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Photo: Opinion please

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Renault78law, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    I'm looking for some art to hang up in my office. What do you think of this photo from Ikea? I kind of want something big, this is perfect at 55x78. I think office art should be kind of bland, yet a reflection of your taste. I'm affraid this is too bland. Too cold. Too sterile. Recommend anything else?
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    I like this picture as well, but I don't think it sends the right message:
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  2. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    its a little too much like one of those pics that says INSPIRATION to me.

    my office is decorated with photos from events that we have done, products launched etc, blown up to about A3. Looks good and is a nice reminder of some of our successes - plus its nice when clients visit and see pics of their boss making speeches/their products being launched etc etc
     
  3. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    heh, yes, TEAMWORK and INSPIRATION are looks I'm definitely trying to avoid. I want something big though, and as a young attorney, I don't have any reminders of success yet...I'd like to stick with art.
     
  4. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    i completely disagree that office art should be bland.
     
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    I think the bland-ness or (what's the opposite of that?) depends on your workplace and how public your office is. I'm a college professor so I hang up whatever I want basically. I have some original art work that all focuses on clothing/style and a collection of framed Joy Division and New Order postcards. They are far from offensive, but I imagine that hanging some of these in an office in a private corp might not send an approved message. [That's based on my complete lack of experience in the corporate world and the general belief that it is much more conservative than academia.] Oh, also who comes into your office? Just co-workers or clients also?

    I like the first pic, but the second one looks very moody. Like 'watch out or you'll hit the rocks!"

    bob
     
  6. Quirk

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    The rocks in the picture on the top are in some kind of weird valentine formation, which makes it bad for the office. The workplace is a battlefield, and love has no place there.

    I would get one of those parodies of the 'inspiration' type posters,

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  7. Renault78law

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    My front wall is glass, so my entire office is visible to all that walk by, including partners, co-workers, clients, etc. I guess bland was a bad choice of words...I think it can be expressive and esoteric, but above all, appropriate. Kind of like the way I dress.

    I'm not in love with either of those pictures, but I like the size and the price ($200). I'm hoping for some recommendations. Where else can I find something big like these? I'm at a total loss.
     
  8. Quirk

    Quirk Senior member

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    A travel poster might be good. Some interesting place.
     
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    i completely disagree that office art should be bland.

    Talking of art, what is your avatar? Looks like something my wife would love to see more of.
     
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    I have one of those parody images in my office.
     
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    IMHO - don't put up anything from IKEA. Not that there's anything wrong with those; but its too mass market - you cannot express individuality through them.

    I'd say look at photoeye.com, and similar photo resources. I particularly like some of Cig Harvey's work for office art.

    Another thing you may want to look into is the color space in your office. I'd go with reds and yellows in most office surroundings - some energy to fight the corpo-drab all around.



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  12. Buster

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    I am not sure if that's your taste, but I find prints (and maps) to be quite nice and distinguished (unless everybody has them). I have never bought these on ebay, but I have a store nearby where I go once in a while to browse through. (I like copperplates, but these are usaully quite small) This is just an example on ebay for a few: http://cgi.ebay.com/SWITZERLAND-1896...QQcmdZViewItem
     
  13. NavyStyles

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    I want to second the recommendation that Buster made to check out maps. I'm a big fan of geography, and I think few things look nicer than an old, framed map (of your own hometown, homestate, etc).

    I'm also somewhat surprised no one has mentioned the photography of Ansel Adams. He captured some amazing shots of the American wilderness. Of course, his original photography is quite a bit pricey ($10K-35K). But, the matted prints and posters are much more affordable. If you'd like to take a look at his work, I've pasted the link below...

    http://www.anseladams.com/

    So, these would be my personal options: antique map or Ansel Adams print.
     
  14. designprofessor

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    I'd say its time to do some research and start collecting. In this day and age there are enough talented artists and even students doing great work that it is senseless to buy posters.

    Check photography magazines.
    Small art publications.
    Galleries and artists online.

    You'll have the quality of the original, possible appreciation in price and it won't transmit "cheap" on the wall.

    I know galleries and artists, so message me if you want options.
     
  15. Brian SD

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    I love well-designed concert posters. You can find some great ones at Amoeba records.
     
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    IKEA? NOOOOO!! It's about graduation time, so why not hit up some of the degree or foundation shows at your nearest art college? chuck a couple hundred bucks at a decent print or painting that catches your eye? I've never worked in an office, but I imagine something abstract that has a presence would be perfect. Tell whoever you're buying it from where it's going and that there's a definite chance they'll get more business from it and you'll probably get a good deal going, too.
     
  17. Matt

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    do you have any interest in photography?

    i have a passing interest and have decorated my apartment almost entirely in pics that I took myself.

    Great reminders-of-happy-days and great talking points.
     
  18. acidboy

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    as a lover of old prints and photographs, i suggest some old photo or print that is in line with your job or whatever strikes your chord. i work in a steel plant and i am on the lookout for prints of those old turn-of-the-century steel mills, and growing up in our country's chinatown i also plan to buy original prints of our neighborhood from a hundred years ago or more to prop up in my office.
     
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    Clearly Pierre Molinier prints.[​IMG]
     
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    I'd love to get some blown up JP Witkin photographs....but something tells me that wouldn't go over very well with...well, anyone.
     

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