Swans


Samantha Lynch dances Daniel Proietto’s “Cygne,” with music by Olga Wojciechowska. Karen Dalton sings “Blues Jumped the Rabbit.” Cy Twombly’s “Leda and the Swan,” 1962 The image on our home page is of Roger Grillon’s “Leda” woodcut, circa 1920.

Solo motion


“Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost.” Pina Bausch From Wim Wenders’ groundbreaking documentary on Pina Bausch and her Tanztheater Wuppertal. The sublime Lutz Förster dancing.

Hands


A long time ago, we found ourselves living in Amherst, Massachusetts trying to write novels. On Saturday mornings in the summer, we used to frequent a small farmers’ market on the village green. We would always look for the grave old farmer who sold blueberries from the back of a pickup truck with rusted out […]

Bespoke Gifts


    Barely have you recovered from the pleasant excesses of Thanksgiving, when you realize Christmas and Hanukkah are mere weeks away. We are here to help. In the recent words of a satisfied client, “Lawton Mull are like Santa with taste.” Here are a few things your nearest and dearest probably don’t have and might […]

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We usually have more inventory than we are able to post. We’ll be sharing Freight Updates on our Instagram feed once a week or so. Follow us to see what hasn’t been listed yet, and for a daily dose of visual inspiration…

Art asks us to slow down


Alexandra Kohl is the youngest artist we have worked with, yet her textile art has the meditative gravity of someone much farther along in her career. It seems to emerge from a dual strain: the deceptively simple minimalism of Agnes Martin and the earthy strength of Anni Albers. And yet these woven pieces are also uniquely Kohl’s. […]

Anne Peabody’s “Stream” at 200 Lex


“I grew up in rural Kentucky and have been drawn to nature as a source of inspiration for as long as I can remember. My recent drawings on silvered glass recall stories from my youth and recapture feelings and experiences I’ve had while wandering through the woods.” In 2012, Anne Peabody was selected by a […]

Building the perfect moment


“I have a sensitivity to the small moments and the nuances of life,” writes Moscow-born, Tel Aviv-based ceramicist Yulia Tsukerman.     “Photography was one of my first passions. I used to wander around Moscow for hours, searching for those fleeting expressions of the city landscape when all elements are suddenly arranged into the only […]

Gotland’s Glass Grrl


    “Glass can be a a lot of different things, not only handmade objects to drink from, but also performance. I seriously believe that creating glass, hot glass, is the greatest art. That’s how crazy I am about glass. To create, and get your hands dirty with ashes and your brow sweating, and make […]

Discovering the Glyptoteket


We are a little abashed to admit that this gorgeous museum was a necessary sidetrack from our itinerary, which was to spend the day with our seven-year-old Alma at the Tivoli Gardens of Copenhagen. As we approached the gates of the famed amusement park, we realized we would be best off storing our bags and […]

Ours is not a caravan of despair


Come, come, whoever you are. Wonderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. (Rumi) A month ago, in Astoria, Queens–not far from where we live, and where nearly 150 different languages are spoken by local residents–a shopkeeper was assaulted for being Muslim. Later, neighbors of all ethnicities gathered […]

Collaborator: Zak + Fox


Every once in a while, someone visits our studio who seems to step seamlessly into the story we’re telling, and take the narrative in a new direction. This has been the case with textile designer Zak Profera. We’ve had the great pleasure of wedding our objects with his fabrics to wonderful effect. Enjoy his stunning […]

A Swedish Romance


We are smitten with Swedish design. It embodies so many of our ideals: function without loss of beauty, beauty without vanity, modernity which embraces rather than annihilates the past. A kind of organic minimalism. Uncompromising adherence to quality–of materials, of fabrication. Comfort and simplicity. The first piece we acquired was a Neoclassical garden bench designed by Folke […]

Skin


Collectors spend a lot of time considering what air and light and hands and years have worked upon the surface of things. The thoughts of a collector tend, too, in the direction of desire, of ownership, of relationship with the object. We immerse ourselves in the story—real or imagined—of why a thing was made, and by […]

Black Market: Rauschenberg Redux at the SKIN Show


Take something, leave something. In the 1950s, Robert Rauschenberg began making works that were a hybrid of collage, painting and sculpture. He called them “Combines.” These are among our favorite of Rauschenberg’s oeuvre. He created the combine Black Market in 1961, for an exhibit at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. A collage on the wall which included four […]

