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The Surrealist Life – Mixology (33)

My father-in-law is a great fan of Joan Miro. The Spanish Catalan artist was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1893. His canvases are filled with almost calligraphic strokes of color, reminiscent of folksy doodles. His surrealist and abstract forms are both modern and yet, somehow very ancient…almost like drawings found at the paleolithic Lascaux Caves in France.

Miro created a series of paintings known as peinture-poésie, these wild forms contained loosely brushed fields of tone, and were inspired by art’s relationship to language, particularly poetry. Very cognizant of color choice, he once wrote of the color blue, “ceci est la couleur de mes rêves” (this is the color of my dreams).

Surrealist Lifestyle Items by The Walkup inspired by Joan Miro

  1. Set of 3 Himmeli Air Plant Hangers by HRUSKAA
  2. Bau Pendant Lamp by Normann Copenhagen
  3. Teepee Triangle Ring by House of Harlow 1960
  4. Christophe Joubert Printed Tote by Marni
  5. Giant Graphic Dot Pleat Dress by SUNO
  6. Distortion Candle in Blue by Areaware
  7. New York Idiom Hinged Forever And Ever Bangle in Metropolis Green by Kate Spade
  8. Lithograph After Joan Miro (3E) from Invaluable, the world’s premier auctions.  A sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike manifestation’s of Miro’s Catalan pride.
  9. Scope Rug by CB2
  10. Artisan Mixer in Electric Blue by KITCHENAID
  11. Jumbo Spoon Rest by BIA Cordon Bleu
  12. Sonneman Quattro LED Task Lamp in Red/Yellow/Black from Gracious Home
  13. QUERELLE D’AMOUREUX lithograph by Joan MIRO from Invaluable, the world’s premier auctions.
  14. Red Press Coffee Maker in Red designed by Erik Magnussen by Stelton

For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings. — Joan Miro

If you’re looking to be inspired by other paintings, visit Invaluable to browse a huge selection of paintings and other artwork. Life can imitate art!

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My obsession du jour is “The Himmeli!” This organic, geometric sculpture is named from the Swedish word ‘himmel’ meaning sky or heaven. Ever since I saw the artistic mobiles hanging in a J.Crew in SoHo, I find myself dreaming of simple and minimalist metals.  Originally built with stalks of straw grown from the prior years harvest, the designs would be prominently displayed in the main room of a cottage. It was thought that “the larger the himmeli crafted, the more prosperous the following season’s crop.”

The Himmeli by HRUSKAA via The WalkupLarge Abstract Himmeli no. 1 / Wall Sculpture / Minimalist Home Decor

One purveyor of these unique Scandinavian designs particularly stands out. Meet Melissa from Gran Rapids, Michigan of HRUSKAA (pronounced Her-oo-shh-ka). Her favorite materials include straw, string, linen, leather and wood. Each of Melissa’s original designs are influenced by the pure simplicity of Scandinavian styling and are made for medium to small scaled spaces. 

The Himmeli by HRUSKAA via The WalkupLarge Copper Himmeli Wreath / Modern Geometric Wall Sculpture

Above, the perfectly faceted 22″ wreath inspired from the himmeli changes visual perspective from every angle, playing off its clever lines. It casts a beautiful geometric pattern on the wall when the light is just right, truly a sculptural piece of art to admire.

The Himmeli by HRUSKAA via The WalkupBrass Himmeli Wall Prism no. 1 / Modern Geometric Ornament / Air Plant Hanger 

An unconventional air plant vase hangs out casually and seamlessly with frames, antlers, and other forest creatures. It is perfectly sized to hold a Tillandsia, [aka. air plant] for display.  Hand sewn from solid brass straw and nylon cord, the metal is ‘bright’ but will naturally oxidize and darken over time.

The Himmeli by HRUSKAA via The WalkupLarge Abstract Himmeli no. 1 / Wall Sculpture / Minimalist Home Decor
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The Himmeli by HRUSKAA via The Walkup
Does it get any more white and clean than the Himmeli no. 6?
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There is no better way to celebrate the Winter Solstice and to pay homage to the seasons!