“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.
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.
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,
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.
This week’s posts all connect to the Midwestern U.S. Our in-house expert on the midwest is non-other than Betsy McDonald, a longtime member of the aa team, whom hails from Missouri. When we were brainstorming about features for this post she suggested the City Museum of St. Louis. From there, I got lost in the imagery and imagination of this amazing place and immediately added it to my to do list on my trip westward.