As we continue to expand the Room Service brand, (Our Palm Springs store recently opened!) we not only look to grow in terms of our creative furniture pieces but to also connect with amazing artist that create great art for our stores and website that our clients will cherish for years to come. As the quest to find a few new artist to add into our fold starts, we couldn’t help but to think of some great artist like Warhol, Lichtenstein, Haring and others that molded the pop-art era (Which we LOVE!), that’s still just as popular and influential today as it was decades ago.
Pop-Art which started in America in the late 1950’s and blossomed in the 60’s, broke from the mold of fine art and took imagery or paid homage to popular advertising slogans, characters and logos that agencies created to connected with customers.
Andy Warhol- Although thought to be a controversial artist, Warhol is among the most notable figures to emerge from the pop-art movement. His take on celebrity culture, artistic expression and popular advertisements set the trends for the times during his reign as the pop-art King. Drugs, sex, and partying at famed establishments like Studio 54, and Warhol’s own studio, which was a revolving door filled with intellectuals, drag queens, artist, and celebrities, penetrated his work on daily basis. Warhol influenced and continues to influences the work of not only painters like Jean-Michel Basquiat, but musicians like Swizz Beatz, and even clothing lines that have featured his art work.
Roy Lichtenstein- By using the old fashioned comic book strips as his inspiration, Lichtenstein was able to make light of his tongue-and-cheek humor, that often poked fun at women and relationship among other subject. Lichtenstein’s artwork along with Warhol was featured on the U2 Popmart Tour, and the Movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
Keith Haring: Haring’s use of human images, animals and bold lines made Haring one of the visible icons of the pop-art movement. After being diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, Haring set up the Haring Foundation, which contributed funding and imagery to various AIDS organizations to bring attention and awareness to the cause. Haring’s imagery can be seen on popular brands such as, Absolut Vodka, Coca Cola, and Lucky Strike Cigarettes. During Haring’s later year’s his goal was to create large scale pieces in public spaces for free, where his work would resonate for decades. Additional subject matter for his painting included the crack cocaine epidemic and Anti-Apartheid.
These are just a few artist that we love and find inspiration from. Are there any artist that you love? We’d love to hear about them.
With the recession still a major factor in the buying decisions of many of those a little less fortunate to be rich, implementing shipping containers into their homes or businesses has been a growing trend over the last several years. The relatively cheap containers, can easily be modified, stacked and/or combined to transform homes or businesses into modern works of art, that will be sure to withstand some of the harshest conditions.
Noted as being one of the first firms to design and complete a home made from shipping containers the De Maria Design firm, completed the Redondo Beach House in 2006. Built from eight prefabricated containers, alongside traditional building material, the home maintains clean lines and a modern aesthetic that blends well with its Redondo Beach surroundings.
Images Courtesy of De Maria Design
Adam Kalkin, the artist/architect behind the creation of the Quik House, which is the creation of prefabricated homes made from shipping containers was tapped by the coffee roasting brand, Illy to build their Push Button House , that is housed in a shipping container that in 90 seconds expands to a five room unit, that houses a kitchen, dining area, bedroom, living room and library. In order to accomplish the push button feature, hydraulic cylinders are utilized by a computer system that is installed within the kitchen island.
Images Courtesy of Not Cot
San Francisco recently converted Hayes Valley, a small plot of land that used to be a piece of the 101 Freeway, into an area populated with several pop-up businesses including; retailers, food shops, art space and a beer garden. The pop-up businesses which are on a location slated for a housing project that has stalled, are all spaces constructed from shipping containers. The project which is aptly called, “Proxy” was conceptualized by architectural firm, Envelope A + D , to fulfill request from the Mayor’s office to restore empty lots throughout the city.
Shipping containers lend themselves to the imaginations of those who are willing to step out on the conventional practices of building. Perfect for those who want to go into business, but may be looking for a space that is temporary until things get off the ground. They are the perfect tool that encompasses style, minimum upkeep, and low cost, and of course if you’re ever in the need for furniture for your new shipping container design then look no further than Room Service!
Young up and coming Spanish interior designer Nacho Polo, has garnered the eyes and ears of lovers of all things interior design over the last couple of years! After working in Europe as a creative director for a design firm, Nacho made Miami his home in 2003 and started his own design company, Studio of Architecture & Interior Design.
Here are a few images of an apartment that Nacho recently completed in Madrid. We love his bold statement of painting the apartment as a white canvas, utilizing different brightnesses and mattes, that allows viewers as well as the home owner to take in the essence, natural beauty and history of the classic style apartment. We here at Room Service LOVE your work Nacho!
Photo Source: Yatzer
You never know where you can draw inspiration from at times. Take a look at what is helping us create some great new furniture pieces for our customers and stores this week! What inspires you? We’d love to know.
The surreal artwork created by Russ Mills has us in awe! His vivid use of colors, and imagery be it the colors of the rainbow, or black and white has us going to the drawing board and sketching our next great piece that would complement any walls filled with his art!
Stylishly incorporating your collection of favorite books is no easy task when you want to stay modern and sleek. Here are a couple that we’ve found that we think would make some great additions, to any home when incorporated with some Room Service furniture!
The Rek Bookcase manages to expand as your collection of books increases, just in case your not a fan of having a large bookcase, with lots of empty spaces!
For those who are more into the industrial design style, which is perfect for lofts and downtown spaces check out Stella Bleu Designs . The company incorporates industrials pipes to create bookcases, and other furnishings that will be sure to add a wow factor to any modern open space.
Where would most of us be without music? When some of our favorite songs play, we can often recount the memories that were created, from when it came on the radio or when we popped it into or CD players. As technology advances, the ways we incorporate music into our home gets more and more stylish by the day!
The Neo Gramophone, is an ultra modern update to a classic piece that was a musical staple during the early 20th century. Although the outward appearance still resembles the classic style, this modern-day take allows you to play your musical selection through streaming from your itunes or via Bluetooth.
We’ve been working hard this week to create some great custom products for our customers as well as our three store locations. We’re pretty excited about them too! Let us know what you think, and don’t forget all the products are listed on our website if you are interested in purchasing.
For those who always need a good night’s rest…look no further than our new Bel-Air Bed that comes finished with crystal nail heads, and gray velvet fabric, this bed just screams, “Don’t leave me!!!” and to tell you the truth, we wouldn’t if we didn’t have to work.
When thinking of new product ideas, we try and keep in mind those who love our lengthy sofas, but lack the room in their homes or apartments. To remedy this issue, we’ve created a few petite renditions of some of our classic styles, that will be the perfect addition to any small space!
Taken from the pages of the 1940’s and Old Hollywood our new Bel-Air Tufted Sofa that’s a modern pop twist on a classic style. Finished with chrome nail heads, and white lacquer turned legs. This sofa will be sure to turn heads when a few of our Spring 12′ throw pillow are added to the mix!
We’ve updated the look of our classic chic desk the New Rocker Bocca with White Macassar wood, that will be sure to bring wild excitement into any boring office space!
If you’d like something a little more subtle, then when we have the perfect solution with our timeless Solid Walnut Hollywood Desk crafted complete out of Walnut wood, and finished with polished brass hardware, this desk will be sure to last a lifetime.
We’ve also brightened up our classic Philippe chair, with a pop of pink and a touch of silver lacquer. This will be a sure-fire standout!