Best of IMM Cologne 2019 -A Design and Interiors Fair

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IMM Cologne Home and Interiors  showcases trends and invention in interiors and design – known for its sleek format and emphasis on technologically pioneering exhibitors it is one of the most important events in European design. This year the theme is pure atmosphere, a distillation of formal restraint, design purity with unusual touches. This coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus school and there is even a section devoted to this important and lasting design legacy. With over 13,00 exhibitors it’s a unique opportunity to see up and coming talent as well as established furniture and design icons’ newest ideas and pieces.

 

Here are a few of our favorites from the IMM Cologne Fair this year.

 

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The beautiful and iconic Barcelona Chair, originally designed by Mies van der Rohe for the German Pavilion of  the World Exhibition, 1929. IMM | Knoll International

 

 

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Koelnmesse | Giorgetti

Giorgetti  is known for unique and expected combinations and has a long history spanning over 100 years. The modern designs are based in part on a tradition of cabinet making and an emphasis on the unexpected use of materials.

All the pieces are made in Italy, from conception to production which is eco-efficient overall interestingly. In these fantastic chairs, Giorgetti uses restraint and geometry with exhilarating color, a sense of daring formalism comes together to create furnishing that is paired as a group or can be used a focal piece. The company is currently traveling an exhibition featuring its 120 history of design entitled Object to Project. 

 

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IMM | Studio Truly Truly

Studio Truly Truly’s beautiful Wove chair is an imaginative expression of modern sculptural form, water like gracefulness reminds one of suspension bridges.  This Australian pair is known for their extensive collaborations with top brands and design initiatives.  Based in The Netherlands, the duo is hands down one of our favorite design forces, and make a range of products beyond furniture including lighting, textiles, as well as entire spaces.

 

 

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Koelnmesse | Das Haus by Studio Truly Truly

In fact, the team will be presenting this year’s Das Haus – or Interiors on Stage.Created with artistic vision, every year the Das Haus space is designed by a nominated architect or designer and is meant to provide a platform for the designer’s personal vision of beauty and function, answering how people might live ideally.

This year, Truly Truly has created a space called Living by Moods. Emphasizing changing schedules and needs, this home has a sense of organic flow and within there are special zones: Reclusive, Serene, Active and Reclining. This space and the entire Das Haus project is considered experimental as a whole, and interestingly enough this year’s design focused on the beauty of flux, the ever-changing dynamism of our daily lives. We love the modular furniture, dramatic light fixtures, intersecting lines and variety of layering materials, particularly the airy juxtaposition of open space and light, partitions and natural and manmade texures.

 

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We are also captiavted by simpler projects such as that of young British designer Joe Smith of the young talents content. An interest in exaggerated form paired with craftsmanship and  industrial material drives this designer’s aesthetic and production. For this extraordianry chair, the designer was inspired in part by the construction of trains and bridges in the North of England, thus the cubic form and use of bolts.

 

 

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As we can see, the young talents competition is one of the most interesting resources for finding innovative technical projects that marry beautiful design with materials.

INDO’s lush geometry of the Ikat Credenza is a wonderfully designed project. This piece plays with the variability of the Kat fabric on a curvilinear classical form of the iconic modernist furniture profile of a mid-century modern tambour credenza, creating a sense of movement.

 

 

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Koelnmesse | Tobias Grau

German lighting designer Tobias Grau synthesizes artistic form with technological innovation to create unexpected yet sculptural formats. Headed by the designer and based in Hamburg, a holistic philosophy guides the process of making modern artistic lighting.  This series of lamps is one of my favorite IMM pieces.

 

 

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Koelnmesse |ClassiCon

ClassiCon is renowned for their pieces that combine artistic radicalism and classic modern design, considered art works in themselves. Collaborations have included with stellar design leaders such as Eileen Gray and Eckart Muthesius, as well as Konstantin Grcic.

 

 

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IMM| Mor Dogan | Piggo Modular Furniture

Last but not least is another Young Talent innovator -this modular furniture piece was designed by Mor Dogan for children’s waiting rooms. Inspired by her nephew who had to spent time in doctor’s office she wanted to bridge this often boring and stressful experience by creating a line of furnishings that approached design, usefulness and well-being.

