Art Fair Fridays – Luis Martin

Friday has once again come around and both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are thrilled to share with you our latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing self-describe art engineer Luis Martin, whose striking mix media works of art are stunning in both execution and impact. Through the creative process that starts with the mindful collecting of visual elements, appropriating them and collage them, Luis is able to achieve idiosyncratic narratives through the use of color and texture in his work.

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Luis Martin
Unsettling Embrace

How long would you say you have been a professional artist? I have been an Artist all of my life- but in 2012 I felt a change in myself. I allowed myself to be an Artist and fully embraced all of the other hats one has to wear to pave a successful road i.e. PR person, businessman, shaman ect.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art? “Choose Life” being an Artist can mean a lot of alone time and a lot of introspective thought which can be a deep abyss. I’ve been reminded that I can choose my thoughts and choose life instead of the abyss.

How would you describe your creative process? PLAY! I play with images and paint. My process is about discovery and allowing play to be my true north, my infallible compass.

What is your favourite medium to work in and why? Magazines, Scissors and Glues sticks! I love making collages as a launching pad for painting and other collages. Inexpensive material can lead to ultimate freedom.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date? I have a collector who has collected my work while I was still in college. Currently here home, which overlooks Central Park in NYC, is full of my work. To have someone love what I do and live with my art is a huge highlight in career and soul.

How would you describe your signature style? Fearless! My process and material come alive by being fearless. There is a certain beauty in chaos and color.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration? Travel. I love exploring the world, soaking in everything I see then returning to my studio to give back what I have taken in.

What do you think sets your work apart from other designers? Evolution- I am always looking to grow through my work. I want to push my material and arrive in a new place that is still me and has my DNA.

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My love for whimsy and anything slightly off-kilter is of no surprise to most so the discovery of Luis Martin has been a very happy one for me. His works are graphically bold and also filled with a brilliant narrative contrast, both of which makes each piece feel instantly so compelling.

For those collections that are in need of a work that feels moody and playful all at once, a Luis Martin might be exactly what’s needed.

Here are my current top 5 from his portfolio…

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The top girl needs to be mine- like yesterday.


Wednesday Whoa and a Giveaway – DX Design Auction

I’m so happy to be showcasing my picks from from the first ever Design Exchange Auction that’s coming up on May 29th, in support of Toronto’s Design Exchange.

design exchange items curated by christine dovey

1|| Bleeker Street Table by Avenue Road 2|| Dorwin Chair by Bernhardt 3|| Katavolos T-Chair For Laverne by Caviar 20 4|| Mini Trapezoid Sculpture by Kelly Wearstler 5|| Vintage Saarinen Table by Knoll 6|| Mesa Dinette Table by 45 Kilo 7|| Fast Vase by Cedric Ragot for Rosenthal US 8|| Landscape Tableware Set by The Drake General Store 9|| Smile Chair by Andreu World 10|| Trace Lamp by Mercury Bureau

And if you’re curious as to what this auction is all about…

Including a beautiful hand selected collection of furnishings and decorative objects, the auction features “items donated from the personal collections of local and international design starts and personalities, as well as limited editions items from world-renowned interior design brands….with all proceeds from the sale going towards supporting DX’s eduction programs, curatorial initiatives and the permanent collection.”

As for the Design Exchange itself is…well…it’s a pretty fantasitcal place here in Toronto…”Established in 1994, Design Exchange (a registered charitable, not-for-profit cultural institution,) is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage.  From furniture and architecture to graphics and fashion, DX exhibitions and talks are curated to reflect contemporary culture, while demonstrating the relevance and importance of design to everyday life.”

So with all that said, here are is a little close-up of my selections…


One – This Bleeker Table from Avenue Road is as graphic as it is functional.  I love the contrast of the hard material and rounded delicate shape. It’s edgy but still timeless.


Two – I don’t think I really need to give much explanation as to why I love the Dorwin Chair by Bernhardt…just look at it…all that brass and creamy leather had me at hello a looooong time ago. It’s a sexy beast of a chair.


Three- I’m a firm believer that every living space needs at least one vintage chair and when it’s a black leather, sculptural beauty like this one by Katavolos for Laverne, it just makes all kinds of sense.


Four – Two words on this one…Kelly. Wearstler…that’s really all I need to say there. Everything she makes/produces is at the very top of my wish list. This trapezoid piece is all kinds black and white graphic yumminess.


Five – The Saarinen tulip table is a vintage classic…it works with every decor and instantly makes any room a little more special. It’s timeless, versatile and effortlessly chic.


Six – Oh my lawd…the Mesa Dinette table is just soooo darn pretty.  I love the balance/tension created between the its glamorous regency feel and modern sculptural design.


Seven- I love objects that are slightly weird and this Fast Vase by Cedric Ragot is exactly that…it’s graphic and punchy but also whimsical and playful…a good mix to be sure.  Throw one of these bad boys on your fireplace mantle or coffee table and I promise your space will look instantly more artful.


