Southern Cosmopolitan II
Last year when I put together that little Southern Cosmopolitan blog post about gallery owner Timothy Tew, I had no idea Susan Sully was working on a terrific book with a similar title. Recently released, Sully's The Southern Cosmopolitan: Sophisticated Southern Style is now a favorite nestled among older editions on my overcrowded, sagging bookshelf.
Some of my most admired designers are covered: Sully looks at the pied-à-terre of Thomas Jayne and Rick Ellis as well as Amelia Handegan's Charleston house. If you want to see dynamic yet sophisticated color deftly handled, study Handegan's work. It's especially nice to get a glimpse of her own home because she seems to have the freedom to push the envelope a bit further here.
Sully describes Handegan's aesthetic as akin to bricolage -- a word that once referred to the African tribal practice of creatively mixing found objects. South Carolina-based Handegan is a master at juxtaposing refined European, Far Eastern and West Indian pieces with humble, natural elements. The first four images at the top offer a peek. One of her most cherished possessions is a cluster of antique Thai bowls discovered at the bottom of the ocean -- part of a shipwreck -- attached permanently to fingers of natural coral. (Click the first picture to see the details.)
BTW: The wonderful writer Jamey Hatley (she's currently published in Oxford American) mentioned something to me about a book signing at Nadine Blake, so if you are in New Orleans contact the shop for details. Sully is also scheduled to speak at the New Orleans Museum of Art on Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m., with a book signing to follow. And don't miss Amelia Handegan's updated website.
All images above © Southern Cosmopolitan: Sophisticated Southern Style by Susan Sully, Rizzoli New York, 2009.
The interior on the cover is the work of Hal Williamson; The toile-covered chair, also by Williamson, is from the same townhouse, Debra Shriver's, in NOLA's French Quarter and the toile itself was designed by Roulhac Toledano.
Related past post: Shipwreck Porcelain.
Read about how Thomas entertains here.