Delightful Design + Pantone Color of the Year Living Coral

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Lush Living Coral is the Pantone color of this year and in its most innovative embodiments in textiles, ceramics, furniture and decorative objects we can see a sense of classic modernist daring as well as bright minimalism.

 

In many ways this hue reflects other trends in design innovation including a new way of pairing bright almost Memphis style colors with classic mid-century. modernist design elements. We have a few favorite objects and furniture ideas that take this vibrant color and imbue it with design sensibility that pushes boundaries in style, form and tradition. One can go either opulent modern with high-end details or feature statement pieces in the delightful color.

 

Enjoy our curated pick for beautiful designs with Living Coral color. 

 

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The gorgeous Marie Chair by Essential Home combines the velvet plush coral with gold grid design.

 

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Coral colors can be added as more nuanced statement pieces in muted tones like this American Modern Russel Wright pitcher from Eclect Design, an elegant classic form beautifully revived by California-based Bauer pottery.

 

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Gan Low Stool | Nendo 

Color, tradition and form come together in this vibrant piece. Designed by Japanese studio Nendo, this coral Aram low stool is inspired in part by the traditional Indian technique that works with iron wires in circles. The table is constructed with powder-coated stainless steel wire.  We have admired the designs of Canadian born designer Oki Sato for some time, whose works are found in stellar collections including The Museum of Modern Art. This year Nendo was named the AW Architektur & Wohnen Designer of the Year.

 

 

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We also look the curvilinear lines and smooth silhouette of the coral covered sofa from Allsteeloffice, an unexpected subtlety of color and surface. Living coral is perfect for statement pieces for the home or office.

Design News -The Covet International Awards

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As many of you know, our content curator is invested not only in presenting gorgeous decorative content, but as well supporting young artists and designers. That’s why we wanted to showcase the Covet International Awards -and spread the word about this international contest.

They are seeking outstanding submissions in the areas of

 

Residential | Hospitality | Commercial | Sustainable Design 

 

The deadline is December 15th, 2018.

 

This exciting award series is honoring the very best in interior design projects allover the world. celebrating and working to elevate creativity in the field, an expression of a commitment to the importance of decorative arts in our world today, as well as nod to the importance of handicraft and quality workmanship, a form of art and craft that may be fading from our lives too soon. Learn more here: https://covetawards.eu

 

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The Covet Awards are Sponsored by the BR HANDS FOUNDATION and COVETED

Leaders in Contemporary Design – Laskasas from Portugal

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Laskasas is a Portuguese furnishings and home décor company distinguished by a sense of modernist style with a twist.

Emphasis on sculptural design, ornate yet refined materials and a depth of texture and color mark the aesthetic of this innovative company. Every space and item has an opulent warmth to it without sacrificing style and originality. Understated rich color and curvilinear forms are ever present.

Laskasas is part of an important contemporary trend in Portugal that takes traditional artistry and merges these techniques inventively if not lushly to create new interpretations of modernist decor and furnishings. Indeed, Portuguese craftsmanship has been increasingly at the forefront of the design world, a tradition of centuries old invention and skill that includes outstanding achievements in areas of decorative arts such as azulejos,ceramics, embroidery, leaf gilding, and woodworking among many other areas.

 

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The company’s founder and CEO Celso Lascasas began the company in a small town near Porto, with the intention of offering high quality and innovative design in every aspect of home décor. The company oversees every aspect from design to production to sales as well and today, Laskasas is well established in its home country, and is now beginning to garner the attention of the design world, lately featured in various important design shows all over Europe including Maison & Objet and Milano Fashion Week.

We are delighted to feature the fine work and design of this innovative new company.

 

 

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Contemporary Design: Innovative Meets Tradition

 Where do you see Portugal in terms of the design world? 

