Those of you in the interior design world will undoubtedly say: KELLY, DUH. For those of you who aren’t, Wearstler is to interiors what Zoe is fashion. Ubiquitous for both her maximalist aesthetic and her minimalist frame, what I’ve found most interesting about Wearstler and her work is the dynamic juxtaposition of periods — her pure love for form, the strength of a sphere, as is her wont to say.
That isn’t to say that the work isn’t also, sometimes, visually assaulting. Her passionate outbursts manifest themselves a myriad of ways, but they’re hardly ever quiet, or clean, or simple, and for many of her detractors she is simply too in love with things, objets d’art, superfluous seating, et al. Even her commercial work (of which I’ve seen both the Palm Springs and Santa Monica Viceroys, and the BG restaurant), is incredibly, incredibly bold. No small feat when you can’t fill each and every tabletop with an orgiastic composition of color, texture, and form. Ironically enough, I’ve found these limits to show Wearstler as the consummate master: a richness of space accomplished through finishes, texture interplay, an expert but almost unstudied and most certainly unfussy colorplay, and crisp furnishings that articulate a spirit with a single, sinuous line.
You can thank me sometime after you wipe the drool from your chin.
One of my favorite things to do is drive around in my car between the hours of noon and 1pm, and listen to “Back in the Day Buffet” on Jammin 94.5. On most days this is possible, as I’m usually be-boppin to client meetings or some other design-related fiasco, excursion, or spree. What I find myself doing is extrapolating any number of hip-hop song phrases and thinking to myself “How the hell can I turn that into a blog post for Style Boston?” Cuz there’s nothing better than attributing Old School Hip Hop songs to any random facet of your life.
Something for the Travel Blog: Left Your Wallet In El Segundo? 5 Ways To Spend The Heck Out Of Your Paycheck, West Coast Style.
Something for the Dating Blog: You Can Go With THIS……Or You Can Go With THAT: When To Be A Baller, And When To Be, Well, A LOSER.
For the Interior Design Blog: You Down With O.P.P? Opportunistic Paint Palettes That Will Get ……You …….Noticed.
So imagine my Deee-Lite when I walked into the Dessin Fournir / Martin Group showroom at the Boston Design Center this week and cast my eyes upon the recently installed, custom painted, wallcover by artistic duo Kelly Porter & Bridgett Cochran, aka Porter Teleo.
Note: If the style looks vaguely familiar to you it’s because our beloved Executive Editor, JGC, posted on his “Hearting of Kelly Wearstler” on June 27. (Alas, Porter Teleo paper graces the foyer walls of Ms. Wearstler’s manse. Not to mention that these gals have been around for a few years, been written about in numerous blogs, magazines, etc. etc., and are ever present in the homes of Cool Folks across America.)
All of sudden I was all…”California, knows how to party…California knows how to party…” in my head. (Insert wrist gesture and gangsta frowny face here) Oh yes indeed, it’s fun time, fun time. Now, despite the fact that these lovelies are actually based in Kansas City, MO of all places, that song came to me because most cool things begin on the West Coast.
Why am I getting to this now? It’s because Boston has FINALLY gotten its ‘you know what’ together to rep such crazy cool-ness. I even heard a rumor from the showroom rep that their wallpapers have only been used by……….hold on a moment because I need to locate my inhaler…………….ONE OTHER DESIGNER ON THE ENTIRE EAST COAST. I nearly fainted from embarrassment. Are you kidding me??? Someone please debunk that myth. Because if it IS true, then I’m going to be the second Designer to use it.
Might I bring up that horrific list Boston just made it’s way to the top of? Here’s the dealio: word up to all you Bostonians, get cooler, fast, and look these chicks up. Let’s show these fools how we do things on the East Side. Cuz you and I know it’s the best side……..
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