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Matthew Rachman Gallery features a carefully curated collection of Mid Century Modern furniture and contemporary art. Exhibitions are held regularly and our collection of rare vintage finds and curiosities changes constantly. The gallery is also available for event rental for philanthropic and private functions.

 

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Musings

"Musings" is the title of the Matthew Rachman Gallery Blog. 

Interview with Hannah Perry Saucier

Julia Kulon

Our Administration Director, Julia Kulon, sat down with Hannah Perry Saucier about her solo show "The Chip", currently on display at the gallery.

The following interview has been edited for clarity and cohesion. 

"Shapeshifting" by Hannah Perry Saucier, 2014. Oil on canvas, framed. Image courtesy of the gallery.

"Shapeshifting" by Hannah Perry Saucier, 2014. Oil on canvas, framed. Image courtesy of the gallery.

MATTHEW RACHMAN GALLERY: How do you think about landscape?

HANNAH PERRY SAUCIER: Everything is fragmented for me. I fracture things in my mind [as opposed to] seeing them as one, singular being. I really love the geometry I find when looking at things. I don’t always find this kind of geometry around me, but light and dark spaces are particularly suggestive of value—in my way of painting, I see similarities in landscape and portraiture.

   The newer landscapes I’m doing nowadays still have geometric elements such as a geometric sky or water, but [they are now] combined with more traditional painterly effects. I wanted to start blending the two together to have a juxtaposition of the organic forms with geometric ones.

"Current of Niangua" by Hannah Perry Saucier. Acrylic on canvas, framed. Image courtesy of the gallery.

"Current of Niangua" by Hannah Perry Saucier. Acrylic on canvas, framed. Image courtesy of the gallery.

MRG: I was actually wondering about the relationship between the organic and geometric in your work. Your paintings have very flat and graphic elements, but they are combined with organic and primal shapes.

HPS: I have a tendency to over-calculate in my work. Before I set out to paint, I sketch everything out and have everything set in place. The applying of color changes elements here or there, they will shift in the process. Nonetheless, I would be filling in my initial composition.

   I felt that I needed to find a way to break out of this tendency. One direction I took was to do one section of a given painting in a very solid, graphic manner while doing another part, like the trees and grass, in a very fluid and playful manner.

   “Untitled” is an example where the improvisation comes with through the forms themselves, although they retain their graphic flatness.

MRG: Your use of color is very bold. Your color choices make me think about how I remember things. I feel like because memory can heighten or over exaggerate the certain aspects of a given recollection—there's a certain brightness, vividness to those specific parts. Do your colors have any relationship?

HPS: Color, for me, is very intuitive. I dream in color; my memories are in color. My sense of sight above the other senses is much stronger as well, but I think, particularly, in the way I see colors.

   “Shapeshifting” is a representation of a past, present and future self; there’s three selves embedded within the landscape, and the landscape, in turn, is embedded in the figure. We’re inside the landscape physically, and the landscape is inside our minds. We’re perceiving it at all times. The present self is moving [in the work], and above the self's head there’s a little orb, containing a thought inside of it. The thought is red. For this one element, the use of color was very intentional. Anxiety of being in the present moment, moving through thoughts which can be stressful or painful.

   I use color in the way it comes to me. I try to balance color in terms of value and tone to create a sense of rhythm. Nowadays I’m simply drawn to colors. I mix all of my colors. I don’t use anything from tube; I mix until I get the colors I want. I’ll shift my colors a bit as I'm applying them on canvas, once I see how the colors are responding to one another.

MRG: What is memory for you?

HPS: Everyone has a plethora of memories, even a person who’s lived in the same place all their life is going to have a wealth of experiences, things that have happened to them. I’ve lived in five different countries in my life so far, and done a lot of traveling.

   This body of work comes from a sketch I made for a class where we had been prompted to make a self-portrait. At that point in my life, I was thinking a lot about all the experiences I had accumulated from living in places that were all so different from one another, and how, despite all of this, I was still one person. I felt very fragmented in certain ways. I would go into certain situations, and find myself in a certain role for a little while before having to shift mentally when going back to another culture, job, school.

    The work for the project was originally more symbolic. Made out of orbs, I had a figure connected together with lines. Inside [each orb] there was an image representing a fragment of a place I had lived in, or, a feeling I had felt at the time. It was a meditation into the relationships these fragments had to one another. Eventually, I turned the sketch into a painting where all these different orbs with their contained imagery became connected geometrically. I think all you’ve done or experienced in life is somehow always within you. Depending on what you’re focusing on or where you are, different aspects of your being are much stronger and present than others; but everything still is embedded in you somewhere.

   When I made the move from symbolism to abstraction in my work, I started thinking about how certain memories begin to fade. You either completely forget about them, or you begin to remember only certain aspects of the memory. The specific symbolism is gone; the forms become more and more abstract until, eventually, they are reduced to pure form.

"Eye of the Moon Storm" by Hannah Perry Saucier, 2015. Mixed media on canvas, framed. Image courtesy of the gallery.

"Eye of the Moon Storm" by Hannah Perry Saucier, 2015. Mixed media on canvas, framed. Image courtesy of the gallery.

 

When I made the move from symbolism to abstraction in my work, I started thinking about how certain memories begin to fade. You either completely forget about them, or you begin to remember only certain aspects of the memory. The specific symbolism is gone; the forms become more and more abstract until, eventually, they are reduced to pure form.

 

MRG: Does scale influence the way you work?

HPS: The truth, if I could, I would be working large scale pieces all the time. It's not always possible to be working on multiple, giant pieces at the same time with the space I have, so I end up having to work smaller. With that said, though, each individual [geometric] piece in each painting is a smaller piece of work in itself. The little details, even in their flatness, become their own environment.

    “Untitled”, “Shapeshifting” and “Wiggle World (The World is Wiggly)”, mostly layered oil paint pieces, are all completely painted by hand—without the help of tape. “Untitled” has a bit of acrylic in it, but this is indiscernible because of the paint's matte quality. You need to look at the work very closely to see the little details of the brushstroke, texture of the canvas. In my smaller works, these details create far more intimate spaces. Whereas looking at “Shapeshifting” each fragment is much larger—there’s more going on within [that] given section. This creates a different experience for me and the viewer. When I’m creating smaller works, I’m more enclosed in them and with bigger works, the process feels far more physical.

MRG: A lot of aspects in your work suggest total control: you’re mixing your own colors, making your own frames. You stretch your own canvas. There’s a lot of self-agency in your work.

HPS: I think you’ve picked up on a big aspect of my personality, my trying to control things… which is why, (laughs), in my newer works, I’ve been making an effort to let things go, to make more improvisational works. “The Wiggle World (The World is Wiggly)" is reflective of my trying to let go. I had initially sketched it out as I usually do with my works, but in the process of filling it out, I started to create some impromptu forms— I was no longer figuring it out in a strictly mathematical way. •

"The Chip", Paintings by Hannah Perry Saucier, runs through to September 17, 2017 at Matthew Rachman Gallery.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: HANNAH PERRY SAUCIER RECEIVED HER BFA FROM THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, AND HAS STUDIED IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY (HISAR EGITIM VAKFI, 2008-2009), PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (THE UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA, 2012), SAUGATUCK, MICHIGAN (OX-BOW SCHOOL OF ART, 2013), AND FURTHERED HER WORK IN BANGKOK, THAILAND. SHE CURRENTLY LIVES IN BARCELONA, SPAIN.

AUGUST STAFF PICKS

Martha Morimoto

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

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Set of Jens Risom Lounge Chairs

“Take special notice of the frames of these lounge chairs, as Jens Risom was one of the first designers to bring Scandinavian design into American furniture. The rich plum velvet would serve well in a living room needing dark color.”

