MIRIAM ELLNER: Design ~ Verre Eglomisé

Miriam Creates An Eglomisé Screen for Exhibition
NYC MAKERS: The MAD Biennial
July 1 - Oct. 12, 2014

On July 1st, a new exhibition opened at the Museum of Arts and Design called NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial. Miriam is honored to have been selected to participate in this unusual show. This is the first in MAD's new biennial exhibition series examining cultures of making in urban communities and showcases the work of artists, artisans and designers who live throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

For the exhibit, Miriam created a new églomisé piece entitled Fata Morgana. Four pairs of églomisé glass panels create a large standing screen, clad in a bronze frame.

"I've always been fascinated by a type of mirage called a fata morgana. This naturally occurring atmospheric condition significantly alters the object upon which it is based, often so much that the object is completely unrecognizable. Working with reflection and light to create illusions with varying qualities of distortions that are stretched or compressed, the design for this églomisé screen finds inspiration in the hot desert to explore this optical phenomenon. The shapes and textures behind the glass change depending on the position viewed, the time of day and the angle of light." - Miriam

Makers were nominated by NYC-based cultural leaders and civic figures from a range of trades and disciplines and then selected by a panel including Director Glenn Adamson and Exhibition Curator Jake Yuzna, as well as cultural leaders representing all five boroughs.

NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial runs through October 12th, 2014. The Museum of Arts and Design is located at 2 Columbus Circle in New York City.

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INTERIOR DESIGN Magazine - September 2013

In the City Living section of the September 2013 issue of INTERIOR DESIGN Magazine, églomisé door panels are featured in an article entitled "His Master's Voice" profiling a master bath and dressing room by interior designer Harry Heissman. Miriam collaborated with Harry to create "concentric circle" glass panel insets embellished with multiple precious metals and textural elements including crushed abalone, mica and fine glass beads.

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Click Here to view the Interior Design Magazine article - Sept 2013

Verre Eglomisé Class at Gilding in New Orleans 2013

Miriam will be teaching a class in Verre Eglomisé this coming fall at the Society of Gilders Conference, Gilding in New Orleans 2013. This week long celebration of the gilding arts will be held in conjunction with the Louisiana State Museum in the historic Cabildo from Oct. 20th to 26th.

A wide range of in-depth gilding classes will be offered along with roundtable discussions and special lectures by world renowned experts in the field. Members of the Society will have the opportunity to show their work in an exhibition at the Cabildo and you can participate in a community project of gilding at St. Alphonsus Church. We are in New Orleans, so there will be lots of socializing too, including an evening of Zydeco music & dancing.

Miriam is very happy to be attending and teaching at the conference this year as her schedule allows very few opportunities to share this wonderful technique. The class may fill very quickly so if you are interested, please don't delay. Visit the SOG web site to register.

Click here for full details about Gilding in New Orleans 2013.

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Miriam is the Recipient of a 2013 Arthur Ross Award
for Artisanship

The Institute of Classical Architecture has awarded Miriam, the 2013 Arthur Ross Award in the category of Artisanship/Craftsmanship. The Arthur Ross Awards were established in 1982 by Classical America chairman of the board, Arthur Ross, and its president, Henry Hope Reed, to recognize and celebrate excellence in the classical tradition.

The full list of honorees in all categories for 2013 includes: Fairfax and Sammons Architects, Timothy Richards, Miriam, Thomas Jayne, Jonathan Nelson and Richard Cameron. Past recipients of the Artisanship/Craftsmanship Award include painters Richard Piccolo and Edward Schmidt, and sculptors Frederick Hart and Alexander Stoddart.

The awards ceremony takes place on May 6 at the University Club, One West 54th Street, Manhattan. For additional information and to purchase tickets for the event, call 212.730.9646 x 104, or visit The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art website at: classicist.org.

Click here to find out more about the Arthur Ross Awards.

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Miriam profiled in 1stdibs - Introspective Magazine - January 2013

It's was an honor and pleasure to start 2013 with a profile in the new January issue of 1stdibs - Introspective Magazine written by Sara Bliss. Miriam has been a great fan of the online design and antiques marketplace 1stdibs.com since it's inception. Click the link below to read the profile and while you're on their site be sure to check out the delicious treasures 1stdibs to offer.

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Click Here to view the 1stdibs, Introspective Magazine article - January 2013

Miriam Ellner profiled in New York Magazine - Design Hunting

New York Magazine design editor Wendy Goodman paid a visit and presents a slideshow profile of Miriam's glass studio in her new online feature Design Hunting: First Look. The piece is entitled "Glass Dancer - In Chelsea, an archaic design method is unearthed."

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Click Here to view the New York Magazine Design Hunting Article - August 2012

Miriam Ellner profiled in Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest has written a profile of Miriam which appears in the September 2011 issue. There are several photographs and a concise description of her églomisé-centric world. If you haven't seen it yet you can find it on page 66 or click on the AD cover to the right to view the article in the Press section of this web site. The article is also available in PDF format through the link below.

Architectural Digest article in PDF format.

Click Here to view Miriam Ellner profile in Architectural Digest - September2011

Eglomisé Reception Desk Panels
Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Resort Hotel & Spa

Photos just in of three eglomise reception desk panels Miriam created for the new Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Resort Hotel & Spa in the United Arab Emirates. Themed as a Venetian resort, it is one of the most high-end hotels built to date in the U.A.E. The three panels have a strapwork pattern executed in palladium leaf with red gold accents.

View images of the panels on Miriam's Facebook page.

Eglomisß reception desks - Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Resort & Spa

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2011
April 28 - May 26, 2011 - New York City

This years Kips Bay Decorator Show House features a 15' x 17' glass églomisé ceiling created by Miriam for designer Celerie Kemble's library room. It is a most unusual applications of this ancient genre and the first time Miriam has created an églomisé "sky" ceiling. All proceeds from the Decorator Show House benefit the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. The Show House is located at 163 East 63rd St. and will be open to the public for a month. Don't miss it!

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Eglomisé Sky Ceiling - Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse 2011


Eglomisé Panels Created for Bar Boulud in London
March 2010

In collaboration with Tihany Design in NYC, Miriam just completed a series of twelve églomisé panels for the new Bar Boulud scheduled to open this May in London's Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. The panels were embellished with a moon gold leaf damask design and will be installed within a dining room bar area. The image to the right shows two of the panels photographed in her NYC studio.

Bar Boulud Eglomisé Panels

Curved Glass Mirror

This unusual curved glass églomisé mirror, designed by Miriam Ellner and pictured to the right has a stylized nature motif of flowers, vines and birds. The custom made walnut frame can be hung for portrait or landscape viewing. The center panel has an antique mercury mirror. It is currently available for sale.

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Curved Glass Mirror