Mistresses

That's not ND!

I mentioned last week that I started watching a show called Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, set in 1920's Melbourne.  It's a gas!

Miss Fisher's boudoir is supposed to reflect her hyper-fashionably avant garde character, but the art choices are...curious.  Her walls are covered in miniaturized versions of fine art.

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For example, I circled the tiny version of Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignion. Picasso painted this piece of art in 1907, exhibited it in 1916, and then rolled it up an stored it until 1924, when he sold it to a private collector.  At which time I assume Miss Fisher had a mini made.  

There must be a similar back story to her Modigliani nude.  Modigliani painted this series in 1917 (and died in 1920 of tubercular meningitis + poverty + overwork + alcoholism + drug addiction = perfect storm).  Luckily Miss Fisher is so plugged in that she had a copy made...or is it an undocumented original?

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season 1, Episode 5

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season 1, Episode 5

And yes, she has a Klimt too.

Klimt "Hope II" 1907-1098

Klimt "Hope II" 1907-1098

When you do design work for tv/movies/etc, as I do, you are completely fixated on finding art that is ND (nondescript).  You would never-ever-in-a-million-years put art on a wall that is recognizable.  You wouldn't even use art that you found in a garage sale, or art that you bought at Bed Bath & Beyond.  There are prop houses that will rent you art, but even they won't confirm in writing that the art is completely copyright-free.  Everyone is so afraid of getting sued that many designers just make the art themselves so they know exactly where it comes from.  

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

A work around that you see quite a lot is the mass-produced metal art.  Yes, it's still sculptural, but somehow you can get away with it.  

Love affair with a Fiddle Leaf Fig

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I have been coveting Fiddle Leaf Figs since I read about them a year and a half ago on Emily Henderson's blog.  I have just the planter, and just the spot, but I have been doing long stints outside of the country, so it never seems like a good time to bring a new plant into my life.     

The reason fiddle leaf figs have run away with my heart is their scale and irregularity.  They have large stiff asymmetrical leaves and can grow in unexpected ways. They are contemporary sculptures, but alive. 

Emily Henderson's old living room

Emily Henderson's old living room

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Jonathan Adler 

Jonathan Adler 

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Fiddle leaf figs (ficus lyrata ) is native to western Africa.  It grows in lowland tropical rain forests.  As a houseplant, it usually stays shorter and fails to flower or fruit.  

It was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. To qualify for this ludicrous award, it must meet the following criteria.  

  • must be available
  • must be of outstanding excellence for garden decoration or use
  • must be of good constitution
  • must not require highly specialist growing conditions or care
  • must not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease
  • must not be subject to an unreasonable degree of reversion.

Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson

Once I learned about fiddle leaf figs, I started seeing them everywhere: in IKEA, in Home Depot, in people's homes, and in television and film sets.

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 10

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 10

The Good Wife: Season 4, Episode 20

The Good Wife: Season 4, Episode 20

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

Arrested Development: Season 4, Episode 15

Arrested Development: Season 4, Episode 15