Portugal is a small country of great talents, including the art of making stunning and innovating design pieces. Many brands are now producing their own designs and therefore continuing the legacy of Portuguese craftsmanship therefore creating truly remarkable products capable of adapting to any style of décor. I believe that the main inspiration comes from Italian furniture design but always with a modern twist, prevailing the noble materials and exclusive finishes. And that’s really what puts Portugal on the front row in the design world.

 

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Tell us about your company?

We design, produce and sells all our products and of course, none of this would be possible without Celso Lascasas, the brand’s founder and CEO. As well, Diana Leite our COO guides our brand. All timeless designs are the result of an inspired team coordinated by Pedro Neto.

Tell us about some of your newest and most interesting projects that your creative team is truly excited about.

 

 

The Stewart TV Cabinet is a detailed woodwork piece with crossed leaves of wood as well as metal details on the legs and the door pulls. This inspired vintage design is meant to add a sense of luxury.

The Jean Sofa is a beautiful upholstery piece utilizing a vintage upholstery approach: the Chesterfield buttoned technique. We have also mixed classic and contemporary styles in the wood and metal details.

 

The Pearl Console stole everyone’s heart! This handmade piece includes golden stainless steel and a stunning Port Laurent marble top and structure. With bold materials and finishes, it’s meant to be a statement piece exuding sophistication and luxury.

The Donald Armchair is a contemporary upholstered piece set in a sophisticated golden round stainless-steel foot. The compact and curved appearance gives this armchair the modern look of mid-century.

 

And can you tell us more about your craftspeople, manufacturing process and vision? 

Handmade techniques give a unique touch to all our pieces. Being based in the epicenter of furniture in Portugal allows us to have the best suppliers and materials. Our woodworkers, upholsterers and metalworkers have accumulated, along the years, the experience and know-how to perfectly execute our designs. Complete customization is one of our key strengths and that is the vision and motto.

 

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Learn more about the design vision of Laskasas.

Four Beautiful Modern Kitchens

In North America holiday season is fast upon us, and many of us are thinking about our cooking and entertaining spaces. Some of us are even renovating before the season really gets into full swing!! Now, while we all love the perennial appeal of a white crisp kitchen whether traditional or nordic style, there is so much to think about when it comes to choosing a space with depth, character and layered hues. We hope you enjoy our gallery of sophisticated kitchens distinguished by elegant combinations of natural materials and mid century modernist classicism.

Stunning Kitchen #1: A Historic Space with Contemporary Flair

 

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This grand space takes historic architecture and marries it with the most au courant of kitchen style, Archetipo 10, courtesy of L’Ottocento.

 

Stunning Kitchen #2: Depth in Color -A Contemporary Aesthetic

 

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A gorgeously romantic and modern space with sable colored stone counters and dark wood cabinetry complemented with original BTC Cosmo Pendants, such a stunning picture of contemporary style and taste. Courtesy of BTC. 

 

Contemporary Kitchen #3: Go Black with Luxurious Texture

 

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This stunner of a space takes Nero Venato tile in the most beautiful of grays and mixes it up with gorgeously veined stone, offset with noir countertops and dramatic lighting. Courtesy of Original Style. 

 

Modern Kitchen #4 -Pared Down Modernism

 

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If using your kitchen table for parties and or a working and family space is a definite, then the choice of a farmhouse table is clear. But the rustic look is beautifully made unique and stylish with modernist lighting fixtures such as these BTC Fin Pendant lights, adding style and ambient lighting. Courtesy of BTC Original.

 

 

Popular Interior Design Hashtags

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“How do discerning and creative interior decor and collectors seek new ideas, leading forces and artistic projects?” With interior design hashtags.

As a leading source of visual inspiration is social media including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, interior decor hashtags are an exciting  force in the world of interior decor and style trends. Through these markers of style, you will find great diversity, innovation and ideas you might not otherwise discover.

Whatever the phrase, the hashtags share one thing -images and ideas that are visually exhilarating, influential and inspiring, a new way to showcase design creativity! So what are some of the most inspirational and interesting topics and trends we find via interior design hashtags?

 

Interior Design Hashtags: #MODERNHOME

 

Au courant design wins with this hashtag which brings up a host of new spaces, architectural innovation, art displays and interior decor gorgeousness that is both irresistible and inspiring.

