Throwing Curves

Eva Ziesel described herself as ‘a maker of useful things.’  Such an understatement from one of the titans of 20th century design. From someone who survived solitary confinement in Stalin’s prisons, took the last train out of Austria when the Nazis invaded, and arrived in the US with $67 in her pocket.  From someone who went on to teach at Pratt and was given the first one-woman show at the New York MOMA.  Just last year Jim Bastardo was fortunate enough to be assigned her portrait by Design Within Reach.  A truly special opportunity and I think he really created an enduring image.  Some people are so much a part of what they do, and Eva just lived her creations.  And they will let her live long after she is gone.  Truly, that is grace.