Thursday, September 13, 2012

Artist Warren Muller

Meet artist Warren Muller. His studio, Bahdeebahdu is located in Philadelphia. He has been creating illuminated sculptures out of re purposed material for many, many years. His work can be seen in the Guggenheim Museum in New York City , the Dallas Fort Worth Museum , countless restaurants and buildings in New York, Philadelphia and even the Bat Bar in Japan.
Former education director of the Museum of Modern Art, Phillip Yenawine describes Warren's work:
"A glance is all it takes. We grin and think, never saw anything like that before..
The way Frank Gehry has reshaped our expectations of buildings, Muller has exploded the notion of look and function of lighting."
I so enjoyed working with Warren. We had a lot of fun searching through his wonderful, odd, old, shiny, collection of flea market finds.Once selected, he starts to assemble and magic happens.
Below are examples of his work, enjoy!

                                                           Here is Warren in his studio

                                        A look at how Muller's sculptures read in living spaces


                                                          Brooms never looked so good

                                             A close up of Warren's newest work for the Sherle Wagner showroom
                                                    in Los Angeles. Look at the swan faucet!

This is a vintage jeep that hangs in the Philadelphia Cruise Ship Terminal's Naval Yard. It weighs over a ton.

                    Reception desk at Bahdeebahdu. portrait is made entirely of one tread and straight pins.

this is a close up of the front of the desk above. you are looking at ephemera and toys painted white

Lastly, here is a photo of Warren and Yours Truly standing below our collaboration in his studio this past summer.
To read older design blogs, go to and go to the archives on the right. Also, stay tuned for the next blog which will feature a different kind of art. It will  also be sculpture, but the materials used are VEGETABLES!



Monday, May 7, 2012


To my wonderful subscribers,
 I apologize that you were not able to view the omo people in my last post. Due to a few uninteresting reasons, that one was not able to be published on my blog,

There is a new video that is lap top and I-pad ready this time, so i hope you can view. Just continue to scroll down and have a look! if you can't scroll down, just go back to my original email, posted may 2nd, you won't be disappointed!
                                            sorry for the snafu !

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


The Mursi tribe and many others have lived in southern Ethiopia for centuries. Their religion is referred to as "Animist". They believe that there is no distinction between themselves, animals, plants or rocks. Everything has a soul. Nature is deeply revered. This may explain why there unique expression of body art blends seamlessly into their environment. Artists like Picasso, Motherwell and Rothko believed that primitivism was the core of creativity because it conveyed the soul of a person. Abstract Expressionist art was based on the non-intellectual. It was all about revealing your inner expression directly on the canvas.
Sadly, these tribes along the Omo river are slowly being forced out by the Omo National Parks. Government officials have coerced the Mursi to give up their land without compensation, making them squatters on their own land. Now there is a community tourism project helping the Mursi to declare their territory a community conservation area. You can go to
Please watch this stunning video of the Omo People, their bodies are their canvases

Monday, February 13, 2012


This lovely logo is from "iomoi" (i owe me) . If you are looking for great gift ideas, this company offers standard or custom designs for home accessories as well as desk, kids and fashion accessories too.

Just enjoy and have a look!

These wonderful icebuckets can be made using custom designs. they also make lucite trays with custom designs. if you look below, here is a sampling of their choices.

I hope you enjoyed looking at some interesting gift possibilities. To look at older posts, please go to my main page at

Monday, January 9, 2012


This is architect Zaha Hadid, from Baghdad. She is the recipient of the Pritzker award, the equivalent of the noble prize in architecture. Her research focuses on interrelating fields of urbanism, architecture and design. She combines natural topography and human made systems with cutting edge technology. The result is unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.
I have been on hiatus for a while to complete a two year docent program at the Philadelphia Art Museum. I am now a full fledged guide. The program not only focused on art and sculpture, but decorative arts as well which has helped me tremendously in my field of Interior Decoration.
Hadid's work can be seen at the museum. The focus of this show is how her interior space relates to her furniture design.

This photo below is Hoxton Square, London, England. It is based on the idea of a prism. The design seeks to respond to and manipulate daylight and views.

This next photo is he opera house in Guangzhon, China.

Below is the Vitra fire station in Weil am Rhein, Germany.

Id like you to take a look how the architect translates her merge of urbanization and design when we look at the interior spaces.

Here we are looking at her "Art Borders" wallcovers as well as one of her tables, organic and sleek. These pieces as well as her exteriors show movement as well.

Below is Zahad's latest installation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The three dimensional pieces you see are actual seating. Once inside the space one feels like you are part of a wave.

Please go to my blog, to look at older posts that may be of interest. My portfolio is also on display as well.
Wishing you all the best in 2012! Merle Weismer