 

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Interior Design by Gerard Puxhe

Modern home are about amazing furnishings, riveting materials and the most vanguard of design. Spanish designer Gerard Puxhe’s beautifully curated look encapsulates the trend in modern design, eclectic contemporary sensibility with bold artistic flair.

In this ultra contemporary vignette of grays and blacks, Puxhe has added Jamie Hayon’s sculpture The Guest in a perfected combination of style and contemporary luxury.

 

Interior Design Hashtags: #HOUSETOUR

 

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For those wanting to be inspired by tastemakers and gorgeous spaces, the interior design hashtag #HOUSETOUR is a sure way to find beautiful residences, bespoke interior decoration projects, celebrity homes, and daring new ideas. Amazing art collections and the most delightful of personal moments are revealed. Style seekers adore the view into homes and vignettes of spaces like the studios and or creative desks of writers, artists, decorators and other interesting people.

 

Interior Design Hashtags: #FINDITSTYLEIT

 

Looking for something remarkable or stand out? This hashtag inspires the discerning treasure seeker and art collector to curate objects and artwork in a newly creative way. As an interior design hashtag  #FINDITSTYLEIT leads the decor aficionado to gorgeous rooms arranged to evoke not only comfort, but as well opulence, artistic sensibility and showcase amazing finds like porcelains, finished with elegant lighting.

 

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Interior Design Hashtags: #WHITEDECOR

 

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This is an extremely popular interior decor hashtag. Get ready for beauty with #WHITEDECOR. From antique to the most contemporary of sensibilities, white is a perennial favourite popular among traditionalists as well as the most contemporary of designers and trendsetters. Trending interiors include white and pale walls, furnishings, and lighting to create the most luxurious of looks. Gold adds character and depth.

 

Interior Design Hashtags: #IHAVETHISTHINGWITHPINK

 

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Rethink pink with this popular and inspiring interior design hashtag, a favourite among designers, risk takers and even the most classical of decorators. Pink can be so many things: an ode to the post war mid century modernist style, the sumptuous ornate beauty of Hollywood regency, pop art and the grandeur of Versailles.

The interior decor hastag IHAVETHISTHINGWITHPINK reflects the personalised nature of the new social media, a kind of creative sharing of taste and style that is truly inspiring.

Pink lighting is one of the leading trends -adding a touch of finesse and bold character, chandeliers transform spaces into contemporary curated masterworks.

So look beyond the glossy pages of the traditional print magazine, and go for the creative energy found in the newest interior design hashtags, the most current of social media hallmarks of style. Find inspiration, ideas and new furnishings, lighting, artwork and decor for your space.

This blog is a repost of a guest post on the Lladro website here.

Be Inspired -A Selection of Creative Interior Design Names

There are plenty of classic interior design names that many of us recognize, like the sophisticated classic look of Ralph Lauren or the modern guru Jonathan Adler, and perhaps the cutting edge ideas of Philippe Starck? Many look to interior design names like Kelly Wearstler whose glamours luxury means distinctive designs with an eclectic slant.

Still more adventurous are names such as Abigail Ahern whose creative take on dark textures and palettes has transformed modern decoration. If you are more interested in the streamlined classicism of Scandinavian modern, this is also a field that is constantly evolving and reinventing functional beauty.

 

 

If you adore Scandinavian design, Muuto is a leading interior design name these days.

Enjoy our selection of some of the more fascinating names in design today. These visionaries in the interior design world dazzle and charm with their style and creativity, from sleek contemporary looks in high style to the eclectic musings of American charmers. There are so many interior design names to look to for true inspiration and these are just a few.

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Cecilie Manz’s Workshop Chair with the 70/70 Table and Ambit Pendant, Muuto.

 

Muuto is an extraordinary force in industrial and furniture design. Recently, part of the Muuto team – Danish designer Cecilie Manz was honored with the Maison & Objet Designer of the year award for 2018.

Her extraordinarily elegant, functional and refined design of the Workshop chair makes her an important visionary and interior design name today. The minimalist chair comes in many beautiful matte finishes and various colours and is truly a classic modernist piece. Pairs beautifully with contemporary, mid century modern and traditional tables.

