the (color) makings 
of Fall (forms)
collapse into winter.

Stopped by Garde this week to pull some ceramic selections 
for a new home we are finishing in Silver Lake.

Our home, the dining table with a work by LA ceramicist, Mirena Kim,
and some branches from the flower market.

"Some things are best if kept in darkness 
Only true before the dawn 
Ghost ships, silent, deathly sting 
Before the canon storm  
Am I in too deep? 
Am I in too deep too soon?" - Alela Diane 


David Noonan 
11 September—24 October 2015 
107 rue St-Georges | St-Jorisstraat
Xavier Hufkens

‘I’m trying to touch on a certain atmosphere or tone… when you’re listening to music, particular songs or artists will have a particular atmosphere to their work. That’s what I’m trying to achieve with pictures, to give the piece an ambience that you can’t exactly pin down, but that sets a certain tone. I like to think of them as these little hermetic things that have a certain energy or atmosphere that can wash over you, affecting your mood. I don’t want to spell something out; my pieces are more about evoking something in a viewer.’ - David Noonan

"Let's go said he 
not too far said she 
what's too far said he
where you are said she" - E.E. Cummings

(recent pics from a trip Paris)

 Atelier Brancusi

“Things are not difficult to make; 
what is difficult is putting ourselves in 
the state of mind to make them.” ―Constantin Brancusi


Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature 

A store window in the Marais 


Jean Royere 

The gardens of Versailles

Maison La Roche - 
Fondation Le Corbusier


Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature 

View from the flat near Oberkampf 

Staircase looking down.



1. davide balliano
2. recent dining room we completed, disc interiors

A visit to van Cronenburg Architectural Hardware, Ghent Belgium 

"Hardware is a small yet important detail in a house: it harbors comfort, safety and beauty. As small as the  pieces may be, generally fitting in the palm of ones hand, they are able to transform a house completely, to reveal the character of a room or the personality of its owners."

"The more virtual our world becomes,
the more we need the physical..." - Ilse Crawford

Hardware is the first object that one touches as they enter a home, and the last experience that is felt as one exits. A masterful piece of hardware has the warmth and the familiarity we crave, a connection to the past, or an indication and nod to the future. The details and curves can illustrate the historical context, but it is the way it is felt in the hand that can leave the true impression..It is these details in a home that create a feeling that is often felt, but can be hard to describe. A certain warmth if you will, a feeling of presence.

Last month, on a visit to Belgium, I visited the foundry and offices of Peter van Cronenburg Architectural Hardware in Ghent, Belgium. To be honest, it was one of the stops I was most looking forward to for the trip.  Over the past years I've become more interested in cabinet and door hardware for homes, seeking companies who can create custom selections for clients.  We recently used van Cronenburg's hardware on a home we are designing in Los Angeles, so the opportunity to meet Peter and Regine was a priority. 

Regine welcomed us on the cold Belgian morning, and led us around the foundry explaining the history of the foundry, Peter's past work as a cabinetmaker, as well as how each piece is cast and finished.  I watched in awe, as a metal base was shifting on the lathe, and it was carved and finished to precision. It was not unlike the feeling of watching a master glassblower, true magic before your eyes as the shapes form. Another team member was delicately carving by hand, before him an array of tools, not unlike a jewelry maker.  The amount of work into each piece they create is unbelievable.  Regine explained the casting process, and informed us of a terrific project in New York City on Bond Street that their team are restoring the original iron exterior detailing.  Their excitement and dedication towards the line of work is humbling, though not surprising. Their office recently opened an office in New York City, as their client base continues to expand.

