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How Top Collectors Showcase Precious Pieces

2022-09-073 minute read

The decoration of a blank wall is full of possibilities. From oversized paintings to salon-style displays to wall sculptures, there are countless ways to add style to a blank surface with art. But the abundance of options can be daunting, so we’ve rounded up this collection of rooms below with eye-catching wall art ideas that can easily be applied to any home, whether you’re showing floor-to-ceiling blue-chip work, or Creating a collection of captivating family photos. See how top collectors display precious pieces and discover ways to turn vintage items into works of art.

Gallery at the top of a Minnesota residential staircase by Michael S. Smith, featuring works by Vik Muniz, Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Raymond Pettibon, Sol LeWitt and Mel Bochner; light fixtures by Charles Edwards.

In the living room of designer Allegra Hicks’s penthouse in Naples, Italy, a large mandala by Julia Condon displays a 1960s Hicks fabric sofa.

A mask from Burkina Faso is displayed on a custom-made bed in designer Carlos Motta’s Dominican Republic apartment. The tapestries on the walls are by Elsa Gulberg, the lamps are American circa 1970, and the rugs are Moroccan.

The owners of the Connecticut estate decorated by Indian Mahdavi have installed Sol LeWitt wall paintings in the gaming barn, which also features Ingo Maurer ceiling lamps.

In this London townhouse designed by François Catroux, a wall-sized oil painting by Harry Rabba hangs above the library. A custom sofa connects with an armchair; the Herve Van der Straeten table lamp is by Alexander Biaghi, and the bronze bust on the cocktail table is by Kehinde Wiley.

At designers Vincent Wolfe and Matthew Yi’s home on Long Island, Wolfe’s collection of photographs is framed on a shelf above the living room sofa.

Architecture and design firm Ashe + Leandro designed this Martha’s Vineyard villa for an art collector. Hanging in the great room are works by Howard Hodgkin, Sterling Ruby, Aaron Young and Rashid Johnson. Custom ceiling lights were created in collaboration with Urban Electric Co., sofa and slipper chairs by Christian Liaigre, and striped pillows by Ralph Lauren Home.

Architect Marwan Al-Sayed and designer Jan present a multi-part work by Robin Rhode in the playroom of an Arizona home. A Blatt Billiards table is placed on a Staran rug beneath an antique Murano glass chandelier.

A crimson sculpture of Anish Kapoor greets visitors in the foyer of a residence in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. Designed by Charles Zana for a couple, this residence houses a superb collection of contemporary art. Text painting is done by Richard Prince; Jean-Michel Othoniel’s dramatic glass bead sculpture hangs from a height of 30 feet.

A mural by Eduardo Mendieta and Jay Bellicchi brings to life the stairs of real estate developer Jorge Perez’s waterfront temporary home in Hollywood, Florida.

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