[Click image above to enlarge. Credits follow at the bottom of this post.]
On Tiffany's Paloma Picasso micro-site, the jewelry designer describes her childhood: "Growing up, I thought that in life you breathe, you eat, you sleep and you draw."
[Paloma Picasso and La Femme Fleur photographed in the 1950s by Robert Doisneau.]
That may sound a bit romanticized but if you've seen a lot of photographs of Paloma as a little girl, drawing alongside her famous father, the words ring true. Could the quote serve as a jumping off point for the design of a room? I woke up brainstorming the idea. There have already been a lot of Matisse-Picasso references on this blog. (Looking back through nearly four years of past posts, I remembered a Billy Baldwin-Matisse connection.) Still, a specific room loosely based on those archive images of the artists living and working in the South of France is always open to new interpretations. So that's up next.
[Lisa Fine's Baroda II linen in curry.]
For now, an inspiration board. Clockwise from the top left: Carolina Irving's Andaluz; David Douglas Duncan's photograph of nine-year-old Paloma Picasso making art with common garden leaves; Detail, late-19th-or-early-20th-century North African pierced and appliqued cloth from Matisse, His Art and His Textiles; Helene Adant photo of Matisse in his Vence studio with moucharabiehs, 1940s, also from Matisse, His Art and His Textiles; birdcage from Benjamin Wilson Antiques; Kuba cloth from Jayson Home; screengrab of Paloma from Style.com; and Peter Dunham's Arabesque.
[Exile: The Making of Exile On Main St., Dominique Tarlé's extensive archive of Nellcôte photographs, Genesis Publications.]
Related past post: Decorating Back Stories.