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An Artist’s Dwelling (13) – Riika Sormunen

Riika Sormunen is an artist, born in Helsinki, Finland in 1987 who is represented in Finland by Napa Illustrations.

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Riikka Sormunen via The Walkup

After the Show, 2011

Now, after a move from Germany to Canada, her macabre yet comedic artwork has been featured by The New York Times and Image.  The colors in much of her work are lively, even saccharine, yet the meaning is always a bit darker Рmaybe, a bit sarcastic.

Evoking the sensibilities of Egon Shiele Рin her twisted and strangely posed, slightly sexual bodies Р her work also borders on the brink of fashion sketches and textile clippings.

Riikka Sormunen via The Walkup

Dark Waters, 2010

Sormunen started her career as an illustrator at the age of 19, when she was commissioned for her first magazine illustration job. Her work elicits the memory of chinoiserie and Japanese wood-blocking (especially her use of lines) Рthe details are flat yet multifaceted Рthe shapes are whimsical and contrasts in scale Рthe flourishes are oriental in style.

LIVE INSIDE HER BEAUTIFUL WORLD:

Riikka Sormunen via The Walkup

 

paisley rug // peacock square wood tray // normandy white tall tray table // aleah koury framed wall art // pop pink coffee cup // saddle strap lamp // anna chair // alvin glass ink well // princeton ottoman // virring rug 

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The Big Chill

No movie captures the angst of friendships gone by, the joys of inside jokes, and the idea of nostalgia better than The Big Chill (1983). ¬†It is, hands down,¬†the¬†coming-of-age “reality” film for the baby boomer generation. Myself, daughter of a boomer, has inherited a cult-like love for this witty story with a psychotically talented ensemble cast. Centered around seven former college friends gathered for¬†a funerary weekend (wherein Kevin Costner is the corpse, albeit briefly),¬†the gang catches up with each¬†other, plays the music of their youth (lots of Motown hits), reminisces, smokes marijuana and wears Nikes.

The Big Chill - Glenn Close and Jeff Goldblum

The soundtrack is irresistible, the script is smart (read: pithy), the conversations are authentic, the premise is stellar, and the fashions of the baby-boomer generation are straight-up disastrous bordering on unflattering. Seriously, how did people even procreate or have sex in the eighties? Who found one another attractive?

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

In March of 2013, the¬†¬†Beaufort, South Carolina antebellum plantation known as “Tidalholm Mansion” (where the iconic film was produced) was listed for sale at a hefty $4.5.

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

viaExamining the decor from The Big Chill

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Boy, they sure did love their dusty pink leather and blush hued upholstery. 

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Meg Jones: [about men]¬†They’re either married or gay. And if they’re not gay, they’ve just broken up with the most wonderful woman in the world, or they’ve just broken up with a bitch who looks exactly like me. They’re in transition from a monogamous relationship and they need more space. Or they’re tired of space, but they just can’t commit. Or they want to commit, but they’re afraid to get close. They want to get close, you don’t want to get near them.

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Let’s reinterpret this house, keeping its southern charm, familiarity and comfort. It’s a place where coastal living meets shabby chic. I will even keep the floral patterns in the drapes.

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

 

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Judge a Book by its Cover

If I am randomly perusing bookshelves, the bookstore, online or a friend’s library, I almost always choose a book by its cover. Typography, color palettes, art direction, title and illustration all come together to make my perfect publication. Often times, the covers themselves are works of art, worthy of being blown up, printed and displayed. On the subway, or while reading at the beach, I excitedly display the cover, proud of my choice – a statement about myself.

I know the cliche says DON’T, but for inspiration, I JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.

Look Both Ways by Debbie Millman matches Elle Decor

BOOK:  Look Both Ways by Debbie Millman, Publication Date: October 23, 2009, Designer: Rodrigo Corral, Typeface: Champion Gothic via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: A circus colored sitting room; Southampton, USA. Cynthia Frank, Timothy Haynes, Kevin Roberts. Interior photo from Elle Decor found via Oana Singa Blog.

Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr. and room by Liz Levin Interiors

BOOK: Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr, Publication Date: June 25, 2009, Designer: Isaac Tobin via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: A Georgetown residence presents a twirl on a traditional Federal style row house. Mingling old and new with the bold wallpaper and beautiful colors Рpink, blue, black Рmakes this small space a real stunner. Photos by Angie Seckinger. Design by Liz Levin via Houzz.

The Whale by Philip Hoare and a Nantucket home by Lyman Perry Architects.

Just as its a challenge for a designer to condense the meaning of an entire book into its first glance, jacket cover – so too, it is difficult to encapsulate one’s life and style into a home. But we continue to try!

BOOK: The Whale by Philip Hoare, Publication Date: February 1, 2010, Designer: Allison Saltzman via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: This Nantucket vacation spot was renovated by Scott Hutton, of notable Lyman Perry Architects. The retreat evokes the sea with gentle greens, hues of blue, wave patterns and shabby, sea glass, and cottage details via New England Home. 

The Sheriff of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens and entry way by Jill Sorensen

BOOK: The Sheriff Of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens, Publication Date: August 4, 2009, Designer: Peter Mendelsund, Typeface: Trade Gothic via The Book Cover Archive.

ROOM: A modern, bright entryway created by Jill Sorensen of Marmalade Interiors via Houzz exudes eclectic accents, angles and disparate genres (Stenciled Zebra Rugs meets Colonial Gilded Frame). Vibrant colors (specifically Benjamin Moore РGoldfield Yellow) create a happy home.

What book would you choose to inspire your favorite room?