Bunnies: The Work of Hunt Slonem

Since the artists first put paintbrush to canvas, animals have been a constant source of inspiration.  From bulls depicted in the first cave paintings at Lascaux, the doves ever present in the artworks of Renaissance masters, to the peacocks which took center stage in Arts & Crafts wallcoverings and massive stone horse at South Dakota's Crazy Horse Memorial - animals have not only brought a sense of life to the arts in which they're depicted but they've also come to provide symbolic emphasis as well.

With "Bunnies", Hunt Slonem, an American artist whose fanciful depictions of romantic wildlife have earned him the following of prominent collections the world over, brings to canvas and to San Diego's Madison Galleries a colony of whimsical and offbeat rabbits featuring his signature graphic qualities and playful yet commanding brushstrokes.  The collection, although centered on the hare, also features butterflies, parrots (the artist currently has over 60 parrots at home), and almost surreal depictions of the human head.

Although the works featuring not-so-cottontail themes give a glimpse as to just why Slonem is so loved - deep textures, spirited strokes, and vibrant colors are almost always present in his works - it is the bunny collection in which he truly excels in bringing out the essence of the rabbit. Symbolically, the rabbit has come to be known in a number of cultures as fertility, growth, speed, rebirth, and abundance.  Slonem's simple depictions made sometimes with singular brushstrokes dashing off their recognizable shapes.  More so, for the artist the smaller pieces are actually morning warm-ups, part of his daily process to prepare for the larger works he works on during the day.

Slomen's cute and cuddly (though some say sinister and sultry) Bunnies will be hanging at Madison Gallery until September 23rd. 

Hunt Slonem | www.huntslonem.com

Madison Gallery | www.madisongalleries.com
Hunt Slonem's "Bunnies" continues until September 23rd.  The entire collection may be viewed online. Hunt Slonem's newest book "Bunnies" is available through Amazon.com HERE and will also be available in the upcoming D'Scoop Book Store, coming in October.


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A Grand Opening: Farrow & Ball's Orange County Showroom

Everyone knows I like a good party as much as the next guy.  Or gal for that matter. It's been whispered that I like to RSVP to them all and see how many I can make happen in a single evening. So after posting last week about English colour genius Farrow & Ball's newest Japanese inspired wallcoverings, how could I say no to an invitation to not only celebrate the opening of their newest showroom in Orange County's South Coast Collection but to also spend a little time with style maven and personal friend Mrs. Lilien.

As Orange County continues to become a force in the design industry with new showrooms popping up at the Laguna Design Center (Thomas Lavin for example) and the development of the South Coast Collection featuring such brands as Scalamandré and Pirch, it would only make sense that Farrow & Ball would expand their individual boutiques featuring their deep British colours and painted wallpapers further south.  A night of nibbles and cocktails keep party-goers happy while a showcases of wonderful hues and a private color consultation with F&B experts kept them wooed.

As for that goodie bag?  The inclusion of Mrs. Lilien's newest book, Dessert Cocktail Swatchbook (soon to arrive in theTwentySIX digital bookstore coming next month) certainly didn't hurt.

D'Scoop wishes Farrow & Ball much success on their newest showroom!

Farrow & Ball | www.farrow-ball.com
South Coast Collection
3323-C Hyland Avenue
Costa Mesa, California 92626


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The Lights Stay on for Prada Marfa

The year 2005 brought the arrival of a Prada boutique to a desolate strip of U.S. 90 in West Texas.  Never meant to be a functioning boutique, the white stucco walls and grey awnings of the Prada Marfa, an installation by Berlin artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, stand as a bit of a Dorothy in the Oz of Texas, a little mirage in the big desert.

Image by Lizette Kabré, courtesy Ballroom Marfa

Image by Lizette Kabré, courtesy Ballroom Marfa

Prada Marfa was meant as a commentary on the ubiquitous rise of the luxury brand, the unchecked prices and uber exclusivity that comes from the acquisition of any luxe product.  Simply put, it does the trick, being that Marfa, a town of just under 1,900 people known for its artistic community and Donald Judd's Chinati Foundation, would normally never be considered a location for a true Prada boutique.  In fact, the whole of Texas does not have a stand alone Prada boutique (aside from the permanently locked structure located 35 miles northwest of Marfa) save for pop-ups in Neiman Marcus.

However that may be, the Texas Department of Transportation felt it was much more, once calling it illegal roadside signage for the luxury brand.  Arguments ensued and the art world won out.  The Texas Department of Transportation announced this weekend that the Ballroom Marfa Foundation will be allowed to keep Prada Marfa, what the BBC considers one of America's strangest roadside attractions, standing. 

"Prada Marfa is not going anywhere", Daniel Chamberlin, spokeman for Ballroom Marfa told The Associate Press. 

And we're certainly glad it isn't.

Prada Marfa | www.ballroommarfa.org


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New #Luxury Product Spotlight - Week of Sept. 15th

Weekly my inbox fills with notice of great new products being introduced to the market.  And as much as I'd like to devote space in our quarterly magazine theTwentySIX, there just isn't enough space.  The result?  Every week check this spot for the newest product introductions.  And if you'd like to see your product here... make sure to email me the press release and necessary photos.


