Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Simple Pleasures

The first local asparagus of spring — always so welcome.

(photo by richard powers)

Atelier: Fabienne Verdier

Just mesmerized by the extraordinary work of French painter Fabienne Verdier, who works with unconventionally large brushes that she makes herself. Reaching lengths of up to 6 feet long and a weight of 150 pounds, Fabienne's sheep hair, duck down or horse hair brushes are suspended with rope and then moved by hand or with a pair of bicycle handlebars. The minimalist paintings themselves reflect her training under a Chinese painting tradition, with an emphasis on ascetic preparation and spontaneous expression. That one big swoop of a brush gesture requires serious commitment. More here on Beautiful Decay.

Designer Tour: Rock 'n Roll Lifestyle


Love the concept behind this room designed by Catherine Kwong for the 2013 San Francisco Decorator Showcase — a decadent rock ‘n roll hideaway inspired, Catherine says, "...by Mick and Bianca Jagger in the 1970’s — the young and wild, traipsing-to-Saint Tropez years." She describes her room as " ...designed as a place for late-night parties with rock royalty and the jet-set. I wanted the room to be just like Mick and Bianca: luxe and decadent, but with a rock 'n roll edge.” The Showcase is open to the public April 27 to May 27.

(photos of catherine kwong's room by david duncan livingston. with thanks to jessica mullins of mullins pr for the images)
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