Eight – I have this slightly weird obsession with pretty plates and these pastel landscape designs just make my heart go all pitter patter like. Their slightly ‘Canadiana’ish too, which just makes me love them that much more.

smile chair by andreu world

Nine – Modern black dining chairs are my jam and jelly and these ones by Andreu World are pretty perfect. I can see a set of them placed in an old Parisian apartment with buckets of plaster mouldings and a huge crystal chandy above…a perfect mix.

trace lamp by mercury bureau

Ten – The Trace Lamp by Mercury Bureau is an exercise in modern minimalism…it’s bold but restrained and unfussy…simple and clean but still graphic and interesting. Like the chairs above, I’d love to see one of these juxtaposed with an ornate ceiling medallion above.

Though these ten pieces are my favourites, there are so many more beautiful selections being auctioned off as part of this amazing event.  And because I know you’d love to see this stunning collection for yourself and maybe even have the chance to bid on a thing or two, I’m hosting a giveaway for tickets to the evening taking place on May 10th from 7-10pm.  Oh and PS, these peeps will be there too…Arren Williamns, Raymond Girard, Tommy Smythe, Brandon Tiraro, James Davie, Karen von Hahn, Rick Mugford, Troy Seidman, Derreck Martin, Natalie Mitrovich, Kate Thronley-Hall so yah…it’s your definite chance to see/buy some beautiful things and hob-nob with the who’s-who of design/design media:)

To enter:

1. Leave a comment below

For extra entries:

1. Follow me on Instagram

2. Follow the Design Exchange on Instgram

3. Instagram your favourite piece from my curated collection using hashtag #designexchangeandchristinedovey

So that’s a total of 4 chances to win. Please make sure you leave a separate comment for each so I can talley:)

Bon chance!  I’ll draw for the winner one week from today on May 27th.


Art Fair Fridays- Adoni Astrinakis

Friday has once again come around and both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are excited to share with you our latest collaborative instalment in our Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

This week we took things down under and interviewed a newcomer to the art world –  Australian artist extraordinaire Adoni Astrinakis.  Specializing in creating large scale portraits, its Adoni’s self-taught signature style that defines his realist aesthetic and has put him on our radar.

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Adoni Astrinakis
Go Go Girl

How long would you say you have been a professional artist? I still get a shock when I’m referred to as a ‘professional artist’. Being self taught I’m still getting used to the fact that people actually want to pay me to paint! For me art has always been a part of my life in some way. It’s a hobby I revisited a few years ago as a way of dealing with the immense pressure that came from running multiple businesses. I’ve been lucky enough that demand for my work has forced me to take a step away from the business world and allowed me to paint full time.

How would you describe your creative process? It’s all based on intuition. The difference between something special and something that’s just okay can be marginal, so listening carefully to my gut is really important in guiding this.

Music also plays a big role in the creative process for me. If what I’m listening to is not right I can’t get the piece going!

What is the best advice you have ever been given about creating art? To have the confidence to allow your own style to develop naturally, without the pressure of your art being a certain way.

What is your biggest career highlight to date? I guess, as I’ve only just started to look at art as a legitimate career path, the highlight for me comes when delivering a new piece to a client and seeing their reaction to it. It still blows me away to see the response to my work. Recently one of my pieces was used in a magazine shoot, which was pretty cool too!

How would you describe your signature style? I specialize in large-scale portraits, usually black and white, with a realistic aesthetic. I’m a minimalist at heart so I try to focus on what to take out rather than what I put in. I think negative space is just as important as the image itself, so I like to leave the background completely bare.

I paint by one rule only, which is that when a piece is finished, I need to want to never let it go. If that standard isn’t met, nobody gets to see the work. It’s a quality that is particularly important with my commission work; to find that balance of producing something personal for a client but also creating a timeless piece of artwork that anyone would want to hang on their wall.

How long does it typically take you to paint one piece? It usually takes one to two weeks depending on the scale and scope of the piece. I’m a night owl and a perfectionist, so I will often work right into the night until I’ve gotten a certain aspect just right.

As a self-taught artist, what advice would you give someone just starting out? Take the time to cultivate your style and hone in on this as a solid foundation for your future works. It’s tempting to try and be everything to everyone, but this usually works like lying in a job interview. Gimmicks are hollow and hard to maintain, so it’s best to experiment with your own style because that is something you can build strong work from.

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I discovered Adoni’s work while surfing instagram a few weeks ago and well, I sort of jump of a happy cliff. As most of you probably already know, when it comes to art and the style/genre/subject matter I love most, giant portraits are pretty much at the top of the fantastica pile for me so Adoni has just completely stolen my heart. I’m utterly in lust with the scale, drama and subtle moodiness that each of his pieces holds.

Here are 5 of his works that I would kill to own and/or design a whole room around. Oh and if any of my clients are reading this right now, can we pretty pleeeeeassssseeeeee put one of these on your walls!?!?

