My next big project: collaborated with Susan Seid on “Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon”, a coffee table book showcasing the work of artist/ designer/ entrepreneur Vera Neumann, who was huge in the 1960s and 70s. In addition to being an amazingly talented artist in her own right (she was the first living female whose work was shown at the Smithsonian), she was a serious art patron who tapped Marcel Breuer to design her home and showrooms, wore brooches designed by close friend Alexander Calder, and lived among a blue-chip collection of Picassos, Matisses, and Kokoshkas. Oh, and ran a multimillion-dollar biz.
The book is an initiative of The Vera Company (led by the fabulous Susan), which owns the designer’s vast archives (20,000 scarves!) and teams with licensing partners like the Met and Bardwil Linens to create new products featuring vintage prints. For more, check out this post on the Vera Company’s adorable and informative blog.
“Vera,” which is being published by Abrams, will be available exclusively at Anthropologie for the first six months of its release, slated for in March 2010. (Grace at Design*Sponge did a nice post on the Vera exhibition Anthro mounted this summer.)
More to come closer to pub date!
[Fab tablecloths and napkins at Macy’s featuring Vera prints:]