3 Art Pieces that “WOW” a Contemporary Office Space!

In recent days I’ve connected with some amazing artists! I’m big on using art in commercial design. From offices, to hotels, healthcare, and hospitality, art is the crowning touch to any space.

Today, I’ve chosen to feature three Maurice Sapiro’s pieces. All of his work is simply breathtaking, but today I selected his Blue Cloudburst, Venetian Sky, and Last Light to dress up this contemporary, but rather bland and unfinished lobby and work area.

Mr. Sapiro is an award winning mulit-media artist, based in CT, and it’s easy to see why his art is in such demand. Please visit his site to read his full bio and see more of his work.

It’s apparent to me immediately that with the addition of the Mr. Sapiro’s artwork, this space takes on an entirely new life. It goes from “just-another-space”, to a visually interesting, more polished office space.






Art: The Finishing Touch for Any Business

After you’ve worked long and hard with your design team to create a functional and inviting commercial space, don’t forget the finishing touch…art work. You can choose from 2- and 3D depending upon the location. I would probably steer clear of the performance art unless you run a dot.com.

Not sure of what kind of art your space calls for?
Ask a designer! We’re trained to understand your brand and what types of art will express that brand.

Here’s an example of small conference room dying for art! It even has wall-washing recessed lights, but no one thought about what the wall was washing! Silly. I’ve added red blocks to show where the art would go nicely on that washed wall. And then I’ve included some samples of art I’d might choose for this space. If you’ve ever been in a conference room, you know how your mind wanders, so in this case I would pick art that gives the mind something to ponder. It’s amazing how 5 minutes of day dreaming at a piece of art can generate thousands of ideas!

Remember, art is not purchased based upon your paint or furniture colors, art is chosen for its intrinsic value, for its beauty, because it “speaks to you”, because it expresses your company’s brand, mission, vision, culture. Whatever you do, have some fun! Be thought provoking! Dare to be different!






Roula Chreim
Painting Acrylic Size: 66.9 x 82.7 x 2 in

Saatchi Online



River Abstraction No 1, 2011, (IMG_3169) Black and white photograph by Keith Dotson

Keith Dotson

Tri Tone Kitchen Has Style


Tri Tone Kitchen

This simple and classic Elkay-Design-Craft kitchen caught my eye this morning curtesy of Kitchen & Bath Business. While I’m known for my very modern designs, the combination of cool and serene colors with the delicate cabinet embellishments made me take a second look. As KB&B stated, “The Barcelona features clean, simple lines, while the Valencia has a solid-wood raised center panel and bridges the gap between transitional and traditional design.” I would love to specify these Barcelona & Valencia cabinets for a custom kitchen project.

London Retail Therapy: Sensual and Feminine


Designer Christopher Jenner designed this sensual and feminine perfumery for Penhaligon. Bordering the Mayfair district, this Regent Street shoppe is almost 100% bespoke. The designer chose bold fuchsia and cool mint as his dominant colors. To this he added warm walnut floors and white millwork. I am especially drawn to the padded walls and glass ceiling. Ooo la la!

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Art Hanging – Arakawa Hanging Systems

If you’ve got a plethora of art that you’d like to group (salon style) together and you cannot measure or nail straight (like me) you have two choices; hire a professional picture/art hanger (do a google search, you’ll find one or two in your town–your art gallery or framer can recommend someone, too), or you can use one of these handy systems from Arakawa.

In addition to wall-mounting art, the company also offers ceiling mounting and they even have a product designed for Cathedral or shed roofs.

So says the company’s website:

“Arakawa rails make hanging artwork a snap. Wall rails such as our CRE and CRJ are the most common choices, and all you need is the rail clip, cable and hook (or other midway gripper) and you are ready to hang your art. Our products are designed to be minimal and unobtrusive, so that you can show off your artwork, not the hardware that hangs it.”

In this installation, the home owners used the CRB1800-a ceiling and floor railing to hang their eclectic art collection salon style.  The cables, BS1R rail clip and BS23BRSET rail tensioner go unnoticed and the artwork remains the primary focus.

According to my discussions with the company, something like this would cost about $800 in materials (based on a 10′ ceiling) plus, you guessed it, installation. But hey, since most of your work is done for you, all you need to do is attach art clips to the back of your pictures and then fasten these to the cables…easy peesy lemon squeezy, as we say in the industry!

Art Hanging – Arakawa Hanging Systems.