We recently chose one of Fabian Oefner’s disintegrating car images for a special client’s new auto gallery (designed by Blue Lantern Studios). The image will be customized to match the bright Mexico Blue of the owner’s personal Audi R8 which will be stored (among other vehicles) in the new space. The alteration of the original color not only makes this image exclusive to the client but it functions as an essential design element to tie the space together. This project goes to show that any room can be enhanced by the addition of artwork. Oefner’s dynamic, detailed and illusionistic image brings personalization and beauty to a space that is designed to be so much more than just a garage.
Amy Parry Projects will be closed for production this week in honor of our nation’s anniversary of independence. We hope everyone will enjoy their own time of celebration, reveling in the
feeling of being “free.”
Freedom lies in being bold.
Please enjoy this beautiful digital work by Connecticut based photographer Joseph Jurson.
The Hamilton Hotel is ready to unveil the final pieces of its multi-million dollar renovation downtown at the corner of 14th and K Streets NW. An Italian restaurant specializing in Neapolitan pizza and a glamorous, postage stamp-sized bar serving cocktails and caviar are both scheduled to open tomorrow.
Following a full lobby transformation and guest room refresh, the historic 318-room hotel is replacing its outdated 14K restaurant with an all-day osteria called Via Sophia. A dark, library-themed bar called Society is hidden off the lobby.
The anticipated two-part venture is helmed by an all-star hospitality cast that includes Via Sophia executive chef Colin Clark, who’s amassed an impressive East Coast resume by working under several James Beard Award Winners (Marc Vetri, Jeff Michaud, and Fabio Trabocchi). He was also part of Le Diplomate’s opening team in 2013. Most most recently, Clark was chef de cuisine at Trabocchi’s Georgetown Harbor darling, Fiola Mare.
Via Sophia (1001 14th Stree NW) will open with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There’s also an weekday happy hour for apertivos and a late-night pizza menu. Weekend brunch will join the mix later this summer.
In Clark’s new post, he hopes to breathe new life into the same block as The Washington Post’s headquarters overlooking tree-lined Franklin Square.
“We are going for upscale — this is 14th and K and we are trying to make it a dining destination,” Clark tells Eater.
Since wood-fired Neapolitan pizza is Via Sophia’s star attraction, the staff went the extra mile to elevate their pie-making skills. Clark and sous chef Cameron Willis trained under master pizzaiola Roberto Caporuscio, owner of New York City’s Keste Pizza & Vino and Don Antonio (named “#1 Pizza in New York” by New York Magazine).
Five seasonal pizzas at Via Sophia include a classic Margherita — with San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, and fresh basil — and Fra Diavlo (salame picante, fresno chiles, red onion, buffalo mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes).
Even the staff floating around will be dressed to the nines. Ashley Blazer Biden, Joe Biden’s daughter, designed the hotel’s new stylish black-and-white uniforms in collaboration with Livelihood.
Atlanta-based Art Consulting Firm, Amy Parry Projects, helped curate a custom art collection that weaves old and new elements across Via Sophia. Think nostalgic antique metal pizza peels juxtaposed with modern photography and abstract art pieces.
Clark’s most recent cooking stint at seafood-focused Fiola Mare is evident across its underwater section of dishes. A grilled Norwegian salmon features a traditional Spanish romesco sauce, alongside charred broccolini, pine nuts, and black garlic dressing. A minimalist presentation of black bass, accented with baby squash, asparagus tips, morels, and a golden beet border, lets the fish shine.
Southern Italian-inspired dishes include bruschetta built on a house-baked semolina loaf; tagliata di manzo (sliced steak) with charred spring onion, confit cherry tomatoes, balsamic reduction, arugula, and barolo jus; and monkfish ossobuco, with sauce livornese, clams, olives, capers, fennel, and potatoes.
“This is very in line with my background — the whole idea is a balance between rustic and modern,” Clark says. “We knock the rustic element out of the park — it was a decision early on to make bread, pizza, and pasta in house.”
Chicken al mattone (crispy artichokes, guanciale, peppers, maitake mushrooms, chicken jus) is “as old school rustic as it gets” he adds.
