Last Friday I went to Field + Supply. It’s a GORGEOUS crafts fair in Kingston, New York at the Hutton Brickyards. There’s a lot to discuss. The location on the Hudson, the bonfires, the smell of bonfires, and the artisanal everything were all simply wonderful. But my favorite news to share is that this fair, and the buzz it has generated, has completely changed the market for beautiful, hand crafted pieces. And finding, owning, and loving them just got easier.
I recently learned through a new favorite podcast that people are increasingly working with and working for companies that represent their values. And vice versa- they’re NOT working with and for those that don’t. This got me thinking (while running in the POURING 2 days ago) what are our values and business philosophies? What does MaLa represent? WELL, here’s what I’ve got in the 3 areas that came to mind first:
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Our current projects go through many phases from initial site visits to final installs, and it's rare that we're doing a lot of installs all at once. BUT, that moment has come lots of installs for 3 projects are happening simultaneously. Funnily enough, art installers are ALSO having a moment and my go-tos are all booked/having babies/not available, so this is a new juggle. Not all current installs are necessarily the FINAL situation, but seeing this kind of progress is objectively exciting. Here are the updates:
My mom friend Diana and I recently chatted over drinks about kid-related city outings. I had just brought my girls (ages 4 and 2) to the Met’s Heavenly Bodies exhibit (ie the “Fancy Dress Show”). She had similarly brought her 5 year old there, though apparently Fiamma subsequently requested to see the decorative arts rooms, the Temple of Dendur, the Modern Art exhibit, and more. As it turns out, this is standard for Fiamma, and it’s because Diana has crafted artsy adventures for her and her mini since forever. Together they explore, obsess, and bond over artsy things throughout the 5 boroughs. It puts us all to shame/is totally inspiring. So here lies the first Q+A blog we’ve done to share how Diana leverages the city’s art scene to bond with, and instill a cultural appreciation in, her daughter.
The art world can be QUITE diverse; there’s art of VASTLY different quality (think Etsy buys vs. Koons sculptures), insane price ranges ($0 to nearly $500,000,000), and events for everyone vs. exclusive buttoned up affairs. All in all, the art world has a prevailing reputation of being exclusive and expensive. That said, it’s clearly not just that, and today I’d like to point to three arts-related organizations that are supporting awesome charitable causes.
I've recently learned that quite a few artists follow me on Instagram, which is SUCH a fun fact since I thought my following them was one sided. But considering I have this audience AND an informed point of view on the art buying process , I thought I’d share some unsolicited advice for artists who enjoy selling art.
August was all about discoveries. From new artists to biz development we are SO excited to show you and our clients what we've learned recently.
Our fall kick-off event is at Flavor Paper.
Email us for deets on the 45 min tour of this crazy wallpaper factory in Brooklyn.
Four NEW IGTVs are live.
Topics include art investment and frame trends.
We tried on options for Project Nice View. Here's what worked, what didn't, and why.
Our fall workshop on Art Sourcing for Designers is coming. It's at Bungalow 5's NY Showroom and there may even be a swag bag.
NEW FIND: Karine Leger's abstracts.
Favorite part: the color palates. They're the fan favorite rec for our Jess Cooney-designed Berkshire House Project.
In June we committed to donating 10% of proceeds from new client business through the summer to Raices Texas. We just did it, and thanks to everyone who supported these efforts. Let's keep working to #reuniteeverychild.
Last week we got 15 impressive artworks into our client's East Village apartment on approval. This means that we sent pieces the client was seriously interested in buying into her space to see them on the walls. NO ONE dislikes this service; seeing options that make your space better and picking favorites is objectively fun. BUT the results are always surprising. Here are the winners and rejects from last week's session:
Project Hey Hey NJ is a major house project of our summer and progress is happening. Here's the story: Nice couple with cute baby moved to this quaint yet expansive NJ home one year ago…
Last week I asked our IG followers -- presumably like-minded art + design groupies -- to help us create a list of sources for art under $2k. The responses was AWESOME and it does feel warm and fuzzy to create and engage with an IG community. AND now we have over 25 new sources to check out. I haven't verified pricing on these, but it's exciting to even peak at the variety of artists across these pages, creating photography, painting, works on paper and more, and from the US and abroad. Hopefully this is the first of many mutually beneficial crowdsourcing attempts so high five to all.