 

Interior Design Names: Jaime Hayón

 

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Designer Jaime Hayón  is an internationally recognized designer and artist whose comprehensive and inventive projects are anticipated by many in the art, design and interior décor world. From incredible fanciful rugs for Nanimarquina to The Guest series for Lladró, Hayón embodies the artistic side of interior design today. The decorative artworks in the special Guest series are remarkable forays into the imagination of the designer and all the leading contemporary artists who collaborated. Match with current trends in furnishings and bright palettes and one has a curated space. Design your space around artwork…

Interior Design Names: Emily Henderson

 

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Emily Henderson’s site has a fun tagline “Style Play Everyday” so you know the tips and ideas from this interior design name are going to useful and inspired. The American stylist is known for her clean modern style with lots of cozy comfort, bright colours like jewel green and colbalt blue, lots of natural daylights, wood accents and lots of decorative items and artwork. Simple lines, organic wood and an artfully arranged entry way or foyer showcase Emily’s finesse and creative approach to functional design.

Whatever your style, there are many sites and inspired portfolios to browse, enjoy and find inspiration from, and these are just a few of the many talents out there. These top interior design names are some of the most inspired and artistic and will certainly make you think twice.

This exciting blog post is part of a guest series on the Lladro Interiors Blog. 

Fabulous Bedrooms

Decorating a bedroom is always a personalized project that should encompass style with comfort and touch of sensuality and character. Focus walls with faux weathered historic looks, great wallpapers, ornate beds, classic sheets and Bloomsbury House style…we love all these amazing looks for your new bedroom…

 

Elegant Black and Gold

 

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Luxxu – an ornate luxury look with a sumptuous contemporary feel.

 

Hollywood Regency Goes Tropical

 

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Dreamy blue….Somewhere between fairytale, mid century modern and art nouveau we jut love this king sized Ariel bed in luxury velvet cloud from Sweetpea and Willow

 

Snow White Classicism

 

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The delicacy and freshness of white…a classic choice with a touch of femininity,  Romantic Ruffles Bed Linen, The French Bedroom Co

Boho Eclectic Style

 

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Eclectic style, art, patterns, Kantha quilts combined with metallics and Block Print Strip Wallpaper, Farrow & Ball

 

Adam Christopher Design -Geometry of Form

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Adam Barnes of Adam Christopher Design is a UK-based designer and artist whose practice includes sculpture and product design. Barnes’ work has geometric poetry to it that blends modernist iconic form with a sense of elegance. While the planters and sculptural containers are made of concrete, they resemble the delicate folds and sharp edges of origami and in some case the delicacy of eggs.

It was such a pleasure to learn more about this creative’s body of work and story. Enjoy the interview!

 

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Please tell me a bit about your schooling, training and evolution as a visual artist -I see you changed careers recently in a way…

It wasn’t anything spectacular, I failed my A-Levels decided to go to art school and was determined to do better so knuckled down and got A’s instead of U’s.  I had enough of education then as I was never great at it so decided to sell cars in an attempt to follow in my Dad’s footsteps but hated it and was again rubbish at it. So I went back to education and did car design, got a placement with Ford designing cars for them and then got a job with LEGO straight form Uni. I did that for nearly 3 years and then went at it on my own and started with sculptures but moved more towards the planters.

I learnt a lot whilst doing the sculptures about materials and loved the usability of concrete so that has stuck with me throughout. You can’t easily create any of the shapes I come up with but concrete makes it a bit easier in the sizes I like to work with.

I am entranced by the Brancusi like forms…if you were to describe your own aesthetic or style in a few sentences what might you say?

It would depend whether you are talking about my design or sculpture, the two are deliberately very different. My design work is origami, geometric style and you could liken the planters to opening seeds as the forms like Kronen and Prisme can open and close if folded from paper.

 

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And your sculpture? 

The sculpture is more flowing and is a bit of a release from the brutalist lines of my design work. The most influential designer of my time when I was studying was Chris Bangle who over saw the flame surfacing design language of the early 00’s. The key to my sculptures is how the surfaces play with each other and flow around the form.

