When you live and work in this city, you often forget how beautiful it is. I love being able to stumble upon moments like this one. The beautiful NY Public Library as a backdrop for art.
It made me wonder… what is on showcase? Is the dancer helping the photographer with her portfolio? Is the photographer helping dancer with HER portfolio? Is the garment the dancer is wearing the focus? It didn’t really matter to me, I was lucky enough to find beauty this morning in our fair city.
Currently there is an exhibition running in Paris called Systems: A Retrospective of 1960s Braun Design which highlights Braun’s design work. The company’s packaging design is the main focus of the exhibit.
It’s not difficult to see the influence that Braun has on today’s design sensibility. Dieter Rams, the designer responsible for many of the Braun designs, is cited as a major influence by Jony Ivy, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design. When you look at the products themselves you can see why they are so beautiful even today. Apple may have perfected the art of simplicity as it relates to product design, but surely Braun & Dieter Rams are the grandfather of that trend.
The designs themselves do not look like anything out of the ordinary today, but back in the 60s they seemed almost freakish compared to the products that were already on shelves.
The exhibition is being presented by das program and will appear at Moda International through February 27th. Visit their website for more information and great imagery.
Located on the Northeast corner of Central Park at 110 Street and 5th Ave is the Harlem Meer which was built in 1861 and restored between 1983-93.
The word “Meer” is Dutch for lake which is home to The Charles A Dana Discovery Center that was built in a Victorian style to emulate the original Victorian structures of Central Park.
The waterside plaza that sits next to the discovery center is used from mid-June through September for Sunday afternoon performance festivals….and good to know that if you like to fish you can participate in the catch and release program that is a summertime favorite for many in NYC!