Posts Tagged: Art

SOTHEBY’S HOME DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: CATHY AUSTIN

I was thrilled to participate in this fun interview with Sotheby’s Home. Working at Sotheby’s straight out of college was the best experience I could have ever wished for as a young creative. Not only did I work with some of the most fascinating people in the art and design world, but I was also exposed to the best of the best.  Cataloging works of art alongside the design experts, working on condition reports, arranging the sales and pre-sale exhibitions was the best training in the world. Thank you Sotheby’s Home for letting me share my design philosophy and favorite finds below…

Capture Cathy’s technicolor design sense with her personally selected pieces from Sotheby’s Home.

STEP INSIDE POPPY DELAVIGNE’S LONDON HOME VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

Model and girl-on-the-go Poppy Delevingne puts down roots in a chic, light-filled house in a leafy London neighborhood

Poppy, wearing a dress by Huishan Zhang, in the sitting room. A custom sofa by Joanna Plant is upholstered in a garnet velvet by designers guild. Lightning mirrors by Bride and Wolfe; Hans Koegl Palm-tree Lamps.

I love it when Architectural Digest publishes interiors articles online before the actual magazine hits the stands.  It is the perfect teaser to anticipate what lies ahead in the upcoming issue. The November issue will feature the light filled London home of “It-Girl” Poppy Delavigne and her debonair husband James Cox. The home beautifully reflects the couple’s personalities with its eclectic mix of objects ranging from neon art and lighting shaped mirrors to banana leaf wallpaper and peacock chairs…also with a dash of pink mohair and beloved DeGournay wallpaper thrown in the mix. 

COMPLIMENTARY INTERIORS: QC EXCLUSIVE FEATURE

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” -Edgar Degas

I was delighted to be interviewed for this feature for QC Exclusive focusing on my love of art and how it is the starting point for all of my interiors. Thanks to the writers and editors for this lovely opportunity to share my philosophy on merging art and design… 

 

CHIHULY IN THE GARDEN

“I never met a color I didn’t like.” – Dale Chihuly

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The Atlanta Botanical Gardens celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with an encore exhibition of the works of internationally acclaimed artist, Dale Chihuly.  The American artist has mastered the “alluring, translucent and transparent qualities of ice, water, glass and neon to create works of art that transform the viewer experience.  He is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific architectural installations in public spaces and in exhibitions presented in more than 250 museums and gardens worldwide.” Since his blockbuster show here in 2004, the gardens have doubled in size.

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Chihuly in the Garden includes 19 installation sites all set among the Garden’s natural beauty. The artist worked with the Garden’s horticultural team to choose plant color schemes. His studio shipped six 53 foot containers delivering thousands of pieces to be assembled on site by his team of eleven over a two week period.“You have to imagine the engineering it takes to bring this in and install it without damage,” said Britt Cornett, Chihuly’s installation manager.Chihuly’s team manages to transport new installations with an “unbelievably low breakage rate,” she said.

Some of the exhibits are a mix of older works paired with entirely new designs. There are also installations created specifically for the Atlanta Botanical Garden exhibit, including Fern Dell Paintbrushes near the Southern Season Garden and Indigo Blue Icicle Tower near the Hardin Visitor Center.

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“I think there’s a quality to Dale’s exhibitions that you don’t see in a lot of art,” ABG CEO and President Mary Pat Matheson said, attempting to explain the public’s attraction to it. “It’s almost magnetizing. It’s charismatic. It’s spectacularly beautiful, particularly in an outdoor setting. He understands scale and color and the juxtaposition of glass and nature in a way that few artists do.”

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The exhibit opened on April 30th and runs through Oct. 30th. Chihuly’s first exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in 2004 was the third time he’d done a garden installation. The 2004 exhibit was estimated by the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau to have had a $50 million to $60 million economic impact.

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The kaleidoscopic colors of the art for which the artist has become so famous may also be experienced in a different light – at night when the Garden offers extended hours. One of the more stunning works this year is Saffron Tower, a 30-foot neon glass sculpture near the garden’s water mirror. Twenty-eight transformers power the neon sculpture.

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There is even an installation at the Children’s Garden, which reopens later this summer.

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Thanks to my trusty sidekick William who endured the heat and made me giggle throughout the day. Click HERE to get tickets to this spectacular exhibition which is on view through October 30, 2016.

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MILLION DOLLAR DECORATING FEATURE

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I recently had the pleasure to be interviewed by James Swan for his Million Dollar Decorating podcast. Any design aficionado needs to subscribe to his podcast where James entertains,educates and inspires his listeners to live a more beautiful life. He eloquently dishes on design details with the likes of interior designers from Robert Couturier and Mary Douglas Drysdale to Barry Dixon and Miles Redd.

