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Why Gray Matters

October 31, 2018

“The single most important lesson of architectural color is that every color only appears to be what it is relative to its surroundings,” explains Donald Kaufman, the famed color consultant. This is a lesson long known to artists who value gray for its supporting role—in the Renaissance gray was the preferred portrait background to emphasize the richness of the sitters’ costumes, while the Impressionists and Fauvists, for all their love of color, often used gray to make their other colors spark with life. read more

DIM - Décoration Intérieure Moderne

October 17, 2018

“Décoration Intérieure Moderne” was founded just after World War I by Joubert and Mouveau with the objective of designing and manufacturing furniture and decorations.  Individually or together, René Joubert, both an architect and a cabinetmaker, Georges Mouveau, a stage designer, and, starting in 1924, Philippe Petit produced standard “DIM” furniture. read more

Frida Hansen And The Making of Art Nouveau

January 19, 2018

Read about Art Nouveau interior designer Frida Hansen, a Norwegian tapestry weaving artist famous for notable pieces during the early 1900's. read more

20th Century European Tapestry

September 21, 2017

The art of European tapestry was revitalized in the early 20th century by the avant-garde. The German Bauhaus was foundational in this renewal, with the ideas and techniques developed there proving deeply influential on later modernist movements. In France, designers incorporated new modalities and aesthetics while also looking back to the country’s artistic heritage, including five hundred years of tapestry arts. Artists and designers in Scandinavia created the most innovative and expressive forms in 20th century tapestry weaving—it was in the north that modern tapestry reached its apex. read more

Kips Bay Decorator Show House

June 05, 2017

FJ Hakimian was the unequivocal go-to source for antique and hand woven carpets at this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Inside the redbrick Georgian townhouse on the Upper East Side, five of the 18-total designers turned toward dealer Joseph Hakimian’s expertise in hand-selecting rugs to go with each designer’s theme. Vintage Swedish carpets and ornate French tapestries from the FJ Hakimian showroom on East 57th Street in Manhattan provide the thread that runs through these five rooms. read more

Woven Heritage

April 25, 2017

FJ Hakimian’s new collection Woven Heritage offers sophisticated hand-woven mats in custom sizes in a variety of sustainable, heritage plant-fibers and patterns. Materials such as of palmas de iraka, ramie and southern cattail have been used in the basketry traditions of Africa, Southeast Asian and South America for millennia. This collection offers an assortment of elegant woven designs that are perfectly in harmony with contemporary design modes both modern and traditional. read more

The House that Mӓrta Built….

May 06, 2016

Märta Måås-Fjetterström (1873-1941), a trained Swedish Textile artist was bit of a revolutionary — her life story and the subsequent establishment of the MMF Workshop is legendary amongst Textile collector’s world over. read more

NEW MODERN COLLECTION: Wool, Silk & Hemp Fiber Blend Carpets

February 01, 2016

We have just launched an exciting new collection of signature modern design carpets at FJ Hakimian Gallery. Each design features a combination of wool, silk and hemp or nettle fiber, hand-crafted using cut pile & loop technique in all-natural materials by our artisans. read more

SCANDINAVIAN FORESTS: Bringing Nature into the Interiors with Vintage Wall Hangings

December 15, 2015

The term “Scandinavian design” originates from an exhibition that traveled the US from 1954 to 1957. Promoting the “Scandinavian way of living,” it exhibited various works by Nordic designers and established the meaning of the term that continues to endure: accessible, simple and clean designs, inspired by natureand the northern climate, with an emphasis on enjoying the domestic environment. read more

BARBRO NILSSON & Midcentury Swedish Textiles

November 23, 2015

A few decades later, Scandinavian modernist aesthetics drastically rose in popularity. The bold, yet unfussy, Scandinavian textiles proved to work well alongside the modern art in many of our clients' environments. One of the 20th century Swedish textile designers whose work I am very fond of in that regard is Barbro Nilsson (1899-1983). read more

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