Marianne's Three Favorite Things: April 2018

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Spring is a season of renewal and fresh ideas that open our vision to new possibilities. I would like to share with you my three favorite things in the world of art, design and botany. It is my hope that these ideas contribute to a richer version of the possible ways we can personalize and incorporate beauty in our daily living. May this season be filled with joy and new beginnings!

ART: Middle Fork by John Grade

This month I have chosen the artist John Grade and his huge lobby installation at SAM titled Middle Fork. This incredible work of art was constructed with a full plaster cast of a living western hemlock tree. Click here to read more about the sculpture and watch the video to see how it came to life!


Design: Angelo Donghia

I would like to introduce you to the iconic designer, Angelo Donghia, and one of his most beautiful light fixtures. His lamps have graced our home for years and they are like living with illuminated sculpture. The New York Times provides insight into Donghia's incredible story, which you can find here.


Botany: Black Tulip Magnolia

The black tulip magnolia is one of my favorite spring blooming trees. They are easy to grow and incredibly beautiful making them perfect for our Pacific Northwest climate. Read more about this woody tree here.