Carb-driven entrees include ravioli finochietta, with asparagus tips, fava beans, morels, and fresh parmigiana. Pappardelle comes with rabbit ragu, ramps, pecorino and Castelvetrano olives.
Antipasto orders include caponata-toasted eggplant with San Marzano tomatoes, golden raisins and pine nuts. Meat and cheese boards feature prosciutto di parma aged 24 months.
Wines and spirits hailing from Italy largely make up the drinks section, with some 120 wine bottles available. Local makers from D.C. and Virginia also contribute to the craft beer and spirits selection.
Society, inspired by Prohibition-era secret societies and private clubs from the art deco period, features just 14 seats. Fancy bar snacks include caviar with panna cotta, nuts, and Sicilian olives. Zack Faruki, an alum of Michelin-starred Fiola, is leading a mixology program.
Wines by the glass start at $20, and big spenders can also peruse from a rare collection of reds with a few bottles dancing near the $700 mark.
Society is an ode to renowned French-born architect Jules-Henrí de Sibour, who originally designed the hotel in 1922. The Prohibition-era architect was a member of Yale’s Skull and Bones Society. Framed hand drawings and photos taken from his time at Yale line the walls.
Hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. to midnight; and Thursday through Saturday until 1 a.m.
When we discover new artists or get blown away by new work from some of our old favorites, we do our best to share the work and hopefully pass on the inspired feeling. It is a very exciting time to work in hospitality design and we have enough ideas for any kind of project.
Here's to the beauty of endless possibilities!
Please let us know how we can contribute custom art to what you're working on this summer.
AP Projects has been working on a plethora of new projects as we transition from Winter to Spring. This March Inspiration Board is a collection of things that have stuck with us along the way.
Click to see cool assemblages, lovely layers and all the colors of the rainbow.
Thrillist Travel just put out a list of the “Best New Things to do in America in 2019.” On the list are museums, distilleries, restaurants and hotels. Ironically, the item on the list we were the most excited about was a theme park:
SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland.
Towards the end of 2018 we had the pleasure of working with Atlanta-based BLUR Workshop on custom wall-coverings for the party rooms for this massive fun-spot. Here’s a peak at one of them at the time of installation.
More about the Park from Thrillist here:
Expected Opening: May 2019 (Indoor facilities are open now)
As hot as Nashville is as a vacation destination, it’s a seven-hour drive to the closest beach. If you’re looking for aquatic entertainment, winters are too cold and summers are too oppressively humid to comfortably to hang out poolside. That's all changing with the opening of SoundWaves at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, a property so sprawling you could probably spot it from space. The indoor section is already in operation, but when SoundWaves fully opens this summer, it'll have more than 200,000 square feet of water-based fun. Think water slides and tube flumes lined with LED lights, a 315,000-gallon wave pool, plus a gigantic movie screen and speakers throughout the space. It's not all shrieking kids, either -- there will be designated adults-only areas like bars, lounges, private cabanas, and party rooms perfect for bachelorette parties.
I was pretty happy with the announcement of Living Coral as the PANTONE Institute’s Color or the Year, considering I own numerous sweaters, two wing-back chairs, a laundry hamper and a vintage stereo in this particular, fun shade of pinkish-orange.
Chosen for it’s vibrancy and connection to our “naturally chromatic ecosystem,” the color is (like the choices from the last few years), ultimately about optimism.
Please enjoy a selection of artworks that successfully include this beautiful color.
The leaves here in the South are finally starting to change color. Celebrating the transition with
recent works by Sante Fe based photo-montage artist,
Custom sizes and substrates available.
We could not be more excited to usher in the next season of 2018. Please enjoy this Spring Inspiration Board, chock-full of bright and playful works of art.
away and away sailing into a keen
city which nobody's ever visited, where
Spring and everyone's
in love and flowers pick themselves”
- e.e. cummings
Art can come in many forms. Like a visual artist creating a masterpiece simply by putting pencil to paper, our friend Holly Bryan makes stunning works of art by simply combining and arranging different varieties of flowers and plants. Her designs allow for a fresh rotation of art, enhancing any environment.
Please take a moment to appreciate this sampling of her work. The artistry is so evident.
