Design Wire – January 2013

DESIGN WIRE – January 2013
By Joe Hebert

John Silverio: Living Geometry will run through January 11 at the UNITY COLLEGE Leonard R. Craig Gallery. Architect John Silverio’s recent works are inspired by roof and pyramid forms. These shapes provide him with an outlet to examine form, shadow, and color. The exhibition comprises both paintings and drawings that employ the Fibonacci series and the golden mean.

Portland’s ECOHOME STUDIO recently unveiled new color additions to their signature sofa line. Produced by Lazar, the sofa frames are made with nontoxic hardwood plywood. Water- based glue and staples made from recycled steel are used in the construction. EcoHome will carry three different styles of the sofa—two of which are neutral colored and modern in shape with a detachable/reversible chaise. The third sofa features a tufted back and peacock green polyester velvet upholstery. All are made in the USA.

THE PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART will host an evening with Lois Dodd and art critic Karen Wilkin on January 16. Dodd was a key member of New York’s postwar art scene and part of the wave of New York modernists who explored the coast of Maine in the latter half of the 20th century. Wilkin, a regular contributor to the New Criterion, Art in America, and the Wall Street Journal, will join Dodd. The two will discuss the evolution of the art scene in New York and Maine and the ways the two locations continue to inspire artists. Afterward, PMA members are invited to join the opening celebration for the retrospective exhibition Lois Dodd: Catching the Light.

Proprietor, designer, and educator Linda Banks recently opened her second SIMPLY HOME STUDIO retail boutique and design studio at 75 Market Street in Portland’s Old Port. Simply Home’s style has been called “clean, classic, and timeless.” Banks wanted the new location to be younger and sassier, all about color, and with a “nod to the mod.” Both locations offer gifts, furnishings, fabrics, wallpaper, and design services.

Portland’s BRADFORD’S RUG GALLERY recently unveiled a new addition to their Forest Avenue store. The Suzani Collection of Soumaks from the Tibet Rug Company is handwoven in India using 100 percent New Zealand wool. Completely reversible, the Soumak rugs create a look and feel that honors traditional style while satisfying the contemporary eye. The complete collection can be viewed online.