Category Archive : art

Classic vs. Modern – Let’s mix everything!

Like in Art or in Literature, Modern and Classic each have their supporter in Decoration. But unless the other arts, with decoration you can match both of them in one same room. Surprising results guaranteed…

Classic Interior and Modern Decor

‘Le Mobile’ by Xavier Veilhan, Château de Versailles, motorized painted steel mobile.

Furniture from Moustache, source

The Parisian apartment of Michael Coorengel and Jean-Pierre Calvagrac, source.
A holiday house in New York,
Designer: 
Inson Dubois Wood.

An ancient apartment in Italy.

(Warren Platner Armchairs)
An Haussmannian apartment with ultra-modern decoration, source.
(Embryo Chair)

Modern Interior and Classic Decor

A London loft which mix an industrial-style and ancient furniture

A Parisian loft and its neo-classic decoration, source

Louis XV sofa in a modern interior, source
English cabinet by designer Jaime Belew, source

  
A softer solution: just bring a touch of modernity to your ancient furniture…

  

Well, for or against that mix of styles?

10 Inspirational Ideas from Art Basel’s Artists

The international art fair ‘Art Basel’ was in Hong Kong in May. An ecstatic moment for art lovers, but also an occasion to take a fresh look at objects around us. While exploring the fair, we selected 10 creations made with everyday objects, that we could reproduce at home…

1. Cassettes

Gregor Hildebrandt
Romy Schneider portrait, Plastic cassettes in wooden case.

2. Wooden Rulers

Ruler – Ni Youyu
Old-school wooden rulers, create modernity with ancient objects.

3. Brass Frames

Modulor – Nadia Kaabi-Linke
Brass frames on an anthracite grey wall to create an Art Deco effect.

4. Lampshades

Rose-Marie – Andrew Miller
Lampshades piled up around a neon to create an original column.

5. Crates

Caixa series – Sérgio Sister
Well-known by decoration lovers, crates are also exposed in famous art galleries.

6. Neons

Wenhua = Ziben (Culture = Commodity) – Alfredo Jaar
Writing + Light + Message + Color.

7. Wallpaper

Between Red – Sea Hyun Lee
Like a Jouy wall covering, customized with paint.

8. Photographs 

Yee I Lann – Each picture’s caption engages the spectator into the scene.
Remove the decor to focus on the essence.

9. Polaroids


Yellow Sliding – Marco Maggi
A graphic work with colored and chiselled polaroids.

10. Adapters

Adapt Adapter 2 – Chen Sai Hua Kuan
Or how to take a new look at your adapters!

Inside… Víctor Goikoetxea’s universe

Trained as a painter, Victor Goikoetxea has specialized in the art of trompe l’oeil. He invited us to visit his duplex and gallery both located in Hernani, Basque village on the French border. Discover a world where art and decoration coexist…
Industrial style wall with a rusty effect, made in trompe l’oeil for a private customer


His House

A living playing with the total white. We especially recognize the Barcelona Ottoman from the Bauhaus designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1929).

Works of art make the décor. Here the miniature sculpture of Continuum by Gotzon Huegun which large format version is displayed on the Plaza Zinkoenea in Hernani.

The stairs leading down to the bedroom with its paintings and engravings.

The bedroom, separated from the bathroom by a wall of glass bricks and white everywhere to create unity.

The “stage door” or dedications and drawings of the many friends and colleagues of Victor.

His Works and Workshop

The polyptych representing the city of Barcelona on which Victor was working at the time of our visit, a realism to be mistaken.

Part exposure of his studio and a model of one of its projects.

A graphical screen between surrealism and geometrism

Sea made ​​for San Sebastian aquarium

To learn more about Victor and his work, you can visit his website: http://www.victorgoikoetxea.com/

Decors and colors in Wes Anderson’s movies

With his last movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson not only confirms that he’s a brilliant director but also reveals that he could have been a great interior designer! Colors, furniture, lights, disposition, all reveals that décor is important for esthetic reasons but also has a meaning of its own.

Explosive colors

Red and Purple


Mixing bright red and purple is a bold choice, yet it is the main color theme of the Grand Budapest hotel. From the elevator walls to the lobby rugs through staff uniforms, red and purple are the sign that you belong to this special hotel. The two main characters are indeed proudly wearing these colors, even outside of the hotel.
Not really well-known for being the best match, these two colors have first been associated by Yves Saint-Laurent, inspired by the mix and match of colors in Morocco. Maybe India (let’s remember Darjeeling Limited) was Wes Anderson’s inspiration for this masterful association of colors.

