Why Not Art in the Closet and On the Floor?

Bombarded by imagery all day at work, Sam Shadid, the renowned mastermind behind ads for Calvin Klein and Banana Republic, prefers an ultra-minimalist home with the feel of a luxe high-design hotel room. It was recently featured in a slideshow in The Times’ T Magazine. Although we find his sensibility crazy-austere, we LOVE a couple of his ideas…

…like festooning his closet with art works, above. Groups of photographs, paintings and small sculptures are arranged above his shirts and suits.

Francois Halard

Francois Halard

Shadid stores artworks in a hall closet, pulling out the ones he wishes to look at for a while, and then returning them when he needs his eye refreshed with a different one.  “Friends come by and say, ‘Art in the closet?’ Yes, because I don’t always want to see it. I want it to be a surprise.” 

On a ledge above his mud boots in a hall closet, is a sublime Chinese terra-cotta horse illuminated from above. The effect writes Cathy Horyn for the Times: The pleasure of looking at the horse seems both temporal and private.  

Shadid also props artwork on the floor, something we’ve done for years, not liking the committment of art to a wall and ALWAYS wanting to be able to change our view when we “stop seeing” a work. There is something more informal, and more intimate about it.

Francois Halard

Francois Halard


3 Responses to Why Not Art in the Closet and On the Floor?

  1. Lauren 04.03.2015 at 8:10pm #

    I absolutely love the idea of art on the shelf above your clothes and intend to use this. The article about the man was quite interesting but I know I wouldn’t go as minimal as he has (and I cringed a bit when seeing the multiple art pieces hidden in the closet). Still … this is a very interesting man and decor. Thanks for finding it!

  2. Sally 04.07.2015 at 2:08pm #

    Yeah, that guy is BEYOND minimal, maybe the most austere I’ve ever encountered in the style realm. But he has some great ideas.

  3. Ellen Rocco 03.30.2017 at 7:46am #

    I love the intimacy a closet would provide. We live in an old house with very small closets. This may take some real ingenuity. I don’t think I could do the art part but I am glad to have a reminder of how nice it is to move things around for a different perspective.

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