Monday, December 3, 2012


Here's an interesting question. If you had to design a living room space for one of the world's most famous explorers, Christopher Columbus, how would you decorate the room? Would you take a traditional path and furnish the room with deep scarlet damask drapes and strong baroque furniture or would you go retro modern with a white leather Barcelona chair?  For his first public project in the US, Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi took on this question with his project Discovering Columbus, a provocative installation that incorporates the historic statue of Christopher Columbus with an urban living environment.

The iconic statue of Columbus rises more than 75 feet atop a granite column in Manhattan's Columbus Circle. Designed by Italian sculptor Gaetano Russo in 1892, the statue was commissioned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s first voyage to the Americas. 

What do you get when you climb the 6 flights of stairs to view this art installation? A stylish, modern living room featuring casual groupings of sofas, chairs and coffee tables and modern amenities like a generous flat screen tv. Oh yes, and a 13 foot statue of Columbus himself, standing right in the middle of the room. He seems to fit right into the room, with its cheeky Toile wallpaper inspired by Nishi's memories of popular American culture and well stocked bookshelf.

Mickey, Marilyn and Elvis--love this toile!

View from the "apartment" windows
The installation is both intimate and thought provoking- a great discovering right in the 
middle of Manhattan.

And now for the winner of The Scottish Country House Book-
Hendhurst Interiors!
Have a great Monday!


Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Congratulations to the winner!
I love the statue and find the entire project interesting. I like it.
Happy Monday.

Splendid Market said...

What an interesting project, what a challenge!

Henhurst Interiors said...

Hi Barbara, Thank you so much! I am absolutely thrilled to be the winner of this gorgeous book. You'll find me curled up with it, fireside, for the rest of the week!
And, yes, what an interesting installation!

The enchanted home said...

What a very interesting challenge that is! Fascinating,would require a lot of thought on my part as to how to come up with a room fit for such an important man!

Congrats to Phyllis...lucky lady!

Elizabeth {Ms Classic Glamour} said...

What a cool project. :) Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave me such a sweet comment!
Have a wonderful day!

michele said...

that toile is the shizzle.

congrats to the winner!



I looked closely at that wallpaper and saw Elvis and Micky Mouse!!! So fun....:)

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

I did a double-take on that room with the statue - what an interesting idea and take on the subject. The toile wallpaper is just fabulous and I can feel one of those "why didn't I think of that" moments coming on ;-)

Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog, I really appreciate it and am happy you enjoyed my "home fragrance" post. Have a great week xo

carolyn bradford said...

Congrats to the winner of the book! I'm putting this on my Christmas wish list for sure! I can't say how I'd decorate this room…it would be a wonderful challenge and a great experience, I'm sure! I really want to get back into Showhouse decorating, etc…it really does "challenge" you to get out of your comfort zone…FYI…I did reference you in my post for my Wednesday's What If's tomorrow…hope that's ok!!! your pics are always incredible! Hope you are doing well and enjoying this wonderful Christmas season!

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barren @ Columbus circle apartments said...

Lovely apartments with great designs and infrastructures.

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