The inspiration for this blog is the Kips Bay Show House room done by Sawyer Berson. The extremely effective focal point paintings are The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew and Saint Stephen Taken to His Martyrdom 38″ x 47″ each by Andrea Vaccaro, a 17th-century Italian artist, from Otto Naumann, Ltd.
Designing rooms with and around great art is a skill. The interdisciplinary firm of Sawyer Berson has achieved a perfect backdrop and setting for the 17th Century masterpieces. The firm was founded in 1999 by Brian Sawyer and John Berson. They work in a variety of styles and seek to achieve unique designs in traditional and modern vocabularies. The firm’s work has received several awards and been featured in major publications and books. Here are some other examples of their skillful use of art in their projects.
For me, all of the art is in excellent settings for the qualities of the individual art but the dramatic illumination of the Andrea Vaccaro paintings put them in a class by themselves. This style of painting is generally credited to Caravaggio. The technique was used much earlier by various artists, such as Albrecht Dürer, Tintoretto, and El Greco. The powerful contrasts of light and dark adds drama to an image and a spotlight effect which provides a fabulous focal point for the room and all the choices made for the room. Of course, these are masterpieces.
Otto Naumann Ltd. provided these master paintings. They have been dealing in fine art for over thirty years and are the leading name in Old Master paintings in the United States. Otto Naumann is one of the most respected figures in the international art scene. Having made a name for himself specializing in Dutch and Flemish art, Otto has handled more Rembrandts than any other living dealer and is the only dealer alive who has sold a painting by Vermeer. The gallery’s clientele is comprised of serious connoisseurs and museums worldwide, including the Getty, the National Gallery, Washington, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rijksmuseum, and the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. The gallery is located in an elegant New York townhouse in Manhattan’s Upper East Side just around the corner from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Designing a Room Around a Dramatic Focal Point
Architectural Digest symposium on designing with or around Art
Designs for Art Collections
Lindsey Adelman – Let a collection breathe. “Working with art collectors is always a real honor,” says Adelman, whose iconic branch chandeliers share space with many great art collections. “I feel like some people’s private homes really do rival museums. You know, with Ellsworth Kelly drawings just in the bedroom, and then you go in the next room and there are Rothkos, and on and on. It sort of takes your breath away. In a way, I curate more space between the fixtures and the art. I try to be more invisible and let these collections really shine.”
Annabelle Seldorf – Learn from the art lovers around you. “If you love art, you actually love all art,” says Selldorf, who has designed galleries for the likes of David Zwirner and Hauser & Wirth and homes for prominent collectors. “Art is much more interesting when people are truly obsessed with their collection because then you have something to talk about. It doesn’t matter if it’s Old Masters or contemporary or what. You can talk about how art objects live in space, how they inform your everyday well-being, and how and when you look at them. The more everyone knows, the more people bring to the table.”
David Netto – Buy what you love—it doesn’t have to be contemporary art. “I don’t have a reputation for being a go-to guy for a fancy contemporary art collection,” says Netto, whose projects spanning from the Hamptons to Houston pay tribute to old-school design greats like Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley, and Sister Parish. “I certainly work with clients with very nice art, but I don’t conceive of environments that revolve around that. I’m more interested in architecture and atmosphere. The art can be many different things. Contemporary art was always exotic and from somewhere else to me. But if you’re not fetishistic about contemporary art, you can design in many different vocabularies. Most people interested in contemporary art just want a white backdrop.”
Art for Wall Panels
For Marie Antoinette – Combination of gilded composition ornament and painting.
Framed painting within a wall panel.
Giveaway Winners – Congratulations
You will be contacted by email for shipping instructions and for the Beaux-Arts Classic Products Gift Certificate which grilles you wish to receive.
Atelier Textiles Wallace Cushions
Decorators Supply French Cartouche
Beaux-Arts Classic Products $300 Decorative Grille Gift Certificate
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Significant Embellishments are the details that make a space fabulous. I am so excited to offer this triple giveaway of amazing embellishments with a combined value of $1,000. This blog has never been about giveaways so I am thrilled to offer it to my greatly appreciated readers.
We choose our surroundings, our settings, the stage against which we live our lives, detail by detail. Classical design embraces embellishments with artistry from the time when artisans and masters of crafts practiced skills to create timeless works of art. One such company is Atelier Textiles. A European designer and maker of luxurious soft furnishings and hand-embellished fabrics for some of the world’s most beautiful residential and commercial interiors, TV, film sets and super yachts. It incorporated English Home in September 2015 and is the exclusive supplier of their unique sheer curtain panels and dramatic home furnishing designs. I wrote this blog about English Home in 2013 as they furnished embellishments for two of my favorite shows; Downton Abbey and the Tudors. This UK company of skilled artisan machinists create beautiful and intricate special embroidery effects. Continuing thousands of years of inspirational tradition, these techniques are passed down from generation to generation.
Best Dressed Windows and Beds by Atelier Textiles
With fabric this magnificent the windows are dressed to perfection.
Regina Collection – Ivory Silk Gold Taffeta appliques on Velvet Curtain Panels
Constance Terracotta Collection – Red Crushed Velvet Panels with Bright Gold Taffeta Appliques and Champagne Net Sheer Panel Fabric with Bright gold taffeta and Terracotta rayon velvet.
Florence Collection – Claret Velvet Panels with Gold Taffeta Appliques. Their collections include standard and custom size curtain panels and sheer panels, decorative cushions, bedding and throws.
