Brilliant: White in Design

2011, The Monacelli Press

by Linda O’Keefe

'Absence of color,’ says Ledbetter, ‘forces our attention to form, shadows, texture, light.’ Hung above a grand piano in his New Orleans living room, the otherworldly white light in Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photograph Bay of Sagami, Atami corrals a group of white objects together, including Peter Lane’s birch-bark ceramic vessel, Frank Gehry’s porcelain candlesticks, and Nymphenburg porcelain skull.