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Getting your own artsy carpet

Posted by elegant On September - 18 - 2014

There is a saying that says “start designing your space from ground up.” Properly designed area rug can bring excitement to a room while providing comfort and warmth. Rugs designed by an artist can provides and extraordinary collection for an art collector. It provides a sense of buying into the art world.

Art works from Picasso and Kandinsky have already been made into rugs and a design of Picasso can go for somewhere from $1,750 to $4,400. However, other pieces from Lichtenstein may go for $76,000 and a Kandinsky for $60,000 according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

An artfully designed rug provides an affordable way to own famous work. Many are coming from manufacturers but there are pieces designed by the artists that are available in the market. Some of the more recent artists that have their own art work on rugs include Leger, Klee, Arp, Miró, and Matisse. If you are interested in making a rug specially made for you consider the size, right combination of fiber density it order to protect it from wear and tear, time to manufacture one and its price. If you are in the auction market to get a piece by Picasso or any other famous artist, be prepared to pay. A Bacon at Christie’s auction in 2011 cost $155,000.

Private art sales are becoming more popular

Posted by elegant On August - 21 - 2014

The art auction house Sotheby’s made news recently for wrong reasons. Activist investor Daniel Loeb and two other allies were appointed to the Sotheby’s Board of Directors after months of wrangling about the company. The activist’s main claims were Sotheby’s slowness to embrace technology and private art sales.

Private art sales or otherwise known as “private treaty sales” are where the buyer and the seller negotiate and agree on the sale price for an art. This is good news for collectors hoping to dispose of works of art. On the other hand, the commission on the sale also negotiable and it makes the sale more advantageous to the seller and the buyer not the auction house. Private sales are kept under wrap for the most part to the liking of the buyer and the seller. Long-time clients of auction house prefer this type of sales and the method creates fastest sales for the auction house in the process and cutting down on expenses for holding auctions. Christie’s estimate more than 500 items are sold yearly through private art sales. Sotheby’s on the other hand generated more than $800 million over the last year from private treaty sales.

Tips for buying a winter coat

Posted by creative On October - 28 - 2011

With winter approaching many of you would be considering purchasing a winter coat. There are many designs and styles available in the market. A well-fitting coat will not only keep you warm and snug but will make you look good as well. Here are some helpful hints to help you select the perfect coat.

Determine your body shape

Look at yourself in the mirror and see if you are a pear or apple shaped, petite, curvy or athletic? When shopping make sure the coat suits your proportions.

Do research on the many coat styles and the ones that suit your body type. This will make it easier for you to make a good choice.

Does it allow enough movement, make sure it does not feel tight when you stretch your arm and are the sleeves are the right length, which is up to your wrist.

Choose a coat that is the right length for you for example if you are petite go for a hip length coat.
A winter coat is a must have during the cold winter weather so spend the time and money to get the perfect coat.

John Galliano, once touted to be the next “Monsieur Dior” of fashion, has found himself in the news for all the wrong reasons this time for the anti-Semitic and racist remarks that he had made at a Paris bar last week. And now, the man will face up to six months in jail if convicted as he is currently spending time in a rehab facility.

Of course, he also did apologize for his behavior and clearly stated that he is not anti-Semitic but was provoked into making statements in being verbally harassed as well as hit with a chair as the way he looked and the clothing he wore was not accepted well.

And his lawyers have already filed a countersuit on the counts of aggression and defamation against Galliano against the culprits. However, the fashion world has not taken this situation well as Galliano was fired immediately after a video which was taken in October depicted him saying that he loved Hitler and how Jews would have been gassed.

According to the experts, even though there was no doubt that Galliano took the Dior brand into the next century but since the fashion industry hinges on ‘reputation’, it was justifiable that this action had to be taken.

And since he has a reputation for dressing some of Hollywood’s A-listers, and continues to do so, Natalie Portman (being a Jew) is shocked and disgusted by this verbal tirade of Galliano and wants nothing to do with him either.

Natalie

And while people say that the pressures of the industry have been responsible for his public downfall, the Dior and Galliano catwalk shows will go ahead as scheduled despite this controversy.