Designing With Art – Giveaway Winners
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
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