Now this is one cool website. It’s called Charmingwall Inc. and is based in New York City where they have a retail space at 191 West 4th. The website is gorgeous, I love how it’s designed, and the art featured is just great. I recognize some of the artists from Etsy. Charmingwall Inc. specializes in a hand-picked selection of open-edition fine art prints from artists located around the world, covering everything from fine art to the more illustrative comic book art.
They recently launched an online store for those of us not in NYC, I encourage you to browse it — great finds! I was happy to see an artist I love, Bailey Saliwanchik, featured on their site. If you recall, I used some of her work in a space I designed for Adorn magazine awhile back when Adorn was still around (R.I.P.) and I ended up purchasing one of the paintings I featured in that same room. Bailey’s work is awesome, and for $20 you can own a print of your very own from this talented artist.
(images from charmingwall inc.)
A new Henry Road store! Wow, what GREAT news for Paula Smail, Henry Road, and all of her loyal fans! Paula just opened and will celebrate the grand opening this weekend. How great is this? Not only does it provide a home for her collection but also gives her a chance to showcase her collection of custom one-of-a-kind lampshades, upholstered furniture and to offer an eclectic selection of home and gift wares that she’s currently loving. She sent over some photos for decor8 readers to enjoy and wanted to let us know that she is offering a 20% off promotion on her website (enter coupon code: STORE at checkout) so everyone can join in the celebration whether based in lovely Los Angeles or not.
The Grand Opening is May 3 and 4 and, “We’re celebrating all weekend with a ‘Mad Tea Party’ catered by our friend Lisa, from Cake Monkey.” Location: 3949 Laurelgrove Ave, Studio City, CA 91604 (South of Ventura, 2 blocks west of Laurel Canyon).
Thanks, Paula for the BIG NEWS. We are so proud to see yet another independent small business making some major progress. Congrats!
(images from henry road)
I love the art that Swedish website Andyland carries. It’s total eye candy. I’m really attracted to some of their more recent works, shown below. Did you know that I had a chance to meet the ladies behind Andyland, Ulrika Gr?n?rus and her business partner Alexandra Giertz, when I was in Stockholm this past October? Oh yes, here’s that post including a photo of the owners along with some of my bloggy friends. We drank wine, enjoyed great conversation, a meal… A memory that I’ll cherish for a long time. Alexandra and Ulrika are so charming and creative, neither are artists but they have an amazing eye for good design.
Lovely art and gorgeous rooms, don’t you think? I’ve also just shared with you a sneak peek of my mood board for my new apartment. More on that in the weeks to come…
(images from andyland)
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)
I was really happy when I saw how this piece that I pulled together for the Boston Globe came out today — it looks so bright and happy!
… Though I don’t know where line about the hideous planter from Christmas came from because I didn’t write that, but when you work for others you have to expect that they’ll revise your text a bit. Doesn’t this look so nice?
(image from the boston globe)