Michele Oka Donner makes me dream.

I get inspired by the artist that play on the line of art and design. She creates sculpture, jewlery, furniture, objects and public art. She starts from the natural world and immortalizes fragil moments in bronze and silver. Her pieces are in major art museums and you can find her at christofle and the Marlborough gallery.
She is, I would say, "une grande dame" of the art world.


Othoniel in Paris

I am a fan and would love to be in Paris to see the exhibition at Centre Pompidou.
Comprising a unique set of eighty works, the exhibition starts from early work, confidential, intimate and poetic and leads the visitor to discover the monumental works, with their spectacular dimensions and their magical appeal striking the imagination. 

Please, do send me photos!


artntheapple: Light sculptures by Ivan Navarro

artntheapple: Light sculptures by Ivan Navarro: "Don't miss the current show of Chilean-born, Brooklyn-based artist, Ivan Navarro, currently up at Paul Kasmin gallery. Navarro is ..."

artntheapple: Malevich and the American Legacy

artntheapple: Malevich and the American Legacy: "Malevich View of Serra prop piece on the left View of Grotjahn on the right View of Carl Andre floor piece You have ample time to go ..."

Thoughts on neutral 4: Blacks

Blacks are deeep, moving, intimate and stricking. The strongest of the neutral, black allows anything. Ultra modern to ultra classic, busy to minimal, nothing goes wrong. All the art radiates, the accessories pop out as the furniture receeds. The fabric are simple, without pattern the material palette is reduced  to nothing, black takes the stage!
When a client goes for black, I get excited as I know the result will be anything but boring.
Next week: The bronzes

Living etc

Living etc

Sam McAdan

Graham Atkins

Blee Sarah


Thoughts on neutral 3: Whites

Aery, fresh, casual, and ... hard to live with. There are a few tricks: slipcovers lacquer, painted floor, plastics. All materials that are easy to maintain, replace or fix. The white should be bright, like super white from B.M. or even better the fabulously luminous white from the Kaufman paint. I also love the white from Farrow and Ball but they are hard to maintain.
Now you have in your hands a canvas where everything un-white will pop up like a piece of art! Have fun!
Next post: Blacks

Living etc

Joe Schmelzer

KML Studio


Tine Kjelden

AD France


Thoughts on neutral 2: beige

The beige are still here, but there are ways to stay away from boring traditional beige interiors. First the beige is NOT CREAMY, no yellow whatsoever. It is more the color of you cappuccino in the morning, the candied chestnut, the light bronze pie crust. It is sweet but not vanilla ice-cream sweet, more adult dessert than kids treat. Then you need to be strong with the choice of furniture, no compromise, clearly contemporary. No risk taken as the color scheme will soften the room. And monochromatic works great from light to dark with texture variation. Subtle.
Next post: The whites.

Bismut & Bismut

Bismut & Bismut



Ko Studio


Thoughts on neutral 1: Grays

It is the trend, the big thing going on right now. Fashion & interiors... I have to say, not crazy about it when mixed with silver, it becomes too monochromatic. But make it modern all the way with crazy details, a bit of black and yes, warms elements: gold, fur, silk, wood...  I like also a few traditional pieces, as the grey is, well , very current. So modern antiques, swedish chairs, flannel and velvet fabrics, long silk curtains, symmetry, all those works well with a grey monochromatic environment.

Next post , the new beiges...

Barbara Hill

Jean Louis Deniot

Jennie Abbott

Ron Marvin

Steven Volpe


Paintings by Cameron Martin

Currently, there is a exhibition of beautiful and unique paintings by Whitney Biennial artist, Cameron Martin, at Greenberg Van Doren. The paintings, almost monochromatic and devoid of color, are of untouched scenes in nature - sunlight and shadow playing across broken rocks, a wooded wall of skinny birches, a water fall and trees with their snake-like roots. The works, acrylic on canvas, are painted in whites, creams and varying shades of gray and once you find a good position in front of the painting, you must take the time and be patient to capture all the subtle details of his subjects. The lack of pigment and the bleached out effect of the canvas reminds one of faded photos or postcards, which is further emphasized by his use of cropping and thick white borders around his scenes. These borders are made more apparent by the artist placing the whole scene off center. If you look even closer, there are horizontal striations throughout the painting - reminiscent of lines through an old tv screen. There is a tension between seeing and not seeing and there is a presence of the idea of memory and memories that fade over time. While you are looking at the painting, it seems to disappear in front of you at the same time. Whether there is an environmental message here or a simple contemporary study of nature, Martin's canvases are a serene and quiet respite from our daily urban life.