This past weekend I attended an opening exhibition for the famous “OBAMA HOPE” Artist Shepard Fairey at a gallery in Dallas called Public Trust which showcased his new collection called “Printed Matters”. This exhibition featured some of the artist’s new works on wood and zinc plates which were inspired by the legal troubles that he encountered since the release of his series of political posters. Fairey has emerged as a mainstream artist since this original design came out in 2008. This image is seen as the iconic image of the 2008 presidential campaign in the United States, although there are several different variations depending on the typography used.
So how has Shepard Fairey influenced Interior Design?
Miami, Florida is well-known for its arts district and hosts art shows in the district of Wynwood once a month on every second Thursday. Wynwood Art Walks are a collaboration of the top artists around the world who are represented in a number of galleries in the area. In this district you will find galleries, restaurants, and entertainment to keep art viewers intrigued. Shepard Fairey partnered up with the owners of Wynwood Kitchen and Bar’, which is located in this district, to design a restaurant to represent some of the top artists in a unique dining experience.
The idea behind the interior of the bar is to juxtapose high end art with a luxurious hip atmosphere. This allows the restaurant’s diners to have a more enjoyable, creative dining experience. By using beige, black, and red toned art throughout allows the atmosphere to better come alive once furniture and audience is present. By installing art throughout the space, both inside and outside the restaurant, Fairey ensures that art seekers will enjoy the ultimate dining experience.
So how do I get a look for my establishment that looks like Wynwood Kitchen and Bar?
Although most companies will not be able to afford Shepard Fairey original murals in their establishments, they may be able to find a local street artist that is willing to be commissioned to create murals on their company’s walls. Another idea would be to print a favorite image on a transparency and enlarge it onto the wall using a projector so that it is scaled appropriately, then trace and paint it accordingly. Once the mural is in place in the establishment, start planning for furniture to be placed in! Wynwood was created with driftwood accents, dark oak tables, and metallic leather upholstered furniture. Here at Fabrics and Frames we offer a line of real and faux leathers which can create this metallic upholstered furniture look for you! These trends can give texture to your interior and yet not be too overwhelming if placed correctly. When designing in exotic textures remember the mottoes “Less is More”. Check out the faux leathers below! Some look so real that it is hard to believe they are fake!
Even if you don’t own your own business you can apply these same ideas to your home for a truly unique room. If you enjoy that very artsy look and are looking for something new to try this may be a great idea for you! Complement the art and paint in the room with unique upholstery pieces including funky chairs, interesting banquettes with metallic leathers, or even leather upholstered bars. If your design is to be the major focal point in the room then your furniture should have clean, fluid lines that will complement, not overpower, the art and fabrics in the space. At Fabrics and Frames we want to help you create a space that is uniquely “you”. We can design that perfect piece for your room so that it will be a true reflection of your ideas and tastes whether you are a little funky or a true traditionalist.
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Written by: Erica Guajardo
Edited by: Linda Decuir