The London art studio of John Singer Sargent, first leased in 1885.
For a regular dose of art, design and architectural history, I love to visit fellow blogger, Things That Inspire. Her posts are always well researched and supported by multiple illustrated examples. Sometimes she reignites my interest in forgotten motifs, sometimes she introduces me to something totally new. Either way, it's like attending a favorite class in design school. Last week, her post on the artist studio of John Singer Sargent left such an impression that I immediately recognized the same large window when flipping through January's W Magazine.
Now owned by Sir Evelyn and Lady de Rothschild, Sargent's former studio space has been transformed into a modern living room, with certain classic elements preserved (like the pilasters flanking the window) and others updated. Designed by David Mlinaric, a minimalist approach was taken to compliment the impressive art collection, which includes Luc Tyman (above the fireplace), Cy Twombly, Barbara Hepworth and Sargent himself.
A John Singer Sargent drawing of Sir Evelyn's grandmother, Mrs. Leopold de Rothschild.
Of the state-of-the-art renovation and the decision to keep interiors muted, Sir Evelyn compares this home to those more traditionally English. "When you inherit, you're very lucky to have a wonderful backdrop of art. But sometimes you want to add to it, and you can't because it's complete and there's nothing you can really do except preserve it."
For more on the newly renovated space, see W Magazine. For more on John Singer Sargent and his former work space, see Things That Inspire.