ART RUGS. THAT’S A THING NOW.

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, Hand knotted, Wool & Silk, 150 knot Free-form, 215 x 240 cm (84.5 x 94.5 ins) © 1978 Tom of Finland Foundation

 

I can quite honestly say I have never written at any length about rugs before. Has anyone? But then I suppose I had never really seen a rug worthy of writing about. That all changed on Wednesday night when I attended the Henzel Studio Collaboration launch at Colette. Work by some of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists has been turned into glorious oversized rugs. Jurgen Teller, Nan Goldin, Scott Campbell and most importantly: Tom of Finland. On a rug. Best thing ever. 

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TOM OF FINLAND rug, Colette, 213 rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, Iron-on patch © 1978 Tom of Finland Foundation

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Los Angeles Leather Pride continues!

 

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2015 beneficiaries are Project Angel Food, ONE Archives and Tom of Finland Foundation

Congratulations to All the Winners of
2015 Southland Honors Awards

Wednesday 25th VIP Reception TOM House 6:00 to 9:00p A thank-you to supporters.

Wednesday 25th
VIP Reception
TOM House
6:00 to 9:00p
A thank-you to supporters.

Thursday 26th
Roast of Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2014
The Bullet Bar
9:00p
Bid farewell to Eric Paul Leue with a hilarious send-off. 

Friday 27th
Assembly
Rough Trade Gear
Hosted by Calif B & B, Regiment of the Black and Tans, BLUF
7:00 to 10:00p
A formal uniform/ formal leather gala reception under the stars.

Leather Dog Pound
Bullet Bar
9:00p
The pup party of L.A. Leather Pride.

Full Fetish Tribal Rites Men’s Play Party
Presented by RECON and hosted by Avatar LA
Sanctuary Studios – LAX
9:00p

Cigar Party/ Meet & Greet
Eagle LA
10:00p
Meet the Class of 2015 contestants and judges up close and personal.

Saturday 28th
Desert Tribes Beer Bust
Presented by Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert
The Bullet Bar
1:00 to 4:00p
Second annual event to get you ready for the big night!

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Saturday 28th Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2015 Contest. LEGION Victory Dance. Club 333. Doors open at 6:00p. Silent Auction and Vendor Mart. See who will represent LA at IML.

 

Sunday 29th Off Sunset Street Fair Santa Monica & Sunset Boulevards, Silver Lake 11:00a to 7:00p Taking the party to the streets with music, dancing, food, drinks, merchandise, art and novelties.

Sunday 29th
Off Sunset Street Fair
Silver Lake
11:00a to 7:00p
Taking the party to the streets with music, dancing, food, drinks, merchandise, art and novelties.

 

ALL EVENTS

Grand Prize Raffle Tickets - Trip for Two to Folsom Europe

Grand Prize Raffle Tickets – Trip for Two to Folsom Europe

TOM OF FINLAND images © Tom of Finland Foundation
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Macho man: Tom of Finland is latest to join Henzel Studio Heritage

Henzel Studio's latest collection - a tribute to artist Tom of Finland - launches at Colette this week

Henzel Studio’s latest collection – a tribute to artist Tom of Finland – launches at Colette this week

Henzel Studio launches a new chapter of their production with a tribute to artist Tom of Finland.

The collection, which is launching at Colette this week, opens a new frontier for the Swedish rug maker. Following last year’s impressive range of high profile artist collaborations, which included rugs by Richard Prince, Linder and Mickalene Thomas, the brand is now debuting an ongoing series of partnerships with artists’ foundations to bring a wide variety of 20th century works to life under the Henzel Studio Heritage umbrella.

Combining the best craftsmanship and latest weaving techniques, the rugs will showcase a selection of the artist’s vast production of homoerotic line drawings in great detail.

The collection includes one free-form hand knotted rug and twelve tufted rugs, made of New Zealand wool and silk and intricately woven to reproduce the drawings in great details. A set of three pillows completes the range.

The collection is inspired by the unique environment that is Tom’s own home, TOM House in Echo Park, Los Angeles (W* 188). Now home of Tom of Finland Foundation, the house offers a vivid picture of the artist’s world: rooms have been left intact and include a vast array of sketches, collected images and objects that center around a theme of homoerotic sexuality and the male body.

One of the artist’s most iconic pieces, a 1978 portrait of a policeman, is the subject of the hand knotted rug (woven over a 5-month period) which includes subtle manufacturing touches such as the silk embroidery that enhances the black leather effect on the hat. The rest of the collection depicts various sexual and sensual scenes from Tom of Finland’s sketches, many of which have never been seen before. Curator Joakim Andreasson worked on the three pillows, creating unique collages from Tom of Finland’s collected imagery he found in the house.

The range offers a new perspective on Tom of Finland’s works and their modernity, affirming the artist’s great relevance in art and design today.

12 tufted rugs, based on Tom of Finland's erotic sketches

12 tufted rugs, based on Tom of Finland’s erotic sketches

Henzel Studio X Tom of Finland exhibition will run between 23rd March – 18th April
Colette Gallery, 213 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, France 

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