Artwork is the finishing piece of the design collage, the jewelry. It is the climax. A home can be functional and beautifully furnished but it is not your home until your preferred artwork is in place. A home void of art does not feel complete, it lacks energy and character.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
~Leonardo da Vinci
If you have an art collection or you want art to be featured in your home, you need a designer with years of experience understanding the impact of and placement of art. Artwork is always a consideration in my design process. If the homeowner has a collection of art that they have acquired, I inventory the pieces and include them from the onset in my conceptual design. The pieces may be of paintings or sculpture, glass art or fiber art. Here, the client downsized from a large contemporary home to a town-home. She had a sizable and valuable art collection. After inventory and assessing the new space, we carefully curated the pieces we would keep and where.
This photo is from a client who had spent years learning about, visiting studios and collecting glass art. The interior design required that we display the glass art with the correct lighting and placement. I custom designed the cabinetry, which served as a room divider and multi-purpose storage unit with their exhibition in mind.
Often, I assist the client in purchasing art specifically for their new space. In the design process, I know whereI would like to see various pieces of art. Other than thetypical placement over a sofa or a side wall, I love placingan interesting element at the end of a hallway, an oversized piece where you may not expect it or a strategically designed custom area rug.
I am familiar with several galleries and artists with whom I love to work. I am always open to new artists as well as those who have worked with me in the past to create wonderful art pieces for my clients.
The artist or gallery owner may come to the newly designed home with several pieces so that you can experience it in your new space. This is the best scenario and decisions have been made on the spot in this manner since you not only have a personal interaction but can see how the piece transforms your room. Sometimes however, a piece may need to be larger or with a focus on another color and that is where I can introduce you to custom art for your interiors.
Some artists are happy to receive commissions and we all – artist, client and designer – enjoy the creative process of developing a concept and having a piece made for a particular space. This makes the search and acquisition especially memorable. It gives you the story behind the art. The why and how it was conceived.
We had been looking for a large painting or mosaic to cover the large expanse over the serving cabinetry in my client’s country home. I had seen an artist’s painting at a show and knew it would be perfect for this space. I showed her a photo of the impressive 5 foot painting and from there, we commissioned a 9’ piece. The artist, Nick Paciorek, promptly (lead time was approximately 6 weeks) painted us a larger version and offered to come to the remotely located home to hang it. This is rare and I was very pleased as hanging a 9 foot painting behind 3 hanging light pendants is no easy feat!
Some homes have small niches that may
have once supported bookshelves. In this case,
not wanting to do the typical books and objects
display, I commissioned a hanging glass art
light fixture. It did take a while to manufacture
but the result is a wonderful surprise that fits
into the niche perfectly giving it a new
“raison d’etre. “
Another possibility in a space with volume and height is a mobile. This was commissioned and is happily hanging for the joy of the homeowners. The fun extends to the grandkids and the shadow-play it produces is an unexpected benefit when the room is lit.
Are you ready to work on your collage?
If you want to complete your home design with new art or you would like to embark on a project to include your personal art collection, call me at 201 233-4636 or e-mail me .