Watercolors by Italian artist Francesco Clemente cohabiting with John Robshaw's pressed silver chairs in a dining room. Hard to imagine a dull dinner conversation there. The room I'm talking about is pictured in the October 2010 House Beautiful, part of a nice long story on a global-chic, textile-and-contemporary-art-filled apartment decorated by Daniel Sachs. (Sachs' work made the cover too, with beautiful photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo.)
Before the day's end, I wanted to quickly post this link to my past bit on Clemente and 1998's Great Expectations.
And speaking of films and cross-cultural influences, I'm in the middle of researching the set design for director Mira Nair's 2006 film, The Namesake, based on Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri's book.
[Screengrab The Namesake.]
Nair is incredibly visual, with a sort of sumptuous, painterly style. In addition to the memorable artistic images of India, the colorful old art-filled Chelsea town house -- described so vividly by Lahiri in the book -- makes a brief appearance in the movie. More on that soon. In the meantime, read about what inspires Nair here (past exhibitions, Namesake/Inspiration 2007).