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I love this collage program I found-PhotoVisi. I was playing around and collaged some of my favorite artists.
Top Row: Right: Joan Mitchell Middle: Cy Twombly Left: Elliott Puckette
Middle Row: Right: Sam Francis Middle:Richard Serra Left: Franz Kline
Bottom Row: Left: Willem De Kooning Middle: Clyfford Still Right: Philip Guston
I love Hermes and I love elephants, so naturally I am drawn to all the Hermes elephants. The Neo-Trad posted the most darling Hermes beach towels here which inspired me to treasure hunt for more elephants. Here’s what I found…
The. Cutest. Towel. Ever.
Love the gold-plated charm.
Their enamel bangles are iconic..but
Not as iconic as their ashtrays (my personal favorite) A great gift..even for the non-smoker.
A while back, I posted about the Cartier exhibit currently at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco( read it here). Over the weekend, I finally made it up there to take in the gems and history in person. It was truly a breathtaking exhibit-the collection curated was some of the most beautiful jewelry I have ever seen. What really stood out to me where the Mughal inspired pieces-I was drawn to any pieces that included amethyst and turquoise. Below is the best example inspired by the jewels of India.
This particular piece was commissioned for the Duchess of Windsor in 1947. 1947 Cartier Bib necklace crafted from platinum, 18-carat and 20-carat gold, a heart-shaped faceted amethyst, twenty-seven emerald-cut amethysts, an oval faceted amethyst, turquoise cabochons and baguette-cut diamonds /By Nick Welsh for the Cartier… read more
I have always loved the work of American Artist-Cy Twombly. He is most well-known for his large-scale scribble, calligraphic works that are somewhere between a painting and a drawing. I also found out he shares the same birthday as I do! His son, Alessandro is also an artist. He is most well-known for his brighter works, primarily flowers. Alessandro is married to Argentinian designer, Soledad and they live with their family outside of Rome in a gorgeous, boho-chic farmhouse. Soledad is a designer and her name pops up frequently on many best dressed lists. Her atelier in Rome is to die for!
All Images of the Twombly Farmhouse from Elle Decor
Cy lived in Rome during the sixties, and Alessandro’s mother still lives there. Below is a picture from Vogue 1966 of Cy’s Roman… read more
Do you remember this image of Rashida Jone’s apartment featured in Domino?
While there are so many things in this room that I really really love, I always remembered that black and white Donald Baechler above her sofa. I love the graphic, black and white punch it adds to the room. I wanted to learn more about the artist and came across his website. He has some great art-I like his flower series and object series.
All Images from Donald Baechler studios
I really like his use of color and his Black and Whites. They are so cool. I found a great interview with him here.
I love the scale of the piece behind him.
Lately, I’ve been loving the work of Massimo Vitali. He is an Italian born photographer most well-known for large-scale photographs that ” illuminate the apotheosis of the herd” To the innocent eye, his photographs depict people at play and masses at leisure. Yet they are far more politically charged than that. According to Vitali, they depict ” a sanitized, complacent view of Italian normalcies” while also revealing ” its cosmetic fakery, sexual innuendo, comodified leisure, deluded sense of affluence, and rigid conformism.” Regardless, they are beautiful to look at. I’m drawn to the colors and the sense of being on vacation. You can learn more about Vitali and view his portfolio here.
Prints of Vitali’s work are available at artcycle.
All Images are the property of Massimo Vitali
It’s been a relaxing Saturday browsing blogs and stores-here are my favorite finds today-
I love Lapo Elkann-Fiat heir and Italian man about town. He’s got serious style and the confidence to pull it off. I love this shot taken by The Sartorialist.
After a week’s worth of rain, I decided I need to upgrade my trench coat to a long lasting, classic trench. I love this one by boy by band of outsiders. Available here.
Belgian designer, Martin Margiela, has left the fashion world to start designing interiors. Above is an image of his concept storeand below an image of the suite he decorated for Les Source de Caudalie in Bordeaux.
Learn more about Martin’s new venture here
A recently published book has piqued my curiousity about the infamous Marchesa Casati. Marchesa Casati was Europe’s wild, bizarre, socialite during the twenties and thirties. She was most well known for wearing live snakes around her neck and walking her pet cheetahs with diamond studded collars among other eccentricities. She famously quoted that she “wants to be a living work of art.” And she did just that-posing for famous artists and later on, becoming a muse to fashion designers, most notably Coco Chanel. Many contemporary designers have been greatly inspired by Casati’s wild ways, and the haute couture fashion label, Marchesa, is named after her. Portrait of a Muse is a visual biography of Casati’s life while Infinite Variety is a more tradtional biography. Marchesa Casati reached the status as one of the most artistically influential women in history and… read more
I love Joan Mitchell’s expressionist paintings. Mitchell was one of the few female painters to break into the male dominated abstract art world during the 1950s. She was greatly inspired by landscapes which is evident in her use of color. When I was browsing the Spring 2010 collections, a lot of the prints and colors reminded me of Mitchell’s work.
I included the bottom picture because I loved this spread in the January Issue of Vogue. See more pictures here. But also because the colors totally reminded me of the Mitchell at the top of this post. Art inspiring photography perhaps?
I finally went to see A Single Man the other night and have certainly fallen head over heels with the eye candy Tom Ford brings to the screen. First and foremost, the houses that Colin Firth and Julianne Moore’s characters lived in almost, just almost, steal the spotlight. Then there is the cars, the wardrobe, the men, the women, and the attention to every detail that all come together to create an absolutely beautiful movie. Tom Ford’s creative direction is noticed in every aspect of the movie and the movie is worth seeing for the visual brilliance Ford delivers.
*When I went home, I found out that the Production Design Team is the group behind Madmen. Both houses are in the Pasadena area and Firth’s character’s house was designed by the famed architect, John Lautner. As… read more