A massive thank you to Peter and Regine and their team for welcoming us into their offices and foundry, the wonderful dinner we shared, and the rainy afternoon we spent in Ghent! I hope to return to Belgium soon. - David John

"Peter van Cronenburg started out as a cabinet maker in 1983, specializing in high-end paneling, libraries and interior doors. The bifurcation to architectural hardware came from the frustration not to find the exact hardware he wanted to finish his realizations. Most items on the market were to him too 19th century, with a mechanical finish and artificial patina. So he started collecting historic pieces in order to reproduce them. He searched for craftsmen who executed their work in a traditional way and who shared his vision of esthetics and craftmanship. Stimulated by some major Belgian architects and their customers, Peter van Cronenburg enlarged the collection, day by day.  With the same passion as with which he designed custom-made paneling and libraries using paper and pencil, he developed new models to respond to esthetical and technical challenges.  Over the years, van Cronenburg has envolved into a high-service company with its own foundry that delivers high quality hand-made hardware. The main manufacturing processes are forging and casting (sand casting as well as ‘cire perdue’), depending on the design and function of the piece.  The roots of a cabinet-making are still present, as his team counts cabinet makers, who assist in the right choice of hardware on site or do the installation of the hardware when desired. But the in- house skills were enlarged with e.g. design specialists (2D and 3D software), for dynamic prototyping, as well as interior architects. "

Van Cronenburg Architectural Hardware 
+32 9 336 37 34

Belgium pt 2.

"When I see them 
Contemplate if I should 
Should I just reach out and tell you...
With the things that I own 
Watching time fall 
Through the drawn blinds" (braids, "fruend")

 2nd floor,  Antwerp, 2:10 pm

10:13 a.m.  nature becomes us. Antwerp.

4:45 pm, Brussels, the light became metal


6:15 p.m.  Antwerp, the upstairs and downstairs...

"Ad Hoc" 
"A Meditation on the temporary" 

“This season’s Parachute Market will embrace the spirit of the ‘happening’,” says Parachute Market founder, creative director, and co-curator Coryander Friend. “It is our hope that intention, artistic urgency and an energetic, ephemeral presence will coalesce into a spontaneously occurring
communal and interactive moment.- Parachute Market in downtown Los Angeles

a photo taken at last year's Parachute Market

"The fifth installment of Parachute Market, the thematic design fair and  marketplace, is returning to the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles. The fair, taking place Saturday and  Sunday June 6 - 7, 2015, will touch down at the monumental One Santa Fe building designed by  internationally acclaimed architect Michael Maltzan. “AD HOC”, will explore the ethos of the temporary  marketplace and the increasingly significant role that spontaneity plays within community, art, and  commerce.  “This season’s Parachute Market will embrace the spirit of the ‘happening’,” says Parachute Market  founder, creative director, and co-curator Coryander Friend. “It is our hope that intention, artistic urgency  and an energetic, ephemeral presence will coalesce into a spontaneously occurring communal and  interactive moment.”  “AD HOC” will construct a temporary experimental show space and retail environment for designers to not  only show their work, but also take part in a collective conversation on design.

work represented by Please Do Not Enter, at this year's Parachute Market

Participants this season  include Please Do Not Enter, Nickey Kehoe, Gulla Jonsdottir, MMaterial, Reform Gallery, The  Window, Gray Gallery, Knibb Design, Matin, and Welcome Projects. The two-day fair will offer  weekend guests the opportunity to see some of the most exciting dealers, designers and artists  representing the best of the Los Angeles design community.  Co-curator Mallery Roberts Morgan added, “We’ve gathered a fabulous mix of established and emerging  talent. Add the incredible venue of One Santa Fe and the creative art direction of Coryander Friend and  you’ve got a uniquely ‘made in Los Angeles’ design fair.” 

The West Hollywood Design District will also present a DIEM Talk at Parachute Market Saturday June   6th at 2pm discussing the impact of pop-up marketplaces, for sellers and buyers: 'Mad for Markets? Is the   Temporary Fair a Permanent Fixture in Retailing Today?' Frances Anderton, host of KCRW's DnA:   Design and Architecture, will discuss this and more with Darren Gold, pop-up curator and retail   consultant; Gerard O’Brien, owner, curator, Reform Gallery and The Landing; and Coryander Friend. 

