With her Mother/Child Dining Table, Maartje Steenkamp reflects on the connection between parents and their babies at mealtime. “[It] goes much deeper than just giving food; mother and child are almost one, as with the umbilical cord before birth,” she says. “In this way the furniture has to be one, too.” She based the orientation of its seats, and the length of the table, on the size and position of her own body while feeding her child. Courtesy Inga Powilleit
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At their most extravagant, the tendriled seed pods of the Nigella damascena flower resemble the curled necks of swans in a Tunnel of Love. Its fringed, quick-growing blooms have long appeared in English cottage gardens, and in southern Europe and North Africa, where the species grows wild. In the United States you can purchase a packet of its seeds—around 2,200 of them—for about $6.
The house is part of Hameau Des Artistes (which translates in English as the artists’ hamlet), an enclave housing several opulent houses and former artist’s workshops, according to Paris Promeneurs website. Its front façade faces Avenue Junot, a sought-after road in Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.
Together with Jean Arp, Hugo Ball, and others, Tzara founded Dadaism, the status quo-challenging anti-art movement that was developed in response to World War I. Tzara, who performed shows at the famous Cabaret Voltaire nightclub in Zurich, was friends with many artists including Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp.
In the mid-1920s, Romanian-born French avant-garde poet Tristan Tzara commissioned Loos to build a home in Paris for him and his wife Greta Knutson, a Swedish visual artist, art critic, writer, and poet. The result was the Maison Tristan Tzara. The home is the only built project by Loos in France.
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