 

 


M.T. WILSON, CONSULTANT

Edward Wormley For Dunbar Long John Bench

“Let the shapes of the furniture do the talking. Often times, it is the quiet pieces that really make a statement; this Dunbar bench with its organically formed legs is a fine example.”

 


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN + MARKETING COORDINATOR

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Set of Swan Chairs

"Newly reupholstered in cognac leather, the sculptural form of Arne Jacobsen’s Swan Chair makes this the ultimate lounge chair. This set pairs beautifully with works by Hannah Perry Saucier, whose solo show 'The Chip' is currently on view at the gallery now through September 17th."

 


JULIA KULON, GALLERY COORDINATOR

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Set of DCM Chairs

"Introduced in 1946, the DCM chair by Charles and Ray Eames is easily an archetype of American design. The seat and back of chair easily mold to fit the contours and angles of any body, providing comfort without the addition of upholstery. This design eliminates bulky detail and creates a smooth, elegant and versatile chair that is equally at home in a dining or a conference room.”

 


MATTHEW RYAN, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Set of Vladimir Kagan Bilbao Sofas

“For this set of sofas, Kagan drew inspiration from Frank Gehry’s beautiful Guggenheim museum in northern Spain. Gehry’s ability to generate organic, elegant architecture established him as a master of 20th century architecture. In much the same manner, Kagan built his career on pushing beyond Mid-Century Modern clichés towards postmodern sensual, human forms. The Bilbao Sofa’s unique form evokes the smooth hybrid lines of sports cars and high heels while addressing the issues of form and function in new ways.”


MADELINE WEBER, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

 

   

 

 

Vico Magistretti Maralunga Chair + Ottoman

“Winner of Italy’s Compass D’Oro award for Industrial Design in 1979, Vico Magistretti’s Maralunga chair and ottoman set for Cassina is a striking blend of functionality and beauty. Magistretti’s chair features an adjustable backrest for two very different looks and comfort. The juxtaposition of the dyed cowhide and patterned cotton provides this set with a range of texture and a bold color scheme that makes for the quintessential statement piece.”

The Chip

Garrett Nutgrass

Matthew Rachman Gallery is pleased to announce its next exhibition, “The Chip”, featuring paintings by Hannah Perry Saucier. The Gallery will host an opening reception with the artist in attendance. How does the space of the mind change as we accumulate new experiences? As human beings, we are always collecting information and shifting our minds to fit the new while retaining the old. How we recall our memories often distorts over time. Hannah Perry Saucier’s work presented in “The Chip” visually represents the organization of inner worlds and explores how the mind adjusts itself as we adapt and change. The exhibition will run July 28 - September 17.  

Matthew Rachman Gallery is pleased to announce its next exhibition, “The Chip”, featuring paintings by Hannah Perry Saucier. The Gallery will host an opening reception with the artist in attendance.

How does the space of the mind change as we accumulate new experiences? As human beings, we are always collecting information and shifting our minds to fit the new while retaining the old. How we recall our memories often distorts over time. Hannah Perry Saucier’s work presented in “The Chip” visually represents the organization of inner worlds and explores how the mind adjusts itself as we adapt and change.

The exhibition will run July 28 - September 17.

 

Hannah Perry Saucier, “The Wiggle World (The World is Wiggly),” 2015, oil on canvas (framed) About Hannah Perry Saucier: Hannah Perry Saucier was born and raised in Brunswick, Maine, a small town on the eastern coast of the United States. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has studied in Istanbul, Turkey (Hisar Egitim Vakfi, 2008-2009), Pretoria, South Africa (The University of Pretoria, 2012), Saugatuck, Michigan (Ox-bow School of Art, 2013), and furthered her work in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to her painting practice, she creates sculptural works in glass, mosaic, and frames all of her paintings by hand in wood. She is currently based in Barcelona, Spain, working out of her studio at Bien Cuadrado and studying at La Escola Massana.

Hannah Perry Saucier, “The Wiggle World (The World is Wiggly),” 2015, oil on canvas (framed)

About Hannah Perry Saucier: Hannah Perry Saucier was born and raised in Brunswick, Maine, a small town on the eastern coast of the United States. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has studied in Istanbul, Turkey (Hisar Egitim Vakfi, 2008-2009), Pretoria, South Africa (The University of Pretoria, 2012), Saugatuck, Michigan (Ox-bow School of Art, 2013), and furthered her work in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to her painting practice, she creates sculptural works in glass, mosaic, and frames all of her paintings by hand in wood. She is currently based in Barcelona, Spain, working out of her studio at Bien Cuadrado and studying at La Escola Massana.

Left: Hannah Perry Saucier, “Untitled,” 2016, acrylic + oil on canvas (framed) Right: Hannah Perry Saucier, “Current of Niangua,” 2015, acrylic on canvas (framed)

Left: Hannah Perry Saucier, “Untitled,” 2016, acrylic + oil on canvas (framed)

Right: Hannah Perry Saucier, “Current of Niangua,” 2015, acrylic on canvas (framed)

JULY STAFF PICKS

Martha Morimoto

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

Set of Protzman + Girard Dining Chairs

“Perhaps the best part of these lively Herman Miller dining chairs, designed by Protzman + Girard, is imagining the space that they will end up in. The bold pattern is sure to be an instant talking point.”

Set of Vintage Chinese Mail Bags

“These vintage Chinese mail bags are perfect for history buffs or collectors of rare items. They come framed and are ready to be hung.”

Monolithic Marble Cocktail Table for Cassina

“This Cassina marble coffee table works for any personal design taste, but would especially elevate a space that utilizes modern furnishings.”

 


M.T. WILSON, CONSULTANT

Richard Himmel Sofa

“This sofa is the statement piece you have been looking for. Fun yet neutral, this pattern paired with a brass floating base can be worked into many different design environments, and helps to create an elevated living room.”

Lewis Butler Coffee Table

“Designed for Knoll, this table showcases the power of a classic black and white color scheme. Oozing modern from the seams, this would be a great piece to add into an office or occasional room.”

“Pulse” by Sarah Pittman

“'Pulse' by Sarah Pittman is both playful and calm. The vivid red and orange add a lively touch. Great piece for those who rarely venture outside earth tones, and want something more without having to leave their comfort zone.”


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN + MARKETING COORDINATOR

Lounge Chair by Hovmand Olsen

“Designed by A Hovmand Olsen for P Mikkelsen, the lounge chair provides the utmost comfort as it molds to your body.”

McCobb Wall Unit

“This maple wall unit designed by Paul McCobb is the solution to your storage needs. A simple design, beautifully crafted - ready to be placed in your living room!”

"Untitled” by Peter Max

“Add a very historic work of art to your home! This print features a 10-cent postage stamp created by Peter Max, commissioned by the United States Postal Service, to commemorate the 1974 World’s Fair in Spokane, Washington. As an environmentalist, Max incorporates a seemingly spontaneous illustration of a landscape, in correspondence with the first environmentally themed world's fair.”

 


JULIA KULON, GALLERY COORDINATOR

Set of Jens Risom Lounge Chairs

“These chairs are reupholstered in shoe leather, the natural leather has a wonderful patina highlighting and showing imperfections in the hide such as scars and range marks. An ethereal and beautiful vintage look is born, and the orange color gives the chairs a modern edge.”

“Sunday Sunday” by Kate McCarthy

“As artist Kate McCarthy would say, ‘Sunday Sunday’ is, ‘a thing of comfort dressed up.’ The soft sculpture transports one to special memories. Quirky, lovely and especially poignant, this sculpture is one of sheer delight and innocence.”

Modaluce Murano Glass Table Lamp

“Delicate but strong and incredibly chic - this lamp is the perfect addition to any open living interior."


GARRETT NUTGRASS, MARKETING INTERN

Milo Baughman Dining Chairs

“I can imagine these unique Milo Baughman dining chairs fitting in perfectly at my mom’s dining room in Florida. The quirky lines and white leather would serve well to brighten any dining space.”

