Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Home envy: Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman in costume
I was just checking out Architectural Digest online when I caught sight of photographer Cindy Sherman's delightfully bohemian Hamptons farmhouse, which she remodeled and decorated with the help of decorator Billy Cotton and architect Annabelle Selldorf.

For those of you who aren't familiar with her work, Sherman is an American photographer and film director best known for her conceptual 'self'-portraits which appear to function as a sort of commentary on the role of women in society - although Sherman herself has denied this. I refer to them as self-portraits, although they are anything but. Disguising herself each time to the point of being unrecognizable, she does not title the portraits, instead choosing to number them, thereby rendering them even less personal.

Sherman's work commands some of the highest prices ever paid for photographic work. In 1981 one of her 'self-portraits', Untitled nr. 96, sold for almost 4 million dollars. No wonder that she was able to do such a great job with her Hamptons home!

I find it pleasantly surprising that her unconventional artistic approach translates so well to her home decor tastes. The home oozes comfort, peacefulness and a sense of happiness. The colours are sublime. I love her Moroccan-inspired rugs, namely the ubiquitous Beni Ourain and the colourful one in her bathroom, the gorgeous mix of prints and the perfect combination of accessories. And don't get me started on the house itself, and the grounds with the roaming turkeys... (sigh!)

Cindy Sherman at home