DON'T BLEND IN: THE BRIGHT POP PAINTINGS OF ARTIST CAROL JOHN

by Marisa Marcantonio


Photos courtesy of Hickory Chair and Carol John

Photos courtesy of Hickory Chair and Carol John

So many creative forces are coming from the South at the moment. The Athens, Georgia-based School of Visual Arts-trained artist Carol John's work was introduced to me by my friend Skip Rumley, the Creative Director of Hickory Chair. He incorporated her visual masterpieces amongst his well thought out vignettes at High Point Market.  Displayed alongside his clean-lined elegant designs, her work displayed the right amount of the unexpected. I am so pleased he was able to introduce  the work of this wonderful artist, helping expose her art to an entirely new audience.  The bold, no-holds-barred fantastical paintings, a melding of abstracted droplets and shapes,  set against a bright solid background, paired with bright zingy pop references make them joyous and just plain fun to look at. Their mesmerizing appeal may have something to do with their rainbow hues, or the fact that you can't really tell what the shapes are.  Rumley made a good fit, pairing her contemporary modernist sensibility with classic interiors--  it's all about the unexpected mix. I hope you will enjoy her effervescent, exacting paintings as much as I do.  I will be including one of her pieces in the just-launched Stylebeat Shop, and if you are interested in learning more about John's work,  reach out to her here.

Eye, Oil on Canvas 48" x 48"

Oh Lip, Oil on Canvas 48" x 48"

My favorite piece, there is an abstracted symmetry here that pulls you in

Summer Burst, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 48"

Burst of Wow, Oil on Canvas 68" x 56"

Buzz, Oil on Canvas 106" x 51"

Red on Green, Oil on Paper 22" x 30" 

HONING IN ON HIGH POINT MARKET: 14 FAVORITE FINDS

by Marisa Marcantonio

This spring season, High Point Market was filled with exciting new designs, many of which looked to the past, taking inspiration from vintage style, and traditional classics. Brass was everywhere, a new version of glamour was in the air, and rich, saturated color, along with a handsome haberdashery story were told across the spectrum.  Designer debuts, like those from Celerie Kemble and Aerin were followed up with equally strong collection additions. Also of note? The fantastic styling of showrooms, as they continue to look like fully realized showhouse environments. Many thanks to my sponsors for this market, the color-filled Wesley Hall and Chaddock, with its styled flair,  I loved being welcomed into your worlds.

Here are some of my favorite finds from High Point---

The showstopper, Bernhardt's fantastic brass four poster bed. 

Teal and coral in combination was a palette that kept cropping up this season, and last. Here, Wesley Hall upholstered a sheltering high-sided tufted sofa in a teal velvet. It has just the right amount of detail.

At Chaddock, the Feltrinelli loveseat by David Easton is an example of a clean lined piece with traditional roots.

Following up on her grand debut, Celerie Kemble added many great pieces to her collection at Henredon, including this wonderfully whimsical ebony and faux bone-inlay star-base table. It is such a striking piece.

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Layering in more vintage-inspired pieces, Celerie added this tufted side chair with femme kick pleat skirt. I know I have longed for this silhouette with its classic lines, now it is available.

The swivel chair is having a moment. A bucket chair with vintage-influences, complete with swivel was covered in this zippy graphic geo print at CR Laine.

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AERIN also enhanced her collection assortment at EJ Victor, adding in some key pieces with vintage touches. Her new side chair, with cut out back and tubular upholstery detailing was quite chic.

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I love Emporium Home and the way they are influenced by 70' and 80's throwback style. This stacking circular table in a parchment colored finish has a swiveling top that expands to offer more surface area.

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Influenced by the great John Dickson and his trompe l'oeil pieces, Hickory Chair debuted a fun console made of wicker.

Hardware accents can add such personality to a piece. Case in point, this new Easton chest from Oomph. You can choose from an array of brightly colored tassels as pulls. Such whimsy.

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Creating a radiating nailhead design, Thom Filicia's two door chest in a cerused finish at Vanguard is handy as a makeshift bar with storage.

Always colorful Dunes and Duchess showed their new Chappy Etagere. It can be done in custom colors.

