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Inspiration in Asia’s World City: Art Basel Comes to Hong Kong

Inspiration in Asia’s World City: Art Basel Comes to Hong Kong

Let’s Shop’s Host and world-renowned Interior Designer Cheryll Gillespie just returned from filming in Hong Kong where she had a very exclusive look at Art Basel Hong Kong, one of the world’s great art events. The Designer in her was inspired. Here are some of her ideas on how to include art in all of our lives.

I arrived home from Hong Kong a little tired but excited and dreaming about all the fabulous art that I saw at Art Basel Hong Kong. For those of you who don’t know, Art Basel stages the world’s premier Modern and contemporary art shows, held annually in Basel, Miami Beach and now Hong Kong. Founded by gallerists in 1970, Art Basel has been a driving force in supporting the role that galleries play in the nurturing of artists, and the development and promotion of visual arts. These are important happenings in the world of art.

This year they launched the first ever Art Basel Hong Kong and it was perhaps their finest event ever. From emerging talents to the Modern masters of both Asia and the West, Art Basel in Hong Kong traced twelve decades of art history across its four sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries, and Encounters. The show displayed paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and editioned works from the 20th and 21st centuries, by more than 2,000 artists from Asia and around the globe. It was a feast for the senses.

And it got me thinking that the art we hang on our walls and sit on top of our pillars and buffets really says a lot about who we are and how we like to live – art is a key element of fabulous living at home.

As designers, we often create entire rooms, and even homes, around a single piece of art or a personal collection; we understand how important art is in creating and defining a homeowner and the home itself. If you are building or renovating a home, it is important to plan with your art in mind, whether you have already purchased or are planning to invest in certain pieces. Heavy artwork that will need to be hung may need enhanced framing to support the weight or you may want to create a built-in niche to hold a special piece of sculpture. Art needs to be lit properly, so we always include display light or directional lighting as part of our lighting schemes. Lighting of art is often missed or overlooked in lighting plans, plan to use picture lights or directional LED pot lighting to enhance a painting or a sculpture. You may even want to ensure that a floor plug is strategically placed so that you can light a piece from underneath.

Collecting art can be addictive and a lot of fun regardless of your budget (think of art just as would real estate, you can always upgrade as you buy and sell). When you are given an opportunity to attend an art show or to check out a new gallery, go and enjoy the art, learn about the artist and when you find a piece you love, bring it home. Your personal art collection should mean something to you and each piece should have a story or a memory attached to it. Art, as the say, is subjective  – connect with it personally and let it speak your story at home!



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