A view into our world at Suzanne Lovell, Inc. and the ideas that inspire us daily.
German painter and sculptor, Anselm Kiefer, was "fortunate" enough to have had the entire continent of Europe as his canvas. Born in 1945 in postwar Europe, Kiefer has spent his entire career exploring how his country rebuilt itself in the aftermath of World War II.
Kiefer is unique in that he never steered clear of, or avoided, his country's controversial past history. The guilt and horror of the Holocaust and the Nazi rule wasn't something represented in art previously. Kiefer took on that subject with a vengeance. Early on, Kiefer incorporated German mythology into his works; and in the following years, he tested out the idea of the Kabbalah. His themes, throughout his career, have continued to include Hebrew and Egyptian history. As you can see, his range is quite wide.
Incorporating materials such as ash, clay and straw, the pieces Kiefer creates aren't filled with hope and lightness. Nevertheless, they are important in ensuring that we understand the pragmatism of regaining a corrupted culture after the horrors of it's past.
Born in Asheville, NC to artsy parents, Donald Sultan became interested in art early on. Getting his MFA from The Art Institute of Chicago, Sultan became best known for his large-scale compositions of flowers and fruit set against dark backgrounds. Most familiar to many, "New Image" treatment is what Sultan's movement became known as.
Sultan's "New Image" works might be the most recognizable, but it's his Industrial Paintings that we especially love. It's the dark side of Sultan... the" Disaster Paintings" were recently shown together for the first time in a national tour. The 11 paintings (from a larger series of more than 70) were created between 1984 and 1990. Depicting a dark palette and "everyday" disasters of modern life, they're meant to provoke apprehension and tinker on the verge of unconsciousness... just as you're awaiting for "something bad to happen".
Sad but gorgeous. It's appropriate that during this time of so many worldly disasters, we take notice and "take it all in".
When two Italian brand powerhouses get together, the end result is, no doubt, gorgeous. Such was the case when Rubelli, the prolific Italian company founded in 1858, and Santoni, the famous shoe company which has been around since 1975, blended.
The idea came about when Giuseppe Santoni and his wife set forth to decorate their St. Moritz mountain house. Falling for Rubelli fabrics, Santoni started to think that perhaps introducing these amazing fabrics to his footwear designs would be a smash hit. Starting with the iconic polka-dot silk velvet that Gio Ponti created for the company in 1934, Santoni quickly realized that he was onto something!
Now, there are 48 models for both men and women which effortlessly merge Santoni and Rubelli. Nicolo Rubella, the great-great-grandson of founder, Lorenzo Rubelli, says they never considered shoes until approached, even though they've dressed both homes and bodies.
Rubella's fabric comes from a mill in Cucciago which is near Como, Italy. Even though they've ventured into other realms such as lighting and furniture, footwear was an "adventure". For Santoni, learning to use this fabric was a challenge. "Working with upholstery fabric is a great deal more complicated than leather, as it is neither flexible nor resistant", says Santoni. Luckily, they quickly learned to adapt their technology and use different needles.
The point is to make "objects of desire" and to create more growth and exposure to both brands.' We think they're off to a great start!