Renowned Southern artist, William Christenberry passed away Monday, November 28th. His photographs of the dilapidated buildings and vanishing landscapes of Alabama have as lasting endurance as the writing of Faulkner or the music of Ray Charles. Christenberry epitomizes the great identity within Southern culture that was written about in Heritage of the South: "a loyalty to a place where habits are strong and memories are long. If those memories could speak, they would tell stories of a region powerfully shaped by it's history and determined to pass it on to future generations."
We remain grateful for his eye and the Kodak Brownie that captured his images. Rest in praise, Mr. Christenberry.
Clearly we see a ton of art, but rarely have we been so instantly drawn in as we were by the photographs of Lost and Found, an artist collective of two. Jim Newbury and Greg Slater, originally ad-agency co-workers now decades-long friends, have amassed an amazing collection of photographs that honor lost objects, found on a series of adventures they have taken across the American South.
Beginning in the mid 80s, Jim and Greg would go on road trips together, surveying the South's folk art meccas, and devoting their leisure time to a mutual appreciation of work by artists like Leroy Almon, RA Miller and Clyde Jones. Their trips consisted of talking in the car, listening to specifically curated music and diving into the culture of the towns they passed through. Jim told stories and struck up conversations with locals, and Greg took photos.
In the early 2000s, they began methodically re-shooting locations originally exposed by photographers they admire: William Christenberry, William Eggleston and Walker Evans to name a few. In addition to capturing American experiences, they picked up interesting objects at antique stores, roadside stands and flea markets. While they had no real agenda setting out, these trips resulted in a plethora of content. The professional affinities of the pair have led to the success of their resulting photos - Jim has an eye for design and direction and Greg has an incredible talent for photographing objects.
As you can see, the work is both elegant and masculine, and lends itself to many different iterations within the hospitality industry and beyond. The work can be presented in numerous ways, on a myriad of substrates, and really has the ability to punctuate a space and provide a narrative element for any design. Every space has a past and there are so many objects still out there to find and shoot.
Enjoy this selection of their photos and their reverence for time-worn objects...the old, the obsolete. Jim and Greg have managed to elevate these simple, often utilitarian objects, to fine art and to celebrate the patina on America's forgotten "stuff." We love their story and look forward to sharing their work whenever possible. Let us know what you think.
We reached out to Jody Fausett a few weeks ago, asking to start a dialogue with him about his photography, his influences and his fascinating conglomeration of fashion industry styling and Southern nostalgia. The following is what he sent back in response. This vignette, an explanation of his process and an exploration of his work through its pop culture and family muses is everything.
We're obsessed. Enjoy.
Home Theatre by Jody Fausett
Fashion Editorial for Vanidad Magazine
I never had a studio. When I lived in New York and a stylist got a box from Louis Vuitton for an editorial, we would shoot it in somebody’s apartment and order pizza. After the model is lit, nobody worries about those Home Depot cabinets. I love working off of a real space. Interior flaws and knick-knacks add to the model’s character in the story. Kitchen dominatrix: those floors will be spotless, I promise. I always watch the body, especially the fingers in a photo. You don’t want missing digits.
Growing up in a small town, all I wanted was to work in New York. When I got to New York, all I wanted was to return to Georgia and work on my personal projects. My grandparents’ house was my favorite studio – all that stuff that I could light with strobe. It made the familiar become surreal and created a different domestic tension that got shifted into my version of home theater. When my grandfather got sick, I felt that the one trip a year I could afford to come home was not working anymore. I returned to be nearby.
When he passed away, I continued taking pictures there. The airless silence could be too morose, so I pushed for portraits. My favorite model over two decades has been my grandmother. This is how I connect.
When setting up, I work alone and quietly move the lights around to figure out what I feel works. Usually, she mows the grass, her favorite thing, while I work on the pose to find the light. That way I can walk her into the ready shot and not have her wait too long.
Test Shot // "Gloria" (1980), Directed by John Cassavetes // Five Shotguns, pigment print,
40" x 50"
Decades of guns line the wall next to the vanity. This portrait came up out of the conversation of being a widow and knowing how to handle a weapon. Understanding the weight of the gun, you can take care of yourself. With no more big suppers to cook, she becomes svelte, decisive, and feminine.