Art and interior design combine at the upcoming Art & Décor exhibition, curated by Gil Walsh, at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Ahead of the show, we asked some of the participating designers to create original tabletop vignettes inspired by four very different art genres.
Angela Reynolds Designs, Jupiter
“The classic Impressionist work The Luncheon, by Claude Monet, was the starting point for this tabletop creation. Pan’s Garden of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach provided the perfect setting as we recreated this scene of a quintessentially French breakfast. Fresh white linens added the right layer to highlight the vintage tea set and fine crystal.” angelareynolds.com
Linens, Pioneer Linens, West Palm Beach; fashion and accessories, Dina C’s Fab & Funky Consignment Boutique, West Palm Beach
*Angela Reynolds Designs will not be a part of the Art & Décor exhibition.
Stephen Mooney Interiors, Palm Beach
“Drawing inspiration from Roy Lichtenstein, we used bright, primary colors and focused on the use of Ben-Day dots and bold outlines that are indicative of his work. We used round blue placemats and red polka-dot plates and topped them with striped napkins. Lichtenstein’s work was often influenced by popular advertising and comic strips, so we placed Coca-Cola bottles on the table and topped the cupcakes with onomatopoeic words like YUM and POP! to complete our setting.” stephenmooneyinteriors.com
Patrick Killian Interiors, Palm Beach
“While casting about for inspiration, I was immediately struck by the graphic qualities of René Magritte and realized his color sensibility and visual iconography would lend itself to striking combinations and juxtapositions. After struggling to come up with a table cover that would show off the settings while staying true to Magritte’s vision, we decided to scrap a table altogether…. What better way to honor the idea of Surrealism than to have a dinner party floating in space?” patrickkillianinc.com
Black and white chargers, enameled flatware, wine glasses, and birdcage, Mary Mahoney, Palm Beach; key lock plates and bowler hat sugar bowl, MoMA Design Store, New York
Jennifer Garrigues Interior Design, Palm Beach
“My passion for color is one of the reasons I became a designer. I have always admired the work of Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler; their use of saturated colors in Abstract Expressionism is so appealing. I used the beautiful greens and purples in my dining room as a backdrop and gathered colorful glassware, which really makes a big statement. The square and rectangular placemats remind me so much of Rothko’s paintings. And the fuchsia peonies and orange roses look glorious in the center of the table.” jennifergarrigues.com
Glassware, Mary Mahoney, Palm Beach
Art & Décor flips the script on the interior design process, challenging artist-designer duos from Palm Beach County to match the space to the art instead of the other way around.
By Kristen Desmond LeFevre
When designing a room, most people start with the decor: They choose the wall color first, or maybe the furniture or fabrics. Artwork usually comes later, selected to match the environment once the room has taken shape. An original exhibit at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is reversing the process, challenging eight hand-picked teams of interior designers and professional artists to design custom vignettes inspired by locally produced artwork.
These collaborative vignettes will be showcased in Art & Décor, which runs at the Cultural Council gallery in Lake Worth February 16 through May 12. “Each designer will have to work within that space to create a little room,” says Nichole M. Hickey, manager of artist services at the Council. “What’s unique is that their inspiration for that room has to come from the artwork itself.”
The artists—whose work ranges from sculpture to painting to photography—were assembled by Hickey, while their counterparts were selected by acclaimed interior designer Gil Walsh. Known for her extraordinary eye for detail and unabashed use of color, Walsh maintains full-time offices in West Palm Beach and Martha’s Vineyard and has been voted Best of Houzz in the home-remodeling site’s Design category for four consecutive years (2014 to 2017).
Art & Décor’s pairings include: Stephen Mooney Interiors and Susan Romaine; Dalton Designs Inc. and Carin Wagner; Allan Reyes Interior Design and Dana Donaty; Patrick Killian Inc. and Jacek Gancarz; Erin A. Cantu and Alexander Krivosheiw; Mona de Sayve Interiors and Karen H. Salup; JMA Interior Design and Clarence “Skip” Measelle; and Jennifer Garrigues Inc. and Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz.
February 16 through May 12 at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth | (561) 471-2901 | Current Gallery Exhibitions »