Custom Mobile for Robert A. M. Stern Architects at Kips Bay Designer Show House

I am honored and excited to have been asked to make a custom mobile (shown below) for Robert A. M. Stern Architects’ room at this year’s Kips Bay Designer Show House, which will be open to the public from May 2nd to June 1st 2017 and is located at 125 East 65th Street in NYC. If you get a chance to go see it, Robert A. M. Stern Architects were given one of the main rooms on the first floor of the show house where the mobile will be on display (and for sale).

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sheet metal, wire and paint
39 in height x 30 in width / 99 cm height x 76 cm width

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From Curbed: “Robert A.M. Stern Architects are well known for their classic approach to architecture, but the firm also has a lesser-known interior design arm. Two framed Andy Warhol wall coverings in yellow and hot pink, not pictured, served as a jumping-off point for this living area, where contemporary art and cheerful colors play off of the room’s original wood paneling.”

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The opposite wall with yellow Venetian plaster featuring large framed fragments of Andy Warhol’s 1966 Day-Glo chartreuse and hot pink cow-head wallpaper from Mr. Stern’s personal collection:

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Lauren Kruegel, Robert A.M. and Stern, and Ross Alexander:
(from Inside the Grand Opening of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House)

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From The New York Times: “Lauren Kruegel and Ross Alexander, design directors at Robert A.M. Stern Architects Interiors, were inspired by the Villa Necchi, the 1930s-era Milanese house that is a star of the lush 2009 film “I Am Love,” along with Tilda Swinton, who plays a wealthy, frozen wife on the brink of being unthawed by an affair. Their custom-made bright green velvet sofa is as luxurious as Ms. Swinton’s wardrobe. The tomato-red plates hung below the mantel are by Gio Ponti.”

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From The Well Appointed House: “The Robert Stern team has glamorized Charles Platt’s staid brown wood-paneled dining room with bold colors; one wall of yellow Venetian plaster features large framed fragments of Andy Warhol’s 1966 Day-Glo chartreuse and hot pink cow-head wallpaper from Mr. Stern’s personal collection.

Villa Necchi, a 1935 house in Milan designed by Piero Portaluppi, which they admired for its stripped-down classicism in Luca Guadagnino’s 2009 film I Am Love, inspired us to combine a selection of Italian furniture dating from the 1930s through the 1950s with Modern French pieces from the same period. A “Janus” chandelier, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects for Remains Lighting, provides soft light above an all-glass desk by noted Italian designer and architect Gio Ponti in the window bay; to either side, a pair of 1930s French torchères attributed to Louis Süe in front of antique mirror panels restores the room’s original symmetry. The team organized two seating groups—a pair of white Kerstin Hörlin- Holmquist lounge chairs and a blue upholstered wing chair by Melchiorre Bega—on a beige and brown custom net- patterned circular rug by Crosby Street Studio. The chartreuse of the wallpaper is picked up in Dedar silk taffeta on an 11-foot sofa; a small settee is upholstered in a contrasting deep gardenia-leaf green velvet, both specially designed for this installation. Andirons by Gilbert Poillerat accent the firebox and tomato-red plates by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori line the mantel. A custom mobile by Marco Mahler hangs over a grand piano; behind, William Pettit’s abstract “Nor Night Me” (1969), also from Mr. Stern’s collection, completes the scene.”

Photo of Robert A.M. Stern Architects photo credit Alan Barry Photography

From Haute Living: “Stern and his team organized two seating groups—a pair of white Kerstin Hörlin- Holmquist lounge chairs and a blue upholstered wing chair by Melchiorre Bega—on a beige and brown custom net- patterned circular rug by Crosby Street Studio. The chartreuse of the wallpaper is picked up in Dedar silk taffeta on an 11-foot sofa; a small settee is upholstered in a contrasting deep gardenia-leaf green velvet, both specially designed for this installation. Andirons by Gilbert Poillerat accent the firebox and tomato-red plates by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori line the mantel. A custom mobile by Marco Mahler hangs over a grand piano; behind, William Pettit’s abstract “Nor Night Me” (1969), also from Mr. Stern’s collection, completes the scene.”

From Eye-Catching Color and Pattern in the 2017 Kips Bay Show House:

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Custom Made Mobile for a Movie

Custom designed / custom made mobile for the movie Untouchable (to be released in 2018), in which it will be featured as part of the storyline:

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The design was inspired by this mobile (is it a bird?) that I previously made (also one of my favorites):

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Variations from the Design Process:

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Three “wings” as shown in this 3D fly around animation:

Additional Variations from the Design Process:

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Photos of Mobiles at the Mobile Show in Durham NC – Cyber Monday Sale

Photos by Carin Walsh of our 3D Printed Mobiles at The Mobile Show in Durham NC earlier this month:

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The 3D printing company we use (Shapeways) has a cyber monday sale today (Nov 28 2016): Free shipping + 25% off your order with code SMALLBIZMONDAY via our shop.

Proposals for a Large Suspended Custom Sculpture (Mobile) for an Atrium at a Children’s Hospital

Proposals for a large suspended custom sculpture (mobile) for an atrium at a children’s hospital. The color combinations are based on the interior colors as well as the colors within the logo of the children’s hospital. The overall design concept for the building is derived from nature to include water, forest and sky, blending the exterior and interior experience together, which is also reflected in several of these design proposals.

Dimensions: approx 30ft x 20ft x 10ft (9m x 6m x 3m)
Materials: metal (aluminum) and paint (powder coating)
Weight: approx 150lbs (70kg)

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Calder style / Calder inspired Mobile:

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Butterfly Mobile:

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River – Bridge – Trees – Hospital – Sun – Mobile:

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Bird Mobile:

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An animation of the various designs to illustrate their 3-dimensionality:

Visualizing Mathematics with 3D Printing – New Book by Mathematical Artist Henry Segerman

In 2013, I collaborated with Henry Segerman to create a first of its kind collection of 3D Printed Mobiles. Outside of being Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University, Henry has since established himself as one of the leading figures in the new world of math and 3D printing. This month he has a new book out titled Visualizing Mathematics with 3D Printing in which he takes readers on a fascinating tour of two-, three-, and four-dimensional mathematics, exploring Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries, symmetry, knots, tilings, and soap films.

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The book includes more than 100 color photographs of 3D printed models, and has a sister website that features virtual three-dimensional versions of the models for readers to explore.

Read the review on Wired “Can’t Imagine Shapes in 4 Dimensions? Just Print Them Out” and also take a look at Henry’s amazing 3D Printed Mathematical Art.

© 2017 Marco Mahler