As the first podcast devoted to the worlds of design, decorating and beautiful living James features interviews with the world’s leading designers, decorators, architects and artisans. Life-style leaders engage in unguarded conversation, reveal behind-the-scenes sources of inspiration and share stories that inspire and motivate homemakers around the world to make their home more beautiful.

James Swan is an award-winning interior designer and author. He has spent the past 18 years, crafting classically influenced interiors for homes, restaurants, hotels and retail stores. His work has been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune and his book “101 Things I Hate About Your House” won the 2011 American Bookseller’s Award.

During the first 8 weeks the podcast consistently landed in the spot 10 Spots on ITunes New & Noteworthy list in the Arts category and in the Top 100 across all categories (and 300,000 titles) on ITunes and the numbers continue to grow every day.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast by clicking HERE.

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ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH WORLD ART GROUP

“The answer is YES, what is the question.”- World Art Group

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These words are music to my ears when I am designing for clients. Customization is one of the ultimate benefits of working with a designer and we are always looking for new sources to add to our bag of tricks to bring our client’s visions to life. At the WCAF Fair in January, I was astonished by the capabilities of the World Art Group. Special thanks to WCAF and  Jill and Steve McKenzie for making this trip possible!

Art is always the starting point for my inspiration. This organization works with over 100 artists around the world and 8 full time artists on staff to create their collections. The art work can be any size up to 60 inches and custom colored on a variety of papers from fine art watercolor paper to canvas. They provide a way for artists to share their art with the world on any level. I cannot wait to incorporate these into future projects as a series of works filling an entire wall or an over-scaled work to anchor an interior. Check out some of my favorite works…

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ABOUT WORLD ART GROUP

World Art Group is a leading art publisher located in Richmond, Virginia. We have been producing wall décor for over 40 years publishing a comprehensive line of imagery ranging from very Traditional to highly Contemporary. With weekly releases, covering every subject matter and every price range, we produce over 4,000 images a year. In addition to collaborating with artists from around the world, World Art Group has its own in-house design team Vision Studio.

Our Design Directors, Designers, Graphic artists and Embellishment Artists are the creative engine for World Art Group with advanced degrees in Painting, Printmaking, Illustration, and Textiles. Working in every medium from digital illustration to oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, encaustic, printmaking, and pencil, they have the breadth and flexibility to fulfill the diverse needs and custom requests of our varied customers. Spanning genres from traditional and transitional to contemporary, their work encompasses Hand Embellished designs, Signed Limited Edition fine art prints, Open Edition prints and Printed in Color images.

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SOCO GALLERY: KINDRED: PHOTOGRAPHERS FOCUS ON FAMILY BY GUEST CURATOR BRAD THOMAS

“Photography is an art of observation.  It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” -Elliott Erwitt
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My first art history class at Washington and Lee was the History of Photography.  I signed up for the class on a whim hoping to ease my workload of math and science classes which were not my cup of tea. We studied all of the legendary icons…Alfred Steiglitz, Elliott Erwitt, Diane Arbus, and even had Sally Mann living in our own small town of Lexington, Virginia. Little did I know that this first brush with art history studying the art of observation would figure so prominently in my future career as an interior designer.

Tonight is the opening of the highly anticipated show “Kindred: Photographers Focus on Family” at SoCo Gallery. The gallery welcomes home one of Charlotte’s most talented art personalities to curate the show.  As a professional artist, curator, and mentor, nobody understands the imagination and creative mind more so than Brad Thomas. The exhibition is an opportunity for him to honor those artists who have directly influenced his creative journey.

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February 3 – April 2, 2016

Opening Reception: February 3, 6 – 8 PM
SOCO Gallery is pleased to present the forthcoming exhibition KINDRED: Photographers Focus on Family. This project, guest curated by Brad Thomas, will feature works by artists whose creative inquiry examines a variety of life-affirming roles that include parent, grandparent, child, sibling, spouse and/or lover. Through their work, these accomplished artists delve into the complexities of intimate, familial relationships and, in the process, learn something about themselves.

Four of the featured artists are based in Charlotte. Three of these artists have over a century of combined established practice and advocacy for the advancement of fine art photography in this region. With strong ties to The Light Factory, Linda Foard Roberts, Carolyn DeMeritt, and Raymond Grubb have worked tirelessly in administrative and volunteer roles there to educate our community on the importance of photography as a medium for self-expression and aesthetic exploration.

