art + antiques
BRING IT HOME: HANGING UP
According to Richard Baiano, president of Childs Gallery in Boston, there are
no rules of proportion or placement when hanging artwork in commercial or
residential spaces. “The hanging and display system you choose can evolve
into an unexpected design feature,” he says.
In the L’Espalier restaurant, Baiano and Childs vice president Stephanie
Bonds made a statement by hanging artwork over bookshelves and columns.
One trick to ensure that the frames don’t overpower architectural details is
to limit the overhang (fig. 1) on each side to less than one-fourth of the
width of the piece. When grouping paintings, pairing artwork that is
one-fourth to one-half of the largest piece (fig. 2) can make for dynamic
installations, like in this nook (right) in the restaurant’s entrance salon.
[ fig. 1]
[ fig. 2]
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