Guillaume Coutheillas is the founder of frenchCALIFORNIA, a branding and design agency based in San Francisco and New York. We recently collaborated with Coutheillas by curating a series of Tappan artworks for MIRA, a spiraling residential tower on the San Francisco skyline. To get a more personal look at Coutheillas’ curation style and design sensibilities, we asked him to reflect on some of his favorite Tappan artworks.
“Among the pieces we chose from Tappan Collective for the MIRA space was ‘FormH2 (Triptych)’ by The Heidies. This is one of my favorite pieces from Tappan and within the MIRA SF space. It helps to beautifully anchor a space, provide a focal point for any room, and create a real moment. It's very delicate yet abstract, adding a sense of movement and dynamism to the space.”
“Whisper I’ by Divine Southgate-Smith is a timeless yet modern piece. It has a Roman feel to it and is very architecturally-driven, helping to make a room feel larger than it is, almost functioning like a mirror. I've always been drawn to and fascinated by pieces that have an infinite characteristic to them, whether that be through repetition or optical illusion. This is a piece I feel I could look at many times and always find a new perspective.”
“Mia Weiner's work adds a softness and sense of calm to any space. I am particularly fond of her work ‘Lilac,’ a gorgeous textile piece that gives a sense of history and place to a room. I love the way she seamlessly merges classical themes with modern techniques to create pieces that marry old and new. The frayed texture at the bottom of the piece helps take away some of the formality, striking the perfect balance between refined and casual.”