Out & About in NYC

I spent a wonderful day in NYC last weekend at the Architectural Digest Design Show. I went looking for design inspiration, new finds for projects and great artists I can work with on future projects. 

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I took the train to the city with a designer friend and we spent the day meeting vendors, taking pictures and enjoying a Brazilian dinner at Samba Kitchen + Bar before heading back to Baltimore.

 One of Samba's house favorite dishes, Camarão no Coco.

One of Samba's house favorite dishes, Camarão no Coco.

Here’s a look at a few of the artists that I really liked and their amazing pieces. 

Lisa Ashinoff, Virginia beach, VA artist

{Mid-century modern design and city landscapes}

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This bold, modern and wonderfully-geometric art immediately caught my eye. What you can’t see from the pictures are the great oil paint brush strokes that really add texture to these sharp-lined paintings. Don’t you love the colors and shapes?

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Lori Schouela, Boston, MA artist

{Rose petal paintings}

When the artist told me she made this from rose petals I was blown away! Can you imagine the time it takes to remove the rose petals and lay them out to create each piece? The soft colors of her creations are beautiful.

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Mirena Kim Ceramics, Los Angeles, CA artist

{Ceramic vases, containers and lamps}

Mirena is a talented artist from CA who took some time to explain how she makes her pieces and listen to us gush over them! I especially love the lamp. Each disk is hand cut and place on the lamp. The tiny containers in lovely bronze and cream finishes are also striking. They have such a peaceful feeling about them. 

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It’s A Kerman, Brooklyn, NY artist 

{Bold, abstract and saturated paintings}

Neil Kerman’s bold, exciting art is anything but peaceful! We met him in his booth and I loved the saturated color splashes on the white canvas. The piece has a lot of movement, a bit of metallic and lots of beautiful colors!

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Samantha Sandbrook, Toronto, Canada artist

{“Metallic and bright, cheeky and sophisticated, Samantha’s wall installations become the jewelry and focal point of the home.”}

I love circles in a room because so many elements in our homes have straight lines. A touch of round adds a feminine feel. And let’s face it, a wall with 100 of 3” round x 3” deep brass & acrylic circles is fun and there’s nothing wrong with adding a bit of fun to a room. The circles can be installed in many different configurations. A professional installer may be a good find for this art piece!

 {"Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s irreverent writing and his kiss-mark and graffiti-laden tombstone in the historic Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, these perfect brass and acrylic circles are a paradox made from industrial parts."}

{"Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s irreverent writing and his kiss-mark and graffiti-laden tombstone in the historic Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, these perfect brass and acrylic circles are a paradox made from industrial parts."}

Finding great art and accessories for your home may require going outside of your usual stores and sources. Local galleries and design shows can be a great way to connect with artists.

When looking for art for your home it’s great to find pieces that are interesting to you and even better when you know a bit about the art, how it was created and who created it! A connection and a story always make art more interesting.

April Pardoe