“I had naively originally thought Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture was unique to Philadelphia’s LOVE park. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The original image was designed for the Museum of Modern Art as a Christmas card image in 1964. It was made into a colorless Cor-Ten Steel sculpture in 1970 and was shown in New York.”
Thanks to all of you who came out on Saturday! We really enjoyed hosting all of you and hearing all about Chris Van Dusen’s process behind his fun children’s books. Seeing the original artworks that went into the creation of each one was a real treat! We hope all those young enthusiastic faces went home just as inspired as we were.
Recently I created Inspired space, a series of curated storyboards to show the pieces from our collection that speak to one another, grouped by their similar essence. Each design builds upon the next guide to help you coordinate your decisions, to help make your room come together flawlessly, to make it instantly achieve the vibe you’re looking for, but most importantly– to make it feel like home.
Here are a few of my favorite Inspired Spaces.
In honor of Mothers Day, we asked our team members what designs reminded them of their moms and why.
“Canopy reminds me of my mom. Thinking of her whimsical leaves and branches lovingly protecting me as I explore the world. Whenever I look up she is always there, always present, casting her dancing shadows over my heart.”
– Carrie Powers, Manager of Finance and Administration
“Our Sea Turtle Coffee table reminds me of my mom mostly because it is her favorite piece in our collections,
Low tide is one of my favorite things about Maine. The rich colors and textures that are unveiled as the tide sweeps out appear like secret treasures. The palate of the ocean floor changes with seasons in the same way the foliage on trees and plants do. The seaweed starts to glow this time of year. It looks like rich honey blanketing the floor or flowing in shallow waters.
Young women by the Canellopoulos penthouse pool, Athens, July 1961.
Summertime in Maine is full of tradition, boating, parties and swimming in beautiful places. Slim Aarons captured summertime leisure in exotic places better than anyone. Thank you to Photographer’s Gallery for the biography. Images from Everyday I Show.
“Increasingly heralded for his influence, Slim Aarons established his place in the Pantheon of great postwar photographers.
Who doesn’t love a roadtrip? We post a lot about Maine. We love living here and appreciate the natural beauty around us every day. But there are many parts of the country that are incredibly beautiful, inspiring and certainly worth being on your list of places to explore and experience. The Northwest is one of those places. In summertime, the wildflowers carpet the landscape and the mountains hold court as they do every season.
Queen Mary’s Dollhouse
As designers, we often make models of our ideas to better understand the scale and to view from all angles. I grew up with dollhouses and always loved redecorating and imagining how a family might live in the space. The idea that you could see a cross section of what everyone was doing inside was always fun to contemplate.
The idea of Queen Mary’s dollhouse caught my attention.
Alexander Calder has been one of my favorite artists for as long as I can remember. I love the primary colors he uses in his paintings and the bold, pure shapes in his sculpture. When Sherwood and I stumbled upon an installation of his Cirque Calder in New York years ago— we fell in love with Calder and his playful, clever imagination.
Thank you to SuperRadNow for the article.
One of my favorite exercises to do in the studio is to design plants, trees and creatures for a new landscape. I call this landscape Happiland; it is a land I imagine, where the vegetation and the creatures all coexist in a very peaceful way. They need and appreciate each other and more than anything, they celebrate life together and share in the care of the land, air and sea around them.
Many of us dream of living a life completely filled with art, craft and creative projects around every corner. Bernard Langlais did just that. He turned his property in Cushing, Maine into a giant sculpture park and studio full of his beautiful wooden creatures and modern paintings. My mother was great about taking me to see art whenever we were on the mainland. She introduced me to the work of artists such as Louise Nevelson and Bernard Langlais,
Jean Dubuffet (1901 – 1985) resisted authority from an early age. He didn’t see the art world in the way that society saw it at the time. He was greatly influenced by Hans Prinzhorn’s book Artistry of the Mentally Ill and found the art of the insane and of children to be far superior to the works considered to be great by critics, museums and collectors. He coined the term Art Brut,
I have a dream of filling the nine rooms of Villa la Banane with friends and relaxing on the furnishings of some of my favorite designers- Charlotte Perriand, Jean Royere and Pierre Jeanneret. The interiors and furnishings are exquisite and hold a long history of glamorous international parties and getaways. The design is timeless and a perfect combination of mid century French design and Caribbean luxury.
“There are places you don’t happen upon just by chance.
