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ILevel in the News: Brooke Shields’s Art Collection in her NYC Townhome

We get to work with some pretty incredible clients and equally impressive art in our line of work. While we try not to play favorites, it’d be hard for us to deny how much we loved installing Brooke Shields’s art collection in her beautiful Manhattan townhome. 

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Image via The New York Times

Not only is Ms. Shields a lovely person herself, her art collection is both interesting and unlike anything we’ve ever seen. This is largely due to the fact that, as a recent piece in the New York Times describes, she often received artwork as gifts directly from the prominent artists who were her friends in her modeling days during the 1980s. This is how she ended up with original work by Andy Warhol, Ron Gallela and personally signed pieces from Keith Haring (like the one above her fireplace in the photo above). 

Besides the gifted art, Shields also has a collection of more personal pieces, like the commissioned paintings of her daughters by Will Cotton, which flank the Haring on either side of her fireplace. 

We’re honored to call her a client. 

Read the full feature on Brooke Shields’s art collections in the New York Times here

Need help hanging your own art collection? Get in touch with ILevel at info@ilevel.biz, or stop by our East Village studio at 37 E 7th St, New York. 


How to Arrange a Collection on a Wall

One of the biggest wall art trends we’ve seen over the last few years isn’t even technically “wall art” at all. More and more, both our clients and the interior designers we work with are opting to display wall “collections” instead. Whether it’s a large set of vintage bottles, a collection of road signs, or an assortment of straw hats, the category of what constitutes wall art is ever-expanding. 

Because of the increasing popularity of this unconventional art type, we’ve quickly become experts in hanging objects of all shapes and sizes in a way that’s safe, secure, and beautiful. Here are a few of our best tips for arranging a collection on a wall. 

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1. Choose a hanging strategy. Objects with finite shapes — square road signs, round records that can be broken into even rows–lend themselves to a symmetrical or grid-style arrangement. A mixed collection of objects, or items with an abstract shape should be arranged in a looser, more fluid fashion like the arrangement of antlers, above. 

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2. Lay it out first. To ensure you are satisfied with your end results BEFORE you secure them to the wall, create your arrangement on the floor first, moving things around until you have a layout that feels balanced. Then, take a picture of your final arrangement, and hang the pieces one at a time from the floor. For an abstract arrangement, eyeballing the distance between each item will work, but for a grid layout, you’ll want to measure both the perimeter of the grid, and the distance between each piece. 

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3. Choose the proper hanging solution. For certain items, like the plaque-mounted antlers we hung in the photos above, or something flat and lightweight like a road sign, traditional picture handing hardware will suffice. However, if your objects are three-dimensional, it might take some creative problem solving to hang them securely. One of our favorite solutions is to showcase 3-D pieces (especially pottery, glass bottles, and books) on display wedges. For items you want to mount directly to the wall, think outside of the box and consider specialized hardware, like plate hangers, guitar hangers, or a contemporary cable system. 


ILevel’s Work in the September Issue of Architectural Digest

We’re excited to share that one of the most interesting projects we’ve worked on in the last few years was recently featured in the September issue of Architectural Digest. It was the two-story New York City brownstone of London transplant and hairstylist-to-the-fashionable Guido Palau, which we completed with well-known interior designer and architect Robert Passal. The home, as well as the client, were fabulous.

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The goal with the project was to create something that felt elegant and modern, without feeling too contrived or “precious.” When Palau left England, he also left behind a design sensibility, wanting to swap out the minimalist style he had across the pond with something more personal, layered and comfortable. A collector, he had amassed art, décor, and a host of beautiful tchotchkes from his trips and travels, which he wanted to put on full display in his new home in New York.

Our role was to help Palau curate his art and mirrors in a way that naturally worked with Passal’s design.

In the living room, we hung multiple pieces of large art, including a Jeff Muhs painting installed above a sofa.

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The guest room also features a mix of eye-catching works, including a Hendrik Kerstens portrait above the bed.

architectural digest 7 A gallery wall was created out of smaller pieces on a terrace.

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Find the whole story in the September issue of Architectural Digest, and contact us for more information on  art installations like you see above.