“Sculptural Transcendence” by Walter Fydryck

“It may be due to my interest in the intersection of graphic design and art but I find myself returning to this Walter Fydryck piece often, especially now that I know how HUGE it is in person. It’s a really exciting piece!"

“Skiing” by Maura Segal

“Maura Segal's work is approachable, chic, and super modern. I’ve chosen 'Skiing' because the piece could work in a variety of living spaces, from bright and colorful, to monochromatic palettes.”

JUNE STAFF PICKS

Martha Morimoto

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

Set of Chinoiserie Lamps

“I like the set of Chinoiserie lamps because they are a basic form elevated. The design and insignia make these lamps extra special.”

“Working I” by Linc Thelen

“Linc’s work is prolific. Being a designer and artist, Linc creates works that seamlessly fit into any contemporary home. I particularly enjoy this new piece of his, ‘Working I,’ and its color palette.”  

Genuine Brazilian Cowhide in Black

“Cowhides offer a unique way to decorate a home. You can hang them on the wall in lieu of art or use them in place of a rug. The all black hide is exquisite.”


JUSTINE SALVA, GALLERY DIRECTOR

“POEMES XLVII” by Raul de la Torre

“‘POEMES XLVII’ is my favorite piece from artist Raul de la Torre. I love the way he has utilized both cool and warm colors in his palette. I also enjoy the fact that this piece gives major Mid-Century vibes.”  

Carlo di Carli Lounge Chair + Ottoman

“The Carlo di Carli lounge chair and ottoman are subtle in the most beautiful way. Their design is elevated by the soft greens of the grain leather and suede cording. This set is a must have.”  

Paul McCobb Irwin Collection Credenza

“Mahogany, brass, AND travertine?! The bold and heavy nature of the mahogany on the credenza is offset by its petite brass base. The materials used make this design a homeowner's dream!”


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN + MARKETING COORDINATOR

Charles Law, “Backwards Woman”

“Charles Law successfully captures the beauty of the female body. From the use of negative space to the repetitive mark making, you can visualize Law’s hand throughout the whole piece. A beautiful work of art to introduce to your home!”

George Nelson for Herman Miller Slat Bench

“A midcentury modern staple, designed by George Nelson. Capturing the essence of ‘form follows function,’ this versatile design allows for endless possibilities. Whatever the function may be, the Herman Miller bench will fit your need.”

Set of Kai Kristiansen Nesting Tables

“Designed by Kai Kristiansen for Vidbjerg Møbelfabrik, the set of three nesting tables exude simplicity and functionality. A must-have for those that greatly admire Scandinavian design!”


JULIA KULON, GALLERY COORDINATOR

Live Edge Coffee Table

“I fell in love with this table the moment it was brought into the gallery! The natural texture of wood is beautifully highlighted and respected through a mastery of craftsmanship and elevated understanding of the material. The table is an extension of the environment of which it came from.”

Victor Vasarely, “Olympia”

“The official emblem for the XX Munich Olympics, ‘Olympia’ by Victor Vasarely is a unique demonstration of Op-Art’s relationship to the natural form. A tribute to the fibonacci sequence, this piece is a wonderful pop of color, innately lighting up any room with its presence on the wall!”

Primitive 1920s Accent Table

“An excellent paradigm of how well the new can go with the old. The iron base is repurposed vintage 1920s playground equipment. The texture of the patina against the red complements the transparency of the glass in a stately way. A wonderful piece that plays on the senses of imagination and memory.”


GARRETT NUTGRASS, MARKETING INTERN

Kate McCarthy, “Office Party”

"I’m not sure if there’s ever been a chair I’ve wanted to sit in more. Featured in our current exhibition 'The Fantastic Nest,' Kate McCarthy has created not just a magical world, but also a comfortable one. I enjoy this piece because of its various patterns and the lovely teal that is used in the background."

Rocking Diamond Bertoia Chair

“This Rocking Diamond Bertoia Chair is a showstopper. Wrapped in a luxurious faux leather that pops because of the chair’s unique shape, it’s easy for me to fantasize about this being used in a variety of locations within the home.”

Amanda Gentry “For Isamu”

“Although all of Amanda’s shapes within her sculptural work are so inviting, I am particularly drawn to this one. Maybe it’s the gradient colors that melt from one side into the other. I think this piece could grow with the environment it is placed in, perhaps atop a fireplace or an entryway.”

2017 Lookbook

Justine Salva

Matthew Rachman Gallery is proud to introduce its 2017 Lookbook.  In this edition we present a creative glance at how contemporary artwork and modern furniture can cohabitate within the home.

Special thanks to M.T. Wilson Design for interior styling and Nathaniel Smith Photo for photography.

The full 2017 Lookbook can viewed here.

Spotlight On: Brynn Olson

Justine Salva

 
 

Built on a love for creativity and a desire for visionary design planned with precision, the Brynn Olson Design Group (BODG) is comprised of talent from differing creative backgrounds who all found themselves drawn to the art of the interior.  Based in Chicago and serving clients nationwide, the BODG team takes pride in bespoke design curated specifically for each individual client.

Photo courtesy of Brynn Olson Design Group

Photo courtesy of Brynn Olson Design Group

Trained as an artist from childhood, Brynn began her design career creating large-scale indoor and outdoor painted murals for commercial spaces and residences.  After attending Vanderbilt University and pursuing an academic-oriented career, her love for art and design re-ignited years later and she joined Nate Berkus Associates (NBA) in 2008.  She furthered her education in Interior Design at Harrington College of Design while working full-time with the NBA family and managed and designed projects for commercial and private high-end residential clients and celebrities featured on/in The Nate Berkus Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Elle Decor Magazine, CS Interiors Magazine, and Chicago Home + Garden Magazine.  She also assisted with development and rendering of original room designs for major publications and TV programs including Chicago Tribune, The Today Show, and Family Circle Magazine.  Her experience in the design process, project management and client relationships lead to the desire to open her own firm in 2012 under the belief that every environment should boast a timeless foundation infused with an edge that reflects the essence of each client.  Brynn’s credence, “How you shape your space will shape your day,™” is the cornerstone to which each project is approached.  The power of a well designed interior is not only an immediate aesthetic transformation but also an incredible impact on the individual who lives, works or interacts with that space.

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lynn Photography

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lynn Photography

MRG: You began your career as a painter.  When did you first realize you wanted to be an interior designer, and how did you make that transition? 

BO: It's a running joke that I "tripped and fell" into interior design but the truth is that when I reflect back on every life path I've chosen to present day all signs point to here and now.  My mother was my first art teacher, so I was constantly creative as soon as I could hold a crayon in my hand.  I pursued art intently up through college and opportunities of executing large scale murals for interior spaces presented themselves and I accepted.  This lead to me working directly with interior designers and witnessing, first hand, the affect altering a space can have on an individual and family unit. 

It really wasn't until I moved to Chicago a decade ago, though,  that I found myself heading to flea markets and scouring vintage shops at every free moment to furnish my Lincoln Park brownstone that really gave way to that light bulb moment.  When I ruminate back to my childhood in the South, it's incredibly apparent the heavy cultural influence it had on me.  Entertaining is second nature to Southerners and their vessel in which they can share these experiences is their home.  Therefore, as a Southern artist I began to view the home as canvas ready to be filled with beautiful forms that function on my journey into this career. 

Even though it took a big regional move to discover this ultimate path, interior design as my vocation has become personally meaningful as I recently lost my grandmother everyone lovingly dubbed as my "twin."  She was a spirited and determined woman who grew up in Chicago during the Great Depression with very little means, but a staunch Italian spirit.  Into her adulthood she became an interior designer running her own business in the city and its as though I'm bringing a part of my heritage full circle today.  So perhaps, it could be argued that design is in my blood...  