HERE'S THE LIST (in no particular order):
Art ranges in price from $0 to hundreds of millions of dollars, and a common misconception is that it's totally subjective. YES, it is, but so is food, fashion, music, and many other things in life and there's still a general consensus on what's good quality and what's not. Art is no different, except that in general, people are less confident assessing it because they're not nearly as exposed to art as they are to food, fashion and music.
Summer is NOT slower as it turns out...
Last year one goal I set was to get a full house project. Apartments were fun but, um, houses are MORE fun because there's inherently more opportunity for art and creative alternatives. One year later we have 5 live full house projects with more in the pipeline, in addition to our NYC apartment line up. Each project is different and we're learning ALL THE TIME, but here are the three rules we've found keep our house clients happy and these larger projects on track.
Raise your hand if you saw our announcement on Barnaby Lane x Mason Lane. And raise your hand if you were excited and confused. WELL, curious enthused fans, I'm happy provide some clarity on how this happened, WHY it's a big dealio and how it benefits people near and far.
The New York gallery scene is one of the best in the world, but it's also SUPER intimidating; there are so many options that aren't always apparent or welcoming, and figuring out a route that's family friendly (i.e. near some snacks) is so tricky. I'm into art and efficiency, and as a mama I'm always all about family-friendly anything. SO, I wanted to share some ways to approach the New York gallery scene and have your kids enjoy the ride with you.
We pride ourselves on making the process of working together seamless, fulfilling and totally transparent. And most people don't know what's it's like working with an art advisor. SO, we outline all the steps for our clients in our proposals and contracts. Our latest addition to those documents is "WHAT TO EXPECT". We've shared it here for your viewing pleasure.
Goals: Our goal in every project is to find better pieces than you'd find on your own, and in a more time and cost efficient way. Plus, we make the process more fulfilling by keeping it informative and enjoyable so you’re confident about your purchases. Topics like pricing, quality, framing, resources, and design-related tidbits are always addressed.
Presentation: Our presentations with clients typically take 45 minutes, and having all decision-makers present is advised but not necessary. We do this in your home, office or another convenient location. Doing this in person is important so we can explain our recommendations then hear and see what’s resonating with you.
Viewings: We prefer to accompany you to viewings for a few reasons: first, to make sure you get the most out of the experience by ensuring the gallerist, artist, etc. provide supplementary details about the artwork, artist, materials, gallery, art market etc. that help you really “get” the work and learn something. Second, because during a viewing, we’ll likely see more than just the targeted piece -- either pieces we ask the gallery to show you or others that happen to be on exhibit, and a conversation about how those would work within your space, taste, and budget is often warranted.
Installations: During installations, we bring our installer to make sure the hardware on the back of the art is right, or change it if needed. This involves a drill and is not a DIY project. In general, we avoid wires because art rarely stays level on a wire, and/or it will lean off the wall at an awkward angle. D-rings and cleats end up being more stable. Next, we advise on precisely where to hang the piece so it looks right relative to everything else in the room. Importantly, walls are rarely level so positioning the art properly is not always obvious to the untrained eye.
Service: We’re obsessed with giving top notch customer service. Feel free to contact us anytime by phone, email or text. Please note that we sometimes work late, feel inspired at strange hours, and are juggling work and family so don’t be confused if you get emails from us at odd hours. Feel free to respond in the morning.
AND finally, it's worth repeating: every project is different, and everyone in life is busy. We tweak our process accordingly to make you happy, keeping in mind that end goal of getting pieces that you love into your space.
Recently I publicly stated (on Instagram) that I hate computer problems and hired a "tech consultant" to make them go away. Well, I am pleased to report that IT WORKED. Our Techie not only fixed my computer problems…
Today, we're meeting Jill Nathanson, a contemporary painter whose work feels summery and uplifting, and stands out from your typical pretty abstracts. Her solo show at a New York gallery just opened, so find out what you need to know about the hows and whys of her work.
We are sailing right into June! Here's all the greatness that happened in May: