The controversial Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is best known for his ability to blur the line between high and low arts. His sculptures, prints and other fine art creations are simultaneously tacky yet poised. In 2001, Murakami published his “Superflat” theory in the catalogue for a group exhibition of the same name. The theory discusses the idea that there is a legacy of flat, 2-dimensional imagery which has existed throughout Japanese art history (such as wood-blocking) and continues today (in manga, hentai and anime). This style is wholly Eastern and emphasizes flat planes of color. His pieces represent an amalgam and synthesizing of Buddhist accents, highly sexual Japanese fetish art, psychedelic sixties iconography, satirical exaggeration and childish linear drawings. The highly commercial artist has collaborated with such renown brands and celebrities as Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Kanye West, Pharrel Williams and in floats for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or as a game designer for Hasbro’s Monopoly.
Photography by William Waldron for Elle Decor. Serious and very fifth avenue, yet with a touch of humor.
A painting by Takashi Murakami, a Guy de Rougemont cocktail table, and a pair of Leleu bergères in the living room; Manuel Canovas fabric curtains.
A New York City apartment by John Beckmann of Axis Mundi offers wham bam glam! Image via Desire to Inspire.
Statement pieces by artists Bert Stern, Takashi Murakami, and Alex Katz line this jewel box living room giving it punch and power. The color play, vertical stripes and expertly mismatched patterns continuously draw the eye to new places.
Sid Bergamin’s Brazilian retreat ala Robin De Groot Design and Architectural Digest.
Nigo’s Bedroom replete with Louis Vuitton bedsheets and Murakami Cushions on the floor. Eat your heart out pop culture, brand addicts. Image via The Ski Club.
Yours truly at the Takashi Murakami at the Palace of Versailles exhibition in 2010. When in doubt; floral, happy-face wallpaper and carpeting does the trick.
A funky brooklyn townhouse incorporates David Weeks lighting, contemporary prints (such as Murakami), a glossy white lacquered table, a Jason Miller Studio Antler Sconce and mid-century accents to create a bright and clean space.
This lounge space is half underground club and half secret treehouse. Painted over pressed metal walls, lucite chandelier, and Murakami print keep the relaxation space feeling fresh. Image via GummyGoose.
The Arne Vodder credenza, the 60’s Ecuador chair, the bright orange sofa, a cow skin rug, and the angular floor lamp have a midcentury, cowboy vibe, but the Takashi Murakami and the Kaws Sorayama figure on the Saarinen table make this room ultra modern. Image created by Pastolux using Ebay finds.
Miami-based interior design and architecture firm Errez Design‘s curated update of a 1910 cottage in Coconut Grove, FL, which belongs to a contemporary art collector. The client has an extensive collection of artwork, including pieces by Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Banksy, Swoon, and David Bowie, as well as rare antique Biedermeier furniture, antique textiles, and crystal chandeliers. Images via Casa Sugar.
Design by Vicente Wolf. A Takashi Murakami painting dominates one corner of the living room. African masks rest on a Chinese-elm cocktail table, an African stool serves as a side table, and a Louis XVI console stands by the window; all are from VW Home. The armchairs are covered in an Edelman leather. Park Avenue apartment via Architectural Digest.
A space dominated by circular design: an oval print, an oblong sculpture, a rounded chair. Designed by D’Apostrophe, this Paris Mansion is friendly, organic and bright. Family room image via Houzz.
Who said contemporary art is only for grownups? Definitely not me. This kid’s room is airy and rainbow filled – no unhappy campers allowed. Design by Designed by D’Apostrophe for a Bond Street, NYC triplex. Image via Houzz. As they say in Japan, “Kawaii”!
A sneak inside Cordelia de Castellane’s artful Parisian home reveals a master bedroom painted with Farrow & Ball’s Light Gray. The four poster bed is kingly, almost stately, yet childish with it’s Murakami pillows. Photography by Roger Davies for Elle Decor.
A London home’s mantle provides a focal point for artwork and first-edition James Bond books. The painting above the fireplace is by Chen Ke, and sitting on the marble is also a hyper sexual nurse (or waitress?) sculpture by Murakami. Image via House to Home.
Dark navy exposed brick walls allow a white-bright Murakami piece to pop.
The bed, very seventies, surrounded by works of art: from left to right, a painting by Robert Delaunay, a vase by Ettore Sottsass for the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres and a sculpture by Takashi Murakami. Image via Architectural Digest France.