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Haute House – Playful Pieces

With the everyday hustle and bustle it can be hard not to get wrapped up in the seriousness of our everyday lives, which is why this week’s trend is pulling playful pieces that will add quirk and charm to your daily lives. Whether it be a novelty item, a nod to our furry friends, or simply something placed out of context, these items can bring warmth to a clean room, or reveal more of your personal style.
Whether you consider yourself a minimalist, or prefer a more eclectic vibe, these items are sure to add flavour and make your ordinary look an extraordinary one!
1. These Jonathan Adler Utopia Cat (and Dog) stoneware for $40.17 are reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s dollar store masks in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the perfect addition to ensure your breakfast is sunny-side up!
2. To add charm and personality in an ultra sophisticated way, try framing your favourite old movie poster like this Funny Girlone that can be ordered online for just $20
3. This funny Fish Flask from BYOB Cocktail Emporium for $29 makes for a fun host/hostess gift, or a cute counter-top accessory!
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4. Ah Kate Spade. Every. Time. I can’t help but love every new thing that comes from this brand and this Cedar Street Flamingo Maise for $278 is no exception!,en_US,pd.html?dwvar_PXRU5918_color=191&cgid=ks-handbags-view-all#start=12&cgid=ks-handbags-view-all
5. I must admit I have a soft spot for cat everything, but even if you consider yourself more of a dog person, you can still appreciate these Kitty Velvet  Cat Embroidered flat by Charlotte Olimpia. For $495 at
6. In case you were wondering (or hoping), Wine O’clock is a real thing. Pick this up for a girl’s night in, or just a cute little pick me up at the end of the day. If anyone tries to interrupt you, just point to the label #enoughsaid.
7. Hello gorgeous! Even though this parrot won’t repeat you, it is still a beautiful and fun way to add some personality to your home. This Gold Dipped Parrot From Black Rooster Decor is $91 at
8. One of the originals in combining art and fashion, Elsa Schiaparelli never ceases to disappoint us. This Trompe l’oeil dresswith its embellished back is part of her Spring/Summer 2015 found
9. These S/4 Gold-rimmed Agate Coasters, provide an additional layer of luxe to your living and dining room for $75 at
Playful whimsy is my favourite because let’s face it, a little irreverence is always a good thing when it comes to design/life/fashion etc.

Art Fair Fridays – Zoe Pawlak

Friday has once again come around and both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are excited to share with you our latest collaborative instalment in our Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing contemporary artist extraordinaire Zoe Pawlak, whose beautiful and ever-expanding body of work can be found in esteemed collections across the globe. It is her masterful use of saturated hues and bold brush stokes, combined with an intimate and uplifting energy that defines her signature style.  Zoe is quickly becoming jack of all trades, expanding her creative talents into the world of textile and furniture design, and as avid admirers of her talent we cannot wait to see what she takes on next.

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Zoë Pawlak
Better Pleasure – A Break In Pace

How long would you say you have been a professional artist? I began working full time as an artist in 2007.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art? “Chance favours those in motion” James H. Austin. The more art you produce and the more you move it into people’s lives, or better chance you have of being successful. Everyone I admire with affluence, influence has worked extremely hard.

How would you describe your creative process? I collect a lot of ideas in my sketchbook. I write, draw, sing, and then create a plan for a body of work. I plan about ½ of a show or concept and then let the rest unfold. I listen to music about 70% of the time I work in my studio; the rest of the time we run a business or work in silence.

What is your favourite medium to work in and why? I under-paint in acrylics for immediacy and then paint overtop in oils to achieve bright, luminous colours. Smooth blending is imperative to my work and oils are the best way to achieve this.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date? Doing Pecha Kucha in my hometown and in front of my peers was the most terrifying and rewarding. Seeing my artwork as rugs for the first time was an extremely emotional moment for me.

How would you describe your signature style? My style is fresh and honest. When you look at my work, you feel a sincerity and openness. My collectors are attracted to my work for those qualities, and for the intimate and uplifting energy it brings to their home.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration? I’m inspired by outsiders or the underdog who accomplishes amazing things. I am most inspired by people whose careers are true to their aesthetic, values, and soul.

What do you think sets your work apart from other designers? I never set out to become a “designer” so to speak, so there is an honesty and freshness to my work that is very much influenced by a painterly sensibility. I have been working quite seriously with colour, composition, and feeling on a rectangular, two-dimensional surface for the past 15 years. Moving into designing credenzas and textiles has really challenged me to think very differently while still applying my experience as a painter to the designs in a manner that is true to me and relates emotionally to the viewer.

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I think we all know that my love for Zoe Pawlak is strong…I’ve been a fan of her work for pretty much ever.

I’m always so incredibly thrilled when I get to use one of her stunning pieces in my designs because her work instantly transforms a space into something with so much more life and breathe than it had before.

Zoe’s paintings are at once ethereal and strong…they’re captivating and arresting but still serene and tranquil. I love this magical balance she’s able to create in each of her pieces…you can feel her whole heart coming through in every brush stroke.  Zoe’s work is emotional in the best possible way.

Here are my top 5 of her portfolio…as of today…

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And PS…Zoe’s work is this good because she’s that good…inside and out…she’s a gem among gems of a person and when I was lucky enough to meet her last month, my heart felt better than good being in her presence.

Here are her and I all sandwiched up with other lady favourites (from left) Kristine Fredheim, Alessandra Salituri, Hollie Cooper, moi, Ashley Woodson Bailey and Zoe…

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Happiness in a bucket right there.