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Kirk McGuire: Cephalopod Tables

Posted in furniture, home, sculpture, sea, wish list with tags , , , , on July 29, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Now THIS is how you hold up a pane of glass for a coffee table! Kirk McGuire has a series of bronze sculpture tables that add a dash of marine adornment to the home.

The octopus is definitely my favorite.
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But the giant squid is pretty great, too.
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And the leafy sea dragon is a bit more understated, which is nice if you don’t opt for the bold look of cephalopods.
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Industrial Artifact

Posted in furniture, home with tags , on July 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Industrial Artifact has me drooling over their home furnishings, particularly the gorgeous vintage style storage.

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So many drawers! A piece like this could nicely streamline my craft supply/trinket hoarding…*cough*…I mean…collecting.
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While the store lands unequivocally outside my current price range, a girl can dream.
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Deconstructed Sofa

Posted in furniture, home with tags , on February 5, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Are you ready for Anthropologie’s Deconstructed Sofa? Yep…this is actually a thing.

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Apparently, a bunch of old pillows tied to a sofa frame left on a curb can be marketed as postmodern and sold for $4,298.

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Thanks, Liz!

For more ridiculous items, check out my past series Uncomfortable Furniture Week

Death in a Nutshell

Posted in art, furniture, macabre, oddities with tags , , on May 21, 2013 by emmalaw

Hello, I’m Emma, I blog over at The Edit but I thought She Walks Softly readers would enjoy discovering about the Nutshell studies…

“A kitchen lined with faded floral wallpaper is washed in warm sunlight filtering through lace-edged window curtains. A cake cools in the oven. Peeled potatoes sit in the sink. An ironing board and basket of laundry occupy in the center of the floor.

But one ghastly detail disturbs the coziness: The dead body of a 45-year-old woman, her hair pulled into a bun, supine on the floor in front of the open ice box. She wears a print dress and an apron, and stares blankly at the ceiling” [1]

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The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death are a collection of miniature crime scene models built in the 1940s and 50s by Frances Glessner Lee. The models were based on real crime scenes and used to train police to assess visual evidence.

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Glessner Lee attended autopsies to ensure accuracy in her models, and had a fastidious attention to detail. The replicas feature openable windows, curtains which can be drawn, and miniature pencils which write.

I’ve always appreciated things in miniature. There’s something slightly magical about scaled down little worlds, where your imagination fills in the gaps, creating personalities and routines for the people who might live there.

As artwork, I love the way the Nutshell Studies compare and contrast the perfection of the dollhouse world with the grisly nature of death. The majority of the victims depicted are women who suffered violent deaths.

As a training tool, police were told to inspect the scenes and look for evidence to help explain the death. For example, the woman described earlier, dead in the kitchen, what is the significance of the small details? A cake cools in the oven, but the stove gas has been left on, unlit. Peeled potatoes sit in the sink, but would a woman stop in the middle of cooking dinner to kill herself? The heavy iron could be used as a weapon, but will the body show any evidence of blunt force trauma?

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Many of the crime scene models take place in the home, the ultimate safe haven. The place where we feel most secure, and ultimately trust that we’re going to wake up in the morning. The Nutshell Studies force us to examine situations where this trust is broken and the safe haven shattered.

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The Roentgens’ Berlin Secretary Cabinet

Posted in antiques, automata, furniture, museums, video on January 17, 2013 by bettiemuldoon

Posted by proxy from Dana’s “stuff to blog” queue while she is on medical hiatus. She reads and appreciates all comments…and apologizes for not being able to respond at the moment.

(words below taken from the site)

Discover the hidden features and intricate interior of this cabinet.

One of the finest achievements of European furniture making, this cabinet is the most important product from Abraham (1711–1793) and David Roentgen’s (1743–1807) workshop. A writing cabinet crowned with a chiming clock, it features finely designed marquetry panels and elaborate mechanisms that allow for doors and drawers to be opened automatically at the touch of a button. Owned by King Frederick William II, the Berlin cabinet is uniquely remarkable for its ornate decoration, mechanical complexity, and sheer size.

This cabinet is from Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens:http://www.metmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/listings/2012/roentgen

Footage courtesy of VideoART GmbH and Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Bo Reudler: Slow White

Posted in anthropomorphic, furniture, sculpture with tags , , on September 18, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Pumpkin Rot recently featured Bo Reudler’s Slow White furniture series.

Clearly, form trumps function…and the form is just a tad offbeat and obscure. My vivid imagination immediately envisioned that these are the outcasts of the furniture factory, who escape into the night to be happy misfits together.

They explore the forest and revel in their curves, knots and organically shaped pieces…so divinely unlike their homogenous factory counterparts.

This one is making a wish as he glances toward the sky…

A chair enjoys a quiet meditative moment before rejoining the others…

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Hush Pod

Posted in design, furniture, home, introvert with tags , , , on September 10, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

This chair by Freya Sewell looks very inviting to me.

It’s another piece of introvert furniture (for those who don’t want the Sensory Deprivation Skull). Perfect for curling up and reading A Guide for the Extra Woman

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