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Jan 20

2015

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Mary Corse

Continuing with our month long focus on white, this week I would like to share the inspiring work of one of my favorite artists, Mary Corse. Mary Corse is a Los Angeles based artist, most notable for her monochromatic “White Light Paintings” in the Light and Space art movement of the 1960s.

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Corse’s peers in the Light and Space movement included DeWain Valentine, Robert Irwin, James Turrell, and Helen Pashgian. This group of Southern Californian artists invented beautiful, minimal, sleek and luminescent works of art by experimenting with unconventional materials like resin and vacuum formed plastic. Their works concentrate on the relationship of human perception and sensation.

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“At a time when New York was focused on very dark, black hues, and artists were working with a lot of steel, the L.A. artists were exploring these very different materials, and obviously embracing light and space,” says Bill Griffin, a partner in Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles.

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Corse’s work is centered around her peculiar  use of glass microspheres. The glass microspheres Corse utilizes in her work are tiny reflective beads that are most commonly used to brighten highway signs. Corse mixes the beads with white acrylic paint to create her remarkable “White Light Paintings”. Corse paints her canvases, averaging 9′ x 9′ in size, in stripes with her microsphere paint and then sands the surfaces  perfectly smooth. The result the is a glowing painting that transforms like a hologram as you walk around, revealing its complex relationship to light.

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Jan 12

2015

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White interiors

With the beginning of a new year, we often find ourselves taking advantage of the opportunity to wipe our slates clean and start afresh. Whether it is through self proposed resolutions like eating healthier, flossing your teeth daily or cutting back on the caffeine for a healthy dose of a cold press green drink  – to rearranging your environment – an external expression of ‘the new you ‘.

So be it your living room, bathroom or work space, January is generally a good time to take inventory and reflect on the past year and implement changes for the year ahead through these design executions.
This year, Philippa Radon Design will be concentrating on a different spotlight colour each month. This January of 2015 will be directed towards Whites and Neutral colours in general.
I personally do not believe in jumping on the trend train each season, especially Pantone’s 2015 colour of the year, Marsala which follows on the heels on their 2014 Radiant Orchid.
I believe it is important to follow your heart and personal intuition, during this time of new beginnings in particular. White – and the myriad shades thereof can be used as your canvas and initial starting point to express yourself from, from there, one can easily travel through a multitude of colours and slowly start to collate a palette that is an expression of your own personality and style.
Here are a few cleansing images to inspire creativity for the new year:
Try eliminating clutter from your bedroom and workspace to facilitate a cleaner and more tranquil environment, its truly quite cathartic!
Please feel free to send us your images. Happy 2015.

Dec 09

2014

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Alternative Christmas Trees

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Dec 03

2014

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Feather trend

Feathers will be taking flight this fall of 2014–from fashion to home decor, feathers will be featured in a variety of venues.
Many of the fall-winter 2014-2015 runway collections prominently exhibited feather adornments. Here is Alberta Ferretti:
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and Nicole Miller:
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For the 2014 holiday season, Barney’s New York is featuring a limited edition photo realistic Pheasant Feather Backgammon Set designed by eccentric director Baz Luhrmann.
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Farrow and Ball’s “Lotus” print wallpaper is a classic damask motif that is reminiscent of feathers:
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For a more colourful and playful look, “Feathers” wallpaper by Mini Moderns comes in Lido, Chalkhill Blue, Mustard, British Lichen and Coach Emerald (pictured)
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For more subtle accents, try Coral and Tusk’s whimsical feather pillow collection:
Lastly a few more decorating accents featuring feathers:
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Nov 24

2014

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Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Here are a few table setting ideas for your holiday meal. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from Philippa Radon Design.

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Sep 11

2014

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COLOUR CHOICES

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I am faced with that task of making colour and design decisions all day and every day, its my profession — actually it’s far more than that because I see and feel everything in terms of colour and balance. Have you ever thought about the process of how you make your colour decisions? What do you base them on, is it something predisposed because you are a creature of habit and favor certain colours? Or is it because you are just accepting of what is around you through familiarity? Or is it at random?  Perhaps you don’t even really consciously think about your daily simplest of simple colour choices at all. I know, I do … in fact, to the point of absurdity sometimes.

From the moment I wake, my life is guided by my colour choices.  My choice of toothpaste and brush, down to what cup I will use for my morning coffee (and what I’ll proffer my husband his in).  My collection of tea cups and mugs is quite extensive — but my decision is formed after taking many things into consideration, like my mood, what I am drinking (coffee or tea), day of the week, or an event, just to name a few. You can imagine how my choice of drinking vessel changes daily. From there it quickly progresses and expands to the clothes I wear, the sock/shoe complement, the nail polish I choose, the food I eat (also colour grouped these days to ensure a balanced diet), the ink colour I write with, the sheets on my bed, the list goes on and on.

I am so truly aware that it is ingrained in everything that I do. I systematically make decisions based on colour.

 

Do let me know if you have any colour quirks in your day and how colour helps balance your day. How does colour effect your life?

 

Love the colours you live with.

 

 

 

 

Mar 03

2014

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Her Name Is NOLA…

… she is a show girl! New Orleans, Louisiana — known affectionately to locals and friends as NOLA — certainly is a city that knows how to put on a show. And one of the most vivid displays happens this week, with tomorrow’s Mardi Gras celebration.

To describe the New Orleans Mardi Gras as “colourful” is something of an understatement. The three colours most associated with the annual Mardi Gras celebration are purple, gold and green. It is interesting to me that many people don’t realize the meanings behind these bold shades, seen everywhere from the shiny, brightly coloured beads to the large flags waving from balconies along Bourbon Street during the annual festivities. These are strong, regal and symbolic colours that lend the event in New Orleans an aura of regality (albeit amidst all that hedonism and frivolity).  Read more →

Feb 25

2014

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Shades of San Francisco

San Francisco is a beautiful city, one that tends to leave its mark on all those who visit its steep, winding streets. Personally, I have always been fond of the renowned Golden Gate Bridge — which stretches over the San Francisco Bay with its rusty-reddish brown arches. A fun fact I always remember about this bridge, which is easily one of the most photographed suspension bridges in the world, is that it is always being repainted. The specific brownish red shade is constantly being reapplied to a section of the bridge somewhere, by a team of more than 30 painters dedicated to keeping their city’s much-loved landmark looking fresh and vibrant.  Read more →

Nov 21

2012

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Design Diary Week of November 19th

Nov 20

2012

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Design Diary Week of November 5th