Go to Parachute for more info and tickets.


DESIGNERS & DEALERS  100xBttr 24hr Psychic Adina Mills Alchemy Works April Napier Pottery Artless Block Shop Textiles Clark Heldman Design De Jong & Co. Durand Gabriela Artigas & Co. Garrett Leight California Optical Good Goods Gray Gallery Gulla Jonsdottir Design Hortense Jewelry I. Ronni Kappos Jonathan Pessin Kassia Katelin Gibbs Jewelry Kazuki Takizawa Glass Lianne Barnes Mara Carrizo Scalise Jewelry Matin Mau Michael Felix MMaterial Nickey Kehoe Parachute Home Pearce Please Do Not Enter Poem Store Reform Gallery Sanae Intoxicants Still Room: Grid x Line The House of Yes The Parabellum The Window Victoria Morris Pottery Welcome Companions Wolfum


Upcoming auction at Dorotheum 

"I strive to create a completely white (or even better: an entirely colourless, neutral) plane, which exists beyond the confines of painting and is beyond the reach of outside intervention that might add or subtract to the meaning of the plane itself: the kind of white, that is neither polar landscape nor suggestive subject, nor an object of beauty, neither an emotion nor a symbol, nor representative of anything else: A white plane that is, plain and simple, a white plane.”  - Pierre Manzoni

Auction Week: Contemporary Art, Part I 10.06.2015

The contemporary sale on 10th June 2015 showcases works by leading international artists including Enrico Castellani, Lucio Fontana, Ilya Kabakov, Adolf Luther, Otto Piene, Robert Rauschenberg, Paolo Scheggi, Cy Twombly, Günther Uecker, Victor Vasarely and many others.

Dorotheum - Since 1707  600 auctions, 40 sales categories, 100 specialists – more than 300 years of experience  300 years after its foundation, the Dorotheum, established in 1707, is the largest auction house in Central Europe, the largest in the German-speaking area, as well as one of the leading auctioneers worldwide.  The Dorotheum hosts about 600 auctions a year, and more than 100 specialists attend to over 40 departments.  Tradition, our specialists’ expertise and market experience, personal service, a broad selection, and international outlook – this is what our clients appreciate about the Dorotheum.  Founded more than 300 years ago, the Dorotheum continues today on its successful course and is enjoying an increase in turnover. Building on its list of international contacts is one of the main focuses of its activities.  Some of its most important international offices are in Brussels, Düsseldorf, Munich, Rome and Milan.

"If you can feel it radiating with a new and higher degree of clarity, then we can say that your senses have been refined.  Such an elevation perception of white provides a condition which enables us to see our world in a brighter light." -  Kenya Hara

“White” is not a book about colors. 

It is rather Kenya Haras attempt to explore the essence of “White”, which he sees as being closely related to the origin of Japanese aesthetics – symbolizing simplicity and subtlety. The central concepts discussed by Kenya Hara in this publication are emptiness and the absolute void. Kenya Hara also sees his work as a designer as a form of communication. Good communication has the distinction of being able to listen to each other, rather than to press one’s opinion onto the opponent. Kenya Hara compares this form of communication with an “empty container”. In visual communication, there are equally signals whose signification is limited, as well as signals or symbols such as the cross or the red circle on the Japanese flag, which – like an “empty container” – permit every signification and do not limit imagination. Not alone the fact that the Japanese character for white forms a radical of the character for emptiness has prompted him the closely associate the color white with emptiness.

more information here. 

Thank you Joyce:)

new work by Sam Moyer 

"Scheduled to coincide with the year’s longest days as the sea-sons transition from spring to summer, “Slowly” meditates on the appearance and disappearance of light."


