Ever since we decided to move to Denmark, Simon and I have been reading and watching all things Scandinavian. We began with Oscar-nominated Danish film, A Royal Affair, starring Swedish beauty Alicia Vinkader. More recently, the formally trained ballerina turned actress starred in The Danish Girl and wowed fashion critics at The Golden Globes. I can’t wait to see what she’s up to next. If you’re curious about Scandinavian film/television, be sure to check out The Bridge and Borgen (two brilliant Danish series suggested by my readers, thank you!). Next in our queue is The Killing. Oh and I also absolutely loved the Danish film After the Wedding (Mads Mikkelsen is such a fox).
“Like drawing, I’ve been collecting since I was very young. My apartment is a mess, but it’s filled with all the things—inherited things, bought things, my children’s things—
that I love.” -Pierre Le-Tan
In December, J.Crew collaborated with French artist Pierre Le-Tan in celebration of Miami Design week and their photos of the artist’s home studio are new favorites. In recent years, the richly layered space has been featured by the likes of Tory Burch, T Magazine, and L’Express (all included here). Really though, how handsome is that green?! Pierre’s maximalist tendencies (a Giacometti sketch here, a set of Cecil Beaton first editions there…) and fearless use of color truly bring the space alive. It’s here in his Parisan flat on Place du Palais Bourbon that the artist creates brilliant, quirky artwork for the likes of The New Yorker, Coach, and his talented fashion designer daughter, Olympia Le-Tan. Wouldn’t you just love to pay him a visit…?
Lately, I’ve been coveting the handsome plaster creations of Brooklyn artisan Stephen Antonson. Inspired by the work of 20th century masters like Giacometti and Jean Michel Frank, Stephen creates a striking array of chalky white tables, mirrors, lighting, and decorative objects. Each piece is painstakingly crafted using a steel armature that is then wrapped with gauze and layered with shellac, liquid plaster, and primer. A single large scale work takes Stephen weeks to complete. Back in 2012, the artist collaborated with West Elm, and I’m kicking myself for not having snatched up the entire collection. View Stephen’s current offerings here.