julianne Moore, framed Kate Hudson, SOLD Kerry Washington Kristen Wiig, framed Lena Dunham, SOLD Lucy Liu Rosario Dawson And your hosts!...Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Gruppo di Installazione presents a home textile collection of lambswool blankets and cushions. Home textiles, handmade.. The collections of Gruppo di Installazione are generated by a research in traditional and folk craft materials with modern and innovative techniques. Materials used today are the same materials used for trousseau and daily wardrobe since the beginning of the last century and are still produced in centuries-old Italian factories. Gruppo di Installazione creates a domestic ambience by reassuring images of our collective memory. Recovering our history is the essential ground to search for the new; objects from the past towards the future. The Plaid Agugliato II blanket is made of an Italian fabric produced on old looms from the 1950's. The stripes decoration, which recalls traditional blankets, is made by a modern technique of needle-punch-embroidery, that is a mechanical process of fushion of textile fibers. $ 650.00 at GARDE The Plaid Fiore Agigliato blanket has been made with a double-face virgin wool fabric. The flower decoration has been created by a modern needle-punch-embroidery technique. $ 1.075.00 at GARDE The Plaid Timbro blanket is part of a project dedicated to the black sheep. The stripes decoration, which recalls traditional blankets is made with Italian black sheep wool using a modern technique of needle-punch-embroidery. Wool from black sheep for a long time was depressed by the market. For Gruppo di Installazione, the black sheep wool is not only beautiful, but full of symbolic meanings. $ 1,075.00 at GARDE The Coperta Italiana blanket is Gruppo di Installazione's manifesto. "Taranta" is the fabric that Abruzzo sheperds used to make "tabarri", the cloaks they used to protect themselves from cold and rain. $1, 075.00 at GARDE
Steven Poster’s lifelong passion for all things photographic has been the driving force behind the street photography he has been capturing for over forty years. The sense of irony and compassion for humanity creates a curious juxtaposition of observation and statement. This translates to the objects he might photograph which all have some kind of life in them. These images were captured on film and printed with archival pigment on Crane Portfolio Rag paper. Images are framed in black wood and measure 41" x 32". $1,950 each at GARDE. "Mermaid", 1997 "Devil Woman", 1994
Japan Following the tradition of Arita pottery, Teruhiro Yanagihara developed a new series of ceramics using the traditional technique of clay made of crushed stone, though in a different composition. The result is a high-density kind of clay that makes the pottery items extremely strong and heat and stain-resistant, even without glaze. A special agent added to the clay provides the Standard series with a characteristic light grey, mat tone. Square Bowls, Four sizes. $45 - $125 Rectangular Plate $20 - $75 The series clearly show Yanagihara's interest in borderless design. Items don't have predetermined functions but allow different combinations and usages and good stackability among the Standard products. Square plates, for example, can be used as trays and small round plates double as lids. Bowls can be used for both Japanese rice or Western-style morning cereals, while the small cup is made for Italian espresso, it also perfectly serves Japanese sake.
Crockery is a family of tableware cast in fine bone china from plaster models carved by Max Lamb. Jug, bowl and mug in fine bone china, made in Staffordshire, England. London-based Max Lamb was born in Cornwall, England, an upbringing that imbued him with a love of nature and a creative spirit which have manifested in his practice as designer and maker. He graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2006, was named Designer of the Future at Design Miami/Basel in 2008 and continues to both produce and exhibit his work internationally. Lamb is known for creating beautifully crafted pieces that have materials and traditional processes at their core. He looks to design products that stimulate dialogue between maker, product and user through a visual simplicity that effectively communicates the obvious. 'Crockery', a collection of fine bone china tableware cast from moulds carved by Lamb, is testament to his maxim to use materials honestly and processes transparently, to give both their own voice rather than impose his aesthetic. Jug, $115.00 Bowl, $65.00 Mug, $65.00
Vincent Van Duysen's work is characterized by an interest in reinterpreting classical forms. His rigorous search for order and clarity produces designs which are both contemporary and innovative; but which have the force of perfect inevitability. Van Duysen’s collection of pots for “When Objects Work” is an exercise in restrained theme and variation. Powerful though each piece is in isolation, the collection is conceived as an entity: an evocation of the shelves of stacked vessels in a potter’s studio. Read as a series, the differences of scale and color create powerful rhythms and modulations expressed in the subtle but intense palette of a northern European sky. Made in Belgium and available at GARDE. Ceramic Containers in multiple sizes with 2cm or 3cm white oaks lids; From $165-$250
GARDE loves MAD et LEN candles. Hand-made burned steel black jars filled with hand-poured candle using vegetable wax infused with pure original perfume from the Grasse, France. Potent and wonderfully intense scents. Figue Noire (Black Fig) The "fig tree" note is green and fruity, woodsy but also somewhat milky, like sandalwood. $90 Pavot (Poppy) This scent is very native; it's the aroma of the poppy flower, slightly powdery and floral. $90 Belle Aubepine From the Hawthorn or Thornapple of the Crataegus species of the Rose Family. $90 Black Afghan An incentive to the temporary euphoria...Leather, tar, animal, balsamic, burned-wood. Sweet, tar-like smell. $90 Erable Sycomore The sweet wood smell of the Sycamore Tree. $90 Cyprés/Cypress Rustic, sharp, aromatic, fresh-green and woody notes. $90 Magnolia Grandiflora Floral bouquet blended with woody sweet accents. $90 Thé Noir (Black Tea) The exotic smell of Black Tea $90 Cire D'encaustique (Beeswax) The scent of waxed wooden floor the antiquary shop of I'lsle sur la Sorgue. $90 Chéne Noir (Black Oak) Woodier with more vanilla and less green and fougere than oak moss. Oak brings a velvety as well as sweet, creamy nuance with a dry fruit and brandy facet. $90 Féve Du Tonka (Tonka Bean) Tobacco, smoky, balsamic, coumarin, almond-flavored. $90 Bois D'Ebene (Ebony) Aromatic, leather fougere, woody, smoky $90
