Warhol at the Met

One of the most iconic artists of all time, Andy Warhol’s work is easily recognizable to almost anyone.

Andy Warhol

One of the most iconic artists of all time, Andy Warhol’s work is easily recognizable to almost anyone.  His dynamic images made statements that influence artists still today and demonstrate the genius of his art.  On the surface, Warhol’s work conveys simple thoughts, one idea at a time, and yet still manages to speak volumes about American culture during the 60’s and 70’s.

Grevy’s Zebra
Shoes
Camouflage

From September 18 to December 31, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will explore Andy Warhol’s far-reaching influence on contemporary artists.  According to the Met’s website, “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years juxtaposes prime examples of Warhol’s paintings, sculpture, and films with those by other artists who in key ways reinterpret, respond, or react to his groundbreaking work. What emerges is a fascinating dialogue between works of art and artists across generations.”  Presented in five thematic sections, the exhibition highlights themes from celebrity to human identity, from daily life to business.

Blue Marilyn
Jacqueline Kennedy II

The Jackie Kennedy portrait is one of my all-time favorites.

To learn more about the exhibit or plan a visit to the Met, go to their website or follow them on Facebook.

 

More Must-Have Books

Earlier this year, I blogged about must-have books on interior design. Today I’d like to present a second list of must-have books!

Earlier this year, I blogged about must-have books on interior design.  Today I’d like to present a second list of must-have books!  These are great books for fall, mainly featuring iconic designers offering up new inspiration.  Others, like GAIA, are beautiful coffee table books to dress up a room or give as gifts.  Some of these are new and some are available for pre-order.

I’m sure as the new year arrives and trends come and go, I’ll have more fabulous titles to add to my must-have list!  What’s on your reading list or coffee table right now?

Interiors Atelier AM
By the Light of the Sea
Cy Twombly: Fifty Years Of Works On Paper
Barbara Barry, Around Beauty
The Age of Elegance: Interiors by Alex Papachristidis
GAIA
Thom Filicia: American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat
Sandra Nunnerley Interiors: A Global Sensibility
Darryl Carter: The Collected Room: Rooms with Style, Grace, and History

Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola is an architect and designer who was born in Spain but now lives and works in Milan, Italy.

Patricia Urquiola is an architect and designer who was born in Spain but now lives and works in Milan, Italy.  Her talented design work has earned her quite a bit of recognition over the years.  Her products were selected for the Italian Design 2001 exhibition and for International Design Yearbook 1999 and 2001. In 2001 she was chair of the jury for the 19th CDIM Design Award and was lecturer in the Domus Academy. In recent years, she has received numerous awards including A&W Designer of the Year and Design Prize Cologne. In 2011 her set of glass vases All Ambiq has been exhibited at Glasstress, a collateral event of the Venice Biennale.

I first discovered the work of Patricia Urquiola during a Southampton project where I used one of her pieces — the Nub Chair.  It’s comfortable and sweet and introduced me to her other items.  I quickly became a big fan of her very cool sculptural furniture.  Her clever designs are intricate and composed of the layers I look for when designing.  Her pieces are truly works of art, showing how Urquiola is thoughtful of lines and details that never feel harsh.

Patricia Urquiola Fat Sofa

I loved the Fat Ottoman/Coffee Table – the Fat Sofa is another great piece from the same line. It looks so comfortable!

Nub Chair

We installed this Nub Chair in Southampton and it is absolutely gorgeous!  The detail on the back has an organic feel.

Canasta B Italia: Fabulous for the exterior!
Bohemian Seating Collection

The leather tufting of the Bohemian Seating Collection makes you want to cuddle up in this chair.

Vieques Agape

She even has the bath covered!  The steel tub is so chic.

Crinoline Collection

The Crinoline Collection is a wonderful blend of bronze, natural fiber and polyethylene weave.  Fabulous height – truly a sculpture.

You can follow Patricia Urquiola on Facebook .  Her posts are in Spanish, but she also features photos of her work.

Lauren Gelgor Kaplan Ceramics

I often visit Bungalow in Westport, CT, as a source for my clients, and it was during one of these shopping trips that I stumbled across some really stunning pottery.