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Linda Foard Roberts watched her tiny daughter sleep in front of a television on Sept. 11, 2001, as the station ran and re-ran footage of planes hitting the World Trade Center towers. “It became very clear to me how helpless I was,” she says. “9/11” is a gelatin silver photograph, part of a series Roberts calls “Belongings,” “which to me represents that time with our loved ones is all that really truly belongs to us.” Copyright Linda Foard Roberts; courtesy of SOCO Gallery

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Linda is a native of Charlotte and in her teens, she studied with Light Factory co-founder Byron Baldwin in his legendary program at Myers Park High School. From there she pursued photography at Arizona State University and later returned to Charlotte to serve as Director of The Light Factory in the early 90s. Soon after stepping down as an arts administrator, Linda devoted herself full-time to her growing family and in-turn, returned to her art as a way of capturing the experiences and fleeting youth of her son and daughter.

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Carolyn DeMeritt wrote this about the 2000/2015 archival pigment photograph titled “My Mother: The Year of Her Death”: “She was strong enough at 25 to divorce, a stigma in the late 1940s. She was a ‘feminist’ before she even knew the word. She’s a model of self-reliance and independence that inspired me to step outside the bounds.” Copyright Carolyn DeMeritt; courtesy of SOCO Gallery

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Carolyn is known for her provocative, narrative portraits. In the mid-1990s her creative focus turned to her granddaughter who was born to her younger son during his prolonged struggle with substance abuse. Carolyn’s pictures capture her granddaughter’s youthful innocence, which stands in sharp contrast with her need to grow up fast. Now in her early 20s, Kira continues to be both a subject in Carolyn’s work and a source of inspiration.

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“Thomasville” is one of several portraits Raymond Grubb has made over the past 30 years of partner Tom Thoune, who had a stroke last year. Of this photograph, made in 2009, Grubb says: “It was a landscape I was familiar with… I took Tom there and asked him to (stand behind) the tree that was blooming… You only see a little bit of his face… And that’s how he feels now: that there’s only a part of him that really shows now. He’s improved incredibly in the past year but there’s still little missing pieces. He feels this portrait is even closer to what he feels like now, because there are some missing parts, or – not as clearly seen.” Copper plate photogravure, copyright Raymond Grubb; courtesy of SOCO Gallery

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Photographer, Francophile, and master baker Raymond Grubb is a native of Morganton, NC. He is a graduate of Davidson College and one of Charlotte’s most recognizable cultural icons. For over 25 years, he has photographed his partner––the multi-media artist Tom Thoune. Raymond’s century-old platinum process imbues his images with a warmth, tenderness, and candor that is difficult to attain with modern techniques.

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“Cody with Brendan” is one of Brittany Little’s photographs of her brothers, who are identical twins. She says she lived with them for about a year, and “Once I got behind the camera, I realized something about them that I didn’t quite know yet … how different the world can see them.” People were “captivated,” she says. “I just think it’s very strange that these people that I was taking for granted clearly were that interesting to other(s).” The 2015 photo is an archival inkjet print. Copyright Brittany Little; courtesy of SOCO Gallery

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This emerging artist is a native of Charlotte and recently earned her BFA from UNC Charlotte’s Department of Art + Art History. During her senior year, a series of circumstances required her to live with her two identical twin brothers. Quickly realizing these two free spirits were captivating subjects in their own right, she took advantage of her unlimited and candid access––think Nan Goldin meets Harmony Korine. The resulting series entitled Asymmetrical, captures the three siblings living together (again) while they navigate the formative stages of independence and adulthood.

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David Hilliard wrote of “Rock Bottom,” a 2008 C-print: “I wanted to represent the inevitable reality that I will, for better or worse, become my father … Try as I may, I can become certain things, control certain aspects of my life, yet at the same time there exists a predetermined element . . . I’m also hard-wired to become my dad, and that I cannot control.” Copyright David Hilliard; courtesy of SOCO Gallery

DAVID HILLIARD

His signature, multi-panel panoramic images capture the intimate and complex dynamic of his relationships with those closest to him. In particular, a series of poignant portraits of his father, a Navy veteran and retired factory worker, depict an aging man who struggles to come to terms with the divorce from his wife of many years and his son’s sexual orientation.

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Sally Mann wrote: “There are a number of things that set Southern artists apart from anyone else. Their obsession with place and their obsession with family. If I could be said to have any kind of aesthetic, it’s sort of a magpie aesthetic – I just go and pick up whatever is around. If you think about it, the children were there, so I took pictures of my children.” This is “Sempervirens ‘Stricta,’ ” a 1995 gelatin silver print. Copyright Sally Mann; courtesy of SOCO Gallery

SALLY MANN

Sally lives and works on her family’s farm in Virginia. She is one of the most recognizable figures in American photography working today. Her new memoir, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs (Little, Brown & Company, 2015), documents in detail the criticism she endured in the early 1990s for explicit photographs of her children at play at their country home. As she has gone on to international acclaim, her works are among the most sought after in contemporary art.

BOOKSHOP AT SOCO GALLERY

Featured in SOCO Gallery’s bookshop will be a curated selection of artist’s books about family. In addition to the featured artists in KINDRED, titles by preeminent artists such as David Hilliard, Mitch Epstein, Sally Mann, Joanna Piotrowska, and Edward Weston will be available.

