yesterday i hopped on the subway and headed into the city to check out an exhibition of vera neumann‘s work at anthropologie in rockefeller center. vera: a new look is a beautiful exhibition that celebrates the life and work of designer and artist vera neumann. best known for her colorful silk scarves, neumann produced an incredible amount of work in her lifetime (over 20,000 scarves and 7,000 pieces of original artwork), some of which was on display at anthroplogie last night. while visiting the vera company in atlanta, anthropologie discovered stunning screens and drawings of vera’s and decided to showcase them in their store, along with a wall-full of her vivid scarves.
i really enjoyed seeing these black and white screens of vera’s work. even before they were realized in their final form, vera’s drawings are exuberant and her brush strokes have such a sense of energy and vitality. and when you add her sense of color on top of it all? unstoppable. i’ll be a vera fan for life and it was a real treat to see a collection of her work, and drawings, together like this.
inspired by vera’s designs, anthropologie recently launched a lovely collection of home goods and clothing based on original vera artwork. the design team created plates, cups, trays, skirts, blouses, bedding and dresses. the ‘we heart vera‘ series is now available online at anthropologie (the bedding is available at select stores)- you can see a sampling of it below, but you can also click here to shop the full collection online. it’s so nice to see a company going beyond using a classic designer’s work and actually recognizing, celebrating and honoring their talent.
there are many more pictures from the event below, so be sure to click “read more” below to see the full post. thanks to sara goodstein at anthropologie for letting me poke my head in a little early to grab some pictures!