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Dan Fink Studio

Dan Fink Studio is an interior design firm rooted in a deep respect for history, architecture, and fine art. In collaboration with photographer Adrian Gaut, Javas Lehn Studio art-directed a series of photographs illustrating the eclectic historicism of Dan Fink’s trademark style.

Dan Fink Studio via The Walkup

I spot Isamu Noguchi, the famed vintage White Clad Measuring Tape made by Lufkin Rule Co., a Tolomeo-style classic table lamp, midcentury vases and doorknobs. Visually reading like an I Spy book filled with beautiful bric-a-brac, what modern design delights from the 21st century can you find?

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The still life photographs illicit of a memory of a bountiful Renaissance still-life replete with peacock feathers, pomegranate, cheeses, a pheasant and other opulent delights. And yet, upon further inspection, one sees the accoutrement of an eclectic, design-based lifestyle: Irving Penn Photography, Jean Arp’s Abstractions, Charlotte Perriand’s Chaise Lounges, crystals, marble busts, parisian cafe decor, and other sundries.

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The studio, based in the West Village, NYC is an interior design studio with a broad interest in history, art and new American Living. The firms hopes to bring to their a work a spirit that is at once class, modern and heartfelt.

Dan Fink Studio via The Walkup

Adrian Gaut, the photographer, now living in NYC, took up photography after originally studying as a painter. This art historicism becomes obvious through this series. As a student, Gaut found inspiration in the rich tradition of minimalism in 20th century painting, which informed his early photographic explorations of architecture.

Dan Fink Studio Still Life Photography

The artist perfectly collaborates with Dan Fink Studio, both paying homage to the sharp lines of architecture and curvature of brushstrokes in art. I also have a special place in my heart for the clever and vaguely masculine design studio because I have many relatives with the surname FINK in my family!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win $100 toward vintage home decor! HERE.
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Tappan Collective

Tappan Collective makes it possible to buy original art, paintings, photographs and more from emerging artists. Founded by LA natives, who also happen to be an artist and art historian, the website provides expertly curated collections. The founders, Chelsea Neman and Jordan Klein, named the company after a place of joint study, Michigan’s Tappan Fine Arts Library, within those walls, the two developed their understanding and love for arts and culture.

YES! You CAN buy great pieces of art for under $100.

The Walkup Covers The Tappan Collection Prints and Original ArtI Love You Too by Michael Gittes // Nathalie by Gia Coppola // Diesel Truck Stop by Zoe Freilich

The pair quickly realized the lack of opportunity for emerging artists. Many of their talented friends, fresh out of art school, were struggling to exhibit and sell their artwork. They’ve tapped into local art scenes across the world to exhibit a collection of cutting-edge work by the next generation of artists. The result? Effortless assemblages of stunning artwork.

Tappan Collective ArtworkFramed artworks hung beside a burlwood headboard, featuring Nathalie by Gia Coppola framed print in Michelle Adams’ bedroom, Lonny Magazine

In addition to helping one discover artists, Tappan Collective also attempts to make collecting art more accessible to everybody, in various socioeconomic degrees. Prices for works on the site are reasonable, some starting under $100. And because framing art can be a big deterrent from buying it, you can choose to have the work framed when you purchase it. I bought prints several years ago that still remain unframed in my closets. Whoops. The errand takes more time that you would think!

The Walkup Covers The Tappan Collection Prints and Original Art
Fort Point, San Francisco, California by Isaac Zoller // A Well Of Living Water by Brandy Eve Allen perched on the bookshelf with stacks of vintage National Geographics in a home designed by Benjamin Vandiver.

The company has already attracted a celebrity following. Among Jonah Hill’s collection of artwork by Ed Ruscha, Alex Prager and KAWS, he also likes to support emerging artists from Tappan Collective. And, how’s this for a clever-little-option? The website even has an “art advisor” button which offers art consulting services for individuals looking to start a personal collection.  They can suggest works that fit your unique aesthetic and space.

The Walkup Covers The Tappan Collection Prints and Original ArtAs a holiday gift to moi, I treated myself to two photography prints, one from acclaimed winner Matin Zad of the BOTTEGA VENETA and VOGUE New Exposure Photography Competition. Cover your bare walls, they’re naked!

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EARTHGUIDE to wellbeing

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to celebrate the launch of  EARTHGUIDE to wellbeing by Maggie Harrsen at Foragers City Grocer. Maggie, a Virgo, and I, an Aquarius,  both grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Part of the Delaware Valley, the region was one of the three original counties in Pennsylvania, and is renowned for its natural scenery, farmland, and colonial history. I grew up skipping rocks on Neshaminy Creek, and often times miss my outdoorsy and curious spirit animal, a fox, in industrial, skyscraper laden New York City. According to sources, Maggie’s spirit animal is the dolphin, which she fully gets to embrace in her new home on Long Island, NY.

EARTHGUIDE to wellbeing

The book release featured microgreens from good water farms. The fresh produce was placed atop Susty Party Eco Ware, doused in aromatic olive oil, and tossed with salt. Complementing the organic and earthly delights, I reveled in a glass of Channing Daughter’s Wine’s Tocai Friulano. We spoke about the merits of pressure cookers, quinoa and juice cleanses. Many of the other event-goers and I also agreed that Kale was having it’s moment right now but that Swiss Chard would be next!

EARTHGUIDE to wellbeingRecipes include Buddha Bowl, Kale hemp smoothie, Lemon balm and chamomile sun tea, Mung bean and rice cleanse, Basil sunflower seed pesto, Watermelon arugula microgreen salad.

I highly suggest you treat yourself to a copy, HERE.

EARTHGUIDE to wellbeing

Maggie’s guide is meant to inspire comfort, health and contentedness. She aims to help one support a lifestyle of harmony between body and mind while living in rhythm with Pachamama, Mother Earth. Made in collaboration with good water farms, the 60-page part cook-book, pseudo-chapbook is a resource for igniting one’s true nature through nourishing photographs, words, and recipes. Maggie Harrsen is the chef cum photographer cum Shaman who works closely with the relationship between nature and self.  Her atmospheric work explores a sensitivity to the environment and often reflects an ecological awareness.

EARTHGUIDE to wellbeing

Maggie’s affect is calming, gentle and serenely inspirational. Although I was in the middle of Chelsea, on a crowded corner of New York City not too far from Penn Station, I felt at ease. It was as if Maggie floated into the book signing on a cloud of patchouli, lavender, coconut oil and the sounds of Krishna Das. It is amazing how Maggie’s seemingly “simple” outlook on life’s plain treasures can be so complex and alluring.

EARTHGUIDE to wellbeing

“Shape clay into a vessel;
 It is the space within that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for a room;
 It is the holes which make it useful. Therefore benefit comes from what is there; Usefulness from what is not there.” ― Lao Tzu