‘FROM THE GALLERY TO THE ROOM’ at SIBYL COLEFAX & JOHN FOWLER





“At our Brook Street showrooms we once again have the opportunity to show
how this works in reality, and by taking the painting out of
Jenna Burlingham’s gallery and into our historic rooms you can see how exciting this style of decoration can be.”

– Philip Hooper, design director for Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler –


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Artwork: ‘January 1973:4’ screenprint by Patrick Heron
Bronze: ‘Ravel ll’ by Richard Fox


A-Gent of Style would like to inform you of a special collaboration opening tomorrow that should not be missed. 

Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler are delighted to present a forthcoming exhibition From the Gallery to the Room, in association with Jenna Burlingham Fine Art.
The exhibition will be held at the company’s historic 39 Brook Street, Mayfair premises from 17-27 June, 2014. “The exhibition gives us the opportunity to show what an exciting dynamic can be created in our Brook Street showroom by mixing our furniture and antiques with modern paintings” says Philip Hooper, design director for Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. “At Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, the decorators and designers like very much the dynamic that is created when furniture and objects from different eras are played off against one another; this is best seen when modern pictures are placed within our interiors. It is becoming more and more the excepted standard that a client will have a collection of 20th century, contemporary paintings and crafted objects and it is part of our role to curate and bring a sense of logic to a potentially random mix of things.”

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 Jenna Burlingham Fine Art, founded in 2010, is located in a refurbished Grade II listed building in Kingclere, Hampshire, one-hour from London and her gallery is a favourite among discerning interior decorators and collectors. On show will be works by leading Modern British artists, including Ivon Hitchens, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Elisabeth Frink, Winifred Nicholson, Mary Fedden and John Piper. “The exhibition is a wonderful chance for me to work with accomplished interior designers, and to exhibit carefully chosen Modern British and Contemporary art, drawings, sculpture and ceramics in the unrivalled setting of Brook Street” says Jenna Burlingham. “Jenna’s eye for the decorative means that her works are the ideal foil for our antiques” says Philip Hooper. “From the Gallery to the Room gives a true insight of how we consistently find ourselves decorating houses for the 21st century.”



IMAGE: Q311345 Ivon Hitchens 1893-1979 October Trees, Ashdown Forest, 1939 signed oil on canvas 21 x 24 in 53.3 x 61 cm Laurence McGowan:8 inch bowl, 2013 Signed with monogram Glazed stoneware 8" Elisabeth Frink Horse in the Rain, 1976 signed and numbered 2/9 (on the underside) bronze with a dark brown patina width 10 in width 25.4 cm (EF009)


Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) ‘October Trees, Ashdown Forest’, 1939
signed, oil on canvas; bowl by Laurence McGowan, 2013, signed with monogram
Glazed stoneware; Elisabeth Frink ‘Horse in the Rain’, 1976, signed and numbered 2/9 (on the underside), bronze with a dark brown patina

 

All Furniture: Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. www.colefaxantiques.com

All Artwork, ceramics and bronzes supplied by Jenna Burlingham Fine Art.  www.jennaburlingham.com






DUSTY PINK IS THE WORD: THE GALLERY at SKETCH



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Starchitect and interior designer India Mahdavi has conceived a striking, soothing, monochromatic interior at Sketch, the multi-disciplinary hip restaurant-cum-art gallery and one of A-Gent of Style‘s favourite London haunts (handy!). The classic, simple and almost bourgeois design in Sketch’s main dining room The Gallery is sugar-coated in a pastel Ladurée-esque pink which invites a deliberately playful contrast with the witty, outré art works created as a backdrop by David Shrigley’s artwork. “I was talking to Andre Balazs about it and he described it as very Beverly Hills, a bit of Beverly Hills in Mayfair. But I think of it as a feminine brasserie, a contemporary take on the brasserie.”, says Mahdavi. 
 

India Mahadavi at the opening night

India Mahadavi at the opening night


Her work updates an archetypal brasserie design with its splashes of contemporaneity and this harmonious disorder breaks with the usual eclecticism . The 1970s feel of the design, slightly reminiscent of Kelly Wearstler’s work, incorporates custom-made Bidendum-like bulbous chairs and curvaceous matching banquettes upholstered in cotton velvet, with a chic injection of copper dotted around and appearing on the furniture bases and also the lamps, bar stools and joinery edges. The whole space is grounded by glorious chevron-patterned  and multi-coloured tiles on the floor (trés Missoni) and the majestic glass dome above. The polyglot and polychromatic Mahdavi was delighted to accept Mourad Mazouz’s invitation to create a new setting for David Shrigley’s installation. She says, ‘The location and space are the starting point of any of my projects and each project is like an open question, for which there is a unique answer. Each project tells that inner story.”


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Celebrated British artist and last year’s Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley has helped transformed the Gallery as part of a long-term programme of artist-conceived restaurants that changes every other year at Sketch. Open for afternoon tea and dinner the project follows the huge success of artist Martin Creed’s restaurant commission at Sketch in 2012. 239 new works line the restaurant’s walls, forming the largest group of original drawings David Shrigley has ever exhibited. The exhibition continues on the restaurant tables; Shrigley has understood the dining table as an auxiliary exhibition space, a platform for the presentation of new work by himself and Master Chef, Pierre Gagnaire. The work comprises groovy new ceramic tableware, all exclusive to sketch and available to purchase online through the sketch website, featuring Shrigley’s distinctive mordant drawings and texts, in a holistic interaction with Gagnaire’s food. The meal itself becomes a site-specific sculptural work that references sketch’s location in the heart of London and invites diners to respond with their own thoughts and reactions.

 In addition, fashion designer Richard Nicoll has been enlisted to create bespoke uniforms for the Gallery restaurant staff to wear. For the girls, the design is a play on Nicoll’s signature T-shirt dress silhouette; for the boys, a smart, grey boiler-suit. “For the sketch uniform project I liked the idea of creating elegant and utilitarian uniforms for the staff that reference a diner look but in a very modern and sophisticated way”, explains Richard Nicoll.

So don’t be surprised if you spot A-Gent of Style with matching attire in this Pink Panther capsule soon.


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– Photos by Sketch – 





OLYMPIA INTERNATIONAL ART & ANTIQUES FAIR 2014





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The 42nd edition of the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair is now officially open and is taking place in London’s iconic Olympia Exhibition Centre until 15 June. A-Gent of Style attended the Preview Press Day yesterday and this year’s instalment can boast exceptional exhibits and design-focussed talks that will make this year’s fair an unmissable event for interior designers, decorating enthusiasts and collectors.


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Founded in 1972, the event is the capital’s largest and most established art and antiques fair, featuring 180 specialist exhibitors from across the world. Presenting an extensive and eclectic range of high-quality, carefully vetted art, antiques, furniture and collectibles, the fair occupies an important place in the international cultural calendar providing a unique cultural, social and shopping experience for over 30,000 discerning international visitors.

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Anthony Outred



With exhibits drawn from antiquity to the present day, and with prices ranging from £100 to £1 million, the fair is renowned as an unmissable event for seasoned collectors and connoisseurs as well as first-time buyers, dealers and interior decorators. Set in Olympia’s stunning Grand Hall, and featuring a glamorous Preview Day, late night openings and a VIP charity night in aid of CLIC Sargent, the fair is firmly established as one of the most prestigious fixtures in London’s summer season. Whether you’re enhancing an existing collection, sourcing a first investment piece, transforming your home or simply looking for decorative inspiration, Olympia’s eclectic and extensive offering caters for all. With prices ranging from £100 – £1 million, and with pieces dating from antiquity to the present day, Olympia is an unmissable occasion for collectors, specialists, designers and first-time buyers across the globe.


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Sue Norman


Glamorous events, inspirational talks, exquisite dining opportunities and an iconic location combine to make Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair the event of the summer season. As mentioned in the introduction, there are a few noteworthy interior design-related events that A-Gent of Style looks forward to attending.

The most exciting of all being ‘The Prince of Chintz: Spotlight on American Design’ with the legendary Mario Buatta, American Interior Designer and author of
‘Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration’ who will be flying from America especially for the talk. Don’t miss it. A-Gent of Style will of course be attending. Wednesday 11 June 12.30pm – 1.30pm.


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Other talks will include:

  • The Life of the House, How Rooms Evolve with Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill, Interior Designer, in association with BIID
  • Lynn Chadwick and Yorkshire Sculpture Park Celebrating the centenary of the sculptor’s birth
  • Tribal Rugs: Treasures of the Black Nomads
  • William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, an exhibition at the V&A


You can view the full list of events here.



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Worth a mention is also the special exhibition this year celebrating British art nouveau and arts & crafts designer, Archibald Knox, in association with the Archibald Knox Society to mark the 150th anniversary of Knox’s birth in 1864 presenting the greatest collection of Knox’s metalwork (featuring exceptional and rare pieces of Liberty & Co) originating from a number of private collections never before shown in the public domain ever seen in a single venue. There will be a talk on 7 June ‘Archibald Knox: Beauty & Modernity – A Designer Ahead of His Time
‘ (4.00pm – 5.00pm)


Archibald Knox Cymric Rose Bowl, silver & enamel, WH Haseler, c. 1905



The range of items on sale at Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair 2014 will span over 35 different categories of art, antiques and collectibles including: 20th century art and design / antiquities and numismatics / arms and militaria /
Art Deco and Art Nouveau / Asian works of art / books and manuscripts / canes and walking sticks / carpets and rugs / ceramics / clocks and watches / contemporary art and design / furniture / glass / jewellery / lighting / miniatures / musical instruments / natural history / photographs / pictures and posters / prints and maps / scientific objects / sculptures / silver / sporting items / textiles and tribal art.



Here some of A-Gent of Style’s favourite vignettes at the Fair:


Nicholas Bagshawe

Nicholas Bagshawe

 

Hatchwell Antiques

Hatchwell Antiques

 

Sue Norman

Sue Norman

 

Ajassa

Ajassa

 

Christopher Butterworth

Christopher Butterworth

 

Robert Barley

Robert Barley

Dinan and Chighine

Dinan and Chighine

 

La Pendulerie

La Pendulerie

 

Serendipity

Serendipity

 

Wakelin and linfield

Wakelin and linfield

 

Vivioli Arte Antica

Vivioli Arte Antica

 

 

 – Photographs by Flint PR and A-Gent of Style – 

 

 

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