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A view into our world at Suzanne Lovell, Inc. and the ideas that inspire us daily. 

Portrait of Vladimir Kagan in his Manhattan apartment. 
Image courtesy of: The Financial Times
Damien Hirst, Untitled, 2001, painting with butterflies and household gloss on canvas, 84.3”H X 84.3”W

Image courtesy of: Damien Hirst
Lucie RieBowl with Pink Stripes, 1980. Private collection, from the estate of the artist.

Image courtesy of: Japan Times, photographed by: Norihiro Ueno.
Cecily Brown, Service de Luxe, 1991, oil on linen. Rubell Family Collection, Miami. 

Joana VasconcelosLilicoptère, 2012, Bell 47 helicopter, ostrich feathers, Swarovski crystals, gold leaf, industrial paint, dyed leather upholstery embossed with fine gold, Arraiolos rugs, walnut wood, woodgrain painting, passementerie; Courtesy Haunch of Venison/Christie's, London.

Image courtesy of: Joana Vasconcelos
Barnaby Barford, Avarice (detail) from The Seven Deadly Sins, 2013, ceramic, mirror, epoxy putty, enameled wire, 86.6"H X 59"W X 7.9"D. David Gill Gallery, London. 

Posted in: Interior Design

The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida was designed by Yann Weymouth of HOK (who helped create the Louvre’s glass pyramid with I.M. Pei). This $36 million structure (2011) houses the largest collection of Dali’s work outside of Spain, more than 2,000 pieces including 96 paintings.

Image courtesy of Phaidon

The shell of the structure is built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, works with numerous green system including a solar hot water powered de-humidification system, high efficiency HVAC and ventilation.

Said Yann, "We wanted to avoid the kitsch of melting clocks and “themed” surrealism, but sought, in a frank and abstract way, to make a reference to that contrast between Cartesian geometry and organic shape. Dali and Buckminster Fuller were longtime friends, both fascinated by the intrinsic geometries of nature; it seemed natural to make a strong contrast between the stark raw concrete box that protects and shelters the collection and the almost liquid, transparent and facetted form of the glass enigma".

This impressive and thoughtfully-designed building is an must-see when in Florida!

Image courtesy of Phaidon

Image courtesy of Phaidon

Interior image courtesy of Inhabitat

BIM (Building information modelling) was used in the construction of the museum. 

Image courtesy of Inhabitat

Image courtesy of the Dali Museum Instagram page

Now through April 17, 2017 is Frida Kahlo at the Dali.

Kahlo and Dali each created artistic autobiographies and their personalities loom behind their paintings, generating a presence that both shapes and overshadows their works of art. While Kahlo largely rejected the term ‘Surrealism’ and felt that her works were as real as her life, Andre Breton, known as the founder of Surrealism, took great interest in her work and described her painting as a bomb wrapped in a ribbon. 

Posted in: Architecture
Tagged: FRIDA KAHLO St. Petersburg, Florida Yann Weymouth Salvador Dali The Louvre Buckminster Fuller Green Design

Artists have created a space for the contemplation of the viewer in both the physical and metaphysical realms throughout history. Enjoy a few examples as inspired by this piece from Widewalls

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, 1652 in Rome, Italy

Image courtesy of Artble

Bernini’s Ecstasy of St. Teresa is a religious ecstasy visualized in the figure of an angel, the arrow that is about to pierce the nun’s heart, and the golden shower of God’s love. All nicely situated in an elevated aedicule (a shrine designed into the form of a building). Space in this Baroque masterpiece transcends the immediacy of the palpable area to include the metaphysical one, materialized in concrete and recognizable forms. Two spaces and realities merge, but relations that guide our sense of space are preserved here. Even the aedicule is engaged in the final effect of the piece where a small window in the upper part of the architectural element allows light to fall down onto Bernini’s composition.

In painting, one of the best-known examples is Rothko. Space is flattened as areas of color are presented side-by-side that should provoke contemplation and induce metaphysical peace.

The Rothko Chapel, in Houston, Texas

Rothko never saw this space; he died in 1970, a few months before it opened, just before installers lowered in his paintings through the ceiling since they didn’t fit through the doorway. The paintings are the only adornment in this building that from the outside looks like an electrical substation, all bricks and no windows. But inside… “Inside, it’s a space that makes you feel like you’re living in one of Rothko’s paintings. It’s a place that captures opposites: It’s large yet intimate. Dark yet bright. Spare yet rich. The chapel is infinity captured. Vastness contained.”

Image courtesy of GQ

Troika, Arcades, 2015

Image courtesy of the artists via

Troika (Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel) created a site-specific architectural installation, Arcades (2012), comprised of light pillars which rays refracted by a fresnel lens created the illusion of gothic arches. As the artists stated: “creating a spatial suspension of disbelief, Arcades encourages an analysis of our relationship with the metaphysical in a world increasingly governed by practical, rational and scientific principles.”

Troika’s representation of Arcades in watercolor

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Posted in: Fine Art
Tagged: Troika Mark Rothko Gian Lorenzo Bernini

At the edge of London's Holland Park, John Pawson's newly designed masterpiece waits for more enthusiastic reviews.

Image courtesy of: Clothes Horse

London has always been known for its museums, that much is for sure. But when it came to design inspiration, it was the Victoria & Albert Museum that people visited... until now! V&A, the 165-year-old museum, is presently up against some major competition. In the heart of London, near Holland Park, the London Design Museum recently re-opened to a lot of acclaim. The backstory: until quite recently, the Design Museum was housed in a former banana warehouse near the Thames River. Luckily, the famous British architect, John Pawson, was selected to design this museum with enough space to put its permanent collection on view for the first time. 

Reinventing the new space was vital... now, light floods the central hall where an enormous 50-foot-tall space is capped off by an undulating curved roof. An impressive set of stairs spiral up the hall, allowing visitors to view items such as the yellow 1990 Sony Walkman we probably all remember from our childhoods. The lower stairs can act as benches, the intent is to invite visitors to take a seat and look around.

The museum has 1,000 permanent pieces on display, and there's now enough room for additional temporary shows. We love the newly designed interior and agree with all the early reviews which rave about this new London treasure!

The top floor of the museum houses the permanent collection. Among the most fun objects is a scale model of a London tub train viewed from the perspectives of both the designer-manufacturer and the user.

Image courtesy of: UK Business Insider, photographed by: Helene Binet

The 200-seat amphitheater is reminiscent of an ancient Greek stadium. 

Image courtesy of: UK Business Insider

As you can imagine, it was tough to take out the original concrete floors. This was done by propping the roof on a temporary steel structure 20 meters above the ground.

Image courtesy of: UK Business Insider

Posted in: Architecture

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