The Flax Project started in 2009 with a collection of products that Christien Meindertsma designed for Thomas Eyck. The collection was made in collaboration with traditional ropemaker Touwslagerij Steenbergen and woodworkers Kuperus & Gardenier. Flax is a material which used to be one of the most important textile fibres in the Netherlands, it was grown and processed into all kinds of textiles. Nowadays flax is farmed in much smaller quantities and is mainly shipped to China to be processed further. With the Flax Project Meindertsma aims to make a series of products from flax that are produced locally. From the seed to the end product. The Flax light is available at GARDE in two styles and two lengths. Flax Light: 5 meters, $300.00 and 10 meters, $395.00 Flax Light with Loupe: 5 meters, $400.00 and 10 meters, $500.00 Installation at the Thomas Eyck showroom
Manly, yes, but the women like it too. Inspired by the scents of good memories stemming from days of surfing or your favorite old leather jacket, Jason Linscott creates his version of what we've dubbed "The Man Candle". All natural, clean burning soy candles infused with botanical and fragrance oils. Hand poured using no dyes and lead free wicks in Portland, Oregon. Recycled packaging, and glass containers with hand roughed wood lids intended for reuse for cocktails or catch-alls. At GARDE, $38.00 JOE - Whiskey, woodsmoke, and leather overlap to create a warm, rich scent with a kick. CLIVE - Black tea is blended with fragrant tobacco leaves, followed with bright bergamot and earthy vetiver. LUC - A complex, multilayered mix of absinthe, bitter almond, dark chocolate and fig. KURT - Smoky sandalwood and briny kelp interplay with notes of banana, vetiver and geranium.
Denmark's tineK Home is a collection of home accessories sourced from around the world. GARDE carries a great selection of glassware, pottery, scarves and textiles, including blankets, quilts, pillows, napkins and tablecloths. We love the simplicity and minimalist approach to their designs without breaking the bank. Set of grooved ceramics pots; Set $35.00 Faceted Glass votives; Assorted Colors, $15.00 each Small Water Carafe; $25.00 Cotton Knit Blanket; $185.00 Quilts in Assorted Colors; $425.00 for a King Small Grey Leather Purse; $85.00
As naturally as she created the lacquered wooden beads necklace in 2004, Nathalie Costes is now turning to collars, crocheted with cotton thread. Just handmade, just cotton. Nathalie Costes is a talented person who creates original handmade accessories. Her new collection is a combination of unique and precious crocheted collars. Nathalie says that "with the reappearance of "cols claudine" (Peter Pan collar) in many collections, I wanted to reappropriate this accessory in my own way". So when you feel like your t-shirt, or dress just need a little something - like a "collar" try a pretty one "by Nathalie Costes"...$85.00 - $105.00
In a small town in northern Colorado, nine-year-old Sherry (Blankenship) Stein picked up a classic American Toni doll and began a career in design. With the help of her older sister Char, Sherry took a miniature Singer sewing machine and outfitted her dolls in elaborate ‘Shehaerazade’ and ‘Gone with the Wind’ clothing collections. A passion for creating stylist, innovative, ahead-of-the-curve designs was born. Now in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sherry grabbed some canvas, suede and leather and began to zero-in on her own take on industrial chic. Enter "Project Apron". Be ready for any emergency, hands free, with this fun, utilitarian apron. Wear over tights, jeans or a skirt and get busy! In Los Angeles our friend Jodi is rock'n the "Project Apron" with style and flair as she does so well! $175.00 Or the "Marfa Skirt", made of 12oz water-repellant ‘boat-top’ canvas or black waxed canvas, industrial weight suede or top-grain leather, sturdy YKK large zipper, and nickel silver cinch-belt rings and D-ring. $185.00
Jewelry designs by Satomi Kawakita: Launched in 2008, "Satomi Kawakita" combines an unusual organic sense of beauty with impeccable craftmanship. Satomi finds a mystique and unlimited beauty in natural gems, minerals and metals, and she always aspires to turn these materials into wearable jewelry using her own unique approach. Platinum and diamond ring $3,835.00 18K white gold with rosecut diamond ring $1,010.00 18K gold flower and diamond ring $420.00 18K yellow gold thin textured band $220.00
What is a Throw Bed? Its a down and fiber filled cushion that's the same size as a twin bed, 40"x70" yet weighs only 4lbs. The cushion is covered in a removable and washable linen or cotton cover. It comes rolled up in a matching bag with a shoulder strap making it portable and easy to store. Just "throw down" anywhere. Indoor or outdoor, country or urban. You'll find plenty of useful places for this chic little bed. Bring the bed to the park, carry it out onto your lawn. Throw down poolside. Bring it out for sleepovers, TV watching or Scrabble playing. I even know a few happy dogs enoying their own "Throw Bed". Belgian Linen or Cotton Ticking $375.00 at GARDE
Founded by globe trotting Canyon Crosby, Minneapolis based Landmarks & Lions specializes in handmade accessories for men and women. The range of products include cases for the iPad, iPhone, as well as wallets and card cases and all things needed for traveling. Clean and structured lines, sophistication and unique character define Landmarks & Lions. Each item is designed and crafted in the USA.
