First, a big thank you to the folks at Bradshaw Kirchofer for their recent feature of my work. I am huge fan of theirs, which is handcrafting beautifully classic furnishings in their Los Angeles workshop. Bradshaw Kirchofer is a family business with British roots, inspired by a prior generation who instilled a love of pine antiques typically found in English farmhouses. Their reproductions are faithful...
Bradshaw Kirchofer's style is timeless, and their finishes are top quality -- with a hand-rubbed, waxed look that suggests the patina of heirlooms handed down through generations. The children's line is inspired by the family's three sons, Harry, Jack and William. They have even recently added upholstery to their collection.
I have always loved the strong textural statement of their Ralph table. I finally found the perfect use for a pair, which now flank a canopy bed I designed for my Salt Marsh clients. Large glass demijohn lamps will balance the bold statement these tables make. Sneak peek of in-progress project here.
Photography courtesy of Bradshaw Kirchofer.
Art is very personal. When sourcing or creating art for my clients, I aim to reflect their personalities and tastes. For my VINTAGE LUXE BOSTON project, I found inspiration in the work of photographer Massimo Vitali that I have long admired. This famed contemporary artist is best known for his large scale images of people gathering in dramatic landscapes, such as this scene at Scala dei Turchi, a rocky coastal cliff near southern Sicily. In homage, I created Earth Jewel. By scaling up a LANDSAT 7 satellite image with rich, saturated hues, the beautiful essence of my client is captured: that is, striking in both appearance and personality, and wonderfully bold in her aesthetic tastes...
The colors and textures of our beautiful planet are truly awe-inspiring. Discovering this satellite image of Lake Carnegie in Western Australia was like cracking open a geode to find a surprise of color and sparkle. I had the image super-scaled, printed at exhibition quality with generous white space to frame it, then back mounted to aluminum and face mounted to acrylic. The process felt as though we were preserving something precious, like pressing petals between faded pages to hold onto a fleeting memory.
I wanted the art to hang off-center, a bit unexpectedly,
and be lit by a classic Tolomeo lamp - origin Italy, just like my muse.
The art is unveiled in the Living Room.
The jewel-toned palette and shimmery textures for the entire space were all defined by this single work of art - a marriage of Earth's majesty and human technology. What pleased me most was how thrilled the client was when the piece arrived. She related a few days later that she would find herself drifting into the living room with her coffee each morning, as if pulled by a gravitational force, just to sit and enjoy it. I am grateful that her trust in me paid off. Yes, I am compensated for the work that I do. But it is delighting my clients that is the ultimate reward.
Photos: Massimo Vitali at Bonni Benrubi Gallery, Eric Roth Photography.
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