Spring Forward in Oz and Fall Back at Home

Banksia, 1927 by Margaret Preston

Banksia, 1927 by Margaret Preston

I spent the day on Saturday with my extended Australian family, Maria (Amanda’s mother-in-law) and Linda (Amanda’s sister-in-law’s mother-in-law). I think I will call us the Outlaws. Anyway, we met at the Gallery of New South Wales for lunch. They have a beautiful restaurant with glass walls that overlooks the Botanical Gardens and the harbor. It is one of my favorite spots for lunch in Sydney as the food, wine, and views are spectacular. After lunch, we made our way down to the incredible, Sydney Moderns exhibition. We ended up spending the entire day there and only realized it upon exiting the gallery. Now that is a great exhibit! One of my many favorites in the exhibition were the still life paintings by Margaret Preston called Banksia, 1927 from the National Gallery of Art and The Brown Pot, 1940. The flowers depicted were like nothing I had ever seen!

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Another find in the exhibit was the De Mestre Colour Harmonising Disc. Roy de Maistre was an Australian artist and musician recognized not only for his use of pure abstractionism, but for his early experiments with color theory and its relationship to music harmony. The tool has two disks, major and minor, that aid a designer in choosing pleasing color schemes. I had to have one and luckily, the museum had reproduced them for sale in the gift shop.

Color-Harmony1The following evening, I had dinner with my daughter, Amanda, and her friend Nicole at a lovely restaurant called Chiswick in the area called Woollahra. Again, the food, the atmosphere, and the company were fabulous. It is my birthday this week and both Amanda and Nicole surprised me with the most gorgeous bouquets of native Australian flowers. How serendipitous that these bouquets included Banksia. They were a riot of color! Though it is spring here in Australia, all I could think of is what a gorgeous color scheme these would make for an autumn wedding back home. Amanda took her entire wedding palette from a bouquet of fresh flowers. Nothing beats Mother Nature when it comes to color. The next day, I pulled out my new harmonizing disc and went to work using the colors in my bouquets and the flower paintings to create some autumn color palettes. Which one do you like best?

The Brown Pot, 1940 by Margaret Preston

The Brown Pot, 1940 by Margaret Preston

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Speaking of Autumn, here is another lovely infographic from our friends at Simply Bridal.

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Something Old Into Something New 2—Disco Deco, Part II

by Patricia Vining

DECO-Attributes

Here is a recap of the elements for the Disco Deco WeddingBrand Style Guide we are building for a young couple we will call Brent & Jacqueline.

1. Art Deco style is characterized by rich colors and bold geometric shapes, as well as exotic and luxurious materials. Art Deco is a given as the couple will be married in an historic, art deco building. Brent and Jacqueline said that they preferred the curved ornamental aspects of Art Deco (but not too formal) as opposed to the hard, geometric forms.

2. WeddingBrand Vision Statement - Hollywood Chic juxtaposed by the quaintness of Culver City, where whimsical elegance meets a bit of cheekiness at a grand cocktail party . . . all reflected in a disco ball!

3. From this, we can gather our list of WeddingBrand Attributes: Hollywood Chic, Quaint, Whimsical & Cheeky, Grand & Elegant, Disco Ball (The bride loves bling).

Print4. For their Color Palette, they chose to go with the metallic colors of Art Deco, especially the silvery grays.

Art-Deco-TypographyThese elements led me to look at traditional as well as art deco revival fonts—there have been many designed in recent years in this style. I created this chart for you so that you could mix and match to your hearts content. If you do not have much experience with type, refer back to our Type Tips from a previous post.

FONTS – Traditional: Parisian, Peignot, Bernhard Modern, Broadway; Sophisticated Revivals: Verlag, Odile, Elido; Script: Anna Nicole, Estilo Script, Fontleroy Brown NF, Monte Carlo Script NF; Geometrics & Inline: Decode, Geotica, Metropolis, New Modern, Port Family, Zadie; Decorative: Arthur Cabinet, Bureau Empire, Fancy Pants, P22 Art Deco Chic, Trochut, Upper East Side.

Tune in next time as we take a look at papers and ornament and round out our style guide.

 

Something Old Into Something New 2—Disco Deco

by Patricia Vining

 

Clockwise from top left: Prada Soho Gatsby Exhibition, Tiffany’s Gatsby Windows, The Grand Entrance at Beauty & Essex Restaurant

Clockwise from top left: Prada Soho Gatsby Exhibition, Tiffany’s Gatsby Windows, The Grand Entrance at Beauty & Essex Restaurant

I have been in Los Angeles for the last few days with Jenna. We had the pleasure of meeting with a fabulous and fun couple to discuss their vision, the design of their wedding, and their printed matter. They told us their story as we shared a meal—my favorite part of this job!

 

We have been dying to do an Art Deco wedding with all of this Gatsby mania, and as the couple plans to hold the wedding at an historic Art Deco hotel here in Los Angeles, this is our chance. So let’s start with a recap of what was discussed (I can’t give you all of the details right now, as they are top secret):

 

WeddingBrand Vision Statement
Hollywood Chic juxtaposed by the quaintness of (Secret) City, where whimsical elegance meets a bit of cheekiness at a grand cocktail party . . . all reflected in a disco ball!


Color Ideas
Neutrals – grays, silvers, with pops of gold
Mixed metallics—the bride loves bling so I am thinking foil stamping, hmmmm.

 

The Something Old
Art Deco was an eclectic, design style that originated in Europe in the early 20th Century and flourished until 1940 when it was gradually replaced by the International Style. It became famous following the great Exposition des Arts Modernes Decoratifs et Industriels, held in Paris in 1925 and from which its name evolved. Art Deco, or the Machine Age as it is sometimes referred to, expressed the energy, optimism, and glamour of the roaring twenties; and later, the escapism of the dismal thirties. Art Deco style was a direct reflection of the times—the rapid industrialization of the culture, great archeological discoveries, and major technological advances. Its defining themes were the skyscraper, modern technology, a fascination with the speed and power of modern transport and communications, the new, liberated woman and the breaking of old rules and stereotypes, and the exotic (ancient cultures such as Egypt and Central America). It is characterized by rich colors, bold black and white, neutrals, luxurious metallics, stylized florals and scrolls, geometric shapes, the streamlined or linear, and sumptuous ornamentation.

 

Clockwise from top left: Art Deco Package Collection by Katsu Kimura; La Vie Parisienne, November, 1920; La Ferronnerie Moderne by Henri Clouzot, French Art Deco Wedding (1930) From Harper's Bazaar by Andre Edouard Marty

Clockwise from top left: Art Deco Package Collection by Katsu Kimura; La Vie Parisienne, November, 1920; La Ferronnerie Moderne by Henri Clouzot, French Art Deco Wedding (1930) From Harper’s Bazaar by Andre Edouard Marty

 

Inspiration
I have a small and beautiful collection of Art Deco ephemera and some wonderful images from a recent trip to NYC from which to draw inspiration—I am like a kid in a candy store! I am sharing some of this inspiration here today as we begin our second, Something Old, Into Something New project. In the next week, I will show you how to take these items and transform them into something more contemporary for today’s bride. I love that term “modern” as Deco WAS the hot, modern look in the 20s and 30s. So essentially, we will be modernizing modernism.


So what do we call it? Neo Deco, , Neue Mod, Mod2, what are your thoughts on this topic? We’d love to hear from you.

 

I created a new  DIY Tool – Design a Gorgeous Wedding Invitation containing some of our best invitation design tips. You can download it HERE.

 

Next up in Part II, we will choose contemporary revivals of Deco colors, fonts, and ornament that best reflect the brand vision.