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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.

Thursday
Sep232010

inspiration: los angeles

Arriving early at LAX, we hit the ground running. We’re eager to explore, to soak up the Pacific sun—but first: lunch!

Hungry?  A great deli/café in West Hollywood is Joan’s on Third. After devouring a veggie sandwich and some vinho verde, our next stop is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Artsy? LACMA has a fabulous new addition, The Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, by Renzo Piano. We got lucky and just made it to the John Baldessari exhibit before it was dismantled on September 12th. If you’re close by, the weekend of October 2nd and 3rd is free*—a great opportunity to catch photographs by LA-based Catherine Opie

Thirsty? Ready to dip our toes in the ocean and sink into the sand, we head to the Santa Monica Pier… and detour at the Viceroy Hotel for cocktails before sunset. There’s a photoshoot happening in the lobby, so we carefully make our way into the bar and we’re just in time for happy hour—bonus, we get the undivided attention of the mixologist on duty!

Shopping? Top on our list is to check out the new CB2 in Santa Monica Place. It’s a quick walk up to the Pier then we head east. Two floors of home furnishings displayed with unbelievable creativity—what a great team?!

Dinner? We head back to LA and drop the car off in front of The Little Door restaurant—an oasis from the hustle and traffic. From the non-descript “little” door in front, opening into a walled garden with soothing music and candlelite where they serve delicious tagines of lamb and couscous.

Sleepy? By the end of the meal it’s 1:00 a.m. on our biological clocks and definitely bedtime. We check into an urban nest at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. No relation to Frankie but who knew that in the 50’s they filmed the Hollywood episodes of the ‘I Love Lucy Show’ here? As for tomorrow—we can’t wait to wake up to another beautiful day in southern California!

The Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, by Renzo Piano

*Free Community Weekend at LACMA: limited, timed tickets are available at lacma.org and at the ticket office.

Tuesday
May252010

watch: poster art

We love the fine art of poster printing and were very happy to see some creative forms in Milan.

Locally, check out CIPBA—the Chicago International Poster Biennial Association for their upcoming events:

Friday, May 28th, The CIPBA and STA—the Society of Typographic Arts—along with the SAIC—the School of the Art Institute of Chicago—proudly present the film, “Freedom on the Fence”. A 40-minute documentary about the history of Polish posters and their significance to the social, political and cultural life of Poland.

Saturday, May 29th, sign up to attend the grand opening of the 2nd Biennial Jury Exhibition which will feature nearly 100 works by these seven masters: Paula Sher, Rafal Olbinski, Francois Caspar, Emek, Takashi Akiyama, Marta Granados, and Holger Matthies.

Sunday, May 30th, CIPBA, STA and the SAIC present a lecture by Takashi Akiyama at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Professor Akiyama will present the illustrated posters of Japan, posters of the Chinese cultural revolution, and his own work.

Tuesday
May042010

displaying modern art

Mixing modern and vintage is right on trend but it can be a challenge if your architecture is from another century. We hope you can forgive us for the quality of the image, but this creative idea from our Miami store was one of our favorite solutions that we wanted to share.

In Victorian times, picture rails were incorporated into the trim or molding as a way to hang portraits and art. Usually thick ropes ornate with tassels were attached to the artwork and hidden clips allowed for easy placement and positioning on the rail—without doing damage to plaster walls.

While the bungee cords shown are looped around the metal pole, consider latching their hooks on to actual picture rails to hang modern art or framed photos. Cords come in a variety of thicknesses, lengths and colors; check your local hardware store to find the most appropriate for the task and hang on!