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Decorative Art and Design: Online Posts

Greenwich June 9th, 2018

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Peter Brant, Founder of The Brant Foundation, has been an avid collector of art and design since the mid-1960’s.  This life-long passion has resulted in a collection of important works of by contemporary art masters, as well as significant decorative art and design objects.  Through featured online posts, The Brant Foundation broadens access to these historically noteworthy objects, furthering our mission to promote arts education by making resources available to the public.

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Marc Newson's Lockheed Lounge

This post features Marc Newson’s (b. 1963) iconic Lockheed Lounge.  This remarkable object simultaneously encapsulates fine art and industrial design, reflecting Newson’s level of precision and unique creativity in the 1980’s furniture design movements.  The result is an unusual, other-worldly structure revered for its fusion of materials, design, and form.

Marc Newson, Lockheed Lounge (1988)

Christopher Wool, Fuckem (1992)

Photography: Tom Powel Imaging, Inc.

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Jean Prouvé, Carlo Mollino, Line Vautrin

This striking aluminum porthole door was designed by renowned metal worker and self-taught architect Jean Prouvé circa 1949 – a signature element in his post-WWII mass-production housing concept. Flanking the doorway, Carlo Mollino’s chairs embody functionality and the female form, while epitomizing Mollino’s style: the union of the romantic and the rational. The extraordinary “Folie” mirror, created by jewelry and decorative object designer Line Vautrin, presents a sun with twelve irregular flames haphazardly extending outward, one in particular supporting a tiny, witch mirrored glass “moon.” The asymmetrical bordure inside the mirror mimics the Prouvé portholes, while the black talosel flames balance the black Mollino chair to the left.

Jean Prouvé, Door (1949)

Carlo Mollino, Important side chair (1959) painted beech, painted brass

Carlo Mollino, “Tipo B” side chair (1950) Resinflex, brass, tibular brass.

Line Vautrin, “Folie” mirror (circa 1958)

Elizabeth Peyton, “John Lennon 1965 (Hotel),” 1995

Photography: Sean Keenan

In celebration of Father’s Day, this design post highlights the formal dining room which was originally designed with the assistance of Jed Johnson in the early 1980’s.

The beautiful American sideboard from the 1880’s was a housewarming gift given to Peter Brant by his father Murray Brant. The sideboard and accompanying dining set was chosen by Peter and had belonged to Robert W. de Forest, the fifth president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. De Forest and his wife Emily, were great collectors of Americana and conceived the idea to build a wing at The Met that would house a permanent collection of American decorative objects. The Museum’s American Wing opened to the public in 1924.

18th Century Chinese Wallpaper: This wallpaper inspired Karen Kilimnik’s chinoiserie installation for her 2012 exhibition at The Brant Foundation. 

Various silver horse racing trophies

“Red Elvis” (1962) by Andy Warhol

Photography: Tom Powel Imaging, Inc.

To celebrate the beginning of summer, our first post features objects collected by Stephanie and Peter Brant for their seaside home.

Using his welding, metallurgy, and jewelry design skills, designer-craftsman Paul Evans (1931-1987) established a reputation as a creative designer of unique sculpted metal furniture. Constantly experimenting with new materials, technologies, and designs, his shop operated much like an industrial laboratory, and his highly innovative experimental approaches to metal have attracted an international following, especially over the past decade.

Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism at Michener Art Museum Website

George Nakashima was born in Spokane, Washington in 1905 and grew up in the forests of the Olympic Peninsula. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture at the University of Washington and a Master’s from MIT in 1930, as well as the Prix Fontainebleau from L’Ecole Americaine des Beaux Arts in France in 1928. After spending some time in Paris, he traveled around the world and secured a job at the Antonin Raymond office in Tokyo which sent him to Pondicherry, India, where he was the onsite architect for the first reinforced concrete building in that country and became one of the first disciples of Sri Aurobindo.

George Nakashima Official Website