7/25/14

color | accent chairs from charish.com

i've been designing a lot of bedrooms recently...

one of my clients is currently updating several rooms in their home (including some of the bedrooms).  and, we decided not to reuse all of the existing furnishings.  they decided to sell their unused furniture, and asked if i could recommend a consignment store.

instead, i suggested charish.com, a home furnishings consignment website that was founded in 2013chairish.com sold my client's furniture quickly, and issued the payment on time.  a most successful first time experience!

so, when charish.com asked me to create a style board, showing how to take a room from white to bright using an accent chair, i immediately said yes.

click here to shop for accent chairs from charish.com
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photo credits charish.com

and, i immediately thought bedroom...

when beginning a project, i often suggest purchasing investment pieces, like a bed, or large upholstered pieces, like a sofa, in solid neutral colors, like white, grey, or beige.  neutral colors are a good investment for the future.  they age gracefully, and are more flexible if a client relocates, renovates, or redecorates.

then, i continue developing the design scheme by layering in color, pattern, and texture.

for a bedroom, i often suggest selecting the more expensive furnishings, like the bed and the floor coverings, first.

the bed is often the most difficult piece of furniture to find.  if space permits, a four poster bed, like the zanzibar bed by christian liaigre, can create an intimate 'room within a room'.  four poster beds are available at various price points, including less expensive beds from retailers like room & board or crate & barrel.

'room within a room' bed | master bedroom | jupiter FL | interior design by furze bard + associates | AD june 2014
photo credit william waldrom

 christian liaigre | zanzibar bed | oak wood with lacquer accents
photo credit christian liaigre

floor coverings are another important investment.
in this case, i might suggest an antique or modern moroccan rug...

ben soleimani for rh | marra moroccan wool rug 
photo credit rh

i also encourage clients to invest in the best quality white bed linens that they can afford. 
 
combining these investment pieces with existing furnishings, trade or retail purchases, and vintage or flea market finds helps to balance the budget for the project.

let's accent our white and black bedroom with a red leather arne jacobsen-style chair and ottoman from chairish.com. 

 arne jacobsen designed the egg chair for the lobby of the royal hotel in copenhagen, denmark in 1958.  so, it's a design classic.  it could be used as a lounge or reading chair in many locations, including a bedroom, living room, library, or office.  doesn't the bright red leather enhance the sculptural silhouette?


now, let's develop our design scheme by continuing to shop on chairish.com.


photo credit christian liaigre



photo credit rh

here's what i found...
for one side of the bed:
  1 arne jacobsen style red leather chair and ottoman
2 koch & lowy vintage brass floor lamp
3 oris side table
4 dorothy draper chest for heritage
5 french gestural figure by alexander jordanou
for the other side of the bed:
6 viennese inspired black lacquer center table
7 black & gold george nelson desk clock
8 dino martens murano stripe glass table lamp
9 abstract heavy brass fish sculpture by somchai
for the wall opposite the bed:
10 minotti italian white leather club chairs
11 vintage 1990's modern lacquer credenza
12 mid-century travertine & wood lamps
13 rothko 'red white brown' framed print
photo credits charish.com unless otherwise noted

notice how it only takes a few colorful accents to take a room from white to bright?
this post was requested by charish.com.  but, all of the editorial content is mine.

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5/25/14

art | mark di suvero at crissy field

sometimes you almost miss something that's happening in your own back yard...

an installation of eight sculptures,
in partnership with the u.s. national park service 
from 22 may 2013-26 may 2014


 mark di suvero | will | steel | 1994 | doris and donald fisher collection
the golden gate bridge in the background


mark di suvero | are years what? (for marianne moore) | painted steel | 1967 | hirshhorn museum and sculpture gallery, smithsonian institution, washington DC
alcatraz island in the background


mark di suvero | dreamcatcher | steel | 2005-2012 | collection of the artist
the golden gate bridge in the background


mark di suvero | old buddy (for rosko) | painted steel | 1993-1995 | collection of the artist
the golden gate bridge and belvedere island in the background


mark di suvero | mother peace | painted steel | 1969-1970 | storm king art center, mountainville, NY
belvedere island and angel island in the background


mark di suvero | magma | steel | 2008-2012 | collection of the artist
the golden gate bridge in the background


mark di suvero | huru | steel | 1984-1985 | collection of carol mckegney
the golden gate bridge in the background


mark di suvero | figolu | painted steel with steel buoys | 2005-2011 | collection of the artist
the golden gate bridge in the background

can you think of a better juxtaposition with the golden gate bridge?
if only this were a permanent installation...
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5/18/14

art | artMRKT san francisco | liam everett

spotted during artMRKT san francisco, 
at the festival pavilion in fort mason center from 15-18 may 2014.

exhibited by paulson bott press, berkeley CA,
a soon to be released limited edition series of etchings by abstract artist and sculptor, liam everett.


liam everett | untitled (nuxibuxbaase awadee) | color flatbite and aquatint etching | edition of 30 | 2013


liam everett | untitled (net) | color softground and aquatint etching | edition of 30 | 2013 

liam everett | untitled (montolieu) | color flatbite, softground and aquatint etching | edition of 30 | 2013 


liam everett | untitled (khonsu) | color flatbite, softground and aquatint etching | edition of 30 | 2013 

liam everett | untitled (cahors) | color flatbite and aquatint etching | edition of 30 | 2013


 liam everett | untitled (ahnur) | color flatbite and aquatint etching | edition of 30 | 2013 
photo credits paulson bott press

i am imaging this series of etchings installed along the length of a client's hall...
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5/6/14

interior design | 2014 san francisco decorator showcase

there is usually a showstopper room at the san francisco decorator showcase.

