Thursday, October 21, 2010

Art + Interiors: Modern Heritage...

As most of my friends know, I have a thing for feathers and really Native American art and style in general. I love the graphic patterns in bold contrasting hues juxtaposed against the elements of nature. In fact that sort tends to be the way I dress, basic neutral and natural textures with pops of bold vivid colors and patterns. I'm not sure whether it was growing up in the Northwest or spending summers a the Grand Teton National Park's Native American Art Museum but I am consistently drawn to the stylized animal motifs and simple palette. 
The above photograph was taken in the Seattle Art Museum's permanent collection, a modern take on one artist's heritage. The piece spans from floor to ceiling and has such a presence it is hard to miss. The flat images take on another dimension in this unexpected application on thick clear tiles illuminated from behind. I love the re-purposing of age old motifs into a more contemporary media.

Live in it....
Rug via http://www.jhminassian.com/, Chair and end tables via http://www.roomandboard.com/, Blue vases via http://www.ikea.com/, Black vases, pendant and feather sculpture via http://www.arteriors.com/, Pillow via http://www.johnrobshaw.com/
This design really came together after finding this gorgeous vintage rug, I love the understated pattern with imperfections and personality to anchor and set the tone of the space. Using a range of hues from charcoal to jet black and the unfinished wood table, I wanted to use the black and white color palette in a way that felt warm and organic. And how could I resist pulling in the pop of turquoise with these gorgeous glass vases? Enjoy!

3 comments:

  1. Haha, growing up in Virginia I was always around Native American art and visiting reservations too, so I'm totally into this look! That chair is amazing - love how it has the shape of a bow and arrow...subtle, but there :o)

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  2. i think i've settled on my tattoo and it's quite similar to today's post! native american art from pacific northwest is my favorite. so glad you did a post on this. gimme more

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  3. this is my favorite post you have done! i would love to live in this room; i have always wanted a native american totem pole; maybe this will inspire me to make my own!

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