Right at home

Home dec­o­ra­tors em­brace big, bold wall art

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - LIFESTYLES - BY KIM COOK

Not long ago, the only homes in which you’d see big, bold art hang­ing on the walls tended to be those of se­ri­ous col­lec­tors. For ev­ery­one else, fill­ing up a blank space meant go­ing with some­thing at­trac­tively in­nocu­ous that didn’t jan­gle with the sofa colour.

But some­thing ex­cit­ing is hap­pen­ing; we’re los­ing our trep­i­da­tion over hang­ing larger wall art with more im­pact.

“Per­sonal plat­forms like In­sta­gram and Pin­ter­est, and online fo­rums like Core77 and Dezeen have made it re­ally easy for peo­ple to find and share pic­tures of things they love,” says Alyson Liss-Pobiner of the New York firm Di­neen Ar­chi­tec­ture + De­sign. (www.di­neenar­chi­tec­ture.com )

“I re­ally love us­ing In­sta­gram to share our own work, and im­ages that we find beau­ti­ful, in­ter­est­ing and in­spir­ing,” she says. “As a re­sult, im­ages of designer pro­jects have be­come much more ac­ces­si­ble and reach much larger au­di­ences.”

Caleb Anderson, prin­ci­pal at Drake Anderson In­te­ri­ors in New York, says a room doesn’t look fin­ished with­out art.

“Art­work es­tab­lishes mood, de­fines per­son­al­ity and im­pacts emo­tion,” he says. It can con­nect fur­nish­ings and ar­chi­tec­ture, and draw peo­ple into a space.

“Over­size pieces work par­tic­u­larly well above a sofa or bed,” he says. “Large art makes an im­pact­ful state­ment in an en­try or at the end of a long cor­ri­dor, mak­ing the oth­er­wise void hall an in­ter­est­ing des­ti­na­tion of its own.” (www. drake­an­der­son.com )

Large-for­mat work can cre­ate fo­cus points through­out a home, mak­ing an im­pres­sion “with­out cre­at­ing a lot of vis­ual noise,” Liss-Pobiner says.

When you’re po­si­tion­ing large art, she says, don’t be afraid to try some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“In our room at Kips Bay Dec­o­ra­tor’s Show­house this year, we cen­tred the bed on one wall with a large sofa on the op­po­site wall,” she says. They then placed a large blue con­cave mir­ror from Bernd Goeck­ler An­tiques above the sofa, but slightly to one side.

“The con­ven­tion is to cen­tre the wall art above the fur­ni­ture, but by ‘free­ing up’ that wall with an asym­met­ri­cal com­po­si­tion, we were able to keep the eye mov­ing around the room,” she says.

Large-scale art with ty­pog­ra­phy can be af­ford­able and add a dose of hu­mour, say Mat San­ders and Bran­don Qu­at­trone of Con­sort De­sign, a bi­coastal de­sign firm.

“If you’re look­ing to take the room in a more so­phis­ti­cated direction, we also love large, painterly abstract pieces,” the duo said in an email.

Their online shop in­cludes the fig­u­ra­tive ex­pres­sion­ist work of Kristen Giorgi of At­lanta’s NG Col­lec­tive Stu­dio, and Los Angeles artist Matt Maust’s ki­netic mixed-me­dia work. (www.con­sort-de­sign.com )

Anderson has some source sug­ges­tions, too, in­clud­ing the Loretta Howard Gallery in Man­hat­tan. (www.loret­ta­howard.com )

“They rep­re­sent artists from some of my favourite move­ments and of­ten in dra­matic scale. I’m drawn to abstract ex­pres­sion­ism, op art, min­i­mal­ism and colour field move­ments,” he says. He also rec­om­mends New York gallery Danese/Corey for its large-scale paint­ings by artists of note, like Larry Poons and Con­nie Fox, and sug­gests 3-D com­po­si­tions by artists such as Jeff Zim­mer­man, Matthew Solomon and Ola­fur Elias­son as al­ter­na­tives to con­ven­tional paint­ings on can­vas. (www. danesec­orey.com )

For bud­get-friendly pieces, Anderson rec­om­mends Art, Twyla, ArtS­tar and â†∙60".

(www.saatchiart.com , www.saatchiart.com www.at60inches.com )

Liss-Pobiner cited a wide va­ri­ety of gal­leries and web­sites for re­search­ing, buy­ing and fram­ing art.

“We’ve had good luck find­ing in­ter­est­ing work on Etsy as well,” she says.


This photo pro­vided by New York based Di­neen Ar­chi­tec­ture + De­sign, shows a room de­signed by Di­neen at the Kips Bay Dec­o­ra­tor’s Show­house in New York. Alyson Liss-Pobiner of Di­neen says home­own­ers should con­sider play­ing with un­con­ven­tional room lay­outs when they want to in­tro­duce large scale art.


Alyson Liss-Pobiner and the team at Di­neen cen­tered this large David Maisel pho­to­graph from Yancey Richard­son Gallery over a cre­denza by Pa­trick Weder and kept the styling with ac­ces­sories and ob­jects min­i­mal, in their Kips Bay Show­house space.


In this Kips Bay Dec­o­ra­tor’s Show­house project from 2013, Di­neen Ar­chi­tec­ture + De­sign added big art to a tiny wal­nut wood pan­elled bar room.


This photo shows a a New York living room de­signed by Drake/Anderson, where large-scale art plays a star­ring role in the dé­cor scheme.

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