Patrick Parrish — owner of New York based Mondo Cane Gallery and Design Showroom, and writer of the amazingly informative, eccentric, and entertaining modernist furniture blog, MONDOBLOGO –has been kind enough to grace us with images from his NYC apartment.
The 1940’s painting on the wall is by “Buchanan”. I don’t know much about him other than he was Jasper Johns roommate in college in South Carolina. I wish I could find more info on him….The 50’s glass clock is by the husband and wife glass making team Francis and Michael Higgins of Chicago. I bought the bronze head in an antique mall in Asheville, NC. It is unsigned but I love it, very Man Ray meets Brancusi. The gooseneck lamp is by an anonymous 40s designer.
Left: This is the view from our bedroom window. Jessica’s father made the salt box when he was in Boy Scouts. She uses it as an altar and lights the candle in his memory and when she does yoga. She made the garland that is hanging on the back from flowers and the Tibetan prayer flags hang above the window boxes that she fills with flowers every season.
Right: I love this zebra chair. It’s Italian from the 1950s. It’s as close to a Carlo Mollino chair as I will ever get.I don’t know who designed it, but it really captures the spirit of post-war Italian design which is hands down my favorite area and time period of design.
Jessica painted the skull watercolor in high school. She framed it for my last birthday. I tell everyone it is my “Basquiat”. The hanging mobile in the upper right was an eBay “score”. The photo collage below the “Basquiat” is from the Chicago Bauhaus, the geometric print to the right by Arthur Lee Loeb who taught at Harvard and MIT. Jessica found the kids art gold ceramic cross in an antique mall in Brevard, NC.
Left: I love how the Mary Bauermeister painting ended up next to the Mark Newson catalog. She was quite an eccentric and was the long time wife of Karlheinz Stockhausen the famous German avant-garde composer. That is a Louise Nevelson sculpture below it. It is part of a larger wall sculpture that is now “lost”….
Right: The painting in the center with the green door has a great story behind it. I was bored at an auction and started looking through the “box lots” and I somehow found this in a box filled with cat prints. (There is a cat by the door.) I had to wait hours and hours for the box to come up, and all the box lots before this one were going between 50 cents and 5 dollars. When my lot came up, I battled it out with this old feller all the way up to 150! The auctioneer said we should talk because we probably wanted different things in the lot. He was right, the old dude wanted the cat prints for a fund raising auction for his cat shelter. (There was also a picture of him holding a cat.) He hadn’t even noticed the painting. I kept the painting and gave him the prints for free. He was thrilled, as was I…the painting ended up being by Gertrude Abercrombie a sought after American Surrealist and complete character and figure in the jazz world of Chicago. Dizzy Gillespie played at her wedding. We love that painting. The collection of pottery is by Guido and Bruno Gambone. They are father and son that worked from the 1940s until present in Florence Italy. All these pieces are from the 50s and early 60s. The painting in the lower left is a “nipple painting” by Sarah Chuldenko of Jessica’s nipple. That was another great birthday gift from her!
This is “that shelf”. We all have a shelf like this. The weird, cool ass shit that doesn’t go anywhere else. That gift that you like, but can’t get rid of. Your favourite thing in the world. Your favorite thing in the world, and the stupidest thing ever…it all goes on this shelf. Highlights of this shelf are a rare Venini vase and paperweight, Auböck bookends, some paintings by me, and our family of danish birds.
Left: This is my Doyle Lane pottery collection. He was an African American potter from LA in the 50s and 60s who worked with the Natzler’s and was known for these beautiful “weed pots” with technical glazes. They are surrounded by an amazing “Lua Lua” tribe African mask from the Congo, and and a huge pyrite mineral specimen. The pink and red “Line” painting by me.
Right: My messy desk area… Painting to the right is by a good friend of mine Jim Oliveira. The CSS (Comprehensive Storage System) wall unit by George Nelson from Herman Miller circa 1960. The rolling desk chair is Swedish circa 1959. Mess by me.
Left: This is our wall of art. That is my “Miro” in the top right corner. I bought that in the pouring rain at Brimfield. It was literally sitting in a mud puddle. The lamp on the Paul McCobb credenza is by Gilbert Watrous and won a top award in the MoMA lighting contest of 1951, 3rd place maybe? I can’t remember….
Right: The photograph in the middle is called “Obsession” by William Mortensen. I bought a portfolio of his work at an antiques show in Miami back in the early 90s. I paid 400 bucks for 25 photographs. I sold all but 2 at Christie’s. At the time it was my biggest “score” ever. The Swiss adjustable table holds a huge Raymor striped vase attributed to Ettore Sottsass, an aluminum sculpture I am researching that I believe to be an early Tom Otterness, and a glass bubble sculpture from Murano that was a gift from my best picker. The painting to the right is by Norman Wilder. I found that at a hillbilly auction in Western North Carolina.