Pointing the Way
Annie Block and Mark McMenamin -- Interior Design, 1/1/2010 12:00:00 AM
The current objects of our affection, arrows themselves have become directional. Let's hope they point up for 2010.
Phillip Wright's 1933 Pierce Silver Arrow, recognizable by its sharp hood ornament, is appearing in a survey of engineering brilliance from the open road. "The Allure of the Automobile" opens at Atlanta's High Museum of Art on March 21.
The shaft of Gustav Hallén's Arrow coatrack—in precision-milled, powder-coated aluminum—installs flush to the wall to hang two coats or angles outward to accommodate three. Design House Stockholm sells this Red Dot Award winner in green, red, black, white, and gray.
An angular roof-scape points skyward in the Bjarke Ingels Group's competition-winning conception for the World Village of Women Sports, a 1.1 million-square-foot research, education, and training facility slated to break ground in Malmö, Sweden, next year. Ceramic tiles give the facade its gleaming whiteness.
News flash. The Corning Museum of Glass has extended "Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection" until next January. Among the 240 featured objects is Michael Pavlik's Vajra Transmutation #1873 in glass that's been cast, cut, acid-etched, ground, and bonded. When the show closes, Pavlik's piece will join the permanent collection of this upstate New York institution.
Albert Hadley veteran Harry Heissmann has branched out on his own. Furnishings in his 400-square-foot New York office include this yellow plastic arrow, part of a car-wash sign he picked up for $5 from a Pennsylvania antiques dealer.
Do-it-yourselfers like to decorate Kidrobot's white vinyl Munnyworld toys themselves, but those who leave design to the professionals opt for limited-edition models by such artists as Aaron Martin of Angry Woebots. His twisted take on the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian goes for $1,400. Buyer beware, however: It's currently sold out.