Florence Collection Bedding and Cushions
Anouska Hempel – Cole Park – Florence Cushions
Atelier offers their distinctive pieces on linen, cotton, silk, velvet and net in a choice of over 30 beautiful base (or ground) fabrics.
Devon Collection on Cotton Muslin
Chatsworth on Sky Blue Linen with Ivory Taffeta Applique. Love this. Using linen changes the look dramatically.
Chatsworth Sheer Panel
Whitehall in Taupe Velvet
Atelier can create custom color combinations and sizes that larger textile houses cannot. They also offer design services for coordinating pelmets and other accessories. Link for their 2016 Brochure.
Aetelier Textiles is offering a pair of velvet cushion covers valued at $280 for our giveaway.
Wallace Antique Velvet Cushions in Terracotta 20″ x 20″
Change is a constant. Nothing is stagnant. That is what is so great about classics, whether it is fabulous embroidered soft goods or incorporating ornament into your home. Classics evolve in the setting they are in. They have the ability to exist easily in any setting, embellishing a contemporary or classic setting.
Our second fabulous giveaway is offered by A French Cartouche in exterior Resin valued at $316.88. It is a perfect significant embellishment for a door header, inside or out. It measures 36″ x 24″ x 3″ relief. Not to limit your creativity since it would look beautiful in many applications. Here is some inspiration on the header application. .
French Cartouche R27057
Here the ornament has been glued directly to the wall with no additional mouldings. The Cartouche would be perfect used in this manner. Paint the cartouche before installation if the wall does not need to be painted. Otherwise, install the resin ornament and then paint it and the surrounding wall.
This design is a double door but the ornament has been glued directly to the wall and a small moulding frames the entire doorway. The ornament is the same color as the walls and probably has a glaze which shows off the beautiful carving.
The cartouche can be glued to the wall over the door with adhesive caulk and then frame the door and header with molding.
This exterior entrance ornament was done by Beaux-Arts. It is also made by Decorators Supply.
Another application is using the ornament as a fireplace focal point.
Our third fabulous giveaway is offered by Beaux-Arts Classic Products, a $300 Decorative Grille(s) Gift Certificate.
Decorative grilles are significant embellishments which totally transform unattractive louvered heating and air conditioning vent covers and more. Beaux-Arts describes their products as decorative solutions for modern intrusions. Since everyone has different grille sizes and needs, the $300 gift certificate can be applied to the purchase any of their beautiful decorative grilles; including filter grilles, supply grilles, speaker grilles or foundation grilles. They are cast from an industrial quality urethane resin, which faithfully reproduces the hand carved detail of their historic originals. In addition, urethane resin is impervious to water and can be used in damp or wet locations, such as a decorative cover for your bathroom exhaust fan, or in and around an indoor swimming pool. All the grilles are available in 14 finishes developed by Beaux-Arts to infuse metallic powders into the front surface of the mold prior to casting, resulting in a cold-fused metallic plated surface, which is virtually maintenance free. Pre-drilled screw-holes and all necessary hardware are provided to make installation easy.
Shown here is a Louis XIV style decorative grille 14″ x 24″. The grilles are for wall and ceiling applications.
This Louis XIV decorative grille is perfect for this painted ceiling.
Arts and Crafts Style Decorative Grille 20″ x 24″ in Dark Bronze Finish. The Arts and Crafts Style decorative grilles are available in 70 different sizes.
Arts and Crafts Filter Grille in Nickel
Industrial Filter grille Before
Decorative Arts and Crafts Filter Grille in Dark Bronze
12″ Speaker Grille $99.
Industrial Ceiling Speakers
Decorative Ceiling Speakers
Foundation Crawl Space Vent Cover in Louis XIV style $199. Shown in Rubbed Bronze.
Industrial Crawl Space Cover
Arts and Crafts Decorative Foundation Crawl Space Cover
There is really nothing on the market like this decorative solution for unattractive foundation grilles. It comes with a plug for cold weather and a screen for ventilation in the summer.
The Giveaway Details
You can participate in all three giveaways, or focus on your favorite. For each giveaway you have up to 3 ways to win. So if you choose all 3 giveaways you have 9 chances to win. However, you can only win one prize. So if you happen to be so lucky as to win 2 of the giveaways we will contact you for your preference.
Atelier Textiles Wallace Cushion Covers Giveaway
- Visit Atelier Textiles by clicking here, take a look at their collections and return to the blog and comment on a favorite item or two.
- For a second chance to win, visit Atelier Textiles on Houzz and leave a comment.
- Third chance to win, Like them on Facebook by clicking here.
Decorators Supply Exterior/Interior French Cartouche Giveaway
- Visit Decorators Supply by clicking here, check out whatever is of interest and return to the blog and comment on a favorite item or two.
- Second chance, visit Decorators Supply on Houzz and leave a comment.
- Third chance, Like them on Facebook by clicking here.
Beaux-Arts Classic Products Grille Gift Certificate Giveaway
- Visit Beaux-Arts Classic Products Decorative Grilles Collection here, and return to the blog and comment on the grille(s) you would like for the giveaway.
- Second chance, Like this Blog post on Facebook.
- Third chance, Visit Pinterest Board Great Products for the Home here, and Like or Pin a Product
In all cases to qualify you must do Step 1 of the giveaway(s) you are interested in. The deadline for comments is Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 pm EST . The winners will be annouced May 26th.