I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not the kind of girl who likes to sit still. Running a business, a long-distance marriage, having a new dog, and living in LA are what keep me moving at all times. If I can ever block out some time, I find it very calming to go to an art museum and stare at the art. I’m particularly a big fan of modern art, so the Broad Museum in DTLA is my go to. The mixed material, bright colors, abstract shapes, and patterns of these artists transport me to another place.The Broad is one of the many places in Los Angeles to draw inspiration from. Another favorite of mine is The Eames House house in The Pacific Palisades.
Most famously, this design duo (and husband and wife) is known for the Eames Lounge Chair–if you ever watched Mad Men you most definitely would recognize this iconic design! The Eames House (also known as Case Study House # 8) was constructed by Charles and Ray in 1949 and is a staple of mid-20th century modern architecture.
The modern design of the house is very open to allow the natural light of Los Angeles to seek in. The Eames were very deliberate in their use of color–it was applied strategically and not by chance. The perfect example in this house is their use of primary colors on the windows on the outside of the house. The windows resemble the famous cubism paintings of Piet Mondrian, where he uses blue, yellow and red to contrast with the black and white. This was a major influence for Acrylic Primes.
More often than not, I’m drawn to minimalist style furniture mixed with loud statement art. For this filter, we did the opposite: bright colors and bold furniture make Acrylic Primes. If you need to give these bold reds, bright blues, and luscious yellows some room to breathe, bring in some ghost furniture—remember that amazing trend from the ‘90s? Whether you go for bold primes or softer acrylics, I love the versatility of this style. Tone it up or tone it down with softer and bolder styles, and throw in a mixture of ghost and solid furniture.
For a more modern take on the Acrylic design I look no further than to Alexandra Von Fusternburg. She is the epitome of chic and her store on Melrose is like walking through a white treasure box full pops of neon color. Often her furniture pieces exhibit clear Lucite with bright neon finishes. If you aren’t ready to go full acrylic in your home just yet, AVF offers the perfect in between. She has swoon-worthy accents to give your home a taste: between bright pink picture frames to a rainbow set of acrylic place-mats I’m sure you can find a perfect match for your home.
Take a breather from the minimalist wagon and try on some brighter acrylics.
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