We all have our favorites. India Mahdavi is mine. Or at least one of my most favorite favorites. She was born in Iran and spent her first one and a half years there, before traveling with her family and living in the United States, Germany and France. Her worldly influences are evident in her interiors and furnishings. I find her style to be feminine, confident and just perfect in an unpredictably surprising and inspiring way.
The concept of designing a house to meet the individual needs of the owner or oneself is a fascinating and luxurious idea. Designing how you want to live at home to the tiniest detail is a rare opportunity. Whenever I have the opportunity to peel back the layers of this in process it is an interesting study not only in design, but in individual style and human behavior. In the case of Villa Mairea,
It’s hard to compare anyone to Ann Margret. She’s in a league of her own. It’s nearly impossible to take your eyes off of her — even when she is co-starring alongside Elvis. It isn’t simply her beauty that shines. Nor is it her acting or dancing talent. I think what shines brightest is her spirit. She’s happy, positive and appreciating every moment. Two of my favorite Ann Margret movies are Bye Bye Birdie and Viva Las Vegas.
Collaborating with other artists and designers is a rewarding exercise. The suprises that happen can make for a magical combination of different approaches to the same challenges. I really enjoyed collaborating with Kat Manock, a talented jewelry artist that lives on the island where I grew up. She was so full of fun ideas and mixed media that I wish we could do some form of that collaborating every few months. After bouncing ideas around,
Our posts this week are inspired by black and white. I am not sure why David Bowie was the screamingly obvious musical choice for this series, but I think the answer lives on a variety of planes in which Bowie has explored and experimented. He was a multi dimensional artist and person and I think the music is just one part of it. He had an intriguing alien quality that is captivating and exciting and he exudes a sensitivity that is both raw and protected.
As the scribe for this blog I have the luxurious task of creating posts (along with Nicole, our designer) that share a theme of our choosing. Betsy another talented member of our team came in one day excited about a new book called Bohemian Modern. That was all it took… I got lost immediately in the idea of whom we would feature as part of our Bohemian series. I knew the fashion designers Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell were in,
“Celia Birtwell is the textile designer whose floral prints on gossamer chiffons, silks and satins, tailored and cut into romantic dresses and shirts by her late ex-husband, Ossie Clark, defined the ethereal look of the late 1960s and 1970s. Talitha Getty, Marianne Faithfull, Pattie Boyd and Bianca Jagger all wore them. Even Brian Jones and Keith Richards couldn’t resist the odd blouse.” >> Read more about Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clark at Fashion.Telegraph.UK
We all remember innovating with our winter sports equipment. What would get us down the hill the fastest in the given conditions was our after school focus. We had the most excellent sliding hills on the island growing up. The golf course was great on powder days, with a good snow boat that didn’t have scars on it from riding over rocks on boney days.
The rain in Maine won’t let up. It should be snowing. So this week we are willing it with our snow minded posts.
Sonja Hinrichsen’s snow paintings are fantastical wintery doodles, albeit with a short lifespan. Looking at them, you almost get the impression that small creatures made these tracks while scurrying about their daily lives. A life so happy and light that the resulting patterns read like fairytales.
I fell in love with Justine Ashbee’s work the first time I ever laid eyes on it. Her weavings are textural, elegant and beautiful crafted. We’re thrilled to be carrying her pieces in our retail store and urge you to come by and see them in person. — angela
“Expanding her horizons as an artist, Justine Ashbee is pleased to introduce Native Line, new forms in woven precious metals,
And we thought the winter days in Maine were short… In Northern Greenland, an Inuit village welcomes the Sun’s arrival after more than 40 days of darkness. Watch the video and the return of the sun. — angela
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“Return of the Sun Filmmakers Glen Milner and Ben Hilton Witness the Greenland’s First Dawn of the Year
Set against the expansively beautiful and iridescent landscape of Northern Greenland,
Remember being a kid and drawing airplanes? I think the Beech Bonanzas all look exactly like the drawings we did as kids. It’s airplane perfection in many ways. Beautiful fliers and iconic design that still today is an airplane that makes you smile every time you see it. Pilots look at bonanzas in the same way they look at their favorite Uncle, with love, respect and a let’s go flying attitude. Beechcraft was founded in Wichita Kansas by Walter and Olive Ann Beech in 1932.
Assembling related ideas for the blog is a luxurious task. I love coming at the ideas from different angles. The theme this week is classic design. All three of the classic design posts featured this week were the first three that came to mind… the 911 Porsche, Beech Bonanza airplanes and the fashion house Balenciaga. These three iconic design companies are all in a league of their own. I can easily imagine Cristóbal Balenciaga,