Photo courtesy of Brynn Olson Design Group

Photo courtesy of Brynn Olson Design Group

MRG: What are your favorite design trends you see for 2017, and beyond?

BO: While we tread lightly with the term "trend" having just returned from Market this year I can confidently report back on a few, fun recurring design patterns for 2017 that we're very excited about.  A crop of new businesses focusing on South African goods that are sourced responsibly were very present this year and we especially love the lighting made from horns and beautifully woven baskets. The use of strong gem-like geometric forms in furniture design is still thriving which is one of our favorites as we like to juxtapose that feature next to round and more soothing pieces.  Finally, the prevalence of taking abstract art off the canvas and onto other mediums such as fabrics and even furniture and accessories has been made possible through technology and is continuing to explode.  While our favorite kind of art is on canvas, we're really loving some of the new textiles using this artistic approach to create additional areas of interest in our designs with pillows that double as art.

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lynn Photography

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lynn Photography

MRG: From where do you draw your inspiration?

BO: Inspiration is literally everywhere and I'm constantly pulling from all facets of life from my international travels to shelter magazines to even sitting in a local restaurant admiring the details of the interior architecture.  On a personal level I am greatly inspired by my roots of Southern design and inherently fascinated by all things Art Deco.  From a team standpoint,  I am constantly preaching that we're only as good as our resources and one of the most important resources we have as designers is our problem solving eye - spatially and aesthetically.  In order to keep that eye fine-tuned and sharp, it's incredibly important that we're sourcing inspiration daily.  Due to the power of Pinterest, we've been able to utilize the internet as an essential tool to find new inspirations to catalogue our "studies" along the way.

Photo courtesy of Brynn Olson Design Group

Photo courtesy of Brynn Olson Design Group

MRG: How do you chose artwork for your projects?

BO: Art is such a personal item for our clients and we always start the process with understanding client tastes first and foremost.  The second most important driving factor is budget.  We love to educate, help and guide our clients on how to pursue and collect an art collection no matter where they are in the collecting game.  We love to dispel the myth that appreciating and collecting art is only for the incredibly wealthy or for a home with soaring wall space to display acquisitions.  We feel so strongly that art can "make or break" a room that we incorporate art in our design presentations to guide our schemes.  So, the result is keeping artwork in mind right from the start.

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lynn Photography

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lynn Photography

MRG: If you had to be trapped in one decade of design, which would you chose and why? 

BO: As mentioned, I have a natural attraction to (almost) all things Deco from fashion and decor to jewelry and architecture.  Take me back to the roaring 20s and I'd soak it all in...

Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Smith Photo

Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Smith Photo

MRG: As a designer who frequents Matthew Rachman Gallery, is there any piece of artwork in our gallery that you’re really into right now?

BO: We're big fans of Linc Thelen's abstracts and we've had our eye on his "Lyrical Journey" diptych for sometime.  This set would be an incredible asset to a space with it's rich yet soothing colors and textures.  If it were up to us we'd find the perfect focal wall to house this pair.  Perhaps, in an entry over a console with pair of beautiful X-base stools underneath or even split up and each hanging above nightstand in a Master bedroom for an unexpected display of color and layered sophistication.  

The Fantastic Nest

Justine Salva

Matthew Rachman Gallery is pleased to announce the next exhibition of its 2017 lineup, “The Fantastic Nest,” which features works by Australian artist, Kate McCarthy.  The Gallery will host an opening reception Friday, June 2 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  The artist will be in attendance. 

Human comfort, nesting, and personal expression rely heavily on the use of fabric, design, and their intrinsic tactile qualities.  With embroidery at the cornerstone of “The Fantastic Nest,” McCarthy uses stitching as a narrative tool throughout her body of work.  Chairs hint at rest, conversation, and repose.  The pillowy, fantastical figures are a wonder begging to be squished, touched, and adored.  The visceral reactions to her works are representational of all things that are fantastically human.

The exhibition will run June 2 through July 23. 

McCarthy, "Middle English"

McCarthy, "Middle English"

About Kate McCarthy: McCarthy has exhibited all over the world including Germany, England, Australia, and now in Chicago with the inception of “The Fantastic Nest.”  

In the past, McCarthy focused her practice purely on painting.  However, as of late, the artist has directed her attention to modern soft sculpture and embroidery.  McCarthy enjoys incorporating the traditional methods of embroidery into painting to welcome the conversation about the role of technical handicraft within contemporary art. 

Visually, both with her paintings and soft sculptures, McCarthy mixes pattern and color to transport the viewer back to deep - rooted memories of comfort and childhood.  She utilizes both figurative and abstract styles to achieve this, often calling on a rather illustrative approach. 

McCarthy, "Office Party"

McCarthy, "Office Party"

McCarthy, "Hummingbird"

McCarthy, "Hummingbird"

MAY STAFF PICKS

Martha Morimoto

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

Pearsall Wave Chaise

“The simple yet purposeful contour lines of this chaise are accentuated by the dynamic fabric choices of dyed cowhide and natural leather.”

Curtis Jere Wall Sculpture

“Jere’s work is prolific and exquisite. The patina of this piece and its metallic tones bring the wall sculpture to life.”

The Artwork of Doug Stapleton

“Doug Stapleton is a talented Chicago artist. His collages build on architectural and sculptural elements from the past, which make them rather compelling.”


JUSTINE SALVA, GALLERY DIRECTOR

“Former (Flowers for Boys)” by Jeffrey Cortland Jones

“‘Former (Flowers for Boys)’, along with the rest of Jones’s work, is sublime and entrancing. Staring into the piece is akin to trying to remember a wonderful dream. It is hazy and vague, yet completely delightful.”  

Set of Koppel for Slagelse Møbelvaerk Chairs

“The set of four chairs have just enough character and whimsy to still be considered a typical wooden dining chair, however they are far from commonplace.”

Set of Accent Chairs

“The slim set of chairs are perfect as accent chairs, at a small dining table, a desk, or as occasional chairs. The neutral tones work perfectly with any aesthetic point of view.”  


M.T. WILSON, CONSULTANT

Geometric Coffee Table

“This stupendous modern and futuristic coffee table reminds me of the cult classic film 'Dune'. This piece offers the rare and unique opportunity to help break up the predictable square and rectangular shapes in one's living room, this is great for creating unprecedented and exciting dynamism."

"Square #43" by Greg Dickerson

“You don’t always need color to make a statement as any fellow fan of minimalism can subscribe. This piece comes off as balanced and calming yet it is very eye-catching.”

Chicago Vintage 1980s Boxing Photos

“These framed black and white photographs are a perfect example of how displaying sports memorabilia can be tasteful and not tacky. While I am a boxing aficionado, you don’t have to be a fan yourself to appreciate these candid and decisive moment shots that transport you to that instant.”

 


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN + MARKETING COORDINATOR

Torbjørn Adfal Dry Bar

“Designed by Torbjørn Adfal for Bruskbo, this 1960s dry bar features a flip top for extra space and shelving for storage. The details of the rosewood is absolutely stunning, and would be a great addition to your living room.”

Dunbar Extending Dining Table

“This mahogany extending dining table is perfect for any household! From everyday meals to dinner parties, this is the perfect solution to your dining room needs.”

"Scattered Floes" by Nicholas Kriefall

“Nicholas Kriefall’s work is truly something special and we are thrilled to be showing his work in the fall. 'Scattered Floes' is by far my favorite, as it shows incredible depth and texture!"


JULIA KULON, GALLERY COORDINATOR

Lucite Ladder

“The lucite offers an incredible versatility aesthetically and the form of the ladder itself lends itself to a plethora of different interpretations. An impromptu bookshelf? A new home for one’s succulents? Imagine the wealth of possibilities with this blank canvas of furniture! The openness of it is astounding.”

Emilio Cruz, “Figures in a Landscape”

“‘Figures in a Landscape’ by Emilio Cruz is a dreamlike expressionist painting. Cruz’s use of rainbow palette speaks to the vitality and movement of the human body interacting with its environment.”