There’s a great shop in Wesport, CT called Bungalow that offers unique furniture, antiques, home accessories, and jewelry.  I often visit Bungalow as a source for my clients and it was during one of these shopping trips that I stumbled across some really stunning pottery.  The artist behind these incredible pieces is Lauren Gelgor Kaplan.

Lauren Kaplan was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Her early creativity was heavily influenced by her grandfather’s paintings and sculptures.  She began creating her own ceramics and pottery more than 25 years ago, inspired by the surrounding African bush and native wildlife like the zebra.  Lauren spent a few years living in Europe and now lives in the United States, but her life in Africa still inspires her work.

I am just mad for this pottery!  I’ve purchased many pieces of Lauren’s beautiful art.  Each unique piece has so much texture and individuality.  They can be grouped or stand on their own as home accessories.

I’m not alone in my admiration of Lauren Kaplan’s work.  Her work has appeared in atHome Magazine, New England Home, and Westport Magazine.  She’s also recently been featured with an incredible window display at Bergdorf Goodman!

 

Things I Can’t Live Without!

We all have our favorite day-to-day items, our go-to gadgets and accessories that help us stay organized, keep us on track, or simply make us feel good and lift our spirits as we get through the day. Here’s a list of things I simply can’t live without!

We all have our favorite day-to-day items, our go-to gadgets and accessories that help us stay organized, keep us on track, or simply make us feel good and lift our spirits as we get through each day.  Here’s a list of things I simply can’t live without!

1.  My Camera

I love my camera!  Photography is definitely an art form and I love photos.  I’m not a sentimental person at all, except for my family photographs.  If my house was on fire and my family was safe, I would run back inside to rescue my photo albums; they mean that much to me.

2.  My Watch

I wear my Cartier Roadster watch every day.  It’s a piece of feel-good jewelry for me.  I don’t need to wear any other accessory, but without this watch I’d feel naked.

3.  The Beach

Being at the beach, any beach, simply makes me happy.  We sometimes vacation at Cabo San Lucas, and the beaches there are so incredible.

4.  Lip Balm

I must use Kiehl’s Lib Balm twenty times a day.  I’m never without it.

5.  My Hermes NotebookI have two of these great Hermes notebooks that I use for work and, of course, in my favorite shade of orange!  I’m a bit old school; I still prefer to write things down instead of using my phone or a tablet.  I keep one notebook for my own notes and one for my calendar.  I use them every day!

6.  Helmut Lang

I wear Helmut Lang almost every day.  It’s functional but looks chic and stylish.

7.  Picasso Etchings

Picasso’s etchings are inspirational to me.  They helped me navigate my own development with sketching and drawing.

8.  Tom Ford – Black Orchid

My signature scent!

9.  Ochre Chandelier

Love this!  The Arctic Pear Chandelier by Ochre in any size, any color.

10.  Amalfi Coast and My Italian Heritage

My Italian heritage definitely defines a bit of who I am.  Being able to visit Italy as a child also exposed me to traditions that influence my family life.

11.  Jeans

Love these wide legged jeans – they remind me of the 70’s!

12.  High Heels

High heels are a signature of my everyday dress code.  I am crazy for shoes!  Contractors are used to creating planks and walkways for me to get around when I enter a construction site. I am not practical by far!

Michael Dweck’s The End: Montauk, NY

Photographer Michael Dweck often turns his lens toward Montauk, NY.

Photographer Michael Dweck often turns his lens toward Montauk, NY.  His Montauk photos so perfectly represent the mood and feel of the area that simply looking at them evokes all of the feelings of my family summers spent in this old fishing village perched on the farthest point of Long Island.

Waiting
Calm Before the Storm
Wave 12
Surfing the Break

When Dweck published his collection titled The End: Montauk, NY in 2004, it was featured in several art fairs and exhibits that year.  The work is so chic and sexy.  I really like the black and white photography and am especially drawn to Dweck’s nudes.  I think the human body is a work of art, and the way Dweck exhibits it is so free and casual.  These images really symbolize summer, especially the summer of the young and carefree, full of potential and excitement.

Sonya Poles
Lilla 3
Surfs Up
Jacqueline and Friend 2

Michael Dweck’s photo collections, including his images of Montauk, are available in book format.   His website also contains stunning galleries of his work as well as essays on his collections that beautifully describe his photographs.

