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Featured: San Francisco Chronicle – Home & Design

By , January 27, 2012

Fair Paris richly inspired California interior designer Jane Antonacci, resulting in a gilded private retreat for an avid lover of contemporary art.  Ample window coverings dominate the soft and open room, filled with creative pieces selected by both designer and homeowner.

This is the introduction to “Unique Finds Inspire Creative Interiors,” an article by Allison Brophy Champion, a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.  This article focuses on the unique designs of Jane Antonacci and was featured on the cover of the Home & Garden section of yesterday’s feature, as well as being featured on the online edition, SF Gate.

It is an honor to be on the front page of the Home section of the Chronicle, with a full page photo of our project and total of 3 photos in the article.  The online article only showed one photo so here is another one for your enjoyment.

To read the article in it’s entirety, please click here.

Magnificent Brazilian Sculptures from Hugo Franca

By , October 19, 2011

 

Hugo Franca : New Work

 

Recently, I was looking for a very organic wooden bowl for a client’s coffee table on the screened in porch.  I came across an amazing artist that made me forget all about wooden bowls.  I saw a couple of his sofa-style root carvings and fell in love.  I contacted the  R20th Century Gallery  in New York which represents him. It turns out that they are having a show of his work right now.

The extraordinary artist is  Hugo França  from Brazil, and his new exhibit is a series of carved Casulos, or “cocoons,” from Pequi and Imbuia coarse woody debris and roots that he scavenges from the felled trees of the  Brazilian forest.

Hugo França’s sculptures showcase his deep connection with the organic, fluid shapes of the tree. This admiration undoubtedly stems from the fifteen years he spent in the jungles of northeastern Brazil, where he learned woodworking techniques from the indigenous people of Bahia.

 

Casulo Cariru" in pequi wood.
“Casulo Cariru” in pequi wood.
"Casulo Cariru" in pequi wood.
The inside view of “Casulo Cariru” in pequi wood.

 

“For me, it is an exercise of directing my eye,” França says, “trying to recognize and work with the forms already outlined there, and finding a functionality in those forms.”

His work reveals a powerful appreciation for the cycles of nature, by uniting the natural elements of the tree with his creative process, and presenting it back into the human environment. Take a look at this video of the progression from tree to organic sculpture.

 

 

 

França’s pieces encompass the observer, forcing us to experience the aliveness and natural energy of Brazil’s exquisite natural resource. França brings the viewer inside these intriguing massive “cocoons” so we may experience directly the textures and natural designs of the tree, to “create an organic space of retreat and contemplation.”

 

 

“The temperature is different, the sounds are different, the smell and texture are unique,” says França. “This direct contact generates empathy and encourages a bonding experience between man and nature.”

 

 

 

If you are in New York,  visit his exhibition where it will be featured from October 5th – November 5th.  Until then, I will curb my craving with these pictures of his striking furniture. I can just imagine the gorgeous natural colors and contours of the wood bringing warmth and texture into a scenic lakeside cabin.

And more good news about Franca, he still makes very large (36″ across)  and wonderful wooden bowls.

 

This Spaghetti Looks Good Enough to Eat

By , July 27, 2011

I can imagine this sitting in front of a garden wall with a beautifully trained vine growing next to it, repeating the flow of the wood. Magic!

Pablo Reinoso is a French-Argentine artist and designer and has lived and worked in Paris since 1979.  His work is currently being featured at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London.  The gallery describes the exhibition in this way: “Nature overcomes inanimate objects, resurrecting life and philosophical thought into everyday items.”  Reinoso’s multicultural background ignites his interest in finding the links between different cultures.   His work is acutely linked to the human condition, “All his works radiate strong human feelings, like traces of people that have been made visible,” Juliette Faliu, Malakoff, June 2003.

Reinoso’s latest piece, Spaghetti Bench (pictured above), hopes to inspire emotion and memory with each observer.  He says, “Everyone has sat on a bench like this, some have been kissed on one, other have waited for their kid on one, they are common to everybody.”

Here is another bench made out of steel

Wouldn’t this be wonderful on the estate I am working on in Woodside?   What do you say, Woodside?

Take a moment to visit the Carpenters Workshop Gallery online.   Take a look at some of the other artists represented there as well, including Ingrid Donat.  I have been following her for several years.  She creates exquisite bronze tables and terrific lamps.  I want a table from her NOW!

Eric Zener’s “Tree Series”

By , July 26, 2011

Eric Zener is an amazing, self-taught painter. He was born in 1966 in Astoria, Oregon, but was raised along the California coast in Encinitas.   Interestingly, after college Zener traveled the world for two years, bartering his paintings for room and board.  In 1991, Zener moved to San Francisco, where his mother was previously a violinist for the San Francisco Symphony. His paintings have been showcased worldwide and have won numerous awards.  His art has also been widely featured in publications such as Harper’s Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Traditional Homes, and American Art Collector.

Zener’s works are so detailed and vibrant that they appear to be photographs until you take a close-up look.  Then, the paintings are boldly painted using heavy paint and brushy strokes, almost like an impressionistic piece.  The style is intriguing. He calls this style of painting “Contemporary Renaissance.”

I had the privilege of visiting his exhibition at the Hespe Gallery in San Francisco recently, and I was in awe of his new exhibit, “Tree Series.”  Take a look at some of his striking pieces from the exhibit:


This last piece is a bit of a departure for him.  He had just finished it before the show.  It was oil on canvas, with an  1/8″ of  space then a layer of glass.  The glass was reversed painted with the fire, giving incredible depth and aliveness to the piece. You can learn more about Eric Zener and see samples of his work here.

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