Apr. 19

 

SOLO EXHIBITION: Alexa Hampton

by Lynn Byrne

Art and interior design by Alexa Hampton

Art and interior design by Alexa Hampton at the Hickory Chair Showroom, Spring 2014 High Point Market

If you have been following the news out of this spring’s High Point Market, you will have surely heard about Alexa Hampton’s stunning rooms at the Hickory Chair Showroom.  Like her father before her, Alexa is one of the world’s top interior designers.  As it turns out, Alexa, again like dad, is an accomplished artist.   She put that talent front and center this spring at High Point when she filled her spaces with art of her own creation.    While Mark Hampton is best known for his watercolor renderings of rooms,

Rendering by Mark Hampton

Rendering by Mark Hampton

Alexa was obviously exploring very different styles and mediums, showing both abstract art and realism.  I thought I would give you a closer look at the works of art she created.

In her first room, Alexa explored contemporary genre, playing with  mixed media collage.   Here is a close up of the painting seen in the first photo showing corrugated cardboard, numbers, paper collage and slashes of paint.  From a distance the art work resembles a tree and reminds me both of Matisse’s cut-outs and the mixed media collages of Robert Rauschenbeg that I blogged about here.

Detail shot of art by Alexa Hampton

Detail shot of art by Alexa Hampton

Here are a few more of Alexa’s collages.  I think it is interesting that she incorporated a lot of Greek letters–an offhand reference to her classical style.

Art and interior design by Alexa Hampton

Art and interior design by Alexa Hampton

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Detail of art by Alexa Hampton

Art and interior design by Alexa Hampton

Art and interior design by Alexa Hampton

Detail of art by Alexa Hampton

Detail of art by Alexa Hampton

Alexa did a 180 with her art  in the next two rooms.   Her art in those rooms was very realistic and focused on classical imagery like the Roman Coliseum and Pantheon.

Art and interior design by Alexa Hampton

Art and interior design by Alexa Hampton

Art and interior design by Alexa Hampton

Art and interior design by Alexa Hampton

Her principal focus was on depicting architectural detail, making these pieces much more like her father’s work.

Art by Alexa Hampton

Art by Alexa Hampton

Details from art by Alexa Hampton

Details from art by Alexa Hampton

Alexa told me that her art work will be available through Soicher- Marin sometime in 2015.  I think it will be interesting to see if she will continue to work in such opposing styles. Amazing talent in that family!

Mark and Alexa Hampton painting on the porch together

Mark and Alexa Hampton painting on the porch together.

 

Photo of Mark and Alexa Hampton from Annechovie blog.  All other photos by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.

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You have heard of the App Waterlogue by now, right?  Such fun!  I can’t paint or draw a wick but here is a Waterlogue original of  the first image above of one of Alexa’s rooms at Hickory Chair!

Waterlogue  rendering of room by Alexa Hampton

Waterlogue rendering of room by Alexa Hampton

Apr. 11

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Portiere

by Lynn Byrne

According to Alexa Hampton: "Everyone loves a portiere."

As Alexa Hampton said to me while I was in High Point earlier this week : “Everyone loves a portiere.”

” If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk”

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.”- Socrates

PORTIERE: (Rhymes with affair).  Derived from the French word for door,  or “porte”, a portiere is a curtain that hangs over a door or over a doorless entry to another room. They were quite common in wealthier households during the Victorian era both for decoration and to keep out drafts.

Victorian portiere

Victorian portiere

Portieres  when used today, are not as overwrought as they were in the Victorian era and can be quite elegant.

Photograph by Erica George Dines

Photograph by Erica George Dines

 Designer Scott Yetman

Designer Scott Yetman

fe928ab9e78aedb5c1f650967fd67b36A portiere also can be done more casually.

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Designed by Kathryn Ireland

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Here the portieres are being used to define spaces,  In the photo below, you can see another one in the rear.

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This portiere frames a reading nook.

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These portieres are being used to create privacy, when needed.

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To take the portiere full circle, here is another set designed by Alexa Hampton from her book  Decorating in Detail, showing how plain portieres can be–it doesn’t have to be all swags and trim.

Designed by Alexa Hampton

Designed by Alexa Hampton

A portiere is a useful tool in the designer’s shed.

Photo credits: Portiere designed by Alexa Hampton for her space at Hickory Chair during the Spring 2014 High Point Market, photo by Lynn Byrne. Victorian Portiere via Old House Interiors Oct. -Nov. 2003.  Yellow pattern portiere.  Front door curtain  Scott Yetman  pink portiere  casual portiere  master bedroom portiere.

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