January 30, 2017

Mark Rothko – Inspires Wobi Office

Mark Rothko – Inspires Wobi Office

The most distinct quality of art is its capacity to move you. I recently took a short trip from the office, to the Pace Gallery, to view the minimalist dark sectional paintings of Mark Rothko. The exhibition, Rothko: Dark Palette, focuses on Rothko’s work from 1955 and into the 1960’s, where the artist made a turn from bright and optimistic flourishes of color, into deep, intensely dark moody tones. Rothko’s deceptively simple usage of color, carefully arranged in bold block-like sections, capture profoundly intimate and raw emotional states. Like stolen vignettes of time, each painting carries the power of locking the viewer in a singular emotionally-charged moment. And quite ahead of his time, Rothko’s intuitive sense of aesthetics, inspired countless contemporary artists and designers, who were able to see the real emotional power of art stripped down to its barest of forms.

January 23, 2017

Design – Inspires Wobi Office

Design – Inspires Wobi Office

“Design is the difference” Marc Schwartzberg had said with a smile. In his 30 years of experience in the office furniture industry, design is what Marc believes is the foundation of a great product. The makings a great designer is in his or her ability to distil an object to its bare essential form. A well-designed product, he affirmed, was akin to that of a well-crafted machine - every component necessary to its function. But the best? The best designs needed no introduction.

January 02, 2017

Silence – Inspires Wobi Office

Silence – Inspires Wobi Office

What does Richard Serra know of Silence? Sam, Wobi Office manager, mused as beheld the flaccid metal slab before him. Marc had sent him off to a museum on a summer afternoon and tasked him with the thorny task of coming up with a blog post for Wobi Office. Unceremoniously named Silence (for John Cage), the piece before him sat as a singular monotonous note on the floor of the Chelsea exhibition hall.

November 01, 2016

Marina Abramovic – Inspires Wobi Office

Marina Abramovic – Inspires Wobi Office

During Mid-December of 2015, Marc attended a recital at the Park Avenue Armory orchestrated by Marina Ambromivic and performed by pianist Igor Levit. Goldberg, named after Bach’s signature variations, marked Marina’s first foray into classical music as a performance artist.

“They want to listen to Bach, so they have to suffer” Marina Ambromivic had said with a laugh. And so Marc did. As a condition to entry, they had relinquished him of his iPhone and sat him down in a half-circle around the runway stage. Marina had built a career out of pushing the limits of the human body. For her, art demanded sacrifice.