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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!

This one is titled "Dash & Splash"; it's designed and handmade in Sweden. Tray size is 17" X 13".

Image courtesy of: Trouva

This tray's diameter is 15". We love the soft palate of this one, "Spring Blossom"!

Image courtesy of: Tictail

Appropriately named, "Northern Lights" is 10.6" X 8".

Image courtesy of: Tictalk

Perhaps "Turquoise Dreams" should have been called Cherry Blossoms?

Image courtesy of: Tictalk

Posted in: Accessorize
Tagged: MARBELING TRAYS SWEDISH DESIGN CLARA BERGMAN

Images: Custom Funghi Sconces, photo by Suzanne Lovell Inc. (top, left); David Wiseman, branch detail, bronze, image courtesy of Huffington Post (top, center); Based Upon, Fragmented Crack, bronze, 2013. Image courtesy of Based Upon (top, right); Photography by William Rossiter (center); Roll & Hill chandeliers, images courtesy of Roll & Hill (center right, left); David Wiseman "Glacier" Glassware, images courtesy of the artist (bottom).

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!

Posted in: Welcome to My Cage
Tagged: David Wiseman Editors Letter STUDIO JOB Jayson DeGeeter Lobmeyr Hering Berlin Saint-Louis Puiforcat Mario Luca Giusti Thomas Riley Based Upon

Anish Kapoor- Leviathan, 2011.

Image courtesy of designboom

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.

Inside view of Anish Kapoor’s Leviathan, 2011.

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Chiharu Shiota’s The Key in the Hand installation was achieved through the use of red yarn, keys and boats, and said to create a melancholic atmosphere of loss, but also of opportunity and hope.

Chiharu Shiota, The Key in Hand from The Venice Biennale, 2015 in the Japanese Pavilion, Giardini.

Image courtesy of Le Paradox

Henrique Oliveira, Tapumes, 2009, Rice Gallery, Houston. Plywood and pigment. Photo: Nash Baker.

Image courtesy of the artist via Feather of Me

Anselm Kiefer at The Margulies Collection at The Warehouse, Miami, Florida.

Here is Kiefer’s critically acclaimed seventeen foot high Die Erdzeitalter (Ages of the World)(2014). The sculpture, consisting of a pile of unfinished canvases, dried sunflowers, lead books and rubble and flanked by two paintings, previously formed the centrepiece of the artist’s retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

We have experienced this piece twice at Marguilies, when it opened in 2015 and again in 2016 around Art Basel Miami. The experience of this piece and large installations coming off of walls and filling rooms here is memorable and moving.

Image courtesy of White Cube

Posted in: Fine Art
Tagged: YAYOI KUSAMA ANISH KAPOOR Anselm Kiefer Chiharu Shiota Henrique Oliveira

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!

What a fabulous tribute to the nation of Japan!

Image courtesy of: demilked

The 2011 disasters were unforgettable and brought together the people of Japan in their aftermath. There was so much happening that it's no wonder the artist utilized such a large format to present his story.

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What a talent!

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If you're anywhere near Madison, stop by the Chazen Museum of Art. It's here that "Rebirth" is displayed. Surprisingly, it was drawn in Ikeda's basement apartment on the University of Madison campus.

Image courtesy of: This is Colossal

Posted in: Culture
Tagged: Drawing JAPANESE ARTIST MANABU IKEDA

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