Sputnik Chandelier

“The sputnik chandelier is a perfect example of sculptural function. It is the hint that is usually missing in one’s dining or living room.”


GARRETT NUTGRASS, MARKETING INTERN

Goatskin Extending Dining Table

“I enjoy this piece because it serves as a statement piece while also offering function. It ups the presentation level for any family meal. Italian designer-maker Aldo Tura was known for rich materials and hand crafted techniques and this piece reflects that.”

“Particles” by Doug Frohman

“Contemporary Chicago artist Doug Frohman mixes unique painting techniques with architectural inspiration to create his stunning paintings. I particularly like this one because it creates a three dimensional illusion to the eye, where some layers appear to be in the foreground and others in the backdrop.”

Baughman Rosewood Benches

“These beautiful benches are spectacular from near or afar, I love the unique swirls and natural patterns within the rosewood. From the 1970’s by designer Milo Baughman, can’t you imagine these being perfect for family gatherings or around an equally unique dining table?”

On Exhibit: 2017 Art Exhibitions at Matthew Rachman Gallery

Justine Salva

What a year it has been; 2016 flew by and we are beyond excited that it is finally Spring in Chicago!  We would like to thank everyone who helped make 2016 such a success.  We cannot wait to see what the remainder of 2017 has in store!

Paintings by Jeffrey Cortland Jones + Sara Pittman

Here is a sneak peak of all of our 2017 shows featuring a formidable roster of talented artists:

Now - Sunday, April 9: "SERIOUS/play" featuring artwork by Amanda Gentry and Maura Segal

Friday, April 14 - Sunday, May 28: "Paintings by Jeffrey Cortland Jones + Sara Pittman" featuring artwork by Jeffrey Cortland Jones and Sara Pittman

Friday, June 2 - Sunday, July 23: "The Fantastic Nest" featuring artwork by Kate McCarthy

Friday, July 28 - Sunday, September 17: "The Chip" featuring paintings by Hannah Perry Saucier

Friday, September 22 - Sunday, November 12: "As We Enter New Planes" featuring artwork by Ruth Aizuss Migdal and Nicholas Kriefall

Friday, November 17 - January 2018: A holiday exhibition featuring artwork by Matthew Rachman Gallery artists

Be sure to stay connected for updates from Matthew Rachman Gallery!

APRIL STAFF PICKS

Martha Morimoto

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

Chicago Vintage 1980s Boxing Photos

“Chicago has such a rich history with boxing and these photos are a rare find from the 1980s.  The vintage black and white photos come framed and ready to hang.  Being a Chicagoan, what’s not to love?”

Roger Sprunger Burlwood Credenza

“We recently shot this credenza in an interior space and it is striking.  The burlwood credenza perfectly fits into an urban, modern home.”

Hans Wegner Royal Blue Rocker

“The craftsmanship of the Hans Wegner rocker for FDB Møbler is superior and the royal blue finish takes it to another level visually.”


JUSTINE SALVA, GALLERY DIRECTOR

Milo Baughman Lamp

“This lamp has so much personality and funk.  I love it because it can be styled in such a way that fits with an eclectic aesthetic or even a refined, streamlined home."

Eve Garrison, “Untitled”

“The painting is quite strong and its color palette does not read dated at all.  This piece would fit perfectly into my living room!”

Ornate 1920s Zebra Patterned Bench

“Zebra patterned cowhide should be considered a neutral; it can be dressed up or down and is not overtly masculine or feminine.  There as so many possibilities for incorporating this design into any space.”


M.T. WILSON, CONSULTANT

Set of Jerry Johnson + Byron Botker Lounge Chairs

“This set of of chairs re-envisioned in faux iguana, waxed ivory leather and waxed canvas slinging are one of my top picks for a floating living room. While the reversible cushions are an attractive feature from the front, the real celebrity here is the view from the back.”

 

"Abstract Study (Swirl No.2)" by Pamela Staker

“Pink, mauve, fuchsia, violet. We could all stand to have one or more of these in at least one interior room. Instantly brightens a space up and persuades you to hang awhile.”

Ralph Lauren Ornamental Burlwood Coffee Table

“Acting as quiet luxury in a room, this Ralph Lauren piece is a perfect example of everything the company is well known for in their clothing; classy, subtle, timeless and always in.”


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN & MARKETING COORDINATOR

“Reflection #1” by Luftwerk

“A captured still from their INsite video created in support for the Farnsworth House, 'Reflection #1' pulls the viewer in, as they trace the spaces between the lines. An incredible piece that evoke stillness amid chaos.”

Marius Byrialsen Rosewood Credenza

“Declutter your living room with this marvelous rosewood credenza by Marius Byrialsen. The finished back allows the credenza to float in any room, giving you the ability to show off the details of the rosewood.”

Extending Coffee Table

“Designed by John Keal for Brown Saltman, this coffee table is perfect for those who, like me, find themselves rearranging their furniture deep into the night. With its ability to extend further, it allows for more possibilities.”


JULIA KULON, GALLERY COORDINATOR

“Untitled #VL023” by Victor Lopez

“Victor’s work has invited me to consider the enormous possibility that a monochromatic color palette can offer an artist. Being incredibly gestural, visceral and dynamic, the paint really takes on a multi-faceted and extremely layered quality. It is absolutely fascinating.”

Dunbar Sideboard by Edward Wormley

“This sideboard for Dunbar by Edward Wormley (who, by the way, was a Chicago native!) is an absolutely gorgeous piece. The combination of the walnut’s golden brown and the sleek feeling of the brass pulls exudes the effortless self-confidence of warm humility.”

Set of Bronze Baboon Sculptures by Loet Vanderveen

“Loet Vanderveen brings so much heart and sympathy to his pieces! These two little baboons have so much character and care in them, they’re really lovely to look at! I could easily see them being loyal companions on a coffee table or bookshelf.”

Paintings by Jeffrey Cortland Jones + Sara Pittman Opens Friday, April 14

Justine Salva

Matthew Rachman Gallery is pleased to announce the next exhibition of its 2017 lineup, “Paintings by Jeffrey Cortland Jones + Sara Pittman.” The Gallery will host an opening reception Friday, April 14 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Both artists will be in attendance.

Jones, "Burnside (Northern Portrait)"

Jones, "Burnside (Northern Portrait)"

Pittman, "Without Words"

Pittman, "Without Words"

Although discernibly different in appearances, artists Jeffrey Cortland Jones and Sara Pittman tackle similar themes in their individual explorations of life through art. Both artists have an introverted and intuitive approach to making; acting on raw, observed feeling. The juxtaposition of detail in Pittman’s pieces and the subtle minimalism in Jones’s work creates a harmonious exchange about what happens at the moment that conscious contemplation breaks down.

The exhibition will run April 14 - May 28, 2017.

Pittman, "The Divide"

Pittman, "The Divide"

Jones, "Faith (Picture Tour)"

Jones, "Faith (Picture Tour)"

MARCH STAFF PICKS

Matthew Rachman

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

"Tick - Tock" by Amanda Gentry

“The work of Amanda Gentry is tactile; it is designed to be touched.  I enjoy ‘Tick - Tock’ so much because the positive space and negative space interact with each other in such a way that envelops the viewer and invites them in.”

"Day At The Park" by Maura Segal

“While Maura was visiting for the opening of our current show, ‘SERIOUS/play,’ she gave a short artist’s talk about her work and her inspiration.  She pulls much of her inspiration from the Los Angeles landscape and I think that it is particularly evident in this piece.”

Florence Knoll Leather Settee

“This settee is simply gorgeous; it exemplifies classic Mid Century Modern style that is still being copied today.”