"Slowly" May 28- July 17th

Galerie Rodolphe Janssen is proud to announce the debut of a new series of sculptures and paintings by artist Sam Moyer that address the dimensional, architectural, and environmental characteristics of the gal-lery as site. Installed in the center of the room are three large sculptures set in a row on axis with the gal-lery’s signature double-pitched skylights. Scheduled to coincide with the year’s longest days as the sea-sons transition from spring to summer, “Slowly” meditates on the appearance and disappearance of light. 

If there is one unifying interest across a diverse body of work with an expanding vocabulary of material form, it is Moyer’s investment in the effects of light and its impact on the integration and disintegration of space. In previous bodies of work light as an artificial phenomena was explored, notably through the inter-action of a concealed lighting grid hung above the suspended canvases of Moyer’s standout titular sculp-ture More Weight. Following these presentations, her work is now oft-cited in comparison to that of Richard Serra. However, Moyer’s commitment to the illusion of depth and the spatial experiences of light in space align her work more notably to the perceptual works of Robert Irwin or to the pictorial austerity found in paintings by Agnes Martin.

 Galerie Rodolphe Janssen 
Rue de Livourne 35 Livornostraat
1050 Brussels, Belgium 


A selection of images taken in 
Antwerp and Brussels 

A front door in Antwerp

The entrance to our bed and breakfast in Antwerp, Boulevard Leopold.

 The front door of the Horta Museum, Brussels. 
 The private house and studio of Victor Horta.

 Poster for the upcoming exhibition at the BOZAR in Brussels.

"The Belgians. An Unexpected Fashion Story BOZAR and MAD Brussels are presenting the major fashion exhi - bition  The Belgians , about the rise and success of Belgian fashion  designers. The exhibition takes a closer look at the DNA of Bel - gian fashion and sheds light on the work of around 100 designers,  from the first pioneers to the new generation of today."

staircase detail of 
Xavier Hufkens Gallery in Brussels

a front door detail in Antwerp

the ceiling of the Galerie Ravenstein in Brussels

 The entrance to the Graanmarkt 13 
Restaurant in Antwerp

 the lights of Jos Van Devriendt

"ModeMuseum at ModeNatie in the Nationalestraat, in the heart of the Antwerp’s fashion district. The building that houses ModeNatie was built in the 19th century as a department store for the New England Menswear and Children’s fashion shop. After a thorough renovation in 2000, led by Marie-José Van Hee, the architect from Ghent..."

Entrance to Villa Empain, Brussels

A wall piece that was currently on display at the Villa Empain, Brussels.
BogHossian Foundation, "Heaven and Hell. From magic carpets to drones..."

Ceramic lighting pendant
a visit to Emery et Cie showroom in Brussels.

downstairs at the Stephan Schneider store in Antwerp.



House is not universal. 
House is hyper-specific. (midtown 120 intro)

"the life we share"

A new magazine launched this year called Open House Magazine. Based in Barcelona, Spain, OPENHOUSE explores the space that results from the intersection of design and food, "the life of the interior, if you will." What happens to spaces after they are designed, how they function, and the people that inhabit the spaces and the stories they tell. The Autumn/Winter Issue has articles with Jerome Waag, Head Chef at Chez Panisse in San Francisco, and the FvF Apartment in Berlin, among others. Looking forward to more issues. Congrats Andrew and Mari! - David John

"OPENHOUSE Magazine is a twice yearly publication, that looks to bright, creative people from around the world, that open their homes or their private spaces to the public, to make different activities about gastronomy, art and design.  Printed in Lleida, Openhouse is a magazine of 144 pages, filled with beautiful photography, interesting interviews of people who open special places around the world that the reader can visit and join in with the activities.   Openhouse is also a guide to their secret loved places in their towns, and some favourite recipes. Openhouse is a multi lingual publication; all articles are published in English and the language of the interviewee.   

Openhouse was started by Andrew Trotter and Mari Luz Vidal, and we are building a small team of collaborators who are designers, writers and photographers from all around the world." 

more about Openhouse Magazine here.