We woke up feeling like a kid on Christmas morning when we caught a glimpse of the annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. For its 87th edition, the catalogue doesn't disappoint — least of all when it comes to its always-enticing fantasy gifts. In addition to giving our imaginations a serious workout, the eight decadent offerings have a charitable leaning: Neiman Marcus will donate a portion of the proceeds from each purchase to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which brings enriching art experiences to youth in communities nationwide. Check out the gallery to see those once-in-a-lifetime indulgences in ascending price order (and find out what exactly a Forevermark diamond experience means), and shop other more within-reach selections from the catalogue!
Available for 2011 are three sizes of Jeff Koons's Balloon Flower Creme de Corps ($29 to $72) and a special Jeff Koons Bottle Art ($50) bottle-topper, a scaled-down replica of the original work. "I believe that flowers are a symbol for perfect love, and an important expression for this charitable collaboration with Kiehl's," said Koons. So load up on feel-good body care for you and your loved ones his holiday season. There's something to be said about being soft on the outside and warm and fuzzy on the inside, after all.
Here, more of Koons's art wraps the bottle, and 100 percent of the net proceeds (up to $25,000) will go to The Koons Family Institute. For the art collector on a budget, it's a smart holiday gift. Here's the catch: the goods are available only in select New York and California stores. But, psst, if you sneak over to Kiehl's Facebook page, you can find out how to have it shipped. Just don't forget — if you have to have it, you also have to circle Dec. 4 on your calendar.
What's more, it's all wrapped up in limited-edition packaging by Jeff Koons, Julianne Moore, Pharrell Williams, and Malia Jones. Each of the bottle wraps delivers a little star power with each spray — and, most importantly, all net proceeds from sales of the mist go to the Rainforest Alliance, which works to protect biodiversity and give people living in forested areas sustainable livelihoods. The project is expected to raise $200,000, and the goods are on sale now.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac seems bent on proving that if you don't have an original thought in your head the best way to ameliorate the situation is to glom onto pop cultural and hold on for dear life. We love to name drop the Canon and obscure artistic movements too and lord knows that we rely on Baudrillard too much to help us grapple with the mind fucks of fashion but Castelbajac saying that Jeff Koons is his kunst makes us want to slap him. Entartete Kunst or degenerate art was called as such by the Nazis because they viewed it as elitist, morally suspect, and too often incomprehensible. We never thought we would say this but we are sort of on the Nazi side here. Throwing together some Disney, name dropping Koons and then likening it to an act of social courage like the original Dada, cubist and surrealist artists is just plain presumptuous. And yes we happen to think its morally suspect as well. A melange of pop cultural references is not artistry and attempting to trick viewers into believing it is a fool's errand. Castelbajac is no Takashi Murakami or Jeff Koons either. And frankly we view those artists with a little bit of suspicion ourselves. What do they say about art being dead again?
If you're lucky enough to be in London right now, head over to Saint James Square to check out the stainless-steel sculpture "Balloon Flower (Magenta)," by artist Jeff Koons, who's known for his public art and whimsical, childlike sculptures. The giant sculpture, which does indeed look like shiny twists of balloons, will be exhibited for the next 10 days in Saint James Square in London, England. The sculpture, which has an estimated worth of around $23.6 mllion, will be auctioned at Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on June 30. If nothing else, this is a great chance to get up close and personal with a rather pricey piece of art. Are you going to check it out?
Having worked as a studio assistant for Jeff Koons, an art director at Ogilvy and a designer for Karim Rashid between '95 and '01, Jason Miller decided it was time to step up his game and start his own design studio in Brooklyn — and he wasn't getting ahead of himself. Miller has pinned solo exhibitions all over the map, from LA to Tokyo, and everywhere in between, and been applauded with prestigious awards like Bombay Sapphire's "Rising Star" award and Wallpaper's "Best Breakthrough Designer" award, and named a "Tastemaker" by Forbes for his quirky contemporary designs, be it furniture, interiors, or bus stops. If that weren't enough of a pat on the back, his work is in the Permanent Collection of New York's Museum of Arts and Design, and he's got clients like Areaware, Persol, Brookstone, Carlo Rossi, Kikkerland, and Idee at his beck and call.
If you can't place his name, I'll give you a nudge by reminding you of his Ceramic Antler Chandelier, which single-handedly started the hunting trend that The New York Times has so lovingly already pegged "over." A brief glance at his portfolio, marked by low-res photos used as background for projects with titles like "Whatever Flowerpots" and "Dusty Tables," and you'll probably think a: he has no design experience or b: he's got to be joking. Well, that latter is only true, and in truth, the joke's on you; his terracotta flowerpots are shaped, not made, of whatever (beer cans, plastic jugs), and his table doesn't suggest that a neglected furnishing is a design, but the dusty table is coated in a finish making it only appear so — real grime is optional. It's no wonder pubs like Dwell, Domino, Metropolitan Home, and House & Garden have been all over him like, well, dust on a table; he's miraculously made everyday dirt trendy.
When I spotted this photo yesterday, I didn't even notice the caption because I was so distracted by what looked like a huge Chia Pet! A bit of research uncovered the story behind "Puppy" and, even though the news here was the Spanish Deputy PM and others heading to a socialist party meeting for the general elections, I was a bit more interested in the story behind that giant westie! I've collected photos of the five locations (along with a bit more information) to create this slideshow for you!