Posts Tagged: New York City

THE COLOR FACTORY OPENING NEXT WEEK IN NYC

“Mere color can speak to the soul a thousand different ways.” -Oscar Wilde

I am counting down the days until my next visit to NYC to see the much anticipated opening of The Color Factory.  This collaborative interactive exhibit debuted in San Francisco in August 2017. Originally just a one month long exhibit, the hype surrounding the celebration of color and creativity lasted for another eight sold-out months.

Opening August 20th, the new exhibition with a palette inspired by New York City is coming to ShoHo’s Hudson Square neighborhood. Covering 20,000 square feet, The Color Factory will feature brand-new participatory installations of colors collected around the city— hues that invite curiosity, discovery and play. 

DERING HALL: WIRED & INSPIRED FEATURING CATHERINE M. AUSTIN INTERIOR DESIGN

“Culture just seems to be in the air, like part of the weather.” – Tom Wolfe on New York City

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Welcome to my virtual “Artists Salon” for Dering Hall’s Wired & Inspired Showhouse in collaboration with the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center! When asked to design a space inspired by my favorite city, I let my imagination run wild creating my fantasy penthouse in New York City.  Be sure to click here to see the rest of the showhouse on Dering Hall including spaces by Angie Hranowsky, Beth Webb, Cathy Kincaid, James Wheeler Designs, Cloth & Kind, Tammy Connor, Yvonne McFadden, Melanie Millner, and Karen Ferguson.

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INSPIRATION

Willem de Kooning Studio

INSPIRATION IMAGE: WILLEM DE KOONING’S ART STUDIO

Living in New York City in my twenties made an indelible impression on me.  I felt like I had encountered the center of the creative universe that attracted the most talented, imaginative, and artistic people I had ever met. Since space was so precious and provided solace from the grind of city living, I became fascinated with how people treated their interiors. I used to fantasize about my “dream” apartment and this is my version of heaven…a penthouse overlooking the Chrysler Building, surrounded by a blend of iconic furnishings and paintings by my favorite abstract expressionists that also came to New York for inspiration. Whenever I need to get my creative juices flowing, New York is always my city of choice…taking in the latest exhibitions, observing what is happening on the streets, and soaking up the vibe of the city.

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WIILEM DE KOONING/ Gotham News, 1955, oil on canvas

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HELEN FRANKENTHALER

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HELEN FRANKENTHALER / Tutti-Fruitti, 1966, acrylic on canvas,

COLOR PALETTE

A double height penthouse overlooking the Manhattan skyline is the perfect backdrop to showcase the works of my favorite artists.  The Farrow & Ball color palette of the interior was inspired by the city lights, bold colors in the paintings, and Babe Paley’s infamous “taxi cab yellow” living room decorated by Dean of American Decorating Albert Hadley.

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LARGER PRODUCT IMAGES

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The large scaled embroidered linen kaleidoscopic pattern used for the drapery illustrates the creative process of Patrick Frey who is constantly playing with shapes and colors to keep his work fresh and exciting much like the Abstract Expressionists featured on the walls.

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On the pillows, another multicolored fabric by Pierre Frey depicts Japanese theatre masks, yet also evokes Picasso’s Les Desmoiselles D’Avignon at MOMA.

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The Jean de Merry chandelier reflects the edgy glamour of the city.

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The Clint sofa by Bradley in  Yves Klein blue  provides the perfect perch to absorb the city views and priceless works of art by Helen Frankenthaler and Willem DeKooning.b12a8bd3a8c5ab63e96caceece9904f2

An ebony and gilt Origami cocktail table by Angelo Donghia adds a 70s/ Halston-esque vibe to the space.

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A hand crafted hide rug by Kyle Bunting is a work of art on its own, yet the small scale of the pattern plays off of solid upholstery fabrics and large scale of the drapery fabric.

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A pair of “Hadley” lamps by Chrisopher Spitzmiller pay homage to legendary NYC interior designer Albert Hadley while the touch of black punctuates the bold palette of the interior.

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A Cuff Console by Natasha Baradaran plays with negative space and becomes another work of art placed against the taxi cab yellow walls.

A very special thank you to artist Becky Clodfelter for bringing my interior to life with her amazing talent!

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