Each week, one of our resident artists shares things they like relating to a theme or mood that inspires them. Marida posted the first installment; Christiana brings you the second.
INSPIRATION: ART NOUVEAU
1. Katie Lukas for Spoonflower: Textile designer Lukas designed this modern Pomegranate Damask inspired by pattern master William Morris, whom I first encountered in a picture book my dad gave me for Christmas. Lukas cleaned up Morris’ clutter and picked a color he never favored: fuchsia. His ground-breaking techniques are the bones of this fabric; her youth is its new layer of skin.
2. Cost Plus World Market: The font on this small Gold Clock with Stand reminds me of Hector Guimard’s Paris metro signs–I just bought it yesterday while collecting things to decorate my atelier. I prefer to collect antique European books for my style library, but as you can imagine, they’re hard to track down in Orange County, Calif., so I was excited–and a little saddened–to find this high-quality reproduction at a big box retailer.
3. William Doub: This Creative Writing Desk embodies everything good about art nouveau interior design: shiny wood, organic lines and clean construction. Even though everything New England’s Doub crew makes is custom-ordered, they’ve posted photos of some of their finished woodwork for nuts like me. For a more saturated look at art nouveau interior design, check out the semi-creepy film sets in The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Nanny McPhee and Casper.
4. Temperley London: The bright embroidery on this form-fitting Long Eliah Flower Show Dress from Temperley London’s Autumn/Winter 2012 line made such an impression on me when I first saw the head of the company, Alice Temperley, wearing it on an episode of last season’s Project Runway, that I tracked her dress down. But when I finally found it, I couldn’t bring myself to pay the $4,115 price tag.