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Friday
Jan072011

the making of: dangerous liasons

Designed by Legendre+Rutter to pay homage to the 2009 theatre poster for the Canberra Repertory Society production of the 18th-century tale, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”; Chicago designer Lance Rutter’s original illustration and lettering achieved its rich coloration and detail with a unique process that included rendering every line with a brush pen and printing directly on bright red paper.

Hand-tufted—in reverse, then backed—using Indian and New Zealand wools, each dangerous liaisons rug takes approximately two days to produce. Execution of the design is a tribute to the talent of the craftsmen who interpret the original illustration into a tapestry using just six yarn colors.

To fully appreciate the drama of the design, contact your local hardware store for hardware to hang one on a wall as artwork.

Monday
Jan032011

doodleganza reminder: chicago

What: Doodleganza
When: First Tuesdays thru April, 6-8 pm
Where: MCA, Chicago

Plan ahead—every month a local artists presides over this whimsical event.
January 4: Little Black Pearl
February 1: Jacob Goudreault
March 1: Paul Nudd
April 5: Simon Anderson

Tuesday
Nov162010

doodleganza: chicago

What: Doodleganza
When: First Tuesdays thru April, 6-8 pm
Where: MCA, Chicago

Plan ahead—every month a local artists presides over this whimsical event.
December 7: Scott Reeder
January 4: Little Black Pearl
February 1: Jacob Goudreault
March 1: Paul Nudd
April 5: Simon Anderson

Wednesday
Oct272010

how to: hang art on brick walls

On location for our Fall catalog we were fortunate to have some amazing brick walls in quite a few shots. While they’re textural, they’re also tough—and a challenge to hang art on—so we checked with our on-set construction guru to find out how they did it.

His advice? “It’s not a bad thing to hire a professional contractor do the work—they’ll have the knowledge and tools needed to do the job right. If you’re on a tight budget and anxious to DIY, definitely check first with your local hardware store for a hanging clips that are specially designed for brick or concrete walls.”

“We used a masonry bit one size smaller than the hanging hardware and drilled into the mortar between bricks. Then we had three options: a plastic anchor and screw, a masonry nail, or a Tapcon concrete screw specificially designed for masonry.”

Friday
Oct012010

how to: create woven wall art

slat rackspa windows, fall 2010

For our most recent spa windows, these inspiring wall art weavings are courtesy of mark-austin and christine. To create your own, here’s how they transformed upright slat magazine racks within hours.

Supplies:
1. A white slat rack.
2. Favorite fabrics cut into long, narrow strips.
3. Mounting hardware—consult your local hardware store for the best advice.

Directions:
1. Tear or cut fabric into strips approximately 2”x70” however they don’t need to be exact.
2. Tie a long piece of fabric to one end of the slat magazine rack and weave in and out of the slats. Tie off at the opposite end.
3. Repeat and alternate the weave.
4. Add shorter strips horizontally for the cross weaving.

hint: for a completely different effect, go bold and mix colors—throw in a neon for a dynamite pop of color similar to the palette from this Salone display we spotted in 2008.

Thanks to todd, west hollywood store designer, for this creative and beautiful DIY project.