Neue Galerie Exclusive
A CURATED COLLECTION FROM NEUE GALERIE NEW YORK
The Bright Ideas collection includes one each of the following, gift wrapped with care and beautifully presented:
ANNABELLE SELLDORF ESCUTCHEON
Annabelle Selldorf for Neue Now
Designed 2000, Produced by Vica
Cast metal plate with porcelain socket
Requires 60-watt bulb (not included)
Available in darkened brass or satin nickel
H. 1 x W. 5 x D. 4 in.
Architect Anabelle Selldorf designed this fixture specifically for the Neue Galerie. The design conveys her admiration for the Great Viennese architect, Adolf Loos, whose work always reflected a pride in materials and a candid use of technology. Spare and elegant, the Selldorf fixture casts a seductive glow.
HOFFMANN CANDLE HOLDER AND VASE
Mirror-polished brass, Removable candle insert
D. 4⅜ x H. 6¾ in.
Architect Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956) was one of the co-founders of the Wiener Werkstätte, a design collective between artists and craftsmen founded in 1903. Hoffmann created objects in every medium and showed a particular affinity for metalwork.
This bell-shaped candlestick from 1911 shows Hoffmann at the height of his artistic powers. The absence of surface ornamentation draws attention to its pure, geometric forms, which are a hallmark of modern design.
Meticulously modeled from brass and hand-polished by superior craftsmen, our re-creation is left unlaquered to promote the graceful patina of the original.
By John Gribbin
One of the world's most celebrated science writers reveals the origins of Einstein's General Theory―and provides a greater understanding of who Einstein was at the time of this pivotal achievement.
In 1915, Albert Einstein presented his masterwork to the Prussian Academy of Sciences―a theory of gravity, matter, space and time: the General Theory of Relativity. Einstein himself said it was “the most valuable theory of my life,” and “of incomparable beauty.” It describes the evolution of the universe, black holes, the behavior of orbiting neutron stars, and why clocks run slower on the surface of the earth than in space. It even suggests the possibility of time travel.
And yet when we think of Einstein's breakthrough year, we think instead of 1905, the year of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and his equation E=mc2, as his annus mirabilis, even though the Special Theory has a narrower focus.
Today the General Theory is overshadowed by these achievements, regarded as 'too difficult' for ordinary mortals to comprehend. In Einstein's Masterwork, John Gribbin puts Einstein's astonishing breakthrough in the context of his life and work, and makes it clear why his greatest year was indeed 1915 and his General Theory his true masterpiece.
Paperback / 240 pages