Selecting Artwork (Pt III)

Selecting artwork is such an enjoyable part of the design process. Sometimes I will have an accent color or range of colors I would like a piece to have, in other instances it’ll be a completely open process. Certain, often times unexpected pieces will transform a space and give it an identity. It can be what clients and guests remember most about an interior, that’s why it’s so essential to ensure you have allocated enough in the budget to purchase art. The right artwork can be a great investment and if carefully thought out, can be a piece you will always enjoy.

fisherman

fisherman

glacier

glacier

By |2019-05-30T17:57:51-04:00November 15th, 2013|Art, Photography|

Kimberly Coole – Travel Photography

Travel photographer Kimberly Coole has traveled the world documenting countries everywhere from Bolivia to Vietnam.  Being in New York City which is arguably the photography mecca of the world, it’s great to find such beautiful, inspiring images from a photographer based in the U.K.  

Some of my favorites include:
1) Fisherman stilt fishing in the ocean, Sri Lanka
2) A camel at the Jaisalmer Desert Festival, India
3) The Salt Hotel on Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
4) Camels resting in front of Rose-Red City, India

fisherman

camel

Salt_Hotel_on_Salar_de_Uyuni_Bolivia

camels

By |2019-06-04T17:18:14-04:00April 19th, 2013|Art, Photography|

Abstract Oceanscapes by Renate Aller

Finishing up a busy week wrapping up a residential project in Westchester and beginning the second phase of a redesign of an apartment on the Upper East Side.  In previous posts on selecting artwork, I’ve written about choosing artwork that you will continue to love over time, whether it’s one or two colors or colors which compliment interiors. 

These are oceanscape photographic prints by German photographer Renate Aller.  Aller returned to the same spot in Long Island for 10 years documenting the every changing sky and water landscape.  These are several of my favorite images from this series.

Seascapes: one Location (1999-2009)

Seascapes: one Location (1999-2009)

Seascapes: one Location (1999-2009)

Seascapes: one Location (1999-2009)

By |2019-06-05T18:27:21-04:00March 29th, 2013|Art, Photography|

The Wild Horses of Sable Island

The Wild Horses of Sable Island is the perfect example of timeless, warm and universal artwork for a space. We purchased one of these prints for a loft space on broadway (last photo) and you can see a second example of the horses in a darker family room.  What I love about these photographs is that they can be mixed and matched with different combinations of images, placed together as a pair or set, or utilized as a stand alone piece of art.  The sepia and black and white options are warm and elegant and can fit into a range of design styles and match many different colors.  If you are in New York City I highly recommend visiting the exhibit on 64 Grand Street, one of the longest running photographic exhibitions in the city.

wild_horses_sable_island_2

wild_horses_sable_island_3

artwork

broadway_loft

By |2019-06-05T18:50:58-04:00March 19th, 2013|Art|

Selecting artwork (II)

One of the best parts about interior design projects is selecting artwork.  Sometimes it’s easier than others, if you pinpoint a single accent color and select a piece based on that color that is a great starting point.  Other times the art can be in complete contrast to the color palette and that can make it even more memorable.  Every few months I’ll go back through my library of artists to see if how I feel about the work has changed. It’s so subjective and the trick ideally is to selecting art you will grow to love even more over time, rather than get sick of looking at.  These ink drop prints I love, the combination of blacks, grays, brown and white.

ink drop art

ink drop art

ink drop art

ink drop art

 

By |2019-06-06T19:19:48-04:00February 26th, 2013|Art, Ideas, Product|

Sculpture by Constantin Brancusi

Constantin Brancusi was a Romanian born sculptor who incorporated a range of styles into his work including African, Egyptian and Classical . One of my personal favorites by Brancusi, Mademoiselle Pogany, incorporated Cubism with an emphasis on a quasi-geometrical form.  The Pogany to the right has a rough, unpolished bronze to illustrate hair which contrasts to the high degree of shine on the face.  The body is a partial image, with the hands and head detached from the torso, reflects Augustine Rodin’s influence on Brancusi.  Brancusi preferred a truthful essence in illustrating forms rather than a literal depiction.  For that reason the Pogany is an iconic, unforgettable piece.

Constantin Brancusi colette

Constantin Brancusi Pogany

By |2019-06-11T17:03:13-04:00February 11th, 2013|Art, Sculpture|

HOME ACCESSORIZING

The last phase of the design process is accessorizing the space. This phase is very important because it helps clients personalize their homes with objects they love. Here are some pictures of an Upper East side residence we designed last Spring. 

The client is a fashion designer and had collected treasures from her travels all over the world. The artwork, sculptures, photography and unique accessories she had were the inspiration during the design process.  A neutral color palette was essential when designing the space in order to provide a gallery like setting for the client’s treasures.  We selected the best accessories she owned and added a few new ones that breathed life into the space. 

accessorizing a space

home accessorizing

By |2019-06-11T17:25:58-04:00January 27th, 2013|Accessories, Art, Contemporary|