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WHICH DESIGNER LOVES HARRY POTTER?

This weekend, October 26 to 28, the Designers and Books Fair is taking place on FIT’s campus. You can watch Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT, interview Donna Karan, or New York magazine’s Wendy Goodman speak with Todd Oldham.

Or you can just visit the Designers and Books website, and read about what books celebrities from all over the design spectrum most cherish.

Some designers confirmed what we’ve already guessed. Hue is not surprised, for example, that Ralph Rucci ’80 listed three Shakespeare plays in his list of faves. Or that illustrator Maira Kalman loves Winnie the Pooh and Remembrance of Things Past.

Some were willing to admit that they occasionally enjoy lighter fare. Stephen Burrows ’66 reads Harry Potter and Agatha Christie mysteries. Todd Oldham mixes his Diane Arbus monograph with his Amy Sedaris cookbook. (Admittedly, it’s not too hard to see the connection between the two.)

Other designers chose the highbrow route, mystifying us with their intellectual capacity. Graphic-design legend Milton Glaser chose three books by John Berger, whose idea-rich prose cannot be absorbed while listening to your iPod. (Hue has tried.)

So what does Isaac Mizrahi read? Or Cynthia Rowley? Or Karim Rashid? Head on over and find out.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH PROF SAYS “LET THEM EAT COOKIE”

Growing up near Youngstown, Ohio, Assistant Professor of English and Speech Matthew Petrunia never tasted a wedding cake. Instead, the staple dessert at weddings for him was the cookie table—or, more accurately, tables, lined up all around the ballroom, crowded with platters of cookies baked by the couple’s family and friends, enough for every guest to gorge on about 30 of them.

Hue thinks that just takes the cookie.

“The first wedding I went to after moving to Colorado, there was no cookie table,” Petrunia remembers. “I thought it was a colossal joke.”

For an info session for incoming students about Liberal Arts minors on August 23, he decided to bring the tradition to FIT and create a cookie social, where students could mingle with professors in a relaxed, butter-heavy setting.

Matthew Petrunia's cookie table

The cookie table: Starting from bottom right, the cookies are pizzelles, marmalade thumbprints, apple thumbprints, and pecan tarts.

But procuring all those baked goods was no cookiewalk. He drove more than seven hours to Santisi’s IGA Marketplace in Girard, Ohio, and picked up 1,500 cookies, plus 15 pounds of Giannios chocolate candies, then drove right back. (Cookies from a respected supermarket, apparently, can stand in for the home-baked variety.)

The goodies came from a melange of ethnicities: clothespin cookies (a flaky crust with a cream filling), kolache cookies (filled with apricot, poppyseed, or nuts; also called foldover cookies), and buckeyes (peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate), but none of the chocolate-chip variety. “I was interested in bringing cookies they hadn’t seen before.”

The cookie table

The cookie table (again). From bottom, Italian wedding cookies (the white balls), walnut bars, raspberry kolaches, nut kolaches, buckeyes, and kiffles.

He plated the sweets with Fenton Glass and Viking Glass, colorful candy dishes that everybody’s grandmother owned when he was growing up. FIT’s cookie table became a rainbow of glass and jelly.

Handkerchief vase

Giannios candies inside a Viking handkerchief vase

Then the students flooded in, and the treats went like hotcookies. The buckeyes disappeared after just 40 minutes.

“There were polite cookie-takers who took three and walked away,” he says. “Then there was this one girl who had about 20 cookies on this little plate. I like that she lost control.”

Crowds at the cookie table

Students loving the liberal arts (plus cookies)

By the time the room emptied two hours later, just 23 marmalade thumbprint cookies remained. Clearly, at FIT, you can’t have your cookie and eat it too.

By Monday, 22 students had signed up for a Liberal Arts minor. Now isn’t that just the icing on the cookie?

HUE EMBARKS ON A LOVE AFFAIR WITH AN APP CALLED INSTAGRAM

It’s July.  Hue’s mind is melting.  We feel like our attention span has turned into a formless, oozy substance.  We drizzle it over things.

We have discovered a photography app called Instagram.  Yesterday, we walked around FIT and experienced the college through the app’s various filters.

This rather testy individual was spotted on 27 Street. He wore fur, which he came by honestly.

Instagram makes us nostalgic for everything, even that which is occurring in the present.

Someone in FIT’s library made this collage featuring the queen, versions old and new.

We actually find ourselves nostalgic about our current reading material:

“The Dentist,” a story from Mary Gaitskill’s Because They Wanted To. Truly remarkable.

 

Or this whorl of gelato, which tempted us:  (We didn’t give in.)

Hue’s new iPhone lets us crop photos for the first time. Very exciting.

There’s so much beauty to pluck and savor.  Instagram shows that you can find it quite nearby—even on a co-worker’s desk:

This particular co-worker has a degree in horticulture.

What’s on your mind right now?  What’s beautiful?  Take a picture of it with your cell phone, and send it to Hue.  If we get enough entries, we’ll do a roundup on the blog; if we’re overwhelmed with submissions, we’ll do a feature in the magazine.

 

LIFE IN PLASTIC, IT’S FANTASTIC

All those who complain that there isn’t enough pink at FIT should please proceed to the lobby of the Pomerantz Art and Design Center. There, Mattel has teamed up with FIT to create “The Pink Issue,” an homage to Barbie from five Art and Design majors.

Hue was quite fond of the intricately decorated dollhouses dreamed up by Interior Design students. A dream house indeed! This bathroom, if scaled to human size, would be larger than Hue’s whole apartment.

A Barbie dollhouse

"A Timeless Barbie Powder Room" by Jessica L. Mazur, Interior Design '13

The bubble bath looks positively inviting, though Hue wonders who’s going to clean up the mess on the floor. (Sorry, Ken.)

This bedroom looks like fun for the feet… but is it pink enough? One thing’s for sure: Barbie’s friends can spill as much rosé as they like onto the rug, with no one the wiser.

Another Barbie dollhouse

"Green is the New Chic" by Katie McTammany, Interior Design '13

Hue finds this dress, seemingly made out of shopping bags, to die for. Barbie would light up the red carpet. But the fantasy would be crushed once she hopped into a cab. She’d have to walk home, unless she came in a Segway.

A life-size Barbie dress

"Shopaholic" by Maor Tapiro, Menswear '13

The Pink Issue runs through September 3.

HOME PRODUCTS DEVELOPMENT STUDENTS DEVELOP NEW BAKE SALE TECHNOLOGY

Hue didn’t think the FIT bake sale could be improved upon. Homemade confections, bargain prices, friendly service.

Then came this.

The latest innovation in bake sales: wheels.

Mona Lisa Tan, Home Products Development ’13, arrived in Hue Too HQ unexpectedly the other day, pushing… a bake sale cart! It was like room service at Hue’s favorite hotel.

Apparently, HPD students sell cookies to raise funds for the trade shows they attend.

“This cart is usually full,” said Tan, “but this was an emergency bake sale. Next week we’re going to the Housewares Show in Chicago, and we’re a little short.”

Hue isn’t telling which treat it purchased, but here’s a hint: Before she arrived, there were three M&M cookies on that tray.