(with a touch of orange, like Yves Saint-Laurent in his time)

Orange and Green


Orange and green are two colors which echo themselves quite brutally as well. He uses these two colors, which were very fashionable during the Sixties, to show that time has changed. But the dull tones used (also in contrast with the bright red and purple of the 30’s) let show that the hotel is not what it used to be anymore.


Light pink, blue and green


These colors are often associated with a female world; linked to the young baker in the Grand Budapest Hotel, similar colors are present in the bathroom of Tenenbaums’ daughter in the Royal Tenenbaums.


Complementary colors


Wes Anderson uses a lot of other bright colors, and plays with strong and explosive combinations. He often associates so-called ‘complementary colors’, well-known among artists and physicists for their capacity to enhance one another.

Yellow and Blue

Yellow and Purple

Pink and Green



The way Wes Anderson uses colors is not only visually strong but it also gives a fresh look to interiorsthat are either too classical or a bit old-fashioned.

Lights


Like all good interior designer, Wes Anderson knows how to use light and lights to create a specific atmosphere.


A perfect symetry


Wes Anderson’s shots are often perfectly symmetrical, as this video demonstrates.
Symmetry reinforce the beauty of a scene while giving an impression of order and completeness.

Characters and Decors


Last but not least, if colors and decors are that thoroughly chosen by the director, it’s because they do not only serve an esthetic goal, they also reflect the characters who live in them and thus serve to introduce these characters and to understand them better. In the Royal Tenenbaums, characters are introduced through their bedrooms. In the Grand Budapest Hotel, the main character keeps wearing the old colors of the hotel even though the décor has changed, to signify that he, hasn’t changed.

(zebra wallpaper available at Salamandre)

Lessons to be learned? Don’t be afraid to DARE vivid colors and to furnish your home as YOU wish, remember, your home reveals a bit of who you are! J

The 5 most Beautiful Private Clubs of Hong Kong

“There’ll be nothing but beauty, wealth, pleasure,
With all things in order and measure.”
Charles Baudelaire, l’invitation au voyage, (in Les Fleurs du mal)

Kee Club

Kee Club could be the exact embodiment of Charles Baudelaire’s poem from which the lines above are extracted. This club is indeed a real ‘Invitation to the Voyage’: a classical European residence with African sculptures and pieces of arts from the greatest (Pablo Picasso and Anthony Quinn to name but a few), richly decorated with precious colors and Bauhaus designed 1940’s furnishings.
Most beautiful interiors

Exquisite interior

Beautiful interior

beautiful dining room


Beautiful club armchairs

Art Déco style
Photo Credit: Kee Club 


China Club

China Club will make you travel at the heart of 1930’s Shanghai. Each room astonishes and enchants: the lime green staircase and its Chinese artists gallery, the art deco restaurant and its Roaring Twenties singer accompanied by a grand piano, the “Long March Bar” and its trinkets from another time, the library and its thousands of books devoted to Chinese art and culture, the terrace and its breathtaking view on the illuminated skyscrapers…
China Club Hong Kong

China Club staircase Hong Kong

Shanghai 30's style

China Club Hong Kong

China Club Bar Hong Kong

beautiful library

China Club rooftop Hong Kong


Red Chamber Cigar Divan

Although it is not strictly speaking a private club, the Red Chamber Cigar Divan deserves to appear in this selection. This chamber will delight cigar and brandy lovers: large Club armchairs, a refined decoration at the crossroad of Asia and Western influences, and a selection of the finest cigars and liquors.
Beautiful smoking room



Hong Kong Royal Yacht Club

Originally situated on an island in the middle of Victoria Bay, the Yacht Club has been progressively reattached to the coast but is still floating on the sea. The commanding view of the Bay and the Titanic-like decoration give the impression to board a prestigious cruising ship. An anchorage which brings together sailing and sea lovers from all over the globe.

Yacht Club Bar
Photo Credit: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club


FCC

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club is not reserved to the sole reporters and journalists anymore but it is still bustling with effervescence and the press photos covering the walls recall some of the most memorable moments of the recent past. A place steeped in history which remains full of energy.

Photo Credit: FCC



  • Kee Club, 32 Wellington St, Central, (+852) 2810 9000.
  • China Club, 12/F, The Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central, (+852) 2521 8888.
  • Red Chamber Cigar Divan, Shop 405-406A, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, (+852) 2165 6630.
  • Yacht Club, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2832 2817.
  • FCC, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, (+852) 2521 1511.

A Dynamic Sculpture

Entering Dider Legros’ world is a unique experience! You can spend hours staring at his dynamic sculptures, trying to understand the very complex mechanism of his amazing artworks.

Here is a video of his work ‘Reflect’, which really grabbed my attention. It is the perfect combination between art, technique and design!