This is Art Cart

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Some clients may pass up a great piece of art simply because it doesn’t match their furniture. I want collectors to understand they don’t have to give up on a piece just because it doesn’t match their current décor. I encourage people to allow art to inspire completely redesigned living spaces. In this series, I highlight artwork that I find intriguing and pair home elements that serve as perfect supporting actors to the STAR of the room: The art! Join me as I share what inspired me to pull the home décor pieces that I’d add to my cart. This is ART CART.

George Condo is an American contemporary visual artist working in the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Mr. Condo coined the term Artificial Realism – the realistic representation of that which is artificial – to describe his hybridization of traditional European Old Master painting with a sensibility informed by American Pop. He has exhibited extensively through the United States, Europe and Asia and recently collaborated with Kanye West to created a series of paintings used for the album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010).

I’m tapping into Mr. Condo’s work and his term ‘Artificial Realism’ for some inspiration as I add some pieces for a reading room to my Art Cart.

1. What’s a reading room without a cup of tea or coffee? Not much. Luckily, the Noriko Enamel Teapot from Anthropologie catches the eye with its slick, red finish.

2. A lot of Mr. Condo’s portraits have cubist shapes å la Picasso, so the Geo Terrarium vessel from Jayson Home is the perfect home for succulents that the benefits of a miniature garden that can be enjoyed without all of the yard work.

3. The shapes in the terrarium will continue to carry through a pair of Stixx end tables from Z Gallerie.

4. In looking at Mr. Condo’s body of work, the level of seriousness is replaced with touches of whimsy. The Oliver Tilbury ‘Burst’ chair provides a perfect balance between an optical illusion and sculptural form.

5. What’s a warm beverage without crumpets? And what are crumpets without a pretty platter to put it on? This Trip Foil long tray from Jayson Home has the perfect blend of colors that compliments Condo’s work.

6. Reading in the dark is bad for the eyesight. Jonathan Adler’s Capri Bottle lamp is the remedy for saving the eyes. With the shape of the lamp emulating the outline of the young woman’s neck- one can’t help but to think that this pairing is kismet.

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About Maya-Camille Broussard

Maya-Camille Broussard is a curator and designer living in Chicago. Both her personal blog, The MCB Project and TCW, Blog Art Cart, focus on arts integration and interior design. Her online store, The MCB Shop, provides style for the home and style for the everyday life with housewares, vintage accessories and accoutrements for women and men.