 


JUSTINE SALVA, GALLERY DIRECTOR

Set of Adrian Pearsall Lounge Chairs

“The Prussian blue brushed velvet that was used to reupholster this set of Adrian Pearsall lounge chairs is simply stunning (and very on trend).”

Nickel Platner Coffee Table

“Ever since I have discovered the Warren Platner coffee table I have been obsessed with it.  The design is both Mid Century and contemporary; classic and elegant; and somehow - quite brilliantly, might I add - flashy without ever being garish or gaudy.  I love it.”

“Migrants 42” by Krista Svalbonas

“‘Migrants 42’ is another stunning piece from Krista’s Migrants Series.  The colors utilized within the composition, specifically the aged, burnt red and the vibrant blue, have always been among my favorite color combinations.”


M.T. WILSON, CONSULTANT

Set of DCM Chairs

“Kick your dinner hosting skills up another level by using all 12 of these DCM chairs around a statement table (use a round table for an added unexpected twist to the room.) Classic, yet always modern and appealing.”

Common Scars I & II by Chris Trejo

“I tend to enjoy darker art with a dramatic undertone. You can easily pair this with darker or lighter furniture pieces in your living space. The red/orange adds a nice element.”

Set of Cabinett Lounge Chairs

“These are built to last and made to impress. Faux snakeskin that will have you second guessing it’s not the real thing, the neutral colors in it will match nearly anything. Mixing these into a foyer, main room or an occasional space will only elevate the area. Once you sit in these chairs, you will be forever spoiled.”


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN & MARKETING COORDINATOR

Set of Paul McCobb Cabinets

“A stunning set of Paul McCobb cabinets! These pieces pair beautifully with our Mushroom Lamp by Laurel Lamp Co.”

“Rock Me Twice” by Amanda Gentry

“This piece is currently on view at the gallery for our show, “SERIOUS/play,” featuring works by Amanda Gentry and Maura Segal. “Rock Me Twice” is one of my favorites from the show, with its striking colors and its playful form.”

“Hummingbird” by Kate McCarthy

“Sequins! Kate McCarthy’s playful creature pillows are everything I could ever want and more.”


JULIA KULON, GALLERY COORDINATOR

Mushroom Lamp

“Delicate but decisive shapes can be found with this lamp. Striking in its simplicity, the mushroom lamp is a perennial element of design.”

“Off The Coast of Avalon” by Amanda Gentry

“Off The Coast of Avalon is a small piece, but it has a tremendous voice. Gentle, but with contrast.”

Jens Risom Model 2516 Sofa

“Risom marries elements of Scandinavian and American design, making his pieces truly unique. This exceptionally rare sofa is such a vivid and rich statement -a magnificent pairing of the contemporary feeling of reupholstered leather (courtesy of Matt and Wilson), and wood.”

FOR THE LOVE OF FARNSWORTH

Justine Salva

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Please join Matthew Rachman Gallery and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as they collaborate on the return of a very special event, “For the Love of Farnsworth: A Celebration to Benefit Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House.” The second annual fundraiser will be held on  Saturday, April 1  from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM at Matthew Rachman Gallery in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village.

The elegant evening will include libations from Chicago’s premier mixology boutique, SpritzOlogy, and craft beer from award winning Naperville brewery, Solemn Oath, as well as mouth-watering small plates and desserts from talented local chefs at Jordan’s Food of Distinction. The evening will also feature a short address by Mary Lu Seidel, Chicago Field Director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a brief discussion led by Guests of Honor, Chicago-based artistic duo, Luftwerk.

The gallery will exhibit a specially-curated collection of artwork (at which ten percent of all art sales throughout the duration of the exhibition will directly benefit the Farnsworth House), silent auction items, and musical performances by original composer Owen Clayton Condon.

Tickets are $95.00 per individual and $175.00 per couple, and can be purchased at www.farnsworthhouse.org/for-the-love-of-farnsworth. Proceeds from tickets sales directly benefit the Farnsworth House.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to learn more about the Farnsworth House, or to make a donation in your absence, please visit farnsworthhouse.org or savingplaces.org.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

FEBRUARY STAFF PICKS

Justine Salva

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

“Reflection 2” by Luftwerk

“The reflective nature of this piece combined with its varying hues of green create an optical illusion that transports the viewer into an alternate reality.  One look at the piece and it is like you are at the Farnsworth House in spring.”

Frederick Weinberg Decorative Mirror

“The clean lines in the vintage iron mirror by Frederick Weinberg can be used to introduce a modest and eclectic element into almost any room.”

Curtis Jere Accent Table

“This practical accent table pairs well with nearly all of the upholstery that we bring into the Gallery - cowhides, Mongolian sheepskin, leather, and fabric alike.”


JENNI BUTTON, GALLERY CO - DIRECTOR

Current of Niangua, by Hannah Perry Saucier

"Hannah’s artwork is just incredible. Her attention to detail is exceptional, and every element - from the way she lays the paint; to the bonkers concepts, geometry and grid work; to the hand-crafted frames in which each piece has been finished - has been carefully thought out."

Bentwood Dining Chairs

"I love the color combo of black and brown, and these darling chairs are so beautifully crafted - they make a statement without the added flash."

VL024 by Victor Lopez

This piece really stands out from Victor’s other black and white paintings we currently have in the gallery. I love how the blurred lines of this piece inspire depth, texture - even movement.


JUSTINE SALVA, GALLERY CO - DIRECTOR

“Metamorphosis 1” by Amanda Gentry

“‘Metamorphosis 1’ by Amanda Gentry is a playful piece that gently rocks back and forth when handling it.  The kinetic energy and sophisticated form make this a perfect piece to sit atop a credenza, dining table, or in a bookcase.”

Set of DCM Chairs

“The DCM Chair while practical is actually incredibly comfortable.  Charles and Ray Eames were certainly the masters of form and function.”

“MR 26” by Greg Dickerson

“The evocative, gestural lines made by Dickerson’s hand bring a sophistication to the canvas piece by creating movement, repetition, and an echo of pattern.”

 


M.T. WILSON, CONSULTANT

Dunbar Post + Beam Sofa by John Saladino

"The late 70's and 80's were a great time for Dunbar, we saw many poetic yet minimalistic designs come out of this manufacture through the company's designer collections such as John Saladino's line. This particular example is exceptionally rare and showscases that periods design aesthetic flawlessly and timelessly as well. Slightly tinted red, this cognac leather will only get better year after year as it gains it's unique markings and patina and becomes a heritage piece to be passed down and cherished.”

"Garfield Suite IV" by Ted Stanuga

“Using charcoal and oil on prepared corrugated board, this piece showcases texture and color, two of my favourite things. This would look great on a smaller accent wall such as a kitchen, or dining/reading nook wall."

Light Up Cocktail Table by MØBELFABRIK

“Illuminate your living space with the amazing teak danish cocktail table by MØBELFABRIK. If you are a fan of simplicity and minimalism, but you are looking to add in a statement piece, this is exactly what you have been looking for. Ambient lighting from the piece helps to set a comfortable tone in the room.”


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

"Ranch Study No 4" by Amanda Gentry

“This one in particular holds a special place in my heart. The simple form with its negative space complements the intricate pattern within the clay beautifully.”

Set of Folke Ohlsson Chairs

“I am in love with this funfetti fabric that brings nothing but happiness to my life! Paired beautifully with the sleek wooden frame.”

Set of Castelli Chairs

“A stunning set of Castelli Chairs! Pairs stunningly in your office or a small dining table for two.”


JULIA KULON, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Kagan Snail Coffee Table

“I think this table is incredibly clever, it definitely speaks to the harmony between the organic and man-made. Play time for the grown-ups.”

"The Beautician / The Beautiful One Has Come" by Doug Stapleton

“I like pieces that make me think-- I credit that to my philosophy degree. Stapleton’s collages create suggestive narratives around classical and western culture, inviting the viewer to dig deeper. Stapleton’s formalist compositions make his works easily approachable, and conversations that much more enjoyable.”

