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Christopher Kennedy unveils art with Wendover Art Group

Shown at last month's High Point Market

Christopher Kennedy artDesigner Christopher Kennedy introduced wall art through Wendover Art Group during last month's High Point Market.
Last month's High Point Market marked interior designer Christopher Kennedy’s first foray into the world of wall art through a partnership with Wendover Art Group.

The initial collection, which includes around a dozen SKUs, was shown in Wendover’s IHFC C-215 showroom.

Kennedy is well known in the industry for his Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House charity that is sponsored by The Mine and a number of key industry suppliers and retailers. The charity raises money for architectural preservation, scholarships, and neighborhoods in Palm Springs, Calif., and Kennedy turns to many of his design friends to help create the spaces inside the show house.

Getting back to product, Kennedy said an artwork collection has been near the top of his wish list since his days drawing in architecture school and he has long been an admirer of Wendover and its product assortment.

“As a buyer, I have been very impressed with their quality for many years,” Kennedy told Home Accents Today. “The partnership was a natural fit – I think that we both just felt it was ‘right’ from our first conversation. It happened quite quickly, actually.”

Kennedy said he brings to the table a “modern, exuberant, contemporary aesthetic” that he feels will complement the North Largo, Fla.-based producer’s existing lineup.

“While I am frequently known for my nostalgic and mid-century modern-inspired interiors, I like to use bold and contemporary artwork to set my designs firmly in this century,” Kennedy said. “A punch of geometric POW paired with vintage interiors just stirs my soul.”

He said eye-catching art will have that soul-stirring effect on a room.

“The artwork sets the tone for the house. I think it is often the first impression, and the most lasting one,” he said. “I feel that, as designers, we often agonize over the style of the sofa or the fabric that goes on it. I have come to realize that, sometimes, no one even pays attention to the upholstery. It is the artwork that goes over the sofa that – if done right – really catches your eye.”

Thomas LesterThomas Lester | Business Editor
tlester@homeaccentstoday.com

Thomas Lester is Business Editor for Home Accents Today. A graduate of Emory & Henry College's Mass Communications program, Lester spent a dozen years working for newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina covering an array of subjects, ranging from community news, government, education, ACC sports and more before joining Progressive Business Media in 2013. As business editor, Lester covers all aspects of business in the home accents world, from the latest news from manufacturers to successful retail strategies and business analysis.

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