29 Nov 2010

Photography: Go Big!

I seem to be drawn to photography that is either printed really small or extra big. Even some pretty ordinary shots can look incredible when blown up to the right size.

In the Oct/Nov issue of Lonny Magazine, there were 2 stand-out images for me. The room that designer Palmer Weiss put together for her daughters is amazing in so many ways. The beds and linens are fantastic – but this room wouldn’t be half as great without the oversized photographs.

The other shot is one that I’ve featured before. In the living room of designer Lulu De Kwiatkowsi’s L.A. home, there’s an amazing underwater photograph of her husband and nephew. This looks like a gallery purchased shot, but it’s really just a home photo taken to a new level. Love it.

Speaking of affordable art, I recently discovered Jen Bekman’s 20×200 project and spent a lot of time scrolling through her site. I highly recommend taking a peek. This gallery owner’s mission is to make art accessible to everyone.

One of the photographer’s she represents, Christian Chaize, has a photograph featured in this month’s Elle Decor, as seen below. Ever since I saw an exhibit on Massimo Vitali a few years ago, I’ve been totally into beach scenes likes these. Jen Bekman’s own home was profiled on Design&Sponge in Sept 2009 and it looks like she has one of the photographer’s shots as well.

Here are some other room shots that feature pretty incredible oversized prints. The photographs below are by Thomas Struth and Andreas Gursky as seen in Elle Decor and Met Home. Sigh. While these home owners are serious collectors, you can really do a lot with great framing and scale.

Other images in homes designed by Steven Gambrel, Delson Sherman, and J. Weiss Design.

21 Jun 2010

Library: Set the Tone

Onto the Library. In our house, this room is going to border our living room. The main floor is going to be pretty much wide-open. But I’m really excited about this space; it will offer a little cozy corner to escape to when need be. While the rest of the floor will have white walls and be airy, this space is going to have dark wood shelves and charcoal walls.

The sliding doors will likely stay open most of the time, but they’re there if needed. We’re not talking about a big amount of space here, but just enough to house our books, a built in desk and a lounge chair of some sort.

I’ve posted shots of bookshelves before, but here are a few more to get some inspiration going.

Below: Photo care of Roger Davies
Below: Architect Peter Eisenman care of Dwell Magazine
Below: Photo by Mikkel Vang
Below: Delson or Sherman Architects
Below: Photo from The Brooklyn Home Company
Below: Diane Von Furstenberg’s Hampton’s home. Photo from Habitually Chic
Below: Photo from Sarah Blee
Below: Design by Magdalena Keck
Below: Design by Feldman Architects