Domus Lux Lounge Chair

“This lounge chair really highlights the timelessness and modesty of wood.”

 

 

 

 

 

SERIOUS/play Opens February 25

Matthew Rachman

Matthew Rachman Gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibition of its 2017 lineup, “SERIOUS/play,” featuring works by Amanda Gentry and Maura Segal. The gallery will host an opening reception Saturday, February 25 from 6 - 9 pm. Both artists will be in attendance.

People, places, things... are rarely as they seem. What lies beneath the surface of first impressions provides new and unknown dimensions to experience, and those who are willing to linger know this. The pairing of works by artists Maura Segal and Amanda Gentry encourage us to challenge our initial perceptions.

Segal, "Looking"

Segal, "Looking"

Gentry, "Metomorphosis I + II"

Gentry, "Metomorphosis I + II"

At first glance, the serious tone of Gentry’s work is superficially evident: transitions from one plane to another - decisive; curves - intentional; negative space - considered. But with further exploration, this impression becomes inverted. Surfaces begin to dance with playful memories of wood-fueled flames, or glazes that mischievously run with their own agendas. Meanwhile, multi-layered, vibrant canvases created by Maura Segal are more immediately playful in nature. The seriousness of Segal’s work starts to reveal itself as color blocking defends crisply defined edges, and it quickly becomes clear the amount of discipline and patience that have been applied to numerous layers.

Segal, Here We Go Again,  2016       /     Gentry, Beginning,  2015

Segal, Here We Go Again,  2016       /     Gentry, Beginning 2015

Exhibition Dates: February 25 - April 9, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 25 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January Staff Picks

Matthew Rachman

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

"W" Acrylic Magazine Rack

“This locally-made contemporary sculptural piece marries form and function, and is a cool way to store your magazines or books.”

Acid Washed Cowhides

“Part of what I pride myself on doing with our pieces is to put an interesting spin on a classic design. That’s why I think these hides are particularly great. I source only the highest quality genuine Brazilian cowhides in a range of colors and markings, from solid and spotted traditional hides, to the more rare longhaired and acid-washed or hand dyed pieces.”

Lynn Basa, “Mirror"

“A Chicago native, Lynn is a master at creating encaustic artwork. She also has a firm understanding of interior design, and how these pieces work in home. This piece would fit beautifully in any setting, and is tied together thoughtfully by a handmade wooden frame.”


JENNI BUTTON, GALLERY CO - DIRECTOR

Vintage Stone Boat Plow

“I’m a fan of mixing historical artifacts into interior design, and this piece is both aesthetically appealing and tells an interesting story about early midwest agriculture. The stone boat plow was traditionally hitched to a horse by chain, with the sharp teeth of the stones facing down. Women and children would sit on the back of the plow to weigh it down while it was being pulled.”

Fortuny Floor Lamp

“This piece is insanely cool. The bulb itself is pretty monumental, and the overall form of the legs and shade is really pleasing. I can see this looking really sharp in the corner of a super chic loft or contemporary setting.”

Artwork by Krista Svalbonas

“Krista’s process and technique are quite impeccable. Her collages in particular are so masterfully crafted that they almost appear to be digitally produced. Her collages are fusions of rural and urban architectural photography that result in a newly formed structure that is both foreign and obscuring to our own perceptions. One of my favorite elements are these lovely little private moments that exist in each piece, such as a tiny open window or door hidden in the artwork, waiting to be discovered at a later glance.”


JUSTINE SALVA, GALLERY CO - DIRECTOR

Set of Le Corbusier LC2 Armchairs

“From the chromed steel frame to the choice of burnt sienna suede for reupholstered - these chairs are absolutely stunning.  I would love to own them.”

C Jere Brass Sculpture

“The artwork of artist / designer Curtis Jere offers a much needed three dimensional focal point to a room.  The piece in question would make a wonderful accent in a cottage, boat house, den, or summer home.”

Vintage 1970s Lithograph

“This beautiful lithograph provides just the right amount of color pop to any wall and comes in at just the right price.”


M.T. WILSON, CONSULTANT

Set of Brueton Chairs

“Use these in either a conference setting to add some modernity within the space. Think outside the box and use them as your dining chairs on the sides of the table with a 10 seater table and try mixing things up by adding two different captain’s chairs at the end for a polished yet eclectic look.The black velvet on the chairs gives an air of sophistication.”

Silver Cowhide

“Add a bit of character by mixing this black and silver cowhide into your living quarters, pairs extremely well with lucite and chrome. Rugs help turn areas into individualized spaces that are separated from the rest of your place so that it’s not just one conglomerate of design.”

Wicker Sculpture

“Rattan is really experiencing a resurgence right now.  The sculpture adds dimension to any room and is a playful way to fill your space."


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Set of Swan Chairs

“An exquisite example of modern Danish furniture! Beautifully reupholstered in cognac leather, the iconic chair shows how it has stood the test of time, through its fluid curves.”

McCobb Bookshelf + Dresser

“A stunning combination by Paul McCobb that will fulfill your need for storage and display.”

Pamela Staker, "Repurposed Failure Series (Pink Dot)"

“Pamela Staker’s series of collages are breathtaking. Paint on fragments from her silkscreen prints pair beautifully with the small hint of color.”


JULIA KULON, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Ibex Dining Table

“There’s something quite magical that happens when you pair brass with glass. Opposites attract. This pair of Alain Chervet Ibex have a sense of style and exuberance while maintaining a soft-spoken elegance. I’ve been admiring the pair since Matt came across them.”

Marc Chagall, "Daphne + Chloe"

“Chagall is such a master of color, what a beautiful interpretation about first love through the lens of mediterranean blues and Peloponnese light! Evocative, it is simply breathtaking!”

George Nelson Credenza

“This George Nelson credenza, governed by perpendiculars and parallels, is a sleek geometrical treasure. It has function and minimalism - a Nelson credo.”

The ABCs of MCM

Matthew Rachman

This past week, Matthew Rachman Gallery hosted a pop up showroom at Soho House Chicago where Matthew and Justine gave a lecture on the ABCs of MCM.

The presentation included a brief history about Mid Century Modern design, its key players, and some special iconic pieces.  Thanks again to all who attended!  If you were not able to attend, have a look at the slides below!

 

December Staff Picks

Matthew Rachman

MATTHEW RACHMAN, OWNER

Jean Alexander-Frater, “Colorful bands around with soft folds”

“I particularly like these sculptural paintings by Jean Alexander Frater. They’re a hybrid between textile art, painting, and sculptural installations. The perfect piece for anyone who enjoys three-dimensional artwork, but lives in a small urban dwelling.”

Victor Lopez, “Untitled #VL019”

“This black and white series of paintings by Victor Lopez is so striking - he achieves an incredible amount of depth with such a limited color palette.”

Stump Vase

“An aesthetically pleasing addition for the collector who appreciates a good sense of humor; this versatile piece can be used as a vase, planter, or a ceramic trash receptacle.”


JENNI BUTTON, GALLERY DIRECTOR

Amanda Gentry, “Ranch Study 4”

“The ceramic sculptures of Amanda Gentry are my latest artistic obsession! Each piece is thoughtfully designed, then produced through experimental firing techniques, creating a collection that encompasses a range of patinas, textures, energy and movement.”

Lucite Ladder

“Lucite is hot right now, and for anyone living in a small urban dwelling, it’s practicality reaches beyond aesthetics. Lucite pieces add dimension and beauty to your decor, while allowing the eye to see through them, making your space appear larger.”

Pamela Staker, “Abstract Interior 2"

“This series of tiny, painterly collages by Pam Staker just kill me! They are so cute, and add such a lovely pop of color to your decor. In addition, they come framed and ready to hang - at a price point that makes them even more appealing!”