 

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Can you tell me a bit more about your Flame sculptures?

Flame was part of a developmental program I did a long time ago and was really about looking at fire and how the lines created in it are constantly changing but always pretty. I tried to capture the essence of a flame but in a bit more of an interesting shape than something simpler. There are a lot of lines there that work together and make it look simple but actually the lines all need to work together to balance the form and work in harmony.

 

 

As well as the sculptures your oeuvre includes mostly functional objects, tell me more about this area of concentration? 

I am interested particularly in the way your pots seem to be an admixture between luxury and industrial materials, in what way has your work in the auto industry informed your artistic practice?

Basically, I prefer stuff with purpose, if something has a function or a reason for existence then it is easier to relate to it. A sculpture that does nothing is nice to some people but a sculpture that doubles as something else is much more appealing and justifiable.

 

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Learn more about Adam Christopher Design 

Emma Bass -The Modern Classicist -Amazing Botanical Photographs

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New Zealand photographer Emma Bass creates bright and modern yet painterly images of flowers in exquisite arrangements. That elusive artistic talent…flawless composition ….returns us over and over to her delightful imagery. Emma’s work has been widely exhibited in New Zealand and may be found in international private and corporate collections and she was the only New Zealander invited to exhibit at the Royal Academy’s 2016 Summer Exhibition, London.

It was such a pleasure to interview the talented artist for the blog, and we hope you enjoy learning more about Emma Bass’s work as much as we did.

 

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Tell us a bit about your background? 

I have always seen the world in a compositional way and through a lens. It all started while I was working as a nurse in London during the late 1980s. I did a photography course in Leicester Square and was completely hooked.  I came back to New Zealand where I properly trained for two years and started a career within editorial and commercial photography over a span of 23 years.

I’ve always loved flowers – they are my constant yet ever-changing muse.  As an art photographer who also worked in the milieu of glossy magazines, I became obsessed with finding the ‘perfect’ vessel to team with the ‘perfect’ arrangement. Then one day, a truth dawned. I uncoupled myself from this endless, fruitless search and began to capture reality.  This is when my first body of work Imperfect was formed.

 

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I see flowers as one of the most universal forms of beauty. Every culture celebrates them in some way – from the East where they are meditative offerings, to the West, where in the time of the Dutch Masters, they were symbols of wealth and status. They are also tokens of love and a natural expression of the environment. During difficult times, they are a reprieve. Some, like peonies, are impossibly beautiful. But because they bloom and fade so quickly, they are also metaphors of life and death.

 

 

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Your process for making your artwork?

In the body of work Imperfect, I found the freedom to no longer peddle perfection. I embraced emerging decay: the maligned, blemished and slightly broken. I paired flowers gathered roadside – including dandelions and cowslip grass – with blooms from friends’ gardens, and displayed them in preloved vases found on eBay. The images were shot not in a studio, but on a stairwell ledge within my home amidst the comforting chaos of family life. I noted the time each image was captured. The decline in the blooms is not obvious or pitiful, but subtle and seductive.  I found the beauty in the imperfect.

 

 

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Most inspiring photographer or artist? 

I have a house filled with botanical art, which I’ve collected from New Zealand and further ashore. I like to be surrounded by all flower forms and am interested in how other artists perceive the floral genre.

I love the work of English artist Ann Carrington who makes incredible sculptures of flower arrangements out of English silver cutlery.  Karl Blossfeldt did beautiful botanical studies in the early 1900s, and I love the Dutch Masters, which I’ve found inspirational for my second body of work Embellish.

In 2016, I had a work accepted into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London and while there I visited a Dutch flower still life exhibition at the National Gallery. To see these exquisite masterpieces up close in the flesh was quite a pivotal moment.

 

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Favorite historic house or contemporary design? 

I love the era of the 50s, the modernist era.  I live in a 1950s house and love the clean lines, the open spaces, and large windows that fill the house with luminous light.  I would love to own a Frank Lloyd Wright house in my dreams.