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How Contemporary Art Can Light Up Your Home
Artist Robert Irwin’s fluorescent light sculpture welcomes guests at the front door of actor Patrick Dempsey’s California home. The scale and shape of the installation, hung in the space devised by Estee Stanley Interior Design, is echoed by the large, pivoting glass door.Photo: Roger Davies
Artist Curtis Kulig’s Love Me neon light hangs above the bed of Kourtney Kardashian’s daughter Penelope. The hot pink installation, in the family’s home in Calabasas, California, complements the warm tones of the Hermès throw blanket below.Photo: Roger Davies
A Latin riddle in the form of a palindrome illuminates the stairway of this London home renovated by interior designer Francis Sultana and architect Thomas Croft. The installation, a piece by conceptual artist Cerith Wyn Evans, reads “In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni,” which loosely translates to “We Go Round and Round in the Night and are Consumed by Fire” The riddle’s subject is largely believed to be a moth.
The word Forever illuminates the mantelpiece of this Manhattan townhouse designed by architect William T. Georgis. The light installation was created by artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster in 1996.COPYRIGHT ©2015 THE CONDÉ NAST PUBLICATIONS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
A London townhouse designed by François Catroux boasts a work by Brigitte Kowanz. The neon-light-and-mirror installation adds a contemporary counterpoint to the traditional interior of the home.Photo: Douglas Friedman
I know I know I know by artist Tracey Emin takes center stage in the master bedroom of Elton John’s Los Angeles home. The vivid blue artwork forms a striking contrast to the otherwise neutral-tone interior by designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.Photo: Tim Street-Porter
A warm glow emanates from a fluorescent installation by artist Dan Flavin in the corner of this child's bedroom in a home near Philadelphia by Jayne Design Studio.Photo: Roger Davies
The light and airy living room of jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno’s Brooklyn home gets a jolt of electric blue from the glass-and-neon-light sculpture by artist and glassworker Massimo Lunardon in the back left corner.Photo: Richard Powers
Tracey Emin’s neon artwork Life Without You Never brightens up the entryway of a London rowhouse designed by Veere Grenney. The piece’s illuminating properties are complemented by the mirrored table beneath, as well as the reflective granite-and-marble floor.Photo: Richard Powers