Thursday, June 7, 2012

{art inspiration: star charts}

I think we all collectively swooned after seeing Lauren Gold's office featured in Lonny magazine:


There were so many elements I fell for; the peacock blue walls, that gorgeous desk & brass stool, and the artwork! This particular piece is called 'Biological specimen #5' by New York artist Gary Schneider, and I love that it resembles the 1930's constellation charts. You can also find it hanging in Thomas O'Brien's living room ...



Thomas O'Brien also owns a 1930s Rand McNally vintage star map originally created to teach school children about the stars and heavens. He snatched his for a mere $75, but they normally can be found for several hundreds of dollars. I love that he chronicles all the different spots he's hung it throughout the years on his own blog here.








You may be more likely to come across smaller vintage pieces like these ones he has in his kitchen {love the punch of black in an all white space}:


Coveting a star map? It turns out Restoration Hardware used to carry this one, but it is no longer available. After some searching I found a second source, The Municipal Prints Company, who carry both black and deep navy versions inspired by the vintage star charts of the 1930's for only $175 for a 36 x 36 inch print! That is a great size, on the wishlist it goes!

13 comments:

Debby Steele said...

LOVE the first office. That blue is stunning. I love wall collages so this post was right up my alley! xo

Designwali said...

great post! on my wish list too now...

Henhurst Interiors said...

I like it! And the room in the first photo is stunning.

Brandi@ Flights of Whimsy said...

I love this! It would make a great gift for my brother who is obsessed with astronomy.

Macarena Martínez said...

Loved this post Nancy! Those prints have "something", like some kind of medieval allure of an astronomer locked in a tower. Couldn't help imagining how would they look if paired with a Circa Lighting's Zodiac Pendant (http://www.circalighting.com/details.aspx?pid=750)
Thanks for sharing, this is super inspirational!
XoXo

Meghan said...

Thomas O'Brien's place got me searching for constellation charts a while back! This isn't exactly the same, but similar enough (and only $5!) that I think you could make a pretty DIY out of it....maybe cut the actual constellation part off the blue background and mat it on a black mat?

http://www.katespaperie.com/store/category/giftwrap__ribbons/giftwrap_paper/item/0016985/gift_wrap_sheet_constellations/

Julie Khuu said...

I've never noticed them before but as design always works out...I bet I'll be seeing them in every interior from here to Timbuktu now! Very keen observation! Love these little charts...especially since I'm super into astrology, it's perfect!

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therelishedroost said...

Really like this, I think Natural Curiosities has a great one too! Nice Post!!
:)
Karolyn -The Relished Roost

How2home said...

this is my first time visiting your site and i love it so far! i really like all the inspiration photos that you've posted, they all look so lovely! I think this could be a great DIY project with kids.....black fabric on canvas and adding little white pins as constellations and maybe adding threads/strings to connect the constellations together? if you do do this as DIY definitely keep us posted!

Kathysue said...

I have never noticed these before. I love them too!! Thanks for the intro, Happy rest of the week to YOU,
Kathysue

Tim said...

love it! chris likes to show me the stars while camping or at cottage .. places without light pollution. Maybe I need to get one in navy blue!

Jen of MadeByGirl said...

love the rug in the first pic!! i have one so similar in my apartment :)

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Dawna said...

Hi I'm new to your blog and I love the ones of your home you have done an amazing job. Look forward to reading!

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