Nicola L. — unknown icon of pop art


Nicola L., the feminist Pop pioneer known for her witty anthropomorphic sculptures and a career that straddled art, performance and design

L.’s work often foregrounded the female form to humorous yet socially captious ends. She termed much of her sculpture “functional art,” making furniture-like objects that are at once silly, critical and useful. Consider her numerous La Femme Commode (1969-2014) pieces, lacquered wood cabinets in the shape of women in which their eyes, mouths, breasts, and bellies become drawers. It is through this playful approach that renders the female body an interactive object while providing an incisive critique of objectifying women that L. defined her career.

In new York, she joined artists who playfully approached the concept of pop art and performance in the 1960s and 1970s. But only now her art is interested in serious institutions on the wave of interest in “female” art.

The nature of her work shows a very diverse form of work, among which stands a common theme: the human body. Nicola loved to take it apart and recreate it, giving it a new function: the function of the object. Among her works you can see a sofa in the form of a giant leg (White Foot Sofa, 1968), a lamp in the shape of lips and eyes (the Lips Lamp and the Eye Lamp, 1969), or a chest of drawers and a table with feminine curves (La Femme commode, 1969-2014 and La Femme Coffee Table, 1969/2015). At the crossroads between fine arts, sculpture and art objects these works are very new for that time. They allowed her to work outside established artistic codes and playfully avoid gender stereotypes.

4 questions for the interior designer

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The process of finding an interior designer is similar to Dating. How to know if you’re on the same page? Are you fit together? Do you have the same vision? These are quite ordinary things that are worth learning from someone who may well become a friend for life. But if you have not worked with designers before and feel confused, turn the script over and take a short interview with them, and we will help you with the questions.

1. What defines your style and where do you find inspiration?

Take a look at the personality of the interior designer, ask him questions “What is your favorite completed project? What are your favorite colors in your projects? Where do you love to travel and how it can reflect in your work? Such questions are the core of the designer’s aesthetics and they will help you to understand how he navigates the creative process. See the favorite project of the chief designer of Vadim Maltsev Bureau

2. What are your experience and education?

Interior design is strongly associated with architecture, so the designer should know engineering communications and the building code well. Moreover, the visual experience is easier to get during the educational process. Every mistake of a beginner is the wasted customer’s money, the work of builders, spoiled building materials. And no one wants the designer to learn the hard way at your expense.

3. What do you find most challenging about designing something?

Understanding where a designer’s strengths and weaknesses lie will help you determine whether it is the right match for your project. You can ask about his negative experience, it will show how he copes with crisis situations.

4. How do you implement projects?

The value of working as a good interior designer goes beyond paying for good taste. Each designer has his own method of work, so it is important to have a clear idea of how he built the implementation process. For example, the team at VADIM MALTSEV manages all processes from the design, scheduling, procurement, working with contractors to complete installation and the “Wow” effect.

The main thing you have to understand each other perfectly. The designer needs to hear you and lead to a great result with his vision, that’s when you get the project of your dreams.

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Marina Gisich

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Today we want to tell about Marina Gisich, the founder of one of the first modern art galleries in St. Petersburg @marinagisichgallery .

We used pictures from exhibitions in our projects. The canvas of Gleb Bogomolov from the MARAT project always interests the public

The gallery promotes contemporary art from Russia. “Art should be Russian — not only by place of birth, but by thought ”says Marina in an interview. Marina invites you to the wonderful, uncommon and unusual world of creativity. I recommend you visit her gallery

Diana Vishneva

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Incredible dynamics and power are felt through Oriental motifs. Movement, impregnated with passion, and silhouettes that give inspiration.

Only one shot from the production of Scheherazade with Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomez causes so much emotion. The charming beauty of the east, charged with the talent of the prima ballerina #maltsevinspiration.

Kyuhyung Cho

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Nature is the best source of inspiration. Long ago, mankind used natural objects like naturally created stones as chairs and tables. To create a coffee table with an unusual shape Kyuhyung Cho was inspired by this era

The designer contrasts the imperfect plane of nature with the ideal surface created by man. Thanks to the feature, the whole polished round table top reflects and distorts lights. Although it is not perfectly flat and the edge is curved, things do not get slipped. Low-hill table fits well with other furniture of mete with refined curves.

Is it inventive?

Kara Mann

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Kara Mann is the star of the American fusion. Sometimes her interiors are dramatic, sometimes brilliant, but always inspiring. She has an impressive experience in the fashion industry, which has resulted in a distinctive bold style and personal vision at what true luxury is.


Pacha Lounge Chair

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We are extremely happy to see our 54 FLOOR PROJECT in @gubiofficial profile. Thank you 🙏🏻 ⠀ ⠀
“Lounging with a view! The magnificent apartment located on the 54th floor of the Neva Tower in Moscow includes the Pacha Lounge Chair. Interior by @maltsev_design. #gubi “


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MODERNISME is an architectural project of the VADIM MALTSEV DESIGN & DECOR bureau. It was based on the concept and stylistic decisions of the era of modernism of the early 20th century, as well as impressions of Japan, its temples, traditional gardens, nature, as well as asceticism and simple forms.

Materials and colors are responsible for peace. Architectonics lies in clear forms, the primacy of texture and its harmony with the landscape.

Architectural solutions — one of the directions of the bureau. You can order a project by phone or DM.

François Champsaur

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Designer François Champsaur designed an apartment for displaying modern furniture and works of art. Architectural reception — when nothing distracts from the objects, and each object stands out from all.

But we caught the design of the fireplace by the studio of Eric Schmidt. It is made in the best traditions of French decorative art in a modern interpretation. Always timeless is a Parisian luxe and elegant minimalism! #maltsevinspiration