Hey all. I went by Christopher Farr’s lovely shop on La Cienega today to see a group of drawings recently completed by the man himself. I was completely entranced by the intricate patterns and rhythms of each piece. Mr. Farr uses inexpensive paper he sourced after seeing wrapped around a purchase at Crate & Barrel (love that!) so he can work freely and experiment without hesitation. Arte Povera in action! He begins with black ink (in most cases) and an object (sometimes a broken paintbrush or a rubber stamp) and works his way across and around the paper, feeling his way through, allowing the designs to take shape without a preconceived plan. Some of the paintings are done in a “single breath” – the object is dipping into the ink and the drawing begins. Once the ink is gone, the drawing is complete. These pieces invite you into the process and entice you to stay a while and explore. I suggest you do! The drawings will be up at his gallery until they are sold out so I would go soon (because at prices starting at $750, I plan on snagging a few for gifts or maybe, just for me). Take a look and enjoy!Read the rest of this post »
Well, the magnificent Christopher Farr has won my heart again. He has just produced a dynamite new line of wool and mohair rugs based on a selection of sketches done by Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and other key members of the Omega Workshops and Bloomsbury collective from 1912-1919. They feel incredibly fresh and current to me:Read the rest of this post »
Our LCDQ window in honor of Sol LeWitt had been unveiled! The ladies of M. Design and I spent two hot, sweaty days painting the screen (and developing a new respect for Mr. LeWitt’s precision and process) and recreating some of his wall drawings as sketches and paintings. The goal was to create an intimate artist’s studio that Mr. LeWitt could retreat to read and draft and work out his ideas. I hope he would have liked it!Read the rest of this post »
So BritWeek is in full effect and despite my online searching and reading, I still don’t understand what it is all about. My take home is that it is an opportunity for Brits in the design and entertainment communities to come together and talk about all things English whilst Anglophiles lovingly look on. Okaaaaaay… That said, there is one event in their line-up that I am really excited about. Christopher Farr, English rug and fabric designer extraordinaire, has curated a show of some on his favorite artists and there will be a lively artists reception (read party) tomorrow night from 7:30 – 10:30pm. It is downtown at the LA Mart and the line up he has collected (Bill Barminski, Patrick Bolton, Michael Boyd, Randall Harrington, Tierney Gearon, Claire Joseph and Jorge Pardo) is worth the trip. PLUS, we will get to see some of Christopher’s never before seen paintings. Champagne, art, accents? I wouldn’t miss it!
I am particularly exited to see this insane Jorge Pardo rug (especially designed for Mr. Farr’s studio) in person:
And I am a fan of the work of both of the photographers represented in the show, Patrick Bolton and Tierney Gearon. Check out a few of Mr. Bolton’s eerie, cinematic images of abandoned and overlooked places. I love the lighting – it makes the images feel both beautiful and ominous:Read the rest of this post »
Recently, I was fortunate to be invited to two fabulous parties and thought it only right to share. The first was a delicious seated dinner at Christopher Farr’s divine gallery to introduce Farrow & Ball’s luscious new color palette of paints. I must say, the guest list was chock full of an exciting array of design pros: Peter Dunham, Kathryn Ireland, Oliver Furth, Kim Alexandriuk, Joe Lucas, Parrish Chilcoat, Pat McGann, Gary Gibson, Meg Joannides, and Ron Woodson, to name drop a few. All of the walls in the gallery had been painted in one of the new shades from Farrow & Ball and then paired with a rug or fabric from Christopher Farr’s incredible collection. Take a look at the results:Oh my god, I am in love with this Anni Albers rug! Read the rest of this post »