ABOUT THE GUEST CURATOR

Brad Thomas is a native of Mount Airy, North Carolina. In the summer of 2015, he founded Thomas Contemporary at historic Vandalia Tower. Thomas Contemporary serves to promote Brad’s studio, curatorial, and collections advisory practice. In addition, on-site projects and limited-editions by emerging and established artists will be commissioned.

Brad has 25 years of experience as a professional artist, curator, and cultural leader. He has served in administrative capacities at The Light Factory, Davidson College, The Mint Museum, and McColl Center for Art + Innovation. In spring of 2015, Brad was honored with the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award from UNC Charlotte’s College of Art + Architecture.

KINDRED: Photographers Focus on Family is an opportunity for Brad to honor those artists who have directly influenced his creative journey. Furthermore, it’s an opportunity to continue to serve the cultural development of North Carolina, his home state. It’s the place where his feet will always stick to the ground––the way a Tarheel should.

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2015 ART BASEL MIAMI HOT LIST: PART 1

“The world is but a canvas to our imagination.”- Henry David Thoreau

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I am thrilled to be headed back to Art Basel Miami next week this year for a brief stint to take in the art fairs. Art has always reflected the time and place in which it is made. It is fascinating to see what the artists choose to express and watch overriding themes throughout the fair. Artists have been called the “canaries in the coalmine” reacting to current events before they enter mainstream culture. I have been researching my favorite sources to come up with my “HOT LIST” for this year and wondering how I can cram all this culture into a mere 72 hours.

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Colored Vases, 2014 by Ai Weiwei / Mary Boone Gallery / Courtesy of Art Basel

The main fair, Art Basel Miami, features 267 galleries from 32 countries showing work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall.

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Nearby in Collins Park, PUBLIC enlisted 26 artists to create site-specific installations and performances including a monumental deer lawn ornament by Tony Tasset, a jeweled “Healing Pavilion” by Sam Falls; a group of tall chairs from the original production Robert Wilson’s “Einstein on the Beach;” a giant set of red lips by Sterling Ruby.

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Located behind the convention center, Design Miami selected a student team from Harvard to design the fair entrance. “UNBUILT,” a collection of foam models of unrealized design projects hovers above fair goers. Yves Behar is the recipient of the 2015 Design Miami “Design Visionary Award” and he’ll be honored with a special exhibit in the D/M venue behind the convention center from December 2 through 6. Expect thirty five exhibitors including Firma Casa from Brazil, showing new works by the Campana Brothers, and Italian gallery Secondome,with hand-crafted limited editions.

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Wynwood Walls is featuring “Walls of Change” with 14 new murals and installations and the debut of a new adjacent space called “The Wynwood Walls Garden.” The walls are by Case, Crash, Cryptik, el Seed, Erenest Zacharevic, Fafi, Hueman, INTI, The London Police, Logan Hicks and Ryan McGinness. Over in the “garden,” the Spanish art duo Pichi & Avo are doing a mural on stacked shipping containers and in the events space, Magnus Sodamin will be painting the floors and walls. The VIP opening is on December 1st in the early evening, but then it’s open to the public from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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X Contemporary also joins the crowd with their inaugural edition in Wynwood running from December 2nd through Sunday, and a VIP opening on December 1st from 5 to 10 p.m. Twenty eight exhibitiors will be on hand, plus special projects including “Grace Hartigan: 1960 – 1965” presented by Michael Klein Arts; a look at the “genesis of street art” curated by Pamela Willoughby; and “Colombia N.O.W.” presented by TIMEBAG.

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The Rubell Family Collection will present a big exhibition called “No Man’s Land” featuring women artists from their extensive collection including paintings, sculptures, photos and videos by over 100 female artists. Jennifer Rubell will present her twelfth large-scale, food-based installation,”Devotion,” on December 3rd, 9 to 11 a.m. She’ll be using “bread, butter, and a couple engaged to be married” as her media.

ELLE DECOR MODERN LIFE CONCEPT HOUSE

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ELLE DECOR will unveil its 2015 Modern Life Concept House on December 1. The project will be located in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District at 250 Wynwood, a 6,000 square-foot, one-of-a-kind condominium home, and will feature the work of four leading designers hand-selected by ELLE DECOR editor-in-chief, Michael Boodro The designers—Matthew MacDonald, Elizabeth Martin, Sam Robin and Fernando Wong—designed and decorated the space in a way that fits in with the artistic and creative spirit of the Wynwood district.

