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Designer Off Duty: Mark Pollack

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Wednesday June 22, 2011
POSTED BY: Alyssa Reeder, Marketing Department

Last night I went to a trunk show of my friend Janis Provisor’s new beaded jewelry. It was held at her friend’s apartment on upper Fifth Avenue, with gorgeous views of Central Park as the sun was setting. Equally gorgeous to the view, were the interiors of the apartment, by the New York design firm, Shelton Mindel. Janis’s jewelry is noted for its beautiful and unexpected use of color, mix of materials and quirky asymmetrical arrangement of beads. Thinking of her work in terms of fabric, it’s everything we try to do with yarn, weave structures and pattern. The necklaces were displayed in black sand on the dining room table, with the setting sun raking across the tabletop, illuminating the beads. I managed to coax a mutual friend to model one of my favorites (pictured above). Aside from her jewelry line, Janis is the owner of and designer for (with her husband Brad Davis) Fort Street Studio , a line of hand-knotted wild silk rugs made in China. The rugs are exquisite, and if you've never seen them in person, looking online will only be a tease; the original water color-based designs are sublime, and there is nothing like walking on them barefoot. If I had a bigger apartment, I would have a FSS rug in every room. But for now, I must settle for an ad of my favorite tacked to the bulletin board in my office.Janis and Brad are great to spend time with, but it’s also great having friends whose work I admire and can learn so much from.  -Mark

TAGS:  Mark Pollack, Designer Off Duty, Fort Street Studio, Janis Provisor, Brad Davis


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