Les Lalanne at Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris

I recently came across these images of the Les Lelanne exhibit Les Arts Decoratifs and was entranced.

Les Arts Decoratifs, or the Museum of Decorative Art, in Paris holds more than 350,000 works in its collections.  I recently came across these images of the 2010 Les Lelanne exhibit at the museum and was entranced.

Les Lalanne is an artist duo comprised of French artists François-Xavier Lalanne (1927–2008) and Claude Lalanne (b. 1924).  The married couple co-created projects, with Francois focusing on animal sculptures and Claude preferring vegetation.  Their works have been exhibited in various venues, but I particularly love these exhibits  at Les Arts Decoratifs.

The appeal of this exhibit, for me, is the effect of the whimsical animals seeming to wander around in this vast architectural space.  Displayed in an area with minimal color, the exhibit produces a visceral reaction.

New Exhibition at Anne Loucks Gallery, IL

From February 3 through March 31, Anne Loucks Gallery in Glencoe, IL (20 miles North of Chicago) will be running an exhibition titled Photography 2012: Through the Lens.

From February 3 through March 31, Anne Loucks Gallery in Glencoe, IL (20 miles North of Chicago) will be running an exhibition titled Photography 2012:  Through the Lens.  The exhibition will feature the work of several amazing artists.  I love the Anne Loucks Gallery and encourage you to experience the exhibit through their website if you can’t attend in person.

The photographers whose work is on display for this exhibit represent a variety of styles and subjects.  All of these artists are amazing!

Chris Honeysett

Oaks in Fog Mendocino
Pier, Inverness

 Jan Gauthier

Available Light
Apple Blossoms Late Spring

Joshua Jensen-Nagle

Budapest Bathers III
St. Marks from Bell Tower

Larry Chait

Sat10061101
Sun1708

Laurie Victor Kay

Painter, Lourve
Plage, Noir

 Lyle Gomes

Maze, England 1998
Dew Trails, California 1998

To learn more about this exhibit or view more work by these artists, visit the gallery website.

Artist Marc Harrold

I found myself mesmerized by the sleekness of Marc Harrold’s photography at the Samuel Owen Gallery.

Typically, I am late for everything and recently on my mad dash to get lunch I stumbled into the Samuel Owen Gallery. With absolutely no time to spare, I found myself mesmerized by the sleekness of some photography at the gallery.  I knew the artwork would be perfect for a project I’m working on in Southampton.

From the gallery I learned the artist behind these fascinating images is Marc Harrold from Paris, France.  To create his photos, Marc purposely overdevelops the images then selectively adds color back into the images.  The photographs are back mounted with 1/4″ UV acrylic with an aluminum backing to hold them rigid.  On the back of each photo is a cleat with a coordinating wall piece which allows the photo to rest flat against the wall.  The resulting artwork appears to float over the wall.

Marc primarily photographs beach scenes in his native France.  The wide spaces in his large-format prints combine with the brightness of the over-exposure, and prominent and sweeping horizon line, truly evoke the feeling of being at the beach with the sun in your eyes and feeling that you can see all the way to the edge of the world.

Later that day I actually had a meeting with my Southampton client and expressed my interest in the artwork of Marc’s I had seen earlier.  She perked right up and said, “I saw the same thing!” and we both were totally excited like two 5 year old children!

Art is so difficult to choose for a client.  It is just one of those things people have a very visceral  reaction to, sentimental and expressive of one’s personal reflection.  I can’t wait to install this artwork for my client; it is going to totally set the overall feeling of the house!
Beach 1

Of his own work, Marc says, “‘I take photos of places at different times of the day, sometimes randomly, to emphasize the interaction between the light and the shade, the effect of time on the beauty of the instant. This way, probable or more unlikely encounters unveil the invisible from the visible. My photos are a reflection on the fickleness of people, of things. Signs that draw their way through light and shadow. Aestheticism is important to me to carry my thoughts and feelings.  My work is not intended to carry any specific message, but rather to share an emotion that is magnified by the experience of the observer.”

Beach 46
Beach 37
Beach 62

It’s difficult to do this artwork any justice on a computer screen!  To see more examples of Marc Harrold’s photography, including detailed images, visit Samuel Owen Gallery or look them up on Facebook.