I’m intrigued by the work of Nathalie L?t?, a 44-year-old artist and writer living in Paris, born to a German mother and a Chinese father. Lete is an icon in Japan, Japanese youth really appreciate her aesthetic as most of her work is inspired by her childhood and they find it very tender and Parisian. Her work reminds me a little of that of Niki de Saint Phalle, one of my favorite artists.
In Japan, her designs are distributed under the name Chat Chien, perhaps you’ve heard of it before? In addition to Japan, you may know her from her collaborations in the past with the Designers Guild in London, and her designs for the French ceramics studio Astier de Vilatte, where her pieces range from $890-6,200 for ceramics, lithographs, and hand-tufted wool rugs. For the first time ever in the United States, Anthropologie has commissioned her work to bring a broader audience to her style with the work of Nathalie L?t? appearing on cotton voile bedding, plates, ceramic drawer pulls, vases, and rugs.
Nathalie L?t? has her first U.S. exhibition at Anthropologie in New York City at 50 Rockefeller Plaza now through June 20, 2008. You can also find these items in their retail stores nationwide and online via their website. I think it’s exciting that large companies like Anthropologie are promoting the works of artists and I’m certain since we have a demand that the trend will continue in this direction.
Here’s a sneak peek of some of what’s on view at their NYC store.
Side topic: I’m still pushing for Anthro to publish a book — we need an Anthro Visual Display DIY book release from them because they have to share with us all their unique display ideas and crafts that they create in their stores. It’s all too amazing and pretty to not pull together for a book, don’t you think?
(images from anthropologie)
Don’t you love that anticipation after you’ve ordered something special, knowing that anytime your little bundle will arrive addressed to you? My order arrived from Restless Things and I just adore every bit of it…
(image from holly becker for decor8.)
Here are some fabulous prints that caught my attention today over at Thumbtack Press, who happens to have a very strong collection of prints online featuring the work of some of my favorite artists. I’m hoping that you’ll enjoy them along with me. :)
I adore Bride Diving by Penelope Dullaghan and Gossip by Chris Silas Neal. I always seem to go for images of girls jumping, not because I secretly have thoughts of suicide or anything (he he), more because I am constantly jumping into new things and love the thrill of just getting involved in something I’m passionate about. Also shown above is Bluebell by Lilly Piri and Presagio di Primavera by Gianluca Fol?. Drool.
And finally, Don’t You Leave Me Here by Matthew Woodson. Isn’t this a melancholy, tender, emotionally charged glimpse into the life of the modern relationship? We all have fears of being abandoned at times and I think artist Matthew Woodson did such a great job capturing this emotion here.
(images from thumbtack press.)
It’s called The Moldy Doily (he he) and features mostly fashion related things — I really like them, and I adore her fashion inspired paintings too — I just love seeing gorgeous clothing and bright over-done makeup (don’t we all), it’s quite lovely I think and makes me think of posters and store presentations I recall seeing on past vacations to Paris. This painting is my favorite because I like the imagery and colors here and I think the message is quite true as funny as it may sound at first, “The strongest weapon in the world – the teenage girl.”
Speaking of fashion, Ez wrote a piece on her blog today called Holly’s Fashion Corner that I think is the sweetest thing ever. :) I sent her some links yesterday showing her some clothes that I’d love to own based on a recent shopping trip to Nordstrom and she posted them. What a good friend she is to construct an entire post about it. Thank you, Ez.
(images from kime buzzelli)