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Miami’s Wynwood Arts District will soon be home to a “living laboratory” for design, the Wynwood Design Lab, where carefully curated artwork, furniture, decor, accessories and appliances will be showcased for interior designers, landscape architects, and luxury buyers and builders in quarterly vignettes. The multi-purpose mecca for design, opening in November, will be comprised of the lab’s 2,500 square foot indoor space, plus an outdoor garden, a gallery, and a live art demonstration area, which can be viewed from the street.

The Lab has so far partnered with designer Erinn Valencich and landscape architect David Font, who will provide architecture for, design and curate the Lab’s settings, which will be re-envisioned each quarter. “The Wynwood Design Lab is not a retail store, nor is it intended to be a design center,” explains Christi Tasker, co-owner of the Lab. “Rather, it is a living laboratory where a constantly transitioning duo of landscape architects and renowned interior designers will collaborate to give key luxury buyers and specifiers the best that the world of home furnishings and building materials has to offer, and to see it in real lifestyle applications.”

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A new residential and arts district by Argentine developer Alan Faena’s between 32nd and 36th Streets on Collins Avenue will be finished in April 2016.  For this year’s fair, they’ve planned a series of events including: A roller-disco installation by assume vivid astro focus that will be open to the public daily on the beach and feature local and international DJs; a “theater curtain” installation called “A Site To Behold” by Spanish artist Almudena Lober that lets visitors play alternate roles of “actor” and “performer”; and a site-specific “sand and light” installation by Jim Denevan.

Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow covering more of the satellite fairs and highly anticipated exhibits…For more design inspiration, please follow along on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and subscribe to Bespoke Banter.

BOOK CLUB: FALL NEW RELEASES FOR FASHION, DESIGN, & ART LOVERS

“Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.” – James Russell Lowell

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Fashion, design and art lovers will be thrilled to see the upcoming new releases this fall. Take a peek at some of the press releases of highly anticipated titles that will be making their debut shortly…click on each cover to pre-order.

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A sumptuous monograph tracing the life and legacy of fashion luminary Oscar de la Renta. In October 2014 one of the fashion world’s champions, Oscar de la Renta, passed away, a great loss brightened by the innumerable successes of his half-century reign. The acclaimed fashion designer dressed first ladies from Kennedy to Obama, and celebrities from Beyoncé to Sarah Jessica Parker. Renowned for his unique charm, impeccable taste, and original lifestyle, he married the highest standards of French couture with the ultimate motivation that women must look and feel beautiful. In this intimate volume, longtime editor and friend André Leon Talley recounts de la Renta’s journey through nearly 70 iconic dresses, mainly made for private clients, accompanied by fascinating stories of the exquisite craftsmanship and the legendary friends that brought each gown to life. Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, de la Renta left for Madrid at nineteen to study art, where he rose to prominence as a sketch artist for newspapers and fashion houses. From his apprenticeship under Cristóbal Balenciaga to his eponymous collections, the designer’s simple lines elevated with a flamenco dancer’s flourish reflect his deep connection to his roots and his commitment to transcendence through beautiful garments.

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The first comprehensive and lavishly illustrated volume to document the influences and life work of Manolo Blahnik, one of the most influential and talked-about icons in contemporary fashion. Featuring more than forty years of shoe design, this is the definitive monograph of the work of Manolo Blahnik, one of the titans of contemporary fashion. This book is a comprehensive survey of Blahnik’s work and provides access to never-before-seen photography of his designs. Drawing inspiration from the worlds of architecture, art, film, and literature, Blahnik is a master of the art of the shoe. His exciting use of color, unprecedented designs, and exquisitely sculpted heels make his shoes some of the most coveted in the world. Featuring more than 250 iconic designs from his archive, the book reveals for the very first time the inspirations behind his singular artistic vision. With insightful chapters devoted to Blahnik’s most powerful relationships and inspirations—including Marie Antoinette, Diana Vreeland, Cecil Beaton, Spanish and Italian film, the works of Goya and Velázquez and the Prado Museum—this book is a personal look into the man behind the shoes. Beautiful photography and thoughtful essays by fashion writers, curators, and colleagues give readers a unique opportunity to access Blahnik’s vivid and creative-filled world.

roma_1_1Since 2008, the renowned Italian fashion house of Valentino has been anchored by creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, who have moved the house’s aesthetic forward with their contemporary feminine designs. Chiuri and Piccioli are two personalities with very different design viewpoints, yet they blend these contrasts into a timeless mélange of clean simplicity and modern elegance. One of Chiuri and Piccioli’s most profound inspirations is Rome itself, the Eternal City. Its seamless blend of ancient and modern, pagan and baroque, historic buildings and contemporary lifestyle reflects their own distinctive approach in which heritage, tradition, and innovation coexist to create a new concept of the house of Valentino.

