Suzanne Lovell, Interior Designer, On Falling In Love With An Artist
Suzanne Lovell is a residential interior architect headquartered in Chicago known for her unique approach towards designing couture environments. A passionate art collector, Suzanne is constantly searching for new collaborations with the best artists and artisans from around the world, seeking craftsmanship at the highest level. Suzanne has been recognized by Architectural Digest’s AD 100, and her work has been published internationally. Suzanne’s book, Artistic Interiors: Designing with Fine Art Collections, showcases her work weaving together personal stories for clients.
One of my favorite things to do is discover new artists. Finding artists that you have never heard of before is like discovering a new story about an old friend. It is exciting and complex. I am an art collector myself, and as an interior designer, I am constantly looking for art for my clients.
Finding new artists you love takes time and I am often asked what the process entails. To me, the first step is completely visual; do you like what you see and are you interested in learning more? The second step is to learn the artist’s story. What are they inspired by? What does their work mean to them? When you hear a story that resonates with you, you have found a great artist!
Years ago, I was passing a gallery window and saw theses incredible dress sculptures made of wire. They were beautiful, absolutely striking. When I asked about the artist, I learned she was a young Korean woman, Keysook Geum, whose practice was deeply rooted in the tradition of textiles. I am an avid textile collector and enthusiast! She was wrapping and weaving wire with crystals as a response to the creation of the World Wide Web. At that moment, I knew Geum’s work was something I couldn’t live without. She hand wraps each wire in paper before loosely weaving the wires into a dress form. Many years later I still love Keysook Geum’s work and have a number of her pieces.
I have always been inspired by the integration of art and object in every interior. The things people choose to live with say so much about them! I had a client that was very into fashion – her style was so exquisite. She saw the three white dresses I had in my collection and she was over the moon with enthusiasm. We ended up installing a red dress and a black dress in her Chicago apartment.