Living with Art - Sitting Room Vignette


January 2017

Living with Art - Sitting Room Vignette

Art by Sean Scully

Interiors by Willetts Design & Associates

Living with Art - Sitting Room Vignette

Art by Sean Scully

Interiors by Willetts Design & Associates

Living with Art - Sitting Room Vignette

Art by Sean Scully

Interiors by Willetts Design & Associates

I saw these four etchings of linear block images by Sean Scully the same week I took a cross-country flight over mid-America, gazing down on green and brown plowed fields, and receiving samples of a new fabric by Dedar. And I knew I had to combine them in an interior setting. Scully, born in Ireland, raised in London, and living now in New York is a prolific artist whose body of work covers from 1964 to present day. As a native of Ireland, Scully has said, “I’m constantly referring to land, cutting into land. It’s a very Irish thing: cutting into soil that has accumulated over thousands of years.”

 

The images in his Seven Mirrors Series are texturally rich and I found the mustard yellow, sepia, cream, black, steel-blue, and pink colors attractive and soothing, but they are also perhaps a play on yin/yang or push/pull. And they reminded me of that new linear block black and cream patterned fabric I had just received! So a room with sexy but comfortable furnishings with feminine and masculine lines and with dark and light colors was direction these images pointed.

The sitting area includes a large modular caramel colored sofa with black Tibetan lamb and tiger print pillows on it. The gorgeous French Art Deco lounge chair repeats the linear motif with its striped Macassar Ebony frame and adds a feminine silhouette to the room. The hand-cast Bronze side table is both masculine and feminine in its lines and organic in design. The modern linear matchstick chandelier draws the eye up and the sensuous soft hair of the buffalo area rug grounds the room. We used the Dedar fabric that repeats the three-dimensional line pattern as a side panel at the window. The accessories include a simple cream parchment and black bronze framed mirror and a sensuous Bronze sculpture by A.A. Weinman.