April 27, 2010

Inspiration-Ooh-La-La

These works by textile designer and artist Andre Lanskey took my breath away when I first came upon them at the Cora Ginsburg antique textile, costume and needlework gallery in NYC . I found them while researching for my book,  LULU before the focus of LULU became only about my collages...Previously I had the idea to do a book called appropriately... Trail of Inspiration, which tooted the horn of all things, people, places, memories etc. that touched, moved and inspired me visually...I was going through the non published pages the other day and noticed these little gens after not looking at them for about 5 years. I realized that subconsciously they must have inspired my ripped paper works.
Andre Lanskey created 24 electrically colorful designs for the poet, Pierre Lecuire in a masterpiece collection of art and poetry combined, called Cortege, 1959 France.

If you are a lover of antique textiles, Cora Ginsburg Gallery can not be missed; specializing in museum quality antique costume of the 18th and 19th centuries and in European embroideries, silks, and printed textiles of the 17th - 20th centuries.

April 24, 2010

Mother Nature Still wins My Award!


Spring is in the air and it is time to dust off your outside table and do a little entertaining! So as always I say...let nature rein! I love collecting objects from nature, and this is why...there is nothing cooler and more elegant then taking found rocks or shells and using them in your place settings. Guests' are always surprised by the touch of creativity and it is also a great little party gift for them to take home! If you can't make it out to the great outdoors then you can find great shells on eBay or also Evolution in Soho has a great variety (although a tad expensive)....But even if you live in the city, rocks can be found in most parks...Get a white-out pen and voila!




April 18, 2010

Imagine My Surpirse.....

When I stumbled across this colorful splendor! The other day while driving to Santa Anita Racetrack (my  family is deeply invloved in the horse-racing industry and my sister and I were headed over there to do a little work)...I must say reluctantly, until we came upon a world of endless peacocks grazing, mating and just kicking back all over the lawns, roof-tops, and garden of all the private homes down a little road in Arcadia, LA.

Arcadia is the home of the LA County Arboretum that house 200 peacocks. This 127 acres of land was originally purchased by Elias Baldwin in 1875 as a ranch. The area is so lush and tropical that in the 30's the TV series Tarzan and Paradise Island were filmed here. Baldwin brought over a pair of peacocks from India to mate and now the areas if filled with peacocks everywhere...And I mean everywhere. Nobody is allowed to touch them so they wander freely through the streets and all over the private homes. It is hilarious, totally inspiring and a complete surprise. Their colors are so electric that they appear almost surreal and even more so because they are just strolling around freely...imagine opening your front door and being greeted by 6 mating peacocks!

April 9, 2010

A Few More Moments of Color Love

I just sent a similar design (in a smaller scale) to be made into fabric....will keep everyone abreast of its progress ;-)

April 6, 2010

St Tropez Meets the Hamptons!

That is what inspired me when creating these totally great woven outdoor fabrics, called Margarita. A little Long Island and a little French Riviera. This picture was actually taken by my father at the beach we grew up on in Westhampton Beach, Long Island. Everyone loves using these stripes indoors becuase they are so soft, beautifully woven and oh-so-very durable, but they are made for outdoors weather conditions...so go ahead and drag those chairs a little inside, a little outside, by the pool, or tub, or sea...or whatever floats your sunshinny summer boat ;-)

April 1, 2010

Take an Inspiration Fabric Walk!

When I founded LULU DK 10 years ago, I was all alone in a world of stodgy traditional chintz fabrics. I think it is safe to say that the Interior Design market had fallen slightly to sleep. It wasn't until the Internet boom of the Clinton era when things started to change. A younger generation of Internet hipsters started to make a lot of money, leading them to move out of their parents' garage and into their 7000 sq foot mega lofts in NYC and elsewhere. Clearly they were looking for a little more then a floral chintz or chinoiserie coffee table. The shift was so sudden that I literally remember walking down the streets in Soho, NY and the entire neighborhood being about fashion boutiques and then walking downtown not long after and it being all about Interior/home design stores. I don't want to pat myself on the back...but hmm, here I go ;-) Me (and Muriel Brandolini) were the only fabric designers at that time doing anything that appealed to the young fresh at heart (now mega-rich internet youths). I must say it was a really exciting time to watch and be apart of a blossoming industry. I loved how all my interior design friends stuck together, encouraging each others growth and creativity.


During West Week in Los Angeles last week, I went to an event in the beautiful "back of the shop" gardens of Nate Turner's shop and Harbinger-Lucas Studios. It was, as is always the case of the events thrown in their secret garden... fun, festive with a twist of the magical....but mostly it was fabric, fabric, fabric everywhere. If you haven't noticed...Everyone has suddenly created their own interiors fabric line...fashion designers, interior designers, painters etc. My favorite line (besides my own, of course) is Peter Dunham's over at his new and improved store, Hollywood at Home (on the other super street of antique stores on La Cienaga). I think it would be great fun for all fabric designers to get together, spread out an enormous piece of white fabric and each paint a little something on it. Like a joint piece of work that we can hang somewhere and then auction off, proceeds going to Charity...just a thought. Here is a little list for your LA fabric walking tour (or interneting tour, as the case may be)

1. LULU DK at Donghia 1st floor- Pacific Design Center 8687 Melrose Avenue

2. Schumacher also at the Pacific Design Center- representing Kelly Wearstler, Celerie Kemble, Trina Turk, Jamie Drake, and Matthew Patrick Smyth

3. Quick drive around the corner will bring you to Hollywood at Home: Where you will find Peter Dunham, Carolina Irving, Jed Johnson, Lisa Fine and Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

4. Another quick little drive will bring you to Harbinger on Almont Drive where you will find Katie Ridder, Idarica Gazzoni, John Stefanidis and Pintura Studio.

Happy shopping!

(p.s fabric above is my LULU DK Plumes)