In 1938, American painter Alice Neel decided to leave the bohemian cradle of Greenwich Village, an epicentre of the New York art world at the time, and move to the poor and unsung neighbourhood of Spanish Harlem. It was here that she found an important part of her artistic soul. For the next 50 years, until her death in 1984, she painted uptown, documenting the varied New York personalities she encountered there.
Artists have a long history of designing spiritual and religious spaces. Michelangelo put his finishing touches on the sprawling ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in 1512, but countless others had created art to transform sacred spaces well before him. Take Giotto (c. 1267–1337) for example, who created frescoes, altarpieces, and panel paintings that adorn churches throughout Italy, and is credited, among other things, with demonstrating the potential for storytelling through religious art.
Design manufacturer La Chance was founded by Louise Breguet and Jean-Baptiste Souletie during Milan's Salone del Mobile in 2012, with the goal of bringing together emerging and established designers to explore contemporary interpretations of the art deco movement. 'The brand is about warm, uninhibited luxury,' explains Breguet.