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The work of one of the most influential and innovative hat designers of this century. Philip Treacy’s career over the last two decades has been prolific and high-profile. A visual delight, this book shares Treacy’s favorite designs in 250 striking photographs, curated by Treacy himself, and showcases his collaborations and personal relationships. Treacy has said, “Every hat I have ever made has begun in my mind as a photograph. I can see it on the model, at the right angle, before I even begin.” Indeed, his hats have been photographed by the most iconic image makers of our time, including Patrick Demarchelier, Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, and Irving Penn. And his hats have been modeled on equally famous heads, ranging from Grace Jones and Lady Gaga to the Duchesses of Cornwall and Devonshire. Since his early friendships with Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen, Treacy’s imaginative designs have been a synthesis of art and fashion, with materials ranging from silk and lace to Plexiglas and leather, trimmed with feathers or Swarovski crystals. Combining luxury and sophistication, his work has helped shape modern fashion. This first, highly personal book is a glamorous tour through Treacy’s world, and documents how a hat can evoke the magic of life and speak to the transformative power of fashion.

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Fashion designer Lela Rose presents an inspiring manifesto for creative and stylish twenty-first-century entertaining. Known for her whimsical fashions, Lela Rose is also a popular and passionate hostess. From the spirited Couples’ Cook-off to a kid-friendly “Primp Your Ride” bike picnic, to an elegant Silver-and-White Christmas dinner, in this book she presents dozens of creative ideas to inspire readers looking for a fresh take on entertaining. Rose’s philosophy is simple: create your own occasions to create your own fun. The themes, colors, seasonality, and activities she concocts for each of her parties show you to how dazzle guests with simple yet unexpected touches. Modernize the traditional bridal shower with a refreshingly retro sewing circle. Turn a ladies’ tea on its head by having girlfriends over for an afternoon tequila tasting. Celebrate your favorite cause by hosting a festive outdoor supper, like the one featured on a Brooklyn rooftop garden. Featuring unique ideas for decoration, recipes for cocktails and key dishes, and tips for throwing everything together in an easy and enjoyable way, Prêt-a-Party will be embraced by a new generation of hosts and hostesses seeking spirited and unconventional good times

FOR THE DESIGN DOYENNE

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“We often joke that Jesse and Mara are like contributing editors to my own private magazine. Both at Vogueand at home, they always bring a grand vision to the table—along with invaluable expertise and an impeccable eye. It continues to amaze me that they managed to turn a series of broken-down barns into a wonderful compound for my family.” — Anna Wintour

Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, the principals of Carrier and Company Interiors, are a husband-and-wife design duo who create rooms that are a confident mix of timeless and contemporary design—familiar and fresh at once. Always refined and sophisticated, the Carriers’ work ranges in style from elegantly traditional to luxuriously minimalist. Their rooms often features subtle patterns and neutral palettes punctuated by bursts of exuberance and unexpected mixes of high and low, old and new. Whether decorating a sprawling country house or a Tribeca loft, a winter home in Florida or an apartment in a converted New York printing house, the Carriers’ mission is to connect people with place and combine their tailored, carefully edited and curated approach with the clients’ collections, artwork, taste, and personality, creating exquisitely detailed yet comfortable and personalized spaces.Illustrated with some 275 full-color photographs and featuring a foreword by Anna Wintour, Carrier and Company: Positively Chic Interiors introduces the reader to the Carriers’ unique aesthetic and shows why they are the designers of choice for so many of the country’s most discriminating arbiters of taste. It will undoubtedly be the standout decorating book of the year.

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The legendary interior design firm Parish-Hadley Associates set the standard for American style in the finest homes for more than three decades, from the 1960s through the 1990s. Throughout its colorful history, Parish-Hadley was commissioned by the most prestigious families in the country, from the Kennedys at the White House to the Astors, Rockefellers, and Gettys. Yet the fertile partnership between Parish and Hadley also greatly influenced the taste, style, creative process, and practices of the designers who worked for them. In this volume, 30 of the most renowned designers relate in detail their personal experiences working at the firm, accompanied by images they have chosen of their own work, past and present, illustrating how their designs were shaped by Parish-Hadley.Written by the inimitable Brian McCarthy and Bunny Williams.

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Celebrated interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein focuses on the use of rooms—from entries to outdoor spaces—that reflect her relaxed, elegant style, in which beauty and comfort are paramount. Suzanne Rheinstein is a master at translating traditional style into something fresh and elegant. In Rooms for Living, she shows how to achieve a calm and livable environment in casual or more formal settings. Rheinstein presents welcoming rooms to share with others, as well as private, cozy spaces for relaxing or sleeping.  Included are examples of refashioned spaces, such as a neglected living room that has been repurposed for reading and writing, and a kitchen that has been expanded to accommodate informal meals. Rheinstein also offers innovative ideas on how to make a statement with an entryway by adding vibrant color, dress a bed for ultimate comfort and romance with luxurious pillows, display books in an understated way, and create a unique party atmosphere. No small detail is overlooked. Beautifully photographed, this inspiring book is a must-have for design-savvy individuals.

