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Kitchen Inspired At Art Basel

Where has the time gone? 2016 is off to a great start.  I’ll soon be heading to the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas (KBIS) to immerse myself in everything new the industry has to offer.  Today I’ll finish up my pondering of events during Art Week in Miami by segueing back into the kitchen realm.

If you read my previous post you know that last month we experienced THE major annual South Florida art happening, known as Miami Art & Design Week.  Art Basel Miami is the main event but  it’s actually much more than that.  It’s fairs, performances and gallery openings all over Miami.  I promised to share with you my finds from Context and Art Basel Miami Beach but today I thought I’d make a pit stop in the kitchen because, after all, that’s what I do!  It’s not surprising that elements of the kitchen can inspired artistic expression.

El Proceso y el Azar VII, 2014 by Asier Mendizabal Particleboard and melamine 74 X 210 X 84cm
El Proceso y el Azar VII, 2014 by Asier Mendizabal
Particleboard and melamine 74 X 210 X 84cm

Cooking implements, cabinetry etc. are symbolic representations of our past, childhood memories, emotional connections and especially the heritage of women. The above sculptural installation by Spanish artist Asier Mendizabal features a beautiful Zenish looking pattern, on closer inspection it is a garden variety laminate top with the surface stripped off in spots to create this effect. I bet you never thought of doing this to an old counter top, but how beautiful! Mendizabal is noted for his use of a wide variety of materials from fabric to wood to metal and, yes, laminate.

From the Rubbing/Loving series by Do Ho Suh, 2015 STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery
From the Rubbing/Loving series by Do Ho Suh, 2015
STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery

I immediately recognized this work by Korean artist Do Ho Suh to be cabinet pulls! I, of course, am loving the repetition and the lovely color palette but what’s it all about?  Contemporary art publication Daily Serving explains the Rubbing/Loving series perfectly, “the work records the artist’s former New York apartment through a series of painstakingly executed rubbings. By covering every surface of his apartment with sheets of tracing paper and rubbing it with blue colored pencil, Suh and his team meticulously documented the various textures and patterns of the floors, walls, and built-in appliances. The entire process is chronicled in a short film on the series, also on display in the gallery.” In this case he used pastels instead of colored pencil.

to quench, 2015 by Janine Antoni Polyurethane resin 43" x 30 1/2" x 14 1/2"
to quench, 2015 by Janine Antoni Polyurethane resin 43″ x 30 1/2″ x 14 1/2″

Janine Antoni’s sculpture, to quench, come under the category of feminist art in my opinion.  A graceful breast over seeing the kitchen and also a lovely balance of rectangular form and soft curves.  Doesn’t it also make you wonder what is in the cabinet?

Ok so this is straight up conceptual art but art that you love can be a big element of the artful kitchen.  I would like to invite you to add that artistic element to your own kitchen. What better place than the heart of the home to locate something you love to gaze upon! Are you game?

Art in the Kitchen Apartment Therapy
One uplifting example of art in the kitchen from Apartment Therapy.

If so I’d love to help you, kitchens and art are my passions. Whether it’s the ideal spot for a beloved painting or a sculpture gracing a perfectly placed opening we can do it and we can make it totally you.  Take a peek at my “Kitchen Art” Pinterest board for some creative inspiration. Whether you already have the artwork or are looking for the perfect piece it would be my pleasure to work with you. Let’s connect and create!  Email me at



Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.

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