by germinatrix | December 30th, 2010
In the last post, you met Jorge – in this post, I want to introduce you to artist Pae White, who has been another incredibly important source of inspiration to me. She and her husband, Tom Marble, have created the most enigmatic, eclectic, mouth-wateringly fantastic home that still manages to be warm and inviting. I was lucky enough to be there recently, and snapped some shots that will give you an idea of why knowing these two has helped to shape my ideas about design and using space.
Tom designed their home – a square within a square; a series of rooms that flow one into the next, and all open onto a central courtyard.
Within the walls that Tom created, Pae deployed her massive collection of phenomenal objects d’art – every room is a swoon-inducing mix of estate sale finds, antique store gems, and art that has been acquired over the years. The result is totally, uniquely Pae.
This is a home one could seriously write a book about, and I’m certain one will be in the works shortly. Pae’s work has been widely shown nationally and internationally – her installation at 2009′s Venice Biennal was astounding. In an ancient building she created low-slung ceiling of woven colored thread and hung chandeliers made of birdseed. She then invited a group of Italian “bird singers” to attend the show, to blend in and then do birdsongs and birdcalls while the viewers were strolling around. The effect was magical – watch the video of the Birdsingers here, and Pae talking about her work here. And that was just ONE piece! She is the real deal.
The outside of the house is being developed into a series of serene spaces (totally unintentional alliteration – SWEAR!) that embrace the Mediterranean climate and marries Tom’s sense of geometric lines and planes with Pae’s love of the lush and the dramatic.
The plantings are gorgeous mixes of phormiums, leucadendrons, aloes, and agaves , with other drought tolerant stand-bys in attendance. There is a super-chic front courtyard lined with Eureka lemons, but you’ll have to see it in my book! (Follow this shameless link to the Amazon.com pre-sale page!) Until then, you’ll have to be satisfied with this parade of gorgeousity:
Like I said – this could (AND SHOULD) be a book! I hope this little taste of this remarkable home gives you tingles and lets you unleash your creative imagination. How about a New Year’s Resolution – or a New Year’s REVOLUTION – let’s PLAY! Let’s expand our thinking and make our spaces into places we love, spaces that reflect ourselves and our desires. Don’t let anyone tell you that they are the expert – be your OWN expert! Let people inspire you, not tell you what to do. Be bolstered and be bold! That is my wish for all of us in 2011 – let’s become more ourselves, and make it visible and evident so we we can in turn inspire others! It it too much to ask? I don’t think so! Let’s GO!!!
See you all in the New Year! Have fun and be safe!
XOXOXO Your Germinatrix