A view into our world at Suzanne Lovell, Inc. and the ideas that inspire us daily.
We've always loved the simple elegance of Swedish design. That beauty is further extended to a collection of marbleized trays we recently came upon: Studio Formata was lucky enough to recently tag designer Clara Bergman's handmade elegant tray collection. These tray are inspired by the traditional craft of paper marbling. Each tray is made by hand using layers of Swedish birch ply. Whether used for breakfast in bed, living room decoration, or as a way to cleverly serve craft cocktails, you can't go wrong!
How it is already February, I must say, is beyond my comprehension!
We are super busy in Miami and are thrilled about a tabletop buy from Mary jean Keene of some spectacular new wares by Lobmeyr, Hering Berlin, glassware by Saint-Louis, and silver by Puiforcat. And, since we are on the beach, some wonderful synthetic crystal by Mario Luca Giusti.
Naples is also keeping us on the go with incredible millwork by our friends at Thomas Riley. They must have created amazing shop drawings and we had a template to review at the site that was incredibly productive. The finishes they are able to create are spectacular, especially the ones with a high shine that is polished almost to a state of perfect mirrored reflection.
Many custom pieces are being produced for this same residence. One, a meandering bronze and porcelain 10-foot bar light fixture that crosses the ceiling and engages a column by David Wiseman. In the same room, Studio Job’s Taj Mahal table and a 3-piece eggplant colored table cast by London’s Based Upon.
Add to this a walk-through with landscape architect Jayson DeGeeter, which will bring together an outdoor environment that has 360 degree views and covers more than 5,000 square feet….Jayson’s answer includes bamboo….I can’t wait to see the results!
And, the exact opposite of these warm weather residences is one we are creating for a couple on the beach in Lakeside, Michigan. It is a fully knotty pine paneled “Lake House” that has marvelous tree mushroom-inspired sconces!
All of this in a day’s work here at Suzanne Lovell Inc. Nature is often our greatest inspiration!
Space exists only in relation to something, or someone. Position and even direction in art may have some currency in previous ages when art had its strictly defined purpose of representing the living or metaphysical world. However, even the metaphysical one relied heavily on our perception and imagination, and was made similar to the palpable reality. As artistic styles developed and avant garde movements became mainstay, space started to dissolve and forms that filled artworks were defined along a much simpler differentiation between positive (space occupied by form) and negative space.
Examining space in art must always take into account the complex social and cultural standings of a given time, thus influencing the way space is experienced. To follow are a few examples to stimulate further thinking about spatial relations in art.
Japanese artist, Manabu Ikeda, is truly remarkable! This "pen and ink" artist recently finished a masterpiece that he's been working on for 10 hours a day, six days a week... since 2013. "Rebirth" is a significant name for a very significant topic: Ikeda's massive drawing tells the story of Japan rebuilding following the terrible 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
This 13 ft. x 10 ft. piece shows a tree growing out of the carnage remaining following these two natural disasters. Look closer and you'll see many tiny details that depict individual stories from that time.
Ikeda said, "My goal is to faithfully express my view of the world in my composition, but I don't intentionally depict detailed images. Because I see details when I observe things, rather than the whole, I find pen and ink to be the best tool to express how I see them". We invite you to take a look for yourself!