Nature's beauty frequently requires scaling things up, like a hermit crab ditching an old shell, a snake ditching his old skin, or something that isn't gross. For man-made beauty doing the same: the guy behind Planet Rooth Design Haus.
After a period of gallery-lessness forced by landlord/lack-of-space issues, Gustaf Rooth and his insanely artistic, ex-erotica writer "lover" are back with the PRDH gallery: a 5th Ave rebirth/re-up of Ray St's Planet Rooth Studios, which closed alongside his famed (but now defunct) art walk "Ray at Night" -- also the only guy you really shouldn't tease for wearing shades when it's dark. The spot's a fireplace'd fine-art showcase backed by a workshop and fronted by floor-to-ceiling windows, all achieved through 10 months of heavy construction on a creepy/dilapidated house that reminded them of the Adams Family mansion, but "when one sees the perfect blank canvas, you see stars"...though that may have been the result of a carbon monoxide leak and/or a ghost. Future exhibitors (all required to donate some portion of merchandise/sales to charity) include local portraitist/painter/illustrator Eliot Greenwald (who's work includes boobs!) and a Ray at Night-esque 5th on 5th art & culture walk; non-art plans include wine-tasting dinners, and on every 30th, an MTV-inspired "unplugged series", which there should be plenty of room at, if their name describes the marketing strategy, not the instrumentation.
The opening exhibit's aptly named "17 Swedish Designers", and features interior elements like a huge outdoor stainless-steel candle holder, and small cube-shaped boxes made from repurposed Swedish barn wood, which was left behind when Sweden scaled up to massive blue and yellow warehouses.