last year, it was the living room by catherine kwong design,
with a cy twombly like floor.


living room | catherine kwong design | 2013 san francisco decorator showcase
living room floor | painted by stancil studios | 2013 san francisco decorator showcase
cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | acrylic on canvas | 2006 | sotheby's new york | contemporary art evening auction | 14 may 2014 | lot 41

this year, it's the master bedroom by antonio martins interior design, 
who paneled the bedroom in blue and white portugese tiles, called azulejos.

master bedroom | antonio martins interior design | 2014 san francisco decorator showcase
photo credit drew kelly

martins, who was born in portugal, grew up in brazil, and now works in san francisco and lisbon, re-imagined the traditional tiles as contemporary art.  

one of martins' relatives loaned the 17th century portugese bilros bed to him for the showcase.  martins imported the family heirloom to san francisco and had it restored.  another relative assisted martins by taking photographs of the portugese tile collection at the museu nacional do azulejo (MNAz) in lisbon.


photographs taken by martins' relative at the museu nacional do azulejo (MNAz) in lisbon

martins collaborated with decorative artists linda horning and katherine jacobus, who painted the 243 masonite wall panels for the bedroom from the museu nacional do azulejo photographs.

they took some artistic license.  to modernize the azulejos, they increased the size of the 4"x4" tiles to 24"x24" panels.
 
but, they wanted the 24"x24" panels to appear authentic.  so, they applied a crackled finish on the panels to replicate the crackled glaze on the tiles.  and, they painted the scenic panels in sequence, so that the panels would seem historically accurate.








master bedroom azulejos wall panels | painted by linda horning and katherine jacobus | 2014 san francisco decorator showcase
photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

martins deconstructed the scenic panels, then reconfigured them, and installed them on the bedroom walls.

'i love the use of traditional design and techniques in a whole new way.'
-antonio martins

interior designer antonio martins
photo credit drew kelly

the deconstructed panels of azulejos could be compared to contemporary art.

photo credit drew kelly
 
eduardo nery | vibracao I | 1987 | artist's loan | museu nacional do azulejo | lisbon, portugal
 photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

and, the bedroom could be compared to a contemporary art gallery.

not only are the floors and ceiling painted white.
but, each corner also contains a sculptural composition.

antonio martins | rope sculpture
braided from 200 pounds of italian jute 
photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace


the wall panels and the window coverings are so well coordinated that the fabric looks like it could have been hand painted by horning and jacobus.


the bed is framed by contemporary furniture.

vintage john dickinson african side tables at the head...
and, folding stools in the style of poul kjaerholm at the foot...

photo credit drew kelly

a contemporary brass sideboard, which acts as a vitrine for blue and white porcelain vessels, is the focal point of the opposing wall. 


when i visited lisbon in 2004, i thought that some of the contemporary azulejos at the museu nacional do azulejo (MNAz) were as outstanding as some of the historic tiles.

the MNAz owns the largest portugese tile collection in the world.  so globally, it is considered one of the most important ceramics museums.

highlights of the MNAz collection include a panoramic scene of lisbon prior to the earthquake that devastated the city in 1755.

photo credit vuelaviajes.com
 











grande vista de lisboa | museu nacional do azulejo | lisbon, portugal

which do you preferhistoric or contemporary azulejos?

paolo ferreira (1911-1999) | lisbonne aux mille couleurs | 1937 | museu nacional do azulejo | lisbon, portugal
shown at the portugese pavillion at the 1937 paris international exhibition
photo credit jose pessos
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some more information about azulejos:
the word azulejo is derived from the arabic word الزليج (az-zulayj): zellig, which means polished stone.

azulejos are square ceramic tiles, which are decorated on one side, often with tin glaze.  tin glaze is a lead glaze with tin oxide added to make it opaque.  tin glaze does not run when fired, so tin oxide is also a pigment stabilizer.

azulejos have been used as a traditional component of portugese architecture since about 1500, when king manuel I (1469-1521) imported tile from the mujedar workshops in seville, spain to decorate his palace in sintra, portugal.  seville became a tile manufacturing center under moorish rule between the 8th and the 13th centuries.  in portugal, azulejos have been used as an ornamental or functional building material on the interior or exterior of public or private buildings since then.
 
in addition to the influences of hispano-moorish geometric tile, other stylistic influences include italian polychrome majolica, and dutch blue and white delft ware.

geometric azulejos | sala dos arabes | circa 1503 | palacio nacional de sintra | sintra, portugal
photo credit maria julia laginha

 polychrome azulejos | circa 1670 | palacio dos marqueses de fronteira | lisbon, portugal
photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace


blue and white azulejos | circa 1670 | palacio dos marqueses de fronteira | lisbon, portugal
photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

azulejos patterns followed historical design trends.

moorish...
gothic, renaissance, mannerism...
grotesques...
allegorical, mythological, or religious scenes...
figurative panels...
vases of flowers...
bucolic, mythological, satirical, hunting, or war scenes...
rococo, neoclassical...
ecclecticism, modernism...
abstract, contemporary.

the late 17th and early 18th centuries are considered the 'golden age' of azulejos.

the palacio dos marqueses de fronteira in lisbon contains one of the most important collections of azulejos from the 'golden age'.  the michelin green guide describes the quality and the variety of the azulejos at the palacio dos marqueses de fronteira as 'outstanding.'

i thought that the azulejos at the palacio dos marqueses de fronteira were showstoppers, too.

references
 the art of azulejo in portugal exhibition catalog | instituto camoes
museu nacional do azulejo (MNAz) 
palacio dos marqueses de fronteira
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