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Globe pendant lights have such presence to them. This new version from Visual Comfort reminds me of an antique globe on a stand, reversed. I love the white glass and simple chain detail.

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Luca Rensi, a founder of Bungalow 5 knows how much I adore diminutive pieces, so I was thrilled to see the new Isadora Tea table he launched this market. Wrapped in grasscloth, it is a stylish choice for beside a reading chair.

HEADING TO THE WEST COAST FOR LCDQ LEGENDS OF LA CIENEGA MAY 7-9

by Marisa Marcantonio

One of the most imaginative design events is the annual La Cienega Design Quarter's Legends of Design in Los Angeles. I am thrilled to be attending as an Ambassador this year,  and from May 7th through 9th the days are  filled with wonderful panel discussions, parties and launch events along the boulevard.  Showrooms and shops, sponsored by the fantastic list of publications and companies below, will have said events,  their windows decorated in the theme Novel Interiors: Storytelling by Design.  I have covered the amazing designer-created windows before, where designers takeover the window displays of the participating design stores and showrooms along La Cienega, creating a theme-specific spectacle, appropriate for their proximity to Hollywood. This year, there will be over 40 windows designed around the the theme of bringing stories to life from the pages of classic novels and books (find the complete list below). I cannot wait to join fellow Blogger Ambasadors Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence, Ronda Carman of All the Best, Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage, Lisa Mende, Nicole Cohen of Sketch 42, Remodelista's Julie Carlson, La Dolce Vita's Paloma Contreras, and Jill Seidner of Material Girls. 

If you will be in CA, register in advance for the wide array of events here. Follow the goings-on I will be sharing on my Instagram: @stylebeatblog and @lcdqla at the hashtag #LCDQLA

There will be many La Cienega Boulevard drivers craning their necks to get a good look at the spectacular window designs created this year by:

Catherine Kwong – George Smith (north window) – Mrs. Dalloway

Christian May – Woven Accents – 1001 Arabian Nights

Christos Prevezanos – Stark Home

Cliff Fong – Dragonette (south) – The Beautiful Fall

Cloth & Kind – Sydney Harbor – Goldfinger

David Kleinberg Design Associates – Therien – The Custom of the Country

David Phoenix Interior Design – Jonas

Dee Murphy – MK Collection

Diane von Furstenberg – The Rug Company – Out of Africa

Doug & Gene Meyer – Dragonette (north) – The Fountainhead

Erin Martin – Jamal’s

Erinn Valencich – Egg & Dart (north) – Tender is the Night

Everage Design – Egg & Dart (south) – Enchanted April

Hallworth Design – Lee Stanton (north)

Harte Brownlee & Associates – Mecox – The Invisible Man

Hayes & Howells – George Smith (south)

House of Honey – Nanz/Remains – Animal Farm

Jackson Paige Interiors – JD Staron

James Rixner – Janet Yonaty

Jeff Andrews – Claremont – Fifty Shades of Grey

Jeffrey Hitchcock – Downtown– Fahrenheit 451

Jen Dyer of Jeneration Interiors – Gina Berschneider – I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

JB Campise of Jon Brent Design – Jasper

Kathleen Clements Design – Lee Stanton (south) – Grace: A Memoir

Kerry Joyce Associates – Mansour – 1984

Kylee Shintaffer Design/Codor Design – Ralfs (North)

Madeline Stuart – Compas – Harold and the Purple Crayon

Mark D. Sikes – Hollyhock (both) – Orient Express

Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design – Nathan Turner – Golden Eye

Maxime Jacquet – Jean de Merry – The Secret Garden

Molly Luetkemeyer of M Design – Harbinger – Lord of the Flies

Oliver M. Furth – Waterworks

Paul Brant Williger Architecture – Renaissance Hardware – The House of Mirth

Platner & Co. – Sherle Wagner – The Alchemist

Thomas Callaway – Harbinger – A Moveable Feast

Tim Clark Inc. (Chaz Brewer) – Downtown – The Odyssey

Timothy Corrigan – Fuller Roberts – Valley of the Dolls

Tristan Butterfield – Scalamandre – A Passage to India

See you in LA!