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Mah-Jong – Sweden – Socialism – Feminism – Clothes – Mah-Jong – Sweden – Socialism – Feminism – Clothes – Mah-Jong
1. The same design is made year after year.
2. The materials are natural.
3. The clothes are available for all ages and all sizes.
4. Clothes ought to be beautiful.
5. The clothes should be manufactured in Sweden.
Read more about it in Google Translate-ese on the website of one of the founders, Kristina Torsson (that’s her in the kerchief with the cuties in quilted snowsuits), who has kept up her own line Vamlingbolaget. There is also a book in Swedish! Looks great.
Los Angeles artist and lady friend Bari Zipperstein (Bzippy & Co) has launched her new online shop of radical housewares! We love her handmade vases, lamps and coasters!
Brutalist Circle Top Vase
My beloved Grandma Beth had a staggering hoard of art and design books, a number of which are now in my paws. One that I value most highly is The Architecture of Luis Barragan, a lovely volume by Emilio Ambasz, published by MoMA New York in 1976. I went deep into this gem about a month ago before heading to Mexico City, where Luis Barragan lived and worked. His personal residence, Casa Luis Barragan, was built in the Tacubaya neighborhood in 1947 and is visitable by reservation. In my best dreams about houses—and there have been many—I couldn’t have pictured the mind blow of this place. It holds sufficient inspiration to last a long time and engender many projects ideas.
While we were there, I managed to sneak a few shots of my own during the wonderful tour, led by very sweet architecture students with lit-up eyes:
Barragan’s personal sitting room, in which he was known to enjoy a largely female pool of visitors. In his bedroom, a tiny folding screen may be found, featuring an image of Iman, whom he thought was the most beautiful woman going!
The house is a total knockout! And so is my Lover against this pink wall.
Lana’s show, A Room of One’s Own, is opening at the shop this Friday! Please join us.
The focus of this video is the off the wall climbing prowess of Catherine Destivelle and her short shorts, but please take note of the excellent textile moves of the Dogon tribespeople. The baobab bark rope twining and indigo dyed skirts and head wraps are a fine example of some advanced textile know how. Thanks for the link Dr. Coplin!
“Ängelens bild” as a dress, wallpaper at in installation in 1990, and a bedspread in a photo taken by Carl Johan: “Here’s what it looked like at our house, so much patterns as possible. Marie-Louise De Geer behind the newspaper.”
“Monster” yardage in the Boo-Hooray booth at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair this year, then a shot of the fabric up close. Carl Johan designed “Monster” for 10-Gruppen in 1986. Here he is lounging on the box printed daybed with the rest of the hero posse in 1972:
Carl Johan wearing an outstanding Paco Rabanne jacket in 1967, then two looks at “Ananas” (1973)
A group of notebooks featuring Carl Johan’s vintage designs, made by Pocket Shop a few years ago, that I can’t get my hands on though I tried and a dazzling pond scene // bunnies running // tiger in the reeds print.
“Flygfiskar” (1972) in two colorways. Designed for 10-Gruppen and then cut up, I think, for the bedroom wall you see in “Mother, Father, Child” and covering a couch in a third colorway amid the sea collection of prints at the 10-Gruppen shop at Gamla Brogatan, Stockholm, in 1975. Purrrrrrrrr. This might be my favorite pattern. Hard to choose, though.
The man looks great in his own shirt designs! In 1967. Then “Den europeiska drömmen ( The European Dream)” (2004). Then “Marie-Louise, Carl-Johan, Ines Svensson…. dinner at La Coupole Paris”.
I first learned of Carl Johan De Geer’s work indirectly through 10-Gruppen, a Swedish design firm for whom he designed several prints, including my all-time favorite, ”Flygfiskar,” in the early 1970s. I’ve had a picture postcard of the Flygfiskar couch up on my wall for years, hoping one day to hit on that level of loosness, scale, and joy in one of my own print designs. But I didn’t know which of group of ten had designed it….
Then I ran smack in to a whole booth devoted to Carl Johan’s photography and textiles at the LA Art Book Fair last month, and man! What a world to discover! Carl Johan Louis De Geer af Finspång—reared in a castle, flag burner, fabric designer, photographer, filmmaker, handsome man about town, radical, really unafraid of clashing. So rad.
A retrospective of his work, including film, photography, textile, painting, literature, graphics and stage design, is opening in April at Färgfabriken in Stockholm and running through the summer. Gotta get there!
“Possibilities are endless.”
Thanks for the head’s up, Wen. xx
Home at an Ape II, 1974 Tufted Picture (meaning, actually was made into a small carpet :0)
A still from her 1979 film Barnförbjudet starring Bibi Andersson as “The Mother”
Starring in her own film Hallo Baby, 1976
Marie-Louise’s set for a 2012 production of Giselle, Acts I and II
Marie-Louise Ekman, née Fuchs née De Geer née Bergenstråhle is currently the Managing Director of the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre. Before that, she made films, modeled, conspired with her ex-husband Carl Johan, and obviously she continues to be a great painter and designer. There is a book available!!!