Art Deco Water

Me eyeing a bottle of Aquadeco while wearing my Flower#19 Pendant inspired by the Art Deco building at 19 East 88th Street.  The photo is backwards because I took it on my webcam/Apple Photobooth.

Apparently, this is not new to the world but I just discovered it this evening at the Duane Reade on 89th Street and Madison Avenue.

Aquadeco – a bottled spring water company that first designed a bottle and then set about finding a water source, according to their website.

I did a bit of googling and came across some blog mentions including a T Magazine post by Steven Heller where he compares the Aquadeco bottle unfavorably against other designy bottles by Voss, Fred and Fiji.  Heller calls the Aquadeco bottle design “less Chanel than Woolworths”, resembling a “novelty perfume.”

I do not disagree with the “novelty perfume” aspect of the Aquadeco bottle and the Chanel/Woolworths comment is super on point.  It is a cliched representation of Art Deco but… I like it!

Is it counter-progressive that I find the ernest “design” of the Voss and Fred bottles pretentious?  I am a big fan of art deco but also of whimsy and some kitsch.  In fact, I have to admit, last week at the Food Emporium on 87th and Madison Avenue they had a special discount on Voss water, only 99 cents for that big bottle and I was too embarrassed to buy it!  Not to buy it since the cashiers knew it was on sale, but to be seen drinking it.  (Now that I’ve admitted it I guess I’ll make myself buy it if it is on sale again.)

Anyway, if I saw someone drinking an Aquadeco water I’d say, “Neat! Your water bottle is Art Deco! And the company is named Aquadeco! Neato!”

There were many comments below Steven Heller’s blog post arguing against the pointless waste of this fetishistic design and that new designs should be sustainable.

Ok, I know they’re right!  But, having been an eager scholar of the subject of Decadence in both high school and college, I can’t help but find this kind of vanity project endearing.

The founder of Aquadeco, Arnold Gumowitz is a real estate developer and art collector and Aquadeco seems to be a platform for sponsoring or being involved with celebrity events and Art Deco related events.  It does taste good, too (I just tried it).  This plastic bottle was $1.99 tonight and no more expensive than similarly sized bottles.  I read that Aquadeco also make a $12 glass bottle with an optional light to place beneath.  Not on my shopping list this week but maybe someday.  I suppose if you could remove the logo and keep the glass bottle as a vase it would be a little more environmentally friendly.

Also, here are three pics from the Aquadeco facebook page.

Exploring Local Politics

I went to two supposedly top private schools, Spence and Dalton, for middle school and high school, respectively, and for all the pep talks they give you about how you can make a difference in the world, they never tell you specifically how easy it is to go to these local meetings, which are open to the public, and voice your opinion.

Tonight, the discussion was to narrow down possible locations for a green market on The Upper East Side. At the March meeting there will be a deciding vote- I’m not sure if I can vote yet- I think I need to register first as a public member of the committee or board first.

Unfortunately, since it was my first time at one of these meetings I was a little camera-shy (like gunshy- as in shy to TAKE pictures, not be in them) but I did manage to take two.

Left to right: Glenn McAnanama (moderator of Upper Green Side on, City Councilmember Jessica Lappin.

I only got up the nerve to take a picture with no flash after the meeting ended. Obviously I asked permission to take the previous photograph. Continue reading “Exploring Local Politics”

Event- Discussion: Greenmarkets for the Upper East Side – Community Board 8 Street Fairs Committe, February 23, 2006, 7:30pm @ NY Blood Center.

Sent to me from Glenn McAnanama

Discussion: Greenmarkets for the Upper East Side
Community Board 8 Street Fairs Committee
February 23, 2006, 7:30pm
NY Blood Center
310 East 67th St. (Bet. 1st/2nd Ave.)
Conference Room #1
Help bring a green market to your neighborhood.

Green markets bring fresh, locally grown food directly from the farmers without middlemen.

Why Support Local Food?
1. Locally grown food tastes better and is better for you because they use less preservatives.
2. Local food preserves genetic diversity and is usually free of genetic modification.
3. Local food supports local farm families and preserves open space.
4. Less distance = Less Fossil Fuels = Less Dependence on Foreign Oil.