Madison iPad case in leather and striped canvas, $215.00
Madison iPhone wallet in leather and striped canvas, $80.00
Bi-fold wallet in leather with canvas trim, $80.00
Who knew?! David Stark.....event planner to the some of the most famous and discriminating tastes in business and in design. David Stark sets a pretty fine table! This multi-talented creative mind has designed the perfect compliment to my new shop.....poplar vases. If you haven't noticed by now, GARDE is all about poplar...walls, tables, oops, did I say too much? I confess it's my new obsession! So, the vases have a convenient hole in the center where a glass tube fits for a little water and a bud. $250.00 - $325.00
Vintage Navajo blankets as chic satchels.... Part vintage and collectable, part art, part fashion, and completely functional. My friend Stefan (from Twentieth) found an amazing craftsman who created these unique, one of a kind bags by combining 1930's Navajo blankets and beautiful worn leather. He has carefully selected the leather and patterns of the rugs to make the perfect design for each bag. prices from $595.00 for a mini pouch to $1,795.00
COLTELLERIE BERTI was founded by David Berti in 1895, and it continues its handmade production in the Tuscan countryside under the guidance of great grandson Andrea. These knives are born of the traditions of the Italian artisan and the Berti Family. The essence of the Berti tradition is that each knife is the finished work of a sole artisan, and it bares their initials on the knifes blade. Bertis intent is to make knives with integrity and authenticity that cannot result from industrialized production, while offering you some of the finest cutting tools in the world. A Berti knife is an heirloom. Red Lucite cheese knives. The blade is made of high-quality 420B stainless steel and is one solid piece (full tang). The 2 handle pieces are pinned on to the blade, one on each side and are made of lucite. $395 Travel Set with Tortoise Lucite Handles and Canvas Roll-Up Bag. $285 The knife for chocolate is beautiful yet strong. Ox horn handle, anchored tang, forged, whole handle knives. By means of it's short and sharp pointed tip it will allow you to easily face hard blocks of chocolate, because we all serve blocks of chocolate for dessert, right? $275
GARDE has just received exquisite hand-blown glass vessels from the Lindsey Adelman Studio. Introduced last year from Manhattan-based lighting designer Lindsey Adelman, these hand-blown vessels with cast brass stoppers would look amazing on my mantle, my bathroom cabinet, my bedside table....my, my, my. Get the point? Love! Small Vessel, $480; Large Vessel, $540
GARDE is proudly featuring jewelry from Stephanie Lake Design. Lake, who hails from Minneapolis, is creating decidedly unique one of a kind jewelry pieces. In the words of Minnesota Monthly, "They are wholly unlike anything else, combining elements of Hollywood Regency mid-century, 70s-era Fleetwood Mac, and glam rock. Lake is a stylemaker in a class of her own." The fifth scholar in the world to earn a Ph.D. in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, Stephanie Lake's jewelry designs are informed by her work as a curator, archivist and auction specialist and interior designer. Lake’s academic focus on decorative arts from the 18th century to the current day centered on personal adornment, fashion, and interiors. Her research included stints in Paris, London, Istanbul, Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles, working with some of the world’s most extraordinary collections and collectors. While in Los Angeles, Lake worked as curator-in-charge of the Bonnie Cashin Archive at UCLA. Her work to secure and promote Cashin’s legacy included establishing The Bonnie Cashin Foundation. Stephanie Lake will join us at GARDE on Thursday, May 10 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. for a special Trunk Show featuring her newest designs. Just a preview...
We opened GARDE three weeks ago and to my delight not only have the reviews and response to the shop been wonderful and supportive, but I have met the most interesting people. GARDE has been such a collaboration of talent and design from the artists we represent to the customers who have supported them. Putting the two together has been such a treat.
Oakland-based Sara Paloma was forced to take her first pottery class as a requirement for a teaching degree. We're pretty sure she could teach the craft now. Her designs are elegant, sculptural and sensual. Soft cream satin and dark charcoal finish with a hint of green tips accentuate this collection of tear drop shaped vases.