10 Favorite Interiors Featuring Ellsworth Kelly Art
Architecture & Interiors
Art and decoration are two different things, of course, but that doesn’t stop us from making the art we can afford—whether A-list paintings or kitschy posters—into an integral part of our decorative lives. For lovers of modern interiors, the work of the great American artist, Ellsworth Kelly, who died this past week, was always a no-brainer. Pure and graceful, vivid and serene, Ellsworth Kelly’s work expresses itself as potently inside the carefully composed contemporary rooms of our daily lives as in the hallowed walls of contemporary museums. And no wonder. As these interior vignettes illustrate, art—indeed, any form of creative expression—that achieves Ellsworth Kelly’s level of purity is indistinguishable from what most of us aspire to in life: a state of grace.
Above, a vignette composed by interior designer Miles Red, showcases a Baroque cobalt blue velvet sofa, green wallpaper and yellow Ellsworth Kelly screen print—proving that judicious ornamentation and extreme simplicity can work in concert beautifully.
In an all-white Manhattan apartment, the only flourish of color is a green Ellsworth Kelly print.
Via Elle Decor
Even part of an Ellsworth Kelly work is better than none. Visitors who enter this lavish Miami Beach villa, renovated by Austin Harrelson, are greeted by a Cor-Ten steel sculpture by Ellsworth Kelly.
Victorian modernism: in a San Francisco Victorian house, the organic shape of a green English Regency settee is paired with a geometric Ellsworth Kelly lithograph in royal purple.
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Glamorous simplicity: In the formal dining room of Louis Susman, former American ambassador to Britain, Ellsworth Kelly’s “Black Ripe Study” (1956-58) looks perfectly at home.
Via New York Times
In a Manhattan a 19th Century townhouse, herringbone wood floors, elegant architectural details and a muted color scheme makes a perfect backdrop for a graphic black-and-white Ellsworth Kelly drawing.
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Moody blues: A highlight of this Thad Hayes soft blue interior scheme is the deep blue and curve of an Ellsworth Kelly lithograph.
Kelly in the distance: An Ellsworth Kelly steel sculpture lies at the end of this hallway in the Bel Air mansion owned by hairdresser Vidal Sasson.
In this Washington, D.C., home, a pure white, minimal fireplace design is rendered more striking by the colorful Ellsworth Kellly work on paper above it.
A Martha’s Vineyard kitchen with rough-hewn details and 19th Century furnishings is perfectly suited to a simple line drawing by Ellsworth Kelly.