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An appealing approach to creating elegant, worldly interiors that are rooted in the comforts of home. Interior designer Timothy Whealon is beloved for his accessible style, his seamless blend of classic and modern influences, and his skillful use of artwork and antiques, thanks to an extensive knowledge of fine and decorative arts. Whealon’s design philosophy finds its roots in classicism; however, he approaches each project with a fresh, twenty-first-century eye that makes it both modern and timeless. He doesn’t believe in interiors that look “decorated,” as if everything has been done at once. Rather, he layers items from different periods and cultures, artfully mixing the pristine and the patinated. This book is the first to showcase Whealon’s interiors, from an airy New York penthouse to a gracious Mediterranean-style villa to a casual beach cottage. Whether urban or rural, grand or intimate, each project exhibits classicism alongside comfort, careful attention to detail, and undeniable appeal. Many of the projects included have been newly photographed for this book, and each is a testament to Whealon’s exquisite taste and understanding of how people live today.

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In this richly illustrated style guide from an unabashed hoarder of all things beautiful, design editor and entertaining expert Eddie Ross reveals his insider secrets to creating exciting interiors, table settings and parties with chic and accessible finds that celebrate who you are and what you love. Featuring never-before-published photographs of Eddie’s own homes―his eclectic apartment in New York and Pine Hill Farm in Connecticut―Modern Mix cracks the code to navigating thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets with confidence. Funny and insightful, Eddie is like a trusted friend on the front lines of flea markets and thrifting, telling you what to look for, where to find it and how to restore it. Then he shows you how to use color and pattern to infuse your finds with a fresh, playful spirit, combining high and low, new and old, classic and modern elements into a warm and inviting style that expresses your personality. With more than 350 full-color photographs, time-saving tips and real-life shortcuts to decorating and entertaining beautifully on a budget, Modern Mix will open your eyes to the extraordinary possibilities within your reach and inspire you to live every day colorfully and creatively.

FOR THE ART AFICIONADO

fridakahlo-1Frida Kahlo was not only an iconic artist, she was also a bold beauty and an avant-garde fashionista whose timeless sense of style continues to inspire and influence the worlds of fashion, media, and art today. Fashion is an optical effect that Frida knew how to employ with shrewd intelligence and artistic intention. Frida knew that life is theater, and fashion was her costume. Frida understood the importance of image and attitude, no matter who you are.The canvas was Frida’s mirror, and she was the painter, the model, and the painting—author, subject, medium, and object. Frida was her own best work of art.

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Taking Helen Frankenthaler’s 1950s New York debut as its starting point, “The heroine Paint”: After Frankenthaler, a new publication edited by Katy Siegel, follows Frankenthaler’s own painting as well as the immediate influence of Frankenthaler’s work on other artists, tracing artistic currents gathered under her name as they move outwards in different directions over time. The book collects scholarly essays, texts from contemporary artists, reprints of historical writing, and interweaves these voices with a visual chronology that locates key works from performances, publications, and cultural ephemera for over seven decades.“The heroine Paint”: After Frankenthaler will offer a wealth of historical information and promises to be an important resource for young artists, as well as critics, curators, and art historians of modern and contemporary art. The wealth of archival imagery from cultural as well as artistic sources, and the elegance of the writing promise to make the book accessible and compelling as well to a general art audience.

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This definitive monograph from the Musée Rodin in Paris on the pioneering artist who paved the way for modern sculpture is now available in an affordable compact format. Revered today as the greatest sculptor of all time, whose expressive style prefigured that of the modernist movement and abstract sculpture, Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) stirred up much controversy during his lifetime, and his sculptures often met with hostility and incomprehension from his peers. This monograph traces the life and work of the artist, from his youth and early poverty-stricken years of apprenticeship to his most celebrated works—The Kiss, The Thinker, The Gates of Hell—which have become veritable icons; and from his passionate and tumultuous relationship with Camille Claudel to his extraordinary studio, working methods, and sources of inspiration, and his final years marked by war and illness. Written by experts from the Musée Rodin in Paris, this richly illustrated volume includes drawings, watercolors, engravings, and archival documents, as well as specially commissioned photographs of Rodin’s sculptures, completed by a chronology, bibliography, and history of the Musée Rodin—housed in the artist’s former studio in the Hôtel Biron. Providing insight into the many facets of his creative genius, this new compact edition of the Musée Rodin’s definitive reference on the artist and his oeuvre coincides with museum’s reopening in September 2015.

