A blast from a past: Put some panache in your roost with cocktail art
August 15, 2014 - table lamp
Midcentury complicated character is now resolutely planted in a home décor landscape. And one of a elements, cocktail art, is cultivating a 21st century following.
Eye-catching, graphic, mostly tongue-in-cheek or sassily whimsical, cocktail art décor plays good off a selected vibe and nonetheless also creates contemporary furnishings, well, pop.
In a 1950s, epitome expressionism dominated a art world, with Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock among a stars. The board served as an locus for assertive applications of paint. Conceptual, nonfigurative art found a clever following in a art world, if not always with normal Americans, during slightest during first.
In a effervescent, culture-obsessed 1960s, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney combined collages, churned media art and lithographs that decorated talismans of renouned culture. They took impulse from consumer culture, from soap boxes to soup cans, flags to a humorous papers, Marilyn Monroe to Mao. While some critics derided it as jokey, lowbrow or too focused on materialism, a receptive imagery connected simply with mainstream America. It was hip, fun and relatable.
“I cruise cocktail art a classic,” says Jennifer DeLonge, an interior and product engineer in Carlsbad. “It was such an critical time in pattern and it continues to withstand so many passing trends. As a designer, I’m always drawn to cocktail initial since we conclude striking lines and really apparent color.”
DeLonge has launched a amicable marketplace app called Reissued that brings lovers of vintage, one-of-a-kind and hard-to-find equipment together to buy and sell. A splendid yellow 1960s Coke bottle bin was recently adult for grabs (www.reissued.com).
Fab.com’s cocktail art décor includes Quinze + Milan’s hulk Brillo box pouf. Also of note: Karlsson’s minimalist wall time done of dual oversized red hands; Finnish engineer Jonna Saarinen’s abstract, printed birch tray in clear tangerine and red; and lithographs in a Masters of Pop Art collection that includes Warhol’s mural of Muhammad Ali, Keith Haring’s “Untitled” series, and Roy Lichtenstein’s “Blonde Waiting.”
Biaugust’s dainty small black upholstered chairs made like ponies, lambs and buffalo are accessible during Mollaspace. Here too is a clear bubble-gum-pink and Slushie-blue map of a world, as good as acrylic coasters printed with vacant cartoon-speech froth that can be created on with a reusable pen, and a array of board storage bins printed with old-school bang boxes, radios and TV sets (www.mollaspace.com).
A few cocktail art accessories in a room make a matter for a medium price. Creative Motion’s cylindrical list flare printed with comic-strip imagery is reduction than $50. A collection of kicky, ’70s-style striking imitation pillows from notNeutral container cocktail punch (www.wayfair.com).
Canvases and chuck pillows from a Los Angeles art décor studio Maxwell Dickson underline some arresting, irritable designs, including a photorealistic picture of a tableful of dull wine bottles, a typographic trade jam of color-blocked letters, and a word “POP” bursting like a animation striking (www.maxwelldickson.com).
The Museum of Modern Art’s store has lots of cocktail art equipment from that to choose: Damien Hirst’s white wall time with colorful polka dots would be superb in a child’s room. Verner Panton’s black and white Optik sham facilities a dizzying kaleidoscope of circles and stripes that’s as most “op” as “pop.”
There’s also a far-reaching operation of prints and postcards that we can support yourself (www.momastore.org).
Check Spoonflower.com for fabric yardage and wallpaper with cocktail art prints from new designers. There are psychedelic-inspired patterns, and even a duck imitation that riffs on a now- famous screen-printing technique that Warhol used for portraits.