Richard Hamilton, who died Tuesday, is considered one of the instigators of the British Pop Art movement; in fact, the cheekily-positioned Blow Pop in his most famous collage may be where the movement got its name. Let's take a look at some of Hamilton's most iconic work. Nearly 40 artists collaborated to produce the show, but Hamilton's contribution had the most impact, and is now considered the first work of Pop Art. Hamilton himself defined Pop Art better than I just did, as 'Popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous and big business.' Of course, while Hamilton was in some ways celebrating this throwaway culture, he was most certainly critiquing it as well, in particular casting his canny British eye on American economic imperialism. Not surprisingly Hamilton's work was often blatantly political with a strongly Leftist bent. In 1968, the Beatles commissioned Hamilton to design the sleeve of their next album, which Hamilton decided should be plain white, with 'The Beatles' embossed instead of printed, and numbered sequentially to suggest a limited edition. Like his famous collage, the White Album sleeve also fits every adjective in Hamilton's own description of Pop, above. Richard Hamilton circa 1970, with his work Kent State on the wall behind him. Hamilton continued to make art until his death on Tuesday at age 89.
I started to understand the 'Cave' part of 'Man cave' when, in our old apartment, my fiance would lower all the blinds to block out as much light as possible when watching TV. When we moved, we proactively darkened our TV room with a deep shade of blue paint. After a few months of basically camping on the floor while waiting for a custom order that fell through, we finally bought this Klyne sectional on sale from Crate & Barrel. It takes up almost the whole wall and gives us plenty of room to stretch out. The coffee table is a glass Craigslist find that we kept from our apartment. We picked the wall color, Rain Storm by Behr, together. My fiance likes it because it adequately darkens the room, and I like it because it's basically my favorite color. The color is interesting and changes a lot depending on the light, and it also helps highlight the tray ceiling.
Minneapolis designer Jay Nuhring has another no-shopping makeover for us. This time, his client has a huge living room, three of the same sofa, and a wall of books that looks a bit bland. Jay applied the use-what-you-have motto and created a whole new space within a space! Nothing new was purchased for this living room makeover. The first question I asked myself was what do I do with three identical basil green sofas. Through simply editing, rearranging and hanging a few thoughtfully placed pieces of art, the book wall took center stage. Placing a cello in the mix further suggested a library/music space. It took a couple days but the results speak for itself. The house feels revived, updated and more sophisticated. I love when I'm able to connect with spaces on a healing level, giving rooms their dignity back, and creating spaces that support a positive lifestyle.
How green is your bathroom? Did you slap in some CFL lightbulbs, pat yourself on the back and say 'Done!'? There's more to do to make your bathroom a healthier place for your family and the environment. This two and a half minute video will get you started.
'Living room = sofa' is a classic equation that's so ingrained in our decorative consciousness that it's hard to break free. Sometimes sofas aren't what you deep down need or want for your space. You might use your living room in an entirely different way that isn't conducive to a single linear piece of furniture. The sitting area above, from My Scandinavian Home, eschews the sofa in favor of a ring of armchairs, which are more conducive to conversation and games in a way that linear sofas just aren't. These amazing lounge chairs from seen in Casa Vogue give plenty of room to spread out relax and not bump up against the person next to you. Frank Roop designed this classic and elegant living room, with nary a sofa in sight. The arrangement packs in lots of seating and uses less floor space than a traditional sofa. Artist Aldo Chaparro channels his inner Bohemian with this living room set up that's relaxed and informal.
AT,. I purchased some vintage Saarinen Tulip chairs and a Saarinen Tulip table base. I'm going to use the set as a card/games table. I feel glossy white or glossy black are a bit too mod. Would Chinese lacquer red be too much? Also this year, Knoll is making them in platinum. I was also thinking about painting them bronze or pewter. I'm thinking about making a slate top for the base.... Any ideas? We're actually kind of traditionalists when it comes to Tulip chairs and tables, so we're going to ask readers what they think.
I don't know about your home, but at my place, even with an open concept kitchen and a dining table, we always seem to end up in the living room with all the snacks and drinks squeezed on the coffee table. Let's face it: it's more casual and comfortable than standing around a kitchen or sitting on a stiff dining chair. These days it's rare to have both a family and living room, so it's nice to really put a lot of thought and style into the one you have. If you're looking to refresh your living room and you can't decide between Mid-century modern, transitional, industrial, or bohemian, this look has a bit of all four-for any budget. The aqua sofa is definitely the star of this look and is where the inspiration started. It a great example of how you can have a large piece that's a bold pop of color but still have a calm and neutral look. If you want even more color, go with a more colorful rug that either complements or contrasts the aqua. The gold and wood accessories give this living room an overall warm but luxe look. Of course, you can always mix and match-just remember to buy pieces you love!
Q: I found this bathroom image via Bright Bazaar's Pinterest board. At first I thought it might be a vintage find, but if you look closely at the side, there appears to be a contemporary logo in an oval, but I cannot make out the brand. Does anyone know where I can find this sink? It will be PERFECT for my bathroom renovation! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Ginger in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
It has started: the rush of holiday mail mixed with dry hands equals papercuts. This is the time of year we rely on our trusty old letter opener, the one we've had since high school graduation complete with an engraved 'H'. Who else uses letter openers - now or all year round? Have a great one or just any old one? We spotted these modern versions, and although we like them, we don't have the heart to upgrade.... Above: the silver letter opener available at See Jane Work for $7.95. Intended for group gifting, this Beau Coup letter opener is good for bridal parties, holiday gifts, or co-workers. Because of the focus on gifts for groups, the minimum purchase amount is four. Made of aluminum, polished to a satin finish, $20 each.
Hello AT,. 'Do you have any advice about moving couches in and out of windows? We're moving into a duplex with an awful couch stuck inside, and we've fallen in love with the 82' Case Study couch, which we'd love to buy-but not if it will cost a fortune to bring in through the window....apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Link To All Good Questions. I admire the brave woman who hired someone to saw her beloved couch in half, but I don't want to risk it with a new and expensive piece fo furniture. Do you know of anyone we could hire to help us with this quandary, and what it might cost? We love your choice of sofa and don't want to see you pass it up. We don't have any experience moving sofa's in/out of windows, but we think that if you called Rabbit Movers they would have your answer. Windows are often smaller than doorways, so unless you remove the whole frame you don't get a tremendous advantage.
We loved yesterdays discussion of our own approach to our own simple life and realize more than ever how widely this concept can be interpreted. So...... we thought we'd try a thread all about what it means and see if we could - somehow - form a consensus over time. 'To me, Simple Living means....'.