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11-12-14 - Matisse: the Cut-Outs

On a recent trip to NYC we visited MoMA to see the Henri Matisse exhibition, The Cut-Outs.

The exhibition focuses on the large scale cut-out works created during the later years of Matisse’s life. Made by a process Matisse described as “drawing with scissors,” the works consist of gouache painted paper that has been cut and arranged in striking compositions. Although the collection in its entirety was outstanding we were appropriately drawn to the large works Matisse made for the walls of his own home.

The Swimming Pool, is a dance of diving blue shapes on a white paper band created to ring the walls of the artists’ burlap papered dinning room. The piece has been carefully restored and is currently displayed on burlap and at its intended height to recreate the physical effect it had in its original space.¬†Check out MoMA’s video about the conservation of this piece,¬†Henri Matisse: Conserving The Swimming Pool.

The Swimming Pool, 1952.

The Swimming Pool, 1952

The Swimming Pool in Matisse's dinning room at the Hotel Regina in Paris, 1952.

Another work that caught our eye was Oceania, the Sky and Oceania, the Sea born on the walls of Matisse’s apartment at the Boulevard Montparnasse. Matisse cut and pinned shapes of sparrows and jellyfish, inspired by his time in Tahiti, creating his own wallpaper of sorts. In fact, the design was translated into a screen-printed textile in limited production.

Oceania, the Sky and Oceania, the Sea on the walls of Matisse's studio. 1946

Oceania, the Sky and Oceania, the Sea in progress, 1946.

Matisse’s walls became an ever-changing, canvas for his cut-outs and therefore a physical cultivation of the ideas he was expressing through his “drawing with scissors.” Much like we do, Matisse filled his personal and professional space with what inspired him, which enabled him to live within his own creations at a time in his life when his ability to travel and explore was limited by illness. Maybe, if we think like Matisse, our walls can become more than just structure. Maybe they can be a platform of our own self expression. What would that mean for our homes? What kind of possibilities could that open up for our wallpapers?



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7-30-11 - wildflower wonder

Wedding wildflowers

My childhood friend asked us to create the flower arrangements for her country wedding in upstate NY. She arranged for us to pick wildflowers at a local farm the day before the wedding, but we had no idea what flowers would be available. Armed with hundreds of mason jars and rolls of rafia ribbon, we arrived at the farm ready to make some floral magic happen. This was such a fun challenge – to have no plan – no sense of what colors, shapes, varieties of flowers we would have to work with – and just to trust in the beauty of nature and the abundant possibilities. A great design exercise! Have you ever been faced with the unknown and had to design your way to an answer?

Wedding flowers

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2-4-11 - shane’s studio chat

Chatted today with Decorati founder and VP of Gilt Home, Shane Reilly, via Skype about the origin of our business and our design process for her blog Shane’s Studio. We had a great time discussing how we work with our own photography to create the elements of our patterns – check out some of our photos in a slideshow on the computer behind us. Also, shared a sneak peek of some new patterns in the works and the specific images that inspired them.

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