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Shake It Up: Nuanced Neutral Rugs

Some of the world’s greatest artworks are based on a neutral palette—think Modigliani’s Jeanne Hébuterne Wearing a Straw Hat, Whistler’s Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist’s Mother (aka, Whistler’s Mother), and Picasso’s Guernica. So if time-honored masterpieces can be created with basic browns, blacks, grays, and ivories, you can draw a captivating picture on your floor using the same approach.

For this ultramodern look—in the Hudson Valley home of Kathleen Triem and Peter Franck, sustainable-design masterminds and founding partners of the Ghent, New York–based FT Architecture —we kept everything simple and streamlined. We started with a wool hooked rug in a pattern reminiscent of old-world tin ceiling tiles , and added the substantial, solid white oak Genevieve Chair (e-mail info@ftarchitecture.com for purchasing information). The soft geometric pattern of the rug and the sensual curves of the chair play beautifully against the angular, interlocking blocks of the wall sculpture, Katrina #1, by Brooklyn artist John Powers . Limiting the space to just a few eye-catching items means that every piece gets due attention, and the overall effect is approachable elegance.

John Powers’s geometric sculptures, installations, drawings, and paintings reference fine art, pop culture, and his own obsessively imagined, completely fantastical worlds. His work has been shown at PS1, Exit Art, the Kohler Arts Center, Caren Golden, Art Omi, the Swiss Institute, CUE Arts Foundation, Grand Arts, the Black & White Gallery, and the Brooklyn Museum.


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