Archive for June, 2010
While my lovely & talented Mom was visiting in May, we spent a day at The Art Institute of Chicago, exploring both the Matisse & the William Eggleston exhibits. I found the Matisse paintings, drawings & sculptures full of history, exuberance, life & color. But, even weeks later, I can’t get the Eggleston photographs out of my mind.
I have always found beauty in everyday objects and people. So does he.
His composition is second to none & his play on proportions is brilliant.
He also has a magical ability to catch amazing lighting. I am never so lucky with my amateur candid photos. But, I think we see beauty in most of the same things & I think that’s special. This was my Mom’s favorite photo:
Beauty in a reflection. Awesome!
So sang John Fogerty in one of my favorite Creedence Clearwater Revival songs, Fortunate Son. Of course he was referring to our good ol’ red, white & blue. And while I get a stirring of patriotism stirring in my heart every time I see the stars & stripes, the American flag is not my favorite. Let me say that I would NEVER burn a flag unless it was severely old & weather damaged, I ALWAYS stand for the National Anthem, & I am very proud to be an American. It’s just that other countries flags to me are so beautiful. I get a little jealous during the Olympics or World Cup when I see some the designs these other nations are sporting on their patriotic symbols. Let’s take a look at some of my favorites, shall we?
Kazakhstan, besides unwittingly inspiring a great character in Borat, also gives us this beautiful flag. I am deeply enamored of the image of the bird flying in front of the sun, the ornate stripe on the left, & I just adore the colors of this flag. I am thinking of using this color combination in a room someday. I just love it!
This one, from the Marshall Islands is simple, but striking to me. I am drawn to the widening diagonal stripe heading to the corner & the star on the opposite corner. They chose a great blue for their flag!
Albania has a simple color combination, but a features a powerful image of a two-headed eagle in the center.
My final favorite is Argentina. I don’t really know why, as I am usually not on board the powder blue train. I think it has something to do with the combination of the stripes & that sun in the middle. I have a thing for that sun.
At any rate, I find flags inspiring, not only in color & design, but what they represent. I like thinking of someday seeing these flags in person, flying over a building in the home country they represent.
Today, I couldn’t be happier that the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup!!! I’m going to take a brief blogging break to celebrate, but will be back next week with all new design-themed stuff & a new pop culture round-up weekly feature that I’ve been working on.
Let’s start with the number 6, as in Sixx Design. Then we have to add in the number 7, as in SEVEN children. Finally, we get to John Lennon’s favorite number, the number 9. And, more specifically, Bravo‘s wonderful design show, 9 by Design.
Those who know me, know I am sucker for anything shown on Bravo, from those silly Real Housewives to Top Design (the latter mostly because I adore Jonathan Adler, Todd Oldham & seeing what the cukoo-crazy Kelly Wearstler will wear:
But, Bravo hit the mark for me with their study in numbers, 9 by Design. I love the dynamic of self-taught designers Bob & Cortney Novogratz navigating the still-glum New York real estate market with their 7! children in tow. Not only are they fun to watch as a family, but their eclectic design sensibilities are exactly my cup of tea.
I am a huge fan of their mixing vintage with modern, and I am crazy for that menorah in the corner. I am also a huge fan of that giant Ann Carrington piece in the lobby of the Bungalow Hotel. I can only hope Bravo brings this back!!!