Shepard Fairey and Interior Design…

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.

Shepard Fairey: Obama Hope Poster
Trivia: Originally printed in one day,
featuring a collection of 350 posters and were sold on
the streets the same day they were printed.  
Posters may feature the typography of “hope”, “progress”, and “change”.
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust” Printed Matters” Exhibition 2012
Bayshore Billboard
silkscreen on wood, Edition 1/2
24 x 18in
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust “Printed Matters” Exhibition 2012
Writing’s on the Wall
silkscreen on wood, HPM, Ed. AP
24x 18in
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust Exhibion 2012
Shepard Fairy: Public Trust ” Printed Matters”Exhibition 2012
Defiant Youth
Silkscreen on wood, HPM, Ed. 2/2
24 x 18in

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.

Shepard Fairey Installing at the Wynwood Kitchen and Bar

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.

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar featuring Shepard Fairey Murals

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar featuring Shepard Fairey Murals

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!

JF Fabrics
Reptile Embossed Vinyl- Patent Leather Finish
Pattern: Hip Hop
Color34j5411

Robert Allen Fabrics
Pattern: Kidskin
Color: Silver

J. F. Fabrics
Stretchable Vinyl for Distress Leather Look
Pattern: Houdini
Color:59J5401

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.

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

www.fabricsandframes.com

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog atandy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

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Green Design…Is it in you?

We have started noticing a trend toward more and more ” green” design as we all become more concerned about our shrinking natural resources .  As a collective generation we are more aware of the carbon footprint that we may be stamping on our Earth.  There are a number of ways we can create new environments by using green design while still staying  trendy and current.  From art to interior design, green design is starting to emerge as a real possibility. Below is some information on a couple of artists who are making art green for the home while still making it aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Debra Broz

Debra Broz: Fanged Bunnies
http://www.debrabroz.com

Broz specializes in small antique “oddity” ceramics, which are a blend of various vintage animal inspired images representing the black humor and whimsical approach of genetic mutations.  Having a background in china & porcelain restoration allows Broz to recycle vintage ceramics and give them new life in a quirky humorous way.  I recently had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Broz and her unique oddities and asked her “How did you first become interested in creating objects of this fashion?” She explained to me that while working in her past job as an understudy for an artist who was learning how to restore porcelain and ceramics, she was inspired to start creating her own versions of mutated animals.

Creating new animals using an additive process to a vintage piece enhances the chance of the animals finding a new home and life.  In my design and artistic opinion, Mrs. Broz is doing her part to help the environment by recycling vintage ceramics and making sure that we don’t have another chemically altered material lying in our landfills. Instead we have an artistic innovative approach of creating special pieces for us to fill that special niche in our home as well as bringing  smiles and warm fuzzies into our lives while viewing.

Debra Broz: Serpentine Geese

Brooke Gassiot

Close Material Shot of Brooke Gassiot Light Box Design. Featuring Recycled Prom Dresses and Embroidery to create Mirrored Light Box Design.

Another artist who is starting to make headway in the interior design world by recycling is the Austin local, Brooke Gassiot.   She is an established artist who specializes in installation works of art.    Her light boxes are miniature designs of her larger interactive works which intrigue the viewer into wanting to know more about the materials used and how they interact with the ambiance of the space.  Using textures that create interesting silhouettes when lit, these particular compositions have an amazing depth perception in the realm of art.  Currently finding many of the objects used from local thrift stores and found objects, she creates designs which are innovative from an interior design perspective because her art changes when looking at it at different times of the day depending on the light.

Each of her light boxes is created using a dimming light so that it allows the owner to have the option of changing the ambiance of the room.  This is a great way to keep energy down within the home and still be able to enjoy the space.

Brooke Gassiot: River
Commission Piece for Austin Interior Designer
http://brookegassiot.com/

So how is the  “green” design impacting the Interior Design World?

Just as many artists are starting to understand that “Going Green!” is the way of the future, we are also beginning to see that interior design fabrics are becoming more green by using Eco-friendly materials.  Two great companies which endorse their environmentally friendly fabrics are Kravet Fabrics and Robert Allen Fabrics.  Both have placed a section on their websites which direct their clients to fabrics using recycled materials.  Check out some of these fabrics which are environmentally friendly…

Kravet Green: Eco-Friendly Weaves

Kravet Green featuring Fabric number 29191

Robert Allen Eco-Friendly Fabrics

Robert Allen: Paint Spray/Cobalt

 

Robert Allen: Lindy Hop/ Mist

 To learn more about what makes Robert Allen’s Fabrics Eco- Friendly visit: http://robertallendesign.com/eco/index.aspx

At Fabrics and Frames we endorse living “Green” even when building new furniture.  We carry lines like Kravet Green and Robert Allen Eco-Friendly to help our customers make the decision to begin converting to a sustainable lifestyle a little easier.  We can also reupholster and refurbish older pieces of furniture with eco-friendly fabrics so that they re-emerge into new pieces of furniture fit  for your current lifestyle. We believe our precious earth  deserves saving and we want to do our part. Please feel free to share with us any of your  own innovative ideas which might help your interior and lifestyle become more green so we can share with our readers. All of us can help preserve our environment for future generations in lots of small ways and we appreciate your input!

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

www.fabricsandframes.com

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog atandy@fabricsandframes.com, and or follow us on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabrics-and-Frames-Furniture/156825517684205

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

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