At Home in Los Angeles with Johnson Hartig – Quintessence
Whereas Johnson Hartig’s abilities and pursuits have all the time been in depth and extensive ranging, he discovered his calling in 2001 along with his celebrated style model Libertine. Hartig and his then enterprise associate Cindy Greene, introduced a recent and ingenious vibe to style, melding punk avenue style references with excessive artwork and tradition by repurposing classic items with inventive and typically controversial embellishment. After solely 4 months, Vainness Truthful referred to as to do a chunk and 6 months later they each needed to stop their jobs to focus completely on Libertine. Since 2009, Hartig has helmed the label on his personal, furthering his distinctive and visionary quest of revolutionizing the trade. And now with a collaboration with Schumacher, Hartig flexes his design muscle mass on the earth of interiors. Please be a part of Susanna and me for an exhilarating go to with the ever exuberant Johnson at his Los Angeles bungalow.
Johnson is fearless in his countless love of embellishment in each his house and style label and his interiors are knowledgeable by an easy mixture of excessive and low, from Damien Hirst spin artwork work to marketing campaign button-accessorized lampshades.
Impressed by topics starting from 17th century Dutch portray to Cher, the late Pat Buckley, his rescue canine Terence and punk rock, Johnson employs his cross pollination of creative expression in his interiors with DIY ingenuity and stunning resourcefulness.
And don’t let Johnson’s upbeat vitality, irreverence and depraved humorousness deceive you. He’s extremely educated about historical past, artwork and tradition with a deep curiosity in regards to the world round him. A real multi-hyphenate, he fuels his creativity with in depth studying and journey in addition to frequent visits to every little thing from museums and galleries to flea markets, discovering progressive methods to pair seemingly disparate components. And that’s the magic about Libertine – you’ll be able to admire it for its visible vibrancy however there’s all the time one other deeper mental inspiration when you care to look.
And it was video sponsor Libertine’s joyous embrace of shade and sample that led to Johnson’s subsequent endeavor. Final yr, he paired his penchant for punchy shade and exuberant ornamentation with the artisanship of the esteemed household owned Schumacher material home, to create a set that reverberates with pleasure.
This 40 piece assortment—which incorporates velvets, prints, warp prints, wallpapers, and trims—provides his followers an opportunity to infuse their rooms with Hartig’s future-forward sense of style.
Some patterns really feel already iconic: the Jokhang Tiger velvet, above ( “I really like the vitality created by having the tigers floating above the colourful alternating stripes,” says Hartig) or the Trendy Toile, with its outsized repetition utilizing recognizable traditional motifs, to not point out the Punk Rock Combine Tape trim. “Security Pins are an iconic emblem of English punk rock of the late 70s- so we created this boarder tape with them,” says Hartig. “I like the way it’s a bit subversive and really fairly on the similar time.” Irrespective of the choose (the Terence Ikat under), Hartig’s patterns really feel each singular and acquainted.
The complete line is a pure development for Schumacher, given the corporate’s prior collaborations with style designers, the primary of which was with Paul Poiret in 1930.
all pictures by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence
So thanks Johnson! Your exuberance is contagious. We had been dazzled by your energetic spirit, boundless creativity, and provoking house and studio!