Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Summer is Where You Find It

[My own image: Tiffany & Co. window, summer 2011.]

Recently,  a seven-year-old and I had our own modified version of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Summer is racing by, so I'm trying to revisit the High's exhibition Modern by Design as often as possible before it closes August 21.

On our way up to see the 20th century furniture and small household objects, we spent time with ever-popular Abbey the robot. Part of Joris Laarman's related installation, Digital Matter, you may recall, she is programmed to build high-definition, digitally ornamented Rococo-like tables using thousands of tiny building blocks (voxels).

And since Lee Krasner: A Biography is the only book on my summer reading list that I can honestly say I've finished, I had to stop by the permanent collection galleries to gaze at the High's 1938 Krasner work on paper. (More on that piece to come. BTW, many other groundbreaking women artists will be featured in the Gibbes's fall exhibition, Breaking Down Barriers.)

In the spirit of appreciating what's right there in your own backyard, we cut tropical-looking blossoms and brought some seashells out of storage (Krasner also experimented with shells, incorporating them into mosaic tables). Dense paper leaves in Tiffany's window caught my eye, too; the younger explorer decided to paint a palm tree.

That remnant of Ralph Lauren's hemp/cotton Cap Ferrat stripe scored a while back at Modern Fabrics in North Carolina will remind me of summer -- and Casa Tua -- all year long (more on the textile salvage company here).

[Image via Bell'occhio.]

Pineider's yellow hand-bordered stationery screams summer to me. San Francisco's Bell'occhio makes the luxury item a tad more attainable by offering a single card with envelope (in case you want to spend $6 for the indulgence). Complete sets are available as well.

More little luxuries (all $25 or under) can be found at Atlanta's own Ann Mashburn on the Westside: African clay beads; brilliantly colored Caran D'Ache pens; and Strunk & White's hardcover, illustrated The Elements of Style.

For summery scents, Mitzi & Romano on North Highland is well-stocked with Tocca.

You might also like Sanctuaries. For more Ferris, see Faces.


Blue said...

The Tiffany window image with it's dappled watercolor effect is just beautiful.

Style Court said...

Barry --

Don't know if you've seen the windows in person but my photo does not do justice to the designer. The jewelry here, suspended in the blue area, isn't very clear. As a viewer, it's like stumbling across hidden treasure.

Style Court said...

The piece hanging in the open blue area is Elsa Peretti's bottle pendant in sterling silver with a removable stopper of hand-carved turquoise. The light in my photo kind of bleaches it from view.