Living + Collecting


PRIMITIVE in Chicago illustrates how one can truly integrate and live with their prized collections of art and antiques from around the world

It's not about what we collect, it's about how we live with what we collect!

   A grid arrangement of contemporary artwork by
                    Mark Westervelt between luxury lamps by AERIN
  A grid arrangement of contemporary artwork by Mark Westervelt and African miniature bronzes between luxury lamps by AERIN

Humans have been collecting since time immemorial. Early on, it was rocks and shells made as adornment and later used in trade as currency. As years have passed, and millennia turned, thousands of cultures have formed, carving out truly amazing visual languages, belief systems and artwork based on how they saw the world around them. Looking back at the achievements in art cross-culturally is profoundly breathtaking, and today, we continue to collect as an appreciation of this. As advanced as we have become present day, collecting ties us back to our primordial roots; it’s a piece of history, it stirs our emotions, pleases the eye, and keeps us in touch with the past as we stay sharp in the present.

A playful presentation of Boli fetish objects, extremely rare and highly collectible African art   
A playful presentation of Boli fetish objects – extremely rare and highly collectible African art

Living + Collecting is a concept that transcends the sterile white walls, pedestals and glass cases of museum-quality art and antiques and delves into everyday homes and living spaces. Integrating, reinterpreting, and executing unique and interesting displays of one-of-a-kind art and objects with luxury designer furnishings creates a beautiful opportunity for dialogue to flourish within the walls of each room. Perhaps one had never thought to accent collectible home furnishings from Ralph Lauren Home with Chinese porcelain and ancient paintings from India; more yet, one may not have envisioned a room with collections of framed African beadwork, Antique Tibetan cabinets alongside luxury home furnishings by AERIN – but the moment when you see, everything begins to clearly unfold itself. This acute attention to detailed presentation ultimately allows collections – down to each individual piece of furniture and object – to be fully appreciated works of art. It’s not about what you collect – it’s about how you live with what you collect! PRIMITIVE is living and collecting.

Makrana stone carver An assemblage of rare Christian art above a Chinese lacquered cabinet


 
Professionally framed and based African beadwork really steals the show atop a mid-century French cabinet flanked by antique Chinese floor lamps Contemporary chairs upholstered with African Kuba cloth Miniature bronzes and other curios are interesting to explore when displayed in intriguing ways
Professionally framed and based African bead work really steals the show atop a mid-century French cabinet flanked by antique Chinese floor lamps; contemporary chairs upholstered with African Kuba cloth; miniature bronzes and other curios are interesting to explore when displayed in intriguing ways
 
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Stories & Descriptions

Discover more information about the culture and history behind many of these beautiful select objects, artifacts, antiques and furnishings–click here

“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER