Monday Monday Monday… yeah I know, don’t remind you! But get inspired! Get motivated because it’s Motivational Monday!
You should already know her. She has a famous last name. Maybe you’ve seen the footage of the Jay-Z attack in the elevator… but that’s not what I am here to talk about…
I’m here to talk about the oh-so-stylish Solange Knowles!A singer. An actress. A model. A DJ. Sisters to Beyonce. Aunt to Blue Ivy.
But Solange’s true colors shine with her style. With her eclectic style, Solange has become a creative style icon. She continues to make waves in the fashion industry with her bold prints, big hair, and vivid colors.
“When I look back at old pictures, my dad was always smartly dressed, my mom had the most elegant, beautiful style, and my sister was very into the ’90s Cross Colours look, and I… I just had all of these different things inside me.”
“As women we have the choice of how we want to look and how we want to feel, and that’s the beauty of being a woman. We all have the option of how we want to express ourselves through our life, hair, style or whatever we decide.”
Modern Colorist Does Relaxed Fashion…My birthday present this year is this amazing denim jumpsuit from ASOS. (Shop it! Love It!) I’ve probably worn it every other day ever since I got it. Oops… But it’s so easy to just slip it and not think about figuring out an outfit! I love those types of clothes. Makes life easier.I’m always in need of good size bag for my adventures or just everyday life. The ones that will last through the grim while still remaining stylist and unique. I’ve got the perfect one!
A local brand that is doing extraordinary things, Humble Hilo makes beautiful handmade Guatemalan bags, shoes, clothes, and home deco. They work with those in Guatemala to give employment and a portion of every item goes directly back to those in need. I mean… come on, that’s amazing!The cutout in the back of the jumpsuit helps to breakup the heaviness of the denim. Over the past two weeks, I’ve worn this jumpsuit with all types of shirts: striped tee, solid blouse, if so daring you can go without. But I love this Windowpane-Patterned Peasant Top that I got in the sale section from Forever 21. Just an easy, relaxed shirt that is still very feminine.Gray and suede, these wood heeled clogs are Sanita, The Original Danish Clog. They complete that relaxed, natural aesthetic,
Got to love the Danes!I had to add a little peak-a-boo of color. Hence the blue nails!Sorry if you see me wearing this a lot but I seriously can’t help it, and don’t want to help it! Is there something you wear all the time? I would love to know!
Today is a feature on Josef Frank.An Austrian-born architect, artist, and designer, Josef Frank fled to Sweden to escape Nazi Austria. He would become known as one of the leading pioneers and for Swedish Modern design and one of Sweden’s most important designers of all time.
Born in Austria in 1885, the architect belonged to the same generation as the most prominent pioneers of modernist design, including Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier. Like his contemporaries, he was passionately committed to shaping a new era. The machine age brought new technologies and lifestyles would have an affect on the way buildings and interiors were designed.
Early in age he was part of front figure of Vienna Modernism’s. Together with Oskar Strnad, he created the Vienna School of Architecture. There he started to question systematic Modernism. The Modernist’s principal was that a house should be a “machine for living in”. It was based on a linear, grid-like restrictions. Frank disagreed with and even feared this type of design. He believed it would make people all too similar.
Frank had a freer mindset, a more artistic style in which he developed his own type of Modernism.
“Every human needs a certain degree of sentimentality to feel free. Away with the universal styles, away with the equalization of industry and art.” – Josef Frank
For Frank, modern design should be simple, straightforward, and practical. He believed, however, that such modern precepts should not preclude character and comfort. He focused on his own personal values such as comfort, hominess, and an abundance of color. He perceived tubular steel furniture as a threat to humanity. Rather he contrasted by including nature’s colors and forms into his interiors. He wanted his living space to be a place of relaxation and at the same time to be harmonize with tradition and development; in contact with nature, but also with culture and refinement. He wanted the space to be breathable, and even feel free from an enclosed room.
