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6.24.2009

Keeping it Simple

Kate and Andy Spade have a really terrific art collection. Nothing needs any extra embellishment, and in keeping with their personal style all of the works are framed in an understated way. I thought it would be interesting to zoom in on some of the pieces, to contrast with the approaches shown in the previous post. That said, as long as matting doesn't detract from the art, it's hard to say one way is better than another.

Click pictures to better see the details. All images cropped from Eric Morin photographs.


Just to further illustrate all the options out there, below are two exceptional modern pieces purposely framed by an Atlanta woman in a traditional style to mingle with her Continental antiques. A bit more embellishment has been added, but the framing is still very reserved and the art is not overshadowed.

15 comments:

pve design said...

Framing is an art and to keep it simple takes restraint.

balsamfir said...

I have to say I prefer this style of simpler framing,letting the work speak for itself with art on paper.
The fillet and some of the fancy matting makes more of a decorative object of the work. I liked it on the embroidery you show in the last post, but not so much with a drawing or watercolor. Personal taste of course, as long as its all archival and acid free.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Perfect wall colour in the Spade's apartment.

Bayou Contessa said...

Love, love, love nothing more than fabulous art simply and classically matted and framed! The Spades have a great collection and a load of style in the way they display it.

Belle said...

I note that in Andy and Kate's place the more colorful art is made to blend in with the rest by use of large, neutral mats and simple frames.
Useful lesson for me to keep in mind.

Paul Pincus said...

i love the mix.

gosh, they have the most brilliant personal style!!!

Sanity Fair said...

I've always loved this space - and studied it several times in an effort to imitate it when hanging my own pieces. It's just incredibly well balanced between originality and harmony. Nothing jarring or out of place, but you wouldn't fall asleep looking at their walls, certainly! Thanks for the great variety of images here. Very helpful.

BelleDecor said...

I was OBSESSED with this apartment and still have a tear of it at my desk at work, but was wondering if you ever saw her Hamptons cottage (believe it was for H&G way back) and the way she framed the portraits on her staircase (I think she framed portraits of women in her family and women that inspired her)? It was so brilliant. This is too though. Love this post.

style chronicle said...

The Spade's do have brilliant style. I prefer the simpler matting. With great art less is more. That said, if you cannot afford great art, a beautiful frame can always dress up a flea market find!

Stacy said...

Love this post. I never get tired of looking at this apt. and the art is sublime.

Grant K. Gibson said...

I love it!
I just love it- not much more than love!

Anonymous said...

hi!! i love the spade's gray paint color...is the name referenced in the resources?

Style Court said...

Anon, I'll have a chance to check in a few hours. Stay tuned...

Style Court said...

Anon, sorry I haven't found it :(

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

I, too, could look at this collection of artwork endlessly. But what is so striking is the fairly narrow tonal range of the work. And that includes the wall colors, furniture, Punu mask, Chinese puppet heads — everything is in the same range which is why it works so seamlessly.