36 SUMMER/FALL 2017 SPACES
TWO BOOKS that contain examples of forgotten architectural splendors
are also insider’s guides.
JOHN YEON: ARCHITECTURE (John Yeon: Landscape is a companion volume) contains essays, including some by editor Randy Gragg,
who is also the director of the John Yeon Center. They present Yeon
as the father of Northwest Regional Modernism in Portland; his
timber buildings were once paired with work by Wright, Aalto and
Mies at MoMa. The 1937 Watzek House, Yeon’s first and best-known
structure, which Gragg manages and knows intimately, comes to life.
Andrea Monfried Editions, 240 pages, $60.
CUBA: 101 BEAUTIFUL & NOSTALGIC PLACES TO VISIT , a new
book by longtime Cuba observer Michael Connors with sumptuous
photographs by Jorge Laserna, will be both a lure to get you there
and a portrait of a Cuba that may soon vanish with its reawakening.
Rizzoli, 304 pages, $50.
BRITISH INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER Hugo
Eccles of IDEO and Conran fame, a
co-founder of Untitled Motorcycles (based
in London and San Francisco) and a regular
at the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, recently
won a 2017 Quail Design & Style Award
for his UMC-023 Supernaturale motorbike.
He has been turning heads since 2014 with
his reconfigured motorbikes that start off as
assembly-line favorites, then get stripped down
and souped up by him into unique creations.
The slightly older lightweight UMC-038 Hy-perScrambler, shown, is based on the heavier
Ducati Scrambler 800. These wonders, which
attract celebrities like Jay Leno, vary wildly in
price depending on the design’s complexity. “I
have eclectic tastes,” Eccles says, but whether
classic or modern-looking, his bikes have state-of-the art technology.
BARCELONA DESIGNER Eugeni Quitllet,
a Philippe Starck protégé, grew up in sunny
Ibiza, Spain. So naturally his new outdoor
collection, Ibiza, which includes a polypropylene armchair, tables and a stackable chair,
shown, for the Spanish firm Vondom, evokes
the bent cane furniture he grew up with. Unveiled at the recent Milan furniture fair, it’s
worth waiting for this year.
THE STAY DAYBED by Nika Zupanc for British firm
Sé, with a gold powder-coated metal frame upholstered in a rose-colored velvet, recently
unveiled at the Milan furniture fair, is perhaps
the most seductive in a line that includes
dining chairs, armchairs, barstools,
benches, a sofa and a daybed. The daybed costs about $4,500.
NEW YORK ARCHITECT and designer Tarik
Currimbhoy has a new distraction: sculpture.
His abstract pieces include small, two-foot-high polished cast-brass kinetic works that
have a balanced pendulum movement; larger
steel versions, often two stories high, fashioned
out of mild steel, primed and then painted,
don’t move like their smaller cousins, but seem
to, as they twist and turn against the sky. An
18-foot-high $150,000 Twist or Tarana is
installed in India; smaller, 20-inch-high cast or
tooled brass editions, like the maquette shown,
cost $10,000–$15,000 at the Long Sharp
Gallery in New York.
SAN FRANCISCO INTERIOR DESIGNER
Suzanne Tucker’s Riviera dining table, designed
for Michael Taylor Designs, is a nod to her
mentor Michael Taylor’s penchant for mixing
18th-century European furniture with California craft objects. The latticed, “open-weave”
octagonal teak tabletop and cast concrete/resin
base have a classic profile designed to be used
outdoors; sold separately or, as shown, combined; about $10,500.