Aesthetic associations are based on numerous physical characteristics--color, material, form, location (adjacency), influences, etc. When we sat down to create this blog, we looked at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony which led us to the hard lines of the Arts and Crafts Movement, then to early Lucian Freud paintings. His palette and flat rendering reminded us of the furniture of Roy McMakin (of whom we've been a fan for years.) This is how and when our "Stream of Consciousness Week" ends...with an explanation of the thought process and a result quite divorced from our original idea. Welcome to the minds of Hunters and Gatherers at Home:
Farmhouse by Roy McMakin inspired buy the Wizard of Oz after the fall
Today's inspiration is a collection of boxes (and brushes, only one shown) that we've found along our travels. From the hand stenciling of a utility tray to the hand drawn wallpaper on a pantry box, these items harken a time when even the littlest chore was synonymous with pride and beauty and accomplishment.
Antique packing box, pantry box, utility tray and brush
Taking my life in my hands, I've gone '80's again! Actually, after last night's blog entry, this week we've decided to use an inspiration photo that we've taken to define a movement, decade or an aesthetic we love. It's a stream of consciousness that we're having fun with, so stay with us!
Components of Monday night's dinner become inspiration
We found ourselves driving behind a vintage Cadillac this weekend and it got us talking about the evolution of modernism and timeless luxury. Here are some associations we made in terms of style of design...
A fantastic knife set I won at Housing Works (auction)
While one of us is asleep early with a headache, the other will indulge a secret passion that has been hiding just under the surface for quite sometime--Memphis and 1980's design! Fun, color-saturated and very relevant today, Memphis and 80's design means movement and experimentation. Influenced by Bauhaus, Constructivism, Primitivism and Art Deco, the designs (and unfortunately the worst) of the decade are almost instantly recognizable, as are those inspired by the time...see for yourself:
Forrest Myers, The Wall, 1973. Though early for Memphis and the 80's, I think it epitomizes the colors and geometry of the decade. Broadway and Houston, NYC.
George Sowden clocks for Memphis
Marco Zanini Colorado teapot for Memphis, 1983
Lacoste sheets currently in the Macy's Herald Square window
Nathalie Du Pasquier (a favorite!) lamp, Objects of the Electronics Age
Scholastic Building on Broadway, NYC
Peter Shire table via Manishtama
Ingas Sempe for Ligne Roset in the Soho showroom
Playgound on Houston
Du Pasquier for Objects of the Electronics Age
Houston and Wooster, NYC....I wish they'd try to keep this up! Great building.
We're often inspired, sometimes disheartened and usually surprised by what we find on our search for an antique home. From generations of wallpaper found in closets to a sweet basket filled with shoes, hats and tools--all found in the chimney of a 18th century Connecticut home, we've seen a lot. One of the most intriguing is the vintage linoleum found on the floors of closets and kitchens, left as a handy reminder that home fashions may change, but linoleum seems to last forever! Artist Don Baum makes use of linoleum's lasting power and references time and domesticity with his house sculptures at Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago.
Skyhouse IV, 1983
Linoleum, wood construction
Linoleum found in the guesthouse of a 1840 colonial in Greenville, New York
White Lake II, 1986
Linoleum found in the closet of 1795 colonial in New Ipswich, New Hampshire
Studio for M, 1983
"Wood" linoleum over antique wood floors in a 1840 Colonial in Greenville, New York
We hunt for precious finds. Objects that represent timeless beauty and tell stories of time and place, taste and utility, integrity and influence. We're passionate about expanding our visual vocabulary and gather indigenous palettes, textures and forms that provide us with inspiration and application for our everyday lives. We will tell you narratives through the images we capture along the way—stories about process, composition, adjacencies, and the emotional energy created by brilliant design.