Sporties and arties can in fact live in harmony. Get your game on and acquire some sports-oriented decorative art. Here are a few of my personal favorites.
JONAS WOOD WALLPAPER
I discovered Jonas Wood’s awesome basketball wall coverings in, not surprisingly, the David Kordansky Gallery restroom. It is also no surprise that Jonas would design such a thing, as he is a sports enthusiast. Just look as his many painted portraits of contemporary sports figures. Anywho, I later discovered a very wonderful and sophisticated collector friend had “acquired” the wall covering for her elementary-age son’s new Beverly Hills bedroom. It is the best darn boy’s room I have ever seen—and it remains just as fabulous as a young man’s space going forward. A contemporary classic!
David Kordansky Gallery
5130 West Edgewood Place
RY ROCKLEN TROPHY FURNITURE
Ry Rocklen is a contemporary artist who creates sculpture mostly out of discarded objects and coats them with gold plate, aqua resin, bronze, and porcelain. He took a fascinating leap (I thought) when he launched Trophy Modern furniture back in 2013. Trophy Modern creates furniture made entirely with sports trophies. These items are, arguably, a natural extension of Rocklen’s practice of using “found objects.” He ended up doing a very popular collaboration with Absolut during Art Basel Miami, and one piece was even acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
2622 South La Cienega Boulevard
ELISABETH WEINSTOCK SNAKESKIN BALLS
Elisabeth Weinstock began her career as an interior designer. However, her passion has shifted to her product line. She sources incredible skins from Paris and even creates unique items like anaconda fútbols (shout out to Mr. Dottie), boxing gloves, and American footballs. What sports enthusiast wouldn’t appreciate a fabulous snakeskin football or fútbol? These novelties serve double duty for some very fancy footwork or as great decor for your favorite dad’s man-cave.
8159 West 3rd Street
754 Fifth Avenue
New York City