JUSTINE SALVA, GALLERY COORDINATOR

Vintage Seltzer Bottle

“The vintage seltzer bottle can make a great gift for just about anyone!  It can fit into almost any decor style: industrial, mid-century, contemporary, and eclectic.”

Pamela Staker, “Abstract Interior 18"

“Pamela Staker is a very talented Chicago artist.  This piece is colorful, exciting, and available at a very valuable price point!”

Mike Egan, “Collecting Coffins"

“‘Collecting Coffins’ was one of my favorite pieces in Mike’s recent show.  It is both fun and a little funky.  This would make a great gift for any fan of Mike’s work.”


M.T. WILSON, TEXTILES CONSULTANT

Ted Stanuga, “Untitled”

"I am a huge fan of unframed art, especially when it’s on paper! Just use a magnetic clip to display this piece on the wall and let it breathe. Currently also on a pairing of red and pink spree, imagine plunking a candy apple red chair in front of this baby for a unique reading nook.”

Frank Meisler Frog Sculpture

“This particular piece would be a great holiday gift for a dad/husband/brother, particularly if they also smoke cigars!  Meisler’s work is really interesting and holds a great backstory on how he got to where he is now, I actually have some of his early sculptures in my permanent collection and highly encourage anyone to look into his background.”


MARTHA MORIMOTO, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Multi - Directional Table

“This versatile table is perfect for those that find themselves rearranging their room more than they’d like to admit. This table works very well as a coffee table, side table, a desk, or whatever your heart desires.”

Hoselton Aluminum Sculpture

“A simple yet fluid sculpture that’ll bring a little texture to your home.”

Scottish Terrier Newspaper Holder

“A gift that anyone would love… This fella can hold magazines, books, newspaper, treats, etc., on either side!”


ELENA BULGARELLA, MARKETING INTERN

Vintage Ostrich Leather Bar Set

“This bar set with compact design is both classic and portable.  Bring it along on boozy picnics or to make a grandiose party entrance. Perfect gift for your mixologist friends!”

Brown Double Lamp

“A handsome addition to any office space.  The retro appeal of this enameled metal double lamp complements both modern or classic decor.”

Cendese "Pulcino" Sculpture

“Who wouldn’t be thrilled to find this whimsical iridescent blown glass bird sculpture in their stocking?!”


JULIA KULON, DESIGN INTERN

Glass Bottle Vase by Kastrup Holmegaard

“It’s the small details which really announce the overall ambiance of a room. This glass bottle vase can either be styled to be minimal and modern or as an apt echo to avant-garde design.”

Amanda Gentry, “Don’t Get Too Discouraged”

“Grounding. Reflective. Meditative. These are some of the words that come to mind when I think of this piece. An ideal gift for the thoughtful person in your life, or someone who is striving to find and cultivate their own inner peace.”

“Moving in Silence 2” by Ruben Aguirre

“This strong and confident piece is perfect for the sophisticated, edgy collector. Aguirre, a Chicago based painter, originally a graffiti artist and now contemporary muralist, is a true testament to art’s versatility.”

Spotlight On: Marli Jones

Matthew Rachman

Matthew Rachman Gallery is excited to introduce a new blog feature, called “Spotlight On.” Each month we will highlight a local area designer that we recognize for their exceptional talent, and give them the spotlight.

For our first “Spotlight On” feature, we chat with Rebel House Owner and Creative Director, Marli Jones, to discuss her early influences and current inspiration, behind her fresh, contemporary looks.

 

 

Rebel House Interior Design is a Chicago-based firm that is quickly gaining attention for its unique talent for bringing art-centric, west coast vibes to the second city.

Specializing in “couture environments,” this boutique design house specializes in quality service - managing all details of each new construction or renovation project from concept through completion. The selective nature by which they accept their clients also allows them to ensure that each client gets the proper attention they deserve.

Photography by Vince DeSantiago of NB.DY

Photography by Vince DeSantiago of NB.DY

Before founding Rebel House in 2016, Owner and Creative Director Marli Jones started her career in the design forward city of San Francisco, where she received a master’s degree in Interior Architecture and Design with an emphasis in adaptive reuse.

Jones worked as a senior designer for prominent West Coast residential design firm Martha Angus LLC, before moving to Chicago, IL to be the senior designer for real estate development group AJ Capital Partners (AJCP). As such, she was part of a creative team that developed, designed, branded, and launched a collection of boutique hotels across the United States. While at AJCP, Marli also worked on the redesign of the rooftop bar J. Parker at Hotel Lincoln in Chicago and was the senior designer on the gut renovation of historic hotel Pontchartrain in downtown New Orleans.

Marli grew up in the art worlds of Chicago and Europe, and her parents are Atelier Neo-Medici trained photorealist painters. Her travels include multiple trips to France, Switzerland, and Italy to study fine art and architecture. Her exposure from a young age to a variety of well-crafted interiors sparked a passion for design.

Photography by Harry Sudman

Photography by Harry Sudman

MRGDo you recall when you first realized you wanted to be an interior designer?

MJMy parents are professional artists and my childhood memories are filled with travels across Europe and the US from galleries to museums. An artistic profession was always in the cards, but as a design-obsessed kid, becoming a designer was my small rebellion. I took to my driveway drawing large-scale floor plans in sidewalk chalk. Around age eight, I started rearranging my bedroom furniture each week, pulling pieces into different combinations. A visit to the Lake Forest showhouse taught me creating an interior is not only art, but a profession. My mom started giving me shelter magazines to study. I was fascinated to say the least. I filled countless pads of graph paper with home designs for family and friends. To this day, nothing brings me greater joy than working with my team to craft a custom environment.

MRGIf you had to be trapped in one decade of design, which would you chose and why?

MJ: Is it cheating to say right now? There are many exciting developments happening in design as we enter the latter half of this decade. We are moving away from the “fast fashion” influence of the early 2000s. Antiques are back in favor and artisans are in the spotlight for mastering their craft. Designing with a mix of old and new is quite fabulous. I am so excited to see galleries and makers unite. Right now, furniture is art!

Photography by Harry Sudman

Photography by Harry Sudman

MRG: From where do you draw your inspiration?

MJMy source of inspiration depends on the project. I am constantly digesting past and present design. A lot of my work is influenced by the years I spent living and working as a designer in San Francisco. West coast design sensibility focuses on pops of color and layering details and I have carried these characteristics into my work. I maintain close relationships with designers whom I’ve worked for and/or with over the years. We learn a lot from each other. This business is about pulling influences, knowledge, and the unexpected together to craft something new.

Photography by Harry Sudman

Photography by Harry Sudman

MRGHow do you choose artwork for your projects?

MJThe experience of growing up around artists taught me choosing artwork is a personal process. There is no right or wrong answer and acquiring art can take time. I talk with clients about their goals for collecting works, introduce them to artists, and guide them as they consider their investment. Once acquired, art can travel from room to room on rotation (as it does in my home) and a vibrant collection can be made from a mix of budding artist works, to prints, to blue chip pieces.

Photography by Aimee Mazzenga Photography

Photography by Aimee Mazzenga Photography

MRGAs a designer who frequents Matthew Rachman Gallery, is there a piece of furniture in our showroom that you’re really into right now? What do you love most about it, and can you give us some pointers on how you might style it?

MJI have a major thing for sculptural furniture and your gallery does such a great job curating pieces to fit that bill. The Domus Lux Lounge Chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara is my current obsession. The warm wood tone, curved back, and petite arms are divine. It is a unique find – and quite comfortable!

As for styling, I’d juxtapose the wood chair with a contemporary chrome side table (as pictured). The warm wood and cool chrome offer a nice material tension.

Add a finishing touch with a piece of art hanging behind the two – perfection.

 

Check out more pictures of Marli’s stunning projects and learn more about what the team at Rebel House Interior Design is up to, at www.rebelhousedesign.com, or follow them on Instagram at @rebelhousedesign.