Wright On The Inside


 Frank LLoyd Wright, Meyer May House, 1908, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Photo Courtesy of Steelcase,

Frank Lloyd Wright has long been renowned for his work in the decorative arts as well as in architecture. For Wright, the two were inseparable. Furniture, fabrics, tiles, glass and even tableware were all integral contributors to a building’s design. While the entire building as a work of art was a widely shared ideal among arts and crafts and modernist architects, few were as prolific as Wright in a spectrum of media or as enduring in their pursuit of innovation in the decorative arts. This was a commitment that would leave a lasting impact on the avant-garde in the decades following World War I as well. Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of the nation’s great centers for the design and production of furniture during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is a fitting location to gain fresh insight on Wright’s remarkable output in the decorative arts during this year’s conference, ‘Wright on the Inside’October 16-20, 2013. In addition to daily speaker presentations, the conference will feature tours of at least nine Wright structures, including the beautifully restored Meyer May House  in Grand Rapids.

For information on the conference, conservation endeavors and more, download the conference brochure and see the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation & Saving Wright.


In a phenomenal career lasting from 1887 to 1959 -seventy-two years- Frank Lloyd Wright completed some five hundred buildings as well as an equal number of unbuilt projects. His legacy includes world-famous designs from Fallingwater to the Guggenheim Museum plus hundreds of houses that grace the often-modest streets on which they stand. Presenting the best-loved interiors from all of Wright’s prodigious architectural achievements, 50 Favorite Rooms by Frank Lloyd Wright by Diane Maddex focuses on what he viewed as the most important: their rooms inside.

These spectacular rooms show Wright’s trademarks, the techniques he devised to revolutionize architecture. Here, in more than fifty dramatic color photographs, are buildings that grow naturally from their sites, that rely on natural materials used as nature intended, that feature open plans to increase their sense of spaciousness. Wright simplified room arrangements with built-in furniture and created furnishings totally in harmony with the architecture. He made the hearth the center of family life, integrated all ornament, and tied everything together with a powerful mastery of geometric forms. His instantly recognizable art glass windows and doors brought nature right inside.

Fashionable & Sustainable


Join like-minded individuals in New York City, for the 2nd Annual Sustainable Fashion, Health & Beauty Symposium at the Fashion Institute of Technology, July 10-12, 2013, to learn how designers and manufacturers are taking the idea of conscious design into account as they progress into sustainability and the challenges they all face on fashion’s newest frontier, as the fashion, beauty, and health industries strive to make a positive impact on people’s lifestyles, the environment, and the economy.

The event is a forward-thinking three-day symposium for sustainable designers, entrepreneurs, industry workers, and students, that includes 

workshops, demonstrations, panels, an eco-fashion show, and a sustainable fashion tour around Manhattan. Milan-based Giusy Bettoni, co-founder of C.L.A.S.S., an international eco-platform that promotes environmentally friendly products and Livia Firth’s -Creative Director of EcoAge, co-collaborator on the Green Carpet Challenge, will provide the keynote address entitled, “Welcome to the Third Dimension, Where Design and Innovation Meet Responsibility.”

Levi Lore

Birth of the Blue Jean, To celebrate the 140th anniversary of the iconic 501 jean, Levi Strauss & Co. have created a video which documents its story as a “beloved icon of culture and style around the world.” The short film uses original black-and-white photographs to highlight the major evolutions in the 501’s design since its inception in 1873, as well as showing its influence on culture throughout the decades. “From old to young and punk to prep, the 501® is one of the most democratic fashion items ever created, defined by the people who wear it.” A symbol of individuality and universality, the 501 jean is the ultimate expression of personal style, worn by the pioneers who shape our world, generation after generation. Levi Lore.

Ideal Book Shelf


Patti Smith’s Ideal Bookshelf featured in the My Ideal Bookshelf book, Jane Mount illustration, 2012.

Some believe that the books we choose to read, covet, and display, communicate quite a bit about who we are, and how we view ourselves. In the new book My Ideal Bookshelf, one hundred modern-day cultural figures, including writers Malcolm Gladwell, Jennifer Egan, David Sedaris, artists Oliver Jeffers and Marilyn Minter, musicians Patti Smith and Thurston Moore, chefs and food writers Alice Waters and Mark Bittman, and designers Pamela Love and Coralie Bickford-Smith, reveal the books that are most meaningful and influential for them -their ‘favorite favorites’ from the eclectic to the classic. The ones that resonate best with their interests, dreams, and ambitions in the world, and in some cases, have changed their lives from the ‘first read’ ever forward.


Original paintings by  Jane Mount -who began the Ideal Bookshelf project in 2007, showcase the selections, with colorful, artfully illustrated hand-lettered book spines and occasional objets d’art from the contributors’ personal bookshelves. The paintings are accompanied by first-person commentary drawn from interviews with editor Thessaly La Force (from the Paris Review), which touch on everything from the choice of books to becoming a writer to surprising sources of inspiration. Providing rare insight into the creative process and artistic development of some of today’s most intriguing and iconic creative writers, innovators, and visionaries.


James Franco’s Ideal Bookshelf featured in the My Ideal Bookshelf book, Jane Mount illustration, 2012.

Everything about this book is great -the lush, landscape format; the crisp, and generous white space; the thick, varnished pages; and of course the great illustrations and insightful commentary. A feast for the eyes, mind, heart, and soul. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, the end pages feature a drawing of ten book spines, so that you can add your own Ideal Bookshelf. Love this. Mount does portraits on commission and will paint your books, or you can buy archival pigment prints of her work. What a great gift for the book-lover-avid-reader-aesthetic-savvy-bibliophile-with-great-taste. Visit the Ideal Bookshelf to get yourself/send out some Book Love!