Your ticket to the Skin Show


Galatea will be there. Will you?  Come one, come all to the SKIN show. Just in time for longer days and warmer nights, a visual stream-of-consciousness inspired by skin: furniture and objects which employ leather, parchment and fur, Old Master nude studies, 1950s snapshots in a style we have coined “Woodland Cheesecake,” African tribal statuary, […]

Floating World: Lawton Mull at the NYDC


We’re thrilled to be occupying space 1056 in the 1stdibs showroom of the New York Design Center. Here are a few peeks at our inaugural installation. Drop by our floating world. There’s bound to be something new every time you visit. Through the gilt iron Baguès screen, a breathtaking view of Nagasaki Bay. Have a […]

LIC in the Gloaming


In the brute cold of February, we take solace from the slowly lengthening light. The late afternoon and early evening in industrial Long Island City is especially rich. Here are a few blurry i-phone shots from the neighborhood. Enjoy.  

Late Harvest: a Dinner Concert with Lawton Mull


What a night! A perfect storm of beauty to stir all the senses. Thanks to the Simon String Quartet for their soulful and rigorous interpretations of Schubert, Shostakovitch and Beethoven. Thank you, Amanda Darrach of Chalk on Slate, who provided such exquisite food. And thanks to our appreciative guests. We were happy to share some of […]

Elmgreen & Dragset at the Victoria and Albert Museum


“At the age of 74, Norman Swann still lives in his family home, a grand apartment in South Kensington. Now a retiree, he had served for decades as a part-time teacher of architecture at Cambridge University. However, Norman did not achieve any success as an architect himself and he never managed to realise a single […]

Masquerade


What is it about masks that makes us think we are protected in that liminal time between the last harvest and the onset of winter? Or is it the license afforded by anonymity that attracts us to the practice of disguise? Whatever the power, we keep at it. Photographs from 1875 to 1955, collected in Haunted […]

Ultima Thule Redux


If you couldn’t attend our exhibit of Jeff Hoppa’s drawings, including the monumental Ultima Thule, here are a few images from the show (with candid contributions from friends). Jeff Hoppa and artist Kira Greene examine a cabinet of curiosities. The Daedalus table makes an appearance. The processional figure observed from a discreet corner. Cordelia Lawton with […]

Ultima Thule: an artist’s statement


Lawton Mull are grateful to Jeff Hoppa for permitting us to publish this essay on our website. We feel it offers a rare glimpse into the artist’s stream-of-consciousness.    Ultima Thule 40.5” x 83.5” Graphite on Arches 140lb Hot Press Paper Jan 2010 –Aug 2013   Often identified as Norway, Greenland or Iceland, “Ultima Thule” […]

Further Sights for Sore Eyes: two for the kids


As September begins, we feel the old pull to school: to new materials, new ideas; to learning, to play and to their intersection. “Take your pleasures seriously,” said Charles Eames. Here are a couple of short films for the kid in us eager to shake off summer and go back to school. Enjoy. PARADE, by […]

Homage to LIC


We like venturing into the midst of industry. Neighbors range from wine storage and urban landscapers, to a steel fabrication plant, a television studio, a wholesale bakery, and a woman who painstakingly reproduces medieval armor. From the neglected exteriors of the warehouse buildings of Long Island City, you might never guess the goings-on within. Wandering […]

Pied Beauty


“Huge trees grew nearby, and their leaves intercepted the sunlight very precisely, so that the shadows of the leaves seemed vital and creaturely as they stirred on the ground–an inkling of some super nature, to a sensibility open to such things.” Joseph O’Neill, Netherland “Dappled light is produced when sunlight is filtered through the leaves of trees. […]

Sights for Sore Eyes


We could watch this all day. Loie Fuller, circa 1896, captured by the Lumiere Brothers in her Danse Serpentine. Another trance-inducing convergence of fabric, film and the body: Kate Moss rendered ethereal by Alexander McQueen. Perhaps he had a thing for Loie Fuller too?  

A Mannerist’s Late Roman Bloom


Our knowledge of Girolamo da Carpi’s life comes primarily from Giorgio Vasari’s indispensable Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects. And while Vasari may be less than reliable on some of the artists he describes, his knowledge of Girolamo was gleaned directly from the artist himself, whom he apparently first met in Florence […]

Details


We can’t help but be moved when details–the deliberate gestures of artists and designers–seem to speak to each other across cultures and centuries: From an ink and pencil work by Muhammad Qasim, Circa 1630-50 The gilt carving of a Louis XV side chair, 18th century France Ceramic Amphora vase from the Gres-Bijou series, Austria, Circa […]