Colors from Art: A Louvre Fresco Inspired Palette

Here’s a snap I took of the Summer Apartment’s fresco ceiling at the Louvre in Paris. At 100 degrees this past week, I could use a Summer Apartment. I was inspired by the rich jewel tones and put together this eclectic color palette with a Chippendale sofa, an oriental rug, a classic ottoman and some very tactile lamps. Enjoy…

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Marble, Amethyst or Malachite: Semi-Precious Chair

I came across this funky and exotic chair in the March 2013 issue of Metropolis Magazine (a favorite read).

Designed by Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman for Cerruti Baleri, the Luigina Chair is made from plywood and CFC- free polyurethane foam. The seat cover is a silk/viscose blend that is printed in Carrara marble, amethyst, or malachite. This chair, in the marble version, is simply breathtaking. And because it’s faux, you don’t have the concerns associated with the care of a semi-precious stone.

Where could you use this chair? I can see this piece in a Hollywood Regency dining room, or as a side chair in a Paris apartment. It’s eclectic, it’s modern, it’s an antique all in one. Screen shot 2013-05-14 at 9.35.17 AM

Beauty Carved from Stone

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This amazing sculpture, found in the Atrium of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, is very human in scale. She is life size. The artist paid particular attention to achieving ideal proportions and maintaining all resemblance of the human form. Because of the pose of the subject, the sculpture is asymmetrical. The most amazing focal point is achieved by the positioning of the subject’s hips…what an amazing point of interest. The pose of the subject is in complete harmony with the stone from which it is sculpted. In addition, the pose of this sculpture is far from monotonous! The tilt of the head, the arch of the back, the tilt of the hips, and the crossed legs, add variety and interest. Unity is achieved by the entire pose turned toward the right.

The sculpture is contained in a block of limited space. There is no negative space within the sculpture with the exception of a small triangle beneath the right knee. This sculpture forms a rectangle and inside the rectangle there is a triangle. Because of its size and the method of sculpture, even though it is a sculpture in the round, this is a very solid mass of stone. The sculptor has employed diagonal lines in this piece, which creates energy and interest. While the body of the subject is smooth and featureless, beneath the body the artist has incised folds of marble to represent fabric as well as curls of the subject’s hair. Because of the use of white, Carrara marble, this sculpture gives off a luminescent light. Its luminosity is enhanced by the absence of color.