Drawer Accessory System by Henrybuilt

image courtesy Henrybuilt

image courtesy Henrybuilt

image courtesy Henrybuilt

image courtesy Henrybuilt

image courtesy Henrybuilt

image courtesy Henrybuilt

image courtesy Henrybuilt

image courtesy Henrybuilt

The key to a functional kitchen, aside from workflow, is organization, the ability to find everything one needs quickly and efficiently while preparing even the simplest of dishes.  Having a kitchen full of "junk drawers" (like my own kitchen... don't judge!) is not the way to do that.  Henrybuilt, a Seattle based craftsman of high-performance and sophisticated cabinetry, has launched its newly designed line of hand crafted drawer accessories.  A statement in warmly finished eco-conscious woods, Paperstone, and solid surface acrylic, each component of the Drawer Accessory System is designed to bring optimum functionality and efficient spaceplanning to the interiors of their already stunning cabinetry.  Even better, drawer dividers are easily reconfigurable for continued flexibility. Packages begin at $1,500.
www.henrybuilt.com


ILBAGNOALESSI Basins for the US by Laufen

image courtesy Laufen

image courtesy Laufen

Image courtesy Laufen

Image courtesy Laufen

Conceived by Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni in 2002, the ILBAGNOALESSI One Series from Swiss brand Laufen has become a design staple for elegant, fashion forward bathrooms the world over.  With the demand by the United States market for more European styled luxury bathroom products, Laufen is expanding the popular series into the US market, bringing the designer inspired vanity, offered in additional sizes with left and right facing installations, to our shores.  According to Javier Korneluk, US Managing Director "[Laufen] looks forward to continuing to offer our customers new products that...quite literally, 'break the mold' when it comes to innovative design."  The expanded offering will be available in white and finished with Laufen Clean Coat.
www.us.laufen.com


The Biltmore Console from Rose Tarlow Melrose House

image courtesy Rose Tarlow

image courtesy Rose Tarlow

A refined translation of the traditional Parisian farm table, The Biltmore Console from Rose Tarlow Melrose House is easily a spectacle not because of the exquisite grain patterns of its walnut construction or because of the newly introduced Dover Grey finish but because of its sheer size.  Measuring a full 15 feet in length, the hand planed and antiqued console is meant for a space requiring a sense of grandeur yet casual elegance.  Also available in 10 foot and 5 foot lengths.
www.rosetarlow.com


Solid Copper & Brass Hanging Planter by Ashira Israel for Kaufmann Mercantile

Hanging Planters by Ashira Israel, image courtesy Kaufmann Mercantile

Hanging Planters by Ashira Israel, image courtesy Kaufmann Mercantile

Solid Brass Planter, image courtesy Kaufmann Mercantile

Solid Brass Planter, image courtesy Kaufmann Mercantile

Solid Copper Planter, image courtesy Kaufmann Mercantile

Solid Copper Planter, image courtesy Kaufmann Mercantile

I've long been a fan of anything that online design stockist Kaufmann Mercantile posts in their every growing digital catalog.  Perfect for the California bungalow lifestyle, their newly introduced Solid Copper and Solid Brass Hanging Planters, designed by artist Ashira Israel (not to be confused with Asher Israelow), are just another "must have" in my expanding Luxury wish list.  The raw, uncoated planters were inspired by himmeli, a Finnish tradition of handcrafting hanging mobiles made of straw for the Christmas season meant to usher in the holiday spirit.  In this particular case, the planters are meant to created a festive moode at any time of year.  Ashira and her team form each planter in their Brooklyn studio by hand from sheets of metal turned slowly on a lathe until a dome forms.  Each planter is 8 inches diameter by 4 inches high and retails for $150.00.
www.kaufmann-mercantile.com


Geode Collection by Andy Fleishman for Ann Sacks

Spoke Field, image courtesy Ann Sacks

Spoke Field, image courtesy Ann Sacks

6"x6" Circles Field, image courtesy Ann Sacks

6"x6" Circles Field, image courtesy Ann Sacks

Couplet Field, image courtesy Ann Sacks

Couplet Field, image courtesy Ann Sacks

The tactile qualities of wallcoverings have become all the more important as interior decor focuses on fulfilling the needs of all five senses.  Geode, a new collection of tile designed by Andy Fleishman for Ann Sacks, marries smooth surfaces with rough hewn finishes, mimicking the naturally created designs of the geode and providing a finish which is at one playfully tactile while visually stimulating.  The Geode Collection features five patterns - Circles, Couplet, Gemstone, Spoke and Swirl - in eight muted yet exciting colorways. Field sizes start at $19.00 per square foot.
www.annsacks.com


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Escape the Heat with #DesignLUX

If you're anywhere near Southern California you know that we're melting.  I don't mean polar ice cap melting into the Pacific type of melting but "OMG my ice cream cone is dripping on my flip flops" melting.

And for those of you that are jealous, please, don't be.  Seriously.

We've hit that one point in the weather called Indian Summer...that last big of insane heat just before the temperatures drop and we can bring out the cashmere.   Those last few days of "gawd I just want to be naked all day long" before we bundle up and start thinking in terms of firewood. What's a girl to do?

This Thursday, September 18th, strip down to your chonies, pour yourself a chilled glass of pinot grigio, and join #DesignLUX for one last summer chat.  We'll be cooling down Twitter with our own special blend of inspiration, advice, and debauchery.  Bring your pins and tips for keeping it cool even in the hottest of moments.  If even for just one hour you'll feel like you too have air conditioning. September 18th, 1pmPT/4pmET on Twitter.

Thursday, September 18th at 1pmPT/4pmET

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