A Couch as a Backdrop? A Look at Annabell P. Lee's Funky, Checkered-Covered Lovseat for Ganni
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A Couch as a Backdrop? A Look at Annabell P. Lee's Funky, Checkered-Covered Lovseat for Ganni

Some painters prefer photographs as their medium of choice, rewriting the celluloids with bursts of color. Others, with the public eye in their mind, find spaces outdoors—buildings, structures, even already existing works—and many, of course, favor the traditional canvas, saving their imagination for the brush. For painter turned designer Annabell P. Lee, denim is her preferred agent—at least when it comes to making couches. Born in New York and currently based in Northampton, Massachusetts, the process-based artist established her signature cheer​-​y, cheeky look by ​coating hand-washed ​​gingham​ in vibrants dyes, which she then renders into jazzy corsets, box-y tees, and fantastic sweatpants. For her first large-scale furniture project two years ago Lee painted over 50 yards of denim to create a gigantic, modular buffet of textiles. Her most recent work, a custom '70s-esque loveseat for fashion brand Ganni's new Flatiron New York boutique continues her techniques via dye painted cotton denim while echoing her personality-driven design. Topped by a layer of foam and dacron, a pair of matching standard and star-shaped cushions are the pièces de résistance, which were hand-painted by the artist on cotton denim with dye, inserts, and vintage buttons. Altogether, the patchwork assortment, she says, was designed to be a "backdrop for people to pose with their Ganni gear on."

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