To look at his furniture you can see this style coming through. His chairs have space to see through them, his cabinets have long legs to see the floor and the wall. Nothing bulky or heavy.
He embraced personal touches, sentimentality, and asymmetry, outfitting interiors with boldly patterned upholstery, traditional furniture forms, off-grid furnishing arrangements, and motley displays of assorted decorative objects.
“There’s nothing wrong with mixing old and new, with combining different furniture styles, colors and patterns. Anything that is in your taste will automatically fuse to form an entire, relaxing environment. A home does not need to be planned down to the smallest detail or contrived; it should be an amalgamation of the things that its owner loves and feels at home with.”
Frank’s idea of color was also contrary to the Modernist movement. While the rest were pushing a stark monochromatic environment.
“The monochromatic surface appears uneasy, while patterns are calming, and the observer is unwillingly influenced by the slow, calm way it is produced. The richness of decoration cannot be fathomed so quickly, in contrast to the monochromatic surface which doesn’t invite any further interest and therefore one is immediately finished with it.”
He rejected sterile, stark white and stern environments and went for light and airy colors instead. The yellows, the light blues, the soft greens and pinks.He gained recognition after joining Estrid Ericson’s design company Svenskt Tenn (Swedish Pewter) in 1934. The duo made international breakthrough with their Svenskt Tenn exhibition room at the World’s Expositions in Paris in 1937 and in New York in 1939. It was completely contrary to the ideal of the time with its bold contrast in materials, color, and patterns.
Ericson helped inspire Frank to conceptualize and produce a distinctive body of work at Svenskt Tenn. The two complemented each other, Frank producing the textiles and furnishings, Ericson arranging the interiors and overseeing the company. Together, they formed a dynamic partnership, creating imaginative, comfortable, and harmonious interiors. This new, more accessible approach to interior design became known as Swedish Modern.During WWII, Josef Frank was forced to exile yet again. He moved to Manhattan where he started growing trees and flowers. The product of those trees and flowers can be seen in his textile designs. With these fanciful designs inspired of nature, his patterns were his magic. In their generous scale and lavish use of bright, bold colors, and florals, Franks patterns quickly became popular with a host of Swedish designers and clientele. Today he is most remembered for these patterns, and many are still in production.He had an extremely productive career with Svenskt Tenn’s; giving over 2,000 furniture sketches and 160 textile designs signed with his name in Svenskt Tenn’s archives.
It was because man who was driven out of his home, who brought his design richness of his culture to Sweden. It was because he never forgot where he came from and never forgot his goals and desires. It was because he question the Modernist streak. And because of that man that Swedish Modern is what we know it today.
Among the finds there is Matisse’s Cut-Out influenced dress by Alice + Olivia. His other piece is more of a loose Expressionist style, with the chunky strokes that make up the portrait and nature. Andrew GN’s designed a dress inspired by famous Claude Monet’s Water Lilies. Emanuel Ungaro is more an abstract style, relying more on the placement of color, rather than form. Novis’ dress is very much on the lines of Mid Century like Modernist art, with its hard lines, yet organic forms. Stella Jean’s two pieces has a very Cuban art feel to me, with the colors, the people and island. Tsumori Chisato’s dress is very playful with a modern imagination.
Modern Colorist Does Artsy…
When I saw this skirt at H&M it spoke to me, “It’s an obvious chose here… You have to buy me. I’m an inspiration of Llew Mejia and you can’t find another like me!” Ok of course it didn’t say that but visually it said all that.
There’s hard to find a skirt like this, at a store like H&M. I do wish there was more beautiful patterns like this one.
The painterly feel of the foliage is absolutely beautiful!I paired up my artsy skirt with my long sleeve burnt orange ribbed crop shirt. I wanted to bring out the accents of the little accents of orange in the skirt.My shoes are Proud Mary‘s. They go with pretty much anything and are the best in the summer. Light weight, breezy… need I say more?This little nook is right near my house. Like a little green house with an array of plants, a fountain and quite place to take a a refreshing break. There’s even quaint little painting studio. DREAM!