Aug 3, 2016
Not long to go now before the excitement of the games in Rio. After the success of our
own games here in London four years ago we are looking forward to another fun packed
couple of weeks in August, this time in sunny Brazil.
Brazil is a vast and diverse country, with miles of beautiful coastline, rainforest and the lively
cities of Rio and Sao Paolo. It is famed for its carnival and its love of futebol, both of which
are embraced with exuberant passion. During the carnival extravaganza, everyday reality is
turned on its head with elaborate costumes (fantasia in Portuguese) and a dizzying blaze
of colour and music.
It’s no wonder that our beautiful, bright rugs are so popular in Brazil! The kaleidoscopic
After Matisse in particular has proved a firm favourite: featured in Brazilian
Casa Vogue, in the TV show Fantastico and in many private homes. We are
delighted to receive testimonials that show how well the rugs have been received,
with clients pleasantly surprised by our quick and easy delivery.
The Brazilians certainly know how to have a party – we’re looking forward to sharing in
the fun during the celebrations and competitions in Rio!
Jul 30, 2016
We could hardly wait to visit Tate Modern in London for their retrospective of Georgia O’Keeffe!
Recognized as the Mother of American Modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe, born 1887, knew from
the age of ten that she wanted to be a painter. She grew up in Wisconsin, and spent much of
her life in New Mexico, where she died aged 98. The desolate desert landscapes of her homeland
feature in many of her paintings. Yet she is perhaps best known for her enlarged flowers. These
commanded high prices even by the 1920s and her Jimson Weed/White Flower no1 1932
remains the most expensive painting by a woman artist ever sold at auction. In 1946 she was the
subject of the first retrospective the Museum of Modern Art in NY held for a woman.
Her paintings are bold and colourful, enigmatic, often sensous and sometimes sinister. Many have
seen feminist themes, especially in the flower paintings, though O’Keeffe herself rejected such interpretations.
We loved seeing these mesmerizing works of art. A rare treat, especially as there are no works
by O'Keeffe in UK public collections. The exhibition closes 30 October, don’t miss it!
May 16, 2016
Sonya Winner Studio may be well known for rugs with vibrant colours, but we have also designed some wonderfully neutral rugs too. What makes a neutral palette in interior design so appealing? Neutral colours provide a blank canvas and when mixed with textural elements enhance the feeling of welcome in a room. A neutral backdrop can then be accented with splashes of colour and pattern where you can express your personality.
Rugs such as the Rothko-esque Grey combine a contemporary shape with soft pastel colours to create a stunning piece.
The Tree Trunk rug features soft creams, browns and purple tones of silk and wool creating a natural feeling of luxury.
The Prism Rectangle is made up of mauves, yellows, dusky pinks, and greens, blues and greys very much on trend for 2016! It works well to bring some life and interest into a muted interior scheme.
The best part of a neutral interior is that it works with any style, be it contemporary, traditional, transitional or eclectic. Furthermore incorporating neutral colours in your room can increase the longevity of the design scheme. Softer furnishings such as cushions and smaller accessories can be updated from time to time but by keeping larger items neutral you can decrease the cost of redecorating on a more frequent basis.
Take a look at the full range of rugs, including both vivid and muted colours here.
Apr 15, 2016
Claude Monet, one of the Western world’s best loved painters, was a founder of Impressionism.
It’s difficult, in the 21st century, to appreciate quite how radical this school of painting was in its day.
The conservative Academie had quite a hold on the Arts in Paris at the time, and it rejected works
by Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and Sisley. They broke away from the Academie to exhibit independently,
and it was a painting of Monet’s – ‘Impression, Sunrise’ - in their first show, in 1874, that gave the
movement its name.
Monet loved to paint outdoors, and to paint scenes of modern life, including bridges and train
stations. He painted some wonderful views of London, Venice and other places he visited and
lived to escape the Franco-Prussian war. Yet perhaps his best known works are the many
paintings made in his fabulous garden at Giverny in Northern France, where he later settled.
In particular those of the pond and Japanese style bridge he created, and the water lilies that
he cultivated there in marvelous profusion.
In his later years Monet developed cataracts; his paintings at this time reflect his failing sight
(later restored by surgery) and have a particular beauty. There are a great many paintings of lilies,
and some of the largest and most beautiful are very impressively displayed in Paris in L’Orangerie,
constructed especially to hold them. Also well worth a visit are the house and garden at Giverny,
now open to the public.
His iconic images are an inspiration and a joy.
Mar 29, 2016
We are delighted to welcome Mary Johnson to the team at Sonya Winner Studio here in Hampstead.
Mary has extensive experience in the interiors industry, where she has built excellent client relationships while working in Chelsea Harbour. ‘I love helping a client by providing a solution to a problem, whether that is one of design, budget, lead time or just inspiration!’
A keen visitor to art galleries, she has also enjoyed pursuing her life long interest in art, and her favourite artist is Matisse! Like us, she loves his bright colours and vibrant compositions, which is what drew her to Sonya’s distinctive contemporary rug designs.
Mary recently moved with her family to Ingatestone in Essex, where she is involved in the refurbishment of her own home. She comes into town for work and pleasure, with frequent trips to Tate Modern followed by a wander along the South Bank to the amazing food market at Borough. Mary is quite a foodie and she says ‘Borough Market is a bit of a Mecca for me!’.
Mary is looking forward to helping our customers to select beautiful rugs to incorporate into their designs, whether for themselves or their clients. If you contact us with queries, you may well find yourself getting to know Mary, who will, we are sure, go the extra mile for you.