Gold leaf and contemporary design ever more frequently come together in fascinating projects by artists, painters, and interior designers from all over the world.
The Waldorf Astoria Hotel of Beverly Hills, in New York, is one of Manhattan’s most popular luxury hotels, featuring restaurants, a variety of boutiques, and even its own railway station.
Moreover, one of these restaurants, namely the Jean-Georges Restaurant, a new venue of the renowned, award-winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, features a set of customized aluminum doors that are decorated with 22-kt gold leaf produced by Giusto Manetti Battiloro.
It was created by Lisa Donohoe and Brynn Gelbard, two artists that have broken new ground with Londubh Studio (pronounced “Lon-dove”) in Los Angeles, which they launched together in 2011.
Following a philosophy made up of optimism, risk, and creativity, the duo has worked on numerous increasingly complex works over the years.
The main goal of the two artists is to transform spaces into works of art through the novel use of colors, patterns, and textures, accompanied by an aesthetic sense dictated somewhat by what they themselves call magic and mysticism.
In an interview with the magazine The CultureDrip, the artists tell and reveal their own dreams: to create their own artistic visions by working on works that are large, visible, and public with the glorious intent of bringing light and positive energy to communities.
Over the years, they have contributed to residential projects for such well-known architects and designers as Peter Marino, Kishani Perera, and Jamie Bush.
In addition, they have also participated in such major events in Italy as Design Week, a yearly festival in Milan created to show Italy’s inventiveness to the world.