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Beautiful Accessories from West Elm by artist Leah Durner

Sumptuous silk pillows by Leah Durner

With artist, Leah Durner, at her opening party at West Elm, NYC

 I’m so happy that my dear friend Leah Durner has created a line of items for West Elm. Her artwork is stunning, and it is incredible that we can now purchase her art in this beautiful line of home accessories.

Her trays are bold and elegant.

 From West Elm: New York artist Leah Durner’s audacious and colorful paintings range from psychedelic poured enamels to postmodern abstractions. “My primary inspiration is the vibrancy and density of New York City and its amazing and inspiring people” she explains. We translated some of Leah’s favorite pieces into an exclusive collection of silk pillows and lacquer trays.

 But you will have to act fast – her items are already selling out online!

I love how her pillows pop on my office sofa. Sofa by Urban Outfitters, throw by Missoni Home.


March 8, 2013   2 Comments

Catch this gorgeous show before it closes

Happy New Year! I hope it has been wonderful so far.

If you are in the New York area, I encourage you to check out this show before it ends: Robert Kushner at DC Moore Gallery in Chelsea.

Its at 535 West 22nd Street, New York (between 10th/11th Aves). Showing through January 5th, 2013.

Robert Kushners work from a previous show at DC Moore

I love Robert’s work because it is a wonderful representation of Feng Shui in art: the beautiful way he paints nature, the saturated colors, and the use of gold leaf (a great “metal” element and Feng Shui remedy to protect health).

From the DC Moore press release:

 “In his heroically large-scale paintings, Kushner combines organic representational elements with flat, geometric grounds of solid or textured color. In doing so, he acknowledges a unique range of influences, including Islamic and European decorative arts, Chinese and Japanese sumi-e ink painting, and American abstract painting. Kushner’s multimedia works on paper are composed atop antique texts from a variety of sources with hand-painted flowers, gold leaf additions, and found vintage photographs. In both his paintings and painted collages, Kushner unites art historical tradition with modernism and aesthetic pleasure with intellectual rigor.”

 You might also know Robert’s work if you take the 6 Train – check out his large mosaic piece at the 77th Street stop:

Robert is a great friend and a gifted artist, I hope you get a chance to see his work!

January 4, 2013   No Comments

Melting Buddha Asian Art Exhibit in NYC

Check this out before it’s too late! If you are in NYC right now, try to see this beautiful installation of a giant Buddha ice sculpture that is returning to its “original essence” (or in other words, melting).

Artist Atta Kim created a 5 1/2 feet tall, 1,300 pound ice sculpture of a seated Buddha which is gradually melting into a pool at the Rubin Museum of Asian Art in Chelsea.  The melting process will take several days.

As the work melts, people are encouraged to take some water from the pool. The artist hopes that people will “continue the cycle of renewal” by using the water to plant a new seedling for the spring.

According to Kim, “Water is the fundamental ingredient of life, and is the fundamental element showing that everything is connected,” Kim said.

I think this is a lovely example of the Water element. Water also represents abundance in Feng Shui, which is why I make sure to incorporate it into every space I design.

Here is the Buddha’s process so far…

March 28, 2011   No Comments