Recommendations from our Guest Curators
In exclusive interviews, we asked Ursula Karven, Ariel Foxman, Patrick J. Adams and Décor Aid about their favourite LUMAS pieces. See which works of art from the LUMAS portfolio they selected, and what really moves them.
Interior architect Maurizio Pellizzoni has design in his DNA as well as a meticulous eye for detail and a complete understanding of how to create a luxe interior. Maurizio’s aesthetic is inspired by the glamour of Lake Como, cosmopolitan New York, and daily life in London where he lives.
Maurizio is a long-time fan of LUMAS and its extensive portfolio, telling us: “Each piece is individual and has its own beauty, expressing life and colours.”
Bernhard Lang, Adria VI: I love the composition and the natural colour scheme in this piece. It’s one of my absolute favourites.
Stephanie Kloss, Frank Sinatra Residence: Simple and elegant. This piece is a reminder of the 1980s.
Werner Pawlok, House of Eulalia: The colours and composition in this image are perfect. It’s full of inspiration for any interior project.
Décor Aid is about modernising the old school art of interior design. We use proprietary technology to simplify the process, but still do things the traditional way: relying on our in-house, highly-skilled interior designers to create spaces that reflect your taste and style. We love LUMAS because we are both on a mission to make it simpler to bring extraordinary beauty into everyday lives. Here are a few of our current favourites from the LUMAS portfolio.
“We are drawn to this piece by Peter Funch because it encapsulates so much of what we, as interior designers, try to do every day – bring a little bit of sparkle into people’s lives.”
Ursula Karven is renowned for her work in over 60 television series, films and international productions. Her love for yoga is also well-known – but many people do not know is that she is also passionate about art. She has been a LUMAS fan from the very start, with multiple limited editions from our early days.
“At LUMAS, everyone can develop their own style, and with limited editions, the pieces are also something special. Anybody can become a bit of an art collector,” says Karven on her appreciation for LUMAS.
But limited editions also have their disadvantages, as Ursula Karven personally experienced. “I really hunted after the first Stefanie Schneider edition,” she reports. “Her photographs fascinate me with their connection between defiance, sadness, fragility, loneliness, strength and courage – all in one image.” The hunt is over for now, with new works by Stefanie Schneider available at LUMAS in both limited editions and as open edition Minis.
Ariel Foxman is editorial director of InStyle and StyleWatch, as well as serving as editor in chief of InStyle, a role he assumed in 2008, becoming the first man to helm the title. “The variety of artists and genres in the LUMAS Portfolio means there is something for everyone. Here are a few of my current favourites."
Aesthetica Sphere by Christopher Marley
I absolutely cannot tear myself away from any work that combines symmetry and pattern with a celebration of unique diversity. This piece feels like a special, limited-edition collection obsessed over and dutifully assembled by one exacting person, in this case the artist. It’s as much relic as it is sculpture.
Flamingo Kids 2 by Sebastian Mader
I remember when this photograph ran in Interview, I tore out the page and kept it for months. I love how extreme the scenario is – with no air between any of the chaises. It’s also one of those images that’s instantly timeless in its look and feel even if it is a contemporary fashion shot.
Einzelblatt (Portfolio Columbus) by Nam June Paik
It’s cheerful and hypnotic, and not knowing the characters’ meanings right off the bat imbues the piece with layers of potential significance and meaning.
Villa Lago di Garda by Matteo Thun
I am always drawn to works with almost childlike abstraction and cheerful but still mature colours. I love the idea of hanging a landscape in a city apartment that isn’t a traditional oil or photograph. Instead, this watercolour transports you to Italy in a less obvious, more modern way.
Axel Michon is a professional tennis player who began to demonstrate his talent at an early age. After becoming France’s junior champion at the age of 17, he went on to win his first Roland Garros (French Open) in 2014. Today, he is one of France’s most promising players.
From an early age, it was clear to Michon that he is more at home on the tennis court than in school: “I quickly understood that my passion would also be my job.” Professional tennis also entails a lot of travel, providing a cultural richness he also enjoys in the world of art. Off the courts, Michon is interested in all variety of culture: In addition to literature and film, he has also rediscovered photography, in part thanks to LUMAS. Michon first came to our gallery for Robert Lebeck’s portrait of Romy Schneider and soon discovered the countless possibilities photography could offer him.
He has been seduced by the idea of the “democratization of art”, and if asked to summarize the gallery in one word, it would be “diversity”, applying to the works of art, techniques, themes, and artists of all ages and backgrounds. He finds this mixture of masters and talented up-and-comers particularly appealing. Diverse also describes the LUMAS audience, which consists of everyone from novice to seasoned collectors.
Appearing on the radio, TV, or in the theater, Jean-Luc Lemoine is one of the most famous French comedians, renowned for his one-man shows. His ability to make us laugh is not limited to the stage – he is also a successful columnist. In addition to his numerous media activities, he has developed a passion for photography that he shares with his wife, Adeline. He holds a Masters in advertising; the media world is familiar to him. During his studies, he developed a penchant for modern images and refined his taste in art. With regards to his favourite LUMAS works, Jean-Luc Lemoine tells us,
"What I like most is the incredible quality of the works.”