antiques | 2012 san francisco fall antiques show

san francisco has sports fever.  

the san francisco giants swept the 2012 world series to win their second baseball championship in three years.  

san francisco is also hosting another world series, the america's cup sailing race.  the competition on san francisco bay began with the fleet races in october 2012, and ends with the ac finals in september 2013.

because of all of the excitement about the america's cup, the san francisco fall antiques show chose a nautical theme for 2012. 

photo credit sffas

architect andrew skurman designed a 'sea worthy' entrance to the show, which showcased an exhibition of nautical art and antiques.  many of the exhibitors also highlighted 'sea worthy' objects. 

entrance | 2012 san francisco fall antiques show | designed by andrew skurman
photo credit lisa walsh|innerspace

since i love asian art, the waves in the entrance immediately reminded me of hokusai's the great wave, the famous japanese woodblock print from the series, thirty six views of mount fuji.

do you think that the great wave inspired skurman's design?

waves | entrance to the 2012 san francisco fall antiques show | designed by andrew skurman
photo credit lisa walsh|innerspace 

hokusai | under the wave, off kanagawa from thirty six views off mount fuji | japanese woodblock print | edo period about 1829-33 | the british museum | london, united kingdom
photo credit the british museum

the indigo seas also inspired kathleen taylor|the lotus collection to exhibit a 'sea worthy' collection of indigo textiles from japan, africa, and persia.

did you know that indigo dye doesn't turn blue until it oxidizes?  i didn't.

unlike most vegetable dyes that use a mordant (metallic salt) to affix the dye to the fabric, indigo dye uses a chemical reaction.  first, indigo leaves are fermented in a vat, which reduces the indigo into a solution.  then, the fabric is submerged into the vat without exposing the solution to oxygen. when the fabric is removed from the vat, the indigo dye oxidizes as it dries, which affixes the dye to the fabric.  during this process, the indigo dye reduces from blue to yellow, then oxidizes from yellow to green to blue.

kathleen taylor|the lotus collection | indigo seas exhibition | 2012 san francisco fall antiques show
photo credit lisa walsh|innerspace

taisho period (1912-1926) japanese indigo dyed cotton wrapping cloth (furoshiki)
mid 20th century african (mali) indigo dyed cotton panel
19th century northwest persian cotton cover (jajim) with indigo stripes

kaleidoscopic, don't you think?

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art | frieze masters 2012

jux·ta·po·si·tion noun
the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side

helly nahmad gallery | frieze masters | 11-14 october 2012 | london UK
photo credit elisabeth blanchet

joan miro | the sorrowful march guided by the flamboyant bird of the desert | painting | 1968
photo credit elisabeth blanchet
alexander calder | rouge triomphant | mobile | 1959-1963

described as the most outstanding stand at frieze masters 2012.
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trends | are stainless steel kitchen appliances passe?

'after stainless, now what?', an article by ellen byron in the 5 september 2012 wall street journal, suggests that stainless steel kitchen appliances are becoming passe.

so, appliance manufacturers are introducing new finishes as an alternative to stainless steel.

could this be an attempt to increase sales, which have declined along with the housing market?  or, to increase profits by offsetting manufacturer discounts?

stainless steel, considered the premium kitchen appliance finish for 25 years, generates 35% of all appliance sales.

usually, consumers only purchase new kitchen appliances when they are building a house, remodeling their kitchen, or replacing a broken appliance.  since they don't purchase new appliances very often, consumers often mix and match appliance brands.

if you were purchasing new kitchen appliances, which finish would you choose?

white ice or whiteblack ice or black?  or, stainless steel?

new | 2012
whirlpool | ice collection | white ice

new | 2012
whirlpool | ice collection | black ice
photo credits whirlpool and whirlpool

high gloss white, high gloss black, slate gray?  or, stainless steel?


new | 2012
ge | profile collection | slate gray
photo credits ge appliances and general electric

floating glass white, floating glass black, oiled bronze?  or, stainless steel?


new | 2007
jenn air | oiled bronze
photo credits jenn air and kitchenandresidentialdesign.com

viking range offers stainless steel plus 23 other finishes.

'i'd say 80% of our sales are still stainless steel.'
brent bailey, design director, viking range corporation 

viking range | professional series | stainless steel
kitchen | sleepy hollow, VA | interior design by doug deluca
photo credit viking range

viking range | color finishes
photo credit viking range

'i could add another 100 colors and the percentage wouldn't change much.'
brent bailey, design director, viking range corporation

do you think that stainless steel kitchen appliances are a cliche?  or, a classic?
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