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The work of one of the most influential and innovative hat designers of this century. Philip Treacy’s career over the last two decades has been prolific and high-profile. A visual delight, this book shares Treacy’s favorite designs in 250 striking photographs, curated by Treacy himself, and showcases his collaborations and personal relationships. Treacy has said, “Every hat I have ever made has begun in my mind as a photograph. I can see it on the model, at the right angle, before I even begin.” Indeed, his hats have been photographed by the most iconic image makers of our time, including Patrick Demarchelier, Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, and Irving Penn. And his hats have been modeled on equally famous heads, ranging from Grace Jones and Lady Gaga to the Duchesses of Cornwall and Devonshire. Since his early friendships with Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen, Treacy’s imaginative designs have been a synthesis of art and fashion, with materials ranging from silk and lace to Plexiglas and leather, trimmed with feathers or Swarovski crystals. Combining luxury and sophistication, his work has helped shape modern fashion. This first, highly personal book is a glamorous tour through Treacy’s world, and documents how a hat can evoke the magic of life and speak to the transformative power of fashion.

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HIGH POINT HIGHLIGHTS: ART

11,500,000 square feet of exhibition space,  2000 vendors representing 100 countries, and 180 buildings in 4 days…

See what caught my eye at High Point Market.

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Every spring and fall, the design industry makes its bi-annual pilgrimage to High Point Furniture Market. This year marked my 25th trip to the furniture mecca and this market certainly did not disappoint!  My first stop is always 214 Modern Vintage, a collection of great dealers with incredible eyes for everything from fine art and lighting to mid century furnishings and accessories. I could linger here for hours and it is always inspiring to see the authentic pieces in person before heading out into the world of furniture market interpreting these designs.

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Natural Curiosities blew my mind at this market! All of their introductions looked incredible in the new exhibition space complete with its own “ArtBar” where you could watch the artists at work on site. These silkscreens from the Planetary are created by mixing colors during the screening process, resulting in abstract, blended forms. The simple shape and coloration evoke the image of distant planets and no two are alike allowing the viewer to create their own unique universe.

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Natural Curiosities also introduced a gorgeous furniture line consisting of luxe shapes in stunning colors to complement their art collection. Specimen art has always been a specialty for this company.  The past few collections have been exploring the power and journey of flight with various compilations of feathers. This work entitled “Daedelus” is made of 3000 hand painted feathers that are gathered into a unified form, creating maximum impact. They describe the shape as “a shield and channels the intrinsic magic and awe of nature.” According to Greek mythology, Daedelus built the labyrinth for King Minos and then was imprisoned in a tower to prevent his knowledge of the labyrinth from spreading to the public. His only way to escape was in the air so he fabricated his own set of wings.  He also created a pair for his son Icarus, but warned him not to fly too high because the heat of the son would melt the wax on their wings, nor too low because the sea would soak their feathers.

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This beautiful specimen circle is made of naturally colored magnificent pink shells…

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Taken from French textile designs, the Pignier series is a mix of botanicals, patterns and handwritten details.

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Athens based artist Carol John’s work brilliantly adorned the new Hickory Chair showroom. Her work expresses her love of color, language and pop graphics. It was a such a pleasant surprise to meet the artist in person…she is just as delightful as her paintings!
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Trowbridge Gallery featured a gorgeous collection of vintage Gudri jackets using 1930s Parisian designs. Each handmade work is one of a kind and floated in a shadow box frame.

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Alexis Walter’s space sang with all of her ethereal new paintings.  Her pastel palette of abstract works and smaller watercolors possess her distinctive look layered, tactile, and beyond extraordinary.

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A new find this market was the handmade works by Crystal Brooke McCann. Known as a “creative visonary extraordinaire,” her collection includes hand painted silks and leathers, hides, as well as hand made paper and furnishings.  This paper mural is 11 feet long and the delicate detail is divine.

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Hunt Slonem debuted his wallpaper and fabric collection at the new Kravet showroom. Using multiplicity as a motif, Slonem has created an iconic body of work that is sought after around the globe. The much anitcipated collection will allow everyone to have a little piece of the world of this enigmatic artist.

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For the neutralists, the work of Carol Benson-Cobb was breathtaking. According to the artist, her work “reflects a feeling created within a color palette with an emphasis on the way the colors touch, layer and affect one another…My intentions are never to fully define a scene but to lead viewers in the use of their imagination and own life experiences to fill in the gaps.” In the work below, she has taken a detail from one of her original paintings and book matched and repeated the pattern.

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Trowbridge Gallery used the power of scale to take a fingerprint, an everyday yet unique image, and elevated it to a work of abstract art in metallic inks.

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This series from Thom Felicia’s collection for Soicher Marin perfectly illustrates his design aesthetic…”classic simplicity with an unexpected, modern flair.” 12 different abstract sketches would make a great graphic punch on any gallery wall.

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Please contact the design studio if you are interested in design services or any of the works seen here…Please check back this week for more High Point Highlights on trends, lighting, accessories and furnishings.

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