Saturday, October 30, 2010

Art + Interiors: Bold Gestures [Robert Motherwell]

I have spent an absolutely lovely, art-infused weekend in San Francisco getting inspired and rejuvenated. One artist whose work seemed to speak to me the most this weekend was the work of American Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell. In Motherwell's work, the act of painting itself is the content of the product. His works were much less about painting "pretty pictures" and more about expressing the raw, unrefined essence of human emotions through the paintings life-size undulating getsures. For me, this kind of art provides a sense of release as it allows the viewer to experience the painting through the lens of their own emotions.
"Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it."-Robert Motherwell

Rug via Fort Street Studio, Sofa, chair and lamp via Room and Board, End table via, Vases via Arteriros, pillow via, End table via Room and Board, Sideboard via Four Hands 
I'm loving the understated black and white palette with touches of yellow where the design strength of each individual piece is enough to carry it. It is a space without clutter or chaos, where you could sit down with a cup of coffee on a quiet morning with a clear head ready to start your day. One designer in particular that does this look well in Victoria Smith of If you have not yet seen the gorgeous spread in Rue Magazine you simply must check it out. She does mid-century modern with sprinkles of texture and color with expertise and endless style.

Photos via Rue Magazine

1 comment:

  1. I have had my eye on that exact Eames-inspired sofa! I'd love to live in this room :o) Next time you are in SF, we definitely should meet and go for coffee + gallery hopping!